Search For and Hire the Successful Candidate: Part-Time

Begin the search process, help candidates apply, and initiate the hire.

Instructions for Applying for Part-Time Positions. Individuals who request assistance with the application process should be directed to the PSU Jobs website:

The list of each unit's General Wage Postings for Fall 2017 Semester can be found here.

Federal Work Study. The Penn State Jobs website provides a link to a separate web page for federal work study jobs ( To apply, students must validate eligibility by logging in with their access ID and password. Only students with a valid federal work study award will have access to apply for these positions.

Identify Top Candidates. The hiring manager will identify a list of qualified candidates and, if appropriate for the position, begin scheduling and conducting interviews. After the interviews have been concluded and the final candidate has been identified, the hiring manager will perform reference checks using a reference check sheet like the one found here.

Determine the appropriate hourly rate. Prior to extending a verbal offer, the hiring manager should first refer to Policy HR41 Setting Hourly Wage Payroll Rates for Part-time and Casual Employees. If assistance is needed in determining an appropriate hourly rate, the hiring manager should reach out to the appropriate HR Consultant. The hiring manager is also responsible for gathering any additional approvals required by the hiring department.

Extend a Verbal Offer.The hiring manager makes a verbal offer, advising the candidate that the offer is contingent upon the successful completion of the required background check(s). Please note that new employees may not begin working until the background check is complete. The following language should accompany every verbal offer:

"This offer is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. You will receive an e-mail from Penn State Human Resources with additional information regarding the background check process."

Confirm Hiring Details. It is recommended that the hiring manager send an email to the selected candidate confirming his/her start date, the anticipated number of hours the individual will work, and any other position-specific details.

Initiate the Hire via WorkLion. The hiring manager will start the hiring process via the WorkLion portal. HR Services will initiate the background check, schedule onboarding, and process associated HR forms.