Does anyone have any tips for the Interview?

Scarface2009

Lantern Swinger
#1
I have just passed my RT test today, i do however have my interview in 4 days, does anyone who has had the interview know what they ask you, i know they will ask you about your career option, do you need to know a lot about the history of the navy and the current operations?

no links please, i have been through them, just people who have had the recruiting interview

thanks!
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#9
If you want to brighten your Careers Advisers' day, speak very, very softly, or better still whisper & stutter at the same time.

It may not get you the job, but it makes for a more interesting interview I always find.

Alternatively, if you want to be a square:

Ninja_Stoker said:
Simply be honest, there are no trick questions. The interview isn't "hard", it's just an interview.

The Selection Interview itself breaks down into five main areas & lasts 45 minutes to around an hour.

Make sure you switch your mobile off at the interview but also make sure you have the AFCO phone-number so that you can ring them BEFOREHAND, if you are delayed.

Dress smart, be early, bring all certificates & National Record of Achievement. Bring any documentation such as passport Birth Certificate, NHS Card if you did not already provide them to be copied on Recruiting Test day. Bring four colour passport photographs-put your name on the back of each. Also bring any completed paperwork given to you beforehand: eyetest forms, Security Questionnaire etc.

Areas covered in the interview are as follows:

PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES

Where were you born, where else have you lived, who's in your family, who lives at home with you, Your home life, What does Mum and/or Dad do for a living, what about your brothers & sisters, your Family's health, family support for your application, any trauma experienced & your reaction to it. Whether you have a partner, how many house moves you've had, how you re-settled, what you do to help at home, how you get on with your family, whether you have dependent children. What health are your family in- oes anyone depend on you to look after them, are you a carer, What do you do to help around the house, Who does your washing & ironing, have you holidayed away from your family, How mature are you?

EDUCATION

School attendance, who chose your school, punctuality, achievements, membership of clubs & societies, sports teams, favourite subjects, least favourite, suspensions, expulsions, what did you think if you got a detention, how you got on with teachers & pupils, what results you obtained, what do you think of your results, what did your family think of our reslts, what further education you have attended if any. What consideration did you give to attend further education, How many schools attended. If you left further education arlywhy. Did you represent the school at sports.

WORK EXPERIENCE

How may jobs, why you left, how did you get your job, why did you leave, how you got on with the public, did you handle cash, what responsibilities did you have. How much do you earn, what are your commitments, can you cope on Service pay, do you know how much you get paid, any savings, debts, relevant to new entry pay. Timekeeping, disciplinary record.

HOBBIES & INTERESTS

Member of any sports clubs, Uniformed Youth Organisations, social life:do you understand drugs policy, what hobbies & interests do you have. Full breakdown of fitness schedule - Physical activity -what/how often/how far & how long established etc. any work related training, related skills/interests, Personal achievements. What is your opinion of drugs. What's the Armed forces policy on drugs. Swimming - how often & how far. Personal admin.

MOTIVATION.

Experience of communal living, ability to adapt to change, attitude to authority, time away from home/family, any experience of responsibility, timekeeping/discipline/truancy, aspirations/motivation-what do you know about the Service & phase two Training knowledge, General Knowledge of service/training. Terms and conditions of service. How much do you earn in training, how long is your contact for, how quickly can you leave if you don't like it.

Relax. Maintain eye contact, be honest, don't slouch. Be yourself.

Good luck.
 
#10
I do have a tip, actually. If you feel unfomfortable keeping eye contact, focus just above the eye instead, It still looks like you're making eye contact.
 
#11
I have a tip actually, when you're talking to someone, make eye contact. It shows confidence and maturity. To do otherwise is just plain rude frankly.

Ninja_Stoker said:
Relax. Maintain eye contact, be honest, don't slouch. Be yourself.
Listen to the advice of the recruiter too, rather than that of random idiots.
 
#17
i had my interview about 4 weeks ago and i was dreading it, but advise from all on here did a world of good, polished shoes, no slouching, be honest, look in their eyes when talking to them, i wasnt asked anything about the navy's history, but i did touch up on it to be sure, interview didnt seem formal at all, just like a chat with a friend really, it was quite easy, just dont worry :)
 
#19
the advice ninja stoker has given you is the best advice there is. its actually the advice i used before i went for my interview and i was in the same position as you feeling nervous etc... read that thoroughly and take heed of what is says. the interview in my opinion was more like a chat, covering all the topics that ninja stoker has listed more or less word for word. the interviewer has a list off all the questions on the other side of his name tag on the table. they ask questions directly linked to the advice you have been given.

dont slouch, speak clearly and confidently, try and maintain eye contact(or staring at the forehead of the interviewer may work :S), one thing i did was when i was asked a question i didnt know was simply say sorry you dont know the answer, looks better than bullshitting your way through it in my opinion. best advice i got was you can never be too prepared, the more prepared you are the less nervous you will be going into the interview.

i was told to read up on the royal navys current operations, some of the royal navys history ( i was asked who the royal navys first sea lord is?), you need to know the branch you are applying for inside out as you will be asked a lot of questions about this, basically what your role is,what you will do etc... they will ask you a few questions about your basic training(length of training,where do you train, where do your trade training after you finish at HMS Raleigh etc...), then you get asked questions about yourself.

prepare and you will do fine mate.
 
#20
Scarface2009 said:
I have just passed my RT test today, i do however have my interview in 4 days, does anyone who has had the interview know what they ask you, i know they will ask you about your career option, do you need to know a lot about the history of the navy and the current operations?

no links please, i have been through them, just people who have had the recruiting interview

thanks!
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