State Hiring Process
The Idaho Division of Human Resources (DHR) has the responsibility to oversee the state’s hiring process. This process, known as the merit system, was established by the Idaho Legislature and provides a way for applicants to be recruited, retained, and promoted into classified state jobs on the basis of merit and job performance. There are a number of steps that must be followed, each of which is listed below.
Step 1 – The Job Announcement
Once a state agency decides it’s going to fill an open position, it places a job announcement on the DHR website – www.statecareers.idaho.gov. This announcement tells the applicant everything they need to know about the job – hiring agency, job location, salary, job duties, minimum qualifications, and how to apply.
Step 2 – The Application
Upon reading the job announcement, if an applicant is interested in applying for the job they can do so online at the same website – www.statecareers.idaho.gov. In fact, the job announcement will have a link bringing the applicant directly into the online application system. Once there, the applicant will be able to fill out an online application, as well as take an examination for the specific position.
Step 3 – The Examination
The examination for an open position is simply a way to confirm and measure an applicant’s qualifications for the position. Upon completing the application process the exam will then be graded and a score assigned.
Step 4 – The Hiring List
Each applicant who completes the online application process and passes the exam for the open position will be placed on a hiring list for that position. The hiring list is where veterans’ preference points are added to qualifying veterans’ scores. The hiring list is shared with the hiring manager.
Step 5 – The Interview
Once a hiring list has been created, the agency with the open position will begin the interview process. Anyone whose name appears on a hiring list may be considered for an interview, but it is not required that everyone who appears be interviewed.
Step 6 – The Job Offer
Upon completing the interview process, the hiring agency will extend an offer of employment to the applicant they feel best meets the needs of the position and the agency. Once the applicant accepts the job offer the hiring process is complete.