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Ever wonder if you have what it takes to work for the CIA? Truth is, we hire all kinds of people from different backgrounds and with varying skill sets and levels of education. However, there are a few common traits in those people we find best suited for our mission of protecting America. Take this brief quiz and see how you match up to just a few of the many qualifications we look for in new hires. And don't worry, there are really no wrong answers. In fact, this is just a fun, informative exercise, not a true career measurement tool.

Are you on the right track for a career at CIA?

  1. Do you enjoy taking courses in science, technology, foreign languages, political science or history?

  2. Do you participate in group activities, including sports, clubs, student government or volunteer organizations?

  3. Are you keeping your grades up?

  4. Are you interested in getting a job right after high school instead of going to college?

  5. Do you really want to make a difference in life?

If you have answered "yes" to question number 4:

Whether you are continuing your education or not, there might be a career opportunity available for you at the Central Intelligence Agency. For high school graduates, we have positions open for numerous jobs, from support admin to maintenance and Security Protective Officer. You can view these types of positions here.

If you have answered "no" to questions 1, 2, 3 or 5:

What you do in life and school before you apply for a position at the CIA could make a difference in whether you get hired or not. We're looking for well-rounded individuals with records of accomplishment and excellent communication and social skills. In other words, superior team players. It's also important to want to make a difference in your job. Whether you become an electrician or an intelligence officer with us, you must want to work here not just because of the paycheck and benefits, but also for the larger mission of accomplishing something important for your nation.

If you would like to check out what it takes to work with us, click here to review our Student Opportunities requirements.

If you have answered "yes" to all questions except for number 4:

You could be on your way to a career at the Central Intelligence Agency. You realize that this is not just a job, but a chance to make a difference for your nation. You also show academic promise and understand the importance of teamwork and doing well in school. At the CIA, you must, at all times, live up to the highest standard of personal integrity and ethics. We are an agency that truly believes in camaraderie, quiet patriotism, and always giving our all in order to get the job done to the best of our abilities.

When you are ready to start your career with us, click here to view our positions.

Posted: Mar 09, 2009 02:04 PM
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2018 05:12 PM

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