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ARMY OFFICER Interview Questions (ANSWERS – AOSB!)

August 18, 2019


Hi there. My name is Richard McMunn and in this video,
I’m gonna help you pass the British Army Officer selection interview. Now, as you probably already know, if you’re
going through Army Officer selection, you’re going to have to undertake a couple of interviews,
one in the beginning to find out whether or not you have what it takes, the potential,
to become an Army Officer; and then also when you go along to the Army Officer Selection
Board, you will have an interview there too. So the questions in this video are going to
be relevant for both stages. I’m gonna go through about 30 questions. My advice is to watch this video from beginning
to end and you might know a number of the questions already, but I’m gonna give you
some really good tips on how to prepare effectively and what I believe you should be doing and
saying during the interview to pass. Okay, so some of these questions are basic,
some of them are more complex. I tend to find…my experience of people going
through the process is that they can get caught out on the very basic questions, like for
example, “Talk me through your CV.” So a lot of people will put together a CV
about the different jobs that they’ve had, about their schooling, their hobbies and their
interests, but they don’t actually read it and study it. And when the recruitment officer says to you,
“Tell me about your CV,” they can’t remember. So make sure you study your CV and you know
it in detail from beginning to end. So as I say, a few basic questions and then
tough ones as we go along. So first and foremost, why do you want to
join the Army? What is your particular reason for joining
the Army over the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy? So have a reason why you want to join, what
has attracted you to this fighting force, what are the reasons why you want to join. Obviously, you need to do lots of study, look
at the recruitment literature, go on the website of the Army. Find out where they’re operating right now. And how about…I would suggest like three
reasons why you want to join. And this is an important tip as well. You could say, “I’ve looked into the values
of the Army and I’m really impressed by them and I feel this is an organization that I
want to join.” So with regards to those values – respect
for others, selfless commitment, courage, integrity, discipline and loyalty – we’ll
go through those in more detail later on. So have a good reason why you want to join
the Army, question number 1.Question number 2, what’s your family and perhaps your partner
think of you wanting to join the Army? Now it’s important, as you go through the
selection process and let’s say you’re successful and you go to Sandhurst, you’re obviously
going to be under a lot of pressure. You need to have the support of your family. But also, it needs to be your decision for
joining. You don’t want to be saying, “Well, my family
are supportive. It was actually them who wanted me to join,
who recommended I do in the first place.” That’s no good. This needs to be your decision and your decision
alone. Remember, you’re going to be away from home,
a lot of people who join the Army or the forces in general have no prior experience of being
away from home. So that’s another one, what experience have
you got of being away from home and how do you think you would cope with the discipline? So what your family think, and I would say,
in response to that, “I have spoken to my family in detail. I have their full support. In fact, they’re looking forward to me leaving
home.” You know, something like that. Make it a little bit light-hearted, but you
have the support. But overall, you need to say, “This is my
decision and I have their support but even if I didn’t, I would still be wanting to join. This is my decision to join.” That’s 2 question. Question number 3, what preparation work have
you done in the build-up to the selection process? First and foremost, you’ve been doing loads
of research online, looking on the website of the Army, finding out where they’re operating
at right now, so there could be a follow-up question there. Well, you’ve just mentioned about where the
Army are operating, tell me. So have a look into the Army, where they’re
operating right now, what the bases are, especially with regards to your chosen branch, where
the bases are in the UK and also abroad. So you’ve been looking at the website, even
if you can go along to an army base, you’d have to get prior approval before you go along,
but maybe speaking to some of the officers there, if you can do, to find out, and also,
obviously, the recruitment center, the Army careers advice center, speak to them, finding
out as much as possible about what is involved with the job. Next one, what experience do you have of leading,
managing, or supervising? So if you’re going to join as an Army or apply
to be an Army Officer, you’re going to be a leader and a manager. I’ll come on to that in more detail in a second. But if you’re going to be a leader and a manager,
you need to have had some prior experience. Now some people have said to me, “I want to
become an officer but I’ve got no prior experience of leading or managing.” And I say to them, “Go out and get some experience
