Recruitment & Examination Process

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The County of Fresno conducts recruitments for all departments on a regular basis. Each recruitment consists of an examination process which is developed to measure candidates' relative abilities to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying. Tests may consist of written, oral, performance, physical, education and/or experience evaluations, or a combination of these or any other processes to identify the best qualified candidates.

Typically candidates achieving a passing score of 70% or above will be placed on an employment list for a specified period of time. Candidates who qualify for Veteran's Preference credit will have 5% added to their passing score. Generally, the top ten ranked individuals on the employment list (in accordance with Personnel Rule 4) will be referred to the hiring department for employment consideration. Those not selected remain on the list for future vacancy consideration until such list expires.

Upon referral of names from an employment list, hiring departments will contact candidates to schedule interviews. Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of reference checks, background investigation, medical and psychological examinations and any other requirements related to employment.

Glossary of Terms

  • Employment List - This list, also called an “eligible” list, contains names of persons who have passed the examination.
  • Veteran's Preference - The County of Fresno provides a 5% credit to veterans who have served during a time of conflict. This credit, for applicable exams, is added to the total of the candidate's weighted qualifying score. To qualify for Veteran's Preference credit, applicants must submit a DD214 or other certificates of discharge during the recruitment filing period. Veteran's Preference is allowable only on initial entrance into County service.
  • Background Investigation - Some of the positions may require a background investigation. The background investigation requires you to provide information regarding your personal history including: legal issues - arrests and/or convictions; personal information - relatives, references, and acquaintances; education; experience and employment; residences; financial status; military service, and vehicle operation history.