A Step-by-Step Guide to the Job Application Process

Review Each Step of Application Process for Employment

When you are applying for jobs, it's important to know how the job application process works. This step by step guide to the job application process includes information on applying for jobs, resumes and cover letter, completing job applications, pre-employment screening and testing, background and reference checks, interviewing and the hiring process.

Get Your Resume Ready

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Some companies require a resume and a cover letter in addition to a job application. When you submit a resume with your job application, it's important to be sure that your resume is a match for the job you are applying for. Here's information on resume writing, plus resume examples and templates. More

Write a Cover Letter

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A cover letter may be required as part of the job application process. If it's optional, I recommend including a cover letter because it's the best way to pitch your case for an interview. Here's how to write a cover letter and what to include in your cover letter, plus cover letter examples and templates. More

Job Applications

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You can apply for jobs online. via email or in-person. Here's a step by step guide to apply for a job, including how to apply for a job online, how to fill out a job application, how to write job application letters, and tips and advice for applying for jobs. More

Job Application Screening

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Companies often use talent management software to recruit, screen, hire, track, and manage applicants for employment, so your application is likely to be screened to determine if you are a match for the job. The software will match up the information in the job applications that are submitted with the position requirements for the job. Those candidates who are the closest match will be interviewed. More

Employment Tests

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Employers often use tests and other selection procedures to screen applicants for hire. The types of tests and selection procedures utilized include cognitive tests, personality tests, medical examinations, credit checks, and background checks. Some tests are conducted as part of the job application process, others will take place further along in the hiring process - after the interview and prior to a job offer. More

Interview Process

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If you are selected for an interview, you'll be invited to talk to a recruiter or hiring manager on the phone or in-person. The company may conduct several interviews prior to offering the leading candidate the job. Here's how the interview process works at most companies. More

Hiring Process

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From the time you apply for a job until the time you accept a job offer, you will go through a series of steps as you progress through the hiring process. Here's information on each step in the hiring process including what happens after the job interview if you're a contender for the position. More

Job Offers

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When you receive a job offer you're close to the end of the process, however you don't need to accept the job, at least right away, if you're not sure it's the best opportunity for you. It's important to take the time to carefully evaluate the offer so you are making an educated decision to accept, or to reject, the offer. Here's how to evaluate a job offer. More

New Hire Paperwork

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Once you have accept a job offer, it's time for the new hire paperwork you'll need to complete to get on the payroll. The hiring paperwork you will need to complete include eligibility to work forms, tax withholding forms, and company specific paperwork. Here's the information you'll need to provide to your new employer. More