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Employment Process

Phase 1 - Application

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and unofficial college transcript to the ND PeopleSoft System. 

Directions for applying:

  1. Click here      
  2. Select “Click here to view open jobs with the State of North Dakota”
  3. Search the words “Highway Patrol”
  4. Select the position “Highway Patrol Officer I”
  5. Review the job description and select the "apply" button to begin your application

Applicants experiencing technical difficulties should contact recruiter@nd.gov or 701.328.3290.

Phase 2 - Written Tests

  • The National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) and Wonderlic Personnel Test will be administered the morning on the first day of testing in each location.
  • The MMPI II and CPI tests will be administered that afternoon to individuals who pass the POST and Wonderlic Personnel Tests. The department psychologist will review the test results for those granted a conditional offer of employment.
  •  A 30-minute oral interview will be scheduled within three days of the written tests. Individuals from out of state will be scheduled for the first interviews.
  • Applicants must receive a favorable recommendation from the oral interview board to be considered further.

Written examinations and oral interviews will be conducted at the times and locationsbelow. Please indicate where you plan to test when submitting application materials.

Individuals must bring a current state-issued driver’s license with a photo or a current state-issued photo identification card to the written examination.  Photocopies will not be accepted.

Applicants must successfully pass written tests designed to determine suitability for a trooper position. These tests measure the primary skills critical to successfully learn and perform the job duties.

 

Testing Information

Grand Forks 

National Guard Armory Complex, 1501 S 48th St
Exit 140, DeMers Avenue. West on DeMers Ave, south on 48th St.

Monday, Aug. 17 9 a.m.,Written examination and personality tests 
Tuesday, Aug. 18 Oral interviews

Fargo

Armed Forces Reserve Center, 3920 31st Street N
I-29 Exit 69 (Cass County Road 20), ¼ mile east. The building is on the south side of the road.

Tuesday, Aug. 18 9 a.m., Written examination and personality tests
Wednesday, Aug. 19 Oral interviews
Thursday, Aug. 20 Oral interviews
Friday, Aug. 21 Oral interviews (if needed)

Minneapolis

Rasmussen College - Bloomington Campus, 4400 W 78th St #600 Bloomington, MN 55435

Monday, Aug. 24 9 a.m., Written examination and personality tests
Tuesday, Aug. 25 Oral interviews
Wednesday, Aug. 26 Oral interviews
Thursday, Aug. 27 Oral interviews (if needed)

Bismarck

State Capitol - Judicial Wing, Pioneer Room, 600 E Boulevard Ave
Enter the east doors of the Judicial Wing.

Monday, Aug. 31 9 a.m., Written examination and personality tests
Tuesday, Sept. 1 Oral Interviews
Wednesday, Sept. 2 Oral Interviews
Thursday, Sept. 3 Oral Interviews (if needed)

 

Applicants will be administered the National Police Officer Selection Test and the Wonderlic Personnel Test the morning of the first day of testing in each location. 

Sections I, II, and III of the National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) will be administered. Applicants must achieve at least 70 percent in each section to move on to phase 3. To review the study guide and sample test, click here.

The Wonderlic Personnel Test will be administered. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 21 to move on to Phase 3. Review a sample of the test questions.

Applicants are allowed to take the Wonderlic and National Police Officer Selection Test outside of the normal selection process.  We have facilities available for testing in Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, Williston, Fargo, and Bloomington, MN.  If you do not live in North Dakota or near the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, you may be allowed to take the tests if proctored by an approved site. The deadline to  pretest is June 19. If an applicant misses the deadline or fails the pretest, they will be able to test at schedule test locations listed above.

By successfully passing these written tests, applicants move directly to the oral interview phase during the next selection process.

For more information on taking the tests outside of the normal selection process or to set up a date and location to pre-test, please contact Chelsey Dietz at cdietz@nd.gov or 701-328-2579. 

Some testing sites charge a fee to administer the tests. Any exam fees are the responsibility of the applicant.

Phase 3 - Oral Interview and Written Personality Tests

Applicants who pass the written tests will be administered the Minnesota Multi-Phasic Inventory II (MMPI II) and California Personality Inventory (CPI) the afternoon of the first day of testing in each location. These tests appraise an individual’s interests, attitude and other characteristics.

Applicants who pass the written tests will be scheduled for a 30-minute oral interview within three days of the written tests. Individuals from out-of-state will be scheduled for the first interviews. The key to a successful interview is advance preparation. Learn about the job, gather and read written materials (brochures, job announcement, etc.), and talk to law enforcement officers and NDHP employees.

Applicants must receive a favorable recommendation from the oral interview board to be considered further in the selection process. The purpose of the interview is to determine if the candidate possesses the qualifications and the right temperament and attitude for an NDHP trooper. Applicants must communicate effectively and are expected to demonstrate that ability, speaking with confidence in a clear and succinct manner. Another fraction of the candidate’s score is based upon an assessment of his/her personal appearance.

At the end of the interview, applicants will have an opportunity to ask questions or add details that may help the panel determine the applicant’s interview score.

Phase 4 - Background Information

NDHP personnel will conduct a complete and thorough background investigation to determine your suitability for employment as a trooper.
Your family, friends, neighbors, present and former employers, fellow employees, school officials, firms with which you have done business, courts, local law enforcement agencies, etc., will be contacted as part of this investigation. The following occurrences in your background could result in rejection of your application:
  • Pled or been found guilty of a felony or ever been charged with a felony that was later dismissed under a deferred imposition of sentence.
  • Use of drugs or conviction for drug-related violations.
  • Intemperate use of alcohol.
  • Anti-social behavior.
  • Poor work record.
  • Poor driving record. For instance, numerous crashes or numerous convictions for moving traffic violations.
  • Unfavorable credit rating.
The applicant’s background will be considered in terms of honesty, integrity, moral character, emotional stability, reputation in the community and the applicant’s interest in serving people. The total applicataion, including completed background information, is reviewed by a screening committee who makes a final determination as to your acceptance.

Phase 5 - Physical Examination, Interview with Psychologist, and Physical Agility Testing

Letters offering conditional employment will be sent to individuals before requiring them to take a physical examination, be interviewed by a psychologist contracted by the NDHP, and perform job related physical skill tests. Individuals will be required to come to Bismarck for two days to participate. This phase will take place November 9-13, 2015.

Applicants will meet with a psychologist contracted by the NDHP. They must be given a favorable recommendation to continue in the selection process. A physical examination and drug screening will be administered by the department physician. All expenses for medical and psychological tests are paid by the NDHP. Applicants are responsible for travel, lodging and meal expenses.

A comprehensive test to determine physical conditioning is necessary to assess an applicant’s potential physical ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of a sworn officer, as well as the ability to successfully complete the physical fitness training program administered in the course of the NDHP academy. 

The physical assessment that the recruits will take is the NDHP Critical Tasks Assessment. A sample video can be viewed here.

Final Phase - Hiring

Applicants who pass all portions of the employment process will be placed on the eligibility roster in the order of their standing.