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United States Department of the Interior 
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669 
March 25, 2010
1400-300 (MT9330.JB) P                                                                                             
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2010-045
Expires: 9/30/2011
To:         All Montana/Dakotas Employees
From:     State Director
Subject: Montana/Dakotas Interview and Selection Policy
Program Area: Interviewing and Selection
Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) updates the Montana/Dakotas policy for interviewing candidates and making selections for permanent, career seasonal, long-term temporary, and TERM positions. 
Policy/Action: Attachment 1 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.
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. Sample interview and reference check questions are provided in Attachments 2 and 3.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
Coordination: None.
Contact: Human Resources Office Staffing Specialists, 406-896-5002.
Signed by:                                                                                  Authenticated by:
Gene R. Terland                                                                         Angela N. Cattnach-Marnolejo
State Director                                                                             Staff Assistant (MT9330)
3 Attachments
      2-Sample Interview Questions (5 pp)