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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a job at SMECO?

SMECO accepts applications via our online application system. You can also use the “Apply Online” link on the Careers homepage.

How do I submit my application if I do not have access to a computer?

There are many computer resources available in the community. You may access our application Web site from any local library and community college, or you may apply using the kiosk located in the lobby of our Headquarters building.

How do I submit my application if I cannot complete the online application due to a disability?

For assistance please contact HR at 301-274-4346 prior to submitting your application.

I have applied for a previous position. Can SMECO use the same application I submitted to apply for a different vacancy?

Our online application system has the ability to match applicants to other positions based upon their skill sets. To ensure that your application is considered for all positions in which you are interested, you should apply for each one individually.

What does “Open Until Filled” mean?

When a position is listed as Open Until Filled, it will remain open for applicants to apply until an applicant is offered the position and has accepted the offer. Applications are first screened two weeks after the position is announced, and then re-evaluated periodically until the position becomes filled.

My computer crashes when I was applying. Do I need to begin again?

If you computer crashes or times out during the application process, you will need to log back in using your username and password and continue from the point where your data was last saved. You will need to go through each of the screens to ensure all of your information is completed.

How long before I hear from someone regarding my application?

Applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications after the position annoucement closes, or two weeks after the position has been announced. Due to the large volume of applications received, the top 25 to 50 candidates will be contacted for further evaluation. It is imperative that your information in the your application is as complete as possible so that you are ranked accurately.

If you are within the top group of candidates, you will be contacted by either the search panel chair or by our Human Resources Department. Candidates for bargaining unit positions will be asked to complete a basic skills assessment. Candidates for other positions will be asked to come to SMECO for an interview. In either case this process could take up to two weeks.

If I meet the qualifications listed on the announcement, will I be called for an interview?

Due to the high volume of applications received for most positions, not all qualified candidates will be reviewed by the search panel for an interview determination. Only the top 25 to 50 candidates will be considered for the position. In the case of an applicant pool, candidates will be periodically reviewed to be evaluated for open positions throughout the year. In this case, a broader number of applicants are reviewed.

How am I notified if a position is filled?

You will receive an email notification at the email address listed in your application that the position has been filled. Those individuals who have interviewed may be notified by phone when another applicant has been selected.

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