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So, further to my application...

...and I'm not quite sure what, if anything, I can tell you about it. I fear I may have said too much already. But since you know I was invited to a presentation today, you'll probably want to know how it went. Well, alright, really. Of the original 1,000+ applicants, 136 had remained, and 60 had been invited along to today's presentation (there will be another presentation held next week for the rest).

It was nice meeting up with some of the people I'd had my test with (1 gentleman, 2 ladies), getting to know some of the others, and meeting some of the people who, if it all works out the way I'd like it to, I'll be calling colleague come the end of the year.

So, what was the purpose of today's meeting? Quite simply, to give us a better indication of what we were letting ourselves in for, both in terms of the work involved, and with regards to the selection procedure from this point forward. There were people from HR, people from the field, and someone who had started in the job last December and was dying to tell us how fulfilling, rewarding and just plain wonderful it was. We heard about the history of the organisation and how it had changed in recent years from one that was anti, against, to one that was pro, in favour; from one that used to operate on the basis of everything that wasn't downright illegal, to one that has its roles and remits clearly defined in the law, and is bound by it.

We were told about the security checks and how strict these would be; how there would be identity checks, checks with the council, financial checks, judicial checks, personal checks, checks on friends and family, background checks and health checks; how the results of any one of these checks could throw a spanner in the works...and that in the event that none of these checks yielded any information at all, the person being investigated against would be deemed an unacceptable risk, too. So if I can get through the interview and assessment rounds, and the security check gets started up, I sincerely hope they do find a skeleton in my cupboard, because clearly, I don't want to lose my chance of gainful employment on a technicality of having been too squeaky clean and led a blameless life up to the present day. And get this: if I do get the job, I may never ever win the lottery -- nay, I may not even enter the lottery, because if I won that would inevitably lead to a certain level of media exposure that could be detrimental to the execution of my duties.

There was a Q&A session, there was a lunch, and then there was the opportunity to put your name down against a date and time for the actual interview. I have until 9:00 am on Wednesday the 27th to prepare for mine.


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Jul. 8th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)

I take it you're still keen then?
Jul. 8th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, very much so. More than before even, because now it's more real; I've got more of an idea of what the position actually entails.

The emphasis is on research and analysis, or will be while you're in training -- and, if hired, you'll be in training for the first 30 months. The first three months will be spent learning the basics, the next 27 will be on the job training. The environment is friendly and ethical debate is welcomed and encouraged.

But while I am more keen now, I'm also more nervous: I know now that I really want this job, and I'll be devastated if I don't get it.

19 days to prepare, to think about my strengths and competencies, and find an answer to the question as to why they should hire me.
Jul. 8th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
You've managed to tell us an awful lot without revealing anything - a sign of a born-to-be-a-spy if ever I saw one.

Good luck with the next rounds.
Jul. 8th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I do try to keep both my flist and my prospective employer happy, and it's not an easy task.

I will need all the luck I can get in the next round, when it's down to me to convince a panel of 3 people (an HR representative, a teamleader and a security officer) that I've got what it takes to be an aspiring Intelligence Officer.
Jul. 8th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
0_0 - sounds very interesting! .. so does that mean some of the 60 could potentially have changed their minds during the day and opted not to go for the interview?

All the very best with your prep!
Jul. 8th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
so does that mean some of the 60 could potentially have changed their minds during the day and opted not to go for the interview?

There were a few people there who by the end of the 4-hour presentation were re-evaluating their position, but the person from HR said that having got this far (i.e. on to the 3rd round), it was very rare for anyone to drop out...so I'm not counting on it. Most people that I spoke to were very much still interested, unfortunately.
Jul. 8th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds fascinating! I do hope you get it, and we will all understand if you stop talking about work - it would be a shame if they decide that to get the job you have to give up LJ, but even that we would accept - tearfully!!
Jul. 8th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
Tearfully, eh?

But giving up LJ -- I don't think I ever could...well, not unless I suddenly start to develop a real life that has all kinds of interesting things waiting for me to discover in it. ;-)
Jul. 9th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
That sounds like quite the process. I, for one, hope they find a leetle skeleton. Not a big enough one to disqualify you, but something that will let them know you're a real person. :)
Jul. 9th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC)
That sounds like quite the process.

That's what Tinny, my therapist, said as well! I wonder if I could give her name as a reference when it comes to the security check (I have to give several people as references, and then they'll make use of secret informants as well to run the check)? Anyway, I suppose it's only to be expected that they take their time in selecting their candidates when it's a matter of national security and these candidates handling sensitive information when hired.

I, for one, hope they find a leetle skeleton. Not a big enough one to disqualify you, but something that will let them know you're a real person. :)

I got a speeding ticket once; I hope that'll suffice...;-)
Jul. 9th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
LOL...surely that would work. I'm pretty squeaky clean myself. I wonder how that would affect my security clearance? Hmm...
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