Published on November 28th, 2015 | by The Kitsap Scene


Interviewing tips, tricks and techniques shared at Naval Hospital Bremerton

Story Courtesy of Naval Hospital Bremerton

BREMERTON, Wash. – For anyone who’s ever sat down for a job interview, they know how stressful it can be. From choosing the appropriate outfit to maintaining a professional attitude, the process can sometimes be agonizing, especially for those who are going through their first interview.

Michael Mitchusson, Naval Hospital Bremerton Human Resource Specialist and member of NHB’s Navy Medicine Civilian Human Resources Team has helped by providing a series of informative presentations to assist not only service members, but also civilians working at NHB and associated branch health clinics at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Naval Station Everett.

Mitchusson presented “Interviewing 101 – Acing the Job Interview’ on Nov. 19, at NHB on interview techniques, tips and tricks when applying for a job.

“Most hiring decisions are made within the first few minutes of an interview. Our workshop shares tips on how to effectively interview, analyze commonly asked questions and share best practices from industry leaders,” said Mitchusson, who has relied on his Masters of Business Administration in Human Resources background to share information specifically related to job interviews for approximately four years.

The class covered such topics as proper attire, how to respond to difficult questions, and commonly asked interview questions such as ‘can you explain what you know about our company,’ and ‘What interested you about the job you are applying for,’ and ‘Tell me about yourself.’

“I see a lot of well-qualified candidates who don’t take a step back to think about the actual interview process,” said Mitchusson, noting that people do get nervous at an interview, want to be able to ‘wow’ the selecting official and need to have some basic understanding on what any selecting official is looking for in the interview process.

Mitchusson believes that the military tends to make service members more humble and to effectively impress a potential employer they need to break away from the humility and portray their previous experience.

According to Mitchusson, it’s important for any veteran who is entering the civilian workforce to remember all of the advantages to prior military service that include enhanced training, valuable job experience, multitasking adaptability and the ability to assume leadership roles.

“One huge characteristic that any employer is looking for is the ability to adapt, the ability to anticipate change and the ability to react to change very quickly,” said Mitchusson.

Mitchusson attests that there are also some disadvantages to veterans entering the civilian workforce.

“One major disadvantage is that they don’t get enough time to see the full impact of their change,” said Mitchusson. “You might institute change but three years is not enough time to see it to fruition due to being transferred, deployed, and assigned to another duty station.”

He believes that organizational and cultural change sometimes requires 10-15 years to see any type of modification, depending on the size of the department. So while a service member can implement the change, they’re not always going to be around to keep it going.

Mitchusson stressed the following advice for those who are seeking employment post-military service.

“Demilitarize your resume and your thinking,” he said. “Keep it simple and practice. Rehearse and think about your top three most professional military accomplishments.”

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