If you're unsuccessful in a job competition and want to know why, contact the hiring manager and ask for feedback on how you did in each stage of the competition. Be sure to add your requisition number. Feedback is an opportunity for you to understand your performance in the hiring process. It's an opportunity to learn where you did well and where you can improve. It also helps you understand how decisions were made in the process.
Current employees who are unsuccessful in a competition and believe the hiring decision wasn't based on merit can request a staffing review. To start the review process, employee applicants must first request feedback from the person responsible for the decision within five calendar days after receiving notification of a hiring decision. Day one is the day after you receive notification about the decision. If the fifth calendar day falls on a weekend or a statutory holiday, the next business day is considered the fifth day.
Employee applicants not satisfied with the feedback may request an internal inquiry by the Deputy Minister within five calendar days of receiving their feedback. Bargaining Unit and excluded employees 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. Bargaining Unit and excluded employees who are unsuccessful on an appointment to an excluded position have access to an internal inquiry by the Deputy Minister only.
Staffing reviews can't be requested for appointments that don't require a competitive hiring process, such as:
- Lateral transfers
- Temporary appointments under seven months
- Auxiliary appointments