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ALO interview tomorrow: what should I expect?

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Replies to: ALO interview tomorrow: what should I expect?

  • usafa21astrusafa21astr Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    I decided to just wear a nice shirt and tie (no jacket), I do have a CAP uniform but I am guessing that it is really hit or miss in regards to wearing uniforms for interviews. I decided that since I did not know his opinion on the subject I would go with regular interview clothes.
  • Benjo6Benjo6 Registered User Posts: 128 Junior Member
    I know I dont usually post anymore-- doubt if many remeber me, but I am a four dig at the academy right now-- chem 2 gettin me down so I figured I'd post. The interview sealed the deal for me. my ALO asked me to leave and told my parents I was pretty much in... This was a huge relief. that being said, my best advice is to be absolutely honest-- look him in the eye-- drop the "Sir" but don't overdue it. That's it. Pre-thought out answers like why you want to come are great but no word for word... let him see how genuine you are and can be. The Air Force is a people buisness-- if you can deal with/interview people well you will go far once operational. good luck
  • Z4CHHZ4CHH Registered User Posts: 211 Junior Member
    Anyone remember some tough questions?
  • CWJones411CWJones411 Registered User Posts: 191 Junior Member
    Benjo, where in NJ do you live? I'm up in Bergen County.
  • Benjo6Benjo6 Registered User Posts: 128 Junior Member
    I went to highschool in Morristown-- so not far (Live in Bernardsville and Warren) is this USAFA ur first choice?
  • CWJones411CWJones411 Registered User Posts: 191 Junior Member
    I'm not sure right now. I've wanted to go to West Point since I was 6, but looking at all of them now they all appeal to me evenly. I figure I'll apply to Navy, Army, and Air Force and if I get into any of them I'll work from there.
  • Z4CHHZ4CHH Registered User Posts: 211 Junior Member
    When is the time to go to SS? Summer after Junior year? Does going to SS look good?
  • CWJones411CWJones411 Registered User Posts: 191 Junior Member
    I'm not sure it "looks" good. I think it is good and it gives you a good idea as to where you stand but you won't be penalized for not going. The majority of accepted candidates did not go to the Summer Seminar.
  • Z4CHHZ4CHH Registered User Posts: 211 Junior Member
    ....*** why not? That is odd as hell? o_O
  • CWJones411CWJones411 Registered User Posts: 191 Junior Member
    I'm saying it's not like an "achievement" in the sense that the admissions office won't be "impressed": they picked you to go in the first place.
  • RTBdadRTBdad Registered User Posts: 274 Junior Member
    Not everyone applies to SS. It is only for rising seniors, some never hear about it and multitudes of other reasons. Still, about 1700 apply and the competition is fierce. About 30% of each class has attended SS.
  • Guy4ChristGuy4Christ Registered User Posts: 594 Member
    While the percentage of the class that went to SS is low, the percentage of SS students that are accepted is higher...over 50%.
  • robadawrobadaw Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    the thing that suprised me most was that it lasted two hours
  • Joshrk22Joshrk22 Registered User Posts: 417 Member
    I wore a shirt and tie and I felt that was appropriate (it was after school). I'm not really sure what to say about CAP uniforms, but if it were me, I would just do what I did. With the uniforms, something may be wrong even though you think it's right, then that makes CAP look like crap because you don't know how to wear a uniform properly. I didn't wear my CAP uniform because my interview was at school and I'd feel like a total dork.

    Give him a firm hand shake, look him in the eye, don't use a bunch of sirs and all that crap. It will most likely be a laid back interview, mine definitely was. It lasted an hour and a half and for a good portion we talked about ROTC and flying, but we did also cover the AFA stuff we needed to. Don't be nervous, be confident, just slight of cocky.

    Some things I noticed with my ALO... CAP looks really impressive, and flight training looks even better. Make sure your test scores are up there and even if they aren't at the averages, don't be worried. I had a 29 ACT with an okay reading score, and he was impressed by that.

    Don't go in there and try to get out as fast as possible. If your interview takes less than 45 mins, that's probably not a good thing (on your part). You aren't there to say what you've done and all that jazz, you are there to show off your character. Don't let him just ask questions, you ask him questions; ex. Did you like ROTC, what do you like better, AF or airlines...
  • Joshrk22Joshrk22 Registered User Posts: 417 Member
    BTW, my ALO said I'm a "shoe- in", but we'll see.
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