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Employment Process

The Charter of Wayne County employs nearly 3,000 people in various job classifications to provide a wide range of services to its residents. County services include public health, legal and judicial systems, jail and police services, maintenance of land records, collection of taxes, administration of elections, issuance of marriage licenses, maintenance of roads and drains, etc.

The majority of jobs in Wayne County are filled through the civil service system. Wayne County provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

The Department of Personnel/Human Resources announces job opportunities, recruits applicants, establishes eligible lists to fill vacancies, develops and administers examinations.

County Job Announcements

Job announcements identify current job opportunities. They include job title, salary, required qualifications, description of duties for the job, and other important information.

Applicants should read the announcement carefully to ensure that they meet the qualifications before applying for the job.

Job announcements are posted frequently on Please visit our website to reivew all of our current openings. Applicants many only apply for jobs that are announced.

The Examination Process

Qualified applicants are given various examinations or tests to determine their suitability for the job. Each test or set of tests evaluates the candidate's knowledge, ability, and skill level required for successful job performance. Applicants may be subject to one or more of the following tests:

Written Test - includes multiple choice questions that are common for many entry level jobs.

Performance Test - tests a specific measurable skill, like typing or stenography.

Oral Interview Test - structured interview format where raters evaluate applicants.

Physical Agility Test - evaluates applicants on a candidate's strength and stamina to perform a job requiring physical exertion.

Assessment Center - a simulated work situation requiring typical work activities such as demonstrations, writing presentations and decision skills.

Candidates who are not successful on the examination or who wish to improve their position [rank] on the eligible list, may re-apply according to the conditions listed on the job announcement providing applications are being accepted.

Sample Test Questions

To assist with preparing for written tests, please see the sample test questions for several different examinations below. These sample test questions represent subjects that are on the actual written test. Please visit to view the job postings for additional details.

Account Clerk
Clerical Specialist
Clerical Specialist/Customer Service
Court Clerk
Project Supervisor
Social Service Specialist

Passed: Now what?

If you successfully pass all tests required for the position, your name will be placed on an eligible list. Once established, an eligible list remains in effect for six [6] months, but may be extended.

Eligible lists contain the names of all candidates who passed the examination, in the order of their final scores. The names of the top three [3] persons on the eligible list are given to County departments that have vacancies to fill. These departments then interview the persons listed and make their selection based on a judgment of the best person for the job opening.

Candidates may be required to take a pre-employment medical examination, including a drug screen, to evaluate their ability to perform the duties of the job.

Probationary Period

Once you are hired by Wayne County, you will begin the final part of the examination process which is called the Probationary Period. The Probationary Period must be successfully completed in order to be a full-time County employee. During this period, an evaluation of your job knowledge, skill, and ability is completed. The length of the Probationary Period is typically six [6] months to one [1] year, as determined by the various collective bargaining agreements.

For Further Information

For information regarding the application process, job qualifications, testing procedures, veterans' preference or other topics, call: (313) 224-5901.

For information regarding your position on an eligible list and/or re-employment consideration please email Necole Glasker at Please be sure include your name, exam title and exam number in your request.