BGO Interview

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  1. gonavy2015

    gonavy2015 Member

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    My DS has a BGO interview scheduled at our home. Is it appropriate for parents to be home for introductions and then leave or to not be around at all?
    Thanks for any insight.
     
  2. Pachrian

    Pachrian Parent

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    Your son's BGO didn't say anything? My son's old him in advance how he usually conducts the visit and so my husband and I were there to greet him, chat with him for a few minutes and watch the DVD he brought along. Then we talked a bit more and excused ourselves. The BGO talked with my son for over 2 hours (he said it would be about 45 minutes) and we were finally let out of our bedroom :eek: to have a final talk.
     
  3. goldfarb1

    goldfarb1 Candidate

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    Have mine in 30 minutes! I'll be getting the door. If/when he asks to speak to my parents I'll go grab them.
     
  4. KveTina

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    Mine wanted to have the interview when my mom was present. What happened was he took the first half hour or so to show us a video about the academy and try to answer any questions she might have had.

    After that, he let my mom know that she had a choice of whether or not she wanted to stay for the rest of the interview. He also let us know it was preferable that she did not stay, since the rest of the interview was just going to be focused on me.

    I think it would be better if your parents were there for introductions at least. That's just in my opinion though :)

    Good luck on your interviews, gonavy15 and goldfarb!!!!
     
  5. FutureNavyPilot

    FutureNavyPilot Fearless

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    My BGO interview is scheduled for next Monday. My BGO requested both parents be present if possible, but to stay for only the first 30 minutes and then to talk with me solely. He did mention that he rather the parents stay in close vicinity, in or around the house, as he is a stranger coming into our home, and he wants all of us to feel safe, one of the USNA's policies he mentioned. Good luck! :)
     
  6. 1964BGO

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    Each BGO is free to develop his/her own interview procedure. Personally, I prefer to have the parents present for the first segment so we can discuss the admissions process, field questions, show the video if the candidate or the parents haven't seen it already, etc. Then I request the parents provide the candidate and me a quiet place to do the interview in private. At first I did interviews with parents present, but it became obvious that some candidates were hedging their responses to my questions. They were reading their parents' body language and gestures. The content of the interview is controlled by USNA to a large extent. Best wishes to those of you with interviews coming up in the near future. Generally they aren't contentious so don't get too freaked.
     
  7. MomoftheMagik

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    goldfarb1, how did that interview go? Class of 2015 Hopefuls, keep us posted on your progress! We are rooting for you!

    Class of 2014 Mom
     
  8. goldfarb1

    goldfarb1 Candidate

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    Went great! Started off with about 30 minutes where he answered questions/gave info to my parents. I was most looking forward to this, as I want to get my parents 100% on board (no pun intended). Seems as if he did a good job. The BGO was on a nuke sub during the cold war, so it was awesome to hear the stories. The whole thing took 2 hours. Very little of it was actually Q&A between me and him, much more conversational. Main points we talked about were post-military careers, his military career, foundation/NAPS route, life at USNA, and the sailing team.
     
  9. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    ^^^^

    BGO interviews are not to be feared. Most candidates find they are somewhere between tolerable and enjoyable. Most (not all) BGOs have a lot of great info to impart. While some of it re USNA may be dated ("in my day . . . "), the basic principles of USNA and the military change little.
     

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