Applicant Information

The following information will provide you with a better understanding about CDOT's application process.
Table of Contents
How to Apply
Overview of the CDOT Hiring Process
Appeal Rights
ADA Accomodations
Family Medical Leave Information
Colorado Address Confidentiality Program

How to Apply

  1. Review the recruitment announcements listed on the Open Job Opportunities site.
  2. Register as a new user with the on-line application system.
  3. Submit an on-line application for the opening in which you qualify. Be sure to follow the instructions in the announcement and include all information required.
  4. Please note that the 'Application-On-File' will not be used for any current job opening. You should copy the application on file into the new application for each actual job opening.

Overview of the CDOT Hiring Process

  1. Application Screening:  One week after the close of the job announcement.
    Applications are evaluated against the minimum qualifications listed in the job announcement. Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications are notified by e-mail.  Applicants who do meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the examination process.
  2. Examination:  Approximately two to three weeks after the close of the job announcement. The State of Colorado Constitution requires the use of an assessment to evaluate the best applicant for a vacant position. Supervisors can only interview the top three scoring applicants.  When more than three applicants meet the minimum qualifications, an examination must be used to determine the top three candidates. The number and types of exams chosen for this process will depend on the job duties of the position and the total number of applicants. Examinations might consist of scored application reviews, written essay, or oral examinations, which require job candidates to respond orally to job-related questions before a panel of subject matter experts.
  3. Supervisor Interview and Reference Check:  Approximately two weeks after the examination process. The supervisor of a a vacant position makes the hiring decision.  Typically, a supervisor interviews each of the top three applicants in person. However, interviews can also exist of phone calls, resume reviews, or involve multiple CDOT employees. After the interview and a review of each applicant's resume, the supervisor must contact the applicant's references prior to making a final decision and job offer.
  4. Job Offer:  Approximately two weeks after the job interview. After careful consideration of each candidate, the supervisor makes the final decision.  Depending on type of work performed in the position, a job offer may be contingent on the results of a drug test, physical examination and/or criminal background check.

Appeal Rights

Colorado State Statute and State Personnel Procedures 8-81 through 8-93, 8-101 and 8-102 provides you with the right to appeal any step of the selection process if you find the action taken is arbitrary, capricious or contrary to rule or law. If you believe the rejection of your application or the content of an examination was arbitrary, capricious or contrary to rule or law (scores and ranks are not considered as conduct or content), you may view instructions for the appeal process and complete the Colorado State Personnel Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form found at Appeals must be in writing and received no later than 10 calendar days from the date the application was rejected or date of the examination. The appeal procedures also apply to charges of discrimination.

ADA Accommodations

Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment examination.  To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the disability which justifies the accommodation.  Because it requires several days for CDOT to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the exam date.  Failure to provide the medical documentation several days in advance of an exam could make it impossible for CDOT to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation.

To request a reasonable test accommodation for an examination, please contact the Center for Human Resource Management at (303)757-9216 or the ADA Coordinator, Fred Longs, at (303)512-4143, 4201 E. Arkansas Ave., Denver, CO 80222 several days before the exam date.

Family Medical Leave Information

The State of Colorado is responsible for ensuring that applicants and employees are aware of their rights under the Family Medical Leave Act.  Read the current information:



Colorado Address Confidentiality Program (ACP)

If you are covered by the Address Confidentiality Program, CRS 24-21-201 through 24-21-214, please contact the Center for Human Resource Management at (303)757-9216 so that you are provided the appropriate time extension for notifications provided by U.S. mail. The extension allowed under this program applies only to U.S. mail notifications that include a deadline of 10 days or less.