Census hiring: Not so much in North Minneapolis, immigrant communities


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    <cite>…a number of sources say it is loaded with trick questions “The test is very tricky,” …


    …Garcia said. “It’s not a difficult test, but it’s tricky…



    How about an example of one of these trick questions?  It surely was not:

    <cite>Why is this relevant for immigrant communities and communities of color to get the word out?  </cite>

    Really, anyone who can not answer this question has no business going door to door trying to convincee non respondants to fill out the form.  If you cant justify the census in a test, you will not be able to do it when faced with a beligerant person trying to slam a door in your face.



    With no substanciation it sure looks like they are just making excuses for not applying.  These are they types of people who say (from the article):


    ‘what’s the point in trying’,<p>

    Frankly that is the type of attitude that pretty much guarentees that  they will remain poor and dependent on the public dole to put a roof over their heads.

  2.  Who have they hired?  Based on what? Test scores? Date of application? What?

    I took the test for a census job well over a year ago.  I later confirmed with the Census office in St. Paul that I was “in the system” with a well above passing score of 95.  More recently I reconfirmed that I am still interested in a census job. 

    Well over a year since passing the test, I still have not been offered a job.  It appears that the Census Bureau has spent a lot more time, money and effort testing people for jobs than it has providing people with gainful employment.

  3. We live in a culture of complainers and individuals who are too often seeking to blame others. If anything, we should all be thankful that there is a Census test based strictly on merit. If you truly desire a census job, you will properly prepare yourself. If you are an adult in the United States, there is no excuse for you to fail this test, considering nothing on the test is any more difficult than what you learned in high school. Bottom line, if you have a High School diploma or GED, you should pass this test. However, the Census team does need to include Hmong, Somali, and other formats of the test in order to be fair.

    People are complaining about not getting call backs after taking the test, but the Census didn’t start hiring until March 2010 (administrative/management) and April 2010 for field workers. Likewise, you have the highest unemployment this nation has seen in 75 years, so the competition is going to be intense.

  4. ….you didn’t need to just “pass” the test.  People were hired based upon their score–starting with those who scored the highest.  Why wouldn’t we start there?  After that, we hired based upon your answers to some simple questions–do you have a criminal background?  Are you eligible to work (a citizen)?  Have you been fired from anything for cause lately?  These are all objective questions and do not discriminate against anyone!  I live in a major metropolitan are and see ALL KINDS from ALL NEIGHBORHOODS in my classes and work.  What do they all have in common?  They did WELL on the test, and are law-abiding citizens.  I’m all for the rights of undocumented immigrants, but the census made a reasonable rule in this case to only hire people legally able to work.  We don’t have time to break the law and fight it out on behalf of immigrants, that’s not our job–our job is the census!  And yes, I have documented immigrants in my class, speakers of several languages, people from “poor” neighborhoods.  Working for the census isn’t a basic right–you must meet certain qualifications, and, most of those who weren’t hired–didn’t.

  5. The test can be taken as many times as person wants, to improve a score. The map portion is to make sure the person can do the job as efficient as possible.As all the maps are not the same as we are used to seeing, they are by tracts, The streets are not all labled the same as we are used to refering to them as. Broadway has at least Four different way it is labled for adresses, So being able to read the map is critical, or you’d never find the correct adress.  There is usually not alot of persuation, They just didn’t send the form in, and when approached will give the enumerator the info,and be done with it. (enumerator-Cencus worker collecting data on census forms door to door). Yes I did this 10 yrs ago.

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