Recruitment Process ?

Ash891

Badgeman
Hi all,

Recently applied to join up as a CIS. Got invited to the presentation and then sat my psychometric test shortly after (last week) and have since been booked in for an interview in just under a few weeks time.

I'm just curious as to why I am to have my interview before any of the tests (besides the psychometric)? Looking on the RN website and trawling through recruitment forums it appears as though one is supposed to sit all the medical, eye and fitness tests before the selection interview.

Or do the stages simply vary depending on the recruiter?

Thanks
Ash
 
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Rachelthree

War Hero
It changed recently, at a guess it was a waste of money and time sending people through their medicals, eye examinations and pjft's before assessing if they're suitable for service in the eyes of the interviewer. I am doing mine the old way as i started the process last year, but my afco mentioned the new order and has been discussed on here too so wouldn't worry about it! Good luck :D
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
As stated, the process sequence has changed but the website hasn't yet been updated.

The idea is supposedly to save money by interviewing before the 'contracted-out' elements of selection (eye test, medical, PJFT & Security Clearance). The thing to be aware of in order to manage realistic expectations, is that after the recruiting test, the highest fails occur at the medical, then the PJFT, then the selection interview and then the eye test, in descending order. Comparatively few fail the interview outright in relation to the contracted elements of selection (although they may be deferred at interview).

This now means, from an applicants perspective, that you could find yourself completing more selection elements before possibly finding out you could later be ineligible.


 

Ash891

Badgeman
Hi all, just a quick update on my application progress!

I've passed everything so far and my final step before PRNC is the fitness test, booked for towards the end of the month. I was told I've got 28 days to do it so I figured may aswell book it towards the latter end of the 28 days in order to improve on my 2.4km time. I can do it in 10.30 comfortably but I want to be able to ace it!

Ash
 

LaurenMc

Lantern Swinger
Hi all, just a quick update on my application progress!

I've passed everything so far and my final step before PRNC is the fitness test, booked for towards the end of the month. I was told I've got 28 days to do it so I figured may aswell book it towards the latter end of the 28 days in order to improve on my 2.4km time. I can do it in 10.30 comfortably but I want to be able to ace it!

Ash

Congratulations on passing, I'm also going into CIS, 10.30 is a good time, if you want to improve just hit the speed up on your treadmill. That's all it takes mate, good luck!
 

Prowler

Lantern Swinger
Get off the treadmill and hit the streets! (If you're not doing it already)

The PJFT may be on a treadmill but the PRNC isn't, may as well get used to it and whatever time you get, you can roughly knock off about 30 seconds for you treadmill time.
 

Ash891

Badgeman
Get off the treadmill and hit the streets! (If you're not doing it already)

The PJFT may be on a treadmill but the PRNC isn't, may as well get used to it and whatever time you get, you can roughly knock off about 30 seconds for you treadmill time.

Thanks, yeah I have been doing a small number of street runs.

Do you mean street running will improve my treadmill time by roughly 30 sec?

What I've been doing is running on progressively increasing inclines on the treadmill which I've been told helps replicate street running - but this plays hell with my shins so I've stopped doing the 2.4km above a 5% or so incline.
 

Ash891

Badgeman
Congratulations on passing, I'm also going into CIS, 10.30 is a good time, if you want to improve just hit the speed up on your treadmill. That's all it takes mate, good luck!

Thanks - it took me a while to get there to be honest, was always quite active but never really focused on running - my legs have received a hammering in the months leading up to my application - the biggest influence to improving my fitness was stopping smoking almost 14 weeks ago, best thing I've done!
 
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Prowler

Lantern Swinger
Running on a treadmill is easier than running on the streets, so your time on a treadmill will be quicker than on the street (usually).

A treadmill is a softer run (surface) and you don't get the uphill/downhill benefits (one strengthens the back leg muscles, one strengthens the front) unless you change the settings. Running on the streets is a harder run and if you live in a hilly area, you will get the benefits of running up and down hill.

So, the faster you're able to run on tarmac, stone, gravel, grass, whatever, you'll be roughly 30 seconds or so quicker on a treadmill.

And, your PRNC is on tarmac, I believe it's a few laps around Collingwood (could be wrong about that), so if you get used to running outside, you'll be able to ace both with no trouble.

Hope I have worded that correctly.
 

Ash891

Badgeman
Good to know, thanks.
I guess it's just variety! I'm just going to be careful not to over train, I was over enthusiastic a couple months back and ended up with minor shin splints which lasted a few weeks - makes me cautious of every little muscle ache I get!

Running on a treadmill is easier than running on the streets, so your time on a treadmill will be quicker than on the street (usually).

A treadmill is a softer run (surface) and you don't get the uphill/downhill benefits (one strengthens the back leg muscles, one strengthens the front) unless you change the settings. Running on the streets is a harder run and if you live in a hilly area, you will get the benefits of running up and down hill.

So, the faster you're able to run on tarmac, stone, gravel, grass, whatever, you'll be roughly 30 seconds or so quicker on a treadmill.

And, your PRNC is on tarmac, I believe it's a few laps around Collingwood (could be wrong about that), so if you get used to running outside, you'll be able to ace both with no trouble.

Hope I have worded that correctly.
 

Prowler

Lantern Swinger
I'm currently resting my ankle, was doing circuit training and went over on my ankle. Put down to a twisted ankle and thought nothing of it and cracked on with things. Month later and still having trouble, went to the Dr's and found out I have strained the tendons and I need to stay off it for a week or 2.
 

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