CIA Interview Questions

Updated Jan 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (8)  

    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at CIA.

    Interview

    Applied online and was sent a questionnaire about a week later. After submitting that, I was asked to take a series of online assessments, including a writing test and an aptitude test. They then gave me a phone interview, which seemed pretty standard. Most of the questions asked about my previous work experience.

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  2. Helpful (1)  

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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 12+ monthsinterviewed at CIA.

    Interview

    Applied online for an internship, was contacted several months later to set up a phone interview. Phone interview was very basic "get to know you" questions.
    Once I passed that, I was contacted once again to set up an in-person interview. The interview was conducted at a hotel in Los Angeles. The interview was a one-on-one which lasted several hours with the interviewer asking really in-depth questions.
    Was contacted several months later and flown out to VA for yet another interview and screening. This consisted of an online series of questions and essays, as well as a mental health screening. I was told if I passed that I would be brought in for a polygraph and further screening.

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  3. Helpful (4)  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Visited the website, fill out the online application, wait 5 months for a real reply,
    request you do a online test (which is stupid for someone currently working in intelligence community at the time with over 30+ years - looking to transfer from Agency to Agency), not told of the results, the application have major flaws and problems that would cause issues for you fill in correctly.

    Interview Questions

    • The questions on the test are general, ever travel outside the US? Where and why? Have you ever taken drugs? If so, what kind? etc.....   Answer Question
    • Technical interview questions are, at least for my career field; explain how you would do this or that and why, If you were a leader, how would you handle personnel issues, etc.   Answer Question
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  5. Helpful (6)  

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at CIA.

    Interview

    As expected, the process was long and vague. The interviews were conducted by a HR rep not connected to the NCS. The interview was very probing and it felt as if its goal was to put you out of your comfort zone.

    Interview Questions

    • How does your proudest accomplishment negatively affect your personality and lifestyle?   Answer Question
  6. Helpful (4)  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    On-campus recruiters came to my school; I submitted my resume and was asked to come the next day for an on-campus interview for a science/technology analyst. The 2 female interviewers were nice, but asked challenging questions. Maybe 2 weeks later, I was emailed to take online tests -- a personality one and a timed IQ-type test. I thought that I did well enough on the IQ test, but probably didn't pass the personality test (I have anxiety issues that it asked about). I got a rejection letter in the mail a few weeks later.

    Interview Questions

    • What is a science/technology issue currently facing the US, and what would you do to address it?   Answer Question
  7. Helpful (4)  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at CIA.

    Interview

    Purely behavioral with no technical questions, they just asked stuff about challenges I had faced, how I usually worked with other people.

    Notable is that after interviewing you, they need security clearance on you, which would take a long time to complete, which meant you would technically be interviewing for the following summer, because you would not have the clearance in time. I opted not to subject myself to the security clearance

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  8. Helpful (1)  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at CIA.

    Interview

    after you fill out online application, you receive a survey/personality assessment, then interviews, and background check.

    Interview Questions

    • they don't tell you the test is actually timed.   1 Answer
  9. Helpful (6)  

    Core Collector Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    Standard phone interview followed up by many more steps. A lot of this can not be disclosed due to the security of this job. It is extremely bureaucratic (it is the government after all) and if you are in search of a "quick fill" position this is not it. The average time is 12-18 months for the whole hiring process.

    Interview Questions

    • Pretty much standard behavioral interview questions. Be prepared to do a lot of research and be fully investing in this one position.   Answer Question
  10. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at CIA in April 2013.

    Interview

    I was contacted after applying online for an internship and asked to complete a timed intelligence test. A week or so after that, I was asked to go for an on-site interview. The interview was mostly behavioral questions and was one on one. There was also an information session with everyone that was interviewing that day. The interview was about an hour long and not overly difficult but very one-sided. The woman that I interviewed with was not overly friendly and did not provide much emotion about her experiences at the agency. It would have been a cool job but the stress level and overall vibe I got was not very friendly. I never heard a thing from them after the interview and was honestly not that upset about it.

    Interview Questions

    • "Please tell me about a time when you were asked to do something that you did not have the required experience or knowledge for"   Answer Question
  11. Helpful (2)  

    No Offer

    Interview

    Applied online. Got an email telling me to complete an online aptitude test. After that I got another email stating that I will be interviewing in Washington DC. Interview was mostly standard behavior engineering team questions. Stuff about how you would handle working in groups, questions about bad team mates and such.

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    • Describe in exact detail a time when constructive criticism was helpful.   Answer Question

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