Friday, February 22, 2019
Recruitment Process

This information is provided to give an overview of our recruitment and selection process.

Completing and submitting an application

Recruitment Notice

A job flyer is prepared for every regular position for which the Mendocino County Superior Court is recruiting. The flyer contains basic information that should assist you in determining whether or not you feel qualified to apply. Additional information may be noted on the flyer regarding the type(s) of examination(s) that may be administered to determine the most qualified applicants. The flyer briefly outlines the benefits of Court employment.


Employment Application

A Mendocino County Superior Court application must be completed for each position for which you are applying. A resume will not be accepted in place of an application. Attach all information as required on the job flyer, such as copies of certificates, resumes, work samples, supplemental questionnaires, etc.  Applications are not accepted beyond the final filing deadline. Postmarks are accepted as the final filing date.

Application for Employment

Remember, the completed application is an example of your reading comprehension skills, your ability to follow directions, and your attention to detail. Review it carefully before submitting it for consideration.

Job flyers and applications may be obtained in person at the Human Resources Department, Courthouse, 100 N. State Street, Room 303, Ukiah, CA, from this website or will be mailed to interested applicants.

Review and Evaluation of Received Applications

The Employment Process

As an applicant, you will be participating in a step-by-step process by which we obtain the most qualified candidates for employment. The process includes various examinations that evaluate and objectively test each applicant's qualifications for the position. The initial examinations will be composed of a review of the application and supplemental information submitted.

Application Appraisal

All applicants are first screened to see if candidates meet the minimum aualifications for the position. We will be looking to see if you have any degree, special training or certificate required for the position. We will also be checking to see if you meet the experience qualifications. For this reason, it is important that the dates of employment, length of employment, whether it was full time or part time employment, and the number of hours worked per week be filled out completely for each job listed.

Supplemental Information

The supplemental application may consist of direct questions and/or essay questions that are either attached to the job bulletin or mailed out to candidates to be returned as stated in the job flyer or correspondence. They are used as an elaboration of your education and experience and provide information for the interview panel.

This screening process is based entirely on the information given on your application and supplemental application (where applicable).

Written, Performance, and Oral Examinations

Written Examination

A written examination test such as multiple choice, matching, true/false, fill in, computation, and/or narrative may be administered.

Performance Examination

Applicants may be required to perform a series of simulated job tasks, which are representative of the duties of the position.

Oral Examination

The most suitably qualified candidates will be invited to an oral interview examination usually conducted by a three-member panel. Before going to the interview, review "The Position" and "Minimum Qualifications" sections on the examination announcement. In your interview be prepared to tell the panel about your education and experience, if any, and how they have prepared you for this job, as well as about your career interests and goals. The panel may also ask some hypothetical questions or ask for more detail on your background. The panel will have reviewed your application before you come into the room, but you can be rated only on what is discussed in the interview. The application admits you to the examination; it is in the oral test/interview that you must convince the panel that you are the best person for the job.

Eligibility and Certification Lists

Eligibility List

An eligibility list is established of all candidates who qualified in the examination process. The list is normally valid for 6 months. It is important To keep the Human Resources Department informed regarding changes in your address and telephone number. You will not be notified when the list expires.

Certification List

Those candidates determined to be the best qualified on the eligibility list are certified and referred to the hiring authority to determine which candidate is best suited to meet the specific needs of the Court division.

Additional information

Employment Eligibility Verification

The Court must verify each new employee's legal status to work in the United States. An "I-9" (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) will be completed on the new employee upon acceptance of an offer of employment.

Union Affiliation

Mendocino County Superior Court is an Agency Shop. Membership in, or Fee Payer Status, is a condition of employment for represented employees.  Service Employees International Union, Local 1021, is the Union Affiliation for Mendocino County Superior Court.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

The Mendocino County Superior Court is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity to all persons with respect to employment opportunities, compensation, benefits, promotional opportunities and other terms or conditions of employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, disability, medical condition, age, marital status, or political affiliation, as required by applicable federal and state laws.


If you need accommodations in the examination/interview process, please contact the Human Resources Department at least five (5) working days before a scheduled examination/interview.

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