Hiring Process


Each application is scored based on education, training, and experience. It is critical to include as many applicable details as possible in your application in order to be properly assessed. Your initial score will be based on your answers to the supplemental questions. Human Resources will conduct a final review of the applications before referring the top candidates to the hiring manager.


The top candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview. Interviews are conducted by the Hiring Manager and Human Resources. The following are some tips to be properly prepared for your interview:

  • Arrive early and ensure you have the correct location
  • Dress professionally
  • Put your cell phone away and silence it
  • Research the position and County
  • Prepare questions for the interviewers – remember you also need to ensure Nicollet County is the right fit for you too!
  • Feel free to bring notes with prepared answers to anticipated questions – having the notes can help trigger answers to questions if you draw a blank – especially if you are nervous!

First and second interviews are conducted for all positions. Once those have concluded, other background information is obtained – this may include:

  • Calling references
  • Contacting previous or current employers

Once we have gathered all of our information, we are prepared to make a contingent offer. All offers are contingent on a satisfactory background check. Some positions also require a Drug test and/or more in depth background checks.


At each step in the hiring process we communicate with candidates via email their status. So be sure to check your email frequently.

Equal Employment Opportunity & Reasonable Accommodation

Nicollet County is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, familial status, veteran status, status with regards to public assistance, disability, or age except where there is a bona fide occupational qualification and all other characteristics or traits protected by law.

Nicollet County will reasonably accommodate qualified applicants with covered disabilities who can perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

To request an accommodation to complete the online application due to a disability, please call Human Resources at (507) 934-7204 or email HR.