This may not apply to Chaplains but to anyone endeavoring meeting new people or new bosses.
Here a few tips:
1. Pray first. Ask the Lord for confidence and a honest presentation of 'who God made you to be'.
2. Take a shower. Shave. Brush your teeth. Pop that pimple. Put on some deodorant.
3. Grab some gum. Nothing worse than looking great and your breath wilting the flowers.
4. Think of a couple of positive things about your past units and say them. No one likes a person who harps about his OLD UNIT. If you aren't in the Army, and maybe applying for a minister job...don't slam the old pastor you worked for back at 'whatchamachalit church'.
Finally my Golden Nugget:
"Never assume that people are as nice/or as bad as they first appear." ~ Richard Baxter.
This put more simply is this: If they are buttering you up...you might be being thrown in the oven soon. Or the guy that you might write-off as particularly odd could be your greatest asset.