Interview

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  1. EagleScout13

    EagleScout13 USMA Class of 2017

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    I have my file completely finished except I am wondering if we need to have an interview with our MALO or FFR? I had a cadet interview at SLS and I am wondering if that means I don't need to have one.
     
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    My Regional Commander told me that since I had an evaluation by my squad leader at SLS that I do not need an FFR/MALO interview.
     
  3. kfacademy

    kfacademy USMA Appointee 2017

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    I don't mean to take over your post, but what about those of us who did not attend SLS? Anyone know when the interviews typically are? And do we make "first contact" :shake: or does the MALO? Thanks!
     
  4. BigNick

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    I am one of two members of the Field Force in my Congressional District. We both do the official West Point interviews in this District. To date each of us have done 10+ interviews in the last month. In this district we have about 50 candidates for two slots. If you went to SLS and got an interview there, you do not need to get an additional interview by the Field Force. If you have not been contacted by a Field Force person you should look in your portal (they are listed there for your District) and contact your local Field Force Rep.

    The interview is very important. It is considered a critical event in the admissions process. Do not arrive in jeans and a T-Shirt. Be well groomed. Be prepared to show the Field Force person all the information that makes you a good candidate (class standing, grades, leadership positions, SAT/ACT scores, activities, etc.).

    Be positive and be able to show that you REALLY WANT to go to West Point and be able to sincerely answer the question "Why do you want to go to West Point".

    Be 15 minutes early - do NOT arrive late. Look the interviewer in the eyes (friendly expression) and shake hands firmly. Be prepared to ask questions to show you have researched West Point. Relax. The interviewer is not trying to trick you but to help you.
     
  5. kfacademy

    kfacademy USMA Appointee 2017

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    Thanks Big Nick for the great tips! Do you know if the entire packet must be completed in order to do the interview? I am waiting on one teacher evaluation, the employer evaluation, and the CFA.
     
  6. BigNick

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    In my District we interview all candidates early in the process - well before the file is completed. This might and probably is different in other Districts. Check with your local FF Rep.
     
  7. Dixieland

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    This was my cadet's experience. His MALO interviewed him in our home in July---a few weeks later cadet finished his application and sent everything off.
     
  8. Opallady

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    In my DS's case: file was complete and he requested the authorization to do a CFA redo after he talked with an admissions officer during a visit to USMA. He was called for the interview a couple days after improving his CFA score in the dreaded basketball throw. While he had the nomination from the congressman's list, he did not know how that slate was presented. I suspect it was an unranked slate because I later met a young man who was offered both USMA and USAFA from that congressman's office. Happy am I that that young man chose AF! A week after the interview, the NWL letter arrived. DS was disappointed that it wasn't an appointment and continued to pursue plans B, C, D, and E. Four weeks later, the Big Fat Envelope arrived!
     

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