The FBI adheres to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards for the 0132 job series.
For the GS 7, applicants may qualify in one of three ways:
1. Applicant must have completed a bachelor's degree and meet the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement through (1) class standing (applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class), (2) a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, as recorded on an official college transcript, or as computed based on courses completed during the final two years of curriculum, or (3) honor society membership
2. One full year of graduate level education
3. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS 5 level
For the GS 9, applicants may qualify in one of two ways:
1. Applicant must have a Master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B.
2. One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS 7 level
Specialized experience for the GS 7 and 9 is experience advising, administering, or performing work in the collection, analysis, management, evaluation, interpretation or dissemination of intelligence information on political, economic, social, cultural, physical, geographic, scientific or military conditions, trends and forces in foreign/domestic areas which directly/ indirectly affect national security. This experience may have been gained through military service.
Other acceptable experience for the GS 7 and 9 includes two years of experience gained in a position that involves the exercise of analytical ability, judgment, discretion and personal responsibility for an organized body of knowledge. We recommend that you refer to the appropriate Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards for additional details regarding how your education and experience will be evaluated.
We recommend that you refer to the appropriate Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards for additional details regarding how your education and experience will be evaluated.
Candidates qualifying on anticipated academic degrees are eligible to apply now, and must be able to provide official transcripts showing degree completion prior to on-boarding. Please note anticipated graduation date on your resume. For candidates not qualifying through education, qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status. Additional details on the application process can be found at the "How To Apply" section of this announcement.
IA applicants will be required to successfully complete a series of assessments, known as the Intelligence Analyst Selection Process (IASP), prior to being considered for any vacancy.
Newly hired IAs will be required to complete a 10-week IA training course while housed at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, away from family. Failure to successfully complete the training may result in dismissal from the FBI.
All newly hired FBI IAs will also be required to sign a mobility service agreement indicating their willingness to relocate to any field office, based on the needs of the FBI. Throughout your career, you must be available for temporary duty assignments, anywhere in the world, on either a temporary or a long-term basis. Additionally, IAs work a minimum of a 40-hour workweek, which may include odd hours, and, in some instances, be on-call 24/7, including holidays and weekends.
You may be required to sign a service agreement with the FBI agreeing to remain in the IA position for an allotted amount of time. If said service agreement is broken, you may be required to reimburse training costs and may be precluded from future employment with the FBI.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
During the FBIs IA Selection Process, applicants will be assessed for the following competencies:
- Analytical Thinking
- Interpersonal Ability
- Organizing & Planning
The FBI has implemented a new selection process for Intelligence Analysts. All IA applicants must successfully complete each phase of the IASP to be eligible for an IA position at the FBI. Applicants must pass the following steps in order to meet hiring qualifications:
- A preliminary application screening to ensure eligibility, willingness and awareness of the Intelligence Analyst position: After this vacancy closes, all applicants will be screened for preliminary requirements, including qualification standards, suitability, interview eligibility and basic background and criminal checks. Note: Any information provided in this application can be used to determine your suitability for employment.
- Phase I: Computer-based test focused on analytical thinking, logical reasoning and personal experiences: Applicants who pass preliminary screening will be invited to take the Phase I test at a local testing site. Applicants will have 21 days from the date of invitation to schedule and complete the test. Applicants who fail the Phase I test must wait at least 12 months before retaking the test. Applicants are allowed one (1) retest. If you were previously afforded a Phase I test and passed, your scores are good for life; however, you must still participate in the additional phases of IA testing (described below).
- Phase II: Writing Assessment simulating the IA’s role in reviewing intelligence and preparing an intelligence product: Applicants who have passed Phase I testing will be invited to take the Phase II Writing Assessment at a local testing site. Applicants will have 21 days from the date of invitation to schedule and complete the test. Applicants who fail the Phase II test must wait at least 12 months before retaking the test. Applicants are allowed one (1) retest. A passing score on the Phase II Writing Assessment is good for life.
- Phase III: Structured Interview assessing oral communication, interpersonal skills, organizing and planning, and analytical thinking: Once applicants pass the Phase II Writing Assessment, their resumes will be sorted based on the location preference selected in the application. As IA vacancies become available, resumes will be referred to selecting officials based on the skills and experience needs of that particular vacancy. Applicants will be contacted by a hiring manager for an interview ONLY if their specialized skills, experiences and location preference match the requirements of a particular vacancy. Note: You will be allowed to select three (3) location preferences in your application. The FBI reserves the right to discontinue your application if you are offered a position for your location preference and subsequently turn it down. Applicants are allowed one (1) interview opportunity per hiring cycle and only two (2) interview opportunities in a lifetime (an interview and a re-interview). Applicants who fail the new IASP Phase III Structured Interview must wait at least 12 months before re-interviewing. Applicants are allowed one (1) re-interview. All applicants must participate in the new Structured Interview, regardless of previous interview scores. Availability of overseas structured interview locations is extremely limited, and at the FBI’s discretion. A passing interview score does not guarantee selection.
- Conditional Job Offer: Only applicants who pass the Phase III Structured Interview and are selected for the position will be given a conditional job offer. The conditional job offer is contingent upon successfully obtaining a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information Security Clearance, which requires passing a polygraph examination, drug test, and comprehensive background investigation.
- Polygraph examination, drug test and comprehensive background investigation: Please review the FBI's drug policy, disqualifiers, background investigation process, and background investigation forms. Additional details on the application process can be found at the "How to Apply" section of this announcement.
Only those applicants, who pass Phases I and II, and whose skills, experiences and location preferences match the needs of a particular vacancy, may be selected for an interview. Education and experience requirements vary depending on the job role of the position.
Disclosure prohibitions: regarding the Intelligence Analyst Selection Process (IASP) (application, testing, background investigation, etc.): Discussing and/or providing details regarding the FBI Intelligence Analyst Selection Process (IASP), i.e. Phase I, Phase II, Phase III, Background Investigation, etc., via blogs, personal websites, postings on wikis and other interactive social media sites including IASP comments made online on the public internet, and in responding to comments from posters either publicly or via email, may result in the discontinuation of your application as well as potential legal response(s).
**CHECK YOUR E-MAIL AND JUNK E-MAIL REGULARLY**
The invitation for the Phase I and Phase II asessment will be sent to the e-mail address you have on file with this application. The e-mail invitation will NOT be sent by the FBI; it will be sent by pan, the testing company utilized by the FBI for applicant testing, with a “@panpowered.com” address.
Please ensure your e-mail program is set to receive this notification and/or check your junk mail for same. The FBI is not responsible for unread or non-received e-mails. Applicants must be stateside to undergo the computer-based testing.
The assessment is NOT an online exam – it is a computer test administered at local testing facilities.
THIS POSTING IS FOR APPLICANTS WITH CYBER BACKGROUNDS ONLY. APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT POSSESS A CYBER BACKGROUND WILL BE DEEMED INELIGIBLE.
*For a list of degrees and/or work experiences being sought, see the CURRENT NEEDS OF THE IA CYBER PROGRAM section above.
Applicants will be rated based on education, work experience, and specialized skills. Your resume should substantiate all responses made on the application or you may be deemed ineligible. When describing your background and/or work experience, be sure to provide very specific technical detail, including the complexity of the situations you encountered while acquiring that experience, the role or position you held, and the steps you took to resolve the situation. To preview questions please click here.