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The Sentara Healthcare Recruitment Staff want you to have all the information you need to apply for a position within Sentara. Below are the answers to many of the frequently asked questions about the application process.  Due to the volume of applications, we are not able to respond directly to each applicant. Your application will be reviewed, and if Sentara Healthcare is interested in your background, a Sentara recruiter will contact you for an interview.

How do I apply for a job at Sentara?

All applications must be submitted using the online application process. 

  • Go to the www.sentara.com website.
  • Click on Careers in the right hand corner.
  • Click on the Blue “Click to Search and  Apply” Links below to enter the application.
  •  First time users must create an account (Upper right hand corner of the screen). Click on the “click here to create a new account” link.
  • Create a USERNAME and PASSWORD.  Make sure that you write this information down so that you will be able to access your account in the future.  Create your PROFILE (by typing in your personal information and employment history OR by uploading a copy of a current resume) to begin the application process.
  • You can search for open positions by Job Category, Keyword Search or City.

Advice for the first time users:

The following information will be required to make your application process go more efficiently:

  • biographical information, including your e-mail address
  • current resume (not required)
  • work history (dates/locations/supervisor names and numbers)
  • education and licensure information
  • current/past employment reference information
  • You will be required to complete a 100 Question Sentara Healthcare Assessment. This assessment will add approximately 15 minutes to the application process.

If I don't have a computer, how can I apply for positions at Sentara?
You may visit the Sentara Recruitment Resource Center nearest you (locations/directions). Computers are also available at most public libraries.

Who can I contact if I need an accommodation for special assistance in completing my application?
If you are a person with a disability and require assistance with the employment process, please contact Sentara Recruitment at 757-228-7408, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What if I forget my password?
Go to the login screen and click on "Forgot your password?" You will need to enter your email address. Once submitted, an email message with the subject line "Password recovery" will be sent to the email address associated with your user profile. Please click on the link in the e-mail and follow the instructions to reset your password. You will receive an email confirmation when your password has been successfully reset.

How do I search for open positions?
Go to Search Openings to search for positions by Keyword(s), Job Category or City.  
It is only necessary to submit one application for each position you are interested in. 
Please Note: You cannot apply for more than 5 positions at one time or 10 positions within a 7 day period.

How will I know if my online application was submitted successfully?
You will receive an email confirmation once you have completed the online application process. To ensure that the information you submitted was completed accurately, you are encouraged to log back in to your account and review your information. You will also receive an email confirmation after you successfully apply for a specific position.

What happens after I submit my application for a position?
You will receive an email confirmation when you have successfully applied to an open position. Your application and qualifications will be reviewed by a recruiter for the minimum qualifications and the department's preferred skills and experience for the position. If you meet these qualifications and are determined to be one of the most qualified, the recruiter will contact you directly. Following the interview with the recruiter, successful candidates will be routed and reviewed by the hiring manager. The hiring manager will review the applications they receive from the recruiter and select those they are interested in contacting for an interview. Following the interviews, the hiring manager will select the most suitable candidate for the position.

Where can I find salary information for open positions?
Salary information is not provided as part of the online job postings. The recruiter can provide this information during the interview/selection process.

How are individuals selected for interviews?
The hiring department determines which applicant they are interested in interviewing for an open position. If the hiring department is interested in interviewing an applicant for a position, an applicant will be contacted directly by phone or email.

How can I tell if my resume is still active in the Sentara system?
Applications remain active in the Sentara application database as long as the position for which you have applied is still available.

How do I know if a job at Sentara is still open?
Any position that appears on the Job Postings website is still open.

How long does a position remain open?
Sentara does not have defined closing dates for positions. A position will remain open until the position is filled.

How will I know if a position has been filled or closed?
If a position is no longer on the Sentara Job website, the position has either been filled or closed.

I have applied for a specific position several times and was not contacted for an interview, why is that? You may not meet the qualifications for the position and/or the manager’s preferences. Please read the job descriptions closely as preferences are often stated.

Who can I talk directly to about a job I have applied for?
A recruiter or hiring manager will contact you directly if they are interested in speaking with you about a position for which you have applied. We regret that due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to each candidate individually regarding the status of their application. 

How do I check the status of my application?
You can login to your account and click on the Job Submission Status for an update on those positions to which you have applied. The Job Status column in this feature will show you the current status of the position. The HR Status column in this feature will show your individual status within the position.

When can I expect to hear about the status of my application?
You can monitor the status of your application online through the Job Submission Status feature. If your resume is forwarded to a hiring department for consideration, your Job Submission Status will be updated. The hiring department reviews the applications and if the hiring department is interested in speaking with you regarding the position, they will contact you directly. We regret that due to the volume of applicants Sentara receives, we are unable to respond to each candidate individually regarding the status of their application.

What do each of the HR status descriptions mean in regards to the application process? 
 

Application Status

Status Description

Application Received by Recruitment

Your Application was successfully submitted and will be reviewed for potential match between required qualifications for the position and department's hiring needs.

Under Recruitment Review

Your Application is being reviewed by recruitment staff for a potential match between required qualifications for position and department's hiring needs/preferences.

Forwarded to Hiring Manager

Your Application has been forwarded to the hiring manager for further consideration.  If the hiring manager is interested in speaking with you regarding the position, they will contact you directly.

Not under further consideration for position at this time

The hiring manager is no longer considering you for the position based on their department's hiring needs/ preferences and your current qualifications.

Application withdrawn from consideration at your request or you have accepted another position

Your Application has been withdrawn from consideration at your request.

Offer Extended/Accepted

An Offer has been extended/accepted for this position.

Position Closed

This position has either been filled by another applicant or is no longer open at this time.

Incomplete Application

You have an incomplete application/work history; and/or required skills testing have not been completed.

How long will the positions I applied for remain in my Job Submission Status?
A position will remain in your Job Submission Status for six months after the position is filled or closed.

For more information, please call: (757) 455-7151.

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