FAQ - Human Resources


Are there any pre-employment requirements?

If applicable, some positions require successful completion of pre-employment, post-offer medical examinations which can include drug and alcohol screening, a physical capacity test, background investigation, psychological evaluation, and criminal background investigation. All candidates must demonstrate the ability to perform the essential functions of the job as stated in the classification specification of the position.

Can I transfer employment from another local government agency?

No, we do not have employment reciprocity with other public agencies.

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

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.

Do I need to submit anything else with my application?

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 thoroughly complete an application. We do not accept resumes in lieu of an 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 applications and supplemental materials must be received by the Human Resources Division on or before the filing deadline.

Does the County offer Veteran's Preference?

We encourage Veterans to apply for positions with Washington County. Please see details about application of Veteran's preference points and information about where to submit supporting Veteran documentation.

How can I be sure my online application was received?

When your application is submitted, 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.

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

This information is available on our class specification section of our Human Resources web page. Additionally, if we advertise a position vacancy, the job bulletin will contain full information of the skills typically required, as well as the salary range of the position. You can also contact the Human Resources Division directly for more information at (503) 846-8606 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, or hr@co.washington.or.us.

How do I apply online?

Please visit our employment opportunities page to see our latest job openings and to apply.

How do I submit my application?

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 Human Resources Division by the application deadline listed on the recruitment announcement.

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

How is my ranking for a position determined (eligible list)?

Your position in the employment/eligibility list is determined by your scoring in the "exam" process. The exam may be comprised of any or all of the following: evaluation of application materials to determine minimum qualifications, subject matter expert review of application material and supplemental responses, written exam, performance exam, and/or scored interview panel.

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

Most positions require the candidates to be at least 18 years old unless otherwise stated on the Recruitment Announcement. One exception is law enforcement positions, which require the candidate to be at least 20.5 years old. Be sure to read the job announcement carefully to determine the age required for the position for which you are applying.

How will I be notified regarding the status of my application?

All notices to applicants will be sent via email through our applicant tracking system (NEOGOV). Periodic recruitment updates are sent out through the life cycle of the recruitment.

How will I know when you're recruiting for a specific job?

All positions open for recruitment are listed online at www.washcojobs.org. You may also keep informed about positions by completing a job interest card.

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

If you have problems while applying online, please contact the NEOGOV applicant support line at (855) 524-5627.

I have submitted my application - what happens next?

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.

I want to apply for several of the jobs listed. Do I need to submit a complete application for each job vacancy?

Yes. Every application is evaluated separately based on the classification (job description) for which you are applying.

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

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

What happens if I'm selected by the hiring department?

After you are hired, you will serve a probationary period (equivalent to at least one year, some positions may require a longer probationary period if covered by a collective bargaining agreement) before you become a regular County employee. During this time your knowledge, skills, performance and work habits will be evaluated.

What is an open or a promotional recruitment?

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

Open Recruitment – An open recruitment is open to any candidate who wishes to apply for the position vacancy or to be placed on an eligible list for future vacancies. Candidates must apply during the period that the recruitment is open. County employees who wish to promote within the county must also apply and compete in the open recruitments for which they wish to be considered.

Promotional Recruitment – Limited to employees in the County service who received their appointment from an eligible list, individuals on County reinstatement lists, employees on authorized leave of absence, and individuals on recall lists as a result of County lay-off. Applicants who terminate County employment will no longer be eligible for promotional recruitment pursuant to Washington County Rules and Regulations rule 4.2.9.

Transfer Recruitment – Limited to employees in the County service who occupy the classification identified on the job announcement or pay grade equivalent, or higher.

What is the hiring process?

Positions are posted for a minimum of fourteen calendar days, with the exception of transfer opportunities. 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.