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Application Instructions

The following information will provide you with valuable information to assist with completing your online application.

Do Your Research

Start by reviewing each of our career paths by category on Within each category you will find positions the Agency is currently looking to fill. Each description provides information about the career path in general, including the minimum requirements and salary levels.

Save the position(s) that interest you in the job cart. You can add up to four (4) positions. The job cart selections will only be retained during this site visit, so be sure to click “Apply Now” before you close the browser window. After clicking "Apply Now" you will be taken to the application account creation page. The positions will appear in the cart once you have created an account.

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Components of the Online Application

Account Creation

The first step in the application process will be to create an account. Once your account is created you will have 3 days to complete and submit your application. At the end of 3 days, whether you submit your application or not, your account will be disabled!

Job Search

If you used the job cart to select the positions of interest you can skip the job search step. If you wish to add, delete or select different positions once you have begun the application please use the job search function in the application. You can search for positions by “Category”. The information included in this section should mirror the basic information you saw when researching the View All Career Opportunities page.

Apply for the position(s) for which you meet the minimum qualifications, and have a serious interest in obtaining employment. You may apply for up to four (4) positions. A recruiter will review your application and skills, and if an appropriate position is identified you will be contacted.

Applying for additional positions for which you are not qualified, or have no interest in will only delay the assessment of your application, and will not improve your chances of being offered a position.

Once you have selected the position(s) you wish to seek, you can begin the “Application Package”. The package is lengthy and includes completing three separate forms requesting detailed information about yourself.

Note: If you select additional positions after you begin the application package, you will need to return to the “Expertise” section of the application, as additional information may needed.


The Application requires you to provide information about your:

  • Background
  • Expertise: experiences (including years); knowledge, skills, and abilities; majors and concentrations
  • Work History (current & previous employment)
  • Education
  • Certifications and Licenses
  • Foreign Area Knowledge
  • Military Experience
  • Languages and Proficiency Levels
  • Preferences
  • Attachments: cover letters, resumes, transcripts, writing samples, references (review the position descriptions of each job search carefully to determine if these items are required)

Personnel Evaluation Form

You will be asked to complete our "Personnel Evaluation Form (PEF)." This form includes information about:

  • Security Clearances
  • Background Investigations
  • Polygraphs
  • Selective Service (if applicable)
  • Military Discharges/Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Employment Issues
  • Drug Use & Activity
  • Violations of Law
  • Criminal Convictions
  • Delinquent Federal Debt
  • Peace Corps Employment/Association

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Completion Of Your Application Package

Once you have completed the entire package, make sure to save and/or print your forms. As you move through the hiring process you may need to refer back to these forms. After you “Submit” your application, your account will be disabled and you will no longer be able to access the data. Once you have saved and/or printed your forms, “Submit” your package for review by our recruitment officers.

Upon successful submission of the package, a confirmation message will appear on your screen. This is the only acknowledgment that you will receive. DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application, and delay processing.

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Our goal is to respond to each applicant within a 45 day period. However, the CIA receives thousands of applications each month and, unfortunately, we are not able to contact everyone within that timeframe. If you have not heard from us within 45 days, we will not be offering you a position at this time.

If there is interest in your application, CIA recruiters will initiate contact with you by phone or email. Emails from CIA recruiters will have a .gov extension. Please check your email spam filter settings or spam folder to ensure receipt of these emails.

The Real ID Act Advisory for interviews and employment processing appointments at agency facilities. The Real ID Act is a federal law which creates national standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and requires federal agencies to apply new rules for individuals entering their facilities. The Real ID Act specifies that all federal agencies may only accept a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for access to its facilities if it is issued by states or territories that are Real ID Act compliant or have an extension. The current list of noncompliant states or territories includes Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, and Oklahoma. The Federal government has begun a 90-day notification period scheduled to end on 21 July 2014. On 21 July, the enforcement period will begin and driver’s licenses or identification cards from noncompliant states will be treated as invalid. Individuals holding licenses from noncompliant states or territories will need to present acceptable alternate forms of ID to include US and Foreign Passports, Military or Federal IDs, Military and DoD Common Access Cards (CAC), Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Cards, Government IDs and Credentials, and US Congressional IDs. If you have any questions about the Real ID Act please contact us.

Be prepared to undergo a thorough background investigation examining your life's history, your character, trustworthiness, reliability and soundness of judgment. We also examine your freedom from conflicting allegiances, potential to be coerced, and willingness and ability to abide by regulations governing the use, handling and the protection of sensitive information. The Agency uses the polygraph to check the veracity of this information. The hiring process also includes a thorough mental and physical medical examination in relation to performing essential job functions.

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Posted: Apr 21, 2007 07:33 PM
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2015 02:15 PM