What are minimum or basic qualifications and how does it affect me as an applicant?

Minimum or basic qualifications are intended to identify applicants who are likely to perform successfully on the job, and to screen out those who are unlikely to do so. They provide critical information that relates to the work of vacant positions to be filled. Hiring officials and human resources professionals use minimum qualifications in vacancy announcements to pinpoint education and/or experience related to and qualifying for vacant positions. The qualifications describe the qualifying education and/or experience required for vacant positions. This information in vacancy announcements is every applicant’s roadmap for determining whether they meet the qualifications and should apply to vacancy announcements.

Last Reviewed March 1, 2024