Our hiring process is more involved than most people realize. We have put together information to help manage your expectations.
When the Assignment Opportunity Notice closes, applications are reviewed by a skilled recruiter. The recruiter identifies applicants who meet the mandatory qualification criteria, along with additional skill sets outlined in the AON. Applications are intermediately qualified and forwarded to the hiring manager for further consideration.
Hiring managers schedule and conduct interviews. They determine who they feel is the most qualified for the position. Once an applicant is selected, the hiring manager will notify the recruiter. The recruiter extends the offer of employment to the selected applicant.
It is difficult to determine how long the selection process can take because there are several factors that influence the timeline including the number of applications received, the number of interviews conducted and scheduling.
Conditional Offer of Employment
Once the applicant verbally accepts the NGA employment offer, a Conditional Offer of Employment package will be sent to the applicant that will outline important employment information (occupation, band, salary, and general location). The package will also include information and instructions on what you need to do to continue the on-boarding process.
Pre-employment Testing & Security Clearance Process
A pre-employment urinalysis test is required to detect the presence of illegal or controlled substances in an applicant’s system. This test usually takes approximately 20 to 30 days to order and complete. Positive test results or refusal to be tested will be considered in determining an applicant's eligibility for employment and may be the basis for denial of employment. NGA has the option of not testing applicants who are transferring directly to NGA from another federal agency where they held a drug testing-designated position and had been subject to a test within the previous 12 months.
Successful completion of a Counterintelligence Scope polygraph examination is a condition of employment for all positions at NGA. (A limited-scope screening polygraph examination will be administered to detect and deter espionage, sabotage, or other acts against the federal government, unauthorized release or sale of classified materials, foreign travel and unauthorized contacts, and unlawful representation of a foreign government.)
Certain occupations have vision requirements. If the position that you were selected for has a vision requirement, you will be scheduled for a vision test. NGA may withdraw the conditional offer of employment of a candidate who is unable to meet the vision requirements, or, at agency discretion, NGA may consider the candidate for suitable positions in other fields of expertise.
Certain positions may require other tests such as a pre-employment medical examination.