Officer Interview

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  1. luke_715

    luke_715 Member

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    I'm not sure when, but I hope to be having my NROTC Officer Interview soon. Do you guys have any tips for it? Appearance, questions/answers, etc?
     
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    luke_715: there is a tremendous amount of good information on this subject within the forums. Recommend you conduct a search on the topic and consult previous responses.
     
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    Will do, thank you!
     
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    Lots of threads at least on blue & gold USNA interviews, search for them.
    Dress and look professional. Look and act like you want to be an officer.
    Know why you want to be a naval officer.
    Know the different Navy communities and be able to articulate which community you want and why.
    Know your resume. Know examples of how you have shown leadership.
    Know examples of when you have spoken to a large group.
    The Navy is looking for STEM type applicants. Be able to articulate your involvement in math, computers, and science both in and out of the classroom.
    What can you add that they don't already know about your physical fitness or physical activities.
    Are there any special circumstances that they should know about or that you want to highlight

    I have seen these categories and what would give max scores.
    NROTC Program Motivation: Applied to all programs but definitely wants Navy and NROTC is first choice.
    Service Over Self: Explicit in service over self - just wants to serve - May have other desires but overall, amenable to other communities - Fully career invested.
    Physical Fitness: Exceptionally fit - Top athletic condition - Superb muscle tone - Embraces a culture of fitness - Muscular, fit and trim
    Appearance/Bearing: Superb - Very mature - Dressed to impress - Sat up straight and was attentive during meeting - Conveyed great respect - Meets Navy standards of appearance already
    Communications: Exceptional - Thoughtful and clean in response - Articulated answers with ease - Maintained eye contact throughout - Conveys professionalism and confidence
    Overall Suitability for NROTC Program - Great potential to excel as a midshipman/officer - Highest recommendation - Of all applicants interviewed - Top 20%

    Most importantly, be yourself.
    After your interview, post back and let us know what you learnt.
     
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    My interview is today. Wish me luck.
     
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    Good luck!

    My two cents is when listening to a question, concentrate on "listening to understand," rather than "listening to respond/refute." Understand what's being asked, then let your well-prepared brain deliver an articulate and full response.
     
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  7. luke_715

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    Thank you!
     
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    This is great advise for interviews in general.

    I will add that last year my son had seven interviews total; one each for USMA, USNA, and USAFA liaison officers, one for AROTC, and one each for his three MOC interviews, and for each interview we practiced with him. He had a long list of questions that he made up from various sources, and we challenged him as much as possible. He really got to be very good over the course of the summer, and got more and more comfortable. He felt good after each interview. Must have worked well.

    Practice makes perfect.
     
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    Record your practice interviews; then as you watch yourself, concentrate on your posture, body language, hear the emms, and ahhhs, while answering, etc. You will see yourself as others see you. Good Luck!
     
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    The interview went fine. It was about 45-50 minutes long and was more laid back then I expected. The LT went over my application then asked me some questions. I sat straight, looked him in the eye, addressed him as sir, spoke clearly.
     
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