Testing, Recruitment & Selection

The experts at CPS HR provide a comprehensive range of recruitment services to ensure that you hire the most qualified individuals for your team.

Our recruitment services include executive search, job analysis studies and test development and administration. Also, our assessment centers are the ideal, objective resource for determining a candidate's job-related expertise and competence for the position at hand.


  • + Job Analysis

      This is a mechanism for identifying the necessary/essential tasks or functions associated with a target job as well as to delineate the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs) required to perform that job. CPS HR conducts multi-use, multi-discipline job analysis studies for a variety of job classifications and occupations. Each job analysis study follows a task-based methodology in adherence with the Federal Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures and other relevant, recognized legal and professional standards and guidelines. Once completed, the job analysis study and resulting data will serve as the foundation to validate an agency's testing/selection activities and can provide the data for a number of human resources activities in which the agency may choose to engage including classification studies, training and development planning, performance management and workforce planning initiatives.

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  • + Develop/Deliver Assessment Center Services

      Assessment centers for selection and promotion utilize an objective, job-related approach to assessing an individual's capability to perform in a supervisory, managerial or leadership role. Candidates complete a battery of testing procedures that assesses job-related expertise and competency. The testing battery typically includes three to five exercises, such as a role-play exercise, a writing exercise, a presentation, an interview and/or a group exercise. Candidate performance is measured across a series of job-related performance dimensions comprised of the individual's competencies and knowledge, skills and abilities to perform in the target job. Assessment centers are typically used for managerial/supervisory assessment and law enforcement/fire service promotional testing.



  • + Executive Search

      An executive search is a recruitment that identifies and recruits for individuals to fill vacancies in positions of leadership in public agencies, including Board- or Council-appointed positions such as City Manager, City Clerk, City Attorney/County Counsel, County Administrator, Executive Director, CEO, General Manager, and department head or mid-management level positions in the areas of communications, community development (planning and building), economic development, finance, human resources, legal, information technology, parks and recreation, public safety (police/fire), public works/engineering, and water/wastewater. CPS HR specializes in the recruitment and selection of key city, county, special district and non-profit management, professional and technical staff. Working in partnership with the governing body or selection team, we develop customized search strategies that focus on locating and recruiting qualified candidates who match the agency’s unique needs. Learn more about Search & Recruitment Services.


  • + Test Development

      CPS HR provides a full array of employment testing and assessment services to meet your agency's needs. Using state-of-the-art best practices, CPS HR combines innovation and recognized legal and professional practices in designing and developing a variety of selection instruments. With our expertise, we specialize in test development, validation, pass point setting activities and ongoing or as-needed equating, validation and/or other psychometric analysis or reporting services.


  • + Test Administration

      CPS HR offers test and test program administration services that include the full range of selection-related activities: developing and posting job announcements, reviewing and evaluating candidates' applications and qualifications, reviewing applications for minimum qualification requirements, scheduling and administering testing processes and administering selection processes. These services can be mixed, matched and combined to provide an agency with the most inclusive, outsourced service offering that best meets their test administration needs.

      Our test administration services can include all services and tasks associated with planning for and administering written examinations, structured oral interviews, performance tests and/or any combination of these instruments. Specific services that CPS HR can provide in this area include candidate and proctor scheduling, test site arrangements and candidate communications.

      Our test program administration services are scalable and can include the complete or near-complete outsourcing of an agency's testing and selection function for one or more job classifications and/or examination/selection processes. CPS HR services can be tailored to meet an agency's specific needs, ensure compliance with your agency's rules and practices and follow professional best practices. Our experts are happy to work one testing project at a time or on an ongoing, partnering basis.

Recruiting the leaders of the future

Recruiting for the “here and now” is important, no question, but building a team for the long term is the best way to improve and sustain your agency’s performance. To make sure your leadership pipeline is full of promising candidates, we’ll help you plan ahead and adapt your practices so that you can attract the new workforce of Millennials.

Here are just a few resources to help get the ball rolling: