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Selection Process


An individual interested in employment with the VADOC should complete a State employment application online and submit it to the vacancy of interest. Click here for instructions on how to apply.

Human Resources reviews all applications received for a particular vacancy. This process identifies those who qualify for further consideration for the position. Each application is reviewed for documentation that shows the applicant meets the minimum qualifications and then the preferred qualifications stated in the job announcement. This review is based on the actual narrative provided by the applicant, not on the basis of job titles listed.


Once screening is complete, Human Resources provides the Hiring Manager with a list of the most qualified applicants to interview. The Hiring Manager or designee contacts the applicants to arrange an interview date and time.


Following interviews, the Hiring Manager selects the individual he/she identifies as the most suitable for the position. Prior to beginning employment, the applicant must successfully complete all pre-employment requirements that apply to the position which may include background investigation, drug testing, and medical screening.

The background investigation includes the applicant completing a background questionnaire. Click here (.doc or .pdf) to view the background questionnaire. Applicants should complete this questionnaire only after receiving instructions to do so from the Hiring Manager or Human Resources.