Understanding Our Process

It is the goal of the Personnel Board of Jefferson County to identify a qualified, diverse pool of candidates for its jurisdictions. In best efforts to achieve this goal, the Personnel Board tests potential candidates on a variety of job related knowledges, skills and abilities (KSAs). Candidates' performance on these selection exercises are video recorded to be assessed at a later date. Once the examination process is complete, the recorded responses are then assessed, or graded, by a two person panel comprised of individuals with related subject matter expertise, using pre-established assessment criteria.

Your Role As An Assessor

Assessors have very important roles in the selection process. They make evaluations against a defined set of performance standards regarding the performance of job candidates on test exercises. These evaluations are then used to identify those candidates who are best equipped to step into a specific job. While working as an assessor you will be expected to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • attend assessor and job specific training provided by the Personnel Board
  • watch videos of candidate performance (no live assessment)
  • take notes, providing scoring documentation
  • work within a panel to provide performance ratings using pre-established criteria


To participate as an assessor with the Personnel Board of Jefferson County you are expected to meet the following:

General Assessment

  • Currently enrolled in or recent graduate of an Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Human Resource, or Organizational Behavior Master and/or PhD program OR experience working in Human Resource, employee selection or a closely related field
  • Ability to volunteer for ONE week (Sunday through Friday) to participate in assessment
  • Willingness to work eight (8) hour day (8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.)

Public Safety Assessment

  • Experience working at the specified rank or higher in the designated area, Law Enforcement or Fire Personnel
  • If retired, current or recent experience in the (add what stipulation is)
  • Ability to volunteer for ONE week (Sunday through Friday) to participate in assessment
  • Willingness to work eight (8) hour day (8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.)

What We Provide

If you are selected to participate in our development/assessment process, the Personnel Board of Jefferson County will pay expenses associated with the Performance Measurement Division assessment center. Those expenses include:

  • Hotel accommodations
  • Flight Arrangements and/or mileage reimbursement
  • Luggage Reimbursement
  • Parking Reimbursement (airport parking)
  • Provide breakfast, lunch and a snack
  • Per diem to cover dinner expenses ($25 per day)

In addition to covering the above outlined expenses, participation in our assessment centers also provides:

  • Extensive training on employee selection assessment
  • Valuable applied experience serving as an assessor for employment selection purposes
  • The opportunity to meet, work, interact and network with other professionals in your field from around the country
  • The opportunity to enjoy the sights and culture of Birmingham, Alabama