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So it says you grew up in Chicago. Why did you decide to move to Houston?
Many Chicagoans have a somewhat aggressive and blunt personality, whereas I strive to be polite, charming, and easy going, no matter what the situation. I visited Houston several times before moving here last year. I have a lot of admiration and respect for Texas' rich heritage and culture, and I would like to be a part of it.
Tell me a story
Years ago, I took a train to another town to interview for a planning internship. I got off the train in town and walked over to the Park District HQ assuming that the planning department was in the building. I found out that the planning department was in a building located 5 miles to the south. I had an hour and half to spare, and walked the 5 miles south in my suit and trench coat and got there just in time. I explained to the interviewer that I needed a ride to the train station after the meeting. He was impressed that I went to such lengths for the interview and offered me the internship.
What was your least favorite course?
My least favorite course was a summer science course in meteorology that involved multivariable calculus. It was very challenging and I think I could have taken a far easier science course.
Which person has had the most influence on your life?
My parents have been the most important influence in my life, and I'm very grateful to have such a loving and supporting family who have helped me in my career.
I notice that you have been out of work for most of the last year. Why?
When I first moved to Houston, I discovered there were a wide range of jobs beyond planning that use many of the skills. So, I broke down my resume and experience into skills needed in oil and gas, researched the industry, and promoted by transferable skills, specifically GIS and CAD. That let to several interviews and I ultimately earned an offer with Cinco Energy Services. I am very proud of myself for looking outside of the box, landing a job in an unrelated field with no formal training, and proving once again, my versatility in adapting to different corporate environments.
What did you like least about your last job?
The company moved into a newly-modeled building, the ceiling tiles were not added, exposing fiberglass insulation, which tended to flake everywhere.
Where do you see yourself in two to three years and what are you career goals?
I make the most of any professional opportunity, and I am confident that after five years I will have notched substantial achievements with your company.
Why did you leave your last job?
My contract ended.
Aren’t you overqualified for this job?
Not really. If the work involves my job, I don’t get bored because it is my responsibility to complete it to the best of my ability. Work is not necessarily entertaining; it is something that must be routinely and successfully accomplished time after time. That’s why they call it “work” and why I am being paid to do it.
Every job is a new learning opportunity. I am not interested in pursuing titles or rapid promotions. I want to make important, and quantifiable contributions in a compelling company over the long term, and earn your respect for the job for which I was hired.
Do you get bored with detail?
No. I’m getting paid to do what the job requires. If checking details is part of what it takes to do the job right, then that’s what I do. Success and advancement are not boring, and they directly result from doing your work well
Do you think your lack of experience will affect your ability to perform this job
If I were under qualified for this job I wouldn't have earned this interview. I work very hard at presenting an accurate resume and cover letter that quantitatively and objectively measures my skills and abilities needed for this specific position. I am here today to convince you I am the right person to meet your needs and I would be very grateful if we can talk more about this job description and your expectations. Hopefully I can address any doubts you have about my skills or competencies.
Describe the perfect job?
If I found the job I loved, I wouldn't have to work for the rest of my life.
Describe 2 of your major accomplishments which saved your company money, made them money or saved them time
At my last job I created GIS style libraries to standardize map colors, hatching, fonts, etc.. These style libraries streamlined the appearance of maps and cut down on manually modifying the appearance of each graphic. At Planning Resources, I created a development review database that tracked the status of development in 14 communities. This cut down on the time to search through tons of word documents to answer phone questions from clients.
Give me an example of one of the most difficult work-related decisions you have had to make. When did this happen? What was the situation? What factors contributed to the difficulty of the decision? What did your supervisor say?
A couple of years ago I worked with an engineer on an environmental report. I was the only one with previous project experience. He was very flustered with the complexity of the project and we had a tight deadline. I worked extra hard at completing my tasks ahead of time so I can devote far more time and attention to helping him with his portion of the project. The final report was still completed on time and within budget.
How do you go about making important decisions?
I evaluate courses of action, relying on past experience and lessons learned, and make decisions appropriately. I'm aware that I can't spend a TON of time making EVERY decision, but I don't think impulsively either.
What's the toughest communication problem you faced?
SOME managers fail to keep me informed of project changes, budgets, and expectations, either verbally or in writing. It's my responsibility to routinely look for changes in projects that impact my work…to a degree. However, as a worker in SOME companies, I do not have direct access to privileged information and in these rare instances in falls on the supervisors shoulder to make sure I am on the same page like everyone else.
