As part of my ongoing quest for employment, I took a civil service exam yesterday. Another new experience, but hey: I’m not too proud for job security and good benefits. The exam was for a technician title in an applied science department with the county. The tests will be scored and ranked by performance, a process that is scheduled to take up to three months. I don’t see how it could possibly take three months, since the test was multiple choice. Then again, I may be biased by my eagerness for work. It is the government, after all. I shouldn’t expect efficiency.
Civil service law requires that appointments be made from among one of the three highest scoring candidates interested in the position. I was optimistic before the test, thinking to myself, I’m pretty smart, I should have a decent shot. Now I’m not so sure. More people took the exam than I expected, at least 20 warm bodies. And the questions were hard! Well, not all of them. Half the test was math of some variety, all ridiculously easy. However, the subject related questions were very, very specific. I’m trying to comfort myself with the thought that everyone else found those questions difficult, too.
In two short weeks, I'll be taking another exam for a different technician job with the county. Maybe I’ll do better next time.