Nomination Interviews

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  1. Commander_Tyler

    Commander_Tyler Member

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    I have a nomination interview in two weeks and I was curious to what questions they ask and how to prepare for them. All help is appreciated. Thanks guys!


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  2. mom3boys

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    Here's the one DS disliked the most: We have many excellent candidates here today to interview. What makes you stand out as being more worthy of the nomination?
     
  3. USNAco2019hopeful

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    Had the same question asked to me today at the MoC interviews for my Senators for USNA. I had an answer ready but was definitely the "hardest" one asked. Talked about that I truly fit the "whole person" in which the academies are looking due to my wide range of activities (on thursdays alone, i have school, then track, then a BSA meeting, then a 4 hour EMT shift).
     
  4. MiddyB

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    Why do you want to go to USNA?

    If USNA doesn't work out, what is plan B?

    How do you feel about killing other human beings?

    Say you were off the coast of some foreign country. There is a compound that contains nuclear armaments and you're ordered to destroy that compound, but there are civilians in the compound that cannot be evacuated. What do you do?

    What doesn't your application show us?

    These are some questions I've encountered. They'll also probably ask you to elaborate on something in your essay or activity listed in your application. I've also encountered in about half of my interviews someone on the panel trying to throw me off. It happens if you've only applied to one service academy and/or talk about one particular branch. Example, why this academy and not this one, or why this service when you can do practically the same thing in this service, or I've even had someone ask since I wanted Marine Corps if I'd chose Surface, Subs, etc. upon graduation, which are Navy only options. They do this not because they're interested in your answer but to throw you off and see how you react. ALWAYS stick to your guns on these questions. Think through your answers before giving them, even if it takes a moment. Always better to take a second to think of a good response than to answer immediately and it be a bad response.


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  5. USNAco2019hopeful

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    MiddyB also summed up a lot of the questions
     
  6. civic29

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    What are they looking from in the "tough" questions.
    Mine asked me if you has to destroy an insurgent hideout where they had chemical weapons about to be unleashed , but the compound had civilians that would die, what would you do?"
    I answered something along the lines of a life is the same no matter who it is. If you were to minimize civilian deaths as compared to what they were about to unleash 5 civilian deaths is smaller than 1000. I went on to say. 5 heartbroken families is horrific, but 1000 is devastating and could impact the lives of many more.


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