Structured Interview and Exam Information

There are available positions in almost every state governmental division in New Hampshire. The vast majority of these openings require either a structured interview or an examination. With the proper education and experience, applicants will be certified by the New Hampshire Division of Personnel. The New Hampshire Human Resources homepage contains a listing of “Employee Opportunities”.

You can apply for a New Hampshire civil service job through an in-house posting of a promotional vacancy or through a competitive recruitment employment ad. If responding to an in-house announcement, within three days of the posting expiration you will be scheduled for an interview or exam. If your application is the result of an open recruitment announcement, you can expect to be scheduled for either the exam or the interview within 14 days of when the examination section or hiring agency receives your application.

Exam Notification and Preparation

If a New Hampshire civil service exam is required, you will receive an invitation to participate in an exam, along with a statement of the subject matters covered on the test. If a structured interview is pertinent to the job title, the hiring agency housing the open position will invite you to attend a structured interview, and further notify you of the subject matter of that interview.

The Human Resources homepage contains a strong recommendation that all candidates prepare for the test through textbook review and study guides. It is precisely this preparation, along with practice tests, that are thoroughly provided at JobTestPrep. 

Taking the Examination

Civil service exams are administered at the NH Division of Personnel. You may however, request that the test be administered at New Hampshire Employment Security facilities, situated at diverse locations within the state.

Bring to the exam a picture ID, an admissions letter if applicable and a calculator.

You will be given three hours to complete a New Hampshire civil service exam that generally takes only two hours. So take your time and supply an answer to every question. There is no penalty for wrong answers, as the scoring is computed by percent of correct answers compared with the total number of questions.

The exam format is multiple-choice. Some job classifications such as Telecommunications Specialist and Data Entry Operator require an additional performance test.

If you receive at least a 70%, you will have passed the test and can expect to be seriously considered for the position. As to keyboarding tests, words per minute and number of errors are the primary factors.

Hiring Determinants

You will receive a letter containing the result of your test or interview approximately 5-10 business days following the structured interview or exam. With a 70% qualifying score, your data will be entered on a register and passed along to the agency housing the job opening. While there is an emphasis on the test or interview score, other factors such as verbal fluency, education, interpersonal skills and experience will play a significant role in the final personnel decision.

New Hampshire State Exam Prep

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