Blue and Gold Officer Interview

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  1. USMAalltheway

    USMAalltheway Member

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    Hey! Tomorrow I have a B&G officer interview. He's doing it at my house which I must say unnerves me a bit. Why do B&G officer's come to people's houses if the interview is only a short period, isnt it? Is there anything I should prepare for? What kind of questions would a Blue and Gold officer ask? This might sound stupid but, I should dress nice right-like a suit and dress pants and a tie? Thanks, and despite my profile name, I do want to attend the Naval Academy if I have the opportunity to, just as bad as the MA. Thanks.

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  2. EWNordy248

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    Relax for the BG officer interview! The purpose is to get to know you as a person... that being said (and since it is at your house), be YOURSELF. Dress comfortably... even though the interview is important, it does not necessarily require a suit. When I had mine, I just wore a polo...
    My BG officer asked a lot of the questions from the form that they fill out (quesions about my academics, how I prepare for school, what I do in and out of school...) And then, of course, if I have any questions. Since the BG officer is a graduate of USNA, you should have a number of questions to ask!

    My BG officer told me that his role was not to tell the Academy "NO" but rather to tell them more about each candidate that the Admissions Office cannot gather from an application. Relax and be yourself, and everything should go great!

    Good Luck!
     
  3. RascalFlatts5858

    RascalFlatts5858 Candidate

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    Just to clarify the BGO is not neccessarily a USNA grad. Mine wasn't. Dress nice, but not over the top. I wore a skirt and nice shirt. My BGO introduced herself, asked me questions about school and stuff, and then showed a video on the Naval Academy to my parents and myself. Then she sat down with just myself, no parents, and asked questions such as why I wanted to go to the academy, if I would take prep school, describe a time I failed and what I did after that failure. Don't stress, they just want to get to know you more. I'd say it took about an hour or so. She also asked if I had any questions or if my parents had any questions. It could be different for everyone, but that was my experience. Hope this helps!

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  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Many BGOs conduct interviews in the candidate's home. Don't worry, they're not conducting inspection.:smile: However, it makes it easier to speak to your parent(s) and answer any questions he/she/they may have.

    Here's how to plan:

    (1) Dress appropriately -- slacks and a collared shirt/sweater and shoes are fine. Nice jeans if that's the norm where you live. No sweats, shorts or bare feet. If it's your custom not to wear shoes in the home, well . . . consider doing it for the interview or at least wear nice socks.

    (2) Decide the room in which you want to meet -- it's up to you. Living/dining/family room are all ok. You COULD offer water -- you do NOT need to. No need to offer food. Keep your dogs, cats, and tiny siblings away.

    (3) See if your parents want to meet the BGO. If they do, they should do so at the beginning and/or end of the interview. Whatever they wear (provided it's decent) is fine -- they're not being interviewed. They should DEFINITELY excuse themselves if they are there at the beginning. The BGO wants to talk to you alone for at least part of the time. But if they have questions or concerns, this is the time to ask.

    (4) As for questions -- it's up to the individual BGO. There is no script but there are general topics we're supposed to cover -- do you understand the honor concept, plebe summer, limited majors, etc. It's a conversation, not an inquisition.

    (5) My personal view -- and it's only that -- is that it's nice to provide the BGO a copy of your "resume" (activities) and maybe your USNA essay. We do NOT have access to either and it helps us to remember you. Again, not a requirement but good to do if you can.

    Good luck.
     
  5. harmi

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    B/G Interview

    My sons interview was conducted via telephone due to BG time restraints. When he was done with my son, I was able to ask him questions...he was very informative, ever since, we have been in contact with him via eMail...nice guy...son really connected with him and his advice! His advice was very good, as my son has recieved 2 Nominations thus far...Good Luck!!
     
  6. bulldog31

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    USMAalltheway

    So how did your BGO interview go? I wonder if the same person did mine. We met at Starbucks not my house. I did not know you applied USNA, did you get a nom from Congressman Mica for there also? Have you heard from Senator Nelson?
     
  7. nsiderbam

    nsiderbam USNA c/o '14

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    My BGO interviewed me at my house, whereas my AFLO met me at a public library in a private room to interview me. Both went really well, and I'd say that it really doesn't make that big of a difference where the interview is (as long as you keep the kids upstairs!! haha). In fact, I'd say interviewing in my home with my parents present - at her request - made me even more comfortable.

    I dressed casually, nice jeans and a red polo, and didn't feel uncomfortable at all. Yes, it's an important interview, and don't like you just woke up or just got back from a sweaty sports practice, but you don't have to dress to extremes. Just look nice.
     

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