Selection Process

What happens after I submit my application?

Applications are usually not processed until after the application deadline has been reached.  At that time, the  Department of Human Resources (DHR) will screen the applications based on the questionnaire responses.  If you fail the screening, a system-generated email will be sent to the email address you included in your account profile.  If you pass screening, your application will be forwarded to the hiring manager for further consideration.  From that point forward, all communication regarding the status of your application should come from the hiring manager.

What do I do if I think I failed screening due to an error in my application?

You can review your application and questionnaire responses by logging in to your VTHR account. All questionnaire responses must be complete and accurate.  Each application stands on its own.  If you apply for the same job opening more than once, only the information provided in the most recent application is considered.

Your application cannot be changed once it has been submitted.  You can reapply for the same position, but only if it is still posted on the State of Vermont Careers website.  All applications must be submitted online.  Applications or resumes that are submitted outside of the online application system will not be considered.   If the job is not currently posted, that means we are not accepting new applications for that opening.  It is the hiring manager’s discretion to repost a job opening in order to accept new applications.

How do I find out the status of my application?

You can review your applications by logging into the Careers Home page and clicking on the View Application Status link in the My Careers Tools section.  See the Applicant Guide for instructions.

Is there any flexibility with the minimum qualifications?

Minimum requirements are generally determined at the department level based on the needs of the position and the level of preparation that the hiring managers deem necessary for a new hire to be successful within a reasonable period of time.  We do understand that candidates may have relevant knowledge and skills, but don’t meet the specific education and experience requirements established for the position.  However, we cannot override those minimum qualifications on a case-by-case basis.

How are decisions made about who to interview?

Once the hiring manager receives from DHR the list of all candidates who passed screening, he or she has the discretion to decide who to interview and, ultimately, who to offer the position to.

What is the timeframe for the State’s hiring process?

All permanent, classified job openings are posted for a minimum of 10 business days.  It is common for job openings to be posted for longer periods or to be reposted.  After the application deadline, candidates are usually forwarded to the hiring manager within 1-3 business days.  The timeframe to schedule interviews and make an offer depends on the hiring manager and varies widely.