Interview on Monday - Advice Please

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  1. Hi guys , i've got my interview on monday, first choice etwe second choice etwe(sm).

    Just wondering what topics they discuss , what sort of questions they ask you etc.And should i have any questions to ask them.

    Do many people not pass the interview stage?
    And do you find out there and then whether or not you've passed?
    And is it more a discussion about me than an interview, and if so is honesty the best policy for subjects like, i hated school etc
    Is the interview something i should be worried about, or is it easier than the recruitment test to pass?

    cheers for any replies
  2. You should be "worried" about all stages, however it is more of a discussion to be honest. Had mine last week and found it quite informal.
  3. Yeah i had my interview about 2 weeks ago. I just prepared myself for questions which i thought i will be asked, and do not lie about anything just be totally honest that way you can not get caught out about anything. I found mine more of an informal chat, i was asked about what might the trade involve, such as, pay, work, where i will be based. I was also asked about family,friends and school life. Where you mentioned you didnt like school that much i wouldnt get to worried about that just as long you wasnt really bad behaved because i was asked asked about behaviour and what was the worse thing i ever done at school. At the end of the interview i was told that i passed.

    Good Luck Alex all the best mate. :thumright:
  4. Be well presented, honest, polite and enthusiastic [without looking like a fool). Be prepared to ask a few questions of your own too which will add to the perception that you are interested. Above all - be yourself.

    Good luck.

  5. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Hi Alex,

    Some pass, some fail interview. The majority pass eventually even if not at first attempt.

    You will be given interview feedback & results the same day.

    It's an interview, not a discussion, as indicated below.

    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:


    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?


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.
  6. No advice from me - just - good luck. :thumright:
  7. how did it go??? any advice??
  8. How did the interview go??
  9. Buggy! You're back!
  10. buggy wooo your back hows it been mate
  11. yeey i passed!!!! My careers adviser said it was one of the better interviews he'd ever had!

    He said that he could tell that i'd did my homework and researched all about the navy, and that i answered most of his questions before he asked them, in the end it was more of a friendly chat.

    So yep i guess it pays off to research all about the ships etc, also to be yourself and honest- i told him about my "not particularly great" attendance and punctuality, but also said that that was in't past and i'm 100% commited to the RN.

    He said he he had every confidence that i'd get in around april - june 09.Seems such a loooong wait to me though.Wanna get in now!

    I'm confident i will do all that i can to get in, still worried about the inevitable bad reference from my old school though, cos its out of my control.
  12. Congratulations Alex, I have mine this Friday for AET. Doing my research now and hoping to get a similar result to you! :)
  13. Well done matey, got mine on wednesday, so fingers crossed I'll be on my way. could you tell me a few of the questions they asked? was it along the lines of how many ships in the fleet, number of personel, No. of air craft and that kind? any help would be great :thumright:
  14. I simply got asked on what type's and what I wished to serve on.
  15. Ask them where ET(WT)s (whatever they are) are based.

    They'll like that one.
  16. I think they've gone home :ufo:
  17. thanks for the help, passed my interview today
  18. Congratulations :rendeer:
  19. My interview was very good actually. I've had a fair few interviews for different jobs and I can say my interview for the RN was the most nerve racking for me, but once I was in and we got chatting I felt very relaxed because I knew I want to join, they want me to join, and it's something we are both enthusiastic about. A lot of the interview was based off things I wrote on the application form, so anyone that's reading this that has an interview coming up, try to remember what you wrote on your application and make sure you do not contradict anything. I was asked about the branch I wanted to join, about HMS Raleigh. I gave all text book answers. We also spoke about the history of the Navy from Henry the VIII and the Navy Royal right through the Cromwells time, and the Civil War right up to WWI and WWII. We spoke about theater, music, and sports within the Royal Navy. To be honest I just showed a lot of interest, asked a lot of questions, answered all of the questioned honestly. I was asked about school, I didn't lie, I said I messed school up a bit and the Royal Navy is offering me a second chance at studying whilst earning money and building a good career. I didn't make out that I wanted to join the Navy since I was born, because that wasn't true. Just be honest. My interview was 2 hours long, and my interviewer said he respected my honesty and that a lot of people come in and try to BS through there interview whilst I just presented myself for who I am, and he offered me the job.

    None of the questions were difficult, no awkward questions. I often find in other job interviews you get asked things like 'WHY do you want to work for us?' and if it's a crappy retail store or a super market what can you say? Well...I want money basically!!! But if your in an interview for something you really want to do and your asked...Why the Navy? Well...You get to see the world, you become a part of something, good career, opportunities to get some better grades, learn good values, like discipline, self respect, respect for others. It's natural to be a bit nervous for the interview, but you have to remember that you want to join, they want you to join. Unless your totally rubbish, caught out lying, or you haven't bothered doing your homework before the interview than you can't fail. Even then you'd probably get sent away to do your homework and invited back for another interview.

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