Tell me about a particularly difficult or awkward conversation you needed to have with someone?
How do you persuade people to your point of view?
There are a few different methods: be a leader and people will follow you; strength professional relationships over time with reciprocation such "do unto others", and showing confidence in words and actions.
When have you gone above and beyond in customer service?
Customer service keeps me focused on meeting the needs of the clients, whatever they may be. I talked about this at length in a seminar at my alma-mater. I used the following analogy: if two clients are paying you to jump off either side of the same bridge at the same time, you are going to find a way to do it without upsetting either one.
Tell me about your last situation with an unhappy customer? What did you do?
Right after college I briefly worked in a call center for home appliances. On the very first day on the job I fielded a phone call from an angry customer for 45 minutes. I tried as hard as I could to calm her down as she waited for the repair technician to arrive.
Tell me about the most difficult ethical issue you have faced. What was established procedure? What was the outcome?
What would you do if you discovered that another employee was stealing from the company?
I would confront the coworker privately first and ask him/her to return whatever it was they were stealing. I would then report it to my supervisor.
What are your thoughts about the various controversies surrounding such widespread use of the internet, specifically issues concerning misuse, abuse, privacy, and copyright?
It is wrong.
What would you do if you were a victim or, or witness to, sexual harassment on the job, but you were afraid that reporting it or seeking to address it would be regarded by some of your colleagues as rocking the boat or not being a team player?
There are a few different approaches, but my action would, at the very minimum, include notifying a person in position of authority either inside or outside of the office and possibly filing a complaint with the EEOC.
How would you react to a situation in which a fellow employee confided in you that he was stealing from the company? (situational)
I am a man of integrity and I would tell him/her that I would be reporting the issue to his/her supervisor and/or authorities immediately.
Do you ever find that you need to make exceptions to certain rules or policies? Give me an example of when you had to do this, and why?
No, I am a man of great integrity, and I follow rules and policies at all times.
Name a professional development event you participated in during the past year. What did you take away from this training?
I attended a meeting of the Houston Chapter of the American Planning Association on professional ethics.
What are you doing to improve yourself?
Computer skills always need refreshing. I have several software programs on my computer: AutoCAD, GIS, and others which I am constantly learning new skills
How would you describe your character?
Hard-working, sincere, charismatic, and approachable
How have you ever embarrassed yourself?
Years ago right after I started my first full time job, I was in a meeting with a client and asked a question on a project-specific topic not knowing that it had already been discussed at length. It took quite some time before my boss felt comfortable letting me speak with clients. I learned to tread carefully, especially at new jobs, until I learned the ropes.
Give me an example of how you react to change?
I am extremely adaptable to change, whether it means learning a new technology very quickly, working with new people, changing project deadlines, or taking on new responsibilities. A changing environment tests my abilities and can push me harder to meet my goals and challenge myself.
If you could change one thing about your personality, what would it be?
I would stop being so hard on myself.
Are you a trusting person, or do you reserve judgment?
I think you should trust everyone until given a reason not to .
Do you feel comfortable asking for help?
I am comfortable asking for help. However, most people don't like to be bombarded with questions either, so I often have to get the answers myself.
What has been the biggest criticism of you?
When I take handwritten notes, my writing is legible but very small to read.
What types of things make you angry?
Well…I'm very rarely ANGRY…about…anything….but…I'm DISAPPOINTED when people don't take their jobs seriously.
Can you name three of your biases?
I am biased against people who don't perform their job to the best of their ability. Second, I am biased in favor in getting work done. Finally, I am biased in favor of a company that keeps me busy.
How important is job security to you?
Security is a basic need, but I know that there are no guarantees in life. The only true job security comes from making a meaningful contribution to my employer. If I know my job will be around for as long as I excel at it, I am able to concentrate on my work and remain focused.
How do you handle criticism?
Criticism is never unwarranted, but rather unwelcome. Fortunately, I have worked in a job where criticism is only meant to help me and it is used sparingly. The few times the criticism is inappropriate, I listen to what they have to say and find out where the miscommunication lies.
Would you be willing to take a lie detector test?
Yes, I have nothing to hide and always make it a practice to tell the truth. But if taking a lie detector test is a requirement of employment here, I’d like to know the purpose and accuracy of the test.
Are you a competitive person
I am competitive with myself. I push myself every day to my job better than the day before. Competitiveness does not mean vying with my coworkers for recognition, raises, or promotions.
Do you consider yourself an aggressive person?
