Discussion in 'ROTC' started by army25, Sep 29, 2013.
I am hoping to have my interview this week. What types of questions should I expect?
There's been like 100 of this question in the last month or so haha! Use the Search function and check my threads I started on my profile, my interview advice thread had some good info in it.
Best of luck! Where are you interviewing?
DD's interview was a little bit different. The PMS said, "Instead of me asking you questions, I want you to ask me questions." Luckily this did not throw her off. When she had been in there for 45 minutes, the ROO came over and said, "That's a good sign that she's been in there this long. One kid came out after only being in there for about 3 minutes. Not good!"
Mine lasted maybe an hour to an hour and a half. We actually had a pretty awesome conversation and he called my mom in to ask questions at the end as well!
Yea, I assume the conversation went like this, "No, Sir. I really don't have any questions for you. I've done a lot of research about ROTC on the "Service Academy Forums" and I'm squared away! Are you sure you don't want to ask me anything about my ECs, tests or anything else that I have in my applications file?"
I did find it interesting, though, that the PMS seemed to have access to the full application and all details regarding it. I had thought somebody had posted earlier that they have limited access to and that is why they wanted the candidates to bring in copies of various different items. This PMS did require that the PFT be completed prior to the interview and to bring the test scores with.
I agree with Strength use the search function. Also look at the nom and SA threads regarding their questions.
Honestly, if you have a specific question that is one thing.
I.E. Will you still attend this college with no scholarship?
We get it, but what to expect is like asking what is the best gift to give our kids for their birthday?
It is unique to each child.
If you want an answer on what they will ask, than here it is:
They will ask everything from why this branch, your career goals. to what books you read, what music you listen to, to do you think sequestration hurt the military? Heck they may ask what route you took to get there?
In short there is no way you can truly prepare because every interview is unique. As an example he interviewed with MOC committees(12 person panels) , his CoC and his ALO. They all had their own questions to sort out what they wanted to know regarding him.
I'm not sure about how well trained various military leaders are in interview skills. But in the civillian world the accepted best practices include behavioral-based interviewing.
In a nutshell, that's asking about a past situation/episode/project/experience that will predict future preformance. For example: "Tell me about a time when you had to..."
I'm sharing this because one way to "prepare" for your interviews, is to think about stories that you can share that demonstrate various qualities you bring to the table.
Good luck and be yourself.
I'm not sure how well versed various military leaders are in interview skills (as they do far less of it than a civillian leader). But in the civillian world the accepted best practices include behavioral-based interviewing.
In a nutshell, that's asking about a past situation/episode/project/experience that will predict future preformance. For example... "Tell me about a time when you had to..."
I'm sharing this because one way to "prepare" for your interviews is to think about stories that you can share that highlight the various qualities you bring to the table.
Good luck and be yourself.
If there is any one particular question I would advise you to have an answer to, it would be to the above stated. This was exactly one of the questions I was asked during my interviews, and it was also a question that came up when my family/relatives helped me "study up" on.
If you could do anything differently in your past, what would it be and why?
Everyone makes a bad decision in life, if you could change a bad decision in your life, what would it be and why?
How do you feel that *** has prepared you to be a leader in the military.
These were a few DS had in his interview.
Most likely you will want to know and be able to explain clearly why you want to participate in ROTC, what you think it will do as far as personal development, what you believe you possess that would make you a good officer.
Hope this helped!
I would assume that everyone involved in this thread has already had their interview since the thread is over 3 weeks old.
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