Discussion in 'Nominations' started by buff81, Sep 23, 2010.
Any opinions about this?
Any ideas of the % of MOCs that don't interview their candidates?
I don't think I've heard of many. At least not from our state.
And some MOCs do both.
Our MOC interviewed most candidates, yet he also gave 3 nominations without interviewing those candidates at all, based on the strength of their written application(s) and the candidates receiving a LOA prior to interview scheduling.
For our DS only 1 out of 3 MOCs interviewed. However, remember that interviews are at the discretion of the MOC. For example, DS went through the process when Dole was a Sen. She didn't interview, but Burr did. She is no longer a Sen., which means you could get out of date info.
Additionally, just because the MOC has done it previously doesn't mean they will do it this yr., and conversely if they never did it, doesn't mean they won't now.
The other part of the equation is that some MOC's talk, and when given the opportunity to interview they state, if you have a nom., you will not be interviewed...in other words, they most likely will not be placing you on their slate.
My best piece of advice is not to worry about the stats of how many do or don't and look at your area in particular.
As a long time poster and a mod. I am sure you know it will start lighting up like a christmas tree when the interview letters start coming out.
PIMA is correct. It varies from state to state and MOC to MOC. And, MOCs can change their approach from year to year.
You may be able to call your MOC's SA contact person and ask him/her if the MOC will be conducting interviews. However, as Pima notes, they may interview some candidates but not others (either because they are SO outstanding an interview isn't needed or are so non-competitive that it's not worth the time).
Years ago, I did interviews for an MOC. At that time, he wanted to ensure every single applicant at least received an interview -- this was for constituent relations purposes. It really was a waste of time in many cases, but it was his direction so we did it.
Thus, getting or not getting an interview may or may not be a good sign. However, you should always do your very best at an interview. There are many historical posts regarding interview questions. Just realize that, unlike BGOs -- who must cover certain topics, MOC committees can ask almost anything they want.
USNA1985 is "Dead on accurate" here!!!
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