ROTC Interview

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  1. LFry94

    LFry94 USAFA C1C '17

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    Just a couple quick questions about my AFROTC interview if anyone is willing to take a look.

    1. In my interview, is mentioning the fact that I am a SA applicant a big no-no, or is it recommended?

    2. Who usually gives ROTC interviews?

    3. Is this interview going to have the same feel as your typical MOC interview, or will it be a litter tougher?

    Any other suggestions? Just working on getting plan B in order... :smile:
     
  2. robinhood17

    robinhood17 USMA Cadet

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    Hi. Let's see if I can help.
    1. I did, but I would take that advice with a grain of salt. My afrotc interviewer was a usafa grad...so after I saw the ring I mentioned it. Get a feel for how they are. I would assume most would be supportive.

    2. Usually the ROTC commander at the school. Sometimes senior cadre will sit in to answer questions or ask them.

    3. To me: way easier. My moc interview was 12 service academy graduates...I actually had a lot of fun. I interviewed at my top school (ucla) and had the chance to talk to an academy graduate, workout with some cadre, see the campus and ask questions. All in all remember that the school you interview at is going to want you to pick them of you get a scholarship offer,so generally it will be "laid back" in terms of interviews.

    I think what helped me the most was knowing the general subjects I wanted to cover. Even though in your case ROTC is a back up to an academy, I would advise emphasizing your respect, and gratefulness for any offer. :)

    I received an afrotc scholarship in December, if you need any help, pm me!
     
  3. pv123

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    My daughter had her interview for ROTC HSSP last summer taken by a captain in the local cadre det unit.
    Here is a question that stumped my daughter (even though she ended up with a type 1):

    --"Explain a situation where minorities and diversity was a factor in your life"
    this was perplexing for my daughter since she grew up in a small private school with no minorities.

    -- never show up to the interview without your resume in hand.

    --Don't answer in cliches to questions like "why do you want to serve". Find unique ways to answer those generic questions that make you stand out from the rest.
     
  4. LFry94

    LFry94 USAFA C1C '17

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    I'll certainly let you know if I have any more questions Stephanie. Thank you for your insight!

    Thanks for the info. I've been told not to take my resume by some, and to take it by others. I'm not sure how big of a difference it really makes since they have it already. :confused:
     
  5. crair70

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    Can't imagine that bringing a resume would be viewed as negative in any way. My DS brought a copy to nomination interviews as well as afrotc and NROTC interviews and " offered " it to them explaining it had been updated since his application was submitted. For all interviews it gave them something to go off of when interviewing him. I would update it, bring a copy and offer it... They can always say no thanks!
     
  6. LFry94

    LFry94 USAFA C1C '17

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    I see the point you make and I kind of agree. The only reason I'm hesitant is because, during my first MOC interview, the board frowned at me when they saw a folder with my resume in my hands. I got the feeling that they thought I needed the resume myself to answer their questions. I didn't take my resume to my other two interviews afterwards, and those interviews went much smoother.

    Way smoother, actually. :smile:
     
  7. pv123

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    well, It was a huge deal when it came to my daughters interview. The email she got from HSSP instructed her to bring a resume to the scheduled interview. We know many Det commanders and asked advice for her prior to the interview. Two AFROTC Det commanders joked about how when a kid comes to the interview without the resume that was instructed to them, they give the kid a zero point! This is advice over this past summer by experienced Det commanders. In fact, for my daughters interview that was the first thing they asked for.. the resume.
     
  8. LFry94

    LFry94 USAFA C1C '17

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    I think you've given me enough incentive to take it. :smile: Thanks.
     
  9. Pima

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    The reason to take a resume with you IMPO is because it should be up to date with current info, info that when you submitted your AFROTC HSSP packet was not available.

    AFROTC only takes through the end of your JR yr in HS. Hopefully you have added a few things in leadership, sports and ECs on since last June.

    If you are concerned that it may be seen as a negative, be on the offense. Enter with it, and just clearly state:

    I know AFROTC only considers through my jr. yr, but I would like to supply you with an updated resume on what I have accomplished so far my Sr yr.

    This illustrates 2 things.
    1. You know what AFROTC uses in selection process.
    2. You still continue to strive and are not slacking off, even though it won't count for you.


    I would say as an AFA candidate, you may want to discuss this with your ALO. Chances are the ALO knows the AFROTC interviewer and can give you much more insight on how to hit this out of the ball park with them, than anyone here on this forum.

    You have been given lots of great info on how to approach this, but as an AFA candidate you have an ALO, and that L in ALO stands for Liaison. They typically have yrs of experience working with AFA applicants like you, because the majority that apply for SA's will apply for ROTC scholarships.

    Talk to them, they have a much broader pool of what is being looked at than any of us on this board. If you are applying for an AFROTC scholarship 10 will get you 20 95% of his other AFA candidates are also.
     
  10. dunninla

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    I think by this time you've already decided to take your resume, but let me add something to benefit others.

    In the business world, attending an interview without a resume is considered unprofessional, even if it has been forwarded in advance. I will add that even in a simple introductory Sales call in business, having a written Agenda shows professionalism and attention to detail.

    You can never be overprepared. Tell the PMS you've prepared an updated resume, take it out of your folder, and if he/she says that isn't necessary, you can always put it away.
     
  11. becksgirl

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    The copy you bring is forwarded up to headquarters with your package. I'd suggest bringing it.
     

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