Becoming an FSO

Changes to the June 2022 FSO selection process

Beginning with the June Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), the application process to become a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) is changing. The FSOT will no longer serve “as a single gateway to applying.” This is a significant change to the application process, with candidates and officers approving and disapproving of the change (sources: 1, 2, …

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U.S. Department of State Paid Student Internship

With the most exciting recruitment news coming out of the Department of State in ages, State is finally offering a paid student internship! You know what, about time! The paying of interns is a significant step forward by State. The lack of financial support deterred me when I was younger from interning at the Department. Even though …

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The new 2022 Foreign Service Core Precepts

The Foreign Service Core Precepts were updated this week, making for an exciting post! The Bureau of Global Talent Management (GTM), in collaboration with the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), and with input from the Department of State, significantly revised the Core Precepts used by Foreign Service Selection Boards to determine tenure and promotion. Why …

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How to pass the FSOT Situational Judgment Section (2022)

The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) Situational Judgment section is the newest component of the assessment, and it has left most people asking, “how do you pass this”? If this is you, then this post offers you the opportunity to learn from others, my own experience, and what is officially posted by the Department of …

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How to become a Foreign Service Officer (FSO)/Diplomat in 2022: Guide

This is the ultimate guide to help you become a U.S. Foreign Service Officer (FSO)/diplomat in 2022. Along with a discussion on the process to become an FSO/diplomat, I will also share with you the steps you can take to best prepare and study for the personal narratives, the FSOT, and the oral assessment. Plus, …

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Taking the FSOT At-Home Online Proctored Test (OnVUE)

Beginning with the October 2020 Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), Pearson is now offering candidates the opportunity to take the test at home with an online proctored test.  With COVID-19 as a major concern, this is good timing and, most likely, a response to the pandemic. COVID-19 aside, this is still great news. Pearson and …

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