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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the University conduct background checks?
The University conditions employment on the satisfactory completion of the background check process, which will include a criminal background check. Post-offer background checks are conducted for all regular and term, Staff and AAP (Academic and Administrative), positions, for employees with a start date of April 1, 2012 or after. Other positions may also be subject to satisfactory completion of a background check if required by local, state, or federal law or, with the approval of Human Resources, and the hiring department.

Individuals already employed by Georgetown University as of April 1, 2012, will not be subject to retroactive background checks, except (1) if applying for a promotion or transfer to a position for which a background check is required by local, state or federal law or, with the approval of HR, and the hiring department, (2) if transferring from a temporary or special position that did not require a background check into a regular or term position or (3) as otherwise set forth in HR Policy 210, Background Checks.

For purposes of background checking, an employee whose relationship to the University is severed – either through resignation or termination and who subsequently re-applies for employment, will be considered a new hire and subject to the background check process.

In the event that the University has reason to believe that a University employee has engaged in criminal conduct, conduct that raises questions about his or her ability to execute the duties of the position, conduct that may pose a danger to others, or any other reason deemed sufficient by the University to warrant a background check, the University reserves the right to require the employee to satisfactorily complete a background check as a condition of continued employment.

Where can I find out about Georgetown's job openings?
You can visit our website at

How do I find out about temporary job opportunities?
Please go to the Prospective Employees Section of the Hoya Staffing website.

How long does it take before someone gets back to me about a job I applied for on-line?
Due to the large volume of resumes that we receive, we are unable to contact each candidate applying for a position.

How will I know if the position for which I applied has been filled?
Generally, if a position is still advertised on the website, it is still open.

How long does the hiring process take?
It varies by position depending on how urgently a position is needed or other priorities the hiring department may have.

Where are faculty positions advertised?
They are advertised by the individual departments on their departmental websites, the Chronicle of Higher Education and other academic publications.

I will be coming into town and would like to schedule an interview with someone to discuss employment at Georgetown University.
We do not conduct informational interviews. Please review the open positions on our website at and apply online.

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