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.
In a nutshell, enlisted soldiers are the backbone of the military, comprising about 83% of the armed forces. Officers act as managers for those soldiers, planning missions, giving orders, and assigning soldiers to tasks.
One of the biggest challenges for transitioning military entering the workforce is translating their military occupational specialty – or MOS – into terms that a civilian can understand.
Many civilians are mystified when it comes to the military, with knowledge limited to what they’ve seen in the movies or read in the news. And when it comes to hiring veteran talent, recruiters often struggle to understand how military skillsets translate into the civilian workplace.