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Physically fit New York lawyers between the ages of 23 and 36 who wish to become FBI special agents must undergo a 10-step hiring process: � Initial online application form, available at www.fbi.gov. � A four and one-half hour Phase 1 written examination that tests mathematical ability, psychological suitability and situational judgment. (Quiz details are classified, but FBI Special Agent for recruitment Marsha K. Parrish explained the judgment phase. “A scenario is given where you’re asked what you would most likely do, and what you would least likely do,” she said. “There are a lot of nuances.”) � An 11-page, double-sided formal application that asks, among other things, every residence since age 16, credit and personal references, names of roommates and living relatives, and employment history and names of supervisors. (“It’s basically your whole life,” said Parrish.) � Informal interview. � Clearance by FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. � A Phase 2 written test and formal interview. (“This is the biggie,” said Parrish.) � A personal security interview. (“To clear up any loose end questions,” said Parrish.) � A polygraph test of three to four hours to assess the veracity of all the foregoing. � A four-event physical fitness drill at the U.S. Army Garrison in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn: sit-ups, 300-meter sprint, push-ups, and a one and one-half mile run. Following this, FBI doctors measure eyesight and hearing, and test for heart murmurs or signs of asthma. � A background investigation conducted by retired FBI agents, who visit every location listed on the 11-page formal application, and personally interview everyone cited.

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