Human Resources Department
City Hall
212 SW 9th St
Lawton, OK 73501


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Frequently Asked Applicant Questions



How will I know if a job is open for recruitment?

    Jobs are listed on our web site or you may listening to the job line recording at (580) 581-3392 Extension 3010. Individual job announcements are posted at the Human Resources Department at 212 SW 9th, Lawton, OK 73501.



    How do I file an employment application?

    Applications are accepted only for jobs that are open for recruitment. An application is available online or you may obtain an application at the Information Desk located in the Atrium (West) entrance.


    Return all completed application material to the Human Resources Department no later than 5 p.m. on the closing date (postmark alone is insufficient). The closing date is listed on the job announcement or the application material.


    It is a good idea to keep a copy of the application materials you submit and the job announcement to assist you in preparing for any test and/or interview that may be required. The employment application is part of the testing process and becomes confidential material that is the property of the City of Lawton. Once the application is submitted to the Human Resources Department, it cannot be returned to you or copied for you.



    If I want to apply for more than one job, do I have to file more than one application?

    Yes. You must submit a separate job application for each job that has a different vacancy number. It is not necessary to complete an application for the same job vacancy number more than once.



How do I find out about the job, duties, requirements and type of examination?

    Job announcements are on our web site or can be picked up at the Information Deck located in the lobby of the Atrium (west entrance). The announcement is an excellent source of information that lists the salary, duties of the job, the qualification requirements, special requirements, type of examination to be given, and most importantly, the date by which applications must be submitted. If the announcement states the requirement of a typing, spelling and or 10 key test please note that these tests may be taken between the hours of 9:00 am to 11:15 am and 1 to 4:15 pm in the HR office on a walk in basis. A photo ID is required. Tests must be less than one (1) year old. It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit test scores. Tests must be on file prior to closing date of position.

    A recruitment may be subject to closing without notice or open until selection is made, so your application should be turned in promptly.

    Interviews may be conducted by the by the division where the job is located.



    How does the Human Resources Department determine if I qualify for this job?

    The Human Resources Department representative assigned to the recruitment and subject matter experts from the departments review the application materials submitted.


    Read the requirements carefully. The job may require college course work, a specified amount of experience, license, certification, or skill, knowledge and ability in specific areas. This should help you determine if you meet the requirements of the job. If in doubt, it is best to submit your application and the Human Resources Department will evaluate your experience and determine whether or not you meet the requirements.


    For your application to get the consideration it deserves, it is very important that you fill out the application materials completely, even if you attach a resume. Do not state "see resume" when asked to describe your responsibilities and experience. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of information you provide on the application.


    Include not only paid work experience, but all other experience which may apply to the job, i.e., volunteer experience, licenses, professional affiliations, classes you have taken, training you have received and any other special qualifications. Failure to include all information requested could result in the rejection of your application.


    Since we generally receive a large number of applications for each recruitment, the evaluation process can take several weeks. We want to give each application the careful consideration it deserves.



    Does everyone who applies take an exam?

    For most city positions, the training and experience listed on the application is the exam. If the position you are applying for has a formal written or practical exam and you meet the minimum requirements, you will be scheduled for the exam. You will be notified by mail of the date, time and location for most written exams. For some exams, you will receive your exam notice (test notice) when you receive your application.



    What should I do if I am called for a selection interview?

    Be sure that you know:

    • time and place you should appear for the interview;
    • phone number (in case you can't make it or an emergency occurs);
    • name of person who contacted you;
    • to whom you should report for the interview;
    • how long the interview is scheduled to take; and
    • the job for which you are being considered.

    Since a referral list may be used by more than one department, the Human Resources Department may not know who contacted you.


    If you need a reasonable accommodation in the interview, request it prior to the interview.


    Before the interview, review your application or resume and the job announcement. Be prepared to discuss how your training and/or work experience relates to the job for which you are interviewing.

    During the interview, listen carefully to the questions. Your answer should cover everything your interviewer needs to know to evaluate you fairly.


    What happens if I am selected?

    For many jobs, conditional offers are made pending a driver's license check, medical examination, alcohol/drug testing, and/or polygraph/background investigation. In these cases, if you are currently working, DO NOT quit your current job until all required steps have been completed.


    The City of Lawton complies with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. If offered a job, before starting work with the city, you will be required to present identification and work authorization papers.


    After you have been offered and accepted a job, be sure you understand when you will start, where and to whom you should report, and whether there are any other steps you should take before starting work. Be sure to get the telephone number of the person who contacted you in case you have further questions.


    The City of Lawton complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If a reasonable accommodation is needed on the job, the prospective employee, the hiring department and the Human Resources Department will work together to explore possible reasonable accommodations.



    What if I am not selected or not interviewed?

    Our objective is to hire the best person for the job, so competition is keen. If you are not successful in getting the first job you applied for, your application will remain active for the position for which you have applied for 60 days. Do not be discouraged if you do not get a job offer the first time you apply, try again.



    The City of Lawton is an equal opportunity/reasonable accommodation employer.

    This means that the city does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. All individuals are encouraged to compete for employment with the City of Lawton.

    If you feel that you require any assistance in any stage of the application process due to a disability, please contact the Human Resources Department at (580) 581-3392 (TDD: (580) 581-3398) so that accommodations may be made to meet your needs.