Oral Board Process

Below is information about the oral board process and next steps after the oral board interview.
If you have any questions, please ask your interview facilitator.

Oral Board Interview

Our goals for this interview process are to further determine through testing your qualifications for the position, and to determine your possible placement on the eligibility register (hiring list). We accomplish these goals based on what you share with us during this interview.

Therefore, your goal should be to share with us your knowledge, skills, ability, education, training, and experience. Successful candidates are able to be specific and draw parallels between their experience and the job duties. For example, if you are interviewing for the position of Office Specialist, it is helpful to tell the panel that you have been an Office Specialist (or a similar job title) for XYZ Company. The panel can more closely see your ability to do the job if you also let them know that as an Office Specialist, you were responsible for filing, answering the phone, and writing letters for the manager.

  • You will meet with an oral board panel (raters) which generally consists of three to five members of the department, professionals in the field from other organizations, and/or a Human Resources representative.
  • You will be asked a set of job related structured questions that are directly linked to the knowledge, skills and ability requirements of this particular job classification. These questions have been developed in consultation with the hiring department.
  • Clackamas County considers the oral board interview an "oral test." This means your answers will be graded.
  • Your responses will be compared to a predetermined set of criteria to ensure objectivity and impartial treatment.
  • Panel members will take notes and document your responses.
  • Use your resume as an interactive tool with panel members throughout your interview when responding to interview questions.
  • The panelists will rely on what you tell us today in the interview. Keep in mind that the interviewers may not have read your previously submitted application materials. The panel will need to hear about your experience in order to understand your knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • If you need a question repeated, please ask. Your interviewers may ask follow-up questions related to the core question that was asked of you.
  • If you need to refer to your resume or personal notes during the interview, you are welcome to do so. If you take notes in the interview, we need to collect them before you leave the room.
  • It is important that we keep on schedule throughout the day. Prior to your interview, you will be advised of the number of questions to be asked and how long we have allocated for your interview. Please respect the time frame allotted. If you are spending too long on one question, you may receive a prompt to complete your response so that you will have time for remaining questions.
  • Usually, there is not enough time for your questions at this phase of the hiring process. If there is any time remaining at the end of your oral board interview however, the panel may allow you to ask one or two of your questions. Candidates who are referred to the hiring department for the next phase of the process will have the opportunity to have their questions answered. You may email or call the Human Resource Analyst coordinating the recruitment at any time with questions. Their contact information is on the email you received inviting you to this interview.

After the oralboard interview

The results of your oralboard interview will be e-mailed to you within 5-10 days. This email will indicate if the panel recommended your placement on the eligibility register (hiring list) and if you are referred to the hiring department for a hiring interview.

Clackamas County follows the Personnel Ordinance in its employment process. Generally, the top candidates on the eligibility register will be referred to the hiring department for the hiring interviews and/or other selection processes. Additional names will be referred from the eligibility register if provided for under the County's Personnel Ordinance.

The department usually interviews the referred candidates within two weeks. Open eligibility registers will be used for a minimum of three months, and could possibly be extended to two years*. If there are additional openings for this job during the eligibility period, we will typically utilize the current eligibility list rather than reopening another recruitment. If there are fewer than 5 names remaining on the eligibility register for the position, the hiring department may elect to reopen the recruitment in order to supplement the list with additional names.

This summary is general in nature. For additional information on Clackamas County's employment process and other County job openings, please visit us at www.clackamas.us. For future positions, you will need to apply by following the instructions in the job announcement and online application.

Best wishes in the process. Thank you for your interest in this position and in Clackamas County.