Good Afternoon! My name is Anna Forsberg and I will be your tour guide through the jungle of test preparation strategies. This training is designed to give you an insight into the selection process for the Classified Service and it will give you some great tips on how to prepare for your next promotional opportunity. *ICE BREAKER Before we start, I am curious how many of you have gone through our selection process? I would like each individual to describe your experience with our selection process using three words. I have heard these words many times before. Although this is my first time teaching this class, I have given tiny versions of this class numerous times over the phone, per email, in meetings with candidates etc. I am currently a SR HR Specialist and for the past 6 years I have called the Personnel Selection Branch my home. I also have a MS in I/O, which has given me a thorough foundation in test and measures used in HR.
Before we dig into the material…let me just point out some bad news and good news. Bad News – there are no magic tricks to on how to succeed Good News Our tests are always job related and if you have the skills AND prepare for the test, you will do even better!
This training will show you what you can do to prepare yourself by knowing…
Make your computer your best friend… If that is not possible… Introduce your best friend to your computer so that your friend can help you
Check several times a week Make it your default page
Has anyone gone through a T&E before? What was your experience? This can be a very confusing test part for candidates
We have talked about different types of questions, now let’s look at how you can answer them This is a good approach that works for all questions
This is a great approach to sharing your work related examples
Talk about your job to yourself and others. Talk to yourself in the car – in front of the mirror Tell others about your job, what you do, why you like it, challenges and how you overcome challenges etc. BE COMFORTABLE TALKING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO WITH OTHERS!
Test Preparation Strategies What to expect and how to prepare for the Classified selection process at LAUSD
“ Tell us how your background has prepared you for this job?”
Ask about previous behavior that is similar to behaviors necessary to perform the job.
Assumption: previous behavior is a predictor of future performance.
“ As a Job Supervisor, you will have to manage your own time, priorities, and resources to complete your assignments in an effective and efficient manner. Please give us a specific example from your current (or previous) job that demonstrates your ability to manage your own time and work load effectively.”
Asks about hypothetical situations and your suggested actions.
“ Assume you are the project manager at a construction site. All of a sudden, the contractor starts arguing loudly with the inspector and you fear that it might become physical. What will you do?”
Asks about specific technical answers to specific technical questions.
Common in Technical Interview
“ Discuss the legal and practical significance of the pesticide label in structural pest management.”
The Three-Step Process to Answering Questions Step # 1: Understand what is really being asked. Step # 2: Answer the question effectively, yet briefly. Step# 3: Answer the real question by presenting your related skills and back it up using EXAMPLES FROM YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE!