First Interview

Chalky

Lantern Swinger
I have my first interview with a careers liaison officer coming up in a few weeks and was wondering if anyone could give me an idea of what to expect and how much money I should attempt to slip her?
 
Chalky said:
I have my first interview with a careers liaison officer coming up in a few weeks and was wondering if anyone could give me an idea of what to expect and how much money I should attempt to slip her?
She'll probably want to find out your reasons for joining, Naval knowledge, whether you are aware of what being in the RN involves etc.

Money probably won't make any difference, but if she's decent looking, try slipping her something else :wink:
 

Chalky

Lantern Swinger
jesse650 said:
why maty what are you planning to do?
Warfare Officer, hopefully. Failing that, I thought I'd volunteer myself for use as a Frigate. In these times of cuts, who'd pass up a bargain like that?
 

matlo_caroline

Lantern Swinger
Just be nice and dont stare look at her as a Colleague and don't bribe her if you cant get in without bribing then might not be the job for you.
 

Chalky

Lantern Swinger
tr313 said:
where you got your interview? ive got mine in chatham in a couple of weeks
Birmingham, first week of October. Good luck. Be sure to let me know how you get on. Safety in numbers!

matlo_caroline said:
Just be nice and dont stare look at her as a Colleague and don't bribe her if you cant get in without bribing then might not be the job for you.
Thanks for the advice. I'm sure my natural charm, flair and intellect will be enough to grease the wheels of the recruitment process. However, all hopeful Plans A have a desperate Plan B. :p
 

matlo_caroline

Lantern Swinger
I ahve a male careers officer and he is the nicest bloke we get on like a house on fire and have a good working friendship.
Been a fantastic person and definately helped me loads.
 
Lt Doe then yours, tr313? He is top bloke, really knows his stuff and his very good to talk to, submariner by trade.

On the first interview it is really an introduction to the Naval Services, basics as to why you want to join, motivation to join etc. It is on the second interview that they begin to test Naval Knowledge he will give you a Naval Book on the fleet and you will need to know this fairly well from the AIB.
 

Chalky

Lantern Swinger
Booty_Cdt_Sgt said:
On the first interview it is really an introduction to the Naval Services, basics as to why you want to join, motivation to join etc. It is on the second interview that they begin to test Naval Knowledge he will give you a Naval Book on the fleet and you will need to know this fairly well from the AIB.
Thanks B_C_S. This is the one I've struggled with. I'm 24 now and have always, always wanted to join up, but have gone off and done other stuff in the meantime. I can't imagine doing anything else with my life, but as for a specific 'reason'; well, that's what I'm struggling with. Any helps from you folks would be greatly appreciated in translating this desire into words!
 

FlagWagger

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Chalky said:
Booty_Cdt_Sgt said:
On the first interview it is really an introduction to the Naval Services, basics as to why you want to join, motivation to join etc. It is on the second interview that they begin to test Naval Knowledge he will give you a Naval Book on the fleet and you will need to know this fairly well from the AIB.
This is the one I've struggled with. I'm 24 now and have always, always wanted to join up,
So your desire to join is not just a whim... this is important and will demonstrate to the AFCO that you're serious about the RN. What you'll need to be able to answer is "when did you first want to join?", "why?", etc.

Chalky said:
but have gone off and done other stuff in the meantime.
This shouldn't be a problem at all - you've gone and done other things, you've learned a bit about life, to be blunt, you'll have grown up :)

Chalky said:
I can't imagine doing anything else with my life, but as for a specific 'reason'; well, that's what I'm struggling with. Any helps from you folks would be greatly appreciated in translating this desire into words!
Do you have an idea of what role you want to do? Do you know what it involves? What attracts you to this role? How will your life have to change for you to do this? Are you prepared to put up with the bullshit that goes with basic training in order to do this role?

Basically any employer will be looking that you have done some thinking and know what you want to do. If you just want to join the RN with no clear idea of which trade or specialisation then you're not going to come over very well. If you have a clearer idea of what you want from the RN (other than a nice blue suit) then this is going to show that you've thought it through even if you can't explain why you want to join the RN in particular.

Good luck
 
Just remember that as long as you have the academic qualifications required these interviews are not pass or fail, the only time that happens is the AIB. The ACLO is there to guide you through the process.

As was said the fact that you are coming into this relatively late, shows that you have seen Civi street, been there and done it. Then got bored of it, I am sure that people will agree with me when I say that the Admiralty Board do get excited when you describe it as Long term challenge, life long oppourtunity and the like. However at the same time you will need to demonstrate that you are going to take this seriously and as much as you can prove that you aim to be in the Navy for the long haul.
 
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