Thursday, December 1, 2011

What is the Federal Application Process?

The Federal application process can overwhelm even the most aggressive job seeker.   Here is a summary of the process: 

             1. Apply using
       2. HR Rates and Ranks Applications
    • They are looking for Key Words, Self-Assessment Questionnaire responses and a well-written Federal Resume
    • They will put you into one of three categories: Not Qualified, Minimally Qualified, Best Qualified.  You want to be in the Best Qualified category. 
3. Top Applicants Referred
    •  The top applicants move forward to the next step, which is to be “referred” to the hiring official for consideration.
4. Panel / Behavioral Interview
    • Applicants whom the hiring manager wants to interview will be contacted.  Generally, the interview will be a panel with three individuals asking behavioral interview questions.  It is a test – and very competitive – so be prepared!
5. Contingent Job Offer Made
    • Once you are interviewed and they decide they love you, they will generally extend a tentative job offer.  You will have to complete a background check.  The extent and type of check will depend on the level of security of the job.  You do not have to be perfect, but you need to be making strides in that direction.  Your eligibility for employment will depend on agency policy, how serious the incident was and how long ago it occurred.  Whatever the circumstances are, be honest in your responses to any questions you are asked because an agency can terminate your employment immediately if you are not completely honest during the investigation process. 

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