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CIA Interview Questions

Updated Feb 9, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)  

    Operations Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at CIA (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    First an online application that must be completed within a few days once started. Then an invitation to take an online intelligence test and personality test, as well as write hand-written responses to several questions. Then a skype interview. Eventually they call you to D.C.. However, I did not get to the in person interview process.

    Interview Questions

    • Why the Agency?
      What experience do you have that is relevant?
      What are your career goals?
      What would you do if you did not start working here?
      What is your greatest skill?  
      1 Answer
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    Customer Service Representative A Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at CIA.

    Interview

    I applied online. A couple weeks later I received an email to take an assessment test and would be contacted again if I made it to the next step.

    Interview Questions

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    Cyber Security Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at CIA (Washington, DC) in January 2017.

    Interview

    First lengthy online application and IQ test where they ask math word problems and logic puzzles. Then months of silence. Then suddenly an email telling me I had 24 hours to respond to the invite to DC else you lose the invite. Then at the interview center, they give a slide show to everyone and told us we were special. Very causal and friendly. Then I was interviewed by 2 ladies who were very grumpy and unhappy to see me. They reviewed facts that were wrong on my application. My fault. Then human behavior questions and were very suspicious of my answers and took everything the wrong way. For example I go to night school and took courses not in IT and they hated that. No smiles, no reactions. Only one easy technical question and I was sent home. The interviewers would be the people you work with and they looked very unfriendly and unhappy. I could tell the job environment was very stressful and really for 22 year old anti-social brats who spend nights feverishly on the computer.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work here?   1 Answer
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    Financial Resource Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at CIA (Chantilly, VA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    Interview was very straight forward. Brought me in for a presentation and then a 45 min interview with 2 employees from the finance department. They were extremely nice and answered all of my questions. Now just waiting for the background investigation.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a project you were in charge of. What were the results?   Answer Question
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    IT Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at CIA in August 2016.

    Interview

    Behavior-based question only, no technical questions. Very easy interview 1:1, by the time you walk out of the door, you've already knew if you qualified or not for the COE (conditional of employment). If you got COE, you will have the polygragh test and medical exam immediately after the interview. Otherwise, they told you to go home and wait for email

    Interview Questions

    • Give an example or explain the situation where you have been in charge of the project that you are team member and the project manager decided to quit   Answer Question
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at CIA (Washington, DC) in June 2016.

    Interview

    Applied after meeting at a campus recruiting event, got emailed a personality and IQ test then was invited to fly out to DC for an in person interview with two current project managers. Signed an NDA so can not elaborate further

    Interview Questions

    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years   1 Answer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at CIA (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    After submitting the (lengthy) application form, you are emailed a timed IQ and personality test from HR. After a few weeks, I received an invitation to go interview on-site. No technical questions, just culture/fit questions -- one of the interviewers specifically stated that they "know" your qualifications before you walk through the door, and are only interested in seeing how you fit and operate in a team-based environment. Before the interview they give you a presentation about the CIA and its mission.

    Interview Questions

    • List one time you had a disagreement within a team. How did you resolve it?   1 Answer
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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at CIA (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    After submitting the (lengthy) application form, you are emailed a timed IQ and personality test from HR. After a few weeks, I received an invitation to go interview on-site. No technical questions, just culture/fit questions -- one of the interviewers specifically stated that they "know" your qualifications before you walk through the door, and are only interested in seeing how you fit and operate in a team-based environment. Before the…

    Interview Questions

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    Nro Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at CIA (Washington, DC) in March 2016.

    Interview

    You get flown in, friendly behavioral interview. All that you would expect from a government agency. Not intimidating what so ever. Takes a while to get your back round check, no surprise. The people in charge of your status are readily available.

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  11. Helpful (1)  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    I applied online and after a few months was invited to a recruitment event in a close by city, where they held interviews for all types of postions. It was the early morning and they gave a 2 hour talk between multiple people about the process after the interview, should we get an offer. The interview itself was actually fairly easy and simple. It was entirely behaviorial, so nothing too hard to answer. If you actually have some experience in what you're applying for and have some amount of social skills you should be fine.

    Interview Questions

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