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Interview and Selection FAQ

 

  1. How long does it usually take after the announcement closes until I am notified whether or not I will be interviewed?
  2. How will I be notified if I am to be interviewed?
  3. Who will interview me?
  4. If I'm interviewed, how long will it be before I am notified whether or not I got the job? How will I be notified?
  5. If I receive a "tentative offer of employment" and intend to accept it, should I give notice to my present employer or should I wait for the official offer letter?
  6. If selected, will I be required to undergo any type of background investigation?
  7. If selected, when will I start working for the CDC?
  8. If I am hired by CDC, will I be required to complete a "probationary" period?
  9. If I have to relocate to accept a job, will CDC pay for my moving expenses?

 

1: How long does it usually take after the announcement closes until I am notified whether or not I will be interviewed?
We do our best to make hiring decisions within 45 business days of the closing date of the job announcement; however, managers typically have up to 90 days to make a final selection. You may check your application status online at USAJOBS.

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2: How will I be notified if I am to be interviewed?

In most cases, the selecting official or a member of his/her staff will call you to arrange an interview.

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3: Who will interview me?

You will be interviewed either by the selecting official or by an interview panel consisting of three to five individuals familiar with the job.

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4: If I'm interviewed, how long will it be before I am notified whether or not I got the job? How will I be notified?
The selecting official or a member of the interview panel should be able to provide you with a projected time frame for filling the position. Once the selecting official has made a final selection, he/she will contact the human resources office. The human resources office will contact the selected candidate and extend a "tentative" offer of employment. Tentative offers are followed by a formal letter outlining the terms and conditions of employment. Candidates who were interviewed but not selected are notified after the selected candidate has accepted the official offer.

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5: If I receive a "tentative offer of employment" and intend to accept it, should I give notice to my present employer or should I wait for the official offer letter?

We recommend that you wait until you receive the official offer before giving notice to your present employer or making financial commitments to relocate.

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6: If selected, will I be required to undergo any type of background investigation?

Yes. We conduct a standard background check on all new hires and employees transferring from another federal agency. For most positions, this is a fairly straightforward process that takes approximately three - five weeks to complete. For positions that require a higher-level "security clearance", the background investigation process is more extensive. The job announcement will indicate whether or not a position requires a security clearance. If you are selected for a position that requires a security clearance, you will receive specific guidance and instructions from us about what to expect during the investigation process.

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7: If selected, when will I start working for the CDC?

Most new hires and employees transferring from another federal agency start work two to four weeks after receiving their official offer of employment.

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8: If I am hired by CDC, will I be required to complete a "probationary" period?

If so, how long will this probationary period last? Yes, most of our positions require the completion of a one-year probationary period.

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9: If I have to relocate to accept a job, will CDC pay for my moving expenses?

The decision to pay for moving/relocation expenses is made before a position is posted and is reflected in the job announcement.

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