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District of Idaho

Chief Probation Officer David C. Congdon

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Court Operations (1304)

The United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho as well as Probation and Pretrial announce operating with reduced staff.  For full details and pro se email filing links, please visit the COVID-19 Information section of this website. 

The District of Idaho is currently operating under a "Moderate Risk" level. Public access to the courthouses will be strictly limited to those individuals with specific business, e.g., those attending a hearing or visiting their probation officer. All individuals (unvaccinated and fully vaccinated), including staff, are required to wear a mask when in the public areas of the courthouses. Mask requirements for all in-court proceedings will be subject to the presiding judge’s discretion.
Workforce Development

The Universal Hiring Rule

  • Any employer will hire any individual so long as that employer believes that that person will bring more value to the company than it costs.
  • You must be LIKED to be hired…not necessarily the most qualified.

What makes you likeable?

  • Eye contact- Maintain eye contact during interview.
  • Body language- Be poised, calm and sit or stand straight.
  • Voice melody- Maintain an even, pleasant tone of voice.
  • What three things are considered most often by the employer?
    • Attitude
    • Appearance
    • Skills

There are no human measuring devices.  The hiring process is emotional and not logical.  Give the employers what they want.

Updated on Feb 27, 2014
Interviewing Guidelines

Be Prepared:

  • Anticipate possible questions and answers to each of them.
  • Research the company before the interview.
  • Plan how you are going to get to the interview location.
  • Get a good night's sleep, review your notes.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early.

Look Good:

  • Go to the interview neat and clean.
  • Dress Conservatively and comfortably.
  • Avoid heavy make up, trendy clothes and flashy jewelry.
  • No smoking from the time you shower until after the interview.

Be Aware of Your Body Language:

  • Leave your cell phone in your car.
  • Offer a firm handshake.
  • Do not slouch or fidget.
  • Sit only after being offered a chair.
  • Lean forward in your chair and relax.
  • Use eye contact, but do not stare.

Carry a Notepad and Pen:

  • Bring any notes on the company that you have prepared
  • Bring extra copies of your resume, application and references
  • Bring your letter of explanation

Be Enthusiastic:

  • Prepare questions ahead of time
  • Have a positive attitude:  Be friendly, but professional
  • Be courteous and smile

Say Thank You and Follow Up with a Thank You Note

Updated on Jul 17, 2018

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