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Challenges

Some of the challenges you may face during your interview:

Stress

One of your enemies in an interview is stress. Stress could be caused by anything but is usually the product of you simply being at the interview. Stress usually makes it hard for you to find fitting answers to interview questions. However, the most easily avoidable reason for your stress is lack of preparation. You wouldn't take an exam unprepared, so why come to an interview unprepared? Doing your homework means more than just

finding answers to interview questions. Learning about the organization will pay off at the interview because the employer will know you take initiative and are serious about the job.

Potential Stereotypes

Many employers worry about employing a Reservist or National Guardsman because of the possibility of deployment. Some employers think that all Veterans want to be in charge or lack creativity because they are used to following orders. In addition, some may think Veterans cannot operate within a budget because the employer believes that the military has unlimited funding. The best way to overcome an employer's stereotype is to reinforce what you bring to the organization and provide examples of thinking outside of the box or staying within a budget.

Lack of Understanding

Many Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, leaving the active-duty military, report that employers do not understand the unique strengths of Veterans because Veterans find it difficult to explain how their skills can translate into the civilian world. Avoid this challenge during the interview by making sure you describe your military experience in civilian terms.

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