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How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at Department of Veterans Affairs? What are the steps along the way?

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1/25: Interviewed for the position, 2/14: Received call from hiring manager that I was selected for position, 3/17: Received Tentative Offer via phone call and email, 3/20: Completed background check paperwork, pre-employment physical (no drug test), fingerprinting, photos for ID cards, 6/18: Received Firm Offer for position, 7/6: Start date and Orientation

Position closed on 3/29/20
Interviewed on 4/24/20

Reference Check on 4/28/20

Tentative Job Offer on 5/13/20

Forms filled on 5/19/20

Fingerprints on 5/22/20

Official Job Offer on 6/5/20

4 months. I was offered the job on February 6 and my first day was May 28.

St.Louis VA Hospital
September 3-They called to set interview up

September 6- Interview day

September 23- Tentative Offer

October 15- Pre-Employment Physical

October 17-Fingerprints

November 1- Official offer

November 12- Start date and Orientation

Applied on 4/23, closing date was 4/30
Phone call for interview on 5/31

Interviewed on 6/10

Tentative offer on 7/11

Drug test, physical, picture, and fingerprints on 7/17

Currently waiting for official offer as of 8/22

June 21, 2019 Applied online USAJOBS Veteran 30% or more disabled Housekeeping Aid
July 15, 2019 Phone Interview

July 30, 2019 Tentative Job Offer...email

August 5, 2019 Pre-Placement Physical Examination @ Occupational Health

August 6, 2019 VA Security Clearance...Email informing me about Fingerprinting to be completed by August 15, 2019. Called to schedule.

E-QIP online Background Investigation Questionaire/OF_306 (Attached)

August 7, 2019 FingerPriniting @ VA Police

August 21, 2019 Offered Position via phone call. Email and with Final Offer to follow.

Given a choice of starting on September 3, 2019 or September 15, 2019. September 2, 2019 is a Federal Holiday

September 3, 2019 Start date. New Employee Orientation 2 days.

Tentative Offer- May 23rd
Pre-Employment Physical & Fingerprinting- June 6th

VETPRO/Credentialing- July 8th

E-QIP- July 9th

Firm Offer- July 19th

Start Date- August 5th


You will be forced to learn that patience is a virtue. Be persistent and don't wait around assuming that things are moving. Stay on your HR Specialist and hold them accountable with getting you through the process. Don't lose hope and give up! The reward will be greater than the wait!

Interview 3/15/19, TO 4/5/19, fingerprints/physical 4/30/19, background check w PPM done 5/31/19...Waiting to hear from HR for DO. Social Work position

Interview 3/20, tentative offer 4/23, physical, fingerprints, drug test, 4/29, 6/15 still waiting for firm offer and start date. Lpn position pa

Applied Feb 6th
Interviewed: February 25th

Received tentative offer: April 17th

Pre-employment requirements: May 15th

Final offer: Pending

Start date: Pending

Position: Social Worker

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