MOC interviews

Discussion in 'Nominations' started by bulldog31, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. bulldog31

    bulldog31 Member

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    Today is the first of 3 interviews. I am nervous but very excited. Good luck to everyone who also has scheduled interviews!
     
  2. jscam87

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    Good Luck!
     
  3. harmi

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    Good Luck Bulldog...keep your cool and think a moment before you answer...all will be well...my son completed his first one last Saturday...stayed calm...felt it went well...remember, they are not trying to trip you up...just trying to put a face to the info...I am sure it will go well!!:thumb:
     
  4. cjs

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    My son had his first one last Thursday and is on in the middle of the 2 hour drive for his 2nd one right now. Tomorrow is the last one which is 2 1/2 hours away.

    My son said that they were all very friendly and asked various questions the other day. They even asked if he had a girlfriend and if she would call him him in the middle of the night to come back home.

    Good luck. I know it's got to be very intimidating, but you've gotten to the interview stage which is wonderful and worked hard so I'm sure you'll do just fine.
     
  5. bulldog31

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    One down, two to go. Wasn't so bad.
    CJS, are you in Florida?
     
  6. Pima

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    Good luck to all of you...just realize when you walk in they are not there to "getcha"...they all realize that you are young and that you will be nervous. The minute you realize they are on your side, the more confident you will feel.

    For parents driving them...the last words to say to them before they enter the room is:
    NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!

    Also as difficult as it seems don't test them or ask questions that the committee might ask, keep it real...if you have XM put on the comedy channel on the drive. If not talk about sports...i.e Can you believe that the Phillies hit A Rod 3 times, they are surely going to be playing dodgeball against the Yankeees in spring training. For girls, talk about how you just saw the best outfit for them for Thanksgiving. Divert their minds.

    For any of you who have a child like ours, if they chose to place their earbuds in and listen to the IPod and remain silent, give them that room. We all want to help them as parents, but this is the 1st of many times that you will be forced to cut the apron strings.

    When it is over...go out to eat and just unwind! If your child wants to talk about it, go for it...if not talk about the newest movie.

    Good luck all...from one military wife and a Mom, thank you for wanting to serve.
     
  7. singaporemom

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    Son had congressman interview today, About 1 hr drive, 945am appt. From there, he had to get to football state playoffs so I drove him. Of course we got lost....mapquest directions were not very good, but arrived just on time. I stayed in the parking lot. The 945am interview had many kids scheduled. Son was escorted into a large room with many tables set up. His table had 3 men: One USNA grad, one Navy Officer, and one other gentlemen...can't remember who. His escort teased him that he was giving him the hardest table...

    Head person explained to son that they knew this was a nerve wracking process. Explained the process abit and then asked son why USNA? son was able to give a good explanation, quite lengthy, adding in a few key bits about his background. They looked over his resume and actually told him it was excellent, one of the best they had seen. if they did that to give him confidence...it worked! But son does have a very interesting and diverse resume. (alot of overseas living and experiences)

    They talked about items on his resume, he updated them on a few things that had changed, improved, etc.

    a couple of biggie questions were: have you ever had to ask people to change their behavior...something like that
    and, What do you want to do with your life?

    Overall, son thought it went very well. Nervous at first, but they made him very much at ease. Even when he checked in, the academy coordinator asked him a personal question that made him realize she knew who he was.

    I was nervous watching the other kids and their parents go in....since I stayed in the car..should I have stayed?? I think it was right to stay in the parking lot and let son walk in alone and without me as a crutch.

    should he have worn a suit? or jrotc uniform? Yikes he was in dress pants and a button down shirt, nice shoes. Kids were in suits, others had full jrotc gear with a whole jacket full of awards and medals. Asked son what he thought of that, he said that the interviewers were wearing the same as him and that it was about him as a person, not the show.

    okay then....70 minutes after we parked, we were off to the football game.
    ....we won! great day!
     
  8. harmi

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    Good luck to your son Singapore mom...my son finished his last interview yesterday, feels it went well...funny the scope of questions he was asked, from the 1st interview till the last...no two questions were alike...let's hope for the best for our kids...he is done with all of the interviews, has done the best he can- and now we SERIOUSLY wait! Wait, Wait, Wait!:redface:
     
  9. singaporemom

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    It's fun to read about the different experiences. Especially knowing that we are all just as nervous!
     
  10. mom3boys

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    This wait will seem like nothing compared to the wait next summer for the first letter from beast!

    Best of luck to all!
    :thumb:
     
  11. GoNavyMom

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    Or the first phone call during Plebe Summer

    GoNavyMom
     
  12. bulldog31

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    Interesting question

    I finished my final MOC interview yesterday. The first two asked mostly the kind of questions or variation of the ones already posted. The question I found most interesting was "how do you feel about the Nuremberg trials?"
     
  13. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    ^^^^^

    Actually, I'm surprised that they expect candidates to be familiar with the Nuremburg trials. After all, they occurred almost 65 years ago and I would be doubly surprised if they are taught in h.s. today. Too busy teaching about Marilyn Monroe. :smile:

    However, this proves what I and others have said . . . it's almost impossible to predict what MOC nom committees will ask.

    As for this question . . . I wouldn't be shocked if a candidate said he/she wasn't familiar with the specifics of the trials. If you don't know the background of a question, you're better off admitting it than guessing
     
  14. flieger83

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    Eh, my Senator's board (waaaaay back in 1978) asked me: "So...what is your opinion of corn growers receiving government subsidies to NOT grow corn?"

    I'm NOT kidding, I was really asked this!!

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  15. jennyp

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    Too funny, Steve! Were you interviewing from the midwest?:shake:
     
  16. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Nope, I was in Tallahassee, Florida (I am originally from Jupiter, FL)!

    It was a total surprise!

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83

    FYI... I chair my MoC board and I do NOT ask those type questions!
     
  17. klvivian

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    Son just finished the Representatives interview Saturday. He made note of three questions asked:

    would you be able to kill someone
    what was the most physically challenging thing that you have done
    would you be able to handle leading airmen in the field

    Also - the two Texas Senators do not interview - so I hope that they all talk amongst themselves and nominate the right kids.

    As a Mom - I am so proud just to have him attempt this process. As a teen - I would have said -"Heck NO! This is too hard." But he is doing it - and if all else fails - I am so proud of my future Air Force Airman. He rocks!
     
  18. Knarf

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    My daughter had her congressman & senator interviews this past Saturday. The questions she thought interesting...

    1. If you discovered a friend were cheating or done something illegal, what would you do? After her first response, they then clarified the question with "Would you be able to turn that person in?".

    2. Out of the 100s of applicants requesting a nomination, why should we select you?
     
  19. USNA1982BGO

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    ^^^
    My take would be to see if they are able to compare the Nuremberg trials to the present day trials that are to take place in NYC with the GITMO detainees and what their feeling would be. Logical reasoning.
     
  20. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    ^^^^
    Logical reasoning but I still don't know that I'd expect a h.s. student to be familiar with the specifics of the Nuremburg trials. Actually, I bet the average adult under the age of 50 probably has at best a passing familiarity with them. I agree it would be a great topic for a US History class but I doubt it's being taught today. My guess is that kds are lucky if they cover WWII at all in h.s. history, let alone the Nuremburg trials. However, I could be wrong about that.

    What I'm saying is that I understand the question and agree that it does make for an interesting debate but I'd be shocked if kids today have sufficient background to even start to address it.
     

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