Free Conference Call with 24-Year Veteran of the Foreign Service

Hi Folks–

I’m back again and am curious to know how many people are interested in joining me on a conference call to talk about the Foreign Service as a career.  I’m willing to field all questions, including those from anyone with questions about the October FSOT.

I have some free time later in the week, and I’d be willing to host the call for about an hour, maybe a little longer if people have a lot of questions.

Someone contacted me yesterday to ask if offered tutoring.  I begged off, but I would like to lend a hand to everyone.  If you have questions about life in the Foreign Service, how bad bosses State Department bosses really are, how do you decide on your career track before you have any idea what the different cones do…

This would be completely free with no obligation on your part.

Please let me know by posting a comment.  If there is sufficient interest, I may do some Webinars in the future.  For now, let’s see how a conference call goes.

Best regards,

Bill Fitzgerald










  1. I am the organizer of the NYC Foreign Service Meetup Group. I would like to recommend your call and any future webinars, etc. on the group website. If you’re ever in NYC, I welcome you to drop in for a meetup, and perhaps say a few words for aspiring foreign service officers.

    • Absolutely. Laura, to get the info asap, please sign up for my newsletter or direct the interested members of the NY Group to do so. I guarantee your privacy.

      Meantime, the next time I’m in NYC I’ll let you know so I can join the meetup.

      Best, Bill

  2. As someone considering a mid-career jump from a stable but unsatisfying job, I certainly would like to have as much information as possible before I jump ship.

    • Thanks for your email. The starting place for information on the Foreign Service is It’s an excellent site with a lot of instruction and background on becoming an FSO.

      If you’re interested, please join us on the conference call this Thursday at 7 pm (EDT). Please sign up for the monthly newsletter so I can get you details asap. Privacy guaranteed.

      Best, Bill

  3. Kristohper Bradley says

    I might like to listen in on the call. I passed the test last year, but did not get invited for an interview. I am taking the test again in a couple weeks.

    • Kristopher–

      Great. If you want to join us, please sign up for the newsletter so you can get the details asap. Privacy guaranteed.

      Right now, the call is slated for 7 pm, Thursday, 9/26.

      Best, Bill

  4. I know this comment is a little late but wondering if you might be willing to provide some advice about the PNQs. I passed the October test and having trouble determining what kind of examples the Board of Examiners is looking for.

    Thank you for any advice!


    • Chrysann–
      Sorry if this is too late. If you’re talking about the Personal Narrative, the examiners want to hear about you, what makes you tick, what you have done in the past that makes you a good candidate for the Foreign Service. And, I want to emphasize that the examiners will accept, maybe even favor those examples where you show that you made a mistake, screwed something up, are not infallible… Humility goes a long way during the Foreign Service Exam. But you also want to show that you made a mistake, understood how or why you made the error, and then corrected yourself.

      The examiners are looking for real humans who can learn from their mistakes and perform at the highest level possible. If you don’t take risks, you rarely make mistakes, and without mistakes there can’t be innovation. Remember you’re not perfect; don’t pretend to be.

      Good luck and let me know how it goes.

      Best, Bill

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