Questions With The Director of Personnel Nancy Sterio
Q: What can I do if I would like to work for the
City of Oswego?
A: If a citizen of Oswego would like to work for the city, they need to pick up
an application at City Hall's Personnel Department on the third floor.
| Q: Are background
checks compulsory to all those who apply for a city job, such as drug or alcohol
background checks of drug and alcohol are mandatory when applying for a job in
the Police Department. Also, any other safety sensitive positions require a background
check, to ensure the safety of the City's people.
| Q: Why do
I need to take a Civil Service Exam when I apply for a job?|
A: Every City of Oswego position does not require
a Civil Service Exam; only those in a competitive class. In the long run, it has
proven practicable to test for a city position.
| Q: What qualifications
are considered when for those applying for a job?|
A: Overall, it depends on the job; usually we look
for someone that has experience and/or relative education in the field that the
position is held.
| Q: Is a college
degree mandatory for all city jobs?|
A: No, few jobs require a college degree. Usually, we will substitute field
experience for education.
| Q: What happens
if I score poorly on the Civil Service Exam?|
A: Overall, it depends on how everyone else did on the test that
applied for the position. If there are three or more people applying for a particular
position, then you will be removed if the others had a higher score than you.
If there is less than three people applying for a particular position, then it
is non-mandatory and you can stay in the position you've been holding.
| Q: How many
times can I re-take the Civil Service Exam?|
A: If there are three or more people applying for the same position
as you, and your score is poor, you make take the Civil Service Exam up to three
| Q: How can
I prepare for the Civil Service Exam?|
A: New York State provides a pamphlet that discusses many general pointers
on ways to prepare you for an exam. You may also visit local libraries and bookstores
in search of various study guides that may be provided for the test of the position
in which you are applying for.
| Q: How do
you keep track of all of the people employed by the various positions in the City
A: We have an automated
system that keeps track of all of the people employed by the City of Oswego. Also,
we insert employee data daily for the city, school district, housing authority,
port authority, and the city library.
| Q: If I'm
placed in a competitive job, how long will I have to wait to take the Civil Service
A: New York State issues
the Civil Service Exams and declares the times and dates of when they are issued.
You make take the test within thirty days of your appointment; the state issues
these tests whenever there is any other sort of testing being done around a particular
date in New York State.
| Q: How do
you come to the agreement of different labor negotiations?|
A: We come to the agreement of various labor negations
by having both parties meet several times to present their proposals. After several
meetings, each party then determines which proposals are most important. Usually,
an agreement can be reached without the assistance of an outside authority.
| Q: If I want
to apply for a job within the City of Oswego's School District, where do I apply:
the School District or City Hall?|
A: If you want to apply for a job within the School District you must apply
at the School District Offices on East 1st Street. Once there, you will need to
fill out an application for the School District and then it will be necessary
for you to fill out an application for the City of Oswego.
| For further information you can contact
Nancy Sterio at 342-8159 or e-mail her at
firstname.lastname@example.org; She is located on the 3rd Floor, in the Personal Department
at City Hall. |