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Interview Details – Morally, Mentally and Physically qualified . Test and Dr;s review. Long days, of hurry up and wait for next process to start. Some unexpected delays and trival testing requirement. Must have 5-10 years of addresses, names, phones, schools, work, and references to finish background check paperwork. Expect the process to drive you nuts and in most cases never finish when you expected. in the end it works out if you continue to push the recruiting staff.

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Norfolk, VA

I applied in-person and the process took 3 months - interviewed at US Navy in December 2011.

Interview Details – Naval Recruitment is a multi-faceted process including interviews, standardized tests and medical exams

Interview Question – "Why should you be a Naval Officer?"   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None.

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I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at US Navy.

Interview Details – Contact a recruiter either at an Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit on participating college campuses, or find contact links on www.navy.com website. Before contacting a recruiter, research the various career fields via this website and utilizing search engines as necessary. Define your strengths, weaknesses, goals, likes and dislikes regarding Navy career field opportunities and subsequent return to civilian life as thoroughly as possible.

The hiring process includes a series of informal sessions discussing opportunities, aptitude determination by testing, and then the formal application. Some career fields may require different stages of interviews (nuclear officer, for example).

Interview Question – "What do you want to accomplish through a career in the Navy...why are you interested in joining?" If this question appears simple, be sure that you have first weighed the gravity of the commitment to answer it appropriately.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Compensation and terms are already established and standard. No need for negotiation.

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Arlington, VA

I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at US Navy.

Interview Details – The interview to get into the Navy's Nuclear Program involved two technical interviews with Naval Reactors personnel followed by a short personal interview with the Director of the Naval Nuclear Power Program (NAVSEA 08). The technical interviews were challenging but based on college level calculus and physics. Mostly dealing with problem solving and equation set up.

Interview Question – Relating a summation of pressures for a cylindrical vessel and spherical ends.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation, there is a pay scale.

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Interview Details – There isn't one. Either you enlist and apply for Officer Candidate School (OCS), or you go to a four year school and either apply and complete OCS, complete the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) while at school, or graduate from one of the Service Academies (USNA, USMA, USAFA, USMMA, USCGA)

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation phase. It's all dependent on completing one of the above avenues to becoming an officer listed in the Hiring and Interview Process section. None of them, by the way, are easy.

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I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at US Navy.

Interview Details – There is not a "typical" interview process to become a Naval Officer, and the exact details may vary depending on your desired commissioning source; however, regardless of the path chosen, you can expect to be interviewed by at least one, but more typically a panel of 3-4 Naval Officers. My commissioning source was OCS and I was interviewed by three officers: one Commander and two senior Lieutenants. After the interview, your application goes to the Bureau of Naval Personnel where it is screened by another panel of officers.

Interview Question – Not unexpected, but the most difficult question is "Why do you want to be a Naval Officer?" I've been on the other side of the interviewing table and asked this many times. It seems to be the question that gives many people the greatest difficulty.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation – everyone starts at ground zero: Ensign.

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Interview Details – Very thorough, but rely too much on physical health and psychology. Focus on leadership style and ability, but are more concerned with how to get the job done when you get in.

Interview Question – How do you handle cheating?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – N/A

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Interview Details – See a recruiter for the best information. You need a college degree and one of a few programs. Military academies, college ROTC, or apply for several different programs. As an aviator, I had to go through extra medical screening and flight aptitude tests to qualify for my specialty. Other job specialty programs require screening. General purpose jobs or Surface Warfare Officers just require lots of tolerance of overworked daily duties and some study the program.

Interview Question – Flight training is a high risk job which requires lots of studying and flight aptitude.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None, pay scales and benefits are pre-defined. Your specialty and time in will determine most of your pay. Promotion is a different topic.

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Washington, DC

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at US Navy.

Interview Details – Interviewed with head of Nuclear Power program in Washington, DC. Prior to the interview I had to be screened medically/psychologically and be reviewed for technical knowledge by three separate groups.

Interview Question – Are you sure you know what you are getting yourself into?   Answer Question

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Aurora, IL

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at US Navy.

Interview Details – You must contact an enlisted or officer recruiter to understand entry requirements and determine eligibility.

Interview Question – Depending on your future position, you may be subject to a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) for a security clearance. The process is extensive and in depth.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not applicable

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