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Army Interview Questions and Answers

Army Interview Questions and Answers


Hi there. My name is Richard McMunn from the career
guidance company www.How2Become.com. And in this this training video, I’m going
to teach you how to prepare for and pass the Army Interview. So I’m going to give you loads of sample Army
Interview questions. I’m gonna give you a few answers as well and
please watch the video from beginning to end because I think if you’re going through any
kind of Army Interview, then I feel it will be of benefit to you. And before I get into some of the sample questions
and answers, I want to quickly go over a couple of obvious tips. Now, a lot of people will think, “You don’t
need to tell me about this. I already know about it.” But I just want to stress the importance of
presentation when you go to your interview. Make sure you turn up on time. If you don’t know where the interview location
is, i.e., you’ve not been there before, do a trial run the night before. Make sure you know exactly where to go. Get there on time. Arrive early and make sure you’re presented
really smart — suit, shirt, tie, polished shoes as well, neutral colours. Sit upright in the interview chair. Don’t sit down until you’re invited to do
so. Shake their hand firmly. Look them in the eye. And when you’re responding to the interview
questions, look at the interview panel in the eye. You’re not staring them out, but you need
to look at them with confidence because you need to demonstrate resilience, competence,
and confidence during the interview. Remember, this is your chance for a fantastic
future career, so make sure you prepare fully and you are representative of the standards
that the army expects, okay? Because it’s a disciplined service so you
have to make sure that you demonstrate you have the potential to, like I say, be professional
and obviously be the best. So let’s take a look at a few sample interview
questions. Now some of them are really easy but you can
get caught out. Some of them are much tougher. Make sure you prepare fully for it. So the first question you could get asked
is why do you want to join the Army? Don’t forget, there are other services. There’s Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy. And I remember, when I went for my first initial
Armed Forces interview, the first question was why do you want to join? Why do you not want to join the other two
services? See, I have to give a reason why you’ve chosen
this one and it also has to be your choice, nobody else’s. You don’t be going there with having your
parents forced you along to the interview or they want you to do it more than anything. It’s got to be your choice and you need to
have to support your family as well. So why do you want to join the Army? Well, you have to demonstrate motivation when
answering these questions. You have to give really good reasons, not
just, “Oh, I’ve wanted to join for many years now,” and that’s it. You have to give an in-depth answer as to
the reasons why. So we want to be able to get you to demonstrate
that you’ve done plenty of research. You know what’s coming with regards to the
training. You’ve been preparing for it. You know what your weaknesses are as well
and you’re ready to go. So I’m gonna read a sample response and I’ll
tell you where you can get a copy of this as well, but take notes as I go along. “So I wanted to join the Army for a number
of years now. I feel like I’ve now reached the part of my
life where I am ready to commit to the service. Having studied the Army recruitment literature
and visited the Army website, I’m impressed by the professionalism and the standards the
service sets itself. I want a career that is fulfilling, challenging,
and rewarding, and I believe that the Army would provide all of these. I enjoy keeping physically fit and active
and believe that given the right training, I would make a great team member. I’m also very much attracted to the fact that
the Army offers a wide range of career choices. The fact that I would be improving my education
and ending up with a trade is just another example of why I want to join this great service. I’ve seriously considered the implications
that joining a service such as the Army would have both on my personal life and my social
life, and I’ve discussed these in detail with my family. They’ve given me their full support and commitment
in helping me to achieve my goal of joining the army.” So that demonstrates a mature response. You’re fully aware of what’s going to happen,
also the impact on your social life and your family life is really important as well. Like I say, I’ll tell you we can get a copy
of this sample response to use it to construct your own as I progress through this presentation. Another sample question, how do you think
you’re gonna cope with Army life in relation to the discipline and being part of the military
organization? I remember when I first joined, I joined the
Royal Navy, and it was a bit of a shock, to be honest, when I went along there, first
of all, I was told to iron my kit and polish my shoes. And you know, I was only, like, 16 years of
age, so, you know, found it tough initially, but I was mentally prepared for it. So a lot of people aren’t prepared for discipline
in this kind of organization, and whilst the Army are extremely supportive of people that
go in and they will they will coach you and they will mentor you, you have to be prepared
for discipline and also being part of a military organization with regards to looking after
yourself, taking personal responsibility, getting up when required, and preparing for
the next day well in advance. So you need to think about this carefully. Here’s my sample response to the interview
question, how do you think you’re gonna cope with Army life in relation to the discipline
and being part of a military organization? “Now, having read the information that’s available
to me about the Army way of life, I think I would cope very well. I know that I will find it difficult at times
but believe I have both the maturity and stability to succeed and become a competent member of
the team. The very nature of the Army means that it
requires a disciplined workforce. Without that discipline, things can go wrong. If I’m successful and I do not carry out my
duties professionally and diligently, then I could endanger somebody’s life. I understand why discipline is required and
believe I would cope with it well. I also understand that being an army is not
a 9-to-5 job, but instead, you must take on tasks whenever required. In order to prepare for the training, I’ve
already integrated routine and self-discipline into my life. For example, I’ve been getting up really early
at 5:00 a.m. every weekday morning to go running and I’ve started carrying out daily household
tasks such as hoovering, cleaning, and ironing. At the very start of my preparation for joining
the Army, I made myself an action plan that would focus my mind on what I needed to do
