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United States Department of the Interior
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669
March 15, 2006
In Reply To:  
1400-300 (933.DF) P
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2006-055
Expires: 09/30/07
To:       All Montana/Dakotas Employees
From:     State Director
Subject: Montana/Dakotas Interview and Selection Policy
Program Area: Interviewing and Selection
Purpose: This memorandum updates the Montana/Dakotas policy for interviewing candidates and making selections for permanent, career seasonal, long-term temporary, and TERM positions. 
Policy/Action: The attachment outlines the policy and procedures to be followed. Most significantly, it is recommended that supervisors, at a minimum, interview all candidates on the list where the final selection will most likely be made. Additionally, supervisors should be aware of the requirement (see page 5, No. 6 of Attachment 1) to submit a DI-2005, Personnel Identity Verification Request form, with Part A Sponsor completed.
Timeframe: This policy is effective immediately.
Budget Impact: None.
Background: The Montana/Dakotas Interview and Selection policy has been updated to reflect current Bureau policy, as well as to clarify the process for selection approval. Additionally, at the request of the State Management Team, a list of available interview questions has been developed and is included. Also included is a set of questions that may be utilized when conducting reference checks. It is recommended that five to eight of the listed questions be used during the interview.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
Coordination: IM was coordinated with the Montana/Dakotas Administrative Officers and the Deputy State Director, Division of Support Services.
Contact: Human Resources Office Staffing Specialists, 406-896-5002.
Signed by:        Chun Wong, Acting
Authenticated by: Jean Schaak (MT-933)
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