of leading or managing.” You know, you can get it. Or at the very least, shadow maybe your own
boss. Let’s say you’re at work and you’ve got a
supervisor or your manager, shadow him or her to find out what’s involved. You’d say, “I’ve got no prior experience,
but I volunteered to shadow my manager or my boss and I took notes of what they did
during the day, whether they carried out appraisals of staff, how they motivated their team as
well.” So think about what experience you have of
leading and supervising, but also demonstrate there that you are willing to learn. This is really important, and it’s a really
important quality of an Army Officer is being able to learn and develop your own skills
and learn from other people. You could also say that you’ve been reading
leadership books. You know, read leadership books. There’s loads of them. If you go on Amazon, think about some of your
favorite leaders and that’s another question, who is your favorite leader? Maybe think about somebody and then read a
book. You know, it could be… Let me put a good leader out of thin air. Sir Alex Ferguson, for example, he’s got a
few books out, you could read that and say, “Really admire him for these reasons. I’ve been reading his books to find out about
how he would lead and motivate staff.” Now obviously, Alex Ferguson, he’s not in
the forces, but the style of leadership and management is very similar, how you motivate
your team and get the most out of them. Okay, so next one, why do you want to become
an Officer in particular? You know, why not just become… I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with
regular soldiers, they do an amazing job, but why not become a regular soldier? Why do you want to be an Officer? And you would have to have a good reason for
that. You could say that, “I feel I have the potential
to be a leader and a manager and the reason is because I’ve been looking at my manager
at work and she’s really good at what she does. I like the way she motivates people. And I feel I could do the same.” You could also say, “I tend to find that people
gravitate towards me. I find that I’m the first person to put my
hand up if there’s a problem at work or in education, something needs dealing, dealing
with or sorting out, I’ll be the first person to stand up, you know, and I feel like I want
to be a leader and a manager.” And what are the qualities of an Army Officer? So if we look at a few of these qualities… And just by the way, at the end of this video,
I’ll tell you where you can download all of these questions. You can also get a copy of these things that
I’ve put and also some sample interview questions and responses in detail too. So a number of the qualities, this list is
not exhaustive, but I feel it’s a really strong list. You have to be disciplined. You have to be honest, really important, honest,
trustworthy. You have to be a man or a woman of integrity. You have to be loyal to the Army. You have to also act as a positive role model,
so what you don’t wanna be doing is you’re going out at weekends, getting right on the
beers and creating a bad impression for your team. They look at you and think, “Oh, he or she
is a good laugh but they’re not really setting a good example.” So you have to be a positive role model for
the Army. You have to be organized. You have to be disciplined. You have to also be competent in your role. You know, learn your skill quickly and be
good at it. You have to be professional, committed. You have to set standards that others can
follow, and you also have to be a supportive team member, supporting your colleagues, your
other Army Officers, and a great communicator, both written and also speaking verbally. You have to be a great communicator. So it’s not just about telling people what
to do, it’s about listening as well to people’s concerns. An Army Officer has to be a visionary, somebody
who looks forward at the end goal of what the Army wants to achieve, and they get their
team there in the best route possible. You have to be decisive, making decisions,
but also being prepared to take responsibility so if things go wrong, then you change course
and adapt quickly. You have to be able to plan and you have to
be able to adapt. So those are going along to AOSB know you’ll
have to be doing like some planning exercises, some work… You know, that’s another tough thing that
you got to be prepared for. So I’ll tell you where you can get a copy
of this that I’ve put there, but I would be listing those out when responding to the interview
question, “What are the qualities of an Army Officer?” Let’s have a look at the next one. What’s the difference between a leader and
a manager? A good one. These two things, as an Army Officer, you
have to be a good leader and you have to be a good manager as well. So the main difference between leaders and
managers is that leaders have people follow them, so you have to be a visionary and you
have to be enthusiastic and disciplined where people want to follow you, and a manager is
somebody where people work effectively for them. So a manager, you would manage your resources,
make sure you’ve got enough personnel, make sure you’ve got enough stuff, equipment, so