Assertive more than aggressive. Being assertive is making my ideas known without disparaging the ideas and opinions of others.
What is your idea of success?
To wake up in the morning and feel good about what I will achieve during the day, to meet each new challenge with confidence in my ability, and to have the respect of my fellow employees.
Name 5 reasons for your success.
I always give 100 percent if not more. I work smartly. I don't always take myself too seriously. I have personality, and I put the customer's needs before my own.
Have you ever been late for an important appointment?
No, I am always punctual.
Do you work well under pressure?
Absolutely. I thrive in an environment full of twists, turns, and challenges. It pushes me to work harder, and I'm very proud of what I accomplish under high pressure settings.
How do you handle a high-pressure environment?
High-pressure work environments demand that I have good physical and emotional health. I eat properly, exercise, take vitamins, and have a good night sleep as much as I am able. When work causes tension for whatever reason—deadlines, schedules, special projects, and unexpected obstacles—I’m ready. I try to keep everything in perspective. I've BEEN in high pressure environments, most recently at my last job with Cinco, and I'm proud of what I can accomplish when I'm on deadline.
What experience do you have with negotiating?
[Plan review work]
If you could do anything, what would you do?
I’m interested in achievement, accomplishment, and seeing just how much I can do with the talent and intelligence I have
How you compare the quality of your work to that of others in the same job?
My quality is about the same as my co workers or better.
How you compare the quantity of your work to that of others in the same job?
I think that varies from company to company. If quantity of work equates to billable hours, I would say that I perform better than coworkers because I am young, able-bodied, with no dependents and am able to put in MORE billable time IF that is what the job requires.
Tell us about a time that your work was criticized.
A while back I worked on an environmental project with a loud boisterous coworker who openly criticized my work in front of everyone. I had previous project experience but he didn't so he was far more stressed out. I calmly dealt with his frustrations and complaints behind closed doors rather than loosing my bearing.
How would you sell me that chair next to you?
Our studies have shown employers seal more deals and hire competent qualified workers when they conduct meetings using these very comfortable chairs which minimizes injury and chronic back pain. It is a wonderful return on investment that frees up more time for you to work. If you order 12 chairs in the next ten minutes I will also throw in a free conference table that minimizes elbow injury as well.
What has been your biggest disappointment on the job?
Putting time and effort preparing bids and losing out on contracts to competitors. I'm disappointed because I didn't earn the opportunity to prove my worth to a new client.
What is your biggest weaknesses?
I'm too hard on myself in pushing myself harder to do a better job. That doesn't necessarily mean I spend too much TIME on a project... but sometimes I need to just step back and breathe before getting back to the task at hand.
What is your biggest failure? What did you learn from it?
Failure, unlike disappointment, is a result of poor-planning, so I have had disappointments but not failures.
How have you benefited from your disappointments? Can you give a specific example?
I love to run but I have very flat feet, so running on hard pavement is a huge challenge for me. A few years ago, I slipped on some ice and completed physical therapy that involved using a treadmill. Since then, I almost always use a treadmill or an elliptical machine and I've seen better results because now I can monitor my progress in running.
What have you learned from your mistakes? Can you give an example?
I have learned what NOT to do the next time. However, I QUICKLY weigh outcomes before making decisions and just as QUICKLY get back to work. Not anticipating mistakes or their consequences is inexcusable. My last job involved mineral rights mapping and many of the maps had to be completed immediately. This was my first experience in oil and gas, and I learned very quickly to...get the map done...and go on to the next project.
Do you consider yourself to be a smart person?
I am very smart when it comes to working with people, solving business problems, and making job-based decisions.
What steps do you take when analyzing complex problems?
I first determine if this complex problem has occurred before and how was it treated. If there is no precedent, I determine WHAT the problem is, then develop courses of action. I have a talent for brainstorming multiple causes and effects, while paying attention to the larger picture (time, budget, etc.). Finally, I make a recommendation for action based on my findings, which I either summarize verbally or in writing.
What is the most boring job you’ve ever had? How did you do at it?
Canvassing door to door as a summer job. I can't tell you how many times the door slammed in my face. But I learned the importance of giving a good first impression.
In your current position, do you make frequent use of e-mail? Do you consider it to be an effective way to communicate?
E-mail is only one form of communication. There are other equally-important ways to share information, phone, in-person, in writing, etc.
Describe a situation when you lost it on the job-when you failed to remain objective or to behave professionally?
