- Review the Exam Bulletin
- Apply for an Examination
- Prepare for the Examination
- Employment List
- Hiring Interview
1. Review the Exam Bulletin
The DSA Job Opportunities page lists examinations for which we are currently accepting applications. Download the examination that interests you for details, including:
- Final Filing Date
- Where to submit your application
- Minimum Qualifications
- Type of Exam
- Scope of exam (this tells the knowledge and abilities you will be tested for)
- Position description
Please note that the process for Internet Exams is different; please go directly to the link for the Internet Exam you are interested in and follow the bulletin instructions. Also, DSA’s Internet Exam FAQs page provides additional information on the Internet Exam process.
2. Apply for an Examination
Note: The State Examination Application (Form STD. 678) is incorporated into the Internet Exam; therefore, you will not need to complete a separate STD. 678 when applying for an Internet Exam.
Complete and submit a State Examination Application (Form STD 678)(PDF) to the address listed on the bulletin. Read this form carefully and answer all questions which apply to you. Include all relevant experience, dates of employment, hours worked per week, etc. Check the education and job experience requirements on the exam bulletin and make sure to include all of your qualifying experience on the application. Include any experience, education or training you believe would enhance or substantiate your qualifications. It is important for you to be thorough when listing your qualifications. The person reviewing your application can only determine whether or not you qualify based on the information you provide. Do not make any assumptions. The information you provide will be used to determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualifications to take the exam. Send your application to the address listed on the exam announcement. Your application must be postmarked by the final filing date listed on the announcement. Late applications will not be accepted. NOTE—Continuous Filing: If the exam announcement states that the exam is continuous filing, applications postmarked or delivered after the indicated Final Filing Date or after the deadline will be held for the next examination period.
Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications. If you do not meet the minimum qualifications, you will receive a notice informing you of that decision. If you receive this notice and you believe you meet the minimum qualifications, contact the exam analyst at the phone number provided in your notice. It is possible that information on your application was unclear, inadvertently left out, or misinterpreted. You will have seven working days from the date of the notice to provide any additional information that you feel may qualify you for the examination.
If you have not received any notice within three weeks of the final filing date or three days prior to a written test date, contact the Office of Human Resources at the number listed on the exam announcement.
3. Prepare for the Examination
Refer to the examination announcement and read the section entitled “Examination Information.” It will tell you what type of test will be used and what effect (known as “weight”) each test will have on your final score. Read the “Scope” section carefully; it will tell you what subjects will be covered.
4. Employment List
All candidates who are successful in passing the exam are given a score based on their responses to the interview questions. An employment or eligibility list is established which places the successful candidates in a “rank” based on their scores. Each rank can include one or more candidates. Only candidates from the top three ranks can be selected for employment. However, as a rank is cleared of candidates either by the candidate(s) hire or non-interest in the position, candidates from the next rank may then be selected.
5. Hiring Interview
The hiring interview is specific to the position within the DSA Regional or Headquarters Office where the vacancy exists. When the hiring office is ready to fill a vacancy, “contact letters” may be sent to candidates on the employment list to ask if you are interested in an interview. It is not necessary to wait for a contact letter to apply for a vacancy. You may submit your application for any listed vacancy for which you have eligibility status. All DSA vacancies are listed on our website under Current Job/Exam Bulletins.
When you have been hired, you will serve a probationary period of six months to one year. You will receive three probationary reports from your immediate supervisor, which will be discussed with you and reviewed by another supervisor. When you have successfully completed your probation, you will attain permanent status as a State employee.