FAQs

Career Site Questions

How do I apply?

It's easy! First, search for a position. Once you find the role of interest, click the yellow "Apply for Job" button under the position title toward the top of the page. Then, follow the directions on your screen to either create a new profile or log back in if you are a returning applicant. 

What application documents will I need before I apply?

Applicants are required to provide a full and accurate résumé, CV, or application and strongly encouraged to provide a cover letter.  Examples of necessary documents required in position postings to be uploaded at time of application include transcripts, certifications, and licenses.  All applicants upon hire are required to provide an official transcript within 30 days of start.  If you are a veteran claiming veteran’s preference, please provide your Report of Separation Form (DD214). 

What if I don't have a formal résumé or CV to enter into the form?

Applications without this information cannot be considered.  Your résumé or CV should contain a brief description of your background, experience (with dates of employment), educational achievements, skills certifications, and licenses. This information is necessary to evaluate candidate qualifications.  You may also populate your candidate profile by parsing your résumé, CV, or LinkedIn profile. 

Should I send samples of my work (portfolio, writing, code, instructional designs, etc.) with my résumé or CV?

Only if requested to do so.  If you are selected for an interview, you may be asked to present samples and instructions for submittal at that time.

I wanted to apply for a position that I saw here, but now it's not listed. May I still apply?

We regularly post new positions and remove positions that are no longer open or have been filled. If a job isn't up on our site, then we're no longer accepting applications (sorry!).  Helpful Hint:  You can view the position close date and/or maximum consideration date on the position posting.  In reviewing these dates you can ensure you complete your application before the position close date.

What is a “Pool” position? How is a pool position different for other job announcements?

Pool positions represent an ongoing need to fill certain types of positions. Applying for pool positions makes you available for multiple job opportunities during the time period specified on the listing. If your experience is a good match for a current opening, your resume/application will be referred to the hiring manager.  If you are interested in being considered for other positions, you must apply directly for them in addition to applying for any pool positions.

Can I apply directly with the hiring department?

Only job seekers who complete an on-line application with all required documents in Careers@HCC will be considered for employment.

Do I need to create a completely new application or each job posting?

Once you have created an online profile, your application will remain on file in the online system.   You may access your application at any time by using your user name and password. When logging back into Careers@HCC please remember to use the Returning User option. You can update your profile as needed to demonstrate your qualifications for each specific job posting and then submit your application.

How do I upload or update my cover letter and résumé or CV for specific positions?

You can upload your cover letter, résumé or CV, and references at the time of application. You may upload a new cover letter, resume or CV and references when you apply for each position.  Just make sure your information is up dated appropriately  for each position and you are good to go!

If I didn’t finish my application, can I save it and complete it at a later date?

Yes. Select “Save Changes.” This saves your work without submitting the application. The system also saves your changes each time you click “Next” through the application form.

Can I withdraw my application for a specific job posting after I have submitted it?

Yes. Follow the link to “Your Applications,” and locate the application you wish to withdraw. Follow the link to “Withdraw Application.” However, you will not be able to re-apply for that position once you withdraw your application.

How does the applicant screening process work?

Our applicant screening process compares an applicant’s work experiences, education and skills with the required and preferred qualifications for the position. 

I submitted my résumé or CV but haven't heard from Houston Community College yet. What's the status of my application?

You can always log in to your application profile to check the status of your application to specific positions.  We often get hundreds of applications for our open positions.. We always follow Federal and State requirements when we review the résumés sent to us by candidates and then contact the people we'd like to learn more about. Unfortunately, we're not able to make personal contact with people we are not moving forward in the selection process until the position is filled.

Will you help me with relocation?

This is not a standard benefit offered for our positions.

I work for an employment agency, temporary staffing firm, or consulting business. How can I present applicants to you?

We do not have a general résumé submittal process for agencies not on our preferred list.

Phone Screens and Interviews

What is your interview process?

For most positions, we begin the process with an interview with the hiring manager.  For full-time faculty and executive level positions, a screening committee conducts the initial interview and recommends finalists candidates for an on-site interview with the hiring manager.

How long do you take to make a decision after an interview?

Once we've finished interviewing all of the selected candidates, collect additional information from the finalist, and complete reference and background checks, the final decision is typically made within a few business days.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer benefits?

Absolutely! Please go to our Benefits page to review our robust benefits package. 

What is E-Verify?

Houston Community College utilizes E-Verify,  a web-based system that allows an employer to determine an employee's eligibility to work in the US using information reported on an employee's Form I-9. The E-Verify system confirms eligibility with both the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). For more information, please go to the USCIS E-Verify website.

I need a work permit to work in the United States. Will you sponsor me?

Unfortunately we do not sponsor employee visas. 

Does Houston Community College conduct criminal history and background checks?

All employees hired to fill positions at HCC will be subject to a criminal history and background check.   The checks are run after a formal offer of employment is made and accepted, but prior to the start date of the position.  Talent Acquisition will conduct a standard criminal history and background check through a 3rd party vendor.  The standard check will include inquires at the county level, the national criminal database and personal identification verification.

Do you validate credentials?

Yes, we validate credentials during the selection process before an offer is made.

Disability Accommodations

Do you offer disability accommodations?

As an equal opportunity employer, Houston Community College is committed to a diverse workforce and is also committed to a barrier-free employment process. In order to ensure reasonable accommodations for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, individuals that require accommodation in the job application process for a posted position may contact us at 713-718-8608 for assistance.