What are the Most Relevant Do's and Don’ts for Applicants Seeking a Security Clearance?

Obtaining a security clearance is a significant achievement for those who aspire to build a career with federal agencies or organizations that have access to sensitive government information. The first step in the process is to receive a job offer from an agency, following which the applicant will be contacted by a security clearance coordinator who will assist with the process.

The applicant may be required to fill out the eApp, an online application that seeks to obtain sensitive, personal, and private information to determine an applicant’s fitness for a security clearance.

To prepare for the application process, it is recommended that the applicant mentally prepare themselves. The application is lengthy and requires the applicant to recall and disclose personal information. The applicant may also need to gather or obtain documents to support their answers on the application.

It is important to disclose all information requested on the application but refrain from detailing information that is not required. Concealing information may call into question one's honesty and is a common reason for denial. It is best to be truthful about one's past and mitigate any negative actions with facts rather than concealing them.

During the application process, it is crucial not to engage in any criminal behavior or increase financial debts. Obtaining bankruptcies and credit delinquencies may call into question one's suitability for a security clearance.

Concealing foreign ties is another common reason for security clearance denials. It calls into question an applicant’s allegiance to the USA. It is best to be honest when disclosing the frequency and relationship type to foreign contacts as prescribed by the application. It is essential not to disclose to foreign contacts that you are seeking a security clearance.

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