Be Prepared: Tips for Army Recruitment Interviews

by A Guest Author

If you are toying with the idea about joining the military, one of the first things that you will need to do is meet with a recruiter. Recruiters will provide you with a great deal of information about the branch you’re perusing as well as tell you what steps you need to take to enlist.

While meeting with a recruiter will provide you with information, the recruiter will also use this time to get to know you and assess whether or not you’d be a great addition to their fleet.

In order to have a successful visit with a recruiter, you need to be prepared. The following tips will help you have a better military recruiting experience.

Remember it’s just an interview.

Meeting with a recruiter does not mean that you have enlisted. This meeting is just the beginning of the process, and just because you meet with a recruiter does not mean that you are obligated to join.

Use the buddy system.

Taking a friend or relative along with you can help you feel more at ease during the process and retain more information. It’s possible you may have missed something that was said by the recruiter, and having someone else with you can ensure you remember all the important information.

Ask questions.

Now is the time to get all the answers you want. Recruiters are knowledgeable and are there to inform you. Make sure you bring a list of questions with you that you want answered. This will make sure that you get all the information you want while meeting with the recruiter.

Have an idea of what job you want.

The military will give you a list of possible jobs to choose from, but saying what you want to do does not guarantee you’ll get it. You will need to take the ASVAB test, which will determine what areas you are strongest in, and the military will have you choose a job based on your test scores.

Know how long you want to commit.

Do you simply want to serve your country for one tour or do you want to make a career out of joining the military? The shortest enlistment is two years of active duty, so if you’re not sure as to whether or not you want to make it a career, opt for the shortest enlistment. You can always extend it later.

Read everything you sign.

If you are going to the recruiter to gain information, it’s a good idea not to sign anything without first reading it over. The last thing you want to do is make some binding commitment without realizing it. Even if the paperwork is to register to take the ASVAB test, make sure you thoroughly read it over.

Get everything in writing.

Before you sign any contracts, make sure that you get all the recruiter’s promises in writing. Everything from where you’ll be stationed to certain bonuses that were promised to you need to be in your contract, otherwise they don’t mean anything.

Read and re-read your contract.

If you make the decision to enlist, spend the time to read and re-read your contract. Make sure you have a thorough understanding of what it says, and always check for errors. One wrong number can be the difference between you being enlisted for two years or 20 years.

Serving your country is a big responsibility, and meeting with a military recruiter is the first step. In order to make sure your experience is valuable, use these tips to gain all the right information and make all the right decisions.

Guest Author:

Steven Myers works with new robotics technology in the military.  He often writes about technology and army assessment tests in his spare time.

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