in order to improve and achieve my goals.” So again, you can see that’s quite a… it’s
a strong response, it demonstrates the level of maturity. You’re also stating in that response that
you know that if you’re not disciplined as a person and you’re not organized and effective
and you’re working as part of a team and doing your job, then you are endangering not just
your life but other lives as well. You could, you know, sacrifice the mission
or impact on the mission that you’re actually doing with your team. So make sure that you read that carefully,
that response. Like I said, I’ll tell you where to get a
copy of it, and you structure your own based on your own beliefs as well. So let’s take a look at another interview
question for the Army, how do you think you’re going to fit into a team? Now, I could respond to that question and
say, “Yeah, I think I would respond really well. I would work hard as part of the team.” But the best way to respond to this kind of
question, fitting into a team environment, is to actually give an example of where you’ve
already done this. So a great example would be if you’ve worked
in a team environment, say, for example, as part of work or as part of a team activity,
a sports activity, maybe be hockey, rugby, football, whatever it is, and you’ve worked
with other people already, because that would really help with your response. So being an effective team member means about
communicating with all the team, listening to the initial brief, making sure you play
to people’s strengths but you’re also aware of everybody else’s weaknesses within the
team, okay, because you are only the strong in the team as the weaknesses, okay, so you
need to be aware of the witnesses and supporting each other, motivating each other. And also, once you’ve finished the task, it’s
about a debrief, about understanding where you went wrong or how you could improve for
next time. So having an understanding of what it’s like
to work in a team environment is really strong. If you can demonstrate you’ve already done
this before, then that is much better. Here’s my sample response to the interview
question, how’d you think you’re gonna fit into the Army team environment? “I’ve experienced working in a team. I really enjoyed it so I know I would fit
in well. I play for my local rugby team and it’s important
that everybody gels together in order to win our games. The real test for the team is when we’re being
beaten and I always tried to rally the team together and get as motivated to win back
the points we have lost. I understand that the Army needs to work together
effectively as a team to get the right result. If the team doesn’t perform, then people’s
lives can be put at risk. Being effective part of the team also means
that I would have to train hard and keep up my competency levels, which I believe I would
do well. With my experience of team sports and having
the ability to pull a team together when the chips are down, I think I will be a great
asset to the Army team.” Again, another response, but if you can give
a specific example of where you’ve worked as part of a team, then all the better. Okay, another really simple question but one
that can catch you out is what you do in your spare time. Okay, so they’re trying to find out what you
do in your spare time, if you’re the kind of person who sits on their backside, plays
computer games all day and all night, then perhaps Army life isn’t for you. They would much prefer to see people who are
out there being active, improving their confidence and competency levels, maybe you’ve got a
part-time job, maybe you’ve been doing voluntary work, all those things will work in your favor. So here’s my answer, suggested answer, for
the interview, Army Interview question what you do in your spare time. “During my spare time, I like to keep active
both physically and mentally. I enjoy visiting the gym three times a week
and I have a structured workout that I try to vary every three months to keep my interest
levels up. I am also currently doing a part-time studying
course in art, which is one of my hobbies. I’m also a member of the local Army Cadets
which is an evenings commitment every week and the occasional weekend. Of course, I know when it’s time to relax
and I’ll usually do this by listening to music or playing snooker with my friends, but overall,
I am a very active person. I certainly don’t like sitting around to do
nothing. I understand if I’m successful at joining
the Army, there will be plenty of things to do in the evenings to keep you occupied such
as gym and other various social events.” So the key thing is there, to make sure when
you’re responding to the interview question, what you do in your spare time, that you demonstrate
that you are active and you are looking to continually develop and improve as a person. Okay, next question, can you tell us about
any personal achievements you have experienced during your life so far? So if you have a history of achieving, whether
it’s during education, in work, or working as part of a team, then that will only serve
you well because it demonstrates a history of achievement. So it might be things like Duke of Edinburgh
awards, GCSEs, A levels, team or individual sports awards, trophies, and medals, or even
things like raising money for charity. I remember when I was joining, one of the
things I did while I was at school was I arranged a charity event. We only raised a few hundred pounds but that
demonstrated, one, I’m a caring person, one, I can be organized when needed because I took
care of the whole organization of the event, and also, that I’m prepared to do something
for others, okay, not putting myself first, putting other people first. So let’s take a look at a sample response
to the interview question, can you tell us about any personal achievements you’ve experienced
during your life so far? “Yes, I can. So far in my life, I’ve managed to achieve
a number of things that I’m proud of. To begin with, I recently worked hard to achieve
positive GCSE results, which enabled me to go on to further education and study my choice
of subject. Without these grades, I would have not been
able to do that. About a year ago, the football team that I
play in won the league trophy for the second year running, which is another one of my more
recent achievements. However, my most memorable achievement to
date is managing to raise a thousand pounds for a local charity. I worked hard and ran a marathon in order
to raise the money. I was particularly proud of this achievement
because it meant the charity I ran for were able to purchase some important items and
equipment that could be used to treat some of their patients.” So if you were listening to that response
and you were an Army Officer, and you’re listening to that response, somebody wants to join,
I’d suggest that you might be impressed by that, that you are already doing things and
you’re taking responsibility, looking to improve not just your own life and your own grades,
