Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, please indicate that need on the County application. We do require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a doctor or a learning institution. Our staff will work with you if at all possible.
You must receive a score of 70% to pass the examination and be placed on an eligible list. You will remain on that eligible list for up to one year, as noted in the Job Announcement. Candidates are grouped in five point standings. The names (minimum of three) of successful candidates are sent to the hiring department for final selection when a vacancy occurs. Candidates are notified of selection/non-selection in writing by the hiring department or agency.
The County encourages you to apply for promotional opportunities immediately — you do not need to finish your probationary period before applying. For open recruitments (not county-wide or agency/departmental recruitments) you will receive 5 additional points for being a County employee assuming you have completed your initial probationary period and achieved a successful score on the examination. Upon completing probation, you are also eligible for transfer to similar positions within the County. If interested, file an application and signed request to be placed on the transfer list with the Human Resources Division. You will be notified in writing once you are placed on the list.
If you have any questions contact (805) 654-5129 (Human Resources Reception) and ask for the Human Resources Analyst assigned to your agency/department.
There are several different kinds of tests or examinations which are used to determine the knowledge, skills and abilities needed. Any one or a combination of tests may be given. Below are examples of the type of tests that can be given:
- Written — multiple-choice items test specific areas of knowledge and abilities.
- Oral — a panel asks questions to determine an applicant’s knowledge and abilities.
- Performance or Practical — evaluates an applicant’s skills or physical abilities (swimming, equipment operations, etc.)
- Application Evaluation (candidates do not appear for an exam) — recruitment analyst reviews applications, supplemental questionnaires, etc. to determine possession of required knowledge and abilities.
It is very important that you arrive on time for any scheduled examination and bring picture identification with you. Failure to do so may result in you not being allowed to take the examination. You would then have to reapply when the recruitment is open again. Examinations generally are not rescheduled for any reason.
Applicants are encouraged to review Preparing for a Written Examination and Preparing for an Oral Examination .
Typically within one week of your examination, the Human Resources Division will notify you in writing of your score and standing on the eligible list. Please do not call the Human Resources Division to request your score. Scores are not given over the phone. You then have 12 days from the date of the notification to review your examination results, if you wish.
As you are referred to a department/agency for the final selection interview, a letter will be sent from the Human Resources Division giving you the department/agency contact name and telephone number to contact for an interview appointment. It is important that you respond within ten days of the date on that letter; failure to make contact may result in your removal from the eligible list.
It is also important to remember that you are allowed to waive or decline three job interviews before you will be removed from the eligible list. You will then have to retest once the recruitment is open again. If you do not want your name sent to a particular agency/department for the selection interview, you must mark that request on your online application or send the Human Resources Division written notice of your request (include title of position).
Also, Personnel Rules and Regulations require removal of your name from an eligible list if you refuse three job offers. If you are temporarily not available for work (for instance, for a few months due to surgery, family emergency, etc.) notify the Human Resources Division in writing so your name will not be certified to hiring departments.
Applications are accepted only for jobs open for recruitment. You are encouraged to apply on-line at our website though we do also accept paper applications. County applications may be picked up at the County Human Resources Division.
There are three types of recruitments:
- Open — available to anyone meeting minimum qualifications.
- County-Wide Promotional — available only to County employees.
- Agency/Department Promotional — open only to employees of specific agencies or departments.
Recruitments usually have a specific closing date and applications must be received at the Human Resources Division by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Continuous recruitments may close at any time, so please apply immediately.
You may also FAX your application and/or supplemental documents to the Human Resources Division, however, an original application or very good photocopy is preferred.
All application material becomes the property of the County and cannot be returned to you. You may use copies of our County application to file for other jobs as long as all of the qualifying information is provided and supplemental questionnaires are completed when required.
The Human Resources Division will notify you in writing of any change in your eligibility. For instance, if you should refuse three job offers, you will be notified that your name has been removed from the eligible list for failure to respond to a notice for interview. If you need assistance in correcting any errors, please call (805) 654-5129 and ask for the Human Resources Analyst assigned to the recruitment. Generally, we can assist you with any issues over the telephone, though most corrections to information must be submitted in writing.
Be sure that you keep the Human Resources Division updated on any change in phone number or address. Again, please call (805) 654-5129.
- Job Announcements are posted on our Careers Page through www.ventura.org/jobs. This page contains the list of current job openings. For each title there is a link to the actual Job Announcement, and a link to the on-line application process for that position.
- Printed, detailed job bulletins and copies of the current Employment Opportunities list are also available at the one of the following locations as well as in various agencies throughout the County.
Lobby Desk – Ventura County Human Resources Division
800 South Victoria Ave.
Ventura, CA 93009
- Lobby Desk – Ventura County Human Resources HCA Division
2323 Knoll Drive
Ventura, CA 93003
- Lobby Desk – Ventura County Human Resources HCA Division
- The County advertises in some technical professional journals and on their websites, as well as on Twitter and Linked-In