Recruiters might think interviewing for a veteran job placement is just like any other interview. In some respects, it is. There are certain questions you should always ask, to get a measure of the candidate in front of you. With veterans, however, there are some you should actively avoid. We’ve broken out the differences for you here.
The answer to this tells you many things about the applicant, including whether they have read and understood the job description, and what their level of self-esteem or confidence is. It helps you determine whether they can speak objectively about both their skills and the job requirements.
Veterans are absolutely the most qualified people to explain how their experience in the military relates to a civilian position. Often, recruiters may not understand how a skill is transferable, but the candidate can see the correlations immediately. Research shows 76% of employers want to hire more veterans, but only 38% understood how skills gained during service were transferable to civilian work. Realistically, however, 95% of what military personnel
There’s nothing wrong with asking outright whether the candidate you’re interviewing has the ability to do the work. Don’t assume just because they applied it means they think they can—ask them to tell you why they can. This elicits a commitment from the candidate as well as giving you the chance to evaluate their understanding of the position a little more, and gives them the opportunity to tell you about any accommodations they may need to perform effectively.
This takes the candidate back to before their military
Believe it or not, there are recruiters out there who still believe it’s ok to ask some of these questions. Make sure you aren’t one of them.
Some of these questions aren’t just undiplomatic and potentially hurtful, they are actually against the law to ask potential employees. Even a recruiter who is professionally unfamiliar with military issues is expected to be mindful of their approach when dealing with veteran job placements. Be understanding about military jargon, especially with newly-discharged veterans, and ask them to explain terms you don’t understand rather than assuming you know what they mean.