Honestly I have never lost it on the job. I work extremely hard to maintain a high level of professionalism and integrity at all times, no matter how stressful the situation.
What are your favorite television programs?
I enjoy watching "Top Chef." What attracted me most about this show was the high level of respect, teamwork, and fun each contestant had. These are professionals focused in their craft and they have created some fantastic pieces.
Name three books you have read in the last 6 months.
"How to Win Friends and Influence People", "
Are you a better leader or follower? What role do you take in a group situation. Give examples.
When I start in a non-managerial position I am usually a follower. Only after I have proven my worth, established solid relationships and credibility with my coworkers and supervisors, do I feel comfortable taking action. I want to make sure that I am listening before doing.
How do you interact with you superiors?
It depends on the corporate culture and the person. Some supervisors are too busy to be bothered so I figure out things on my own. Other supervisors may ask me to come in on the weekend. Whatever the relationship I work at assimilating into the corporate culture. I try to follow what others are doing, whenever possible, and try not to rock the boat.
How do you communicate with your superiors?
When reporting to a supervisor or even higher up the command chain, the best communication style is one that is open and honest and that allows others the freedom to question. Listening is just as important, if not more important, than speaking.
How did your boss help you to be your best?
He/she gave me the opportunity to work for them, and I'm confident that if you give me the chance, I can work to the best of my abilities.
How should superiors and subordinates interact?
I think it's most important to realize that each person and each relationship is different. The best approach for me is to begin without assumptions and see how the relationship develops over time, always keeping a positive attitude
How do you earn respect from your supervisors?
Doing what he/she expects from me, if not better than what he/she anticipated, figuring out how to do things on my own, anticipating concerns/conflicts before they happen and minimizing if not eliminating the damage
Tell me about the worst boss you've ever had.
Years ago I worked with a project manager who had a legitimate medical disability but she often used her handicap as an excuse to skip deadlines. However, I didn't know enough about the disability one way or the other. Rather than offending her and risk damaging the relationship, I learned to work around her disability without complaining.
What did you like most about your last boss?
He let me figure projects out on my own without micromanaging me.
What did you like the least about your last boss?
Once in a while he would place new data in the wrong project folder and then he would hop onto a different project. I had to back track and figure out where the data was placed and quickly move the data or relink it to my project.
Describe the best supervisor you ever had?
The best supervisor I ever had was Keven Graham at Planning Resources. He expected a lot of me and taught me how to expect a lot to from myself. As this was an entry-level position, he managed my work more closely at first However, after I proved my worth he gave me more opportunities to work directly with clients, with little to no supervision. There was always a feeling of mutual respect and trust and I think he was a fair boss who was consistent in his management approach.
How would your supervisor describe you?
Based on performance reviews, they note my willingness to cooperate with others, when needed, continually sharpening my technical skills, and going above and beyond the job description to deliver outstanding customer service.
How would you describe your relationship with your last few supervisors?
No matter how close the rapport I have with my supervisor, it is still a boss-worker relationship, and I know my place.
How would you handle reporting to more than one supervisor?
In the past three jobs, I have reported to more than one project manager. Each person has their own managing style which I quickly adapt to.
How would you handle a supervisor challenging one of your decisions?
I almost always do what he/she says, unless it’s a criminal or ethics issue, in which case there is a separate protocol.
Do you speak up if your point of view differs from that of your supervisors.
No, it's not my place . If he/she asks for my advice, I find a respectful and deferential way of presenting my argument.
How do you feel your supervisor could have done a better job?
I think some supervisors view my range of technical skills through a narrow lens. It is very important to follow protocol when completing projects. But it has been my personal experience that there are multiple ways of completing the same tasks, in some cases saving time and money. Many of my previous projects involved a combination of different skill sets, both related and unrelated to my current job description. Some managers are shy when it comes to thinking outside of the box.
Do you prefer working as a member of a team or would you rather work alone?
I am perfectly capable of working in either setting.
What if you have an important personal engagement that involves several other people, has been planned well in advance, and also costs a considerable amount of money, but your boss needs you, just this once, at the last minute to help her close a $3 million deal before midnight?
I would have to accept the consequences and decide to stay until midnight or beyond to help the boss out. I would also discuss with my spouse or family beforehand what choices will need to be made in this situation when work and home obligations conflict.
How would you handle an angry supervisor?
I don’t let the personalities of others affect how I feel about them. I am here to work and I have a VERY thick skin and don't take criticism or orders personally. I get along with anyone whose accomplishments I can respect.
