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Interviewing Tips


Interviewing Tips

Interviewing for a job can sometimes be even more nerve-wracking than serving on the front lines. Many interviews today are behaviorally based: relying mostly on your behavior as a response to a certain situation that is relevant to the company in order to predict your behavior for future similar events. Employers look for demonstrated abilities related to leadership, problem solving, decision-making and team work. You should have many experiences from your military service that demonstrate that you have developed these kinds of skills.

Your prospective employer will be evaluating three types of skills: content skills, functional skills, and adaptable skills. These skills demonstrate how knowledgeable you are, how good you are with people, how effectively you communicate and illustrate something about your personality type and character.

Don't confuse a job interview with a promotion board. A job interview should be more comfortable. Have a relaxed conversation and allow your interviewer to get to know who you.

Avoid using military jargon. Remember to translate military time to regular time. Be sure to drop military lingo such as "roger" and commonly used acronyms such as AORs.

Try to avoid talking about combat in the interview. You can talk about your training and the leadership you gained through your service, but it's often best to leave out the life-threatening details of your military career.

Research the position before you go to the interview. Learn about the company -- what they stand for, what their motto is, how long they've been in business -- and use what you've learned in your interview.

It's also often a good idea to dress conservatively for the interview. First impressions make a big difference in how your interviewer will percieve you, so it's always important to be well groomed and well dressed.

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