Hiring Process

Close up view of job interview in office

Johnson County Government believes public service is an honor and responsibility. We value public trust by doing the right thing for the right reason for the public good. The county seeks applicants who share these values.

In this section, you can explore the steps involved in our hiring process and view frequent questions.

Hiring Process


Johnson County selects applicants for jobs on the basis of their education, experience and skills. Applications are reviewed against the job posting, so it is important to read the job posting and provide detailed information about experience and skills as they relate to the description of the job. Also, answer the supplemental questions thoroughly and truthfully. The hiring manager and Human Resources partner will review applications. The timeframe varies by position and the department/agency’s process, but generally takes 2 weeks.

  1. Minimum Qualifications: These qualifications are mandatory to be considered for the job.
  2. Special Requirements: Some jobs have requirements for licenses, certifications, bilingual ability, physical strength, etc. These are mandatory requirements to be considered for the job.
  3. Preferred Qualifications: Applicants who meet the minimum requirements and most or all the preferred qualifications will be considered stronger candidates.


The candidates who most closely meet the required and preferred qualifications will be contacted for a phone screen or to schedule an interview. Interviews are either one-on-one with the hiring manager or with an interview selection committee and can be conducted virtually or in-person.

Hiring / Making an Offer

If the applicant is the top candidate, the next step is to complete a secondary application for background screening and reference checks. An offer will be extended contingent on satisfactory background and reference checks. Some positions require additional post-offer requirements such as a drug screen, physical ability test or essential duties test. 

If the applicant is not selected for a position, the applicant will be notified via email or phone that the position has been filled. We invite applicants to continue to review career opportunities with Johnson County Government.


Congratulations! You are on your way toward a career with Johnson County Government. Candidates receive an onboarding email requesting more information before the first day.

Onboarding is conducted via email and includes processing background checks, pre-employment testing and I-9 employment eligibility paperwork. 

Hiring Process Frequent Questions

Do I have to be a Johnson County resident to become an employee?

No, you do not have to be a resident to work for Johnson County Government.

How will I know if my application has been received?

After you apply, you will receive a confirmation email.

How long will my application remain active?

Your application will remain active for 90 days after the position closes and can only be considered for the position for which you applied.

How will I know if I am not selected for a position?

You will receive an e-mail notification regarding the status of your application. 

When will I know if I am selected for an interview?

It takes two to three weeks after a position closes for the HR Partner and hiring manager to review all of the applications.  At that time, the applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

I've had an interview for a position. When will I know if I have been selected for the job?

The HR partner or hiring manager will contact you directly if a job offer will be extended.