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- Read the job announcement and the electronic application carefully and answer all questions. Pay special attention to the essay-style supplemental questions. We use these questions to decide whom to invite to interview.
- Fill-in all required fields on the electronic application.
- We recommend you include all your education and experience in your application, even if you think it is not directly related to the position for which you are applying.
- There is no need to submit cover letters, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other documents unless we specifically request them. We will not consider any documents we do not request.
- Make sure your application clearly shows how you meet the position’s minimum and special qualifications and the preferred attributes listed in the announcement.
- Carefully review your application to make sure you filled it out completely.
- We recommend that you save a paper or PDF copy of your application materials before submitting your application.
- We cannot accept any application materials submitted after the application deadline.
- Read more on how to make your application stand out and get noticed.
After the application deadline, recruiters review application materials and assess candidates for the following general qualifications:
- Applicable work experience;
- Knowledge, skills and abilities related to the positions preferred attributes;
- Related education or training;
- Stability and quality of prior work history; and
- Organization and quality of application materials.
Please note that your responses will also be evaluated for English usage, grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Following the review process, recruiters submit a revised list of qualified candidates to the hiring manager. The hiring manager invites the highest scoring applicants for interviews.
Preparing for the interview
Look around our website. Do your homework and know a little something about our purpose and mission. It can make a big impression. Review the job posting and position description again. You got the interview because your application or resume showed you are a potential good fit for the job. Familiarize yourself with the job description and qualifications and how your skills match the needs of the job.
Think of some examples. We often use behavioral interviewing because past performance is a good predictor of future performance. You'll need to come up with some good examples that show you have the qualifications listed in the job posting, particularly the soft skills.
Practice, practice, practice. Develop any skill, including interviewing, requires practice. A quick internet search will give you plenty of practice questions. Ask a friend to help you.
Reference and background checks
All final applicants, including internal applicants, are subject to a thorough reference and background checks. The following additional background research or verification may be necessary:
- A State and National fingerprint-based security/criminal background check
- Motor vehicle driving records.
We recruit for positions when vacancies occur. To learn about positions as they become available, complete a Job Interest Card subscription
This subscription allows you to select the job categories you are interested in and receive a notification when a vacancy announcement becomes available. This is the best way to stay informed. You manage your subscription and have options to discontinue the service anytime or renew after 12 months.
We only accept application materials for posted positions. We do not accept unsolicited resumes or applications.
Upcoming recruiting events
See below for upcoming career fairs and community engagement opportunities that our Sworn Recruiter will be in attendance. The Recruiter can answer your questions regarding the hiring steps for a Recruit Trooper position, what the academy is like, what being a Trooper is like, and any additional questions you may have.
Please check back often as additional events will be added as they get scheduled.
Western Oregon University 2020 Criminal Justice Career Fair
March 4, 2020
11am to 3pm
Werner University Center
Three Rivers Casino Resort Community Career Fair
March 5, 2020
11am to 3pm
Three Rivers Casino Resort
5647 Highway 26
Oregon State University Spring 2020 Career Fair
April 22, 2020
11am to 3pm
CH2M Hill Alumni Center
725 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331
Portland Community College Spring Fair at Cascade Campus
April 28, 2020
11am to 3pm
600 Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217
2020 Spring Career Fair
Clackamas Community College
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
9am to 1pm
Seventh Annual Public Safety and Job Fair
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
9am to 2pm
Campus Quads Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Drive NE
Electronic application system
OSP uses the States online application system through Government Jobs.com, sorted here for State of Oregon specific jobs.
We also use an automated HR Software called Workday to manage and schedule the hiring process. You may receive notifications from one or both systems related to your job application.
These systems allow you to keep track and manage your application information and process.
You will be asked to create an online account. If you have technical questions about these systems or need help resetting your password or deleting your account, visit their support pages.