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Interview Tips for the Military Connected

Employers today are seeking to expand their recruiting strategies to include the veteran population.

Regardless of your military rank or level of expertise, you must prepare and practice for your interview.

  • KNOW THE JOB
    Study the employer’s job description, similar positions at their competitor’s sites, and general job descriptions of your field so that you have a full understanding of the tasks you’ll be asked to perform, the outcomes that will result, and where they fit into the bigger picture of what the employer is trying to do.
  • KNOW YOURSELF
    Be prepared to discuss your skills, traits, knowledge areas and experiences and how they align with the job’s qualifications and duties, especially those that are military related.  An employer may not see how your military experience aligns with the job, it is up to you to make those connections in the interview.
  • KNOW THE COMPANY AND INDUSTRY
    Research employers and talk to your network about the work environment, the employer’s work culture and values.  This can be done via the employer’s website, LinkedIn, researching industry related websites, and resources through your school’s career office.
  • PREPARE QUESTIONS IN ADVANCE
    You’re expected to ask questions; you are also interviewing the company to ascertain if it is a good fit for you!  Employers love candidates with insightful, purposeful questions and will illustrate how prepared you are.
  • PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
    Practice interviewing so you can develop your interview skills and get feedback on how you handle everything.  Again, do not perceive that just because you achieved a certain rank or level of military expertise you guaranteed a job offer; if you are not prepared it will show in the interview.  Therefore, practice, practice, practice, it is never too early to prepare!