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How to Become a Foreign Service Officer

How to Become a Foreign Service Officer

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Step Five – Oral Assessment

Making it the Oral Assessment portion will send you to Washington, DC or a nearby major city in the United States for a day-long assessment that is the equivalent of water-torture. The Oral Assessment is broken into a group exercise, a structured interview, and a case management writing exercise.

You will be evaluated on 13 dimensions of compatibility as a Foreign Service Officer. These are not similar to the 29 dimensions that eHarmony.com uses for dating compatibility. Click here for the 13 qualities that reflect the skills, abilities, and personal qualities deemed essential to the work for the Foreign Service.

There are also some materials you will need to prepare before the Oral Assessment.

The Oral Assessment is the last part of the application process. If you’ve made it this far , you are probably mentally fatigued and have given up the dream of ever eating banh mi in Vietnam.

Passing the assessment indicates that the State Department believes you are worthy to be a Foreign Service Office, but it does not equate to a full job-offer. You’re in the home stretch, but will still need to complete a security and medical clearance.

Next Step: Security and Medical Clearance


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