I won’t use this post to go into “what are my chances based on what I did” but basically due to some drug experimentation in college I can’t say for certain I will be able to get a clearance right now. From what I’ve read it could honestly go either way so I don’t want to totally count myself out but there’s definitely reason for concern. The problem is my understanding is that the only way to get approved or denied for a clearance is to become employed at a company that then starts the process.
I am looking at entry level jobs that list “ability to get a security clearance” as a requirement. Should I just not bother with them? Should I apply and tell them right away what might affect my ability to get a clearance? Or should I get further along in the application process before telling them so they see my skills first and don’t just throw my application out? I think it’s clear that I should not take a job and just quietly cross my fingers on the clearance because presumably if it gets rejected I’ll be fired and be known as very unprofessional.
Is there any sort of government pre-screening that gets done on applicants that determines how likely they are to be cleared before they’re hired?