Attire for Officer Interview

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  1. NYxJon93

    NYxJon93 Member

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    I wondering what should i wear to my officer interview? My officer interview is next week.
     
  2. averx615

    averx615 Candidate

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    What it for? jw. When I met with the CO of my unit, I wore nice pants, loafers, and a long sleeved shirt and tie. Mom recommended a red one because it projected power? My NavSci teacher looked me over and said it was perfect for that occasion. If ud feel better you could add a sport coat.

    Good luck!
     
  3. NYxJon93

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    It's for the 2011 NROTC Scholarship App
     
  4. aglages

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    Depends on whether you're a girl or guy.:wink:

    My daughter wore a navy skirt (NOT short), white blouse and flat heeled black dress shoes. Minimum make-up and earrings. No perfume.

    My son is planning on wearing a navy blue suit with white shirt, conservative (Ronald Reagan) striped tie and well polished black dress shoes. He will also be recently barbered and shaved. No cologne.

    If you don't have a suit (or prefer not to wear one), I think any fresh pressed pair of dress pants and long sleeve dress shirt with tie would be just as good as a suit.

    Good luck with your interview.:thumb:
     
  5. GAMCJROTCMOM

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    If you are in a high school ROTC program they recommend you wear your dress blues. (or dress whatevers depending on branch). That's what they told my daughter to wear. Otherwise, the suggestions above sound very impressive.
     
  6. LarryTheCorndog

    LarryTheCorndog New Member

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    I was told by other interviewees NOT to wear my JROTC blues. I wore a nice button down shirt and blue jeans. You dont want to seem overly formal, but you want them to know your serious. Remember, its not how you look, its whats on your resume.
     
  7. GAMCJROTCMOM

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    True enough, Larry! It was the recruiter that did the interview that told her to wear the blues. Maybe it's different depending on where you are.

    Good luck to you no matter what you wear.
     
  8. The OC Josh

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    I wore a suit and tie. I figured I'd rather over dress. I ended up impressing the interviewing officer.
    One note, make sure to take PT clothes in the car. Sometimes the PMS will want you to take the Physical test with the unit.
    It's always good to be prepared!
     
  9. aglages

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    I agree with half of this. While what's on your resume may be the most important factors to the scholarship board, how you present yourself (including your attire) is VERY important to the person doing your interview. Remember s/he does not evaluate your grades/stats/ECs, that is done elsewhere. IMHO their job is to evaluate the things the NAVY can't "see" on your application.
     
  10. LarryTheCorndog

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    True, but what I meant was if you decide to or not to wear a tie, it will have no bearing on scholarship qualification. However, you should conduct yourself with the utmost professionalism.
     
  11. awhin3

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    I wore khaki pants, a navy blue sweater, and a nice pair of brown shoes. Don't worry about it too much, I can understand the old saying "a man is made by his clothes" but 30 seconds into the interview its not going to matter. Obviously, I'm not implying that you should wear sweatpants and a t shirt, but you know what I mean.
     
  12. commanderajb

    commanderajb PC ROTC

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    Honestly I do not believe it matters as long as you are presentable and do not look like someone who sleeps on the street. While a shirt and tie and formal attire are nice, you should dress your self. Be conservative.

    I went in with Kaki pants, a blue collared shirt (tucked in) and that was enough.

    The biggest thing I would suggest is that you introduce yourself by offering your hand 1st and don't give a wimpy handshake, make it nice and firm. Look him/her in the eye with confidence.

    Don't be afraid and you will be fine.

    OH and I have talked with several interviewers, KNOW what you want. Don't go in there saying 'I dunno'. Do your research on the Navy and what it offers to its officers. Know what course you want (such as surface warfare) and if you are not sure, just lay something on the table.

    One last thing, if your interviewer is an officer, make sure you address him/her as sir/ma'am.
     
  13. awhin3

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    Yes!! These are things that are more important than your attire. Offer your hand first, and give a firm handshake without crushing his knuckles. Also, don't sit until he/she offers you a seat. Don't go in the office and plop down on the couch. Maintain eye contact as much as you can. Sit with good posture, and listen inventively to everything said/asked.
     
  14. aglages

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    There are many things more important than attire. However this thread topic WAS "Attire for Officer Interview".
     
  15. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet

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    I wore a dark gray suit with a white shirt and striped red tie to my AROTC interview. They took a picture of me afterwards. You want to look professional, however if you don't have a suit I'm sure an ironed dress shirt and slacks with a tie and dress shoes would be fine.
     
  16. Carbarrister

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    My son interviewed by a Master Chief who came to our house. He wore khaki pants and a polo shirt. He followed the above advice. I heard a bit of the interview from the second floor. Note to parents: it is your son or daughters interview - not yours.
     

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