WHAT IS THE “RULE OF THREE”?« Back to Questions List

I am considering applying for a government job for the first time and have heard reference to the “rule of three” during the appointment process.  What exactly is that?
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Asked on May 14, 2013 8:47 am

In most civil service systems examinations are given with one or more test elements (i.e. written exam, oral interview, practical skills). Final scores are tabulated and an “eligibility list” is “certified”. Commonly, but not always, the top three candidates on the certified list are presented to the hiring authority who conducts a final interview and makes an appointment. Hiring authorities are expected to make a job offer to one of the top three on an eligibility list (candidates often presented in alphabetical not ranking order) or provide specific reasons none are acceptable prior to considering candidates lower on the list.

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Answered On May 23, 2013 6:50 pm