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Working at FBI

The FBI is an intelligence-driven, national security and law enforcement agency. Our mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States by providing investigative expertise, intelligence, resources and training to domestic and ... Read more

Mission: At the FBI, we have a unique mission: to protect American lives and liberties from all enemies, foreign and domestic. We combine law enforcement and intelligence to detect, deter and dismantle criminal and terrorist threats while upholding civil liberties. Whether we are ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Our Portland, OR, Field Office is hosting a Special Agent Recruiting Seminar for Women on June 14 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Check out our requirements at and sign up to learn more about this opportunity by emailing #FBIJobs

  • Our mission at the FBI is to defend the defenseless. As an agency, we believe one missing child is one too many. We will continue to work to #BringThemHome.

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FBI – Why Work For Us?

At the FBI, honesty and integrity are more than just words; they are the foundation of who you are. You take pride in making a difference in the communities you serve and bringing your background to the forefront to drive initiatives that impact our most important stakeholders: the American people.

Special Agents, Intelligence Analysts, Linguists/Language Specialists and experts in the field of business, cyber, finance and science — with backgrounds in an array of specialized career paths — make up the collective FBI team. Whether executing a single arrest or coordinating the takedown of an international terror cell, the FBI’s success — and national security — depends on thousands of people with thousands of backgrounds and thousands of skills who have one thing in common: they have chosen to make the FBI mission their career. This includes problem-solving and analytical skills, knowing how to objectively evaluate information and make sound judgments and being detail oriented, yet strategic.


Protecting the country requires people with unique perspectives and strong team-building skills. The FBI provides a diverse, inclusive workplace environment where human differences are valued and respected. Be it differences in race, ethnicity, religious background, ability or gender, each perspective is vital to the creation of a diversified workforce at the agency. At every level and position, embracing diversity guides the FBI in achieving its mission.

The FBI’s commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion is also integrated into leadership and career development, recruitment, staffing, workforce planning and sustainability. Nine Diversity Advisory Committees regularly inform leadership about the success of diversity policies, programs and practices as they relate to underrepresented communities. The committees encourage employee engagement on diversity and inclusion matters, as well as participation in commemorative programs, cultural awareness activities and diversity training.

At the FBI, our Special Agents bring their skills, talents, hearts and integrity to their crucial roles, getting ahead of threats, upholding the law, defending civil rights and civil liberties and protecting innocent people.

Responsible for enforcing more than 300 federal statutes, as well as conducting sensitive national security investigations, FBI Special Agents develop relationships within and across communities.

A “routine” day for a Special Agent is anything but routine. It may entail interviewing a subject for an ongoing investigation in the morning, tracking terrorists’ online social activity before lunch, testifying in court in the afternoon and addressing a public forum on identity theft in the evening.

Our agents seek out cyber thieves, infiltrate organized crime rings, conduct psychological profiles of subjects, interrogate suspects, supervise complex investigations and serve as mentors, all while using the latest technologies in intelligence-gathering and data analysis.  

Our STEM professionals use scientific analysis and technical skills to help protect the nation from threats both foreign and domestic. They are at the cutting-edge of advances in forensic science, computer technology, cyber security, electronic surveillance, biometrics, encryption and other related fields.

STEM professionals at the FBI have opportunities to work with advanced technologies to address unique investigative and intelligence challenges not found in the private sector.

Biologists, Computer Scientists, Engineers, IT Specialists, Cryptologists, Software Engineers and Mathematicians — STEM professionals work across the entire FBI, from our 56 Field Offices to our FBI Headquarters, but primarily within the Laboratory Division, Operational Technology Division, Cyber Division, Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division and the Information Technology Branch.

Forensic Accountants in the FBI tackle complex challenges with every assignment. They work hand-in-hand with Special Agents to keep America safe by tracing and linking funding sources to criminal activity and national security matters.

As a core member of the investigative team, the Forensic Accountant owns the financial aspects of the investigation including, acquiring, organizing, analyzing and reporting financial data. Our forensic accountants:

  • Understand the overall “big” picture of the case.
  • Create the financial picture AND communicate it internally and externally.
  • Identify suspicious transactions/entities/activities.
  • Uncover potential new leads significant to the investigative team.

We don’t stop at the easy answers; we dig through faulty foundations to determine the who, what, when, where, why and how of the financial aspects of the case. We package the financial facts for our law enforcement and judicial counterparts and, if necessary, provide testimony concerning cases.

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    Treated with great respect by supervisors and co-workers


    Working on the weekend at times and possibly holidays depending on work load

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FBI Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at FBI.


    Three stages: multiple choice, written, and in person. The multiple choice was immediately scored. Written took a few weeks. In person interview was with a current agent and it covered personal and professional history as well as a drug test.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the reason you want to work for the FBI and not another branch of government?   1 Answer
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FBI Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work in the Federal Government ~ #3 as a component agency within the DOJ, Best Places to Work, 2015
  • Best Employers for Latinos to Work For in the East, Latinos For Hire, 2012
  • Top Entry Level Employers, CollegeGrad, 2009
  • Top Intern Employers, CollegeGrad, 2008
  • Readers' Choice Top 20 Government Employers ~ #8, Workforce Diversity Magazine, 2009
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