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Hiring Process
Screening
The Monday (or Tuesday in case of a Monday holiday) after the deadline, applications with supporting documentation are forwarded to the hiring department for screening. The interview questions for the vacant position must be approved by the Human Resources Office prior to receipt of the applications by the hiring department. The screening process generally takes seven to 10 business days.

Interviewing
Applicants chosen for an interview will be notified by the hiring department. Depending on the position, applicants may also be asked for further background information (i.e., Department of Motor Vehicle Records).

Applicants not selected for an interview will be notified by the hiring department by mail once the position has been filled.

Drug Testing
All applicants selected for hire are subject to pre-employment drug testing. A drug test can only be scheduled within 10 days of the hire date. Results are received within three days of the testing date. The new hire may not begin employment until a negative drug test result has been received.

To schedule a drug test, please call Val Ronquillo at (406) 237-6210.

Human Resources will notify the hiring manager of the drug test results. If a negative result has been received, the hiring manager will notify the new hire to schedule an employment date if one has not already been agreed upon.

Probationary Period
New Hires to the City of Billings are subject to a one-year probationary period that begins on their first day of work. Firefighters are subject to a six-month probationary period that begins on their first day of work. A new hire may be dismissed at any time during the probationary period without cause.