As you consider applying for a position at RDC, we want to help take some of the guess-work away by sharing some insight with you into our hiring process. We hope to make the steps of applying for a position, being interviewed and being hired as positive of an experience as we can, so you can spend your efforts presenting your best self through the hiring process.
View step-by-steps instructions of how to set up an RDC account and apply for a particular position.
You’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) we’ve received about the College’s hiring process – some of the same questions you likely have as well.
We also have some tips you may wish to consider to help you prepare for an interview.
Below are the steps involved in RDC’s hiring process:
Advertising the Position Vacancy
All Red Deer College position vacancies are advertised on our employment website. Candidates interested in being considered for a position posted on the RDC website must apply online. Candidates must supply all required documentation (such as: cover letter, resume and references) and applications must be received prior to midnight on the closing date noted on the posting.
Pre-Screening and Shortlisting
RDC hiring managers review all applications that were received by the closing date on the posting. A shortlist is determined by assessing applications against the minimum requirements and noted competencies required to successfully perform the duties of the job. Only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.
If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to an interview with a selection committee, which will consist of at least two College employees. The purpose of the interview is to learn more about your education, experience, skills and fit for the position, our team and the College.
Interviews often follow a sequence designed to give you (the interviewee) and the interviewers the opportunity to observe and communicate with each other:
- The interview starts with introducing the selection committee members and reviewing details about the position.
- It’s the interviewer’s role to ask questions and your role to answer them. Expect to do most of the talking. You’ll be asked general questions about your background and experience and specific questions about your skills.
- You will be asked to provide examples of how you have performed in the past in certain job-related (competency) situations. Behavioural-based questions will almost always begin with “Tell me about a time …” or “Give me an example of …” or “Describe a situation in which …”
- Near the end of the interview, you will have an opportunity to ask questions.
- Be prepared to explain to the interview committee the working relationship you’ve had with the individuals identified as your reference. All candidates must provide three references who can speak about your recent work performance. At least two references must be individuals by whom you’ve been supervised. It is important to advise your references that someone from RDC may contact them through the interview process.
- At the end of the interview the selection committee will explain hiring timelines.
- Before or after the interview you may be asked to:
- Provide evidence of your qualifications.
- Complete a skills assessment to evaluate your aptitude or technical skills.
If You Are Unsuccessful With Your Application
At RDC, we contact all candidates who have been interviewed to advise them whether they are the successful applicant. If you are advised you are not the successful applicant, this is your opportunity to ask the hiring manager for feedback that could help you prepare for future interviews. Don’t give up and keep applying for new positions at RDC that you determine fit your qualifications, when they arise!