Selection Process

You must complete and submit a City of Mountain View application as outlined within the listed guidelines. Your application materials will be accepted online at, or in the Human Resources Office, at 500 Castro St., Mountain View, Ca. 94041 (or via fax 650-962-8505).


Complete the POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) with a “t-score” of 50 or above. We are also now accepting passing scores from the National Testing Network (NTN). PELLETB Tests are administered through the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium (SBRPSTC).  Candidates who successfully pass these battery tests receive a certificate from SBRPSTC.  Copies of these certificates must be attached to your city application and submitted to our offices or attached to the online application through

SBRPSTC administers the PELLETB. The PELLETB is a timed, 2-1/2 hour written test consisting of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions designed to measure reading and writing ability. Check websites for dates and times.  Candidates must call in advance to schedule an appointment to take the tests.  This certificate is valid for six months from the date issued by SBRPSTC.


Candidates will complete Pre-Employment History Questionnaire (PHQ). The PHQ contains question-specific responses in several categories that cover a candidate’s educational and employment history backgrounds, among other topics.

The Oral Board interview will be conducted by a panel of three department and/or City employees to assess your personal accomplishments, job motivation, instrumentality, interpersonal skills, continuous learning orientation, and oral communication skills. (Only those candidates who pass the interview will be scheduled for further testing.)  Those candidates who successfully pass the panel interview will be invited for a more personal interview with the Chief of Police.

The Background Investigation begins with completion of a Personal History Statement (which requires compilation of extensive biographical information), completion of additional questionnaires, fingerprinting, and an interview with the Personnel Services Sergeant and a background investigator. The investigation will also include checks of employment, police, financial, education, and military records and interviews with family members, neighbors, supervisors, co-workers, and friends.

Candidates who successfully complete the background investigation will be given a conditional job offer.  Upon acceptance, they will be scheduled for a polygraph examination.  The Polygraph examination is conducted to confirm information obtained during the selection process.

In order to move forward in the selection process, a candidate must be found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition, which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer. A thorough Medical Evaluations will be administered at this time. The medical evaluation also includes a Psychological Evaluation that consists of written tests as well as an individual oral interview and evaluation by a City psychologist on factors related to successful performance in the difficult and stressful job of Police Officer. The information evaluated includes the written psychological tests as well as the background findings.

Certification and Appointment are the final steps in the selection process. To be considered for hiring, you must have successfully completed all steps in the selection process.

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