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Frequently Asked Questions


  • How do I find out about job opportunities at the City of Flint?
    Job opportunities are posted on the City of Flint website; in the Flint Journal, Sunday Classifieds; notifications are sent to a variety of agencies and educational institutions; and job announcements are posted on the bulletin board located outside the Human Resources /Labor Relations Office.

  • Where is the Department of Human Resources/Labor Relations located?
    The Department of Human Resources/Labor Relations is located in the basement of the City of Flint Municipal Center, 1101 South Saginaw Street, Room 9, Flint, Michigan 48502. Our office hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (closed for lunch 12-1).

  • Does a position need to be posted before I can apply?
    Yes, with the exception of School Crossing Guard, which is a seasonal part time position. Note: unsolicited applications or resumes will not be acknowledged or considered.

  • How do I apply for a job?
    Applications will be available for posted positions ONLY by printing a copy of the employment application and Equal Opportunity form from the City of Flint website, OR obtaining an application from the Human Resources & Labor Relations office.

  • I don’t have a computer at home. How can I apply for a position?
    Most public libraries have computers available for public use, as well as state-funded employment agencies. You may also apply in the City of Flint Department of Human Resources & Labor Relations during regular office hours.

  • Can I apply even though I don’t meet all of the minimum requirements?
    No. In order to be considered for a position with the City of Flint, an applicant must meet all of the minimum requirements of that position. The first part of our application process consists of a ‘pre-screening’ form that lists the key minimum entrance requirements for the position. An applicant will be asked to answer whether they meet the minimum entrance requirements and to explain how the requirements are met. If an applicant does not meet the minimum entrance requirements, they will not be able to proceed with the application process.

  • Since my resume contains all of my pertinent information, can I just fax it to you without filling out the online application?
    No. We do not accept resumes or applications via fax, mail, email or personal delivery.

  • Are all the requested materials necessary?
    Yes. In order to receive consideration, you must submit the requested materials at time of application.

  • What is an Open-Competitive job posting?
    An Open-Competitive posting is a recruitment in which the general public may make application if they meet the minimum entrance requirements listed on the job posting.

  • What is a Internal/Promotional job posting?
    A Internal/Promotional posting is a recruitment for permanent City of Flint employees with at least six months seniority who meet the minimum entrance requirements listed on the job posting.

  • How long does a posting remain open?
    Open-Competitive recruitments are posted for two weeks; Promotional recruitments are posted for one week. The filing deadline is typically 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Periodically an open posting will not have a deadline date but will remain open until it is determined there is a sufficient applicant pool.

  • I believe I’m very qualified for the position but heard about the opening after the application deadline. Can I still apply?
    No. The Department of Human Resources/Labor Relations does not allow an application to be submitted after the deadline.

  • Who can I speak to regarding an opportunity and my status?
    Due to the number of applications we receive and limited resources, we are not able to respond to inquiries. Our job postings/descriptions have been designed to provide a detailed understanding of the position. For additional information about the City of Flint, please explore the City’s website.

  • I’ve applied previously so you already have my application on file. Can you retrieve it so I can be considered for a new opening?
    No. Due to the volume of applications we receive and limited resources, we are not able to retrieve copy or return submitted materials. In order to be considered for another opening, you must apply for the specific opening and the position's key requirements must be addressed.

  • I received a letter acknowledging receipt of my application. How will I know if I’m going to be considered further?
    The letter will explain our selection process. Only those who appear or best appear to meet and/or exceed the position requirements will receive further consideration, (i.e. testing, interview, etc.)

  • I recently applied for a position and would like to discuss my qualifications with the hiring manager or other personnel involved in the interview process. How do I arrange this?
    Hiring managers and/or interviewers are not in a position to discuss information with applicants outside of the formal interview. They have been instructed to direct all inquiries to the Human Resources/Labor Relations Office.

  • I’m already a permanent City of Flint employee. The hiring manager and other staff involved in the interview process know my skills, so I don’t need to provide a lot of details on my application, correct?
    No, that is incorrect. We only take into account the information an applicant provides us on their application materials, and, if applicable, in the interview. The hiring manager and/or interviewer (s) will not be able to ‘fill in the gaps’ or assume anything about an applicant.

  • From start to finish, how long does it take to fill a position?
    It varies with each position. Due to a number of factors, it is not unusual for a process to take several weeks or even a few months.

  • If I’m qualified for a position, am I guaranteed an interview?
    No. Prior to the interview process, applicants who meet (or best meet, when applicable) the minimum entrance requirements may be scheduled for testing. When the applicant successfully passes the testing process, he/she is placed on an eligibility list; the department requesting the position is sent the names of candidates (number determined per personnel rules) with the highest test score. The hiring manager interviews at their discretion.

  • If I’m interviewed, will I receive notification of my status?
    No. Due to limited resources, Human Resources/Labor Relations only contacts the candidate who has been selected by the hiring manager for employment.

  • I interviewed for but was not offered the position. In order to improve my job search, what feedback can you give me as to why I wasn’t selected?
    Human Resources/Labor Relations does not provide feedback to candidates that are interviewed by hiring managers. Our screening and hiring decisions are directly connected to the position’s requirements and the candidate’s qualifications/suitability for the position. The hiring process is competitive in nature and our recrui
    tment efforts typically produce a significant number of qualified candidates.


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