Interviewing & Hiring

Interviewing, and the entire hiring process, can be time consuming, sometimes frustrating and potentially legally risky. It's important for supervisors to know and understand the City's policies and processes, as well as be informed about the federal and state laws that regulate these employment areas. This page provides resources such as forms, interview guides, and insight into effective and legal hiring practices.

Interviewing Candidates

The job interview is a key activity for an employer in finding a candidate that is a skilled, "right fit" for a position. The interview process allows for the relay of specific information about a candidate's skills, work experience, and background that cannot be obtained from a job application alone. Supervisors must be cautioned, however, in order to avoid interviewing practices that could be deemed unfair or discriminatory. View the Idaho Interview Guide (PDF) on effectively performing job interviews to gather insightful information about a candidate, while avoiding practices that may lead to legal issues for the City.

Background Checks

The City of Idaho Falls requires that all regular new hires successfully pass a background check prior to employment. A supervisor or manager may offer a final candidate for an open position a conditional offer of employment, but a candidate cannot start work until the background check is complete. If a negative issue arises from the background check, Human Resources will inform and work with the supervisor and Division Director to make a hiring decision that is in the best interests of the City.

Onboarding New Employees

Getting new employees introduced, oriented and comfortable with their work environment early on will increase their chances of being successful and productive employees in the long run. Human Resources will reach out to new employees to complete the onboarding process.