Preparing for the FSOA

September 3, 2012

Most people who pass the Foreign Service Officer Written Assessment often ask me how to prepare for the Foreign Service Oral Assessment (FSOA).

Without breaking the law and telling them how I passed the FSOA and what exact questions they asked me, my advice to people taking the FSOA is pretty simple:

  1. Read the directions they send to you very carefully. 90% of all the information you need to succeed are in the instructions they give you.
  2. Be a team player.
  3. Don’t be an asshole.

That’s it. By the day of the oral assessment, you are who you are, there is no changing your personality to better fit the oral assessment. If you’re not a natural team player, there is nothing you can do to change that. So just relax and read the directions. On the day of the test, stay focused, be polite, be a team player, check your attitude at the door. After test day you can do back being your nasty self!


Overseas posts offering the FSOT

August 16, 2012

This is the list of overseas posts offering the September 29 – October 6, 2012 Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT):

Accra Cairo Kinshasa Nairobi Shanghai
Addis Ababa Chiang Mai Krakow Nassau Skopje
Algiers Colombo Kyiv New Delhi Sofia
Amman Cotonou La Paz Ottawa St. Petersburg
Ankara Djibouti Lahore Panama City Stockholm
Antananarivo Dublin Lima Paramaribo Sydney
Ashgabat Fukuoka Lisbon Paris Taipei
Astana Geneva London Perth Tashkent
Asuncion Guangzhou Lusaka Phnom Penh Tbilisi
Baghdad Hanoi Madrid Port of Spain Tel Aviv
Banjul Harare Managua Prague Tirana
Beijing Havana Manama Pretoria Tokyo
Belmopan Hong Kong Manila Pristina Toronto
Berlin Islamabad Maputo Riyadh Tunis
Bishkek Istanbul Maseru Rome Vilnius
Bogota Jakarta Milan San Salvador Warsaw
Bridgetown Jerusalem Monrovia Santiago Wellington
Brussels Kabul Montevideo Santo Domingo Windhoek
Bucharest Kampala Moscow Sao Paulo Yaounde
Budapest Kathmandu Nagoya Sarajevo Zagreb
Buenos Aires Kingston Naha Seoul

The official link is here: http://careers.state.gov/officer/selection-process#nogo


Hiring: Foreign Service Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist

May 30, 2012

The State Department is accepting applications for Foreign Service Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist positions.

Please read the vacancy announcement (http://careers.state.gov/specialist/vacancy-announcements/rmop) for more information and to start the Gateway to State online application process via USAJobs.

The deadline to submit completed applications for these positions is July 06, 2012.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed, available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances. All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying.

Please visit the forums if you have any questions, or to search for answers regarding the Foreign Service Specialist selection process. The forums can be found under Engage on the careers.state.gov website.


Hiring: Foreign Service Construction Engineers

May 30, 2012

The State Department is now accepting applications for the Foreign Service Construction Engineer positions.

Click here (http://careers.state.gov/specialist/vacancy-announcements/ce) to read the vacancy announcement, and to start the online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 03, 2012.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed, available for worldwide service, and able to obtain and maintain all required security, medical and suitability clearances.

All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire Vacancy Announcement for all qualifications and requirements.

Please visit the forums if you have any questions, or to search for answers regarding the Foreign Service Specialist selection process. The forums can be found under Engage on the careers.state.gov website.


Accepting Applications for the Spring 2013 Student Internship Program

May 30, 2012

The State Department is now accepting applications for the Spring 2013 Student Internship Program.

Click here (http://careers.state.gov/students/programs) to read more about the Student Internship Program, and to start the Gateway to State online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 02, 2012.

To be eligible for this program, you must be:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, or graduate student (including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate school).
  • Have good academic standing
  • Successfully complete a background investigation
  • Be able to receive and maintain either a Secret or Top Secret clearance.

Please read the entire vacancy announcement carefully for all qualifications and requirements.

You can also visit our Student Programs forum (http://careers.state.gov/engage/forums/student-programs) to post questions or read discussions about this program.


Hiring: Foreign Service Information Resource Officer

May 25, 2012

The State Department is accepting applications for Foreign Service Information Resource Officer positions.

Click here (http://careers.state.gov/specialist/vacancy-announcements/iro) to read the vacancy and to start the Gateway to State online application process via USAJobs. The deadline to submit completed applications is July 06, 2012.

All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire Vacancy Announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 20 years old to apply, be available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain the necessary security, medical and suitability clearances.

Please visit the forums if you have any questions, or to search for answers regarding the Foreign Service Specialist selection process. The forums can be found under Engage on the careers.state.gov website.


Online Event: “How to Prepare for the FSOT”

May 21, 2012

U.S. Department of State recruiters and Diplomats in Residence are hosting an online career event on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 1pm to 4pm EDT.

Learn more about more about the Foreign Service Officer Test and how you can prepare for it. You will have an opportunity to connect with recruiters and Diplomats in Residence from the Bureau of Human Resources who will provide insightful suggestions and answer your questions about the FSOT.

Register at http://goo.gl/jL8xC.