Security Clearance: The Personal Interview

Are you applying for security clearance? If so, your investigation will most likely involve a personal interview, which is a routine procedure and considered standard in the investigation process. If there is anything questionable in your background that could raise red flags, this personal interview will be critical for setting the record straight.

What can you expect? You can expect the investigator to ask you direct questions about the forms that you filled out. For example, if you were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI or DWI) five or ten years ago, the investigator will want to know the circumstances behind that arrest.

“Was it an isolated incident? Did you or do you now have an alcohol problem? Did you receive treatment? Did you successfully complete your DUI probation?” Those are the types of questions an investigator would want to ask in the case of a DUI on an applicant’s record. The personal interview is essential because if there are any questionable events in your past, it gives you the opportunity to clarify what happened and make sense of it all.

Already Contacted for an Interview?

Has an investigator already contacted you for an interview? If so, you do not want to put it off; however, we do recommend contacting our firm first. If there is something in your past that can lead to a negative decision, it’s wise to know how to address it with the investigator to set his or her mind at ease.

Types of issues from your past that may need to be addressed:

  1. A domestic violence conviction.
  2. A Chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy filing.
  3. Poor credit.
  4. A criminal record.
  5. A discharge from a former employer.
  6. A sexual assault accusation.
  7. Substance abuse.
  8. Close ties to a foreign country.
  9. A spouse with a criminal record.
  10. A history of mental illness.

If you have been contacted for a personal interview, it’s important that you respond as soon as possible. If you fail to get back to the investigator of if you delay too long, it can delay the processing of your investigation. If you refuse to be interviewed for any reason, it will not reflect positively on you and your investigation can be canceled as a result.

For professional legal advice and assistance with your personal investigation for security clearance, contact our firm today.