Promotional Testing and Assessment Services
Your agency’s future is created today.
The hiring and promotion decisions that an executive makes today will have enormous impact on creating the organization of tomorrow. We offer the finest assessment tools available to help you identify the best candidates, and a process that is objective, valid, and defensible. We can accommodate 2 to 24 (and more) candidates in searches for first line supervisors up to the executive level for all public safety agencies.
Valid and Defensible Results
Trained assessors score candidates based on specific written guidelines and locally-developed expectations. All scenarios are designed to reflect the local community and the values of the organization, validated with local subject matter experts, and are consistent with nationally researched performance dimensions. Challenges to our process are rare, but PST will provide defense support for no additional charge.
Written Job Knowledge Examinations to measure the candidate’s grasp of the body of knowledge that is required to be successful in the position. We have a semi-customized written test for Washington State Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Fire Service Supervisors that will include your organization’s critical policies. We can also build a completely customized written exam that is valid and defensible.
Work Performance Ratings, a PST exclusive product that objectively incorporates the candidate’s prior on-the-job work performance into the promotional testing process. Our day-long process uses a facilitated discussion with all the candidate’s supervisors to place objective scores on five performance dimensions appropriate for the position. All the supervisors contribute their insights about each candidate toward a final score. Clients often find that this process has the collateral benefit of creating a unified perspective for the leadership team.
Leadership Assessment & Coaching includes online survey tools to help individuals and managers identify strengths and weaknesses along with executive coaching to help develop and support new leaders.
Assessment Center Exercises
The Assessment Center is the “gold standard” of promotional testing. Candidates experience four or five job simulations custom-built to fit the position and the organization. These are built on the powerful foundation of a local job task analysis, eight leadership dimensions based in national research, and a preparation workshop for candidates.
The organization chooses job simulations from the broad categories of Oral Presentations, Interactive Role-Playing Scenarios, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Tactical, and Writing Exercises.
On test day, PST delivers a “turn-key operation”; providing all the materials and does the scoring on-site. At the end of the day, your leaders participate in a briefing with the assessors and receive a rank-ordered list of candidates. All the documents created for the project and the assessors’ subjective comments about the candidates are provided shortly after the process so each candidate also receives personal feedback.
These events do not fit the rigid criteria of an assessment center, but serve well to provide a rank order and are less expensive. Multi-component tests merge portions of our most popular job simulations into a single event. The multi-component options are:
The Supervisory Skills & Abilities Promotional TestFor a maximum of four candidates, this test typically includes a structured interview, an in-basket exercise, and a critical thinking exercise. The three components are prepared by the candidate and presented to a single panel of assessors.
Command Skills & Abilities Promotional TestFor a maximum of three candidates, this test includes several practical scenarios a command-level leader would typically be expected to handle, including case studies and a summarized memo presented to assessors. This test is suitable for internal and/or external candidates.
Our Promotional Assessment Services are priced according to a number of factors, including type of test, number of candidates and exercises, and the responsibilities of the position. Discounts apply when the organization also uses PST for entry-level testing.
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What agency officials are saying about PST...
"Since 2015 we partnered with PST to create a number of Assessment Centers for our public safety promotional opportunities. Some of the positions we have tested for include: Fire Lieutenant, Captain and Deputy Chief; Police Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain (twice each); Corrections Sergeant; and the non-commissioned position of Police Services Supervisor.
Needless to say, we have been extremely pleased with the promotional testing services provided."
"We find the PST staff to be professional and responsive. PST consultants work closely with our agency personnel to ensure the test content is specifically tailored to our agency needs.
Perhaps the highest praise comes from the candidates themselves who participate in the promotional exams. At the conclusion of the test, they are provided with a feedback form about test content, the overall process, and overall relevancy. As the Civil Service Secretary/Examiner, I carefully review their feedback and have noticed throughout the years that the candidates consistently give excellent ratings about PST administered test content and the overall promotional process."
"We find their staff professional and responsive. The testing process has been organized and thorough. PST has been flexible and helpful in adjusting the scope of the test and the exercises when we have new ideas. We have heard from the candidates that they find the testing process to be fair and job relevant.
The City has been very happy with the work PST has done for us and will continue to use their services in the future. "
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TESTING IN WASHINGTON STATE CANCELED THROUGH MAY 4, 2020
All pre-employment tests in Washington State have been canceled until May 4, 2020. The previous date was April 30th, but with recent updates, facility closures, and government guidelines, this step is necessary and could be modified at any time. The health and safety of our customers, our staff, and their families is of the highest priority.
We will continue to evaluate developments and make changes to this policy as necessary. When we do resume testing, there will be plenty of events for everyone to test. We are in regular communication with our public safety agency partners, assessing alternatives to the traditional testing model and our testing policies. Any future updates will be posted on the PST website and our Facebook page.
If you have tested with PST in the past 12 months, there may be additional positions you are now eligible to add. Several departments have temporarily changed their testing policies due to the suspension in testing that COVID-19 has caused. Please login to your PST account and navigate to the ‘New Positions’ page to see what departments you can add! We will regularly update that page in your account as departments send updates.
FUTURE TEST REGISTRATION
We know that there will be testing in the future - we just don’t know when! We want you to be prepared for when testing begins again so we have created test events on our calendar that you can register for that will place you in a queue to be first notified. These tests are not “real” test events, they are essentially a holding area. You will be able to “reschedule” out of that event to any other event date/location at no cost. Registering now will also give you time to work on your Personal History Statement (PHS) so that your data will be ready and up-to-date to send to your departments once testing resumes.
To sign up for this placeholder event, select the May 15, 2020 test date in your category (police, fire, 911 dispatch, corrections, etc.). If you are currently registered for an exam before May 5, we suggest that you reschedule your test to this May 15 event as well.
You may also click on the test event of interest below to sign up:
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