- The first step in application process is creating a candidate profile. To create an account, you will need to read and accept the data privacy statement. You are able to request to receive email notifications for postings that meet your interests.
Upload a current resume, which is required for most positions to verify employment history.
Once you have identified a position you would like to apply for, start by clicking the Apply Now button.
Review the posting carefully and completely to ensure you are prepared to provide all information needed to apply.
After clicking "Apply Now," the system will take you to your Candidate Profile to give you an opportunity to make any changes you wish to make before applying. If your Candidate Profile is accurate, click "Next" at the bottom right.
Don't forget to upload a copy of your college transcript or diploma demonstrating educational achievement; unsubstantiated education will not be considered when evaluating qualifications.
The first section of the application includes voluntary disclosure sections. We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the state of Illinois. A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public. Please consider completing these voluntary disclosures. The State can utilize this high-level data to identify trends and improve recruitment strategies.
Remember to complete the application questions with concise information by providing as much detail as possible.
The Work For Illinois career site allows applicants to establish "Job Alerts" for keywords, counties, job titles, locations, zip codes, agencies, etc.
The benefits of working at DoIT includes a 37.5-hour work week, a generous salary, and many benefits, such as paid time off for vacation, illness, personal leave, and holidays. Additional benefits include pension and other retirement benefits, tuition reimbursement, and insurance eligibility on day one (medical, dental, vision, and life).
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As an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce, DoIT welcomes and encourages applications from all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age or gender. Also, DoIT and CMS recognize veterans' preference for individuals seeking employment in positions under the Personnel Code. Applicants in need of an accommodation should contact Vickie.Simpson@illinois.gov the Agency EEO/AA Officer.
Note: DoIT does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status). To be considered for permanent DoIT employment, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.
For additional information regarding titles utilized by DoIT and/or the application process, please contact the DoIT Office of Human Resources at (217) 524-3648, or you may contact the CMS Bureau of Personnel/Examining at (217) 785-1985 or (312) 793-3565 to arrange a meeting with a counselor to discuss titles that may match with your education and experience.
We look forward to you joining the DoIT team!
What is a structured interview with the State of Illinois?
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A structured interview involves pre-determined questions, in a standardized order, that are meant to examine the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) or preferred qualifications (PQs) necessary for the role.
It’s important to note that the interview is process-driven and may be very different from what you are used to. It may seem cold as there is no time for rapport building and notes are taken during your interview, which can cause awkward silences. Do NOT be intimidated! You’ll be evaluated on what you bring to the table and not on whether or not you have the same alma mater.
The three types of questions for structured interviews:
Structured interviews in the workplace typically feature job-specific, behavioral and situational questions. They help our agency assess whether candidates have the technical skills, education, experience and personality traits to excel in the vacant position and workplace culture.
- Job-specific questions ask candidates about the duties and responsibilities related to the open position.
- Behavioral questions ask candidates to share their professional experiences.
- Situational questions ask candidates to imagine what they would do if they faced different scenarios working for an agency.
STRUCTURED INTERVIEW TIPS:
Study the job description or job posting: The KSAs and PQs listed on the job description are the foundation of a structured interview. Interview questions are derived from the job description needed for the role and ultimately help the agency predict the best candidate for the job.
Make a list of 3-5 major projects you worked on (in your career or at school) and link the KSAs and PQs: Structured interviews are typically composed of behavioral and/or situational questions. You will need to give examples when responding to the interview questions and it is important to prepare in advance. Think about some projects that you feel confident talking about. Then, next to each project, write down the KSAs or PQs that you displayed while working on it. You may be unable to anticipate what you’ll be asked in the interview but having a set of anecdotes and their respective KSAs or PQs ready will help you respond with confidence.
Draft 1-2 sample questions per KSA or PQ and structure the response: Create interview questions to help you prepare for what’s to come. Your sample questions may not be asked, but it will help you think critically about your responses and help you practice structuring your responses.
Use the STAR method when answering the interview questions: To structure your responses, use the STAR method:
➢ S – Situation: Set the scene and explain a specific event or situation you were in. Be sure to provide enough information for the interviewer to understand.
➢ T – Task: Describe your goal or responsibility in that situation.
➢ A – Action: Explain the steps YOU took to address the situation. Make sure to be descriptive about your contributions and use the word “I”.
➢ R – Results: Share the outcome of your actions. Explain what happened, the impact you made, and/or what you learned. Do not be shy about boasting.
Role-play: Practice interviewing with a friend or loved one. It’s one thing to see things on paper and very different to verbally say it. Practice, practice, practice. The more you articulate your responses, the more natural you’ll sound and the more confident you’ll be when the time comes to face the interviewer(s). Role-playing is also important to familiarize yourself with your body language and catch any problems ahead of time (e.g., shaking legs, touching hair, using filler words).
Answer each question fully: You don’t know what you’re going to be asked next, so treat each question individually. Make sure you give the best possible answer to whatever it is you’ve been asked, as there might not be another chance to provide any additional relevant information. The interviewer CANNOT clarify, explain, or return to a question. If you have never performed the duties in the question, respond with how you would perform the duties should you obtain the role. Some response is better than no response at all.
Assume we know nothing about your background: We do NOT use your application materials when we rate your response to the interview questions.
Use examples: While it might not always be possible, provide evidence of a particular skill or competency by linking it back to your actual experience whenever you can. You will score higher marks if you can demonstrate using a particular skill or competency in a real-life example.
Don’t waffle: To make it easier for the interviewer to score your response, keep your answers concise and to the point, and resist the temptation to waffle or include information that isn’t relevant.
List Achievements: When responding to the interview questions, focus on the specific things that you have done, even in cases where you worked as part of a group/team. Avoid using the word “we”; instead, use the word “I”, and focus on the specific tasks or parts of an assignment/project that you handled yourself. Many candidates are reluctant to brag or “toot their own horn” during interviews, for fear of coming across as arrogant or prideful; however, remember that the interview raters expect you to talk about your accomplishments and to sell yourself; YOU are the only person who can show the interview raters that you are ready for this job.