Recently Interviewed at two fighter units, one in person and one via video chat. Both great experiences, and I felt it necessary to share my experience with everyone here since this thread is one I used frequently when preparing for my interviews.
Here is what I remember:
Tell us a bit about yourself (my understanding is this should be well rehearsed as it is a question you can almost guarantee you'll be asked and should showcase things that are likely not on your resume and show who you are as a person).
Tell us about our mission
Prepping for this interview must have been stressful, how do you normally handle stress/stressful situations?
You are scrambled to intercept an airliner that hasn't been communicating, it is heading toward downtown. You get the call that you're clear to engage and then you lose radio communication. Right after you lose radio contact, the airliner turns a 180 away from the city and is heading toward an abandoned airstrip. What do you do?
Whats something you wanted us to ask you?
What is something that pisses you off?
Whats something that fires you up?
This program is pretty tough, how do we know you're not going to wash out/give up?
If you could punch anybody in the face from anytime in history, who would it be?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Do you have a dog?
You got a joke for us dude?
You're god for 24 hours, what do you do?
How do we know this isn't just a phase for you?
You're 2 months from completing the B-course and you get a call from the commander saying that the unit is switching from fighters to heavies. He says you have 2 choices, either come back to the unit and fly the heavy, or he has connections with other fighter units around the country. What do you do?
What other units have you applied to?
Only fighters? No heavies?
Tell us about a time you failed and what you learned from it?
(Interviewer lists off multiple negative things about the area the base is in) Why do you want to come here and deal with all that?
What do you do on a weekend night with your bros?
Both interviews ended with "alright dude, the floor is yours, show us how much you want it"
I was not selected from either interview. The feedback I received was that my mannerisms were distracting (I am very animated when I speak) and they showed my nervousness a bit too much. It was a very relaxed atmosphere but, from what I've collected, it is important to maintain a relaxed, yet professional manner no matter how outlandish the question may be. (I lost my professional composure during some of the funnier questions).
I learned A LOT and all in all it was an awesome experience. All of the applicants were great people and hanging out in the squadron was a great time as well. I don't have much interview experience so starting off my "interviewing career" at a table of 7 fighter pilots was extremely valuable.
Best of luck to everyone.