Question Regarding Depth of Initial Interview(s)

Discussion in 'Join the Army - Regular Officer Recruiting' started by Captain Kirk, Jan 14, 2011.

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  1. If anyone can fill me with this much needed knowledge it will be of great help!

    I initially filled out an application form for officer on the army website which I received a phone call 2 days after, in which I was given a mini-interview on the phone (had to think on my feet lol). After which the adviser on the phone said that he would like to fast track me through the officer process given my answers and background. Following this I have received a medical form for my doctor and another letter requesting a formal interview. All this in a matter of a week!!!

    As you can imagine it is slightly overwhelming, in relation to my query I know that the interview will cover ME (i.e. work, experiences, why I want to join, branches I want to join and why etc) but are tended to be quizzed on current affairs, army knowledge/history, operations, training as you would for a RAF/Navy sift interview?

    If anyone can shed any light on this for me it would be much appreciated.
  2. I used this when I went for the interview (taken from Arrsepedia)
    •Your Personal Circumstances
    You will be asked what your home and family background is like, are you married, do you have children, does your wife/parents/employer support your decision to join? Do you have any welfare issues, childcare, separation, etc? They will explain the Army lifestyle, how much training you will be expected to do, etc.

    Do you drink, smoke, take drugs, etc? They will explain the Army position on drug-taking and the Compulsory Drug Testing (CDT) system.

    •Your Achievements and Interests
    You will be asked about your employment, your educational qualifications and skills. They will explain what qualifications the Army offers and how these transfer into civvy street (driving licences, etc).

    You will be asked about what fitness training you have been doing, what sports you do and any clubs you are a member of. They will explain the sporting and Adventurous Training (AT) oppotunities available in the Army.

    •Military Awareness
    You will be asked if you have any friends or relatives in the military and if you know what the Army is and does, you won't be expected to be an expert but you should know there's a sandy place where people shoot at you. They will explain military discipline the terms of service and how and when you may be required to serve on Operations.

    •Aspirations and Job Preferences
    You will be asked why you want to join and what you expect to get out of it and what trade you might wish to pursue when you join. They will explain the trades available and the opportunites that may come up in the future (FTRS, etc).

    Once your interview is over the recruiter will write a report on you (that you won't see) identifying your strengths, commitment and areas for development. You should also be issued with all the application forms if you haven't already been given them.

    Hopefully it should give you a basic idea on what happens.
    Mine was quite informal but it's a job interview at the end of the day, dress smart and do your research. Good luck.
  3. Many thanks for that post I was asked the majority of that over the phone and was given scenarios to answer i.e. Have you faced any adversities in your life and if so how have you overcome them? and a scenario of given the order to open fire and how I fill about doing that?

    So given what you said I feel confident with them questions just need to do more research into the branch I wish to pursue and training best to be over prepared then not a tall!

    And yeah I wouldn't dream of turning up to an interview all casual doesn't give off a good impression. Thanks Again
  4. - I've smoked cannabis a couple of times in the past, not for a while and nothing that would show up on a drugs test. I'd have no problem owning up to it in an interview but would this stop me from being able to join?

    - I don't really enjoy playing team sports (mainly football) so I don't do them in my spare time. I prefer individual sports and fitness etc. It's not the teamwork that I don't like, just the sports. Will this look bad in an interview? Also when I get asked about hobbies and what I do in my spare time I haven't got a clue what to say. Apart from running I can't think of anything which would be good to say I doubt that saying I spend a lot of time on my laptop or out with my mates would look very good.
  5. Smoked cannabis a couple of times? How many is a couple.
  6. Twice, tried it once and it didn't do anything to me. Then I tried it again about a year later and I didn't like it, it was a while ago so it won't be in my system and I have no desire to ever do it again.
  7. Be honest - you're right, it wont show on a test, but integrity is everything. Make your view known - no intention to ever go near it again.

    Likewise for the team sports/hobbies query. Be honest. If you are a laptop gaming freak, then say so. you can't pretend you enjoy cultured passtimes like trips to the theatre and visiting art galleries, as someone will bust you on it. As for team sports, if you have tried it, but never got on, but focus on individual sports, that shows you motivate yourself, it doesn't necessarily show you're not a team player (does that make sense?).

    If your hobbies are computing, socialising, watching movies, reading books, then that is what you do - don't try to tart it up, or if you're really worried about it, start to do something you think the want to see - maybe you'll enjoy it!
  8. I'm not ashamed of saying that I tried cannabis; at the end of the day I am a teenager and just wanted to see what it was like. It's definitely not going to be a problem in the future and I wouldn't be stupid enough to let something like that ruin my chances of a good career.

    Also, it's not that I hate sports or anything; it's just that I don't choose to do them in my spare time (except fitness training). I suppose my current hobbies shouldn't stop me getting a job in the Army and one of the reasons that I want to join the is the varied lifestyle and the opportunity to learn new things.
  9. cpunk

    cpunk LE Moderator

    To echo django, the key is honesty and open-ness. If you've tried cannabis it isn't a problem provided you haven't continued with it; likewise Marxism or World of Warcraft. Don't try to be something you aren't; and if you've done well at something, whatever it is, be proud of it.
  10. Captain Kirk, I had my interview last month and it sounds like your situation is similar to mine. I am bring fastracked - had my interview on Jan 18th, have my Briefing on 28th Feb and if I get a 1, my recruiter said my MB will be in April, in time for the May intake, all pretty quick!

    There were 2 others there for an interview aswell and we were interviewed as a group to start with and then individually afterwards. In the group part we were asked things like 'What do you think it means to be an officer?', we also had to ask him questions, he literally pointed and said 'ask me a question' so have a few prepared. In the individual part, he asked things like any other interview, 'Why do you think you would make a good officer?' and wanted to know about experience of leading people/being in difficult situations. It wasn't too bad at all.

    Good luck!
  11. Forget what they say about the interview being informal. Its a load of horseshit. I did mine on monday and i was the toughest interview i have ever done. Only from doing it have i realised that i dont have the right qualities. The first thing he will ask you is what do i have that a good sergant doesnt have. That was an eyeopener for me when I couldnt answer that question. Safe to say i didnt pass. for anyone who is a graduate thinking about this do not do it unless you feel you are a leader. This is not a job you can walk into and be a leader straight away. Your qualification dont mean shit. He said I could go in as an MP soldier and i thinking about this at the moment but I have decided yet.

    Just throwing it out there.