reply to post by Ihavenoidea
reply to post by Ihavenoidea
Let me start by saying that I am not a federal employee, so I do not have a job with any of these places, but I like to think that I know something
about this stuff.
If you feel that any or all of this is BS, I could care less. If some of it is of interest to you, I can provide some more information.
An answer to your questions would fill many books, here are a few things that quickly came to mind. Hopefully some of it helps toward answering your
Saying that ' I want a job at the CIA,DISA,CSS,NRO ' is a start, but that is just an employer. What is it you want to do? Are you interested in
computers, languages, security (Police) work, being an accountant, counting office supplies, checking packages for anthrax, or something else?
This paper is both funny and insightful:
Interviewing With An Intelligence Agency
(or, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Fort Meade)
Here is the mother of all Security Clearance Forms, this is the one and only
Standard Form 86 - A quick test to see if someone who says they have a clearance is full of BS, is to ask them about the worst part of the first time
they filled out an SF-86. NO ONE EVER forgets the experience.
Decisions that pertain to the adjudication of security clearance cases for contractors. These are cool, because they are real, people being stupid,
people trying to get away with something, people getting their tickets pulled for no reason - and getting them back. Real lives getting really screwed
Adjudicative Guidelines - Background Resources for Personnel Security Adjudicators, Investigators, and Managers. This is what it says it is,
Recent Espionage Cases - These bear little resemblance to the glamorized accounts of spy novels; rather, they tell a mundane tale of human folly
resulting in tragic personal consequences.
Some really cool reports on security issues
Do you care about what agency is employing you?
FBI very different from CIA
Do you need to be a Federal employee, or could you be a contractor instead?
They work in the same places doing the same types of things
Are you a US citizen?
Answer MUST be YES
Do you have any good friends who are not US citizen?
If so can cause some problems
Would you be OK if you had to ask for permission to leave the country?
Because you will
Would you be OK if the answer was NO.
Because it could be
These places do not have to use the same hiring practices as most of the Government
Why do you want to be employed by one of these groups?
Your reason is important, and it will be known
Are you willing to travel?
Not that you have to, but it opens options
Are you willing to travel to places that are not fun, I mean really not fun.
Not all travel is to Disney World
Are you married, do you have children?
All answers are OK, but it can restrict choices
Are you willing to leave them, for how long?
Travel can be difficult
What if your body appears on television hanging, burnt, from a bridge?
This has happened to US contractors. Travel can be dangerous.
What is your age?
You will not get a high school intern gig at 48 years old
What schooling do you have?
Are you going to clean secure space floors, or design electronics
Where do you live?
Easier to get a job of this kind in DC, as opposed to Arkansas. The CIA ain't gonna move for you
Can you pass the background check for a security clearance?
Yes, is the only choice for these jobs