What factors were the strongest contributors to be accepted as a Navy Officer in the Supply Corp?
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- prior military is huge
- high ups in organizations: Directors, Executives, get people that have stature
- Test is tricky, there is not a lot of study guides available for it, the ASVAB guides help, but it was not perfect.
- Know basic math, you can’t use calculators, get quick at doing basic math in your head, the test doesn’t give you a lot of time, saving a few seconds per question and be the difference of answering all the questions or running out of time
- Practice, practice, practice – take timed practice tests, figure out the rhythm of each section, get an idea of how long you have for each section. As Vince Lombardi famously said, “Practice Like Your Play.” Find a mock testing center (even just the library), get out of the comfort of your room, bed, etc. Go to new places to take practice tests, have a friend monitor it for you. Make sure you are ready for the testing environment.
Making my first choice wisely
- The boards want to see candidates who are excited about being in their particular area. Find your area, apply to it, learn about it, and make a goal to become part of it.
Interview with senior officer
- I have heard horror stories about difficult interviews, mine was definitely nerve racking
- Study up on area the interviewing officer works in
- KNOW THEIR RANK make sure to address the officer correctly, if you are not sure, ask your recruiter beforehand
- CLEARLY EXPLAIN what you want to do and get out of from the Navy
- ASK QUESTIONS, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions, YOU DO, even if you just ask about his experiences, come up with several questions ahead of time and make sure to ask at least a couple of them.
- DRESS SHARP where a suit, polish your shoes, get a hair cut a few days before, show up looking your best, if you don’t, you are already putting yourself at a disadvantage
- It takes a while, the board meets once a month at most. Start planning now where you want to be in a year. You might get a decision sooner. But, it will take some time.