NEWS + ADVICE
What a Recruiter Needs Upfront to Verify Your Security Clearance
Should I give my security clearance information to a recruiter when they ask for it over the phone?
As a recruiter I frequently ask job seekers for this information.
I need to know you have a security clearance before you come in for an interview. That means I need your full name, date of birth, place of birth and social security number.
This information is then passed on to the Facilities Security Officer (FSO) as most recruiters don’t have verification access. The FSO verifies the information in JPAS or Scattered Castles and identifies any potential issues.
Most people are trusting and willingly provide this information, especially if we met at a job fair, connected over social media, or if I found their resume on ClearedJobs.Net. After all I’m helping them get a job, right?
But sometimes if I contact a job seeker and we’ve had no previous contact, they hesitate to provide this information. I find this particularly in the intel community.
In this situation as a job seeker you do have a couple choices. Handle these choices diplomatically with your recruiter and be polite.
Option 1, Verify the Recruiter
Get the recruiter’s name and contact information. Doublecheck to make sure you have this critical information correct! Let the recruiter know you’ll get back to them quickly with the details they have requested, but that you first want to verify their association with the employer.
What can you do? Google the recruiter’s name, search for them on social media, check their LinkedIn profile, or call the company switchboard and verify the recruiter works for the company.
Choose which of those strategies makes you feel comfortable. This can get tricky because many recruiters work on a contract basis for employers, but your goal is to make sure they have a presence with the company they are hiring for.
If you’re satisfied, get back to the recruiter quickly. If you’re not satisfied, you have Option 2.
Option 2, Talk to the FSO
Ask the recruiter to have the FSO contact you, or ask if you may contact the FSO to provide your details.
Understand that you must provide this information to move forward with an interview. Be responsive to the recruiter and the Facilities Security Officer — most likely you’re not the only person they are talking to about the position.