Consular Adjudicator Selection Criteria

So you’ve submitted your application for the Consular Adjudicator job and you’re wondering what criteria the committee will use to select candidates.

Well, my guess is probably a little better than yours because I’m on the “inside” but it’s still a guess; I am not part of the Human Resources complex so I don’t have any secret insight into the process.

At the very least, you have to meet the minimum requirements set out on the website.  The only way the committee will consider a less than (2/1) in Mandarin is if every candidate has a score less than (2/1), which would be somewhat surprising.  But given the way State Department tests languages, it’s conceivable there may be only a few people who speak and read (2/1) Mandarin given testing standards.

But aside from the minimum requirements, these are things I would look at if I were on the committee:

  • Demonstrated ability to quickly read people, or to empathize, e.g. investigators, Secret Service agents, customer service representatives, counselors, etc.
  • Ability to make fast and sometimes difficult decisions and to move on from there, e.g. small-unit infantry leaders, airline station agents in high-volume airports.
  • A comfort level with rules and regulations and sufficient judgement to fill in the grey areas where the rules are silent, e.g. lawyers and beat cops.
  • A sense of humor and ability to work in teams.
  • Good grades in school helps but probably won’t be the only thing they’re looking at unless you’re a recent college graduate.

Again, this is just my guess as an insider and someone who’s stamped his (more than) fair share of visas.  If anyone has any feedback on how this process goes, I’d love to hear from you.

Good luck to everyone!


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