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Frequently Asked Questions

The material in this question and answer series is for your information only. It is not legal advice and is not designed to be used in place of legal advice. You should consult your own attorney for legal advice. The St. Joseph Legal Department provides this series to provide a general summary of procedures concerning violations of city ordinances in the City of St. Joseph, Missouri. It is issued to inform generally, not to advise of specific rights. As with any general information, the answers given here may not specifically apply to you.
How does the interview process work?
The hiring department will schedule face to face interviews. Depending on the position other job related testing may be scheduled. Applicants may also be required to return for further interviews. The department may also request additional applications from those who applied. If the department does not find a candidate they feel meets the qualifications they may re-post the position. Once the department has an applicant who meets the qualifications, they will make a contingent job offer (see below).

Police and Fire applicants are initially ranked according to written scores. The department will schedule oral interviews. The number of interviews is dependent on the number requested by the hiring department. Therefore, all applicants may not necessarily be interviewed. Other steps in the process are conducted at various times such as background checks. Once a candidate has successfully completed all steps in the process they are put on an eligibility list for up to one year. At any time during the year, the department has the option of hiring anyone from the list in any order.

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1. Where do I apply for a job with the city?
2. How often do you post jobs?
3. How do I apply to be a Police Officer?
4. How do I apply to be a Firefighter?
5. If I don’t have the required certifications and licenses for firefighter, how can I obtain them?
6. What jobs do you have available for teenagers?
7. Once I have applied for a position, will I be contacted?
8. How do I get on the interview list?
9. How does the interview process work?
10. How do I file a claim against the City for property damage, personal injury, etc.?