AFROTC Interview

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  1. danrodrig

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    Daughter just received an email from the Area Admissions Liaison Officer to set up an interview! Here are some of her credentials.

    SAT - 1360 (700 in math)
    ACT - 32
    GPA - 4.00 unweighted; 5.22 weighted
    Class rank - 6th in class of 425 students (Exemplary rated HS)
    Loads of AP classes
    National Merit Commended
    Solid performance on the PFA
    Leadership positions in marching band and wind symphony
    No varsity athletics but she holds a 2nd degree black belt in mixed martial arts
    Major - meteorology

    Any advice or tips for the interview will be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Pima

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    With those stats she looks really strong. Just remember meteorology majors are considered critical manning right now, so she would go into that career field, and if she decides that she doesn't want to major in it she will need AFROTC approval to switch majors.

    As far as the interview goes just be herself. They get that they are kids and will naturally be nervous. The moment she gets that, will be the moment she will relax and do just fine.
     
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    Thank you Thompson! That thread was very helpful.
     
  5. Pima

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    She really needs to get that interview done ASAP. She is running out of boards, I am guessing she will only meet the March board since she has yet to do the interview.

    Don't be shocked if her gpa changes because it appears that her school uses at least a 5.5 or 6.0 scale. They don't. I don't think it will impact her chances because it is still a great cgpa, just was putting it out there if it appears to have changed.
     
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    You bet! We're here if you need us :biggrin:
     
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    Dan; you asked if there were any tips for an upcoming ROTC interview. First thing I would say, is to recognize WHY your daughter is being interviewed. You listed, basically her resume, but you have to realize why she's being interviewed. I did a few academy and ROTC interviews this season. Most were between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I had access to the individual's grades, application, resume, etc... Basically, the resume/application information is there to tell us if a person is worthy enough to get an interview. If the resume itself was important, we'd just read that and wouldn't need the interview. Your daughter's resume is very good. Only stating this for you to understand the "Perspective" to think about this. This is a "JOB INTERVIEW" of her life. That's what the interview is for. Just like a job interview, we've already seen the application. We're probably not going to ask about school, grades, ACT, etc...

    We're "Or at least I", ask questions that you can't study for. I ask you how you handled a particularly difficult time in your life. How you handled difficult people in your life. How you performed as a leader. How you got people to work as a team. How you worked as a team player. Basically what I'm saying is: we want to know WHO THE CANDIDATE IS. The resume/application got you to the interview; it will be calculated as part of your total score. But I don't think I really asked or talked much about anything that was ever on an individual's resume or application. The interview is where I get to find out who the REAL APPLICANT IS. Is this what THEY WANT; or is it what their parents or family wants. Do they have natural leadership potential, or are they definitely a follower. Do they have confidence in themselves and pride in their accomplishments; (Border line arrogance and contempt); or are their accomplishments, achievements, and their direction all because that was "Expected" of them growing up. I interview to find the REAL CANDIDATE. I admit; if their application, grades, resume, etc... aren't good; they'd probably not get an interview. But at the end of the day, when someone receives an ROTC scholarship or academy appointment; you're now in the company of thousands of others with outstanding grades, class rank, act/sat scores, etc... I want to know: "WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE YOU". I even ask that question. Most people applying are all in the same area of academics and achievements. "Why Should I pick you"?

    Anyway; just trying to help you put the interview into a perspective that goes outside of accomplishments and achievements. More inline with determining WHO the person is, instead of WHAT they have accomplished. Best of luck. Mike....
     

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