Saw a job with the state in last week’s paper and decided to take the exam. The job is with the Department of Workforce Development, processing unemployment claims and determining benefits.
Most of the test was basic math and reading comprehension. I almost screwed up royally because I misunderstood a process for determining a benefit period and coldn’t figure out the answers to about 18 questions because I was using the wrong process, but I finally figured it out after about ten minutes of frustration.
The last section of the test was all these behavioural-based questions, which I was not happy about. Stuff like “you have ten minutes left on your break when a co-worker tells you your supervisor wants to see you. Do you a) say nothing and finish your break; b) tell your co-worker ‘no one gets extra work out of me!’; c) tell him to let your supervisor know you’ll be there in ten minutes; d) thank your co-worker and call your supervisor from the nearest phone.” Buh? I really didn’t much care for playing the “what do they want to hear” game; I usually like to save that for the interview.
I should get my score in 2-3 weeks and then I assume if I score high enough I’ll be called for an interview or at least to submit a resume.