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State Hiring Process
The Idaho Division of Human Resources (DHR) has 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 are 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.dhr.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.dhr.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. It is also used to rank applicants by their level of qualification. Upon completing the application process the exam will then be graded and a score assigned. Depending on the type of exam this may take two to three weeks.
Step 4 – The Register
Each applicant who completes the online application process and passes the exam for the open position will be placed on the register for that position. The register is simply a pool of all qualified candidates who applied for the position. Names on a register are typically valid anywhere from 90 days to a year, depending on the position.
Step 5 – The Hiring List
From the register, a hiring list will be created. A hiring list sorts the applicants by exam score in descending order, so those applicants who scored the highest will appear at the top. This is also where veterans’ preference points are added to qualifying veterans’ scores. State law requires that anyone hired into a classified state job must come from the top 25 names on a hiring list, or anyone with a score tied for 25th place.
Step 6 – The Interview
Once a hiring list has been created, the agency with the open position will begin the interview process. Anyone whose name appears among the top 25 names on a hiring list may be considered for an interview, but it is not required that everyone who appears in the top 25 be interviewed. In most cases the hiring agency is free to decide who among the top 25 they wish to interview.
Step 7 – 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.
As a way of honoring those men and women who have served their country on active duty with the armed forces, the State of Idaho gives preference to veterans by providing them a more favorable competitive position for state government employment, while at the same time acknowledging the larger sacrifice of disabled veterans. Eligible veterans are provided advantages in employment with the State of Idaho, including preference for initial employment and retention in the event of layoffs.
Veterans’ Preference Points & Applicability
In all public employment in the State of Idaho, excluding key employee positions, hiring officials must give preference to the initial employment of veterans. For those positions identified as classified positions, and thus requiring competitive examination under the State’s merit system, preference will be given to qualifying veterans and qualifying spouses, widows, or widowers in the following manner:
- 5 Point Veterans’ Preference Eligibility
Any preference eligible veteran discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge), or the widow or widower of any preference eligible veteran provided he or she has remained unmarried, will receive an additional five (5) points to the final score of their competitive examination.
- 10 Point Disabled Veterans’ Preference Eligibility
Any veteran who served in the armed forces at any time, was discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge), and has a current service-connected disability of 10% or greater or is a Purple Heart recipient, or the widow or widower of any preference eligible disabled veteran or Purple Heart recipient provided he or she has remained unmarried, will receive an additional ten (10) points to the final score of their competitive examination.
Alternatively, the spouse of any qualifying veteran will receive an additional ten (10) points to the final score of their competitive examination, provided the veteran cannot qualify for public employment because of a service-connected disability.
- 10 Point Disabled Veterans’ Preference Eligibility with Offer of Interview
Any veteran who served in the armed forces at any time, was discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge), and has a current service-connected disability of 30% or greater, in addition to receiving an extra ten (10) points to the final score of their competitive examination, will also be offered the chance to interview for the position for which they are applying provided their name appears among the top twenty-five (25) qualified applicants.
- Applications by Recently Discharged Military Personnel
Any military personnel recently discharged or released from active duty from service in the armed forces, or any former military personnel undergoing service-connected hospitalization up to one (1) year following discharged or released from active duty from the armed forces may, within one hundred twenty (120) days of their discharge or hospitalization, file an application for any classified position with the State of Idaho that has already closed, provided there is still an active register for that position.
- Applications by Disabled Veterans
Any disabled veteran may file an application at any time for any classified position with the State of Idaho for which a register is maintained.
For guidance on Veterans Preference, contact Joe Webber, HR Consultant, at (208) 854-3056.
A link to the calendar of events, including job fairs, on the Idaho Department of Labor’s website.
For career guidance, contact a veterans representative at the Idaho Department of Labor.
Find more resources for Idaho Veterans with the Division of Veterans Services