Look inside FEMA’s Hiring Process to learn what goes on and who is involved. Once you submit a job application, you probably wonder what happens next. Does a real person look at it? Who are they? Discover the journey of a job application from its submission to the start of work at FEMA.
Who is involved in the Hiring Process?
There are three types of FEMA employees involved in the hiring process:
- Human Resources Specialist – Reviews resumes and conducts qualifications reviews; refers best candidates to Hiring Manager; makes tentative job offers based on the Hiring Manager’s selection.
- Hiring Manager – Understands the job responsibilities; reviews best candidates’ applications; checks candidates’ references; interviews candidates if applicable*; and makes hiring decision.
- Security Staff –Conducts background and security investigations after Hiring Manager selects a candidate for a position.
*Some positions require interviews; others hire candidates based on submitted application materials.
The below infographic explains what happens behind-the-scenes after you’ve submitted your application. For a text version of the infographic, visit our document library.
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FEMA Behind-the-Scenes: Journey of a Job Application
What happens to your resume once you submit it? Where does it go? Who reviews it? Take an inside look at the FEMA hiring process.
Step 1: When the announcement closes, HR Specialists review resumes and supporting documents to validate eligibility and qualifications.
Step 2: HR Specialists rank applications based on predetermined criteria.
Step 3: HR Specialists refer best-qualified applications to the Hiring Manager based on their ranking and notify applicants of their qualifications review results.
Step 4: Hiring Manager reviews applications and selects candidate(s) to interview.
Step 5: Hiring Manager checks candidates’ references and conducts interview(s) if applicable.
Step 6: Hiring Manager makes selection and notifies HR Specialist.
Step 7: HR Specialist makes tentative offer to candidate. If accepted, applicant submits required forms.
Step 8: Career Connector - HR Specialist notifies other candidates via email that a selection has been made.
Step 9: Selected candidate completes security check documents (eQIP) within a limited time period once received from Security Staff.
Step 10: Security staff conducts background and security investigation of candidate.
Step 11: Upon clearance by Security staff, candidate begins work.
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