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Testing for your current job

  • 16 Nov 2023 11:31 AM
    Reply # 13280316 on 13268807
    I know I'm late to this party, but I agree that a big issue is what to do with someone who holds the position/class and fails the test, which could happen for a variety of reasons.
  • 24 Oct 2023 2:34 PM
    Reply # 13271027 on 13268807

    Thanks, Jill! Hope you are well :-)

    Transfers between departments have been around forever for us. They are mutually optional for both the employee and the hiring official, so managers have the obligation to make sure the potential hire has the right tools for the new job.

    The union thinks that the transfer list isn't being sufficiently considered, so they want their people to be able to test promotionally for the transfer - because the promo list is a "must hire" list. I think it is a terrible, no good, very bad idea (for a number of reasons!) to let current incumbents take the test for the class they already hold, but I wanted to see if there were any other strong arguments for or against it.


  • 20 Oct 2023 12:41 PM
    Reply # 13269766 on 13268807

    We currently allow internal transfers (within departments) but do not allow transfers between departments. 

    One of the most troubling issues is jobs may not be equivalent across departments, at least in our organization. Some of our Administrative Assistants are primarily filing and are barely required to use Outlook. Others are regularly running reports in Excel and are required to use functions like pivot tables.  Unless departments are willing to test individuals to determine their suitability or complete extensive training post-hire, this could lead to a world of trouble with union employees.

  • 18 Oct 2023 11:46 AM
    Message # 13268807

    Does anyone have it included in their rules or regulations that current incumbents explicitly cannot take the entry test for their own job class?

    (For instance, do/would you allow a current Clerk III to take the Clerk III examination for placement on an eligibility list?)

    This is being proposed by one of our bargaining units to aid employees who want to transfer between departments. Our agency thinks this is a very bad idea. What is the best argument for or against this?


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