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I have had two interviews. One guard A-10 unit June 2017 for Indiana and the other was a reserve F-16 unit in Homestead Dec 2017.

How often have people interviewed for fighter slots? What do you think my chances are?

Age: 23 

CFI, Commercial Pilot, and Instrument Rated. 650hrs flight time

PCSM: 95

AFOQT

Pilot: 85

Nav: 44

Academic: 48

Verbal: 47

Quantative: 53

GPA: 3.0

Some of those test scores are mediocre, but I think the GPA, flight time, and previous interview experience helps. Hoping to get a UPT slot sometime soon.

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There have been people with similar scores to you that interviewed once while others have literally interviewed 14 times before they got a UPT slot. It all depends.

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Did you ask for feedback from those units of why you were not chosen and what you could improve on?  This will help you with future interviews especially if you plan to apply to those units again.

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38 minutes ago, JustHangingOut said:

Did you ask for feedback from those units of why you were not chosen and what you could improve on?  This will help you with future interviews especially if you plan to apply to those units again.

This is probably the most important part while being on the UPT chase. I was told that your package gets you the interview and the interview gets you the job. So when I wasn't selected after an interview, I asked for feedback from the board members on my interview. Thankfully they were pretty brutal with me. It hurt my ego, but it helped immensely on later boards.

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1 hour ago, JustHangingOut said:

Did you ask for feedback from those units of why you were not chosen and what you could improve on?  This will help you with future interviews especially if you plan to apply to those units again.

Everyone who actually wants the job (which is 99% of the ppl that interview) ask for feedback. Asking for feedback is & should be standard.

And when you ask for feedback, don't expect to hear the magic words on what will get you the job on the next interview. Most of the time, (unless your interviewing skills are legitimately poor to subpar) your feedback will sound a lot like a high school date rejection: "we like you a lot but we liked this other dude better."

And this really is because every unit is different (as what literally everyone knows already at this point) and some units will mesh with you better than others.

The main thing is (insert generic inspirational quote) don't give up and keep interviewing. It will stick sooner or later.

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Yeah absolutely! I have been asking for feedback every time.

In Indiana the feedback was that I gave the perception of being too much of an airline guy by the way I answered the questions, but that they can see me getting picked up very soon and thought I was a solid candidate.

I also got feedback from the NOLA unit (F-15s) on why I didn't get an interview. They said because of the test scores, but they liked my personality and told me to work on the scores and keep coming back.

And Homestead didn't give me feedback per say, but they did say they will keep me in mind for the next board.

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