Hiring Process

This page outlines the hiring process at the County of Santa Barbara – from the application to your first day on the job. Our online applicant tracking system serves as your primary resource for information about your application. This website should provide you will necessary information to know the steps of the hiring process.


Review the minimum qualifications of the job. If qualified, please apply to be considered for a position. Current Job Openings .

Qualification Review:

Our goal is to hire the best talent into the county so we identify the best-qualified candidates within the applicant pool that fit our ideal candidate profile. Applications are reviewed and results will be communicated with each applicant by the recruiter or hiring manager.

Examinations and Online Skills Test:

Depending on the position, you may be required to complete an examination or online skills test. If this is the case, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the examinations or online skills test after you apply.

  • Names of applicants who are successful in the exam process are placed on an eligible list in order of their final scores. These candidates will be notified by mail of their ratings and relative standings on the list. This notice will also contain the date the candidates' name will expire off the current list.

  • The ten persons with the highest scores are certified to the department with the vacancy. The department makes its hiring decision based in part on interviews with any or all of the top ten applicants. If you are invited to a hiring interview but subsequently are not selected for the job, the hiring department will notify you of that fact.

Applicants/Candidates with Disabilities:

The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Please contact the recruiter/Department at the time of application so that testing arrangements can be made.


Some hiring managers may conduct interviews by phone, by video conference and/or in person in order to accommodate all candidates. Depending on the position, expect more than one interview where you will speak with the hiring manager, potential colleagues and a member of the department/agency leadership. After the interviews, a list of candidates are sent to the hiring manager for review. The hiring manager decides who to interview.


    If a department offers you a job it will be contingent upon passing a reference check and/or background investigation, and a medical examination. When you start the job you must show proof of your legal right to work in the United States.


    If you are appointed to a civil service position, you will serve a probationary period of a minimum of one year. The probationary period is the final phase of the examination process. This is the time you should decide if this is the right job for you. This is also the time for the department to decide if you are right for the job.

Job Offer & Pre-employment:

The hiring manager or recruiter will reach out directly with a verbal offer. This is a great opportunity for you to ask any additional questions. After you accept the verbal offer we prepare and send an offer letter. Review the offer and officially accept.


The onboarding process includes required tasks to ensure you have an efficient start to your employment. On your first day your supervisor and new team will help welcome you into your new role, your department and the County of Santa Barbara.