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Selection Process: How Does it Work?

Search for jobs:
St. Louis County and Arrowhead Regional Corrections Employment Opportunities are publicized primarily on the SLC internet here. They may also be found on our Facebook page, on bulletin boards throughout county buildings, in local and regional newspaper advertisements, and on other employment websites. Anyone meeting the minimum qualifications of the position advertised is welcome to apply. Read each posting to learn about the application materials needed, the application deadline, and the selection process for the position you are interested in.   

Apply for jobs at St. Louis County:
Read each posting for application and selection details

  1. Read the Online Application Quick Start Guide. Complete your application and attach required documentation
  2. Submit documents by application closing date
  3. Contact Employee Relations Staff at 218-726-2422 if you have questions

Application details:

  • Only experience occurring during the ten most recent years will be used in determining experience and training ratings.
  • List each promotion as a separate job, even though it may have been with the same department or organization.
  • Part-time work experience must be prorated to the number of hours worked, using a 40-hour work week as the standard for full-time work.
  • Your application and supporting material becomes the property of St. Louis County and cannot be returned.

Selection process:
Once your application is received, it will be reviewed to determine whether or not the minimum qualifications have been met. When the determination is made, applications are either scored for experience and training or candidates are notified of eligibility to participate in the next level of exams.  After all candidates have been scored notification is sent regarding the final score. Passing candidates are placed on the eligible register. Candidates who do not pass all the required examinations are notified and must re-apply during the next posting.

Candidates are ranked on an eligible register for a period of up to one year to fill any vacancies. St Louis County uses several different methods to determine your final ranking and score such as:

  • Written/Computerized/Video Exam
  • Supplemental Questionnaire
  • Oral Examination (consisting of 3 member panel)
  • Experience & Training
    (Points awarded for most recent 10 years; experience beyond ten years can be used to satisfy minimum requirements but will not be scored)
  • Equipment (mainly for promotional examinations)

Any combination of these can be used to determine the final scoring.  The top seven names (open/competitive recruitment) or top three names (promotional) are referred to the interviewing authority, where interviews and final selection take place. Written exam answer sheets and other assessment materials are available for review within 60 days; the test questions are not made available to candidates for review. 

All applicants that qualify for the eligible register will receive notification of their score and ranking if applicable. Applicants that have been referred to the hiring department are notified to contact the interviewing authority within 5 business days of receipt of the referral notice.

Application Tips:

  • Include all related job experience on the application even if you attach a resume to ensure that you are given credit for all experience and training.
  • List each promotion as a separate job, even though it may have been with the same department or organization.
  • Read and answer Supplemental Questionnaire carefully.  Responses are typically scored by a subject matter expert and may need to be supported by the application (education, jobs, training, and certifications). Be thorough.
  • Your application and supporting material becomes the property of St. Louis County and cannot be returned.