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10-Year Member
Sep 12, 2006
How long are usually your intervews you have with canidates? Just wondering. Mine for NA was 2 hours long. All my interview are always long.The shortest one was prob 1 hour long.
It undoubtedly varies. Interesting interviews rapidly become engaging conversations that can go on for hours. Conversely, boring interviews rarely last more than an hour.

I base this on what I've learned from conducting and undergoing lots of interviews in the corporate world.
I usually spend about an hour. However, a lot depends on the candidate -- how interested he/she is in talking, how many questions the person has, etc. Shorter is not necessarily better (from the candidate's standpoint). I've spent close to 2 hours with some and 30 (painful) minutes with others.

As I tell everyone, look upon your BGO interview as a conversation -- a way for you to learn more about USNA and an opportunity to ask questions. There are almost no stupid questions. That said, there are candidates who "make up" questions for which they're obviously not interested in the answer in an effort to impress. Doesn't work. Ask things you want to know about. And, if you think you already know everything -- think again.
That's true. I love to talk and i'm not shy at all, so interviews come easy to me. I don't think of an interiew as an evaluation , I think of it as a way of someone getting to know me and I am an interesting person to talk to b/c Ive done some different thing then most canidates have.
I spent a good 4 hours with my BGO, it was actually not bad at all and very informative.