Career Advice

CIA Hiring Process and Do’s and Don’t

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) hiring process is arduous and lengthy, as evidenced by many who posted on this site about the long wait time to hear back. If selected as a candidate for a job, they will give you a conditional job offer. There are, however, some other things for you to pay attention to while going through the background investigation, polygraph, physical and psychological examination process. Below are some things the CIA has posted about their hiring process to consider.

  • You must be at least 18 years old and be a U.S. citizen (dual citizenship is allowed).
  • You must be in the United States or a U.S. territory when submitting your application through the CIA’s MyLINK system.
  • If thinking about applying or if you have already applied, you are not to follow the CIA on social media. This includes posting content, following or friending accounts, and liking or sharing content or commentary.
  • Throughout the hiring process you may travel overseas but are not allowed to contact the CIA while out of the country. This includes by phone, email, internet, or hard copy mail.
  • If you have used marijuana legally within your state within the past 90 days or used any other illegal drug within the last 12 months, you must wait until the timeline from use has passed.
  • If you were not selected previously for a position with the CIA, you must wait 12 months to resubmit with an updated resume.

If you have made it through the gambit outlined above, you will then receive an official job offer and an on-boarding date. Congratulations!