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How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at United States Postal Service? What are the steps along the way?

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  • 6/29 I applied
    7/9 I received an offer letter and did fingerprints and background check.

    7/28 background check was completed

    ...6 weeks later still waiting for email about orientation...

  • 8/22 - Applied
    8/23 - MVC Check Email

    8/30 -

    Conditional Offer Received & Accepted

    NACI EMAIL Received & Completed

    9/2 -

    Fingerprinting Appointment Received by Email (says process takes about 3 weeks to complete)

    9/3 - Fingerprinting Appointment

  • Here was my process for a PSE Mail Processing Clerk
    Filled out application on 06/19/2021 for both MHA and PSE

    Took assessment for MHA 100.00

    Assessment for PSE 99.00

    Received offer for both positions on 06/30th/2021

    Accepted offer for PSE

    Filled out paperwork for background check the same day

    Emailed for fingerprint - processed 07/06/2021

    Background check company started process on the 10th of July

    Background check completed on the 21st of July

    A couple of weeks went by and I hadn't heard anything so I emailed a few contacts

    Received an email for orientation on August 27, 2021 ( Friday) for orientation dates via zoom due to covid for August 30th and 31st ( 2-days Monday and Tuesday)

    - So I would say roughly the process took about three months from start to finish from the time the application was completed from receiving the orientation.. just stay patient and monitor your emails because everything is communicated via email.

  • 6 weeks into the process so far. Clean MVR. No criminal record. Excellent employment record.
    Feb 24 Applied for CCA position #1 and took online assessment. Scored 74.

    March 3 Submitted additional information and authorization for MVR and GSI checks.

    March 12 Applied for CCA position #2.

    March 17 Applied for PSE position and took online assessment. Scored 99.

    March 18 Applied for CCA position #3.

    March 23 Applied for CCA position #4.

    March 24 Conditional job offer for CCA position #3. Accepted offer. Submitted questionnaire and authorization for NACI.

    March 25 Conditional job offer for CCA position #1. Declined offer.

    March 29 Called by postmaster and scheduled interview.

    March 31 Met postmaster for brief discussion of job requirements and expectations. Signed additional paperwork. Told to check email daily.

    March 31 Submitted fingerprints.

    April 5 Conditional job offer for CCA position #4. Declined offer.

    April 7 Still waiting for orientation email.

  • I applied in October
    Was called in for fingerprints in December then had to wait for background check to clear

    Finally got the hired call in March

    5 months total wait

  • It’s taking me about a month from application to orientation. But they’re hiring like crazy in beginning of 2021

  • Took the test, scored 100.
    Conditional job offer 2 days later.

    FingerPrints, a week later. That was October of 2020.

    Hadn't heard anything until this week.


    Had to take fingerprints again


    Going completely back through the process. Background, all of the application questions and test again.

    Ecareer went from hiring process. Back to hiring list.

  • 11/30/20 Applied + Online Assessment
    12/11/20 Conditional Job Offer, Orientation Letter

    12/12/20 Background Check and MVR Authorization

    12/14/20 Fingerprinting

    12/19/20 Received Call with Orientation Date 1/19/20

    1/11/20 Received Orientation Details by Email

    1/19-1/22 Orientation in Classroom

    1/27/20 Vehicle Training

    1/28/20 Shadow Day

    2/2-2/5 Academy

    2/6/20 Report to Assigned office to start full time

    Keep in mind that from the start of orientation to your official schedule there may be gaps and for each of these steps you might have to go to different offices. I applied at one office and was assigned to a different one across town.

  • I applied August 10
    Fingerprinted Sept 3

    Got start date November 16

    First day of orientation November 30-3 days

    One day defensive driving course

    One shadow day

    One driving test day

    Then I started because our cca academy has been put on hold until January, so we are only delivering packages

  • The length of the process also varies with the city you live/applied for. In big cities it takes longer because, there are many applicants. I applied in August (Miami area) and just last week completed my fingerprints.

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