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Hiring Process

The hiring process includes a new hire processing appointment and a pre-employment physical that includes drug and alcohol screens, and a national fingerprint-based criminal background check.

Hiring decisions are contingent upon satisfactory results of a physical examination, including a drug and alcohol use and misuse screening, and a review of the results of a pre-employment fingerprint-based national criminal background check.

If you have any questions, related to the new hiring process, please contact the Human Resources New Hire Center at 305-375-5782.

Job Interview

Interviews are frequently conducted by panels of County employees and panels frequently, but not always, include the hiring managers. At time of the panel interview, you will be required to present all documents necessary to support that you meet all of the position's requirements as indicated in your application. Additional interviews may be scheduled at the department's discretion.

After reviewing all candidates interviewed and confirming that all minimum requirements have been met, the hiring department may make a conditional job offer to the person or persons selected. Once the conditional offer is accepted, the hiring process begins.

New Hire Processing Appointment

Job applicants that have been extended an offer of employment will be advised by the hiring department of their scheduled New Hire Processing Appointment.

Note: Applicants must bring the below completed forms and identification(s) to the appointment.

Prior to the New Hire Processing Appointment, new employees are required to bring with them two forms of identification and the completed forms below.

Physical & Drug Screenings

New Hires are required to undergo a Pre-Employment Physical which includes Drug and Alcohol Screenings. This appointment will be scheduled by the hiring department. The examination will be performed at no cost to you by health care providers associated with the Jackson Health System.

Drug and alcohol use and misuse tests or screenings are part of all physicals provided by Miami-Dade County.  Successful completion depends on whether the tests are administered in accordance with Miami-Dade County administrative orders or rules promulgated by the Federal Department of Transportation.

In addition to other factors such as a national fingerprint-based criminal background check, all Miami-Dade County offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of the pre-employment physical.

If I fail the drug or alcohol test, will I still be hired?
Offers of employment with Miami-Dade County are contingent upon several factors; one of which is successful completion of the pre-employment physical which includes an alcohol and drug use and misuse test or screening. If you do not successfully complete the pre-employment physical, the offer of employment will be rescinded and you will not be hired. Drug and alcohol use and misuse tests are part of all physicals provided by Miami-Dade County. Successful completion depends on whether the tests are administered in accordance with Miami-Dade County administrative orders or rules promulgated by the Federal Department of Transportation.

In addition to not being hired as planned, prospective employees who test positive for misusing alcohol or controlled substances are barred from applying for employment for a six-month period.

Criminal Background Check

Applicants under serious consideration for employment, or those who have been extended a contingent job offer, will undergo a pre-employment, fingerprint-based, national criminal background check. Whether applicants go through the background check as part of the screening process or after a contingent job offer has been made is up to the discretion of the hiring department.

In accordance with County policy, prospective employees cannot be added to the payroll until the results of the background check are received by the hiring department.

Pre-employment criminal background checks include fingerprint searches of the databases maintained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).Your fingerprints will be captured by staff in the New Hire Center and transmitted electronically to FDLE.

If you have ever been arrested and fingerprinted in the United States, the information will more than likely be provided to Miami-Dade County regardless of how much time has passed or the disposition of your case. Having a criminal record does not automatically prevent you from obtaining employment with Miami-Dade County.

The hiring department will consider your criminal conduct in determining your suitability for a particular job, but there are no general prohibitions against hiring you. A number of relevant factors, such as the duties of the position you have applied for, the nature of the misconduct, how recent it was, and evidence of rehabilitation, if any, will be considered.

There are some regulations that will prohibit you from working in certain positions if you have a specific conviction in your past. The most common situation involves conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes under Federal or State law. Persons with such a conviction in their past are “prohibited from employment in any position requiring the individual: to ship, transport, possess or receive firearms or ammunition” (Public Law 1-4-208 Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997).

Your appointment with the New Hire Center will be scheduled by the hiring department. In accordance with County policy, prospective employees cannot be added to the payroll until the results of the background check are received by the hiring department.

What happens if I am an ex-offender?
Being an ex-offender does not prevent you from obtaining Miami-Dade County employment. Your criminal history will be considered in determining your suitability for a particular job but there are no general prohibitions against hiring you. We will consider a number of relevant factors such as the duties of the position you want, the nature of the crime and judicial outcome, how recent it was, and any evidence of rehabilitation.

There are some regulations which will keep you from working in certain positions if you have a specific conviction. The most common situation involves being convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes under Federal or State law. These persons are “prohibited from employment in any position requiring the individual: to ship transport, possess or receive firearms or ammunition” (Public Law 1-4-208 Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997).

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