Human Resources FAQs

All applications must be submitted to the U.S. Embassy Ankara Human Resources Office. Applications will only be accepted through e-mail, fax, or mail. No applications will be accepted in person. All supporting documents must be attached to your application, and you must reference a vacancy number on your application. (Please see our How To Apply section for more details.) A selection process then takes place, from which potential candidates are contacted for tests and interviews by one of our recruiters. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Yes. Applicants can apply for more than one position by submitting separate applications for each vacancy. Please reference the vacancy number in the subject line for each position you apply for.

No. You should not send in general applications. Human Resources Office only accepts applications that are associated with a specific vacancy announcement.

We do not have the resources to send “not selected candidate notifications” to all applicants who have not been selected for an interview. However, we do advise all applicants that if they have not heard from us within six weeks of the closing date of the announcement, to assume that they have not been selected for interview.  To those applicants not selected, we extend our appreciation for considering the the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul and U.S. Consulate in Adana potential employer.

No. Applicants must be in possession of a valid residence and work permit at the time of application in order to be considered eligible for employment. The U.S. Mission is not able – under any circumstances – to assist applicants in obtaining either permit with Turkish authorities.

No. The Human Resources (HR) Office will accept applications from candidates currently residing outside of Turkey. Non-Turkish applicants must provide appropriate, verifiable documentation with their application that demonstrate that they have a right to live and work in Turkey. In compliance with US State Department regulations, HR will not consider applications in the recruitment/screening process if such documentation is not provided, or the documentation is insufficient to establish the applicant’s right to live and work in Turkey. Exception to this rule includes US citizen and non-US citizen Eligible Family Members en-route to post.

No. If you do not hear from us within six weeks of the closing of the Vacancy Announcement, you should assume that your application was not successful. Only short-listed candidates being considered for testing and interviews will be contacted.

Level 1 – Rudimentary Knowledge
Employee is, at most, required to have rudimentary verbal understanding of a very limited English/ Turkish vocabulary, such as might be required in understanding and following instructions.

Level 2 – Limited Knowledge
Employee needs a limited knowledge of written and spoken English/ Turkish limited to the specific occupation. An employee at this level would be expected to understand and carry put verbal instructions of a repetitive character, and to be able to prepare simple reports.

Level 3 – Good Working Knowledge
Employee is required to have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English/Turkish. The employee should be able to read and understand agency regulations, operating instructions, memoranda, and related material concerning the field of work, to prepare correspondence and standardized reports, and to communicate effectively with English speaking staff members and the general public, including both English speaking and non-English speaking persons.

Level 4 – Fluent
Employee is required to possess a high degree of proficiency in both written and spoken English/ Turkish, including the ability to translate the host country language into precise and correct English, and/or vice versa. On occasion, an employee at this level might be expected to act as an interpreter in situations where considerable importance is attached to the proper word meaning.

Level 5 – Professional (Translator/Interpreter or Equivalent)
Level 5 is essentially limited to professional translator and interpreters whose proficiency in written and spoken English/ Turkish vocabulary truly matches that of a well educated native speaker. This includes the ability to deal effectively with highly technical and sophisticated terminology in which fine nuances of meaning may at times assume major importance in negotiations. At this level, an employee should be capable of simultaneous translation as in the case of conference reporting. An equivalent level of difficulty and responsibility relate to those employees who are required to be fluent in one or more foreign languages, or two or more distinctly different and complex native dialects.

All applications are screened for eligibility and qualification requirements as advertised. If the applicant is eligible and meets ALL of the required qualifications of the position, he/she will be considered for an interview giving due consideration to US Veteran and U.S. citizen Eligible Family Member hiring preferences. The hiring section will make the final decision on who will be selected.

Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR):  An individual who:

• Is not a citizen of the host country; and,
• Does not ordinarily reside in the host country; and,
• Is not subject to host country employment and tax laws; and,
• Has a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN)

Ordinarily Resident (OR):  A Foreign National or U.S. citizen who:

• Is locally resident; and,
• Has legal, permanent resident status within the host country; and,
• Is subject to host country employment and tax laws

Please see the Definitions Section for more info.

All positions can be language and skills tested.

Please see Information on Language Testing for more information.

The mandatory retirement age for security guards is 57; all other positions have a mandatory retirement age of 65.

If you are selected for the position, you will be given a conditional offer for employment, pending the outcome of a successful medical and security clearance investigation.

Please Note: Pre-employment clearance checks can take some time. If you have traveled extensively, lived in many places, and/or held many jobs, verifying the information you have provided on your security clearance form will take longer; therefore your security certification to work at the Embassy will potentially take longer to issue.

Similarly, if medical issues arise, which can be treated within a reasonable amount of time, this may delay your medical clearance being issued.

You will need to be certified by both our security and medical departments before you can begin work with the Embassy; therefore we would always recommend not handing in your notice to your current employer before you have received full clearances.