Congressional Nomination Interview
Example Congressional Nomination Interview Questions
There will be a basic question set asked by the panel no matter what the civilian/military composition. These include questions such as:
These are standard questions and are like the ones that will be asked by the Field Force, Blue and Gold officer or ALOs. You can see more examples here
However, we must also anticipate congressional nomination interview questions which will be asked by the civilians on these panels. These tend to have a current event or national security flavor to them. You may also want to take in account your Congressional District (liberal or conservative) to anticipate these questions.
Some typical questions you may be asked civilian members of the panel include:
Learn How To Prepare For Interviews
Read up on National Security and Current Events
If a question is asked about women and service in the military, a candidate can answer thoughtfully about a “standards based” approach where anyone (including LGBTQ members) can serve in any specialty if he or she meet that standard.
On the “hot button” issues of harassment, assault, LGBTQ and other such concerns, our recommendation is to familiarize yourself with the values charter of each of the Armed Services.
The Army Values for example, emphasize Respect—treating people as they should be treated—advocating that the Army is one team and that each has something to contribute. Each service has similar values sets. When one looks harassment or exclusionary policies, it comes down in part to a failure to respect the dignity of others and treating others well.
Overall, to be ready for the Congressional Nomination Interview you need to understand that with civilians on these panels, you will get a different type of question that will involve current events, national security, and defense policy.
By reading our recommended links and understanding each of the Armed Services “values charter” (along with practicing for the interview), you can answer these questions without hesitation and avoid the “landmines” that often come with today’s “hot button” issues.
What questions do they ask at congressional nomination interview?
Why do you want to attend a Service Academy? Why did you select the particular Service Academy you did and why? What is your plan if you don’t receive an appointment to a Service Academy? Give me an example of a time when you lead others in a project or goal.
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