Experience does play some part with facilities offered. Previous experience controllers may be offered up to ATC-9 and a rare ATC-10 and above. Those without experience that have to attend the Academy may be offered up to ATC-7 and a rare ATC-8 (mostly OKC/ICT)....the lists that will be issued are purely based on needs of the FAA without any consideration of previous experience or geographic preferences....I’m hoping this isn’t true, and experience will play some part of what’s offered.
Has anyone heard anything that contradicts this?
More important to the FAA than experience alone is the location and complexity of the traffic worked. There is actually a math formula in a hiring SOP the FAA uses to weight experience/complexity. If they follow their own SOP, the facilities offered will be based on your score compared to only those you are competing for a list at that specific list date.
As it relates to geographic preference, the FAA has sole discretion related to assignments based on candidate preference. In other words, they may choose to apply some preference or no preference. My list included facilities in each of the regions, from Alaska to Florida and in between.
As with everything related to hiring by the FAA, your mileage may vary.