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US Navy Interview Questions

Updated 15 Dec 2014
Updated 15 Dec 2014
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    Direct Input Officer Nuclear Power Instructor (1210) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at US Navy.

    Interview Details

    Found out about opportunity to get paid E-6 or E-7 pay for up to 2.5 years while still a full time university student from Navy recruiter at college job fair. Met high GPA requirements, so applied. Went on familiarization trip to Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in South Carolina to see what Nuclear Power Instructors (Direct Input Officers) do. Got to talk to several current instructors to get their opinions and hear about their experiences. Went to Washington Navy Yard for 2-3 technical interviews and one brief personality interview with 4-star Admiral Director of Navy Nuclear Propulsion. Looking back after many years, everything went as promised.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    EOD Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Virginia Beach, VA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Virginia Beach, VA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at US Navy in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Looking for a lucrative position in Homeland Security. Would like to live in the contental United States. Have experience in counter Improvised Explosives Devices, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Underwater Mine Counter Measures

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Nuclear Electricians Mate Navy Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at US Navy.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by recruiter. Met with recruiter, took practice ASVAB test and discussed benefits and job options. Signed paperwork stating intent to enlist and enter Delayed Entry Program. Went to MEPS to verify medical and intellectual eligibility, as well as make final determination of rating. Questioned several times about whether or not I have ever done drugs.

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    Negotiation Details
    Bonus is based on when openings are available.
    Accepted Offer
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    Midshipman Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at US Navy.

    Interview Details

    The process is pretty standardized. SAT and ACT scores are a big component of acceptance. In addition, you must be physically fit and pass a medical examination. I highly advise you apply for NROTC scholarships in the spring of your Jr. year in high school. In addition, I would recommend applying for the school of your choice in the spring also. Early birds get the worm.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to join the military ?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiation, pay scale and years of service determine pay.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Yeoman/E-5 Petty Officer Second Class (Submarines) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Juan, PR (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Juan, PR (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Navy.

    Interview Details

    A series of medical and physical examinations to see what you qualify for. The jobs listed are brief and a monetary amount was not indicated except for the fact that there is or isn't an incentive/bonus for that specific job.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Not hard at all. You select from a list of jobs that you qualify for.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Electronics Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I spoke with a recruiter and took a pre-placement exam to determine what jobs I was eligible for. I ended up in the AECF program and chose to be an Electronics Technician after boot camp.

    Negotiation Details
    N/A
    Accepted Offer
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    Security Forces Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Go to a recruiter, be a certain weight and able to perform physical exercise, take an asvab, meet with a rater at the MEPS office to find out what rate/job you qualify for try to hold out for one you want but really at the end of the day it will be what the Navy needs. Pick your rate then determine when you go to boot camp you can wait up to a year to go to boot camp just tell them if you need to take care of your family first. After this boot camp and your done it's a pass or fail from there.

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
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    Information Systems Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at US Navy.

    Interview Details

    Ask the Recruiter near you. The requirements change with the demand of the US Navy and the availability for the particular rating you want. If you don't have easy access to a Recruiter near you, just go to www.navy.mil for assistance.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Seaman Recuit Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Knoxville, TN (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Knoxville, TN (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 11+ monthsinterviewed at US Navy.

    Interview Details

    If you want to be an officer, go get decent grades at college, and apply at a recruiting officer for one of their programs. If you want to be 'enlisted', visit a recruiting office and take a short practice version of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

    What they are looking for is a lack of criminal activities, good health (fitness, eye sight, hearing, etc.), and decent potential to learn new information and skills. If you have any sort of ties to another country, they will want to know about these as well.

