Understanding Military Skillsets: Part IV


Best Practices for Interviewing Veterans

When you get down to it, interviewing military veterans isn’t all that different than interviewing civilians. The goal of the interview is to get to know the candidate better and determine whether they are a good fit for the role and for the organization.

When interviewing military veterans, it’s best to focus the first part of the interview on the candidate’s military experience. You can start with basic questions like these:

  • What branch were you in?
  • What is/was your rank? (this is not as important if the candidate has been out of the military for a while)
  • What was your job (MOS)?

If you don’t understand what skills the candidate has, it’s okay. Ask the candidate to help you by asking, “I think you may be a good fit for the position. However, I am struggling a bit in making the match from a skillset standpoint. Here is what the job requires – help me to understand how your skills and experience fit.

Other ways to assess a transitioning veteran are to ask about awards/medals that have been awarded. This provides a great chance to explore the candidate’s performance in the military. If they finished at the top in Boot Camp, Officer’s Candidate School, or MOS training, they are likely to be a great candidate!