Hiring delay


Q: I have applied for a job with the Navy and have been through the interview. I’ve been directed toward the Office of Human Resources for answers, but the only thing they can tell me is if I’m selected. I will get an e-mail from them with an offer. My interview was two weeks ago. How long does it, or can it, take to get an e-mail from them stating whether I was selected?

A: There isn’t any set schedule. With thousands of appointing authorities around the world, the time between an interview and a decision varies widely, even more so during the holiday season when more selecting officials and personnel specialists are on leave. Add to that the fact that budgets are being frozen for the time being and you can understand why agencies might be rethinking who they can afford to hire, and when.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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