Elyssa Duncan
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Posted December 8, 2020

What does the USPS Pre Hire list mean?

You've applied to the United States Postal Service (USPS) and now your status reads "Pre Hire list" - what does this mean?
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The US Postal Service’s Pre Hire list means you’re still early in the job process.

The USPS Pre Hire List is an early stage in the Postal Service’s complex hiring process – and is a sign that you’re in the running for the position you applied for.

Once applicants pass the online Virtual Entry Assessment (VEA), their application status is changed to "Pre Hire list," and the application continues on down the hiring path. However, if applicants don’t test high enough on the VEA, they’ll see their online status as "Ineligible."

You’ve made it on the Pre Hire list. Now what?

Once you’re on the Pre Hire list, the process speed can vary. USPS has hiring rules and steps that can take anywhere from several days to several weeks to move applicants along the pipeline. The wait depends on each location’s hiring needs, their applicant load (USPS accepts a limited number of applications per position, on a first-come, first-served basis), and testing schedules.

Depending on the position applied for, the next steps along the hiring route may include:

  • Interview
  • Additional in-person testing
  • Motor vehicle record screening
  • Job offer, which will kick off additional screening:
    • Drug and criminal background check
    • Fingerprinting
    • National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI) The NACI includes checks on employment history, criminal convictions over the past 5 years, education, and references.

Keep these information tidbits in mind when applying for a job with USPS, and your patience could pay off with a new job. The hiring process for a federal job with USPS can be long, but stay positive — once you make the Pre Hire list you’re on your way there!

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Justin Henry

What does a USPS driver make annually?

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Derinda Thompson

Do they still hired postal aide

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James Breedlove

I’ve worked there for 3 years and it’s Not a good job. They don’t stick to the contract and short you pay as a rca which is the step before becoming a regular(may take years)They short your pay due to a heavy volume and paying route time (ex you work 11 hours and pay for 9 this can go up to 12 hours) then u have to file a grievance and probably won’t get paid for it. Union on does what management tells them to do.

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yolanda hunter

I worked for usps for one year as a CCA,letter carrier worst job I ever had upper management crazy,you or not human you're just a hot body and the pay is horrible until you become career which can take up to several years, proceed with caution, it's not for everyone

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Rafael De La Cruz

Hello

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Annie Jutsum

I am on the pre hire list for two different clerk jobs I put an application in for. How long should I except to hear anything back for?

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