Oral exams were also structured. We allow applicants an hour to review data and develop conclusions and recommendations based on the data We set up a computer and office for the applicants to use. After the interview, we put the applicant in front of a computer with the writing exercise and give him or her one hour to complete it.
The exams are given in the Office-applicants have one hour to complete the questions. Were multiple concepts combined to form original thoughts?
Our hope has been that the applicant's analytical skills and personality will emerge in the interviews, even if some of the technical skills including writing are not demonstrated first-hand. We require the applicant to provide no more than one page each describing their experience in a research and analysis b teamwork and c writing.
Our process has consisted primarily of interviews of applicants by groups of our staff, and typically there are multiple interviews of an applicant before we make an offer. In this scenario, the applicant is given some background information on a topic of interest to the legislature and then 12 separate pieces of information that have been gathered in relation to the topic.
We use the work exercise as an alternative to any kind of writing sample. Because they are familiar with our writing style, the editors can assess the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate's writing skills.