Employment FAQs

We understand that some applicants feel lost in the process of applying for employment. Therefore, we have developed this brief summary of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Whether you are applying for the first time, or you have previously submitted an application, this information will be useful to you.

The following information is intended as a guide, and as such may not answer all of your questions.  Please feel free to request additional information by calling Human Resources at (804) 541-2211 or (804) 541-2245.

What is the difference between an “Open Competitive” job vacancy and “Promotional Opportunity Only” job vacancy?

Job vacancies which are listed as “Open Competitive” are open to anyone who wishes to apply, while “Promotional Opportunity Only” job vacancies are open only to previous or current City of Hopewell employees who are in good standing with the City.

Can I apply for a position any time I wish?

The City of Hopewell only accepts applications for vacant positions, that is, any position which has been announced and for which we are actively recruiting. General applications are not kept on file.

How will I know what jobs I am qualified for and when to apply?

Whenever a position becomes available for “open competitive” recruitment, the City Department with the vacant position will forward an announcement to Human Resources. The announcement contains a brief job description, statement of minimum training and experience, and a description of any special qualifications which may be required  (i.e., licenses, certifications, etc). An opening and closing date is included on every announcement. You must be certain your application is received in the Human Resources Department by the closing date, unless otherwise stated on the announcement.

If I want to apply for more than one job, do I have to file more than one application?

Yes: You must submit a separate job application for each job. You may apply for as many jobs as you wish, as long as the positions are currently being advertised.

What should I do if my address or phone number changes?

Notify Human Resources immediately. We will make the necessary changes to your records. If we are unable to contact you because you have moved or changed your phone number, your name may be withdrawn from further employment  consideration.

If I’ve previously completed an application, will I automatically be considered for other positions?

No:  You must submit a separate application for each position. You may submit a copy of your application if you prefer, but remember that your application is evaluated on how well your training and experience match the particular position for which you are applying. A “master” application may  not provide enough information about your employment history to meet the job criteria for each position.

How does the Human Resources Department determine if I qualify for a position?

The Department initiating the recruitment process reviews the application materials  to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications as stated on the job announcement.

You should include not only paid work experience, but all other experience which may apply to the job (i.e., volunteer experience, licenses, professional affiliations, classes you have taken, training you have received and any other special qualifications). Failure to include all information requested could result in the rejection of your application. With accurate and complete information, we will  determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications for the job.

What happens after I file my applications?

After the applications have been screened  to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications, you will receive written notification on the status of your application. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be placed on an Interview List. The  Department seeking to fill the vacancy will contact those applicants they wish to interview.

What are the steps or stages of the selection process?

The steps of the selection process vary depending upon the position. For example, an initial screening and  interview may be all that is required. On the other hand, you may be required to pass a written exam. A performance test may be required for a position requiring certain skills, such as typing or the operation of heavy equipment. For other positions, you may be required to participate in an oral board examination. Decisions about the selection process are made by the Department seeking to fill the position and Human Resources when the position becomes vacant.

What should I do if I am called for a selection interview?

Be sure that you know:

    • time and place you should appear for the interview;
    • contact phone number
    • name of person who contacted you;
    • to whom you should report for the interview;
    • how long the interview is scheduled to take; and
    • the job for which you are being considered.

How long does the selection process take?

Sometimes, it may be a month or longer between steps in the hiring process. We know this seems like a long time, but we want to evaluate everyone fairly in order to find the best person for the job. The time and effort are worth it; a job may be waiting for you!