MW Interview

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  1. Been reading this forum for ages but haven't previously found the need to post anything.

    I can't seem to find information on the interview given to ratings. I would just like to know what kind of questions to expect. My interview is a month away.

    Please send me in the right direction or let me know what you remember from your interview?

  2. "What's your name and address?"
  3. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    "Have you ever seen a grown man naked?" :?
  4. When you are asked "Why do you want to join the Royal Navy?", just answer "For all the right reasons, Sir/Ma'am."

    It would have saved me and the board valuable time if I'd done this at my own interview.
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  5. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    So: "Sail the seven seas, meet interesting people and kill them..." was not an appropriate response then? :?
  6. Neither is "to get pissed and shag whores, Chief". Apparently "to serve Queen and Country" is a good answer though.
  7. Just start singing the Jack sparrow song always helps :)
  8. How about, Why you want to join the RN, why you want to be a Mine Warfare Specialist. Read up about mines and how the threat is countered. Types of MCM vessels in service, and finish it up with "After the defence cuts we'll only have sweepers left"
  9. Hunters T126, sweeping went out a while ago. Thank the lord!
  10. Wot, no buffers party anymore.....tsk.
  11. okay then, name & address, I like to shoot people & enjoy seeing male flesh. GOT IT!
  12. Gil:

    Originally Posted by Ninja_Stoker:

    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 smartly, 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 - does 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 your results, what further education you have attended if any. What consideration did you give to attending further education, how many schools attended. If you left further education early, why. Did you represent the school at sports?


    How many 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 contract 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!
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2011
  13. Thanks Sol!
  14. I'm going in as mw, in my interview I was asked where could I be based, the different roles that the two bases carry out, and possibly how many ships mw have and why I want to join mw.
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  15. Cheers Mate!
  16. 'Because I'm too pretty to work with Fijians'
  17. Am I likely to be asked about my phase 2 training? All I know is that I go to MWS in HMS Collingwood for 3 months. Is that all they want to know or is there some further information hiding out there?
  18. Going off my MW interview if you know where, how long and what you will be doing in phase two that should be sufficient, they don't expect you to know the ins and outs, just the info available on the website and all the questions sol gave you above..Don't worry i had a laugh in my interviews and enjoyed it.

    Good luck.
  19. The Careers PDF says:

    "After your basic training, you’ll spend three months at the Maritime Warfare School at HMS Collingwood in Hampshire. Here, you’ll be trained in the specialist areas of mine warfare, including the various types of mines, how they operate and how they’re used in war and how to dispose of them. You’ll also learn to detect mines and minefields using mine-hunting sonar and how to launch and operate the remote-controlled mine-disposal vehicle."

    As far as this particular part of the interview is concerned i.e. the part in which you are asked about the training pipeline for your job, I would say that this would be sufficient.
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  20. Cheers x 2 =)

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