Calhoun County, Alabama

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who may apply for County Civil Service positions?
Any one who is 18 years old and has a state accredited high school diploma or GED equivalent.  The Sheriff Deputy position requires an applicant to be 21 to be hired.

Do you accept resumes?
No.  Resumes may be given to the Department Head when you are called for interview

How long will my application be active?
At the time of testing you will be notified of the test date and time.  If you do not take the test, your application will be destroyed.

Can I submit one application for all the positions available?
No.  You must submit a completed application for each of the positions you wish to test for.  All applications must be filled out completely and signed by you.

What do the tests consist of and how long do they take?
The test for Data Entry Operator, Account Clerk, Sheriff Deputy, Corrections Officer, Dispatcher and Laborer are written tests.  There are 100 questions, which consists of basic math, grammar, spelling, word association and general information concerning the position being tested. There are books available at the Library and for sale at various bookstores that can be used as study guides for the various tests.  It is strongly recommended that you use these to study for the test if you have never taken a test of this kind before. The Equipment Operator test is a performance test in which the applicant will be asked to operate heavy machinery doing various tasks. Normally the testing time will last about 2 to 3 hours.

What do I have to make on the test to be on the eligible list?
A score of 60 or better is required to be on the eligible list.  The higher the score the higher your ranking on the list and the sooner you will be called for interview.

How long is the eligible list good for?
The eligible list is designed to last for 1 year from the date it was given, but in some cases there are not enough names on the list to keep it active that long.  In such cases we will announce the position again and give another test.  You must re-apply to take the test again.


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