Requirements to Get Hired at the Post Office

 

 

 

There are ten basic requirements to be considered for employment with the Postal Service.


  1. Must be 18 years old at the time of appointment or 16 years old with a high school diploma.
  2. Must be a United States citizen, a lawful permanent alien (possess a “green card”), or be a citizen of any territory owing permanent allegiance to the U.S. ¬†Being granted conditional permanent resident, refugee, or asylum status does not qualify for Postal Service employment.
  3. Must have a basic competency in English.
  4. Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service System.
  5. Must give employment history for the ten year period effective application date, including names of current and all previous employers (to age 16 where applicable).
  6. Military service is treated as prior employment. Veterans must indicate service and submit Copy 4 of the DD Form 214, Certificate of release or Discharge from Active Duty.
  7. A local criminal background check is required prior to employment. A more extensive criminal history check is completed at employment.
  8. A urinalysis is required, being drug free is a qualifier for employment.
  9. A physical will be given to determine if the applicant is fit to perform the duties of the position that was applied for.
  10. A safe driving record is required for employees who drive on the job. (The Post Office considers no more than two “moving” violations in five years to be safe.)
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26 comments on “Requirements to Get Hired at the Post Office

  1. I attended a interview for a TE City Carrier position and I was told during the interview that since I had been fired from a previous job within the last three years that they could not hire me. Thsi was a non postal related job as well. Have not seen that on the list of requiremtns to get a job anywhere I have looked. Is this a true statement?

    • Hi Jeff,
      Being fired from a previous job is not a disqualifying act. The person who is doing the interview will review the twenty questions you answered on your application. As you know, one of the twenty questions asks if you have been fired recently from any job. If you have been fired for theft, violence in the workplace, or sexual harassment you will not be hired. The interviewer will use his discretion to determine if you will be hired based on your interview. They do not have to hire you. They are usually given a roster of three applicants to interview. They will choose the best applicant out of the three.

      I would suggest that you apply at another office. Work on your interview techniques. Have a good reason why you were fired and why it won’t happen again. Do not badmouth your former employer. This will not help your cause. Good luck!

  2. I’m 40 years old and considering a career change since my factory job is taking a downward spiral! Do you think they would hire someone over 40 in good shape and how long could it take to get a career opportunity? Thanks for all the info!

    • Hi Kenny,
      The Post Office hires all ages all the time. If you can pass a test and the physical you will be good to go. The Post Office is currently hiring PSE Clerks to replace the retiring full-time Clerks. Most PSE’s start around $15 hour. If you get in there and work hard it could lead to a full-time position.

  3. I have been trying very hard to get back on at the postal service. Can you tell me if they will hire former postal employees? I have been trying for everything close to me. I have been put on a selection list for one office while I have been put on prescreening on another facility and one week ago I put in for another position and I plan on putting in for another position in another facility. Can you tell me the difference between prescreened and being put on a selection list? Do they have orientation every year about the same time? How long does it take for the postal service to hire? As you can see, I have lots of questions but unfortunately haven’t found any place to ask and I do not have family in the postal service.
    Thanks

    • The Post Office will hire back former workers if they left on good terms. I’m not sure what pre-screened means in postal terms. They hire based on the test scores by the applicants for each position. You get on a selection list if you score high enough on the test. For example, if they are hiring one clerk for an office they will pull a selection list with the top 4-6 candidates. They will usually interview all of them. They will hire top down and eliminate candidates who are not qualified. The Post Office is in a tough situation right now. They are not following the same patterns they have in the past. Orientation can happen at any time. But, the Post Office has always taken their time getting new people in the door. It is a huge bureaucracy. It takes months to get hired and feels even longer.

  4. I recieved an email saying that I needed take a drug test and physical and then come to an interview at a date that had already passed. I took the drug test and the physical. I have tried to email and call the interviewer to discuss what happened and what I can do, she will not return my calls, and today I recieved a email that I am not eligible for postal jobs. It does not state a reason but I feel as if it was due to missing the interview that was set before the email was sent. I don’t know what to do as the person will not respond to me in any way. What can I do?

    • It sounds like you are not eligible based on your physical or drug test. Missing an interview would not make you ineligible. You may have missed your chance at the position you were supposed to interview. Keep calling the interviewer and leave messages. Try to find a number or name to call on the email you received. You need to find out if you are truly ineligible for postal jobs.

  5. I worked for the service over 10 yrs. Ago, I resigned because I got in trouble and received a felony. Its been 12yrs. Now could I possibly reapply? Thanks

    • The interview will be like any other job interview. Every Postmaster/Manager is different. The main question you will be asked is if you are willing to work 7 days a week and do you have transportation? They may ask about your previous work history. Don’t lie about anything. It will disqualify you if they find out otherwise.

    • I am told that only moving violations count against your driving record. Is a seat belt ticket a moving violation in your state?

  6. I love your website as you post “hard to find” information about postal jobs
    and well written, concise answers. I face a situation that many of your readers will also confront on “driver ineligibility”. I have two moving violations
    in the last 5 years for “unsafe backing” and “failure to obey traffic light
    or signal”. These moving violations are Not “reckless of careless driving” offenses. Yet I was told by the interviewer I was “driver ineligible’ and withdrew my application.
    I also note there has been an update on driver evaluation from “at most
    3 moving violations” in 3 years to “2+’ in 3 years in the 312 USPS manual.

    So where do I stand? Am I “driver ineligible” or can I request reactivation of my application.

  7. I applied for the postal service and also took the test and passed. How long does it usually take for someone to get back to you whether you can proceed to the next step or are ineligible?

    • Hi Kema,

      Once you have passed the test you need to go online and apply for a job. It depends how fast the manager in that department wants to get someone hired. It may be within a week of you applying that you get called for an interview. Sometimes managers and postmasters sit on a list for weeks before calling to set up an interview. It also depends on your test score. The interviews are done from the highest score to the lowest passing score. They may not even get to you on the list. Good luck.

  8. Hi,

    I have been trying to find an answer all day with no success. I just need to know what would happen if I miss an interview for what seems like a particular area. Would that make me ineligible across the board or just at that location. This is my first interview after the proctored test and drug screening. Would they call me in for one particular area or one interview to let me know if I was at all hirable. Ugh. I’m freaking out!! Please help me.

    Jacob

    • Hi Jacob,
      Apply for a position in another building or office. If the facility is large enough you might be OK in another area. Each hiring list is pulled separately.

  9. Hello,
    I applied to many stations for the PSE service clerk positions. About two weeks later, two stations called me for interviews the same day. Five days after, I received email instructions for the background check and drug test. I completed both. Now when I check the applicant cockpit, one station lists me in pre screening, the other lists me on hiring list. I interviewed for both one day apart, although it was the first postmaster who sent the emails for the checks and drug test. I’ve been with the Post Office before, so I know they don’t move as quickly as one would hope. Both Postmasters stated they recommended me, but now the decision will be up to the area HR manager. Is this true? How long should I realistically expect to be waiting? Both stations seemed in dire need of help, according to them. I’m in a bad way financially, this job could really pull me out of the hole. Also, I’m on hiring lists at facilities I have not even interviewed for, but did apply to. What does this mean?

    • They hire in order of test score. It all depends where you are on the list. If they are hiring a lot of employees you will be in good shape.If they are only hiring a few you may have a wait. I don’t know how you can be on a hiring list without an interview. Maybe the manager is approving anyone who has passed the drug test and physical.

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