I know I may be in the minority here, but I truly do love interviewing. I haven’t done a lot of it recently since I’ve had my current job since 1999. Saturday, I had my Navy Reserves officer interview. I arrived on base by 9:00AM and waited until 9:15 for my sponsor to assist me in getting my vehicle pass. He then took me to the building for my interview by 9:30. I was supposed to interview at 10:00. Instead, they were a bit behind from the first two interviews and it all sort of snowballed. While waiting, I got to complete another set of security questions paperwork. In the middle of doing that, I heard the interview room door open. They took the girl that was supposed to be after me since I wasn’t ready yet. So…I waited some more. I think I got in the room at 11:15.
There were 3 gentlemen sitting across from me at a table. Throughout the entire interview, my questions began with a similar theme, “I think you would make an excellent officer, but…” followed by the questions: how would you handle this situation, what sort of leadership experience do you have, do you understand the time commitment that is really involved, is your family supportive, do you plan to put in 20 years, what makes you competitive for this position, etc. I had lots of positive feedback and they all seemed to respond well to me and what I had to say. I was with them for about 45 minutes. I felt really good when I walked out of the room.
I also found out I have another interview and a polygraph. Also, I am one of a very few that they are finishing up and submitting before October 1st. YAY! That means once it is submitted, I will just sit back and relax until the selection board meets in January. It feels good to have another step completed.