Written Application & Supplemental Questionnaire
Typically an application process is open for at least 3 weeks, but this can be extended depending on the number of applications received. The applications are checked for minimum qualifications and completeness, and the supplemental questionnaire is evaluated and scored. Evaluation of the written applications can take approximately 1 week.
Testing Process Written Examination
Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications are invited to the written examination. The written examination takes approximately 2 hours. The test is scored immediately after all candidates have finished the test, and the results are posted.
Behavioral Personality Assessment Device (BPAD)
This is a test that evaluates a candidate's personality traits against personality traits for the position. This test takes approximately 30 minutes.
Oral Panel Interview
The candidate must respond to a series of questions and scenarios that are given to the candidate by panelist. The interview typically takes 45-60 minutes.
Note: The BPAD and Oral Panel Interview are conducted on the same day as the written test; however, a candidate must past the written test before being considered for BPAD and the oral panel interview.
Typically a list of qualified candidates is developed. The Chief has the ultimate say as to who is selected to go to the next phase of the hiring process. The remaining components of the hiring process include the following.
This is an extensive examination of the candidate's background to include personal and employment references, credit history, criminal history, work history, and personal history.
Tentative Job Offer
A tentative job offer is given to candidates who successfully pass the background investigation.
Medical Examination Including Drug Screen
The candidate is scheduled with a doctor selected by the City of Grants Pass for a medical examination to determine the candidate's ability to meet DPSST certification standards.
A candidate that passes all of the above components of the testing process is then given an offer of employment.
The new employee is then provided with on-the-job training in their specific discipline. All new employees without prior experience must serve an 18-month trial service. The Public Safety Director / Chief has the authority to grant 12-month trial service depending upon experience and certifications.