Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Where can I find available positions for the Lafayette Consolidated Government?
    Open positions are advertised in The Sunday Advertiser, LCG Online and are posted on the bulletin board at the Civil Service office.

  2. Where do I apply for a position?
    Applications may be picked-up at the Civil Service Office located at 705 West University Avenue. Applicants must show proof of social security number and proof that they are 18 years of age or older. If not a US citizen, must have permission to work in the United States as issued by the Department of State. Proof of these items is required when the application is returned.

  3. When is the deadline for returning an application?
    The application deadline and time may be found on the top right corner of the application. An application will not be accepted once the deadline has passed.

  4. May I turn in an application that can be utilized for future position openings?
    Civil Service only accepts applications for positions that are currently open.

  5. Does every position require a test?
    Civil Service Rules require that all applicants are tested. Examinations may take the form of written tests, performance tests, ratings of education and experience, or a combination of these.

  6. Are study guides available?
    Study guides are not available for any tests given by the Civil Service Office. Examinations are job related and based on the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position.

  7. I have taken the State Civil Service test can these scores be used?
    The State Civil Service system and City-Parish Civil Service system are not related. An applicant must apply and test for each position that is open.

  8. What happens after I take a test?
    Tests are carefully analyzed and scored soon after they are administered. Applicants will receive a letter in about a week to ten days indicating their scores. A score of 70 or above is considered passing. The top five names, including ties, will be certified and sent to the department where the vacancy exists. It is the department’s responsibility to conduct the interview and make a selection from the certified list.

  9. How long do test results remain active?
    Test results will remain active for a period of 6 months. When a position becomes available, the Civil Service Office will use the list that is currently available. If a current list is not available, the office will advertise for the position.

  10. I have passed an exam do I get an interview?
    If your score is among the top five (5) scores your name will be added to the register and will be sent to the department filling the position. The department where the vacancy exist will conduct the interview and make the recommendation for employment.

  11. Do I get extra points if I am a veteran?
    Yes. Applicants providing proof of a DD214 and having served 90 consecutive days of active duty and proof of honorable discharge will be awarded five points to a passing score.

  12. If I want to apply for more than one job, do I have to complete more than one application?
    Yes. Since each position is tested separately, you must submit an application for each job that is open. There is no limit to the number of jobs you may apply for.

  13. Is there a probationary period?
    Yes. All newly hired employees must complete a 6-month working test. During this period the employee shall not have the right to appeal to the Civil Service Board if terminated. Upon completion of the working test, the employee becomes a regular employee of the Classified Service.

  14. Where do I find a pay range for a position?
    Class titles and pay range minimum, midpoint, and maximum may be found in the Civil Service Rule book under Rule IV, Pay Plan.
    Click here to view the Pay Scale Listing

  15. What is a pay range?
    The range of pay rates, from minimum to maximum, established for a pay grade or class. Typically used to set individual employee pay rates.

  16. What is a midpoint?
    Midpoint represents the middle of a given salary range or pay grade.