I have a conditional offer for a contract position with the ATF. The form I filled out was the SF85P Format Plus Supplement. My fingerprints were done 7/2, e-Qip submitted 7/19. I can’t start the job until I get suitability. The recruiter said the process should only take a couple months, but that’s not what I am reading here and on other forums. What is a realistic time frame for it to be completed?
The HR rep basically told me, no news is good news and, in so many words, told me don’t bother asking for an update because they won’t have any. I have never been arrested, never did drugs, I don’t drink, I have good credit (650’s) and I don’t have any collections or defaults. Will the credit pull show up on my credit report as an inquiry?
How much do the references factor in? I ask because I am a content introvert, so I don’t have close friends or acquaintances by choice. I had enough to list, but they aren’t going to have much to share. I am currently unemployed, so can’t have an interview at employment. I was self-employed (only employee) and worked as an IC freelance virtual assistant in the past 5 years, so no coworkers to list and a boss that contacted me through the computer or phone.
It just so happens that I had a pending e-Qip for the SSA, but it was a non-sensitive. That one was submitted 6/29, fingerprints 7/18, and suitability was received 8/9. I was delayed in getting my fingerprints done due to a vacation, so it conceivably could have been faster.