Hiring Process

Hiring Process


The seHiring Stepslection process can be completed in as little as one week or as long as six months. The process is started by completing an online application. Written & physical agility tests are offered throughout the year. Information about our next test date will be emailed after your application is received.

Step One: Applications must be done online. The City of Hays uses HRePartners for online applications. You will need to create an account, complete an application, & apply for the City of Hays Police Officer position.

Step Two: The written & physical agility tests are typically completed on the same day. The written test is made up of two tests: the Police Officer Selection Test & the Nelson Denny Reading Test. These tests are mostly multiple choice questions. The physical agility test includes an obstacle course, 1 minute of pushups & sit ups, & a 1.5 mile run. There is no pass/fail. Applicants are encouraged to give their best effort. Applicants must attend a testing date in order to continue on in the hiring process.  See more about the testing process below.

Step Three: Oral Board Interviews are set up for the select few who will continue on in the hiring process. These applicants are selected based on their application, education, experience & test scores. During the oral board interview, applicants should expect the Deputy Chief of Police, Director of Human Resources, as well as one or two additional members of the administrative staff to be involved. Applicants are encouraged to look as professional as possible. You should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time & allow one hour total for the interview.

Step Four: The Chief of Police will conduct interviews with applicants who make it through the board interview process. Applicants should bring any questions they may have about the position so the Chief of Police can answer them. This step is about making sure this is a position that would be a good fit for the City as well as the applicant. Applicants are encouraged to dress professionally.

Step Five: The fifth step is an extensive background check. You will be asked to provide a variety of documents to the Detective that is assigned to complete your background check. This step may be done earlier in the process based on the work load of the Detectives & timeline of the hiring process.

Step Six: After receiving approval from the City Manager, an offer will be extended to the applicant. If the applicant accepts the position, Human Resources will work with the applicant to set up the post offer tests.

Step Seven: The post offer tests include a psychological exam, physical capacity test, medical exam & pre-employment drug test which is required by state law to determine if the applicant has a mental or physical condition that would adversely affect the ability to perform the essential functions of a police officer.

Testing Process

Test Date: Test dates will be offered throughout the year. Written and physical tests are performed on the same day. Applicants must submit an application before attending a test date.

Written Test: The Hays Police Department uses two written tests.

  • The National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) is an entry-level basic skills test that helps ensure that candidates possess the basic cognitive skills necessary to successfully perform the job. The test measures these basic skills: Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, Grammar and Incident Report Writing. Applicants may purchase a study guide at www.applytoserve.com/study.
  • The Nelson Denny Reading Test is used to predict academic success. The test has two sections: Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension. It is a very fast paced multiple choice test.  You may also find study information for purchase for the Nelson Denny Reading Test online through a Google search.

There is not a pass/fail score. The written test is a tool used to decide who should move on in the process.

Physical Agility Test: As an applicant, you are required to complete a two phase test of physical agility and physical ability. Applicants should dress appropriate for the weather and bring any other items deemed necessary by the applicant such as a jacket, sunscreen, drink(s), and/or personal music device for the 1.5 mile run.

  • Physical Agility: This obstacle course consists of 7 job-related activities a Police Officer may encounter during their career. These activities include: pushing a vehicle, climbing stairs, walking a beam, climbing over a 5 foot tall wall, dragging a 180 lb dummy, and trigger pull with each hand.
  • Physical Ability: This section reflects an applicant’s basic physical fitness level. It includes a minute worth of push-ups, a minute worth of sit-ups, and a 1.5 mile run. There will be a 10 minute break between each event.

There is no set pass/fail score. Each applicant is encouraged to give their best effort, as it will be used as a tool to decide who should move on in the process.