Post-Secondary Recruitment – Next steps

You’ve submitted your application to one, or to several, of the Post-Secondary Recruitment (PSR) program opportunities. Excellent! So, now what?

The following is some key information to keep in mind.

1. How hiring managers connect with the candidates in the PSR inventories

Hiring managers throughout the federal public service and across the country have year-round access to the PSR inventories, which are a source of exceptional talent, to meet their hiring needs.

Hiring managers can quickly and easily connect with talented candidates in the various inventories. Managers simply submit a request for candidates (or candidate referrals), which is based on their organizational requirements, such as education, specialization and/or experience.

When selecting candidates, a manager can use various methods, such as a top-down selection based on test results, increasing the minimum pass mark of the tests, or making a random selection. However, test results are not the sole criteria when considering candidates. Other criteria, such as education, specialization and/or experience, may also be taken into account to determine candidate referrals.

Lastly, when organizations consider candidates for appointment, they must give preference to veterans and Canadian citizens (in that order). Candidates who do not have Canadian citizenship will only be considered for an appointment if a suitable Canadian candidate is not available to fill the position.

2. Status of your application

The status of your PSR application will only be made known to you in a note inserted in your online GC Jobs applicant account , in the “Application Status” section of your profile. You will not receive any emails about your status; so please check your account regularly.

The following is an explanation of the terms used in the “Application Status” section of your profile:

Results Available: The date when you will be able to view the initial status of your application.

Included in Inventory: This is a confirmation that your application was received and registered in the system. This status however does not mean that you successfully passed the required tests.

Some job opportunities will require that you pass the Public Service Entrance Exam Unsupervised Internet Test 370 and the Public Service Entrance Exam Supervised Test 371. For other job opportunities, these tests are not required. If you did not pass these tests, when required, you will not be eligible for referral.

Referred: This is a confirmation that your application has been forwarded to a hiring organization. It is now up to the hiring organization to contact you directly to inform you of the next steps in the assessment process, if you are selected for further consideration.

Cancelled: Occasionally, a hiring organization may choose to cancel a job opportunity based on staffing needs.

3. Application to an inventory has expired

An automated email and notification in your account are sent to notify you when your application expires. You will continue to receive warnings to renew your application as long as the inventory remains open, and for as long as you keep renewing it. If you do not renew your application, the expiry notice will remain in your account, and you may renew your application until the closing date of the inventory.

4. Declining an offer from a hiring organization

If you are invited for further assessment or receive a job offer that you feel is not the right fit for you at this time, you may decline. You will remain in the inventory and continue to be eligible for future referrals.

5. Not having been connected with hiring organizations

If you were not connected with the right career opportunity during this year's campaign, we invite you to apply again in future PSR campaigns. The hiring needs of federal public service organizations vary from one campaign to the next, and therefore the career opportunities change as well. Sign up for email alerts through your account at, and be sure to select “Graduate Programs”, under “Job types”, to be notified about new opportunities.

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