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The process takes a very long time so be prepared for that. Interview was long but not as hard as I expected it to be. Overall, it was a positive experience.

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I applied online. The process took a year or more. I interviewed at CIA in Jan 2022

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Long and tedious interview process. From the time I applied online to the day I rejected the offer was 3 years. I'm sure it was longer due to COVID but it was quite ridiculous. Online application, online aptitude test, online IQ test, over the phone interview, another over the phone interview, two day info session, more interviews and evals, and just keeps going until finally they offer you a job.

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  • Why the CIA? Why do you want to want to work in public service?
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Anonymous Interview Candidate

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Positive Experience
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I applied online. I interviewed at CIA

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Very in depth interview process. Seemed like they already knew what your answer would be for some questions. Didn't ask odd questions though. Make sure you are well versed in international events.

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10 people found this interview helpful

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Anonymous Interview Candidate

Declined Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview
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I applied online. I interviewed at CIA

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Consisted of some behavioral tests as a screener. If selected, you do a series of situational tests & security clearance related things. Recruiters were very nice and personable. They make every opportunity to dispel rumors & meet possible superiors/co-workers.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate

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Positive Experience
Average Interview
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I applied online. I interviewed at CIA

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Great. They flew us out to VA and spoke to 2 nice employees who basically ask about yourself and ask you to explain any issues you are knowledgeable about. . .

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  • Tell us about a world issue right now and how it affects US interests?
1 person found this interview helpful

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Anonymous Interview Candidate

No Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview
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I applied online. I interviewed at CIA in Feb 2021

Interview

There were two women interviewing me. Made sure I knew the technicals (yes or no answer) and then the rest was behavioral/situational questions. Questions like: "What is one time you had a conflict on a team".

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  • Q: Tell us about a time you led a team. Was there any problems along the way?
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Anonymous Employee

Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview
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I applied online. I interviewed at CIA

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It took 14 months from the time I first submitted my application to the time my clearance was approved. During those 14 months, there was a phone interview, in-person flyout interview, full-scope polygraph, single-scope background, and basic physical and psych evaluations. The complete interview process is outlined on their website and I found it to be accurate in my own experience.

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  • The actual face-to-face interview was very traditional with a mix of behavioral and situational questions.
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Anonymous Employee

Accepted Offer
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I applied online. I interviewed at CIA

Interview

Basic Interview Questions nothing specifically regarding the job I applied too. The interview was a panel interview with 3 people and was in a big room with lots of other interviews happening at the same time. It was about 15 minutes and I received a conditional offer of employment right there. That was over 14 years ago I am sure the process has changed.

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6 people found this interview helpful

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Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC

No Offer
Neutral Experience
Difficult Interview
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I applied online. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at CIA (Washington, DC) in Aug 2019

Interview

I got the impression that the supervisor prefers PAs. It was quite obvious during the interview and not getting an offer confirmed my suspension. I’m not sure why but it didn’t make me feel to good after the interview

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  • They wanted to know about an evaluation you received that you didn’t agree with and what did you do
4 people found this interview helpful

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Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview
Application

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

Interview

Talked to the interviewer for around an hour, taking about my previous research experiences as well as what I could bring to the company. The interviewers were from the group that I was trying to apply, and seemed enthusiastic.

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Glassdoor users rated their interview experience at CIA as 51.0% positive with a difficulty rating score of 2.81 out of 5 (where 5 is the highest level of difficulty). Candidates interviewing for Operations Officer and Intelligence Analyst rated their interviews as the hardest, whereas interviews for Analyst and Intern roles were rated as the easiest.

The hiring process at CIA takes an average of 123 days when considering 93 user submitted interviews across all job titles. Candidates applying for Intern had the quickest hiring process (on average 20 days), whereas Intelligence Analyst roles had the slowest hiring process (on average 173 days).

Common stages of the interview process at CIA according to 93 Glassdoor interviews include:

IQ Intelligence Test: 16.33%

Personality Test: 15.14%

One on One Interview: 11.16%

Skills Test: 10.36%

Phone Interview: 10.36%

Group Panel Interview: 9.96%

Drug Test: 9.96%

Background Check: 9.16%

Presentation: 5.18%

Other: 2.39%

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