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Posted October 11, 2016 by

Interviewing student veterans


Are you interviewing a student veteran for a job at your company? Congrats! Veterans bring a set of skills that can stand above the other students you are interviewing.

If you are like many hiring managers, you have limited experience interviewing vets, and are not extremely familiar with what military experience looks like. It’s important to make sure you don’t ask anything inappropriate. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your interview while remaining sensitive and legal.

What NOT to ask

  • Unless you are hiring for a Federal agency or work with Veteran Preference Points, don’t ask about their discharge status.
  • You cannot ask if they will be deployed in the future, even if their resume says they are in the Reserves.
  • Do not ask about potential disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act states that an employer may only ask disability-related questions after the applicant has been offered a job.
  • “Do you have PTSD?” (First, check your biases about vets and PTSD, and second, any question that relates to their mental health is legally off limits.)
  • “Did you get hurt in combat?” or “Do you expect your injury to heal normally?”
  • “Have you ever participated in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program?”

Instead, you can ask…

  • Behavior-based questions that help you truly understand their previous experience
  • Questions about their goals (be smart and avoid the cliche “Where do you see yourself in the future?”)
  • “How did you deal with pressure or stress?”
  • According to the Office of Disability Employment Policy, you may ask, “Have you ever been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol?” The answer to this question should direclty relate to their ability to perform the job.

Veterans Day is November 11. Reach out to student veteran groups as part of your college recruitment this fall, and you may be impressed with what you find.

Posted July 03, 2012 by

Veterans in The Workforce

Harry Croft M.D.

Harry Croft M.D.

With most all troops now out of Iraq, and soon Afghanistan, many of them are dealing with Combat-Related PTSD. For those returning with, as well as those without PTSD, reintegrating in to civilian life can be difficult, and returning back into the workforce can be especially challenging.

The unemployment rate for veterans ranges from nearly 12.1% to 17%, depending on who is reporting the numbers, and for some (younger soldiers, reservists and guardists) even higher. This far exceeds the national unemployment rate. Even with the military’s provided Transition Assistance Program (TAP) in play, when a veteran returns to civilian culture they are wholly responsible for their own preservation and behavior and must learn to re-socialize themselves for living and working in mainstream society.

What do veterans need to know about entering the workforce and what do employers need to know about hiring veterans? Here are some tips: (more…)