Discussion in 'ROTC' started by mwbluebeard, Jan 8, 2009.
What kind of questions were you asked?
Mine was very simple.
He went through the standard list first, asking about acedmics, my grades, I showed him my transcript, asked him about sports.
Other questions he asked were :
Why do you want to participate in ROTC?
Why didn't you apply to the USMA? (He was graduated from there)
What was your most difficult experience?
What branch do you want to pursue?
What distinguishes you from other applicants that I can tell the board? (I said my serious tone, integrity etc and gave a couple examples)
Then at the end he asked me if I had any questions. I saw he had the Ranger tab, I asked him about his experience in Ranger School, and that got us in like a 20 minute conversation).
Be serious, proffessional, give a good handshake, speak with a loud clear voice, look him in the eyes, be honest, sit up straight and don't stutter like a madman (I saw the scoring papers, part of the points are for composure, tone, etc) Also, come in with a fresh cut, cut fingernails, shave, brush teeth (lol), and I dressed in khakis, and shirt and tie.
Also, let him know your human, and not a robot regurgitating answers.
All in all, my interview went well besides that question on why I want to purse military intellegence. ROFL, there was about 2 minutes of silence me trying to form a coherent answer, and when I spoke, a bunch of crap came out. BUT, I eventually gave a well formulated response which he liked. He told me that I was "a fine young man" and to email him personally on how I do.
It really depends on how competitive the ROTC department is on how strenuous the interview is. I go to a senior military college with alot of AROTC scholarships available. Really its like he said, poise, confidence, and honesty. I was asked the basics, Why Army, they ask about your health, make sure you have started or completed DoDMERB because that shows commitment and plus they need the results asap. I was asked about my family history, how well I believe I am able to lead people. Really it is an interview geared towards figuring out what kind of person you are and how well you would serve the military. Don't bead around the bush, if a question should be answered yes or no, say yes or no. Just be yourself and it will go fine.
I was told my son scored the maximum points on the interview. He was awarded a scholarship in October from the September board and got his first choice. Show up in a suit or skirt and DON'T BE LATE! Shake the officer's hand like you mean it and look him in the eye. Be straight forward and answer the questions in a definitive manner. Also, think about quetions you might not think they will ask. Talk to and formulate a mock interview with someone who has been in the military (it's best to do this with a co worker of your parents or someone you don't know very well). Try not to be nervous and think before you open your mouth. Remember, you are likely interviewing with someone that is close to your parents age, and not talking to one of your buddies. Be yourself, the Army is not looking for robots. One last thing-read the book by Scott Snair, "Leadership Lessons from Westpoint." It will provide you insight on what the U.S Army is all about.
yup interview definitely helped me...
I have an unweighted 2.77 GPA yet did phenomenal in the interview, and that can't hurt you. I was awarded the scholarship !
i did the interview at Manhattan College and it was pretty laidback compared to what other people here have said. The first question asked was, "Whay do you want to be an Air Force officer" so you need a good response for that. He asked about some of the things on my resume too and asked to elaborate on them. He also asked what qualities are in a leader and how do you exemplify those, and how physically active are you, how committed are you to joining ROTC. I guess really the only curveball question that I had to think about for a little was what challenge were you faced with and how did you correct it or overcome it.
Every officer has there own questions though so I would google basic interview questions and just practice those
My guy just asked me what AP classes I've taken and why I didn't apply or want to go to his school, which was really awkward since his school isn't a very good one and incredibly expensive. He did a LOT more talking than me and gave good insight on what to find out about other colleges' programs.
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