Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by luckydoggy1234, Aug 16, 2015.
Just curious what I should bring to the interview with my BGO
I did my BGO interview at the end of July at I brought a pencil and a notebook just in case I needed to take notes and a copy of my resume/ achievements. Nothing too big. The BGO interview is more so to make sure that the Naval Academy is the right place for you and that you have some common knowledge of it.
First of all think of the interview as you would a job interview.
Dress well. Men coat and tie is appropriate or dress shirt and a sport coat. Ladies dress or skirt or a business pants suit ensemble.
Write down some notes or talking points or questions you may have about the process or about the Academy.
As far as the interview itself, the BGO will guide you through the interview and will be asking a series of questions about you the candidate. It's nothing hard or unusual. To prepare for the interview itself I usually ask my candidates to send me a resume and their personal statement. These provide additional background and discussions during the interview. Hope that helps.
Completely agree with MIDNDAD. Having a resume ahead of time is good (and preferred), but even having it at the interview is helpful. As stated in a prior thread, one of the main reasons we do the interview is to fill the "cracks" of the online application (i.e. important information that would not otherwise would have been known). When a resume is provided, it helps BGOs to ask specific questions about the activities (not to try and trip/confuse the candidate) so that the relevant information is discovered and potentially provided in the write-up to Admissions.
wait, my interview is tmrw and I don't have a resume yet!! should i be concerned and rush it tonight??
It isn't required...but I would be able to talk to your activities.
If you don't own/can't afford a suit don't sweat it. Presentation is what matters more (clean, tucked in, good communication skills, etc). Resumes are really helpful but if you don't have a formal one try to write/type/email the activities that don't appear on the candidate activities (leadership seminars, all conference sports, etc). This is your one opportunity to get additional info to the admissions board outside of the max word essay and bubble-in activities. If you forget to add 10th grade whatever (or it doesn't come up) email your BGO the info and a description ASAP. I tell candidates I will do an immediate rough draft of the interview then I give them a few days to reflect on the interview and if they think of additional information to please send it along. I do not share the write up with them. Sometimes things get left out without a resume road map so try to at least jot down for your own use a list of things you've been involved in so you can make sure these things are discussed.
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