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Qualifications Rating: This exam typically involves an evaluation of your training and experience as it relates to the duties of the position. It is usually an assessment of an examination (Supplemental Questionnaire) and your application. Training and Experience Exam: This exam is typically an essay test that asks questions about your education, training and experience as it relates to the duties of the position. It is usually more detailed and comprehensive than the qualifications rating. The exam may be the supplemental questionnaire attached to the job posting, or may be administered as a sit-down exam.
Interview: An oral interview typically involves a panel of interviewers who ask structured questions about past experiences in handling specific situations. The questions are usually designed to measure broad categories of competencies, such as your ability to solve problems or to assess your communication skills. The interview may be an examination subject, and/or can be a hiring interview conducted by the department hiring authority.
Practical Exam: This exam typically requires you to perform functions similar to those routinely performed in the job. It is usually used for physically demanding or task-specific jobs.
Written Exam: These exams measure job-related knowledge. They are usually based on announced references or knowledge areas. Typical written exams are multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank and are usually used for job which require very specific knowledge.