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FAQ Topic: Applicant FAQs

What if I am not selected or not interviewed?

Our objective is to hire the best person for the job, so competition is important. If you are not successful in getting a job immediately, your name will remain on the eligibility list for consideration for any future vacancies that occur until the list expires. If you are not hired during that time, you must … Continued

What should I do if I am called for an oral interview?

Be sure that you know: Time and place you should appear for the interview Phone number (important if you can’t make it or an emergency occurs) Name of person who contacted you How long the interview is scheduled to take The job for which you are being considered If you may need a reasonable accommodation … Continued

What are the steps of the selection process?

The steps of the selection process vary depending upon the position. For example, an application screening and oral interview may be all that is required. On the other hand, you may be required to pass a written exam; or a performance test may be required for a position requiring certain skills.

What is an eligibility list?

An Eligibility List is the list that is established after a recruitment has been conducted. The list contains those applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for a specific position and have successfully completed the selection process. Usually, eligibility lists expire one year from the date the position closes; however, Human Resources reserves the right to … Continued

What happens after I file my applications?

After the applications have been screened for the minimum qualifications, you will receive written and/or email notification on the status of your application. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will advance further in the selection process. Once the eligible list has been established, the hiring department will then contact only those applicants they wish to interview.

How does Human Resources determine if I qualify for a position?

Human Resources reviews all applications to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications and special requirements as stated on the job announcement. It is important to include not only paid work experience, but all other experience which may apply to the job, i.e., volunteer experience, licenses, professional affiliations, classes you have taken, training you have … Continued

How do I file my application?

Apply directly on the City of Santa Ana website. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of information you provide. Frequently, a Supplemental Application will be included with the job announcement and will require you to more fully explain specific experience or qualifications. A supplemental questionnaire focuses on the key responsibilities of the position … Continued

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