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.

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 when to apply?

When a position becomes available for competitive recruitment, the department forwards information to human resources to post the position. Upon review and approval, the position is announced on our career page and you may apply during the posted time frame. In addition to current announcements, we have a feature called a “Job Interest Card.” This feature allows you to subscribe to email notifications for positions posted in the job categories you select. To learn more / utilize this feature, click here.

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 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 If we are unable to contact you because you have moved or changed your phone number, your name may be withdrawn from further employment  consideration.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.

What happens after I file my applications?

Your application is referred to the hiring department for further review and evaluation. If you are selected to move to the next step of the selection process, you will be contacted by email. Usually, applicants selected to move forward to the next step are contacted within four weeks of the closing date.

What are the steps or stages of the selection process?

The steps of the selection process vary depending upon the position.

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

Be sure that you know:

    • (1) time and place you should appear for the interview;
    • (2) contact phone number
    • (3) name of person who contacted you;
    • (4) to whom you should report for the interview;
    • (5) how long the interview is scheduled to take; and
    • (6) 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!

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