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Hiring Timeline

*Note the hiring timeline is just an example. The actual timeline and steps may vary depending on the agency.

  • Apply 

    Visit our open jobs on the State of Iowa Career page and apply. Each vacancy announcement includes specific application instructions and an application deadline date. Please follow the instructions listed in the vacancy announcements.


  • Screening Process 

    After applying, your application will go through a screening process. The first screening ensures that you meet the  minimum qualifications required for the job. If you do, then your application will be referred to the hiring agency to do another screening to determine who will be passed onto the interview stage.


  • Interview 1  

    Once you have passed the initial review, you may be invited to participate in an interview. Oftentimes, the first interview takes place virtually.


  • Interview 2 

    After the selection process from the first interview, you may then be invited to participate in a second interview. Oftentimes, this interview takes place in person.


  • Drug Screen/Background Check  

    Depending on the job/position, you will sometimes be asked to complete a drug screen/background check.


  • Offer Letter  

    If you are selected for hire, you will then be notified and receive an offer letter! The entire process can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks.


  • Wondering where you are in the process? 

    You can check your application status by signing in to your applicant profile, clicking on your name in the upper-right hand corner of the screen, and clicking on Applications. You are also able to contact the hiring agency that you applied to directly to request an update on the status of your application.


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