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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I find information regarding open jobs?
  2. Can anyone apply for "Promotional Opportunities"?
  3. I don’t see a job I’m interested in. Can you notify me when a particular job opens?
  4. Do I have to use an application form?
  5. How do I apply online or create an account?
  6. How do I know if Human Resources has received my online application?
  7. What application tips can you give me?
  8. How often can I re-apply for the same position?
  9. Can I apply for jobs in specific locations?
  10. Are veterans given preference in hiring?
  11. Do I have to take a test? If so, when and where do I go?
  12. What can I expect from the written examination process?
  13. What happens if I miss my scheduled exam?
  14. Do you offer services for persons with disabilities?
  15. What is a Training and Experience Evaluation?
  16. How will I be notified of my score?
  17. What is the interview and selection process?
  18. How long will I remain on an eligible list?
  19. How can I update my personal information (name, address, etc.)?
  20. How can I contact a staff member for additional help?

  1. How do I find information regarding open jobs?
  2. View the current job postings on the Current Openings page. New postings are added at least once per week. These postings are issued when there are current or expected future job vacancies. Postings contain important information such as minimum job requirements, examination process and application procedures. Some jobs are open for "continuous" recruitment without a specified closing date; however, they are subject to closure at any time. Others are open for a limited time period with a definite closing date and time after which applications will not be accepted.

    Once you find a position of interest, click on the "Apply" link. Create an account, if you haven't already done so, and submit your application following the step-by-step process. Applications must be filled out completely and clearly demonstrate that the minimum requirements are met. Applications are only accepted during the recruitment period indicated in the posting. A separate application must be submitted for each position. Résumés are not accepted in lieu of the County application.


  3. Can anyone apply for "Promotional Opportunities"?
  4. No, the "Promotional Opportunities" shown on this website are open only to current County of San Bernardino employees. All other persons may only apply for jobs listed on the Current Openings page.


  5. I don’t see a job I’m interested in. Can you notify me when a particular job opens?
  6. If our current openings do not include jobs you are interested in at this time, you may complete a job interest notification request. There are two ways to sign up for job notifications - you can request job notifications via e-mail either by specific job titles or category. You will be notified by e-mail once the position(s) you are interested in is open for recruitment.


  7. Do I have to use an application form?
  8. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications online. Kiosks are available at the Human Resources office, which is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Paper applications may also be obtained at the office. Résumés will not be accepted in lieu of the County application, but may be attached to a completed application. Note: There is a six (6) month waiting period to re-apply for the same job posting (title and level).


  9. How do I apply online or create an account?

  10. View our list of Current Openings. Once you find a position of interest, click on the "Apply" option located to the right of the job title. You will create an account that must include a unique username and password. Once you have created your account and logged in, follow the step by step application process. This application can be saved and used to apply for more than one job opening. Note: Each applicant must use his/her own e-mail address when setting up an account. Only one account per applicant is allowed. Do not share your username and password with anyone. If you need assistance updating your existing account, complete and submit the Change of Information Request.


  11. How do I know if Human Resources has received my online application?

    Upon submission of the online application, you will see a confirmation message and receive an e-mail confirmation shortly thereafter.

  12. What application tips can you give me?
  13. For most jobs we accept and encourage online applications. This improves processing time and is easier for hiring departments to review. The job posting includes specific requirements and instructions. Read the posting carefully and only apply for positions in which you meet the minimum requirements. Paper applications should be printed neatly or typed as this information will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum job requirements.

    Information about your experience, including employment dates and hours worked per week, must be provided. Résumés are not accepted as a substitute for a fully completed application form. Do not use statements such as “see/refer to résumé” or “see attached” on the application. Keep a copy of your application for reference as Human Resources is unable to provide photocopies.

    Be Honest and Truthful: Misrepresentation or falsification of information on an application or any verification documents is grounds for disqualification and/or termination of employment. The County reserves the right to investigate the accuracy of any information submitted. This may involve contacting educational institutions, former employers, and law enforcement agencies.


  14. How often can I re-apply for the same position?

    There is a six (6) month waiting period to re-apply for the same job (title and level.)


  15. Can I apply for jobs in specific locations?

    It is important that you indicate your location preferences on the application. As vacancies occur in different locations, the names of qualified applicants are referred to the hiring departments.

  16. Are veterans given preference in hiring?

    Eligible veterans and their spouse or widow(er) who are not current County employees may be awarded additional Veteran's Preference points. To claim Veterans Preference, you must indicate your request on the application. Unless already on file with Human Resources, all documentation must be submitted by the recruitment filing deadline. For additional information, please refer to the Veteran's Preference Policy.

