Careers in Intelligence
The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), is a modern organisation and like any other company it seeks to recruit people of the highest calibre across a broad range of roles.The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) is always searching for individuals who posses the ability to grow and develop their skills with honesty and integrity. Given the importance of the roles within the organisation, SIS places great emphasis on trust and emotional maturity as well as highly focussed individuals capable of operating within such a demanding environment.
The Chief of SIS, Alex Younger, said:
"I want this opportunity to dispel the myths that still too often see potential candidates rule themselves out. The Service I am proud to lead is global, modern and most capable with a deserved reputation of being one of the best intelligence services in the world. Ml6 makes a unique contribution to protecting Britain's security and prosperity. My message remains simple: there is no 'standard' Ml6 officer: if you have what it takes, then apply to join us. Our work is exciting, intellectually challenging and it matters. Regardless of background, if you have the skills we need and share our values, I want you to consider a career in intelligence, in a service that reflects today's UK society. Ml6 needs the best people that this country has to offer and there really is a place for you."
The desire to make a difference or a chance to develop personally is clearly not all SIS is looking for in a candidate. Equally, SIS also makes it clear that personality traits such as honesty and integrity are important. That said, there is an obvious contradiction as the role of an Operational 'Intelligence' Officer does, by definition, require its Officers to work in a covert environment where skills of deception can be vitally important. SIS is therefore likely to focus on key drivers, competency based assessments and online tests to begin with in order to find what it is that forms the foundation of an individuals skills as well as their drive to work for SIS. Psychological assessments also form part of the recruitment process and will generally come into play once the first stages of the assessment have been carried out, including some detailed vetting procedures.
The process is a lengthy one and applicants are generally advised to allow six months from start to finish before an offer for employment is made.
SIS uses its own internal Human Resources personnel and firms such as Cubiks Limited, a global recruitment consultancy with offices based in Guildford, Surrey. Cubiks was developed by and is made up of highly experienced post graduate experts in Occupational Psychology. They offer practical, advanced solutions to Corporations including SIS, as well as candidates to make them more adept at testing systems utilised by an organisation such as the Secret Intelligence Service. These consist of Psychological Assessments, Numerical Reasoning, Situational Judgement tests and Competency based interviewing practices.