Selection Process

How to Apply
  • View open competitive job announcements on the state of Colorado jobs website- Open Job Opportunities
  • The job announcement will specify the minimum qualifications for the position as well as provide details on the duties, location, work conditions, etc. as well as include information about the selection process for this particular position. 
  • If you are interested in the position, please apply online. 
  • If you are a new NeoGov user, you will need to register as a new user. If you have used the application system in the past, log in using previously created user ID and password. If you experience technical difficulties with NeoGov application system, please call Tech Support at (855) 524-5627.
  • Please follow specific application instructions noted on the announcement. The announcement will specify what documentation must be attached at the time of application (e.g. unofficial copy of your university transcript, resume, cover letter, answers to supplemental questions, etc.). 
Please be specific and provide all information requested. Please review a application tips section for additional information.



Overview of the CDPS Hiring Process (for all but CSP Cadet positions*) 

  • 1. Application Review

Once the announcement closes, your application will be reviewed by an certified HR Specialist to determine if it meets the minimum qualification as listed on the job announcement. Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications are notified via e-mail. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications proceed in the comparative analysis process and will be notified of their status and the next steps in the process.

2. Comparative analysis process. 

Qualified applicants that meet the minimum qualification requirements will go through this process. A job analysis of a position announced and planning with the appointing authority determines the exam plan and the type of the comparative analysis used for the position. Depending on the position, the exam process can consist of one or a combination of the following: structured application review, written narrative exam, performance exam, oral exam, role play, assessment centers, and others.

3. Referral 

The top group identified as a result of the comparative analysis is referred to the appointing authority. Colorado Constitution allows the top six candidates be referred to the interview with the appointing authority. 

4. Post-referral assessment and/or interview with the appointing authority. 

During this step, the candidates typically get to meet the hiring manager, the team, work partners, the appointing authority, etc. Typically, this step will consist of a structured interview that allows the hiring authority and the candidates to assess if this is a good fit. 

5. Conditional job offer letter. 

The top candidate is contacted to extend a conditional job offer. All CDPS jobs are conditional upon background check clearance. Please remember not to give your current employer a two weeks notice, relocate, etc. until you clear all background check steps and a final CDPS job offer is extended. 

6. Background check process

This step consists of background investigation, polygraph exam, drug/alcohol testing, psychological assessment and other assessments. 

7. Final job offer is extended

This is the step when the top candidate receives a final job offer letter and the onboarding process with CDPS begins.