Selection Process

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Selection Process

The steps in the selection process are listed below. You must meet the qualifications described in each step prior to moving to the next step.  You may be required to make  multiple trips to Meridian, Idaho to complete the ISP hiring process.

Application and online testing

You must apply and test prior to the closing date listed on the announcement. After you have completed the on-line application and examination, you will receive a score.

Applicants that are selected to proceed to the physical fitness testing and oral exam will receive an email from ISP containing detailed information regarding testing dates.

Physical Fitness Evaluation

If you have any questions about the physical fitness evaluation, please visit ISP Standards.  You must complete and pass each event to move forward.  Should you fail one event, you will not move forward.

Command Staff One-on-One/Oral Exam

Applicants will meet with ISP Command Staff to discuss their background details.  Applicants selected to proceed will then meet with a three-member panel for their oral exam.

Conditional Offers

Conditional offers will be given to candidates selected to proceed.  These offers are contingent on the applicant successfully completing the following:

  • Polygraph Examination
  • Extensive Background Investigation
  • Medical Examination
  • Psychological Examination
Personal History Statement – Background Investigation

Although the background investigation may seem intrusive to some applicants, it is designed to eliminate any possibility that the professional conduct of our Troopers will be compromised by prior life events.

The investigation will address the following areas:

  • Criminal History
  • Education
  • Employment History
  • Financial
  • Traffic Offenses

Please see the Personal History Questionnaire for more information.


The polygraph will cover information you have given in the personal history statement and qualification statements.

Medical Examination

The thorough medical examination includes a drug screen, vision and hearing test.

Psychological Examination

Each applicant will be required to participate in an extensive written psychological assessment in addition to having an interview with a clinical psychologist.

Final Offer

Candidates are then contacted with a final offer and to discuss location assignments.


View detailed information regarding compensation and benefits.

If you have questions about ISP qualifications, please contact Human Resources at 208-884-7018.



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