Hello. Can any Correction Officers with the New York State Department Of Correctional Services tell me about the hiring process for Correction Officer Trainee? How long does it usually take and in what order does the process move (Obviously the civil service written exam is the first step and I believe an oral board interview is the second step.)? Also, during the background investigation, how far back do they look at your previous employment? I had a job in high school and my first semester of college that has since went out of business. I stopped working there in October of 2004. I have had no luck in trying to contact the owner or any of my former co-workers in order to obtain their contact information, which I am assuming I will be required to provide to my background investigator. Also, what is the academy like (Aside from being eight weeks long.). Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.