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DIA’s hiring pool – What you need to know

By DIA Office of Human Resources Defense Intelligence Agency

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The Defense Intelligence Agency is committed to hiring exceptional talent for a variety of career opportunities that span the globe to help support our mission. To meet the hiring needs of the Agency, DIA’s Office of Human Resources maintains a group of pre-qualified and cleared individuals in something called a “hiring pool.”

The DIA hiring pool brings new talent into our career fields. The majority of our hiring is for entry-level positions; however, the Agency may post vacancies for mid- and senior-level positions as mission dictates. Upon review of an application, candidates may receive a formal invitation to a hiring event, where specific career field representatives may interview them.

After completion of a successful interview, the applicant may receive a conditional job offer and start the pre-employment process. This process, handled by the Central Processing Center and the Office of Security, requires candidates to complete a background check, drug test, mental health screening and a polygraph. The estimated completion is approximately 12 months.

Once a decision is made regarding a candidate’s clearance, an email will be sent from the hiring pool team detailing the next steps in the hiring process, as well as requesting an updated resume and transcripts.

When a candidate enters into the hiring pool, their resume will be available in an online tool for maximum visibility into one or several career fields. If a billet is available, supervisors will evaluate all candidates and place a bid.

Career Development Officers review all bids and, once approved, candidates will then receive a call from a human resource specialist within 14-business days to discuss the final job offer. Candidates deemed suitable for multiple positions, may receive multiple job offers from the HR specialist. Once paired with a position, the HR specialist will work to complete the official final job offer and select a start date. 

When a candidate declines an offer, each career field has set conditions in rescinding a candidate’s conditional job offer, which, in effect, removes the candidate from further consideration within the respective career field. Additionally, if a candidate remains in the hiring pool longer than two years, the Office of Security may require a review of their clearance adjudication.

For more information on DIA’s hiring process, visit the Hiring Process page.