RFA application / testing

JW74

Midshipman
Thanks for the info.

Yeah i'm just going to take it one step at a time. If I get too far ahead of myself I tend to end up being disappointed.
I think my paper application form, with personal statement, etc, was good (in my opinion!) Hopefully they think so too. We've done well to get this far. Fingers crossed. It's not the end of the world if we don't cut it in the sift.
 
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Kp43

Newbie
Hi all I've just sat my test this morning for the RFA and got told there and then I had passed and I will hear from the RFA soon.the class room was full and I was prob the oldest there and every 1 else was for the navy and marines but other than the maths side of the test it was really easy.I dressed smart casual but all the younger lads were in tracksuit bottoms and t shirts so there seems to be no dress code. Good luck to all others going for this test
 

RFA19

Newbie
Hi all I've just sat my test this morning for the RFA and got told there and then I had passed and I will hear from the RFA soon.the class room was full and I was prob the oldest there and every 1 else was for the navy and marines but other than the maths side of the test it was really easy.I dressed smart casual but all the younger lads were in tracksuit bottoms and t shirts so there seems to be no dress code. Good luck to all others going for this test
Hello! Just wondering where you’re at in your application? As I have been given my test date and trying to gauge how long it’s all taking, thanks :)
 

Kp43

Newbie
Hi atm I'm still waiting to hear if I've got an interview. After my test I got sent an email asking why I wanted to join and why did I choose the branch I chose so I filled that in sent it off now I'm just waiting to hear if I get selected for interview.
 

Kp43

Newbie
Just got my interview for the 27th of this month so alot faster than I thought and happy i got selected for interview
 

Chop1la

Newbie
Just got my interview for the 27th of this month so alot faster than I thought and happy i got selected for interview
Hi Kp43

What job are you applying for? I have passed my test and sent my application off for the dreaded sift, they said it won’t be looked at until next March..... I’m applying for Seaman apprentice
 
Hi Chop1La

I'm in the exact same position as yourself it seems also there was another lad who had applied for the seaman apprentice who sat the RT test the same time as me.
 
No, he's now waiting until March like us for the sift, sorry if I was unclear there. I would of liked it if they gave me feed back on what I scored for each section just to know where to brush up on.
 

Chop1la

Newbie
Yeh pretty straight forward just tried putting in truthfully why I was joining

Haven't sent it off yet as the recruiting Officer said there was no rush
 

JohnMaco

Newbie
Hey everyone. I passed out of BRNC as an RFA Engineering Cadet in December. Currently in my first few weeks of nautical College.

This job has without a doubt the longest joining process I've ever seen. I applied in January, did my tests In March and was lucky to get an sift interview by May. I was also very lucky to get into The Admiralty interview board for July and was able to start last October.

Having spoken to other cadets I know this is quite quick compare to some of them. Apparently, the RFA (And all the other armed forces) have a shortage of engineers and motormen etc, so that helped.

Just remember the STAR approach for answering your questions. And get stuck in. We had guy fail because he had zero team skills. He didn't wanna chat out or swap ideas etc. This isn't a career for lone wolf types.
 

Random

Lantern Swinger
Situation
Task
Action
Result

Situation sets the scene (15%)
Task what was your job in this situation (10%)
Action is how you carried out the task (60%)
Result is what did you gain and what did the task setter gain by your actions (15%)

Percentages are my personal opinion of how much words you should spend on each section. Your actions and knowledge of their impact is often the most interesting thing for an assessor to learn.
 

JohnMaco

Newbie
Cheers random.

You set that out much more concisely than I would've done.

Only thing I would add is, be ready to defend your decision. They will grill you, Particularly if you have a weak answer.

But stick by your guns, have some good solid examples in your mind and you should be okay.
 
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