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Hiring process overview

Hiring process overview

King County is one of the largest employers in Washington State, with more than 13,000 employees delivering a wide array of services to a diverse community. We’re looking for forward-thinkers, idealists, and doers to join us across all job areas. We recognize that diverse perspectives, ideas, cultures and life experiences of all employees are critical to our continued success. Each agency uses methods of recruiting to best meet their business needs. Please contact the listed recruiter on the job announcement with questions.

King County is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and we encourage people of color, women, veterans and people with disabilities to apply. 


Online applications through the Government Jobs  website are preferred and must be submitted by the deadline date listed in the job announcement. If you submit a paper application, provide it to the office listed on the job announcement during regular business hours.

Your application materials will be carefully reviewed to determine if your background demonstrates you possess the requisite knowledge, skill and abilities. If so, you will be invited to participate in successive parts of the selection process. The selection process is intended to narrow the candidate pool to those that best meet the qualifications necessary to successfully perform the job. One or more selection devices such as skill exams and oral interviews may be used. These are your opportunities to present your qualifications and show how and why you are the ideal person for the job.

If selected, you will be invited to participate in the reference check phase and any pre-hire necessary screenings. Then a salary will be agreed upon and a hire date will be set. 


If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of application materials, inquire directly with the contact listed on the job announcement or the department’s Human Resources Manager.

Career Service:  Regular employees who are provided benefits and upon successful completion of a probationary period may gain certain job protections.

Career Service-Exempt (Appointed): Employees in these positions are provided benefits and are at will employees; they do not gain career service status.

Temporary: King County has three categories of paid contingent workers: Temporary Limited Term (TLT), Short-term Temporary (STT) and interns. Employees in these positions may receive benefits in specific situations.