Interview-Royal Marines

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  1. Hi, I passed my physchometric test a couple of weeks ago, thanks for all your help! I am now waiting for an interview date, I was just wondering if anyone can give me any advice on the sort of questions they'll ask. Do I need to know in detail about the Royal Marines or is that more at the AIB? Or Is this interview more about me as a person?
    Any help appreciated Regards
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    If you are applying for RM Officer, the Sift interview is as follows:

    The Sift interview covers 3 main areas, Communications, Leadership & Motivation. They are not expecting the "finished article" but the more preparation you do, the sooner you will attend AIB because you are a stunningly well versed individual, smartly dressed (jacket & tie or equivalent), shiny shoes, prompt, attentive, etc.

    The areas covered break down as follows and the 100% "Ideal candidate" will posses all of the following qualities (very few tick all the boxes, rest assured):

    Positive body language
    Good Power of expression
    Appropriate language
    Good eye contact
    Able to articulate sentences clearly

    Demonstrates can lead team to success/achieve positive results
    Capable of Planning ahead
    Motivates team
    Learnt from mistakes/experience
    Good level of commitment to team
    Good examples of leadership/taking charge/organisation skills and
    likewise from school, university, part-time work, clubs, societies etc.
    Teamplayer and team leader.
    Trusted & responsible

    Good level of Fitness.
    Family/partner support.
    Sound, logical reasons for joining RN/RM
    Well thought out career choices
    Good awareness of RN/RM; branch; terms and conditions; training pipeline
    Realistic expectations
    Reasons for joining RN/RM.
    Length of interest.
    Knowledge/Preparation for RN/RM.

    Further AIB tips & advice HERE

    For Other Rank RM Commando, the Selection Interview runs as follows:

    The Selection Interview 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 & CORPS KNOWLEDGE QUESTIONS, 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, don't slouch. Be yourself.
  3. Thanks alot, great help. If joining as a Royal Marine Officer, do you need know about Royal Navy training operations etc or is it more focused on Royal Marines or a mix of both?
  4. Useful for me too. I'm a bit worried about my leadership examples, i was a bit of a div at school and didn't take up the opportunities offered to me. I regret this now, but as its only been a year since i left i can't think of any ways to prove my leadership ability.

    Any ideas?
  5. It depends how long you've got, most organisations that offer leadership training for free will require some commitment, ie Time, before spending their dosh on you, as they won't want to train you just to see you Foxtrot Oscar with the nice certificate to show the AFCO man.
    Outward Bound run some good courses, downside waiting list and cost.
    British Mountaineering Club run excellent Mountain Leadership etc courses. Are you into hill walking etc, if not perhaps not for you.
    The Scouting Movement? Cadets? Management Courses at your local Poly :dwarf: .
  6. Thanks, i hadn't thought about things like that. I only passed my RT test a couple of weeks ago so i have plenty of time.

  7. I have Hyper Tension, a wandering eye, slope shoulders and multiple personalities.
    Will this prove to be a hindrance in the recruiting process? o_O :biggrin:
  8. No, although you might be advised that a career in Mortars is more suitable. :afro:
  9. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Failing that, just go SF....

  10. SF??? Suitably Furnished??? Is this thread about MQs???
  11. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator


    I thought we were talking Soft Furnishings. OMG!!! sorry

  12. Are you callin' me a puff like? (Spoken in dulcet Geordie tones).
  13. Im back pestering again, ive got my sift interview tomorrow so im cramming some last mintue info into my head!
    I've looked everywhere and cannot seem to find the strength of the Royal Marines, i have two conflicting figures of 6,000 and 7,200!
    Also, I'm wondering if anyone can tell me the strengths of the 3 commando units, 40, 42 and 45?
    Much appreciated
  14. I've seen figures lower than that as well. Got mine tomorrow as well.

    I've been mainly looking at current deployments, history and specialisations - i need to look into training and POC/AIB more but is there anything glaringly obvious i have missed?


    Good luck
  15. Me to, where is yours at?
    not really, make sure you knwo the elements of the badge and where it all came from too.
    Im focusing on history and training mainly, but i dont know how much detail i need to go into on the training side!
  16. Nottingham, you?

    Not sure how much information i need to know about the other units as well, keep reading i guess!

  17. Manchester. Yep thats all im going to do is read up, i cant do much more!
    Good luck for tomorrow anyway
  18. All the luck in the world wouldn't of helped me in that.

    I failed and rightly so. Hope you passed brother.
  19. I'm sorry to hear it, did he say why?

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