​Frequently Asked Questions


The following are general Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about our application process:

How do I build my profile?
When creating your profile, please be as thorough and complete as possible. Information such as location preference and current security clearance information are especially valuable in the evaluation process. Providing this information will also help ensure you are contacted for other positions that meet your criteria, as recruiters routinely search the database for candidates that meet specific qualifications. Please review your profile regularly and keep your personal data and resume up to date. Remember, you can always monitor your status by using the “self-service” feature in your profile. (back to top)

How is my resume reviewed?
Northrop Grumman receives thousands of resumes a month. Our Talent Acquisition staff is hard at work reviewing the resumes we receive. We use no resume screening software or any other type of automated process when reviewing your resume—so you can rest assured that your submitted information will be considered by an actual human being! (back to top)

What basic qualifications do you require?
The Basic Qualifications statement describes the type of credentials and experience a candidate is required to have in order to be considered for a particular opportunity at a particular point in time. When a requisition lists a particular set of qualifications, make sure your resume accurately reflects the skills listed. (back to top)

What security clearances do you require?
Many positions within Northrop Grumman require that the employee have access to classified information. The government's investigation and adjudication period for certain levels of clearance and restricted program access could be very lengthy. The hiring organization may not want to wait a long time for a person to start, or their budget may not accommodate starting someone before the required clearance is granted. As a result, the hiring organization may wish to only consider candidates possessing an active clearance as viable applicants for particular positions. Security clearance requirements are usually stated in the Basic Qualifications section of the position description.

The Basic Qualifications also specify the level of clearance required. In some cases, they may state that candidates must have a record on file for a certain type of personnel security investigation (for example, a Single Scope Background Investigation). Additional information may be found on our security clearance page. You may also wish to visit the Defense Security Service website to review the guidelines and requirements for a Personnel Security Clearance. (back to top)

Additional FAQs:
Students & New Grads FAQs
Military Operation IMPACT FAQs

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