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California Department of Corrections’s Hiring Process

The CDCR hiring process is slightly different than your run of the mill hiring process for many companies. As it is a state governmental department, there are many things that you will need to take into consideration throughout the CDCR recruitment process.

  • Application Process: Prior to being able to submit your application and resume, you may be required to take a pre-hire exam. Once you have passed the pre-employment entrance exam, you will be prompted to complete your online application and upload your resume. You can find more information regarding this process directly from the CDCR careers webpage. You will be able to use the same CDCR application to apply for multiple positions.
  • Phone Screening: Once your pre-hire assessment and application have been submitted and you have made it to the eligibility list, you should receive an invitation to participate in a phone interview. Phone interviews are often used to gauge your interest in the role, as well as your suitability.
  • In-Person Interviews: If you have successfully passed all of the previous stages of the CDCR hiring process, you will then be invited engage in one or more face-to-face interviews. Your interviews will either be held in a one-on-one setting, however, many roles may require a group or panel-style interviews.

California Department of Corrections Career Exams

The specific test or tests that you will need to take during the CDCR recruitment process will be determined by the role you have applied for. JobTestPrep offers preparation materials for many of these exams, including those for accounting, administrativecorrections officer, police officer, and more.

To ensure that you are able to take and pass your CDCR entrance exam it is imperative for you to prepare beforehand. Our CDCR PrepPacks™ include specialized practice tests, study guides, and customizable interview preparation. Come prepared for each of your pre-employment tests to land the job you want with the California Department of Corrections (CDCR).



California Department of Corrections Interview Process

Your interviews with the CDCR will most likely be held before a panel of managers. During your CDCR you will be asked questions pertaining to your resume, your previous work experience, and your working style. Below you will find several examples of questions to prepare for prior to your California Department of Corrections interviews:

  • What makes you the best candidate for this position?
  • How do you deal with stressful situations in the workplace?


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California State Prison, Los Angeles County California State Prison, Sacramento California State Prison, Solano Deuel Vocational Institution
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Mule Creek State Prison North Kern State Prison Pelican Bay State Prison Pleasant Valley State Prison
Richard J Donovan Correctional Facility Salinas Valley State Prison San Quentin State Prison Sierra Conservation Center
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