    Veteran's preference points will be awarded based on the following criteria:

    • Veteran - Five (5) points: Copy of DD214 or V.A. letter required
    • Spouse of a disabled veteran - Five (5) points: Copy of spouse's DD214 and evidence of disability (i.e., V.A. letter indicating percentage of disability) required
    • Widow(er) of a veteran - Five (5) points: Copy of DD1300 required
    • Disabled veteran - Ten (10) points: Copy of DD214 and evidence of disability (i.e., V.A. letter indicating percentage of disability) required


  17. Do I have to take a test? If so, when and where do I go?

    In order to be referred to hiring departments, you must participate and be successful in the established examination process. The examination process may include the following steps:

    1. Submitting a completed County application
    2. Meeting minimum job requirements
    3. Achieving a competitive score on one or more of the following:
      • A written examination of technical knowledge, skills, and abilities
      • An oral examination
      • A performance examination (i.e., typing, equipment operation, agility/physical fitness)
      • An evaluation of application materials for measurement of education, experience and training

    Applicants reporting for testing must show government issued personal indentification such as a driver's license, state ID card, military ID card, etc. Your examination notice will include the date, time and location of your scheduled exam. If you have not received an examination notice a week prior to the exam date indicated on the job posting, contact us at (909) 387-8304. For a map and directions to our test centers, visit the Testing Locations page.


  18. What can I expect from the written examination process?

  19. Most written examinations are composed of multiple-choice questions. Responses are marked on a separate answer sheet. All written examinations are administered with a time limit. Some jobs require a performance (i.e., typing, in-basket, writing exercise) examination in addition to the written exam.

    Exam Preparation: Human Resources does not provide specific study guides for written examinations. The questions on each exam differ for each job title. There are generic study guides available in libraries and bookstores, some of which may contain content similar to County exams. A review of basic skills such as grammar, arithmetic, and reading comprehension might be helpful. Human Resources cannot recommend specific study guides. It is recommended that you get plenty of rest and try to relax before testing.

    During the Exam: Read ALL instructions and answer choices. Pick the best answer. If you must guess, try to eliminate one or two responses. Work at a steady pace, but don't rush. You should have plenty of time to finish the exam within the established time limit.

    Written Exam Scoring: Exam scores are usually based on the number of items answered correctly. With the exception of the rate-of-work portion of some exams, no deduction is made for incorrect responses or guessing. Each exam has an established minimum number of correct responses required for passing. For scoring purposes, passing raw scores (number correct) are converted to a standard range of 70 to 100. For example, raw scores equal to the pass point are reported as 70 and perfect scores (all items correct) are reported as 100. Veteran's preference points, if applicable, are added after score conversion.


  20. What happens if I miss my scheduled exam?

    Make-up requests for a missed scheduled examination will only be granted in cases where it is legally mandated (i.e., military service), the candidate is fulfilling a civic duty (i.e., jury duty), or is on official San Bernardino County business. A Make-Up Examination Request will not be approved if scheduled exam was missed due to a vacation.


  21. Do you offer services for persons with disabilities?

    Human Resources provides reasonable testing accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Applicants wishing to request accommodation should submit a Special Testing Accommodations Request. For questions, contact (909) 387-8304 or the California Relay Service: 711 (for TTY users). Requests must be received within one week of the recruitment filing deadline.


  22. What is a Training and Experience Evaluation?

  23. This type of exam process measures an applicant's training, education and experience as indicated on the County application and supplemental questionnaire. Therefore, it is important that all application materials and responses are thorough, complete and clear.


  24. How will I be notified of my score?

  25. Notifications are sent according to your selected notification preference (paper or e-mail) on your application. Applicants will receive one of three types of notifications:

    • Ineligibility (did not meet minimum requirements)
    • Not successful in the examination process
    • Achieved a passing score and placed on the eligible list

    Applicants successful in the examination process, shall be placed in one of the six following score ranges:
    • Group 1: 95-100
    • Group 2: 90-94
    • Group 3: 85-89
    • Group 4: 80-84
    • Group 5: 75-79
    • Group 6: 70-74

  26. What is the interview and selection process?

    A list of qualified candidates is established in rank order of scores obtained during the examination process. Referrals to hiring departments are made with priority given to candidates with the highest scores. Factors such as location, shift, and special skills may be requested by a department. The top candidates meeting the desired criteria will be referred. If a department is interested in interviewing a referred candidate, they will contact the candidate directly by phone or letter. The hiring department will interview at least three (3) candidates.

  27. How long will I remain on an eligible list?

    Candidates’ names will remain on the eligible list for a period of at least six (6) months unless there is a significant change in the examination process.

  28. How can I update my personal information (name, address, etc.)?

    It is essential that you notify the Human Resources Employment Division of any change in your name, address, telephone or e-mail information. If you already have an online account, you may update your information online for any future applications you submit. This will not change the information on applications previously submitted. If you need to update your information on an application already submitted, please complete the Change of Information Request.

  29. How can I contact a staff member for additional help?

    We realize that finding the right job is not easy. You may have additional questions or need other assistance. If you need help, please call (909) 387-8304 and you will be directed to the appropriate staff member. You may also contact us via e-mail at employment@hr.sbcounty.gov or visit our office in San Bernardino (7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday).

 

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