To help ensure the selection of a qualified and competent workforce, applicants for employment in the State of Colorado personnel system are chosen based on merit. Statutes mandate that only those applicants who meet the minimum qualifications (MQs) for a posted position are eligible for employment. Minimum qualifications are the minimum class entry requirements - knowledge, skills, abilities, education and competencies - an applicant must have to be considered for a position. Similarly, current employees must meet MQs for a promotion.
All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for a posted position are invited to participate in a fair and open competitive examination.
According to the State of Colorado Constitution's "rule of three," after completion of the competitive exam process, an appointing authority can only interview and make a final selection from the three highest ranking eligible candidates.
Our Workforce Planning and Development Section provides professional guidance and resources to help state managers select the right person for the right job at the right time.
We also pinpoint the constitutional provisions, statutes, rules, procedures and systems that impede the state's ability to attract and retain top talent, and work to change these factors. Whether it's non-traditional recruitment strategies, training and retraining programs or new competency requirements, we can help design recruitment, training and retention strategies that help ensure a quality state workforce.
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For more information about selection, contact the Consulting Services Unit .