Interview with a Recruiter, Leslie Taylor, ICF International

Posted by Rob Riggins

Leslie Taylor, ICF InternationalLeslie, tell us about yourself and ICF International

I joined ICF International in 2011 and am the Lead Recruiter for the Enterprise Cyber Security Division with more than 15 years of experience in IT, cleared and cybersecurity recruiting. My passion is recruiting top talent to meet the needs of the business. I’m a member of Leadership Fairfax and leverage participation in a variety of IT/cyber, university/college, association and military career fairs and networking events. I primarily recruit for opportunities on a national scale.

ICF’s success is a result of our ability to skillfully pair the right tools with the right experts to help our clients address critical societal issues and unprecedented challenges. We combine technical expertise, including deep program and industry knowledge, with world-class analytics and leading-edge innovation. We support our clients through entire program and project lifecycles, from research and analysis through execution. And we perpetuate improvements to achieve lasting results.

For years, our team of top cybersecurity specialists has helped intelligence and military clients successfully defend the most aggressively attacked infrastructure on the planet. But the benefits of our work extend far beyond this complex challenge. Our vision is to be the premier cybersecurity advisory and research firm serving government and industry with programs that:

  1. Design cybersecurity programs for our nation’s critical infrastructure
  2. Create cybersecurity architectures that reflect each industry’s unique needs
  3. Build a unified approach to cybersecurity, national, and homeland security standard, programs, and best practices
  4. Create the world’s best cybersecurity R&D programs   

What’s your hiring process

We have a well-defined process ensuring a great experience for our candidates and hiring managers. The process normally takes about 4 – 6 weeks for candidates with active clearances. Our Recruiting team typically conducts the initial interview by phone, followed by a phone interview with the hiring manager and concludes with an in-person interview with the client. ICF conducts a due diligence background check prior to start which normally takes 3-5 days.

Do you target transitioning military

Yes, military recruiting is a part of ICF’s framework and culture. Our first president was C. D. Lester, a former Tuskegee Airman, who was joined in the enterprise by three U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) analysts. We actively participate with NVTC Vets council and national veterans outreach, organizations, transition centers, events and forums to attract and retain veteran hires.

As part of our commitment to fostering relationships with small business, ICF International partners with Log-In Systems, Inc. (LIS) under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Mentor Protégé Program. LIS is a small service-disabled veteran-owned business that specializes in providing professional, operational, and management services. In 2013, ICF was named Outstanding Large Employer of the year by Disabled American Veterans (DAV) for its dedication to veterans..

What types of cleared positions do you fill

We recruit for a wide range of skills and talent to include Software Developers, Network Analysts, Programmers, Cyber Specialists, Homeland Security, Emergency Management and Program Managers that provide the following services to our clients.

View ICF International positions on ClearedJobs.Net

What are the toughest security cleared positions for you to fill and why

Software/Web Developers as these skills are in heavy demand in the market.

What’s the craziest thing a job seeker has ever said to you

During the interview the candidate thanked the team for the interview and indicated that they were looking forward to working with X company. Unfortunately they mistakenly said the wrong company name!

What’s the most inappropriate thing you see on cleared resumes

Misspelled words or typos, and personal information such as SSN or height and weight.

ICF InternationalWhat do job seekers need to know about your job as a recruiter at ICF International

ICF has a straightforward corporate philosophy—hire the best people; reward creativity and entrepreneurship; maintain the highest standards of integrity, ethics, and quality; and always focus on clients’ needs.





This entry was posted on Friday, January 16, 2015 8:13 am

17 thoughts on “Interview with a Recruiter, Leslie Taylor, ICF International”

  1. I am interested in the position. I currently hold a active secret security clearance from my previous employment with the United States Marine Corps with four years of honorable service.

  2. Leslie,
    I would like the opportunity to set up an interview with you if possible. Please let me know if that is possible.

    Thank you in advance.

    William Scott

    1. Hello William,

      Thank you for your interest in ICFI. You can review all of our job openings on our career website – or you can send me your resume directly at [email protected]. Please let me know which positions interest you and I look forward to speaking with you.

  3. Hello leslie, I am a cleared veteran, and I am highly seeking OCONUS contract positions/ Middle east/Any’
    Please reach out to me for further consideration.

    1. Hello Steve,

      At this time, no current opportunities in the middle east. Thank you for your interest in ICFI. You can review all of our job openings on our career website – or you can send me your resume directly at [email protected].

  4. Ms. Taylor,
    My name is Edward Ungacta and a recent DOD contractor working in Afghanistan one for Mantech International, as a mechanic for special operations command ( SOCOM) and the other for Transformation Advisory Group, LLC, as a SME. I have a current secret clearance, passport is current as well. I believe ICF can benefit from my skills wherever I am needed, looking for openings overseas.

    Thank you,
    Edward Ungacta

    1. Hello Kim,

      Currently no immediate opportunities in PA. Thank you for your interest in ICFI. You can review all of our job openings on our career website – or you can send me your resume directly at [email protected].

      1. Hi Leslie,
        I am going to send you an updated copy today. I am looking for opportunities in the northern Va area. Thank you for your time. I would appreciate any help that you could provide.


        Kim Correa

    1. Hello Jane,

      Thank you for your interest in ICFI. You can review all of our job openings on our career website – or you can send me your resume directly at [email protected]. I look forward to speaking with you.

  5. Hello Ms Taylor,
    As you can see I am Harvey R Lee Sr and I am attempting to obtain employment within the government. I was denied a TS, but I believe a secret position would be easier. I am retired Army, E8. I have been a GS 13 Program Analyst, Program Manager, etc. May I speak to you and see what other options I have please. I left a message on the voice mail. Thank you.

    1. Hello ma’am

      Left you a message to contact me when you get a chance at 571-330-4805… Thank you

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