Interesting Interview Questions

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  1. gocubsgo

    gocubsgo Member

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    Would anyone like to share some interesting interview questions they have had either in the nomination process or with the SA Liaison?
     
  2. Pima

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    Liaison questions will vary candidate to candidate and Liaison to Liaison.

    Some are very laid back, some are more in depth. The most important thing to remember as a candidate that what they are trying to do 1st and foremost is assisting you in your attempt to get an apptmt.

    They are your partner in this process. They may ask questions to find your strengths and weaknesses so they will be able to fix the weakness while highlighting your strength.

    Be open with them, do not hide anything because the facts will come out sooner or later, and you don't want to get behind the 8 ball because you hid things to make a better impression.

    They all know you are a kid still. The same is true for the MOC board. They know you will be nervous, and accept that fact. The faster you realize this the more at ease you will be, and that will translate into a strong interview.

    Just like liaison interviews, MOC interviews will also vary MOC to MOC.

    Questions can be anything from the last book you read that was not assigned in class to what in your opinion is the most important asset in the military.

    The latter is a loaded question...think about it, most candidates will say a specific piece of hardware. However, is that really the most important asset? Are they interviewing Lockheed for a new piece of hardware to use in the military as an asset or a PERSON to be utilized in the military?

    Interview rule number 1...answer the questions for the job you are currently applying for now, not the one 2 steps down the road. You may have long term goals, and it is good to illustrate them, but to a point. I.E. you are not applying for a pilot slot, that is your long term goal. Your short term goal is being the best cadet at the SA, hence in this situation the asset is personnel and the training you will receive, regardless of becoming a pilot, your true goal is to be an Officer via an SA education.
     
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  3. Dolphins2012

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    I can't emphasize enough reviewing the Sticky posts on BGO interviews for potential questions. My DS prepared answers to those and practiced. He got very positive feedback from the BGO at the end, thought he had anticipated every question but one, and, for what it's worth, he received an LOA in August.

    Some forum members caution against practice interviewing and canned answers. I disagree, depending on what you call a "canned answer." Thinking about and practicing answers ensures you remember points you really think but might forget when nervous and on the spot. It also allows you to more articulately state your responses, especially thoughts that are still new to you. "Would you accept a NAPS appointment?", or "What service selections are you considering? Why?" "Why aren't you applying to the Merchant Marine Academy?" You're not weird if you're 16 or 17 and haven't boiled these down to precision thoughts yet, and it's probably better than you don't say, "Ummm, geez, I don't know, never thought of that." Obviously, don't be a robot with a memorized answer. But thinking about and refining your responses in your mind prior to the interview will be extremely helpful.
     
  4. Pima

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    Our child was the exact opposite of Dolphins2012.

    Bullet and I did not make a big deal at all for liaison or MOC interview. It was this is the life for this path. ~~~ We did not ping him with questions, we did not make a big deal about his attire.

    He listened to his Ipod for the entire ride, @ 2 1/2 hrs away,

    OBTW he got all 3 MOC noms.

    I am NOT saying Dolphin is better than our approach. I am not saying our approach was better than Dolphin.

    I am saying "DON'T WRAP YOURSELF UP IN USING EXPERIENCE FROM OTHERS AS YOUR DIRECTION"

    Be you!

    You will shine.

    At the end of the day, 4 yrs from now it is still about you.

    It will be you at night during BCT in the field that will make or break you.

    ~~~ The assistance for questions will not help you at the SA when you have been cut off from everyone for weeks.
     
  5. neugs

    neugs USNA 2015 Appointee

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    If you could buy any car, what would you buy and who would you take with you on your first car ride? (BUY AMERICAN!!)
     
  6. Pima

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    That is a very interesting question, and one I never heard of before.

    I wonder how many kids will say a hummer, pick up truck and/or sports car.
     

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