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Guardian Podcast 1
Guardian Podcast 2
Help notes (interview preparation)
Please remember we're a little different than most employers!
As our work is all about protecting British interests, the first and most important thing to remember is, you have to be a British citizen to work for GCHQ. There are no exceptions to this rule. Our policies are designed to protect both you, and GCHQ. We don't want to have to put any of our people in a potentially compromising situation relating to matters of conscience or impartiality. If you have any queries regarding our nationality, residency or security roles, please visit the Nationality & Security Section of the website.
Due to the sensitivity of our work, we do not usually publicly disclose the identities of our staff. Discretion is vital and you should not discuss your application to GCHQ other than with your partner/close family member or close friends. Whilst we don't stop you from using social networking sites, please ensure you use them sensibly - e.g. don't tweet or update your status announcing the fact you are on your way for an interview here! Please apply privacy settings as appropriate too.
Another difference is in the background checks we need to make before you start. It's called the vetting process, and it's designed to clear you for working with the security services. Please bear in mind that while we try to be quicker, your application could take anything up to nine months from start to finish. It's not fast, perhaps, but it's fair and thorough. And it's there to help everyone, so please bear with us.