US Postal Exam 955

The US Postal Exam 955, used for mechanic and technician jobs, has recently replaced exams 931, 932, and 933. This job-specific assessment is taken at a testing center and is proctored. It is comprised of multi-craft and spatial reasoning questions.

Multi-craft questions are comprised of technical, electrical, mechanical, maintenance, and building questions. More specifically, these questions cover power transmission, hydraulics, motors, control circuits, power distribution, tools and equipment, rigging, pumps and combustions, test instruments, power supplies, and schematics.

Spatial reasoning consists of visualization and matching figures. It tests the ability to think about objects in 3D and to draw conclusions about those objects from limited information. Additionally, spatial reasoning tests measure four common types of spatial abilities: spatial or visuo-spatial perception, spatial visualization, mental folding, and mental rotation.

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USPS Exam 955 Interview Questions

As the USPS Exam 955 is used for mechanic and technicians, it's important to note that the questions asked during the interview will reflect your skill set, experience, and future job responsibilities.

  • What's your work style?
  • Why are you an asset?
  • Are you adaptable?
  • What did you like and dislike about your previous job?

US Postal Exam 642

The US Postal Exam 642, used for supervisors, is a 90-minute, online, non-proctored exam. The test contains two sections—situational judgment and personal characteristics.

The situational judgement portion contains 48 items, to be completed within 60 minutes. This section analyzes your judgement in work-related situations. Each question presents a scenario, followed by two questions—what would you most likely do, and what would you least likely do?

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The personal characteristics section contains 63 items, to be completed within 30 minutes. This section assesses your characteristics, traits, and tendencies toward achieving and obtaining an effective work performance.

It's important to answer the questions with a work setting in mind. When you encounter questions you can't relate to, base your answers off of similar experiences. Additionally, be sure to read the answer choices as there are different answer formats; some answers are in the form of strongly agree to strongly disagree, while other answer options are in the form of very often to rarely/never.

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USPS Exam 642 Interview Questions

As Exam 642 is used for supervisors, it's important to note that the questions asked during the interview will reflect this leadership position. 

  • How would you defuse a hostile customer or situation?
  • What previous job experience do you have that's related to the position you're applying for?
  • What's your management style?
  • What type of people do you find it difficult to get along with?

US Postal Inspector Exam

As an active law enforcement branch, the U.S. Postal Inspector (USPIS) investigates violations of postal laws, policies, and procedures at state and federal levels. The USPIS exam contains three sections, but may also contain one additional (business writing test) section. The Postal Inspector Exam is multiple-choice, computer-based, and has a strict time limit. It does not require any prior training or on-the-job experience. Learn more about the USPIS exam on our dedicated page.

US Postal Exams

Additional US Postal exams include the following:

US Postal Exam 473: The most common postal exam, it is used to fill over 90% of postal positions (postal clerk, mail handler, carrier associate, processing clerk, sales, distribution associate, etc.), and is administered in two separate sections. Learn more about the 473 US Postal exam on our dedicated page.

US Postal Exam 230/238/240: This questionnaire is used for truck driving (motor vehicle operator and tractor trailer operator) positions. It's not necessarily an exam, but rather a questionnaire about job experience and personal background information.

US Postal Exam 916: This exam is used for custodial maintenance jobs. It covers vocabulary and reading, safety and cleaning, and following instructions and directions.

US Postal Exam 943/944: This exam is used for automotive mechanics and technicians. Previous experience in this field is crucial for a successful hire.

USPS Hiring Process

Whether it's for a maintenance, supervisor, or mail carrier position, the initial hiring process is similar for the majority of USPS job positions. Applicants are required to complete and pass each stage in order to progress to the next phase in the recruitment process. We've outlined the hiring process, in order, below. 

USPS Application

This online step requires you to create an account, complete your candidate profile, and then select and apply for the job(s) you're interested in.

It's important to note that USPS highly suggests that when you complete the "Summary of Accomplishment" section, you highlight and explain how your previous job experience, skill set, education, and training relates to the position for which you're applying (as an additional document, attached to your application). Additionally, they suggest that you upload a current resume or CV.

USPS Assessment Test

The first (of two) tests is sent to you via email. This non-proctored test is essentially a personality and experience inventory. It consists of self-management, work motivation, conscientiousness, and work experience questions. It takes roughly 60–90 minutes to complete, and, once finished, generates a score that contributes to your overall hiring score.

The second test (administered at a testing center) entails content and questions regarding your job role. For example, if you're applying for a supervisor position, you will encounter leadership and situational questions, versus if you apply for a technician or maintenance job, for which you will be asked more technical or skills questions.

USPS Interview

There are typically two one-on-one interviews. During the first interview, 20–40 people are grouped together, but interviewed separately. The second interview is solely one-on-one, and if you pass, you will be given a time frame regarding how soon you will hear back from USPS.

USPS Background Check, Drug Test & Fingerprinting

If you pass the interview stage, you will be asked to complete a drug and background test. If you pass these tests, then you will be fingerprinted and asked to double check your application to verify that everything is correct and up-to-date.

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