etc., but you’re looking to help other people as well, okay, so you’re selfless. Okay, next question, can you tell me what
you have learned about your chosen career? So you will have your choices of career, you
know, it’s not just about looking at the website or the glossy brochures and thinking, “Oh,
this would be a great job.” You need to understand what the job is about
that you’re applying for, and also why you would fit in well, where you have your strengths
and also being aware of weaknesses as well. So make sure you do lots of study for this. So I’ll give you a sample response based on
the chosen career of aircraft dispatcher. “I understand that the Army relies on air
delivery from helicopters and other transport aircraft to resupply quickly. My job, if I’m successful as an aircraft dispatcher,
would be to make sure the loads are carried safely and delivered in one piece. It doesn’t matter whether the loads are slung
underneath a Chinook helicopter or dropped by parachute from a Hercules aircraft, it
would still be my responsibility to ensure things went smoothly. I would be working with other services such
as the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, and I’ll be traveling with my cargo most of
the time. In addition to my main roles as dispatcher,
I would also learn to drive and be trained in survival safety and emergency drills.” So you’re fully aware of what you will be
going through. Another question, what qualities do you think
you need to be a good team player? So you might have given a previous answer
to the question when have you demonstrated effective team working skills, but I’ll just
quickly give you some of the qualities with of an effective team player because it’s so
important to know these. You’re enthusiastic. You want to achieve the end goals for the
team. You’re a good communicator, both written and
orally. You’re a motivated person. You are supportive of other team members. You provide other team members with encouragement,
so you’re shouting positive things to them to get them going, especially when the chips
are down. You’re determined to complete the tasks. You are a complete to finisher, so that’s
a great quality for somebody to have is they complete things and they get them finished
even when they don’t want to do them sometimes. You’re professional and competent and you
can follow standards in your training, in your operational procedures and you’re always
focused on the wider team objective. Okay, another question, what are the values
of the British Army? Okay, what are the values? You should know these before you go along
to the interview. So here’s my response to what are the values
of the British Army? “The values of the British Army are a selfless
commitment, courage, discipline, integrity, loyalty, and respect for others. As a soldier, you have to be prepared to carry
out tasks others don’t want to do. It is important to be strong and aggressive
in battle but to also behave properly and demonstrate self-control at all times. Army soldiers and officers have to be aggressive
and strong in battle, yet behave properly and show self-control all the time. Being courageous means facing up to danger
and doing what is right at all times. Discipline means having the ability to maintain
constant high standards so that others can rely on you. Integrity means earning the respect and trust
of your work colleagues. Loyalty is being faithful to your work colleagues
and to your duty. And having respect for others means treating
everybody with respect and dignity at all times.” So those are just a few sample interview questions
that you could get asked that I recommend you prepare for. I’m gonna give you a list of a few more. Also in the description below this video,
I’m gonna list these for you so you can copy and paste them into your own document. What does your family think of you joining
the Army? It’s ideal if they support you, obviously,
but it needs to be your decision that you’re joining. How do you think you’ll cope with losing your
personal freedom? Okay, so you’re gonna lose your personal freedom. You’re gonna be part of a different team. Yeah, of course, you’ll still have your friends
when you go home on leave, but you’re gonna lose your personal freedom. So at the moment, you know, you have loads
of time in the evenings to do what you want to do, you can spend time at the weekends
going down to the pub doing whatever it is you do, but you’re gonna lose that personal
freedom. Things are gonna really change for you when
you join and you need to be prepared for that. What are your strengths and what are your
weaknesses? And those people who say, “I don’t have a
weakness,” in my opinion, are not being truthful. We all have weaknesses but the key thing is
to say what they are but that you are trying to improve on those weaknesses. But a quick tip, if you say, “I struggle to
get out of bed in the morning,” that’s not a great weakness to have, okay? You need to have overcome those kind of things
and you need to have structure in your life. Now, what contact have you had with the Army
during your preparations? Have you spoke to other people who served
in the Army, going along to the Careers Office, maybe visiting some establishments with their
permission? We’ve already mentioned this, what are the
values of the British Army? What are you currently doing to prepare for
initial training? Like can you do the bleep test? Have you downloaded a copy of the bleep test
or you’re practicing it in your local park? Tell me what training you’re going to undergo
for your chosen career branch or trade? What do you think of your exam results? What do you think of the results? Are you happy with them or could have they
been improved? And what did you think of your teachers – now,
that’s a good question. What do you think of your teachers? And I don’t believe they want to hear anything
derogatory about your teachers because your teacher is somebody in a position of authority
that you should respect whether you like them or not. Okay? So that’s assessing what you like with regards
to discipline, how you react to that. Yeah, have a look in the description below
the video for a link that will take you through to my website. You can get more sample interview questions
and also, if you’re going through the new Army Cognitive Test and we’ve got a guide
that will help you with that as well. I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed the video. Please, I’d really appreciate if you gave
it a thumbs up and subscribe to the channel. And then you’ll be the first person to be
notified whenever I create other training videos that will help you pass the Army selection
process. Final thing, if you’re going for Army Officer
selection, and then I’ve put another link below the video to it another YouTube video
where I cover Army Officer Interview questions. Thank you very much for watching and I wish
you all the best in your pursuit to joining the Army.


