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Discussion in 'Civil Service' started by Rob720, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. OneRe-TiredMarine

    OneRe-TiredMarine MassCops Member

    On general, how long does it take for the entire hiring process?

    There should be an academy between Feb and May and wanted to see how soon they will start calling potential candidates.
     
  2. USAF286

    USAF286 MassCops Member

    Departments vary, but on average I believe it is a couple months. I think the longest portion is the background investigation and how thorough the investigator is. Then there is the PAT, the interview, paperwork..etc. I was contacted in December and was in an academy in February.
     
  3. jmack55

    jmack55 New Member

    ive read this entire thread and the more i read the more confused i get lol. Is getting on a city department have the same requirements as getting on the state police? Or is this a city only thread?
     
  4. DucatiGuy

    DucatiGuy MassCops Member

    Two different organization, two different requirements. State Police have their own exam every couple of years but have recently been picking off last cycles CS exam.
     
  5. Pvt. Cowboy

    Pvt. Cowboy Lemme take a selfie Staff Member

    They haven't had their own exam in 13 years.
     
  6. OneRe-TiredMarine

    OneRe-TiredMarine MassCops Member

    To all our vets, hope you guys had a great day, enjoyed the free food and received the thanks you guys deserve. THANK YOU!

    I had a couple of questions, can you be on the top of the list and not be called in??? In other words, can the township skip you and hire someone lower on the list because of their relationships?

    Also, are PAT courses avail to the general public or candidates???? I wanted to see my time and practice/train for it? BTW, Im on westernmass.

    PS Where can I find information about age and passing times for each PAT event?
     
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  7. militia_man

    militia_man MassCops Member

    The town cannot skip you without cause. If they try to pass you by for someone else, you will certainly find out about it. One of the positives of civil service.

    PAT courses are not available to the public. It is a piece of cake, not to worry. Unless things have changed, you will have a practice opportunity and then a week later you will take the actual test.


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  8. bok

    bok MassCops Member

    Mass. has CITIES & TOWNS...FYI.
     
  9. suffolk85

    suffolk85 New Member

    roadhouse69 where can I get this info on the mmpi and good cop profile, I majored in government.
     
  10. dewey9

    dewey9 New Member

    any idea of how many they are going to put on off this list?
     
  11. Enforcer508

    Enforcer508 New Member

    I got a 95 on the cs exam but I am not a resident. I talked to HR and she said the only way I will get looked at is if a city goes through their whole list and decide to go into the "all" list. Does anyone know what the odds are the I even get looked at? Seems like I just wasted money and time.
     
  12. Goose

    Goose The list is long but distinguished. Staff Member

    Depends on how many the agency is looking to hire and how many people are above you. Are you a vet or a disabled vet? If not, you probably don't have much of a chance because you aren't a resident.
     
  13. dol75

    dol75 New Member

    Not necessarily. Boston went through over 500 people to fill the two academies on the last list. With the new scoring the only way to really compare to the old list is by looking at the number of people ahead of you rather than what score grade you are actually in.
     
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  14. Jamescosta

    Jamescosta MassCops Member

    I was a government major as well, since our degrees aren't closely related to psychology or criminal justice, I had the same question you did. It took a lot of reading but there is plenty of research papers on the different characteristics that the mmpi is looking for. For example:
    http://www.theiacp.org/Portals/0/documents/pdfs/PSYCH2014_MMPI-2-RF.pdf
    Understanding the psychological profile that is scored higher is important because the personality section of the cs test is derived from the mmpi. When I was going through the process, I didn't want to focus on every aspect of improving my odds of getting hired, and then neglect a significant portion of the cs test (especially considering the recent changes to the scoring).
    For example, questions like "do you have a healthy appetite?" And "are you easily awoken?" are considered to be related to your anxiety level or ability to deal with stress. The logic being that a more anxious person would have a weaker appetite and not sleep as soundly. If you do enough research, every one of the questions in that section become more clear as to what it is trying to determine.
     
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  15. Jamescosta

    Jamescosta MassCops Member

    Rank is how you compare to everyone in the state.
     
  16. Pvt. Cowboy

    Pvt. Cowboy Lemme take a selfie Staff Member

    Let me rephrase that... 2000 or greater. Phrasing on this can sound either way. Like, 2001, 2002 etc. That make more sense now? Those people are in rougher shape.

    If you're between 1-1999, your odds are better.
     
  17. goodguy23

    goodguy23 MassCops Member

    What time do they host most civil service exams? I would the midnight shift and am curious to if I need to find someone to work
     
  18. Pvt. Cowboy

    Pvt. Cowboy Lemme take a selfie Staff Member

    Well the good news is you have 2 years to find someone to swap shifts with...

    And it's around 10am IIRC.
     
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  19. goodguy23

    goodguy23 MassCops Member

  20. WirePro_Joe

    WirePro_Joe MassCops Member

    I'm currently ranked #20 tied with 5 other people in my city. All of us are non vets and no emt status. What are my chances and how would this work? Would all six of us be called in at the same time, evaluated and then selected based on their impression? Should I get an emt cert in order to stand out?
     
  21. baconator

    baconator MassCops Member

    Just join the national guard or reserves.
     
  22. Rogergoodwin

    Rogergoodwin MassCops Member

    Depends on how many recruits they need, so not great if your in a small city. If anyone that's tied with you gets a card, you'll get one too.
    As far as the EMT cert goes, it will be one more thing to add to your resume, but won't make a difference as far as your position on the certification. Anything you can do to improve/separate yourself from the pack is good, so getting an emt cert would be one more thing you could mention in an interview, but it won't make a huge difference. Now if you were to become an emt, that would go much further. Experience from a job looks much better to hiring panels than academic achievements.
     
  23. WirePro_Joe

    WirePro_Joe MassCops Member

    Thanks that's helpful.
     
  24. blueline22

    blueline22 MassCops Member

    Are the state police going off the All List?
     
  25. JD02124

    JD02124 Supporting Member

    Nope just city/town and transit I believe.
     

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