Review Period

Once BC Public Service employee applicants learn their application was unsuccessful, they have five calendar days to request feedback from the person who made the decision. Employee applicants not satisfied with the feedback should see How to Request a Review of a Staffing Decision (PDF, 357KB).

Definition of "five calendar days": To determine the fifth calendar day in this process, if the fifth calendar day falls on a weekend or a statutory holiday, the fifth day moves to the next business day. Day one is the day after notification about the appointment decision is sent out. For example if the notification is sent out on a Friday, counting starts on the Saturday and the fifth day is the Wednesday following.

Employee applicants (bargaining unit and excluded) who are unsuccessful on an appointment to a position in the bargaining unit have access to both an internal inquiry by the deputy minister responsible for the position and a review by the merit commissioner. 

Employee applicants (bargaining unit and excluded) who are unsuccessful on an appointment to an excluded position have access to an internal inquiry by the deputy minister only. 

When an offer of appointment is subject to the result of the staffing review process, the appointment cannot be confirmed until the timelines for potential submission of requests for feedback, internal deputy minister inquiry* and review by the merit commissioner* are exhausted, and the deputy minister* and the merit commissioner* confirm the appointment decision was based on merit.

* if applicable

Staffing reviews cannot be requested for appointments that do not require a competitive hiring process, such as

  • Lateral transfers
  • Temporary appointments under seven months
  • Auxiliary appointments

Learn more about the steps in the Staffing Review Process: