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The Department of State's mission is "Advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system."
--From the FY 2009 Agency Financial Report, released December 2009

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Tony  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, September 17, 2013 8:44:30 AM(UTC)
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I saw that there would be an announcement opening for the position in case anyone is interested. Equivalent to 1811. Kind of a difficult career field since they live overseas almost their entire careers.


http://www.state.gov/m/ds/career/

"The Bureau of Diplomatic Security anticipates that the job announcement for DS Special Agent will open on Wednesday, September 18."
Casey Stott  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:57:32 AM(UTC)
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Any idea on what is covered in the initial assessment exam?
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, September 18, 2013 9:06:20 AM(UTC)
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omni wrote:
Any idea on what is covered in the initial assessment exam?


I took the online exam last night when I applied. I'm pretty sure they don't want us sharing what is on the exam, and it didn't really seem like something you can study for.

I can say that there is a writing portion, and a multiple choice portion. In the writing portion, they give you 25 minutes, and on the multiple choice you get 3 minutes per question, and there are over 40 questions. After you finish the questions, you can upload your documents.
Jewe;  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, September 18, 2013 9:31:15 AM(UTC)
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Can you please share the direct link of the vacancy.
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, September 18, 2013 9:42:30 AM(UTC)

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strangerinma wrote:
Can you please share the direct link of the vacancy.


Would I be heartless if I said that if you can't find the link you don't deserve the job???

On a side note, the amount of work and hardship involved the pay sure is crappy. I can see this as being a stepping stone to something better.
ForzaMilan  
#6 Posted : Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:27:58 PM(UTC)

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Fatcat, I disagree. I feel like this specific process is designed to make sure that only the people that want this type of job get hired in the end. I think that's why a lot of people apply 3 times or more before they get hired.
Casey Stott  
#7 Posted : Thursday, September 19, 2013 1:58:56 AM(UTC)
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No worries, sounds like it will be similar to the FBI test--mostly behavioral questions. Thanks!
Tony  
#8 Posted : Thursday, September 19, 2013 7:58:30 AM(UTC)
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#9 Posted : Saturday, September 21, 2013 3:52:43 AM(UTC)

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So, is anyone else having this problem?

After passing the intial exam, they ask you to fill out and submit a number of documents, including OF-306 (Declaration for Federal Employment).

However, the security setting on it won't let me sign it from Adobe Reader. So how do I print it out and sign it and still send it as a PDF file with my application if I don't have anything but the free version of Reader?

I can scan it back into my computer as a JPG, but I don't think that'll work. Anyone have any solutions to this?
ForzaMilan  
#10 Posted : Saturday, September 21, 2013 4:38:02 AM(UTC)

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This is part of the test, if you figure it out, you're through to the next stage. Jk

Just print it, sign it and scan it as a pdf file before you upload.
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#11 Posted : Saturday, September 21, 2013 5:19:41 AM(UTC)

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Yeah, that's what I thought, but I can't scan it as a PDF for whatever reason with my computer.

Ah, I'll just go to the library. I'm sure I can scan a doc in as a PDF there.

Thanks for the response.
ForzaMilan  
#12 Posted : Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:43:37 AM(UTC)

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I haven't heard anything either, other than that forum person. They are probably still going through the list and adding people. I bet they will have another date in DC, since this area is pretty big.
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#13 Posted : Tuesday, November 5, 2013 10:39:54 AM(UTC)

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I got an email to schedule the 4-step assessment (I'm in Indy by the way).

However, my eyesight is really bad and there is no way I will be able to meet the uncorrected vision requirements or even get LASIK/PRK (trust me, I've tried).

I have worn soft contacts forever and they don't give me any problems what so ever.

How set in stone is the vision requirement? Is there a way to get a medical waiver?

ForzaMilan  
#14 Posted : Sunday, January 12, 2014 11:30:24 PM(UTC)

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unbred, how did your BEX go?

I got a BQA from the most recent announcement. Dissappointed.
Casey Stott  
#15 Posted : Monday, January 13, 2014 6:04:21 AM(UTC)
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BQA?
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better qualified applicants BQA. And it came by USPS mail.
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#17 Posted : Wednesday, September 23, 2015 11:48:16 AM(UTC)
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Their is a new job posting for the Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent position. Has anyone applied yet?? and if so any suggestions when taking the online questionnaire and essay?
whatever  
#18 Posted : Wednesday, September 23, 2015 2:29:50 PM(UTC)
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Yes, I just applied for Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent. Has it really been 2 years since the last invitation? Good luck to everyone.
joeypee  
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Since the 2015 application period, has anyone here received an invitation to interview? I went through the process in 2013 and was offered an interview, but foolishly self-eliminated prior to meeting for personal reasons. Hoping they offer me another chance...
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#20 Posted : Wednesday, January 20, 2016 10:41:08 PM(UTC)
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Since the 2015 application period, has anyone here received an invitation to interview? I went through the process in 2013 and was offered an interview, but foolishly self-eliminated prior to meeting for personal reasons. Hoping they offer me another chance...


I also applied for the most recent opening and haven't heard anything. I can't imagine that I would have failed the initial online assessment so I guess I'll just keep on waiting.

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