(KMOV)-- The CIA is behind an all-out effort across the country to recruit culturally and ethnically diverse candidates.
The organization’s main target audience: the American, Middle Eastern community.
Patty Brandmaier runs the CIA’s recruiting center. She says the CIA is no longer a traditional, ivy league employer.
“We look at the whole person. So what I’m looking for in my people is character, integrity, initiative, and I’m looking for leadership,” Brandmaier said.
CIA officials will not say how many people they want to hire, or how successful they have been in the diversity effort. They will only report that in the last year, the CIA increased the number of officers proficient in languages other than English by 25 percent.