Lantern Swinger
When asked 'what difficulties have you encountered?' at the AIB, what did all prospective applicants say.

I am having great trouble answering this question.
No-one's life is smooth and dandy. You must have had some difficulty, some challenge. Maybe a loss of a family member, maybe you failed an exam, maybe you had to climb a tall mountain on an exped, maybe you really wanted the part of Tony in West Side Story but didn't get it. It isn't the episode itself that the board will be interested in, but what you did about it that matters. It doesn't matter what anyone else did, it is what YOU went through and what YOU did about it that counts.


Lantern Swinger
Sorry - I didn't make myself clear.

One question that has come up many times is 'what have you done to challenge yourself?'

What setbacks did you encounter?
As OSLO said above, it's all about YOU.

If you make something up and they start questioning you it may become quite obvious that you are not providing a genuine answer.

You could always ask your parents/family/friends/partner about an incident that happened to you where you got a setback to jog your mind.

Good luck


War Hero
ollie123 said:
Sorry to be so repetitive but can you leave me some links on this site for AIB forums to save you guys writing it all again?
KLNA-Cessna-Jockey said:
Try this link - it's all here

Welcome onboard by the way
ollie123 said:
Thanks a lot!!!
MOD Edit

Hi Ollie,

Welcome to RR, hope you get the answers you need.

I've transferred your other thread onto this one as there were two threads by the same title which can cause confusion. (OK, it confused me, anyway!)



War Hero
Ollie, like many job interviews, the interview part of AIB is competency based, you will be asked when did you do ............., etc. The best way to approach these things is thus:

Sit down with a pen and paper(lots of) list all the things you have achieved, even small things like passing exams etc but things from which you gained a sense of achievement or satisfaction are better. Turn each of those into a short 1 paragraph story with a beginning introducing the achievement or challenge, a middle which explains what you had to do and most importantly an end which explains the result(what you did to overcome the challenge etc). Think back, achievements like helping a friend in a time of need demonstrate teamwork, coaching skills etc, things which may seem irrelevant are often not..... DO NOT LIE especially to yourself!

Apply the same approach to how you heard about the RN, what appeals about the RN your branch preference etc. All these little stories will stick in your head because they are your experiences, they also serve to help you communicate your thoughts in a logical and intelligible way. Now all you need do when questoned is present an appropriate story to the board, you won't have to sit there like the "thinker"

Any more tips and I charge by the hour!
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