Frequently Asked Questions

Employment-Related Questions
  • 2. What are the unions at Wesleyan University?

    The two unions and three separate contracts at Wesleyan are the:

    • United Federation of Special Police and Security Officers for public safety officers and
    • Office and Professional Employees International Union for secretarial and clerical staff as well as  physical plant staff, through separate contracts.
    Union positions are identified as such in the job postings.
Application-Related Questions
  • 4. I am a current Wesleyan employee. How do I find out about opportunities or apply as an internal applicant?
    • All of our open positions are posted on the Careers website.
    • Occasionally, positions may be posted for “internal applicants only.” This is a competitive process that occurs when the University has committed to filling the position from within. The date by which internal applicants should apply will be posted in the “Special Instruction to Applicants” section of the posting. The position may be opened for external recruitment if internal recruitment does not yield a suitable candidate.
    • Qualified internal applicants are invited to apply using the same process as an external applicant.
  • 8. How should I address my cover letter?
    It doesn’t matter to whom the cover letter is addressed. The important thing is that the letter shows your interest in the specific position to which you are applying.
  • 12. I applied a long time ago and haven’t heard back.
    The hiring manager/search committee reviews all submissions and will contact candidates to schedule an interview. Candidates who are no longer under consideration will be notified. Once a search is completed, all applicants who haven't already been notified will be notified.
Technical Issues
  • 17. My upload did not work, or the browser timed out.
    This could be due to the file type or settings on the document you are trying to upload. We accept the following document types: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .rtx, .pdf, .txt, .xls, .xlsx, .tiff, .tif, .jpeg, .jpg, .jpe, .png, .flv, .mov. Make sure the document does not have a watermark or password-protected content.
  • 20. I would like to withdraw my application.
    Select “Your Applications,” and locate the appropriate application. Follow the link to “Withdraw Application.” A confirmation page will open. On the confirmation page, select “Yes, withdraw this application.” You will no longer be considered for this job.

Travel-Related Questions

  • 21. Does Wesleyan reimburse for interview travel?

    Wesleyan reimburses for mileage or other interview-related travel expenses when a candidate travels a distance greater than 50 miles to interview. Discuss specifics with the primary contact on your search before planning any travel.

  • 23. What are the airports or train stations close to campus?
    • The nearest airport to Middletown is Bradley International Airport (BDL), which is about 34 miles from our campus.
    • Other area airports include Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport (HVN), about 30 miles from campus; LaGuardia Airport (LGA), about 96 miles from campus; John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), about 102 miles from campus; Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), 117 miles from campus; Westchester County Airport (HPN), 72 miles from campus; Green Airport (PVD), 88 miles from campus, and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), 120 miles from campus.
    • The nearest local train station is the Meriden train station, which is about 9 miles from campus. The nearest major train stations are Hartford Amtrak Train Station, which is about 21 miles from campus, and New Haven Union Train Station, which is about 29 miles from campus.
Interview Process-Related Questions
  • 27. What is the process for interviewing for a Wesleyan staff or temporary position?
    • The search committee narrows down the applicant pool to the list of candidates best qualified based on the position requirements.
    • The hiring manager/search committee chair then contacts the shortlisted candidates to schedule the first round of screening via phone, video, or in-person interview.
    • After the first screening interview, a smaller group of candidates will be invited to campus for a more extensive in-person interview.
    • Some searches may require a third round of interviews before a finalist is identified.
    • The timeline for search processes varies from a few weeks to several months.
    • Itineraries for campus interviews are provided. Campus interviews could be in different buildings and may involve walking from one location to another. Candidates are encouraged to pay attention to the interview location for each interview meeting.
    • The on-campus interview process could take from half a day to a full day.
  • 29. What is the post-offer pre-employment process?

    Our offers are extended contingent upon a satisfactory background check. All positions at the University require these checks. Additional testing may also be required.  Human Resources will be in touch to initiate the various components of the pre-employment process. For details on what to expect, please visit the background check policy.

    To start a background check, you will be sent a link to our online system with our vendor, where you will enter your information. In addition to the online material, you will also need to fill out a signed release.