I posted a past thread regarding helpful tips from my perspective on how to prepare for either the ROTC scholarship or Service Academy interview.
Three Vital Points:
#1 I have had the pleasure of working with several ROTC scholarship candidates since I retired. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of practicing the candidate interview with a real person–whether it be a parent, relative, or neighbor. If you have an acquaintance who is currently serving or a retired officer in the service component you are applying for and can practice with that person– even better.
#2 Don’t overlook using inexpensive videoconferencing technologies such as skype or zoom in order to connect and practice your interview with the best qualified person.
#3 I’ve found that candidates need about 2-3 one-hour sessions to be ready for their interview. I am always amazed with the improvement I see. Candidates who were hesitant or unsure of themselves at the start were, by the end, confident and eagerly anticipating their actual interview.
The interview counts for too much to leave it to chance. Make sure you do your due diligence and conduct several mock interview sessions. You won’t regret it.
Good luck to everyone as you prepare for the upcoming scholarship year.
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