Post # 1
My fiance and I are both recent grads. I am entering graduate school in August, and he is trying to decide between law school and full time employment. He has some connections, and has decided to try for a position with the FBI. I know there are phases of the application process, and that he will have to be in VA for 6 months if he is accepted.I really hope this happens for him. He is so excited, and he would LOVE the work. It would also be a great thing for us in the long run (though being without him for 6 months would be really, really hard).
Do you guys have any experiences with the process? What were the written tests like? Was your (or someone you know’s) application successful? Can you refer me to some sites that talk about these things? everything I’ve found just says “Phase 1, Phase 2” and I want to know what exactly those entail. Thanks!:)
Post # 3
I do have experience with similar type work. From what I know, it is competitive and there are good reasons why they don’t give you details. Don’t ask, it is honestly none of your business. (I’m not trying to be rude, it is just what you are going to have to get used to)
The big screeners will be the polygraph and being eligible for a clearance. This is a huge headache and you will be interviewed by a special agent (as will his roommates, friends, parents, and neighbors). Because you are not married, you get to be part of the process. If there are any risks that he could be extorted for, he will be out. This could be drugs, close foreign contacts, or heavy partying. It also could be if you are affiliated with any of that.
For you, you need to make a decision about whether or not you are okay never knowing what he does for a living and, if you do having to lie about it (depending on what he does for the agency)? You don’t get to tell people your Fiance is a special agent, you say he works for DoJ or that he is a X (whatever his degree is in) Will you be okay with the possibility of going into labor, getting into an accident, or finding out amazing news and honestly having no idea where he is? There is a good chance you won’t be able to get in contact with him when you need him. Are you okay with not being able to talk about work at home? Are you okay never being able to take a spur of the moment trip out of the country? If you would like to talk more about what that is really like, feel free to PM me. It is a huge decision to make and has huge impacts on your life, as well as his. I am not trying to scare you, it just is a huge thing to think about and I would be happy to talk to you about my friends’ experiences in similar work.
Post # 4
@Pollywog: No, I have no problem with any of that. Well, I mean that I accept that those things will be a part of the beast. I come from a military family, and I feel well prepared for those aspects of his work. His own father was a computer forensics investigator, so he is used to not being able to talk about things like that as well. My Fiance already works for the court system and handles sensitive materials, cases, etc. It’s understood that he can’t talk about those things with me, and I don’t ask. However, I am a little bit confused about when you say I can’t tell people that he is a special agent.
I know that the CIA is like that. No one can know the identity of CIA agents. My understanding is that FBI agents are not QUITE that secretive. I actually have a friend whose father works for the FBI currently, and they are allowed to say that much. I mean, I know that we couldn’t talk about what EXACTLY he does, what he’s investigating, or where he is. I do not think that the identitiy of agents are all hidden (with the obvious exception of undercover operations).
Also, I did find on the FBI website what the different phases of the application entail. So, I must have just overlooked it before. Please, I would like to hear more about your friend’s experiences.