Application FAQs

  1. How do I submit an application for an open position?
  2. Can I apply via email, fax, mail, or by directly contacting the hiring department?
  3. Can I contact the hiring department directly?
  4. Why do you exclusively accept electronic applications? Why don't you accept paper or emailed resumes?
  5. What happens to my application after I submit it?
  6. Who do I contact if I am having technical issues applying online?
  7. What do the terms "exempt" and "non-exempt" mean?
  8. How frequently do you update the job postings?
  9. A job has been posted for a number of months. Is it still open?
  10. Do jobs remain posted after the position has been filled?
  11. Can I update an application once it has been submitted?
  12. Do I have to re-enter my information every time I apply?
  13. How long does it take to fill a position?
  14. What if I am looking for a faculty (teaching) position?
  15. What if I am looking for a post-doctoral position?
  16. Do you hire for Northwestern Memorial Hospital?
  1. How do I submit an application for an open position?

    Please review our Apply for Jobs instruction page to search and apply for current openings using Northwestern's electronic application system.

  2. Can I apply via email, fax, mail, or by directly contacting the hiring department?

    Northwestern University only accepts resumes and applications submitted through the electronic application system. For those without Internet access, Human Resources has an available computer that can be used to access the electronic application system.

    Human Resources
    720 University Place
    Evanston , IL 60208

    Monday through Friday
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Northwestern University is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who apply for employment at Northwestern. Applicants may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at 847-491-7458 or via email at EEO@northwestern.edu.

  3. Can I contact the hiring department directly?

    Please do not contact the hiring department directly. All applications must be routed through the Office of Human Resources and submitted to the hiring manager through the electronic application system.

  4. Why do you exclusively accept electronic applications? Why don't you accept paper or emailed resumes?

    The advantages of an electronic application system benefit both applicants and hiring departments. The electronic application system provides more search options for applicants, more timely updates to job postings, and the ability to apply for additional jobs without having to submit a new application.

    In addition, applications to Job Openings can be processed in a more expedited fashion and the hiring departments can more efficiently screen applicants to fill positions.

  5. What happens to my application after I submit it?

    Once you apply, you will receive an email confirming submission of your application. All applications are reviewed and screened against position qualifications. If your application meets the position qualifications, it will be forwarded to the hiring manager for review. Hiring managers will contact candidates who best meet the position requirements. Please understand that the review process takes time.

  6. Who do I contact if I am having technical issues when applying online?

    Please read our Troubleshooting Tips. If you have not found your answer there, contact myHR Help during business hours via email at myHRhelp@northwestern.edu  or phone (847)467-4800.

  7. What do the terms "exempt" and "non-exempt" mean?

    Exempt positions have monthly salaries and are exempt for the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Non-exempt positions have an hourly rate of pay and are paid the overtime rate for hours worked in excess of 40 per week.

  8. How frequently do you update the job postings?

    Job postings are updated throughout the day with the addition of new positions and the removal of filled positions.

  9. A job has been posted for a number of months. Is it still open?

    If a position is on the website, it is still open and the hiring manager is seeking candidates.

  10. Do jobs remain posted after the position has been filled?

    No. Postings are removed once a job has been filled.

  11. Can I update an application once it has been submitted?

    Once you have submitted an application, you will not be able to change the information. The only information that can be changed is information in the My Contact Information link (for external applicants), such as Address, Email Address, and Phone Number.

  12. Do I have to re-enter my information every time I apply?

    If you have already submitted an application, the information you entered will populate your new application so you do not have to re enter the same information every time you apply. If you upload a new resume, the application will populate based on the information in your new resume.

  13. How long does it take to fill a position?

    The recruitment process takes an average of 90 days for exempt positions and 60 days for non-exempt positions.

  14. What if I am looking for a faculty (teaching) position?

    Please contact the individual schools or departments for any faculty position openings.

  15. What if I am looking for a post-doctoral position?

    Please contact the individual schools or departments for any post-doctoral position openings.

  16. Do you hire for Northwestern Memorial Hospital?

    Northwestern University does not hire for the Hospital. You must contact their Human Resources Department at (312) 926-2043 or visit their web site at www.nmh.org.