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Ask the Recruiter

by Mike Arsenault - Director of Candidate Services

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Let Mike know your questions for future articles by emailing them to marsenault (at) This month’s Q&A is below:

Q: Most job applications ask if an applicant has ever been convicted of a crime. I have something on my record from when I was 18. I’m concerned if I disclose it, I won’t even be considered. Is that usually the case?

A: I can’t speak for employers, but I always advise that honesty is the best policy, especially if you received an Honorable Discharge from the military. I would be up front with the hiring manager. With technology as it is today, a criminal record is nearly impossible to hide.

Q: Are there specific military documents for job interviews I should take with me to an interview?

A: Always bring at least 10-15 fresh copies of your resume to provide to additional staff members that join your interview process. Other paperwork such as your evaluations, transcripts, letters of recommendation or your DD-214 should be accessible if needed, but they aren’t necessary to bring to an interview unless requested.

Q: When the interview is over, what should be my follow-up? Does it sound desperate if I say, ‘I really want this job?’

A: The final impression is just as crucial as a first impression. If you want the job, say so. Be direct, but confident. Acknowledge the hiring manager’s time spent with you, and let them know that you look forward to next steps and are available by phone or email for any follow-up.

As soon as possible, within the first 24 hours, send a handwritten note to the primary interviewer(s). The note should contain a reminder of your skills and your interest in working with the company:

Dear ___________,

Thank you for meeting with me today to discuss the position of ____________ within your organization. My experience as a ________________will allow me to immediately make a positive impact. I look forward to next steps.


(Your name)

Q: Can I send an email instead of a handwritten note?

A: There’s nothing wrong with shooting off a quick email to the people you met during your interview process, but remember that a handwritten note will set you apart from your competition and really go a long way to reflect your character and attention to detail.

Mike Arsenault is Director of Candidate Services at Bradley-Morris, Inc. He can be reached at (800) 330-4950 ext. 2105 or by email at


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