I was accepted as a candidate for EVALUATION for the last class.
EVALUATION: meaning they are going to decide based on how you do in the class and the tests on if you up to the standard to go into the program.
My civil service exam score was not that high. I made it into the class. I inquired as to why with my score I made it in? There are many reasons such as people don't want to the job i.e. the training and the hours. People take the civil service test without intention of wanting the job, some people do not pass the background or the physical, that is why there are so many applicants for each evaluation class.
I received the invitation to attend the class about two and half weeks prior to the class. I was ask to take the medical exam a month prior to the class. That is how it worked for me, your experience may differ.
I was also able to see the process it takes to hire somebody from the decision that more people are needed to the evaluation class. It is a long, involved, multi-step process that must be followed per civil service rules. It is not easy for those doing the hire to go through all the steps. It is a longer and more painful process for them, than it is for you. Be patient, those doing the hiring certainly are.
My biggest advice to everybody who is asked to be a candidate for the evaluation class is
DON'T QUIT YOUR PRESENT EMPLOYMENT!
Not everyone makes it through the class. I saw some people who claimed they went straight to the library everyday to study still not make it. I meant some quality, smart people with engineering background who couldn't get through the evaluation. I saw a person who was employed at a different company's steam plant not be able to make it through the evaluation. It is nothing to be ashamed of. This job is not for everybody. The actual job and all that is involved with it is NOT easy. You do take the job home with you. The hours and depending on where you live and where you get assigned (the commute) is not necessarily easy on people. The pay is an incentive to come and complete what is expected of you.
This is just my passing advice. I'm not talking/speaking/writing this for anybody but myself. Try to get a vacation or time off or call in sick to take the evaluation if you are invited. You are not necessarily going to pass the evaluation. Not everybody does. It could be emergency happens, family incident, you get sick or you whatever that interferes with your ability to get through and pass the evaluation. You do not want to be standing without a job if you are dependent on your current income and you do not make it through the evaluation.
When I went in for the evaluation I told my supervisor (at the job that I was working at) that I was resigning, but I never resigned with HR til after I passed the evaluation. In my own experience I could have just went back to that job if I didn't pass the evaluation. They never refilled my position because I never officially left it. The place was so big that if the place I was working didn't need me another place would be able to use me. That was just my experience.