you manage all the resources, and then you get people to go to the vision, the point
B where you want to get to as a leader. So having the resources and having people
work for you is a manager, and a leader is how you get people from point A to point B
and you motivate them, develop your staff, and you brief them and you make them feel
great about themselves and that they can achieve a lot. So managers and leaders, you have to be a
manager and a leader as an Army Officer, they’re really important, and understanding both of
them. What are your hobbies and interests? What do you do right now outside of work or
education? And very important, but it’s very easy, you
probably know this already. You know, you don’t want to stuck in your
backside in your bedroom playing computer games, you want to be out there, keeping fit,
maybe going walking in the Lake District, hill climbing, a bit of camping, being part
of a group, being part of a team, whether it’s hockey, rugby, football, whatever it
is, you’re a team player and you’re active. They want people to be active and also developing
their skills. You could say, “One of my interests is reading
books. I read a lot of books,” make sure you do if
you’re going to say that, “on self-development.” There’s loads of books out there on self-development,
so that would be great. Hobbies and interests. What contact have you had with the Army? That’s a question so think carefully about
the contact. I mentioned that before: website, Army recruitment
office, and also people from the Army, that would be really good as well. Tell me about the history of the Army. Go on their website, have a look at their
history. You don’t have to know it in massive detail,
but you should know a bit about the history of the Army. How are you gonna cope with being away from
home and the discipline required? That’s easy to answer if you’ve done it already. So if you’ve been part of the Army Cadets
or any kind of disciplined organization where you go away, even if you’re a volunteer. I mean, that will be brilliant. If you’ve been a volunteer and you’ve been
going away, away from home, then it won’t be a problem. And this is the key thing when preparing for
the interview is if you’ve already done things before, like if you’ve already led people,
if you’re already being physically fit, you’re already organized and disciplined, and you’re
taking responsibility at home or in your education, then you’re proving you can do it already. So that’s the key part of passing this. What training are you going to undergo as
an Army Officer? So go on the Army website, have a look at
the training you will undergo, take notes, and then also, this is an important part,
so you detail the training that you will undergo, then they could say, “Which parts will you
find the toughest?” So you could say, “Well, during part 4 or
this part, I think I would probably find that a bit tough, however I have now been preparing
for that by doing X, Y, and Z.” Say it was some kind of like maybe planning
tutorial. You could say like, “I’ve been finding the
planning bit a little bit tougher than I thought but I’ve been preparing for that by improving
my planning skills by carrying out lots of planning exercises, or something like that. Everybody has weaknesses. The strength is the fact that you identify
what those weaknesses are. So that’s which parts of the training are
you going to find the toughest? What’s your chosen branch or regiment and
why? So have a reason for that. Tell me about your fitness regime. What you do right now? So two parts with fitness. Solo fitness, maybe going out running, undertaking
the bleep test, doing some weight work in the gym, indoor rowing, swimming, mountaineering,
but then the other side is team activities, really important. So you’ve got your solo fitness work and then
your team fitness work, whether that’s, like I say, football team, hockey, rugby, whatever
it is you do, I don’t know, but have some solo work but also some team work as well,
which would be great. What responsibilities do you have right now
at home and in your life? So have some responsibilities, even if it’s
as basic as like, “Every week, I’ll do all the ironing or I’ll do all the housework,
I volunteer to do that.” Have some kind of discipline and routine in
your life. If you have responsibilities in your education,
you’re some kind of…you’re part of a social group or you’re the manager of the social
group at school or in education, then brilliant, that’s good. What team activities are you currently involved
in? What are the qualities of a good team player? So if you’re a good team player, you are disciplined,
able to listen to a brief, you are communicative so you can communicate both written and verbally
with the team members, you support all of the team members, you support the weakest
link in the team because you are only as strong as your weakest link in the team so you support
the weak people, you follow a plan, you’re able to adapt to a plan, if things go wrong
then you can change quickly, and you play to people’s strengths and you focus entirely
on the team task in hand. And finally, this is important, once the team
task has finished, whether it’s successful or not, you get together and you have a debrief
and you learn from it. You ask people, “What did we do wrong? What did we do well?” so we can learn from
