ALO Interview?!?!?

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  1. acho97

    acho97 Member

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    Hello!
    My ALO Interview is coming and I am freaking OUT!

    1) I was wondering if I should wear my AFJROTC uniform to the interview. I am very good with my uniform and always ace my inspections so I will be wearing it right (I promise haha) .

    2) What kind of questions do they ask other than:
    -why do you wanna go to the AFA
    -what makes you qualified
    -family information
     
  2. Socnorb

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    I personally would not wear the uniform to the interview, because it seems like you are trying too hard to make that aspect of your resume noticed. I would just wear normal interview clothes. As for the questions, it varies per Interview. Just speak from the heart. Good Luck!
     
  3. USMCGrunt

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    There are hundreds of posts on this subject on this Forum. Use the search bar to find lots of commentary on dress code suggestions and other interview topics.
     
  4. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    Acho, please, now is the time to take some control over your own future. Take USMCGrunt's advice and read up on this subject. No freaking required. Preparation mandatory.

    This mom isn't going to hold your hand until you at least do some basic research.
     
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  5. Usafamom2016

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    Don't freak out. They just want to get to know the real you.

    Be prepared to talk about yourself, a lot. Have plenty of examples and specifics. Give thoughtful answers, take your time and think about your answer first. It really is more of a conversation than a grilling you.
     
  6. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Okay...first...

    RELAX!! BREATHE!!!

    Now...first things first; the uniform, I personally wouldn't wear it. If I were your ALO I would say something like this: "Let's meet at XXXX location at YYYY time." And that's pretty much it. We work out a location and a time, and then we meet. How you dress is up to you. I have had people come in JROTC/CAP uniforms, I have had them in suits I couldn't afford to buy, slacks and shirts w/wo ties...and a few have come in shorts and t-shirts because it was about 115 degrees and we met outside in a "cafe."

    Again, this is ME....but how you dress isn't too important to me unless "you're doing it wrong." Examples? Show up in a t-shirt that has a patently offensive message on it, or clothes that you wouldn't give to another person, regardless of their economic status.

    If you're totally unsure, here's the safe bet: consider this a job interview (which it really is) and dress accordingly. You'll NEVER be wrong in nice slacks, shirt, tie, shoes; jacket optional. Have a copy or two of your resume, copies of anything that is new since your application, and anything else you believe your ALO might find interesting (regarding your candidacy) or of value.

    And relax...we ALO's are not mean nasty people...we are YOUR advocate to USAFA/RRS! While it's out job to make sure we have the best candidates, we're also there to help YOU achieve YOUR goal!!! So we have a vested interest in our success!

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  7. Usafamom2016

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    My son wore an AF polo, first thing the ALO noticed. 'Nice shirt'.
     
  8. Christcorp

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    Just like flieger stated, he leaves how they dress up to the candidate. I always went one step further. I never told the applicants what to wear, but I made it clear what I didn't want them to wear. For me, I told them that I DIDN'T want to see them in a suit, tie, JrROTC uniform, etc. for me, I wanted them as natural and comfortable as possible. I wanted to see the real them and how they acted. Not a robot with scripted answers to questions or too stiff because of how they were dressed.

    But each alo is different. If you are unsure of how to dress, contact your alo. Just because I WANTED jeans and sneakers, doesn't mean other alo's do. And fwiw. After my interview, and mind you, I've met the applicants a number of times, I do go over with them the proper way to dress, act, speak, and interview, for the nomination interviews. My interview simply had a different purpose in mind.
     
  9. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    Twin A wore khakis and a plaid summer dress shirt, no tie, "church" shoes. But, except for sports or just hanging around with the family, that's what he preferred to wear.

    Twin B wore jeans and his leather motorcycle jacket and boots, which as luck would have it, matched his ALO's because he had come to the meeting on a motorcycle!

    Ahhh, Providence.
     
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