Which supervisors have found it easiest or most difficult to work with, and why?
I am extremely adaptable to the situation, and perform my tasks according to the expectations of each supervisor.
Are you able to work alone without direct supervision?
Describe the most difficult boss or co-worker you have ever worked with, and tell me how you coped with the situation
In high school I worked in an office supply store and the manager deliberately messed up my work orders and then blamed me. I just toughed it out for a year before going to college.
In what areas have you received compliments from your superiors?
I have received compliments with regards to developing and maintaining solid business relationships with clients, utilizing a wide range of technical skills, and bringing added value through active involvement in professional organizations.
How would your supervisor describe your leadership abilities?
He would say I seek leadership opportunities wherever possible, even if there are no opportunities in the office at the time. For example, when I worked in Kansas, I ran for election as the Professional Development Officer for APA-Kansas, and played a huge leadership role in putting together a state conference (which increased the firm's visibility among potential clients) and led the professional development committee, where I established several new career services.
Define cooperation.
Cooperation is doing things which makes interaction with others a constructive or rewarding experience. It is integral component of teamwork.
How well do you cooperate?
I have cooperated on projects with people with a wide variety of personalities. Most are pleasant to work with but there are a few bad apples. I keep personal feelings away from the project and focus on getting the job done correctly.
Do you like to work with people?
Yes. While I maintain professionalism in my work relationships, I have found taking some interest in one another's personal lives helps build a sense of team and comradery.
Do you trust your co-workers' advice?
I think you should trust everyone until given a reason not to .
How do you show your interest in your coworkers?
On a day-to-day basis, I try to remember the little things that are important to the people around me. I follow up and ask them how things are going without becoming overbearing. Work teams often become like a family, and it’s important to remember that coworkers need to be appreciated, liked, and respected.
If you could be anyone, whom would you like to be?
Generally, I’d say I’m pretty happy with who I am and what I have done with my life. If I could be anything or anyone I wanted, it would be a person who used his business skills to make the world a better place.
How do you earn respect from your co-workers?
I earn respect by respecting them. This includes respecting their workplace, their schedules/deadlines, and even their opinions. I also earn respect through credibility: either through previous professional experience or developing a good reputation through meaningful contributions in my current job.
Do you get along with your coworkers?
I generally get along very well with coworkers Occasionally I might run into a conflict with someone. When this happens, I usually focus on what the conflict is about rather than on personalities. I find that approach helps me to maintain a successful relationship with anyone -- and often leads to resolution and strengthened relationships
Have you had problems getting along with others?
If getting along means getting the job done, then no.
Have you ever worked with someone you didn't like?
Yes, it has happened only a few times in my career. At the very minimum I strive for a healthy professional relationship when we must work together to get the task completed.
What do other people think of the way you work?
I have generally earned above-average reviews on my work from my supervisors. One of my most important goals is earning the respect of my supervisors and coworkers, and to be viewed as a competent professional who makes meaningful contributions to the job.
How do you think your co-workers would describe you?
They would think I was dedicated, responsive, considerate, and fun to work with.
What would you like to be remembered for?
Well…I'm not ready to leave just yet! I would say "Nick was a loving, kind, and considerate person who worked tirelessly to leave the world a better place than he found it."
What did you like most about your co-workers?
Each person has a unique life experience and brings different skills and talents to the job. There is no one way of doing things, and I really enjoy listening to other people's stories.
What do you like least about your co-workers?
I take my work very seriously but I don't take myself too seriously, and that's not always obvious.
When have you been part of a successful team and what was your role?
Bristol Place
How have you developed your interpersonal skills? Are they good?
I try to put on a happy face, I show that I care about other feelings even with a simple thank-you. I look people in the eye when I speak to them. I strive to listen more than talk. Humor, when used appropriately, is a very effective way at breaking communication barriers.
How do you handle people who are critical?
Some people are critical for the sake of being critical and it's not me personally. How I handle critical people depends partly on the corporate culture and type of professional relationship (a supervisor versus a coworker versus a subordinate) as well as filtering out the constructive criticism versus endless ranting and complaining.
How do you resolve conflicts?
I am fair in handling conflicts, I work at addressing the problem to individual members. I try to get to the root of problem and find a solution that the whole team is willing to accept
How do you deal with people at different levels?
I think you should deal with people at all levels the same - with honesty and integrity.
How would you handle a difficult situation with a co-worker?
