VIDEO: 7 things the CIA looks for when recruiting members

ajc.com

America's foreign intelligence service, the Central Intelligence Agency, is central to influencing national security decisions.

In his book "Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror," former CIA and National Security Agency director Michael Hayden explains just what the ideal candidate is like.

» RELATED: From flying saucers to Castro, you can read CIA's once-secret stash online

Business Insider put together a video (below) of some of the attributes Hayden mentions in his book:

According to Hayden, mastering a foreign language and being comfortable in a foreign country are both very important.

In addition, Hayden values life experience and success in “whatever it is you’re doing.”

More on BusinessInsider.com.