I did a short interview for International Relations Online on what it is like to be a Foreign Service Officer.
My favorite question they asked was:
Name three traits every successful Foreign Service Officer should have:
* flexibility (because the answer to most questions in the Foreign Service is “it depends”)
* reliability (the work we do matters, and if you don’t do it, it will fall on someone else),
*a good sense of humor (because a lot of what we do is stressful, and we get through it together by not taking ourselves too seriously).
You can find the full interview here.