application FAQ's

So, you’re thinking about applying to a job at NPR – great!

Here’s what to expect: Your application will be reviewed by the hiring team for that particular role, usually within 2-4 weeks of your application. At times, it may take us a bit longer to respond due to a variety of reasons.

Hang in there, we'll work hard to get back to you regardless of whether you will advance in the interview process. We appreciate your patience during this time so thanks in advance.

In the meantime, here are a few ways you can stay connected with NPR HR on social media:

Follow @NPRJobs on Twitter for jobs, career resources, and news & information on NPR.

Follow the #NPRlife on Twitter for 'behind the scenes' looks at life at NPR from our employee's perspectives.

Follow #PubJobs on Twitter for additional career opportunities across public media.

Do you ‘Like’ us? Follow us on Facebook at This Is NPR.

Also, here are some FAQ's that may address questions you may have during the application process:

I applied to a position but want to change my cover letter or upload an updated resume. How do I do that?
You can update your resume or upload your cover letter by logging back at this link under the “Returning Users” section, then clicking on “Update My Profile”.  If you are interested in applying for multiple jobs, we recommend that you title the cover letters to correspond with the job(s) you’re applying for.

I forgot my password. How do I retrieve it?
You should make sure you use your e-mail address as your username. Log into our career site at this link and click “Retrieve Password” to retrieve.

Do you use keyword scanning software to select resumes?
No, all applications are reviewed by members of the hiring team. All members of the hiring team are human. Your resume will be reviewed by a human.

If I'm not selected to interview, can I apply to other positions?
Absolutely. We have a high volume of applicants for our open positions so the hiring process is very selective. We encourage you to continue your pursuit of future positions if you're not selected for this particular role.

During my application I checked the box that I'd be interested in other opportunities in public media. What does that mean?
At times, we may work with our member stations to help them find great talent for open roles. Checking this box lets us know you're interested in other public media opportunities, and open to us potentially sharing your resume with stations for future consideration.

I really want to work for NPR but don't have radio experience. How do I get that?
Working or volunteering with your local member station is a great way to gain experience in public radio.

If I have questions about my application, who can I contact?
As we mentioned above, it may be 2-4 weeks before we have an opportunity to fully review your application. If you have questions after that time or any issues during the application process, you can send an e-mail to

If I work for NPR, am I required to use a tote bag?
No, tote bags are entirely optional.

Thanks again for you interest in NPR, and best of luck with your application.

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