Interview

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  1. Runningman18

    Runningman18 Member

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    Getting ready for my ALO interview what should I expect? Is there anything I can do to prepare?
     
  2. RickD_USAF

    RickD_USAF Air Force Veteran

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    Be honest and truthful. Integrity should be the rule, always. Some interviews only last 5 minutes, some longer. A lot depends on how many others are scheduled before/after you. Highlight yourself and why you want to serve.
     
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    I would recommend thinking of a few scenarios before hand regarding when you were a good leader, bad leader, had your integrity tested, etc. Know why you should be chosen over other candidates and why you want USAFA.
     
  4. Wishful

    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..." 5-Year Member

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    Concur with all above. Lots of old posts on interviews; try the search function for more info. Good Luck!
     
  5. GoArmy2022

    GoArmy2022 USMA 2022

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    The above advice is outstanding, but make sure you show them a good amount of your personality among the other things. Even the most serious interviewers want you to be yourself.

    Authenticity is a potent indicator of integrity and self-awareness.

    Ensure that you shake hands and introduce yourself to everybody when you walk in. Manners are always a plus.

    Good luck!
     
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  6. Vaquero

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    You definitely want to be sincere and unrehearsed; however, there is no substitute for thorough preparation for any interview. My grandson finished his ALO several weeks ago and went carefully over these two links:

    http://elliekay.com/wpress/2016/04/12/its-academy-time-usafa-usna-usma-part-2/

    http://southtexasalo.org/External Files/ALO Handbook.pdf

    The latter link is an ALO handbook that is 7 years old. The information and questions, however, are invaluable. Look particularly at pages 85-98 and especially the sample questions at pages 97, 98. Again, you do not want to appear rehearsed or spit out memorized answers. You do want to be confident and have a general awareness of the type of questions that will likely come up.

    My grandson felt very good about the ALO interview as well as both senatorial and his congressional interviews. His preparation allowed him to project confidence.
     
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  7. time2

    time2 10-Year Member

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    If this will be an online interview as several have mentioned in prior posts, I would make sure the room is free of distractions (i.e. family pets, TV or phone, small children) and install/test the required software ahead of time so you aren't bumbling during the interview with making adjustments or accidently disconnect the other party.