FAQ - Human Resources

Employment

Q.
Are there any pre-employment requirements?

A. Some positions also require successful completion of a pre-employment medical examinations which includes drug and alcohol screening background investigation, a psychological evaluation, and criminal background investigation. All candidates must demonstrate the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

Q.
Can I transfer employment from another County?

A. No, we have no employment reciprocity with other public agencies.

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Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen to be hired?

A. Washington County only hires U.S. citizens and individuals lawfully eligible to work in the U.S. Every new hire will be required to complete an Employment Verification Certification (Form I-9).

Individuals employed in executive-level positions or in positions subject to Peace Officer Standards and Training must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

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Do I need to submit anything else with my application?

A. If supplemental information or other materials are required as part of an application, it will be indicated on the job posting. The supplemental materials are necessary to evaluate knowledge, skills and abilities. In order to be considered, you must submit all supplemental information at the same time you submit your application.

Copies of any required licenses, transcripts or certificates that have been identified in the recruitment announcement should be submitted immediately in order for your application to be accepted.

Note: All materials must be received by the Department of Human Resources on or before the filing deadline.

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Does the County offer Veteran’s Preference?

A. We encourage veterans to apply for positions with Washington County. Copies of DD214, Veterans Administration documentation, marriage certificates, death certificates, and proof of eligibility are required at the time of application.

Preference points will be given to those:
Who have not been employed since leaving the military;
Served within the last 8 years during a time of war or national
emergency; and are not retired veterans.

Eligible individuals also include:
Veterans with a service-connected disability received during a war or campaign;
Spouses of war veterans who died or were totally disabled.

Q.
How can I be sure my on-line application was received?

A. When your application is received, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this message, please contact Human Resources at (503) 846-8606 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, or hr@co.washington.or.us.

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How can I find out about specific requirements or salary for a specific position?

A. This information is available on our class specification section of our web site. Additionally, if we advertise a position vacancy, the job bulletin will contain full information on the skills typically required and salary range of the position. Lastly, you can contact the Department of Human Resources directly to get salary information at (503) 846-8606 between the hours of 8am and 5 pm, or hr@co.washington.or.us.

Q.
How do I apply online?

A. Our Job Application website has instructions on each page for the applicant. 

Q.
How do I apply?

A. You can submit your application online, deliver it in person or mail it to the office address listed below. Application packets will be accepted as long as they are received and date stamped in the Department of Human Resources by the application deadline listed on the recruitment announcement.

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How do I submit my application?

A. You can submit your application online, deliver it in person or mail it to the office address listed below. Application packets will be accepted as long as they are received and date stamped in the Division of Human Resources by the application deadline listed on the recruitment announcement.

Human Resources Division
Washington County
155 N. First Avenue, Ste. 270
Hillsboro, OR 97124

Q.
How is my position on the employment list determined?

A. The position on the list depends on a number of factors that can change the order, i.e., candidates applied that are hired, so they are taken off the list, candidates voluntarily remove their name, or candidates fail three times to respond to hiring authorities attempt to schedule interviews.

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How old do I have to be to apply for a job?

A. The minimum age for applicants is 18 years old unless otherwise stated on the Recruitment Announcement.

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How will I be contacted with information about the status of my application?

A. You will receive written correspondence through the U.S. mail postal service.

Q.
How will I know when you’re recruiting for a specific job?

A. All current recruitments will be listed on the Job Postings page of our website, and on the 24-hour job line at (503) 846-8706. All positions open for recruitment are listed on-line.

Q.
I cannot access the online application. What should I do?

A. If you have problems while applying on-line, please contact Human Resources at (503) 846-8606 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, or hr@co.washington.or.us.

Q.
I have submitted my application - what happens next?

A. After you submit your application, it will be evaluated by an analyst. The evaluation is designed to assess applicants' job-related knowledge, skills and abilities to assure that the applicant meets the minimum requirements for the position as stated in the recruitment announcement. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive a notice that the minimum requirements have, or have not, been met.

Q.
I want to apply for several of the jobs listed. Do I need to fill out a separate application for each job classification?

A. Yes. Every application is evaluated separately based on the classification for which you are applying. It is, therefore, necessary to turn in a separate application for each job classification.

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What do I do if my mailing address has changed since I submitted my application?

A. Please contact Human Resources at (503) 846-8606 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, or hr@co.washington.or.us.

Q.
What happens if I’m selected by the hiring department?

A. After you are hired, you will serve a probationary period before you become a permanent County employee. During this time you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and skills,and your performance and work habits will be evaluated.

Q.
What is an open or a promotional recruitment?

A. Applications are accepted only for jobs open for recruitment. Washington County has two types of recruitments:

Open Recruitment - a type of recruitment where applications are accepted at intervals as employment needs require. Applicants may be accepted only once under each recruitment number.

Promotional Recruitment - limited to employees in the County service who received their appointment from an employment list, to individuals on County reinstatement lists, employees on authorized leave of absence, or to individuals on a recall lists as a result of County lay-off.

Applicants who terminate County employment will no longer be eligible pursuant to Washington County Rules and Regulations rule 4.2.9.

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What is the hiring process?

A. Positions are posted for a minimum of fourteen calendar days. Applications are received and evaluated, applicants are notified of status, and a list (or pool) of eligible candidates is created. When a department has a vacancy, the list of top ranking applicants is provided to the requesting department. The hiring department will determine those candidates who are most qualified for its particular vacancy through any combination of the following: application review, interviews, performance test, reference check, background investigation, or other job-related assessment process.

Policies

Q.
Are there policies pertaining to Smoking, Alcohol and/or Drugs?

A. The use of illicit drugs and alcohol is not permitted in the workplace. Employees who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary procedures which may include termination.

All County offices are smoke-free and the policies in designated areas are vigorously enforced.