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18 Mar 2011, 4:11 pm

I received an email notifying me that I failed the assessment for the USPS position for which I applied. It was an on-call rural mail carrier. How in the world did I not qualify for this? I'm honestly just confused. It's one thing to receive a basic form rejection letter because they chose to hire someone else but to be told that I failed the assessment? How was that even possible?!

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18 Mar 2011, 4:37 pm

What were they assessing you on?



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18 Mar 2011, 5:28 pm

The initial assessement test that you take on line...assesses if you are 'suited' to work for the postal service...such as do you think stealing is ok...or will you get along with your co workers....
If you pass this step then you to on to take the Postal Exam....and it is pass or fail also...
Try apply again for another post office and take the test again...you might pass this time...as you might have made some mistakes the first time...
The postal service pays alot to hire people...with assesement tests, background checks etc....Past "going postal" events has made them very careful on who they hire....They don't want to make a mistake of hiring people who steal, have a lot of safety issuses, etc...



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18 Mar 2011, 5:40 pm

I can't imagine where I went wrong. My background is completely clean and I get along with people. But I'll try again once a suitable opportunity becomes available again. Positions with the USPS don't come available often in my area.



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18 Mar 2011, 6:37 pm

probably a generic letter sent out once they chose someone else for the job. even computers get lazy when they work for the gov. ;)



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18 Mar 2011, 6:42 pm

wefunction wrote:
I received an email notifying me that I failed the assessment for the USPS position for which I applied. It was an on-call rural mail carrier. How in the world did I not qualify for this? I'm honestly just confused. It's one thing to receive a basic form rejection letter because they chose to hire someone else but to be told that I failed the assessment? How was that even possible?!

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I have taken this test before. In one of the questions, did you answer that you needed more detailed instructions than the rest or you only needed as much as everyone else?



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19 Mar 2011, 8:04 am

Having a long and sullied history of trying to get a career in law enforcement, it sounds like you were given a generic EXCUSE for why they didn't pick you.

Since there is no legal requirement for employers to tell you why you were not selected, many who pick who they want will tell well-qualified applicants some BS reason just to give them one. What they gave you sounds nice and generic....and ambiguous.

Odds are they just picked someone they wanted to see get the job and this is how they shoo away others who are wondering why they weren't picked.

If they had a better reason for not choosing you, the odds are they aren't going to tell you anyhow.



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29 Mar 2011, 8:19 pm

zer0netgain wrote:
Having a long and sullied history of trying to get a career in law enforcement, it sounds like you were given a generic EXCUSE for why they didn't pick you.

Since there is no legal requirement for employers to tell you why you were not selected, many who pick who they want will tell well-qualified applicants some BS reason just to give them one. What they gave you sounds nice and generic....and ambiguous.

Odds are they just picked someone they wanted to see get the job and this is how they shoo away others who are wondering why they weren't picked.

If they had a better reason for not choosing you, the odds are they aren't going to tell you anyhow.



Over the years, I have been turned down for a lot of jobs for which I was eminently qualified. It is my experience that the exact opposite is true; they will send you a letter stating "Thank you for your interest, but we have decided to go with other candidates." I have never been told I bombed an assessment (even when I know I did).



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02 Apr 2011, 9:18 pm

Phillip_J_Fry wrote:
zer0netgain wrote:
Having a long and sullied history of trying to get a career in law enforcement, it sounds like you were given a generic EXCUSE for why they didn't pick you.

Since there is no legal requirement for employers to tell you why you were not selected, many who pick who they want will tell well-qualified applicants some BS reason just to give them one. What they gave you sounds nice and generic....and ambiguous.

Odds are they just picked someone they wanted to see get the job and this is how they shoo away others who are wondering why they weren't picked.

If they had a better reason for not choosing you, the odds are they aren't going to tell you anyhow.



Over the years, I have been turned down for a lot of jobs for which I was eminently qualified. It is my experience that the exact opposite is true; they will send you a letter stating "Thank you for your interest, but we have decided to go with other candidates." I have never been told I bombed an assessment (even when I know I did).



I just want to 2nd what Fry just said. I would also like to add that it doesn't matter if the employment is Government or private, except Government is more likely to send out the formal rejection letter and many private sectors will just simply ignore you.



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04 Apr 2011, 5:00 pm

I have a mother and 2 step fathers who worked at the post office.

First thing to understand is this. If you ever get to take the test, and the other person is a hispanic veteran, they technically will be 20+ points ahead even if you get a perfect 100 on your actual test.

I've went in for a test before, got there - re-read the booklet and found "oh!" .. They only want veterans to come (dur me). Its a federal job, veterans get preference.

You probably just clicked "I'm not a veteran" perhaps? I wouldn't think too much of it tho, the post office right now is all messed up and doesn't know what they are doing/giving my mother a hard time because shes a old timer/is probably going to go out of business in the next few years/and is doing more laying off than hiring right now.

On a side note, UPS and FEDEX does a lot of hiring for part time morning (4-7am) shifts sorting packages into trucks usually at their main locations (airport normally).

But please don't take anything from USPS at face value.. or let them hurt your feelings. I've been to 3 hirings, 6 interviews, and have never had a job with them.

P.S From what I've heard, if your not hispanic nor a veteran, you probably won't get the job. They usually do hire around august or october for seasonal workers if you want to try that.



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24 Jun 2017, 8:17 pm

Being a veteran doesn't help on assessment tests.



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27 Jun 2017, 2:56 pm

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Being a veteran doesn't help on assessment tests.

It does for Federal jobs. Veterans do get more points in their application.


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The initial assessement test that you take on line...assesses if you are 'suited' to work for the postal service...such as do you think stealing is ok...or will you get along with your co workers....

If that was the nature of the assessment, you might have taken a few questions a little more literally or otherwise interpreted them differently than a NT person. Aspies don't tend to do well in assessments like that. Did you save a copy of your answers? If so, go over them with a NT friend or parent. The good thing about a test like that, is that your answers can change without any red flags on your application. If this is a job you want, keep applying.

PS: Last time I went looking for a job, these sorts of assessments were popular. I failed a few for grocery bagger before I figured out the problem.



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28 Jun 2017, 10:22 am

But the veteran has to pass the assessment test first.



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29 Jun 2017, 5:29 am

bad04f150 wrote:
But the veteran has to pass the assessment test first.


If veteran A takes the test and scores 100

I take the test and scores 100.

The fact veteran A is a veteran also adds on 20 points, so his score is 120 to my 100.

USPS only goes in scores, so 120>100, and veteran is picked to move on.

Me scoring perfect means nothing. I might as well scored an 80.

Say veteran A scores 85 to my 100. He still gets 20 on top of his 85. So his score is 105 to my 100. He will still get the nod based on this score.

For shits and giggles, there are USPS practice tests out there. I remember buying a book, and practicing. At least you could see where the problem might be.

I passed the test, and was offered an interview, but rural route carriers use their cars here, and I didn't want all that mileage on my car.



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29 Jun 2017, 5:37 am

I looked up what is considered a *failed* score for that exam.

It's 70%. I also read that USPS considers 90% the bare minimum to be considered. With veterans and other groups getting points tacked on to their exam scores, you'd need to be perfect to have a shot.