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jrdmd

Newbie
Hello all,

I have my career discussion this week and I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on some points I was told to prepare for. One of them is "your thoughts on moral courage", does this mean i will have give an example of a time which i have shown moral courage or something else. The other point is "your terms of service", now is this how long i have to stay in the service or include penalties for leaving the service. I'm applying to become a warfare officer by the way.

Thank you in advance

Also this is telephone based because of the current situation.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Where in the question "what are your thoughts" does it say give an example?, similarly "what are your terms of service" would seem self explanatory to me.
 

Zoidberg

War Hero
Where in the question "what are your thoughts" does it say give an example?

That being said, it's unlikely to hurt and may be a benefit if you can squeeze an example in there. Reinforcing an opinion formed out of experience looks better and makes it sound like less of an on the spot blag. See pompeyexpat's post in this thread:


For example, when asked why he thought he'd make a good Officer his answer was "I have moral courage". When asked to expand on that because, and I quote, "that's a bullshit SJAR comment" he couldn't back it up. It was clear he thought moral courage was a quality Officers should have and so he duly trotted out the phrase without thinking about what it meant. The grad however had genuine examples of difficult decisions she'd made, both personally and when leading a team, that sounded natural and not forced.

Asking your opinion on something could be a way of opening up a line of questioning on that subject. If you think it might be something they could ask and it's already bothering you, then why wouldn't you go into the interview being as prepared as you could be with an example at hand on the off chance?
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Asking for thoughts on a subject implies presenting your opinion, whilst a practical example you've experienced won't hurt, you'd have to define moral courage, which is how I see the direction of the question going.

Like most, if not all, questions which involve the candidates opinion, it's subjective so no definitive answer.
 

Zoidberg

War Hero
Asking for thoughts on a subject implies presenting your opinion, whilst a practical example you've experienced won't hurt, you'd have to define moral courage, which is how I see the direction of the question going.

Like most, if not all, questions which involve the candidates opinion, it's subjective so no definitive answer.

I agree, but I would not be surprised if they're asked to expand on it or give an example of a time where they've displayed the qualities or attributes they've just given an opinion on.

Example:

Interviewer: 'What are your thoughts on moral courage?'
Candidate: 'My thoughts are XYZ'
Interviewer: 'Can you give me a time where you feel you've exhibited those qualities?'
Candidate: 'During blah blah the situation was this or that. I made such and such a decision and that required the qualities of xyz'

My point was mostly if they're concerned about the answer, then it's probably better to have an example just on the off chance they're asked to give one than to just ignore the possibility because it's a little more prep.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
I would have said the reasoning behind the answer is more relevant, if there are no personal examples, historic one s could be given.

You have to think how the question was phrased, he states he was told to prepare to answer his thoughts on moral courage, not give examples of.
 

jrdmd

Newbie
Thank you for all the response, i have a few examples of times i have shown moral courage that i can bring up if i need to in the career discussion, i can see now its no straight because its your opinion really on moral courage more than a definitive answer
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
There's always a risk of going too deep when answering questions on a board, you can end up digging yourself a hole.

Just answer the question as put to you, if they want you to expand on your answer they'll ask you to.

it's a fine art, give enough to answer the question but not too much so you don't have anything left for follow up questions.
 
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