Couple of questions

#1
So, I'm already a qualified 2nd engineer and a crew agent approached me about the RFA who seem interested in getting me in for an interview but as I haven't had any contact whatsoever with them I'm kind of relying on 2nd hand answers to a few questions I might have. So I thought I'd try here.

  • I have an appointment for the psychometric test on Wednesday in Gateshead. However, I ride a motorbike so was wondering on the formality of this. If it's informal that I can get away with jeans and a shirt then I should be ok but anything more and I'll have to find a car and deal with rush hour. So is it formal at all?
  • They also sent a small questionnaire asking about convictions, including motoring convictions. I had points on my license like 10 years ago so they're all gone but was unsure if it needs to be put on. It obviously isn't a big deal so I'm not worried about putting it on but best to know.
  • I'm trying to get back to work at sea after a year and a half off so I'd like to get back quickly. The process seems to take months but I was wondering if it was quicker if I'm already qualified and ready?
Thanks in advance. I'll probably be here asking more soon enough depending on how far I get.
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#2
Whilst appreciating this is RFA rather than RN, pretty much the same stuff applies, apart from opening/closing branches to recruitment;

  • The test does not require formal dress.
  • If the form is the Rehabilitation of Offenders form (MoD Form 493 written at the top), you only need declare unspent convictions. For security clearance all convictions must be declared - except parking or speeding fines that did not result in a court summons.
  • If the branch is actually open to recruitment, entry can be swifter for trained personnel. The fact you've been called forward for test indicates the branch is recruiting.
 
#3
If the form is the Rehabilitation of Offenders form (MoD Form 493 written at the top), you only need declare unspent convictions. For security clearance all convictions must be declared - except parking or speeding fines that did not result in a court summons.
Thanks for the answer.

It just says standard character enquiry form and it came with the letter saying I needed to do the psychometric test so who knows. I asked the crew agent who put me forward to ask as well but I'll probably just put it down as I can't think doing 35 in a 30 is a disqualifying factor.
 

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