AF interview with CNO

  1. Hey All,

    I just got word that my interview with the CNO is next week here in NC. I was wondering if anyone had any tips or could give me insight on how it might go or what I should prepare for? My recruiter is not the most helpful person or easiest to speak with.

    I am an experienced ER nurse with 4 years experience in the ED and 1 year in PICU and I am trying to commission in to the AF, hopefully at the November board.

    Thanks in advance
    •  
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Dedoering
    Hey there,

    Also in NC. My CNO interview took place at SJAFB. You should be familiar with the Air Force mission and the core values. Also I was asked about specific examples that showed evidence of critical thinking and had to give an example of a previously encountered ethical dilemma. The rest of the interview was basic questions that many others have mentioned including readiness to deploy for yourself and your family, willingness to carry firearms, strengths and weaknesses, etc. Best of luck to you.
  4. by   bafelly
    That is where mine is. Thanks for the info. I have never been this nervous for any of my other nursing interviews.
  5. by   Dedoering
    Just try to relax! It honestly was not that different from previous interviews I've experienced other than the obviously military specific questions. Let us know how it goes.
  6. by   jfratian
    I would definitely bring some questions with you. The chief nurse is usually extremely knowledgeable and well connected. You could go over the strengths and weaknesses of various bases/locations to make your dream sheet better.

    Ask about the incentive special pay (ISP). It's $20K per year for a 4 year deal for ER now. Accession bonuses and loan repayment that you take when you join make you ineligible for incentive special pay for 3-6 years depending on what you take. It is worth asking if it might be worth it to not take any money when you join so that you can take more money later.
  7. by   bafelly
    Thanks for the ideas about questions. I don't even know where to begin with questions. I'm sure I have a lot since I'd be transitioning from civilian life to military life with a family and all
  8. by   cherrybombRN
    Like they said know the AF mission and core values. Other things will be typical interview questions. What I was most surprised by was questions regarding how my family felt about my joining the AF and deployments. The Chief Nurse is usually very easy to talk to. Last thing I would tell you to think about is your 5 year and 10 year goals. My CN always asks me these, from the day I interviewed and even now 7 years later.

    Cheers!
  9. by   bafelly
    Thank you so much for the heads up. My recruiter said he is going to contact me today (we shall see, he's not the most on top of things) for us to "prep"
  10. by   dahl3730
    Hi! I also had an interview at SJAFB last week with a CNO. I was extremely nervous and I'm anxiously waiting for the results! I wish I had read this thread before hand- it appears to have been extremely useful.
  11. by   bafelly
    Quote from dahl3730
    Hi! I also had an interview at SJAFB last week with a CNO. I was extremely nervous and I'm anxiously waiting for the results! I wish I had read this thread before hand- it appears to have been extremely useful.
    What area of nursing did you interview for? Do you feel like it went well? I didn't think we got to know the results of the interview, were you told that we would find out?
  12. by   dahl3730
    I applied for a clinical nurse position (medsurg or clinic). It seemed to go well, I felt like we had good conversation... I don't know the results at all. It did take an hour and she said she would send her information in within a week or so. How did yours go?

close