    If you have taken prescription drugs for any ongoing condition, this will either bar you, or require a waiver. Don't let the recruiter be lazy, go for the waiver and don't hide it. The recruiters don't want to have to do the extra work to help you with your waivers. They work off a quota system, and will be sent back to a ship if they can't meet their quotas, so they are under a lot of pressure to spend as little time on each potential applicant as possible. The recruiter is telling you to just not talk about it to save themselves some effort, but remember that fraudulent enlistment, even you don't realize that this is what they are trying to get you to do, is a crime. It will also put you in an awkward position for the rest of your career if you find out after the fact that they didn't record what you told them verbally. Make sure that they write down everything you tell them, and that it actually gets submitted, and properly waived.

    Personally, my recruiter spent time with me, was honest, and helped me out with things not directly related to the Navy recruitment process. However, he was not the first recruiter I talked to, and a few of them tried to pull the non-sense I warned about above. Visit a few different offices for any branch that you are considering; ideally visit ones that are hundreds of miles from each other. If you don't feel like you are being adequately serviced at any point, work with a different recruiter. Their is a head recruiter at every office, and they in turn are over seen by a regional recruiter.

    Once you agree to join and have selected a job, you are placed in the Delayed Entry Program. Time in DEP counts towards the eight years you are actually on the hook for no matter you initial contract says, and consists of going to meetings and exercising. If you aren't in decent shape, purposefully pick a far off ship date when you are at MEPS so that boot camp will suck less for you. You don't need the extra negative attention that looking or being fat is going to garner in that environment, and it negatively affects the 80 or so people with which you are going to spend a few months in close quarters. It also gives you time to memorize all the things that everyone else in boot camp is going to be learning. They aren't teaching you anything at your DEP office? Tell your recruiter that you are attending DEP meetings at another office.

    Before 'shipping out' you will again be sent to MEPS for a final screening before flying to Great Lakes.

    Interview Questions
    • They ask you about every aspect of your personal life. If you need a security clearance later, it will be more of the same, but with an larger investigation, and more specific information.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    People that tell you that there is no negotiation process are just silly. There are many incentive programs available to the recruiters, and they don't have to tell you about any of them unless they are needed to make the sale, and they feel that you are worth the trouble of the extra work (meaning: you have a clean record, and awesome ASVAB and Fitness scores.) The best position for you to take is to seem like you are tempted, but still very willing to walk away from the deal. It is true in the recruiting office, when you see the person who places you in a rate at MEPS, and when your chain of command asks you about you re-enlistment plans a few years later. The less of a problem you are for the recruiter (i.e. you comply with showing up on time, doing what is needed, acting respectful to other people, exercising, staying out of trouble) the more likely they are to tell you about additional programs without actually needing to do so to make their sale. They are very busy usually, and the more respectful you are of that the more help you will get.

    After the initial screening at the office over a few days or weeks, you will be scheduled for health screening and job selection at MEPS. You will be examined, asked questions, and finally see a placement specialist. They have a list of jobs that they are needing to fill, and those that they are supposed to push you into in order to fill chronically or temporarily under-staffed areas; this is another sales person. I would recommend being undecieded and leave without selecting anything. This will severely annoy your recruiter, and mean that you will have to take an extra trip to MEPS. However, write down all the jobs that are open and find some people who know what the current conditions and future out-look for those ratings are (i.e. Ask people currently in the Navy, who aren't involved with Recruiting or MEPS.) I don't know if it is still the case, but when I went, their were different bonuses assigned to different shipment dates, and I purposely went to Chicago in the middle of winter because it made my bonus $2000 dollars higher. If you were promised something and it isn't in the paperwork, it doesn't exist. My rate supposedly required a five year contract, but in school we found a guy who managed to get the same deal on a four year contract.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Enlisted Sailor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Navy.

    Interview Details

    You take ASVAB placement test to establish what "jobs" or rates you qualify for. Then you have to submit information for a background check and undergo medical evaluation to establish suitablity

    Interview Questions
    • Mainly questions to establish if you are going to be an "at-risk" enlistee or not allowed to enlist: arrest record, drug use, financial standing, driving record, medical conditions, citizenship   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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