IT FAQs on Hiring Process

  1. What is the interview process?  The interview process will vary depending on the level of the position. Senior level positions will go through a panel interview with many key stakeholders and the direct manager of the position.  Staff positions will undergo an interview by a smaller group of stakeholders and the direct manager.
  2. What happens if I am on vacation during interviews?  We intend to work with all candidates selected for interviews to accommodate schedules. We expect candidates interested in working in the new organization to be flexible and attempt to be available by phone or Skype during the interview period to the extent possible.
  3. How important is the interview? Won’t reputation, history, and references be sufficient?  The selections will be based on many factors, including your resume, your interview, reference checks and review of your personnel file.
  4. If non-union field technicians do not apply for a position, is that considered a resignation or lay off?  In the event an applicant does not receive a job offer, the applicant’s current department will determine whether or not to retain the individual in his/her current department. Unsuccessful applicants whose departments are unable to retain them will face layoff, according to PPSM layoff policies and procedures.
  5. Will I be offered a single salary, or will I keep my current salary?  If your current salary is above the salary range for the new position you are hired into, your salary will remain the same unless that salary is more than 5% above the salary range maximum.  In that case, your salary will be set within 5% of the salary range maximum.
  6. What does red circling mean?  If your current salary is above the salary range of your new classification then your salary is frozen until the top of the range exceeds your salary. Red circling of an employee’s current pay rate is done on a case by case basis and will be a decision made between the hiring managers and human resources.
  7. When will I know whom I'm working with, and for?  Management and engineering positions will be hired first, so when interviews start for field technicians you will know who the managers are, and probably which campuses they will serve.
  8. When will I know where I’m working, and whom I’m supporting?  When we offer positions we will ask where you want to work, and who you want to support. We will take these considerations into account when creating the field support teams.
  9. If I decide to drop out of the process after finding out who the supervisor is, and reapply in the second year, will this be held against me?  No
  10. If you have more than enough qualified candidates for some positions, do those not offered positions in the first year get preferential consideration for the next round of hiring?  No
  11. Will more senior employees get preferential hiring or have bumping rights? No