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Eric W  
#1 Posted : Monday, September 9, 2019 5:24:16 PM(UTC)
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I have over 20 years of experience working in and around the Army, Army National Guard, and as an IT contractor for the Army National Guard. This particular job is on a Marine base at a Navy dental clinic. I am well versed in the operating procedures of the Army, the systems they use and their regulations.
My wife is Japanese and we want to spend some time in her country (not to mention I love travelling and love visiting Japan) so I have been applying for jobs on USAJobs and got referred at a location that isn't far from my in-laws.

If and when I am called for an interview I am confident with my abilities in answering IT-related questions, but in my experience, they may ask questions about specific systems that the organization may use and maybe regulations that cover their organization.

Does anyone have advice for what I should be researching to prepare for the interview? Any information on the types of questions they will likely ask?

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#2 Posted : Wednesday, October 9, 2019 4:43:58 PM(UTC)
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Wow no helpful replies in a Month here, very sorry. I gave myself a 5% chance of getting the Job and they wouldn't leave me alone. I wi***** all worked out but that's another story. Good luck!

I really resent you cant say Wi$h & it here

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Eric W  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, October 9, 2019 4:58:59 PM(UTC)
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Wow no helpful replies in a Month here, very sorry. I gave myself a 5% chance of getting the Job and they wouldn't leave me alone. I wi***** all worked out but that's another story. Good luck!

I really resent you cant say Wi$h & it here


Thanks for the reply.

Unfortunately I haven’t received any contact with the hiring agency yet. USAJobs still shows me as “referred”. I have a couple of other applications in for job postings that haven’t closed yet.

I haven’t seen a new job posting in Japan (except Okinawa) in over a month in the 2200 series.

Anyway, I am optimistic. I will be in Japan for a few weeks over Christmas and New Years. I will visit Sasebo and possibly Iwakuni looking for an opportunity.

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#4 Posted : Thursday, October 10, 2019 6:09:36 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Eric W Go to Quoted Post
I have over 20 years of experience working in and around the Army, Army National Guard, and as an IT contractor for the Army National Guard. This particular job is on a Marine base at a Navy dental clinic. I am well versed in the operating procedures of the Army, the systems they use and their regulations.
My wife is Japanese and we want to spend some time in her country (not to mention I love travelling and love visiting Japan) so I have been applying for jobs on USAJobs and got referred at a location that isn't far from my in-laws.

If and when I am called for an interview I am confident with my abilities in answering IT-related questions, but in my experience, they may ask questions about specific systems that the organization may use and maybe regulations that cover their organization.

Does anyone have advice for what I should be researching to prepare for the interview? Any information on the types of questions they will likely ask?

JOB TITLE: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST (INFOSEC/SYSADMIN)
Org: Dept of the Navy


The "hot" things in IT right now (from my perspective in hiring, etc.) are emotional intelligence and understanding business. So working with people, customers, stakeholders and understanding how IT fits with the overall organization.

Speak to those things, and your IT skills and you should be golden. Don't be surprised if those things come up in your interview.

Can't tell you how many times people are hired and it is said "I can teach them anything, but do they get along with current staff... are they a good fit. Will they know how to bridge that gap from IT to business."

That is in my world right now... so maybe not "hot". lol
Eric W  
#5 Posted : Monday, November 4, 2019 4:19:08 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: King_Fed Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: Eric W Go to Quoted Post
I have over 20 years of experience working in and around the Army, Army National Guard, and as an IT contractor for the Army National Guard. This particular job is on a Marine base at a Navy dental clinic. I am well versed in the operating procedures of the Army, the systems they use and their regulations.
My wife is Japanese and we want to spend some time in her country (not to mention I love travelling and love visiting Japan) so I have been applying for jobs on USAJobs and got referred at a location that isn't far from my in-laws.

If and when I am called for an interview I am confident with my abilities in answering IT-related questions, but in my experience, they may ask questions about specific systems that the organization may use and maybe regulations that cover their organization.

Does anyone have advice for what I should be researching to prepare for the interview? Any information on the types of questions they will likely ask?

JOB TITLE: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST (INFOSEC/SYSADMIN)
Org: Dept of the Navy


The "hot" things in IT right now (from my perspective in hiring, etc.) are emotional intelligence and understanding business. So working with people, customers, stakeholders and understanding how IT fits with the overall organization.

Speak to those things, and your IT skills and you should be golden. Don't be surprised if those things come up in your interview.

Can't tell you how many times people are hired and it is said "I can teach them anything, but do they get along with current staff... are they a good fit. Will they know how to bridge that gap from IT to business."

That is in my world right now... so maybe not "hot". lol



Thanks for the reply, unfortunately, I never received a phone call or email for an interview. I recently received an email telling me I was not selected.

IT jobs in Japan have started opening up again, possibly since FY20 funding has now been established. There was a two month period where I didn't see anything new. Just trying to stay positive.
Lunch  
#6 Posted : Wednesday, November 13, 2019 9:03:48 AM(UTC)
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I'm sure you know this, but be patient, they will get back to you. However, it's okay to reach out if it has been a while.

As far as interviewing goes, I don't work in IT, but I am a GS-13 in a similar field. I recommend knowing your major past projects you have worked on as well as brushing up on jargon of the basics. When I interviewed for my current gig, I was asked some very particular questions about basic knowledge related to the job, but if I hadn't have studied it I wouldn't have remembered very specific terminology.

Hope it goes well and don't be afraid to go do something else while waiting, it took me several years and dozens of applications to get the exact job I wanted. I took that time to build my job experience and education. Remeber there is always someone with better experience and education, the best you can do is hope that person didn't see the job posting and nail the interview (or hate the location).

Best of luck.
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#7 Posted : Thursday, November 14, 2019 12:50:30 PM(UTC)
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Definitely be patient, I've gotten calls or emails to set up interviews from announcements I was referred for 6-8 months in the past. There's a lot of variables and actions that have to happen in the background and delays are common.

I have a different perspective on interviews. Outside of doing some quick google search to try to get a high level understanding of what the organization does, I don't prep much for an interview. You want to have a solid answer for the stupid interview questions like biggest strength/weakness or why you would be a good fit for the position, but that's all of the prep I do. I do a lot of briefings and public speaking in my job so maybe I'm just used to thinking/talking on the fly, but I like to go into an interview with them understanding exactly how much I know and don't know about their organization/mission. If they are really looking for a candidate with very intimate experience with their specific/unique mission then they are going to be able to tell that you don't because their organization isn't going to show up in your previous job experience. Dropping a few buzz words isn't going to do anything for you. And you still have to show up at the organization on your EOD date and perform at the expected level. If you lied your ass off during the interview because you were able to find some obscure .ppt or report about the organization or a specific program eventually it's going to show.

I'm sure most won't agree with this strategy, but it's worked well for me and I've transitioned from Army->Navy->NOAA->back to Navy->back to Army - all promotions.
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