The Hiring Process

Look for Exam Information

The exam is a preliminary screening tool that pre-qualifies you to be able to apply for job openings. Read the exam bulletin to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required to take the exam.

Apply for an Exam

Complete a State Application (STD. 678) and mail it to the address on the exam bulletin by the final filing date. Read the exam bulletin carefully; there may be additional instructions.

Note: Some jobs require applicants to apply and take the exam via the Internet. See the exam bulletin for details.

Prepare for the Exam

The exam bulletin indicates the types of testing components used for the exam. They may include written tests, structured (oral) interviews, supplemental applications, performance tests, an Education & Experience examination (E&E), or Internet examination. Read the exam bulletin carefully, especially the Scope. 

Exam Results

You will receive your exam results by mail or when you complete the online exam. Your score determines where you rank on an employment list. You may start applying for job openings as soon as you receive notice that you passed your exam.

Apply for Job Openings

We hire individuals within the top three ranks. However, you could become reachable as hires are made and candidates are removed from the list, so we encourage you to apply for all jobs you feel qualified for. Use the eligible list disclosure tool on the State Personnel Board (SPB) Website to find your current exam ranking.

Browse job openings for any classification you are on an eligibility list for. Follow the instructions at the bottom of the job opportunity notice to apply. Send all requested documents to the address on the notice by the final filing date.

Prepare for the Interview

If you are contacted for a hiring interview, prepare by reviewing the duties and responsibilities on the job opportunity notice. If you are not selected, continue to apply for other job openings.

Probation Period

After you have been hired, you will serve a probationary period of six months to one year depending on your classification. When you successfully complete your probation, you become a permanent State employee.

Applicants who are not currently employed with FTB will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. The investigation will consist of completion of a pre-employment questionnaire, fingerprinting, an inquiry to the Department of Justice to disclose criminal records, and a review of our records to make sure you have complied with all state income tax laws. If you think you may have tax compliance issues, call 800.852.5711 to resolve them before you apply.