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C-17 unit:

Bulk of the applicants already enlisted in the unit. No formal reporting in. Consisted of the SC, 4 pilots, 1 loadmaster.

-Tell us about yourself

-What would your Commander say about you

-Why this unit

-Asked about an obscure item on my application

-What questions do I have

Quickest interview ever, 10 minutes long (short). All the other applicants were 10 minutes as well. Not anticipating getting hired.

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Hello

AD pilot here, rushed/informal interviewed with an ANG unit 5 weeks ago.  3 weeks later I didn't hear anything so I texted the POC about when I might expect to hear back from them with a yea/nay, he said he'd look into it.  Still nothing.  Should I keep sitting tight for an answer, or just move on with my job search?  Thanks!

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On 2/27/2020 at 5:01 PM, ChesterBear said:

Hello

AD pilot here, rushed/informal interviewed with an ANG unit 5 weeks ago.  3 weeks later I didn't hear anything so I texted the POC about when I might expect to hear back from them with a yea/nay, he said he'd look into it.  Still nothing.  Should I keep sitting tight for an answer, or just move on with my job search?  Thanks!

Lots of units out there, not sure what airframe you're rated in but apply everywhere unless  you're dead set on a single unit/city.

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This thread helped me out a ton for my interview with a C-17 unit. Ended up doing very well and got picked up. Here's what I can remember.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself

2. Tell me about a time where you succeeded. Tell me about a time where you failed.

3. some questions about my current career field which some of the board members were unfamiliar with.

4. Why the C-17/How did you get here?

5. What are the capabilities of the C-17/What role does it fill?

And a few follow up questions from my answers.
 

I might be missing a question or two, but the previous pages of this thread basically covered all the questions I experienced.

The questions here were super valuable! The best advice I can give is try to be relaxed. if you have made it all the way to the interview, you are qualified for the job. Now they want to know if you're someone they could work with for the next 5, 10, or 20 years.

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59 minutes ago, Grave said:

This thread helped me out a ton for my interview with a C-17 unit. Ended up doing very well and got picked up. Here's what I can remember.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself

2. Tell me about a time where you succeeded. Tell me about a time where you failed.

3. some questions about my current career field which some of the board members were unfamiliar with.

4. Why the C-17/How did you get here?

5. What are the capabilities of the C-17/What role does it fill?

And a few follow up questions from my answers.
 

I might be missing a question or two, but the previous pages of this thread basically covered all the questions I experienced.

The questions here were super valuable! The best advice I can give is try to be relaxed. if you have made it all the way to the interview, you are qualified for the job. Now they want to know if you're someone they could work with for the next 5, 10, or 20 years.

Congratulations first off, you're set for life👍

Do you mind mentioning what unit?

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Recently got picked up by a fighter unit. This thread was incredibly useful during my preparation so I wanted to return the favor. Here were some of my questions:

1. Tell us about yourself.

2. Are you okay with the possibility of shooting down a civilian airliner?

3. Why should we choose you over all the other qualified applicants?

4. Convince me you wont wash out of UPT?

5. Have you ever been in a fight?

6. How will you interact with the enlisted personnel on base? (Asked by enlisted member)

7. What if you’re in UPT and failing, what would you do?

8. What is something you struggle with while flying? 

9. What’s more important, being an officer or a pilot?

10. Do you have any questions or closing remarks?

Biggest piece of advice I can give is to actually answer the question and relate your answer back to how you’ll succeed at UPT, flying, etc. At one of my interviews, I was so focused on deliberating that I never gave a straight answer to the question asked. Also, be yourself, be honest, and be confident even if you get pushback on some of your answers.

Best of luck to everyone!

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8 hours ago, Broskees said:

Recently got picked up by a fighter unit. This thread was incredibly useful during my preparation so I wanted to return the favor. Here were some of my questions:

1. Tell us about yourself.

2. Are you okay with the possibility of shooting down a civilian airliner?

3. Why should we choose you over all the other qualified applicants?

4. Convince me you wont wash out of UPT?

5. Have you ever been in a fight?

6. How will you interact with the enlisted personnel on base? (Asked by enlisted member)

7. What if you’re in UPT and failing, what would you do?

8. What is something you struggle with while flying? 

9. What’s more important, being an officer or a pilot?

10. Do you have any questions or closing remarks?

Biggest piece of advice I can give is to actually answer the question and relate your answer back to how you’ll succeed at UPT, flying, etc. At one of my interviews, I was so focused on deliberating that I never gave a straight answer to the question asked. Also, be yourself, be honest, and be confident even if you get pushback on some of your answers.

Best of luck to everyone!

Echoing CavGuy from earlier, congratulations first and foremost.

Mind sharing who picked you up? Didn't know any fighter units had interviews recently! 

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Posted (edited)

One question that I've been asked and have seen on here quite a bit, "Are you applying to any other units?". What is the most common reason for this question? Are they looking to see if you are only applying to them or that specific plane/mission, or do they want to see you are shotgunning applications and pursuing your dream of becoming a pilot in the Air Guard and maybe they should pick you up now before another unit does?

Thank you to everyone on here for sharing your stories and feedback, these threads have helped me prepare tremendously with meet and greets, interviews, etc.

Cheers!

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One question that I've been asked and have seen on here quite a bit, "Are you applying to any other units?". What is the most common reason for this question? Are they looking to see if you are only applying to them or that specific plane/mission, or do they want to see you are shotgunning applications and pursuing your dream of becoming a pilot in the Air Guard and maybe they should pick you up now before another unit does?
Thank you to everyone on here for sharing your stories and feedback, these threads have helped me prepare tremendously with meet and greets, interviews, etc.
Cheers!
I'm sure there are some exceptions, but multiple units and people I spoke with before getting hired said that they wanted to hear that you were applying other places to show that you really wanted it.

If you're only applying to one unit they may be flattered, but there may also be people that think "if this guy really wanted to be a pilot he'd be applying everywhere".

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Interviewed recently with a C-5 unit. Consisted of 7 pilots, super casual, no reporting in, interview was online and took about 45 minutes.

1. Introduce yourself

2. Why did you choose to go into the reserves instead of active duty?

3. How do you handle disagreements in decision making?

4. How would you balance a reservist career with an airline career?

5. Do you understand the time commitment involved, even with being a TR?

6. Everyone these days has good stats. What sets you apart?

7. Give an overview of your flight experience. Did you encounter any challenges during flight training?

8. Have you encountered any unsafe situations while flying? How did you handle them?

9. What are your strongest skills when it comes to flying?

10. Do you have any questions for us?

 

I'd echo Broskees' advice, find a way to tie in your answers to how you'd succeed as a pilot and fit in well in the squadron. Obviously be yourself and answer honestly, but don't be afraid to sell yourself too. Make a strong argument for why you should be the one to get hired.

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Refueling squadron 5 pilots, 1 boom on the board

-tell about yourself

-my job in the military

-strength/weakness

-If you were on a layover with the crew, what would you do for fun

-in an emergency situation, how would you utilize the boom operator

-what movie character best describes you

-tell us about a funny experience that happened to you

-your biggest role model

-where you see yourself in 10 years

-why this unit and city

-a time you had to sacrifice or hard time in your life

-any questions for us

 

 

 

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