Info on the foreign service background check.
July 28, 2011 6:33 AM Subscribe
How in depth does the Foreign Service background check go?
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I found out a few weeks ago that I passed the exam for the foreign service. If I get to the final stage of the overall entrance process (they call it "the orals"), a background check will be conducted before I can be assigned somewhere. Does anyone know how in depth this check will go? Do I need to purge out all social media accounts of anything that might be perceived as controversial, inappropriate, etc? What about editing any blogs I have, or websites I own or contribute to? I'm not the kind of person who has a thousand pictures of me drinking alcohol, but I do speak my opinion on political matters, and I do have some written materials that are more than PG. Is it better to get rid of these things and risk losing some of my current audience, or is the background check only searching for huge red flags, such as crimes committed? If I should get rid of any questionable material, when should I start?