Our Hiring Process

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Understanding our Hiring Process

At the University of Delaware, we are focused on attracting and hiring talented people to maintain our reputation as one of the top higher education institutions. We are extremely proud of our work environment and are pleased to consistently be one of Delaware's Top Employers by Forbes Magazine.


If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to search for a job opening or to submit an application, please contact us by calling (302) 831-2171 or emailing hrhelp@udel.edu.


We invite you to learn more about our hiring process by our exploring the information listed here.

Visit UD Careers to search our active staff and faculty job postings. Job Alerts can also be set up with your keywords and you will receive a notification when a position opens that matches these keywords. Please follow us on LinkedIn and YouTube to learn more.

To be considered for a position, you must apply to a job posting. We encourage you to review the responsibilities and qualifications.  If you are interested and your experience/education aligns, upload your cover letter, resume and additional documents as noted in the position description.

Once your documents are submitted in the initial application, you can quickly apply to other positions.  

Resumes and applications are reviewed for qualifications that match the skills and requirements listed in the job posting. Review time can vary, it may take several weeks before you receive an update. The status of your application can also be seen in the applicant portal. After a decision has been made on your candidacy, you will be notified either via phone or email.

Phone screens may occur during the application review process to gather additional information. Please respond to any communication you receive as soon as possible.

If selected, the interview may be conducted via phone, video or in person. In some cases, the interview may include all three.

Depending on the position, candidates will meet with multiple interviewers. Be prepared for behavioral-based interview questions. These questions assist the interviewers on how your experience translates to the position.

For in person interviews, be sure you are comfortable with where you are going and how long it takes to get there. Include time for parking and walking to the interview. If a campus tour isn’t part of your interview itinerary, take time to visit on your own. If traveling to the University from out-of-town, instructions on how to book travel will be provided by our staff.

We believe that an interview is a two-way street–come prepared with questions to determine if the position and UD is the right fit. The interview process may take several weeks. We welcome you to reach out for an update by contacting the UD Talent Acquisition Team.

Two to three professional references will be checked on finalist candidates. It is a good idea to select references in advance and to give them the heads up that they could be contacted. The reference check process is normally completed prior to an offer of employment.

You did it! Offers are made either verbally or via email by a member of the Talent Acquisition Team or directly by the hiring manager or department chair. All offers will be followed up with a written letter. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful outcome of reference checks, a background check and additional verification as required. Once an offer is accepted you will receive an email on how to begin the background check and pre-boarding process.

The University is committed to protecting the safety and security of all members, property and assets of the UD community. To meet these objectives, the University conducts pre-employment background checks on all selected applicants. This includes volunteers and camp or program workers who will interact with children. New hires will undergo a 7-year "lookback" background check. If the selected applicant has regular interaction with children under the age of 18 a 10-year background check will be conducted as required by the Beau Biden Child Protection Act.

We want you to feel supported throughout the onboarding process. The process is set up to assist you in filling out the necessary forms and setting up your UD account. We want your first day of work to be focused on your new position.

An email with be sent to you with information on how to set up your email account so you can begin to fill out the required forms. Employees are also invited to attend a New Employee Orientation program to learn more about UD. Additionally, each department has their own onboarding process to assist in gaining a better understanding of the position and departmental structure.

Please note, within the first three days of employment all newly hired employees are required to verify their identity and employment authorization to work in the United States. Be sure to review the List of Acceptable Documents to determine what to bring to campus to complete your I-9.