A couple of years ago I worked with an engineer on an environmental report. I was the only one with previous project experience. He was very flustered with the complexity of the project and we had a tight deadline. I worked extra hard at completing my tasks ahead of time so I could devote far more time and attention to helping him with his portion of the project. The final report was still completed on time and within budget.
How would you help a co-worker with a personal problem?
Personal problems are best handled off company time and property, so going out for a cup of coffee on break or after hours and talking friend to friend is a good way.
What would you do if some team members weren't doing their share of the work?
First, I would pull them aside and find out why they weren't able to perform the job. It could be any number of reasons: the tasks are too difficult, in which case they may need additional help or training. The tasks are too boring, so maybe they can switch jobs with someone else, if possible. If the work is beneath them, I would work hard at pointing out the importance of their role in the office.
What kind of people do you find it most difficult to get along with?
Everyone has different personalities and work styles, and I often have to work with and for people who are very different than me. I have a tough skin and don't take issues personally but focus on developing a solid professional relationship.
Tell me a time you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it? What was the outcome?
I often give resume and cover letter advice to students and young professionals. 99% of the time they tell me they appreciate someone taking the time to write DETAILED critiques with suggestions for improvement rather than writing little to nothing.
What is the most difficult interpersonal situation you have had to deal with at work and how did you handle it?
What do you do when you know that you are right and others don't agree with you?
Unless it is a life threatening emergency, I will usually keep it to myself.
What type of people find it hard to get along with you?
If I'm at a bar, I will nurse a drink for a long time, so bartenders have a hard time getting along with me.
What types of people seem to rub you the wrong way?
Well, patience goes a long way in understanding why people do things that cause others to react negatively. I try to save my reaction until I’ve explored the reasons. The only kind of people who try my patience are those who intentionally and repeatedly don’t do their jobs properly.
How tolerant are you of others' opinions?
I have a "live and let-live" approach when it comes to expressing my opinions.
When have your associates relied upon you?
People rely on me to deliver plans and projects to clients, to look something up quickly on the internet, or even to move furniture and set up new workstations. They know I'm reliable and will try to help them in anyway that I can.
If offered the position, how soon could you start?
As soon as possible.
Are you able to attend night meetings?
How do you think a friend who knows you well would describe you?
Fun loving, caring, willing to make sacrifices, and almost never complains.
What would your references say about you?
I think they would have a lot of good things to say, and I can furnish a list of refences if needed.
When do you expect a promotion?
Promotions are earned after I have performed my job according to your expectations and in most cases, gone above and beyond what you request of me. It is my job to do the very best I can and prove my worth first.
Can you give me your exact salary?
Well…it's very difficult to make comparisons with my former position because the responsibilities and expectations differed. Maybe you could tell me what the salary range would be reasonable for a person with my skills in this company?
What is the salary you think is appropriate for someone with your experience?
I would rather focus today on convincing you that I am the right fit for the job. Compensation can always be discussed later.
May we contact your present or most-recent employer?
Do you object to psychological tests?
No, I don't object to testing of any kind.
Do you object to drug testing?
No, I don't object to testing of any kind.
Please describe your military experience.
In Army ROTC I led units from fire squads (3-4 soldiers) up to the company level (80 soldiers). I trained these units on everything from first aid to battle drills to basic rifle marksmanship. During my senior year, I was appointed the Battalion Public Relations Officer. I was responsible for all press releases, served as the Battalion Chief Financial Officer, and in an unofficial capacity as the Joint Officer between the Navy and Air Force ROTC Units. I took the initiative and revised both the newsletter design and the Dining In Military Program which are both in my portfolio. I was one of the few cadets awarded a recurring ROTC state scholarship. through the Illinois General Assembly.

I also served in the National Guard and was assigned to the 376th Engineering Company, 76th Infantry Brigrade, stationed in Hammond, IN. There were few commissioned officers in the unit at the time, and as a cadet I was assigned as platoon leader of one of two combat line platoons of 35 enlisted soldiers. I utilitzed my leadership experience in ROTC to create mission plans for my unit, conduct individual meetings with my soldiers, and led inspections. ROTC and the National Guard were very rewarding experience and I learned important skills as leadership, teamwork, and working under pressure.

[Optional: As a civillian, I worked on a military planning project. I led a team on a semester-long project in a planning consulting course where we prepared a mock-bid in response to an RFP on military base closure in Peoria, AZ]
Do you still serve in the Army?
No, I was honorably discharged in 2003.
What type of honorable discharge?
I do not have to answer that question for this job interview.