This is a discussion on meeting three recruiters soon... within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; should I be using lots of 'sirs' and 'mams' ?...
should I be using lots of 'sirs' and 'mams' ?
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OPFOR has given you some of the best advice you could ask for. Remember, theses guys/gals pride themselves as being professionals and they are.
One other thing..... don't try to act as professional as them, that comes in time and they know that. Good luck!!!
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The wash out rate for USSS us no where near 60%, at least according to the agents I went through FLETC with. And I would say exceptional physical shape is a bit of an exaggeration, though exceptional is a very subjective description. Don't be a total slug, and you're probably OK.
Also, as I'm sure the OP already knows, the USSS trains at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in southern Georgia and at their own facilities in Beltsville, MD. The FBI trains at Quantico, VA. This is common knowledge and isn't even close to being classified.
You will need a TS, and to pass the poly and psych, but none of these are too difficult if your background is relatively clean. They know that everyone isn't a saint, so you don't have to be utterly squeaky clean - just relatively clean... :)
A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.
Good Luck with the interviews.
I don't know exactly what kind of polygraph is required for the USSS, but it is probably simply an examination as towhether you are a trustworthy American. Some government polygraphs, however, are called lifestyle polys. They are truly a torturous experience even if you are squeaky clean. A friend of mine, who grew up on a farm, was asked whether he had relations with farm animals...He ripped off the sensors and walked out. He got his clearance.
For interviews like this. I always recommend a subdued suit with a red tie. It makes you stand out a little bit from the others, but not too much. Close hair cut and clean shaved.
I have to agree the clearance thing can be a pain. Especially when they start knocking on all your neighbors doors. The funny thing is they think something is going on, when a goverment guy stops buy and starts asking a bunch of questions about you.
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thanks for all the good info.
My background is real clean. Two speeding tickets is all I have. As far as academics. I have a bachelors in accounting, an mba, and a cpa. I think I'll be fine there.
Physically, I can bench press 300 lbs, squat 500, and I can run a 6 minute mile. I was a college athlete and have maintained good condition since.
One tattoo on the upper arm...
I was a recruiter for a long time. If you'd like some interview prep that may be a little more in-depth, email me. I'd be happy to help!
Good luck, whatever the case.
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Don't do anything to make the clearance difficult. My name is John but I was raised as Jack - even my HS Diploma was listed as Jack. When they ran the background they couldn't find anyone who knew John - I told them to try my AKA of Jack and everything went just fine. It was a small town of about 900 souls and just about everybody knew me. Just a thought.
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