it and you share that information with others. And that’s about being reflective as a team
member, looking back on what you did and improving for next time. What have you achieved in your life so far? So think about things that you’ve achieved
in your life of significance. What do you get up to in your spare time? I’ve already mentioned that. Now, current affairs. Tell me about three current affairs issues
from here in the UK and three on an international level, and what’s your opinion on them. Don’t sit on the fence. A great website or two websites to go to are
the economist.com and theweek.co.uk. I’ll put the links to those in the description
below here. You could subscribe to those websites because
they’ll give you and appraise it down version of all the different things that are going
on, topical events in the UK and also international. So you need to know about current affairs.Tell
me about the different types of equipment that the Army uses, how they operate and their
purpose. What are your strengths and what your weaknesses? If you’re unsuccessful this time, would you
consider joining as a regular soldier? No. So my advice would be to say, “No, I want
to join as an Officer. If I wasn’t successful, I would go away, I
would reflect on my performance, see how well I’ve done, but also the key areas I need to
improve and I would go and embark and improve.” That would be my response. Yours might be different. But I would say, “No, I don’t want to join
as a regular soldier. I want to join as an officer and I’m determined
to do that.” What are the values of the Army? So the values of the Army are respect for
others, no matter what situation you are in, you must show respect and tolerance for others;
selfless commitment, the needs of the team must always come first before your own; courage,
you have to be courageous; have integrity, you must always be honest, sincere, reliable,
and selfless; you have to have discipline, obviously, the Army has to be a disciplined
force so everyone within the team needs to follow the rules; and be responsible for themselves,
you have to be responsible; and also, to be loyal to the Army as well, so you need to
be loyal. Okay, next one, what is the minimum service
contract for joining? You should know that. Which parts of the AOSB would you find the
toughest and what have you been doing about it? What do you think about your education and
what did you think about your teachers? Do not, under any circumstances, be disrespectful
for your teachers, even if you think that they were not very good. don’t say it, because they’re looking to see
whether you’ve got respect for people in positions of authority. Now, if you want to learn more, click the
link below this video and you can get a copy of this, you can download it. Also if you’re going through AOSB, you might
need planning exercises, speed, distance and time, so click the links below the video. Hope you’ve enjoyed this. Please do give it a thumbs up. I’d really appreciate that if you did. Don’t forget to click the red button below
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I create other videos. And yeah, please put your comments in the
section below. If you want me to provide any sample answers
to any of the interview questions, let me know. If you’ve got a particular application coming
up for the Army for a particular branch, tell me what the branch is, and I’ll put together
a few questions and post them for you. So thank you very much and please do give
it a thumbs up. I would love that and appreciate it. And I wish you all very best in your pursuit
to becoming an Army Officer.

10 Comments

  • Reply vikas yadav February 23, 2019 at 3:59 am

    A learner from india….nice video

  • Reply Jack Reece February 26, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Very very helpful

  • Reply Georgia Owen March 12, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Really useful, thank you!

  • Reply Tom Gregory March 26, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Guys watching – make sure you’re actually DOING these things not just saying you are doing them. Sooner or later they will see through that.

  • Reply J/ 0_c March 31, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Awesome video. A very concise set of questions that need to be addressed for Officer candidates. Thanks very much!

  • Reply Arianna Barnes April 1, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    hey hey WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR TEACHERS /LECTURERS AT SCHOOL?

  • Reply Sergei Leonovich April 8, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    This would be my first interview, what will i do to relax?

  • Reply Billi billion June 2, 2019 at 11:17 am

    I'm currently a student soon to pursue a masters in LLM. However, I do feel a strong attraction to the army for many reasons, to serve, and to gain the several skills gained from this position. What is the minimum term one is able to serve?

  • Reply K sheya June 4, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Wrap it By Tina July 10, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    OMG look at the size of your hands 😱

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