Getting Too Comfortable
I’m going to share a little known tactic with you that a good number of oral board panels use, and a few chiefs (myself included) that’s meant to pull from you, something you should never say or do.
If you’re in an oral board interview and the panel is made up of a group of stern faced, stuffed shirts, you’ll likely not be facing the tactic that causes me to write this post.
If, on the other hand, your panel seems to be very, or even exceedingly friendly, read this post in its entirety, you could be in danger. This can be an interview killer.
I’m not much of a trickster when it comes to interviewing. What I mean is, I’m a pretty straight forward Chief, but there is a tactic or, better put, maneuver that I employ at EVERY interview.
It’s critical that you’re aware of this stratagem. I’ve eliminated many, MANY candidates through the years, by way of this interview ruse.
Blue Jeans, at an Interview?
Because I’m not terribly fond of traditional oral board interview practices, in the administration of my agency, I’ve mixed things up a bit over the years.
Once my staff has pared down the number of viable applicants to a reasonable number, before they move on to any phase of the oral board process, I phone the officer candidates and ask them to come to my office for an informal interview.
I do this for two specific reasons. [Read more…]