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5 Steps to Gaining a Security Clearance

5 Steps to Gaining a Security Clearance

Kyle Stone | GovCentral.com

August 18, 2008
















Interview and Investigation

Especially if you’re applying for a job involving more sensitive information, you are likely to undergo an interview with a government investigator. This interview is nothing to be afraid of. The questions you are asked will explore various areas of your personal and professional life. Investigators may also contact your neighbors and friends for basic fact-checking purposes. In some cases, you will take a polygraph test.

The interview will be face-to-face, and provides you with a change to explain any information which might not be completely clear on your clearance application. Prepare yourself with a list of topics you want to bring up, if there is anything you are uncertain of.

Fasle information and omissions in an application can disqualify you from receiving a clearance; take advantage of GovCentral’s <a href =“http://govcentral.monster.com/benefits/2328-security-clearance-center”>Security Clearance Center to ensure that you understand exactly what is expected of you.

The only persons that will be allowed to see the information you submit are Personnel Security, Suitability, and Investigations professionals who have been investigated and have a demonstrated need to review the information. You may request a copy of your investigation file by writing to:

OPM-IS, FOIP
Post Office Box 618
Boyers, PA 16018-0618.

You must include your full name, Social Security Number, date and place of birth, and you must sign your request.


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