Bi personal interview


I received an email that I needed to have a telephone interview with the BI, probably over my legal situation that ran from the offense in 2006, to my conviction in 2015 and incarceration from 2016 to mid 2017. I was 22 then, I’m about to be 35 now. I’ve been working for the contractor uncleared for a little over 4 months now.

I guess it’s just to go over the question. As that is really my only issue.

It said it should be about an hour. Does anybody have any insight as to preparing for this phone call? I was expecting a face to face, which was my preference. It’s on Friday so I’d like to be prepared for the discussion.


NBIB has recently approved Investigators to conduct phone interviews in certain circumstances. That was why you were contacted. These are normally single issue interviews. Just be open and honest and answer all the questions. People get into trouble when they withhold information. Then it becomes an integrity and honesty issue. You will probably be fine.


If you are not sure that everything is accurately committed to memory, have all of your documentation at hand. Be as ready as you can be with dates and proper terminology.

Remember that “I don’t know” and “I don’t know but I can find out” are valid answers.

They shouldn’t be asking trick questions don’t over think and don’t be afraid to correct anything that the interviewer or you yourself say.


I just rescheduled my appointment for next Friday to give myself a chance to be more organized based on your comments.

I’ll search for any documents pertaining to mitigating circumstances etc, in case the BI hasn’t seen them. Due to the sheer amount of time between offense (2006) and final resolution (2015) I want to make sure I can show it was a situation that occurred over a decade ago.

Any other inputs are greatly appreciated. I’ll definitely do this interview from home so I can be as direct and candid as possible.

How would they prove the identity over the phone though? The email said have identification ready. Doesn’t seem to be a Skype type Interview

Does anybody have experience with perspecta BIs?


Perspecta is just a government contractor. All BI are in accordance with NBIB rules and regulations. The company doing the BI is really no issue as all of the questions are the same no matter who does the interview.


You can call the NBIB agent verification number (it works for contractors also) and they will give you the information you can use to identify the investigator.

The investigator will ask you to provide information that you have already provided (DOB, POB, perhaps your SSAN) to ensure they are talking to the correct person. You can always ask them to give you a piece of information on your SF86 that you know to verify them.

Don’t worry about not having the information during the interview. Tell the investigator you will provide any requested information within five days (2 to 5 days is common).


Is only one investigator assigned to each case?

I ask because I recently switched jobs and emailed my investigator to let him know. He said that my clearance packet had been sent in for review and was out of his hands. Is this the review stage before adjudication? If it needs more, does it go back to him or to another investigator? Is he the only one who worked on it or are there others who also have to submit their findings?


It depends.

Usually one investigator is assigned to your case in one area. If your case spreads across a state or other states, more investigators are assigned to your case.


From my understabding and from what my BI told me when they called for a follow up (follow up was triggered by internal review, they forgot to ask me something), there is an internal review for completeness and clarity before its returned to the requesting people for adjudication.


There a number of “follow up” types of contacts, interviews, Subject interviews, extensions,etc. This is one reason why the field BI can’t call the case field closed.