Hiring Process

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City of Gilroy Opportunities

All City of Gilroy opportunities are posted on www.GovernmentJobs.com where candidates may apply online. No other application forms will be accepted. A resume may be uploaded to the online application, but a separate resume will not be accepted in lieu of the required online employment application. Applications are only accepted for open and posted positions. Following the application deadline, all applicants will receive an email notification advising them of their status in the recruitment process. Applications received for ‘open until filled positions’ will be reviewed periodically and email notifications will be sent advising status in the recruitment process.

Application Packages

Complete application packages are reviewed against the job requirements outlined in the job flyer and job description. The City of Gilroy screens applications for the most qualified candidates.  Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee that an applicant will forward in the hiring process. Incomplete application packages (those that are missing required documents, such as typing certificate, cover letter, resume, references, certificates, self attestation form, etc.) will not be considered further regardless of an applicant’s qualifications. Please carefully review the instructions noted in the application process section of the job flyer and be sure to include all required application materials.
Your qualifications will be evaluated based on the information listed on your application materials. As a result it is very important that you fill out the application completely, even if you attach a resume. Please be thorough in describing your education, experience, job duties, professional affiliations, and volunteer experience.

Tip: If you move or change your email address or telephone number, it is important to notify the Human Resources Department.

Interview Selections

Candidates who are selected to interview will be contacted by phone or email. Applicants not chosen for interviews will be notified by email. If you require special accommodations to participate in the application/selection process, please notify Human Resources for assistance.

The selection process may include one or more of the following: written, oral and performance tests, as required by the job classification. Oral interviews are typically conducted by a panel consisting of City employees and representatives from outside agencies or the community.

Tip: To prepare for the testing process, it is helpful to review the job announcement and job description and to identify job responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for the position. You should also conduct a self assessment of the related competencies you specifically possess which are transferable to the position for which you are interviewing.

Tip: You might also find that gathering information about the Division, Department and City is helpful.

Eligibility Lists

After the interviews are completed, and based on your placement on the eligibility list, you will be contacted either by phone or email as to your status. Applicants participating in the selection process shall be ranked on an Eligible List in categories of "Outstanding", "Satisfactory", or "Unsatisfactory". All applicants, including those failing the selection process, shall be notified of their status. Those placed in either the "Outstanding" or "Satisfactory" categories will be placed on the Eligible List, but will not be listed by rank. "Outstanding" band applicants will be considered first when determining the next step in the recruitment process. All eligible lists shall remain in force for one (1) year, unless exhausted, abolished, or extended before that time. If you are not recommended for a second round interview, you will be notified by Human Resources.

The entire Eligible List and all qualified application materials are made available to hiring departments as openings occur. An appointment can be made from anywhere on the employment list, which allows hiring departments flexibility to appoint any candidate from the list who is deemed most appropriate and suitable for the current position.

Background Process

All finalists selected for positions undergo some level of background screening. All applicants undergo a criminal records history check (fingerprinting), educational verification, and reference check process. Safety sensitive positions undergo a more thorough background investigation which may include a polygraph and psychological examination.

Job Offers

A Human Resources representative usually contacts finalists to make a conditional job offer, which is contingent upon successfully passing a post-offer medical exam and may include a drug screen. Finalists are encouraged to hold off on providing resignation notice to current employers until after they receive notification that all conditions of the job offer have been successfully satisfied.

If you have any questions regarding the hiring process, please contact Human Resources at 408-846-0228.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) / Reasonable Accommodation

If you are a qualified individual with a disability as defined by the ADA and you need reasonable accommodation to participate in any of the tests, you must notify the Human Resources Department by the final filing date for the specific job. Official documentation of your functional limitations to support your request may be required.
The City of Gilroy will provide Family and Medical Leave for eligible employees as required by State of California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). These leaves entitle eligible employees to take up to twelve weeks of upaid, job-protected time off of work. City of Gilroy employees must complete the FMLA Request Form in advance of the need for FMLA/CFRA leave or as soon as practicable; additional certification fomrs may be required. Contact the Human Resources Department for additional information.

Thank you again for your interest in employment with the City of Gilroy. We look forward to meeting you.