Staff Applicant FAQ


How does the hiring process work?
If you possess the basic qualifications for the position, as indicated by your application, your information will be reviewed by the hiring authority or search committee, as applicable. Upon the hiring authority or committee’s review of your qualifications, you may be contacted for an interview. If you successfully complete the interview process, the hiring department will check references and conduct a background check (if required for the position).

What is the average time frame between when a position closes and when interviews begin?
The time frame varies greatly and is based on numerous factors such as the volume of applicants, the department’s schedule, the need for the job etc. Unfortunately, because of the numerous variables it is impossible to gauge how long the hiring process will take. We recommend checking the status periodically for any updates to the requisition.

How will I know my status on my application?
The recruitment process can take several weeks.  If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted directly by the hiring department. If the position is filled or cancelled, you will receive an email notification. You will also receive a notification if you were not selected for an interview. You can check the status of your application at any time by logging in to your account and viewing your submitted application.

I made a mistake on my application. How do I correct it?
You are able to make changes or add additional items to your application after it is submitted.

Can I update my name, email, or address on my account?
Yes, when you login to the applicant site, you can update your profile information by clicking on the Update profile tab on the top right-hand side of the home screen.

Can I withdraw my application once I have submitted it for a specific job posting?
Yes, you may withdraw your application. Log in to your account and click the button labeled Withdraw.If you would like to resubmit your application, you must do so prior to the deadline of the job posting.  If you do not locate the Withdraw button, please contact Sandy Vance, Employment Specialist at for assistance in changing your status to withdraw.

What if someone does not have a computer or access to the internet?
The UMBC Department of Human Resources has a computer available for the completion of applications and to check your PageUp account.  Access to the computer is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.    In addition, many public libraries have computers with internet access that are available for public use.

What if I require special accommodations in completing my application?
For assistance you may contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 between 8:30 a.m.and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Do grant funded positions offer benefits?

Many of the grant funded positions offer partial or full benefits depending on the specifics of the grant.

What is the difference between exempt and non-exempt?

Exempt positions are not subject to overtime based on the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Examples included: Managers, Directors, Coordinators, Executives, etc. Non-exempt positions are subject to overtime based on the provisions of FLSA. Examples include: Grounds Keepers, Office Clerks, and Administrative Assistants. Non-exempt positions are paid on an hourly basis and are subject to overtime if required to work beyond a 40 hour workweek.

What does “contractual” mean? How long does a contract last?

“Contractual” means that an employee is hired under a written contract for a position typically lasting one year, and the employee usually works a minimum of 20 hours per week. A limited leave package and employee paid benefits programs may be available. Appointments may be renewable.

How often are the position listings updated?

Position listings on this web site are updated frequently. Every effort is made to update and add new positions on a daily basis. We suggest you bookmark the site and check back often to learn about new opportunities that are available.

Whom should I contact if I have additional questions?

Contact a member of the Talent Acquisition Staff.

Helpful tips:
Use the “Search” feature, at the top right of the Job Search Screen. This feature allows you to search job openings using keywords, which can help you to quickly find available positions that may match your skills and qualifications. This feature will pull any jobs posted with the criteria you enter.A few examples:If you search for “bachelor’s degree”, it will pull up every job posted that includes the words bachelor’s degree within the posting details.If you search for “facilities”, it will pull up every job posted that includes the word facilities within the posting details.If you search for “HTML”, it will pull up every job posted that includes the word HTML within the posting details.When completing an application, remember that details are important. UMBC receives numerous applicants for each position posted. It is your responsibility to provide accurate and detailed information. Resumes, cover letters, and other attachments are helpful, but they are not a substitution for thoroughly completing the application.