Reader Comments

  1. I have an interview next week with the CAF. I'm really nervous but I appreciate the tips. Hopefully this helps. Question, I haven't accomplished much when it comes to life achievements. I only have a highschool education and haven't done much volunteer work in the past. What would be a good response for that type of question if you're somewhat lacking in that department?

  2. This sounds hard. The only reason Ive been thinking about joining is because for the experience and that Ive been thinking about it. I know those arent good answers though.

  3. Thank you so much for this video. I have my recruitment centre interview on Tuesday, and am researching as much as possible. This video is the perfect source of information for what i was looking for, greatly appreciated.

  4. I have an army interview next Tuesday (4th December) at 1.00pm so this really does help! Thank you. Hope all goes well for me also i am happy to say that I completed my 1.5 mile run in 10 mins and 3 seconds (under 13 mins thankfully) so that will help me tremendously in my interview. Thank you again.

  5. How long will it take for them to get back to me with my medical form?? I heard it takes like 9 months hopefully not 😅

  6. brilliant video, just what i needed and have got a copy of the book. going for briefing in the next few weeks. time to put some of this into practice!

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  8. Just a heads up for anybody watching these videos on the army are very accurate. they helped me prep for assessment center. this particular video is very useful for the interview, during my personal interview it was fairly relaxed but 90% of the topics covered in this video are covered. depending on numbers of your group or if you are behind on time they may leave questions out so be aware. as well as this video watch the army cognitive video as that is extremely helpful and i suggest if you have an assessment date revise revise revise as the higher the score the better job roles become available. if anybody is going for a technical trade you will have to sit the technical selection test.. revise maths. it starts off with simple gcse type questions but towards the end soon gets harder. its also multiple choice so some questions you can just jump to an answer.

    hope this helps 100% recommend these to prepare for selection.

  9. Awesome video, thanks for sharing, however do you have any suggestions for applicants that wants to be a pilot in the armed forces?

  10. Still awaiting words regarding the commonwealth intake. I did my online medical before application was closed in 2017. Keeping fit until then

  11. Doing my assessment day interview in 3 days been preparing for it for 3 weeks now hope I don’t forget all my work due to being nervous

  12. Have an interview/briefing tomorrow, aaah! It was last minute, the recruiter was trying to get hold of me since last week and like this morning I just about took the call, he called me in for tomorrow! Lets just hope I can charm him. I can do this. Thanks for the video sir.

  13. Thank you, this information has helped me a lot, as initially i was struggling to get information like this.

  14. ik for a fact that i am gonna fail the english and the maths bit cuz i aint had the best background and that why i wanna join army as infantry but aslong as i get in then ill become a wicked soldier

  15. Thanks you! More 2 weeks I got an a interview for the unit "sayeret matkal " I hope I will succeed wish my luck!

  16. Hello everybody,

    I have my interview with the Canadian Armed Force’s in less than two weeks. I’m just looking for some last minute tips that could help me out, it’s hard to find information.

    Thank you!

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