The Recruitment Process - my experience so far... (4 months since applying)

#1
Hey guys,

I thought I'd share my experience of the recruitment process so far. I've looked through countless posts on this forum to find answers to questions I had. Most of them I did find, but there are some that aren't (I'm probably not looking hard enough). I've also noticed that some people are still waiting for some questions to be answered, and I've found their answers during my own process.

So, I originally applied for the Sea Spec role - I dont like calling it Seamen Specialist (it just sounds funny, and I chuckle)- although I did change it, and you'll see why as you read on.

The few stages I've been through up until today:

1) Enrollment

I always thought that you had to enroll AT your nearest RN center, which is not true. I looked through the roles online that I thought I'd be interested in and done some research around it. I registered online and applied thinking it would take months for them to contact me - this was the first week of February.

2) Psychometric Test

Within the first week of applying, I was given a date to sit the Psychometric Test at my local RN center, which was HMS Calliope on the Tyne in Newcastle. I won't go into too much detail as to what it is as I'm sure you've read about it already - if not, have a look on this link:

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/joining/get-ready-to-join/practise-for-rt-test/reasoning

When you arrive you'll be asked to sit in a room with other applicants until your AFCO calls your name. He'll take you into a room, ask you a few questions and then go through the documentation they ask you to bring.

Along with everyone else sitting the test, you'll be taken into a 'class room'. There was an Officer waiting in there who was going to invigilate the test who told us her RN stories from her years in the service.

The Psychometric Test is made up of 4 sections:

- Reasoning (answer 30 questions in 9 minutes)
- Verbal Ability (answer 30 questions in 9 minutes)
- Numeracy (answer 30 questions in 16 minutes)
- Mechanical Comprehension (answer 30 questions in 10 minutes)

They are very strict with the times above. The officer kept us up to date with how long we had left throughout each section - very helpful. If your'e stuck on a question, just leave it and move on. If you work it out you dont get long to spend on each question. I found some questions were easier toward the end of the test. Also, I'd advise you to just guess on any questions you have't answered if you're coming up to the end of the section. They will NOT give you extra time. Someone in the test was thrown out for randomly filling in answers after the allocated time. It's extremely important you prepare to do your absolute best as this will determine which role you're able to go forward and apply for.

To be honest I found the test pretty easy because a lot of the questions were very similar to the practice questions on the Royal Navy website. A HUGE word of advice: REVISE! It'll help A LOT.

They then collected the tests and took them to mark in another room. We got to ask the Officer different questions about the Navy - this took about 45 minutes(ish). Once marked, around 6 of us we're asked to leave and go to another room (I thought I had failed!). 4 of the 6 taken out had failed - but the Officer said I'd 'scored highly' and he recommends choosing another role. I should mention that there is no 'pass mark', as this differs for each role. Just aim to do your absolute best to make sure yo're able to keep the role you want to go for.

When I re-joined everyone else back in the exam room, I wasn't allowed to tell anyone else what was discussed as they didn't yet know if they'd passed or failed (they could probably tell I had by the smile on my face). They then told everyone that they had passed, and gave us details as to what to expect next.

Altogether, we were there for around 3 hours.

3) Medical Questionnaire & Eye Test

At the Psychometric Test they assign you to an AFCO who then gives your medical documents to take away and fill out. It's very extensive and covers just about everything. Give as much detail as possible about anything you have or have previously had wrong with you. If you're able to, I'd recommend getting all of your medical history from your GP beforehand (this will save A LOT of time). If you dont do this, it could hold your application up for months (as I found out). Be open and honest with this though, as it is an offense to leave out anything and may be prosecuted if they ever found out.

Your'ealso given a letter to take to any boots opticians to get a free sight test. I called my local boots opticians as soon as I left so I knew it was done and out the way. The maximum correction for each eye is +/- 6 for all but 1 role. I have bad eye's and managed to scrape through with L: -5.75 and R: -4.00. I also didnt have any glasses, I use contact lenses 100% of the time. I know, bad for the eyes. I did however buy 2 pairs as you will need them before the start of basic training.

4) Triage Call

Once the questionnaire and eye test have been completed, you'll recieve a message/email from CAPITA to give you a date and time of a call from the Triage Nurse. She'll go through what you've written in your questionnaire and ask a few questions. I was told it is VERY rare for someone to be passed fit at this stage. They will usually need to find out further information regarding an illness, injury or something else that you have had happen no matter however long ago it was.

This was the longest stage of the process for me. Around 12 years ago I had an operation, so CAPITA had to ask for medical notes from my GP. At this stage I was declared 'TMU' - Temporarily Medically Unfit.

The GP are more than willing to send the information, but they will not release any information until they have been paid their £90 from CAPITA. After around a week or so of your triage call, give CAPITA a call to see if the payment has been released. When it has, take a note of your reference number and call the doctors so they can check their accounts and match it up to your information. I went back and forth between CAPITA and the doctors so many times I lost track. I think it took about 6 weeks for them to eventually send the medical notes off.

5) The (dreaded) Medical Exam

Once all of the information is posted back to the AFCO I was emailed a date for the medical just about straight away. A date was given to me for the week after (today, 5th June 2018).

There is no set company who deals with the medicals. I'm assuming they contract certain private companies to carry them out. I spent so many hours looking through different forums as I was nervous about being failed on the littlest things.

Its a very thorough exam. In your confirmation email you get from RN Recruitment Medicals, they tell you EXACTLY what you need to do in the week leading up to the medical. If you want a copy of this just let me know and I'll post it.

This is what happened: (note, this will vary depending on which practise you attend)

- Firstly, a urine sample. It may vary between different companies, but for me this was only to check the sugar content to make sure you dont have diabetes. I made sure the week leading up to the exam not to drink any protein shakes/pre workout shakes as advised.

- The doctor took me into his examination room - DONT forget your ID (I left mine in the car and had to run back down the street to get it!) Without this they will not conduct the medical and you'll have to re-arrange it. He'll look through the questionnaire you filled in previously. I know a lot of people were asking if they had access to your full medical notes - no, they dont. They purely just go from what you've written.

- You'll have a blood preasure test. While this was going on, he quickly done the colour blindness test.

- There was a very quick eye test, with and without my glasses/contact lenses. Without, I could only read the top 2 lines (which is bad!) but still a pass.

- After this, doctor asked me to take everything off apart from my boxers.

- Height & Weight is taken to calculate BMI. The maximum BMI score is calculated using your waist size and age - if you're skinny (not sure on the exact measurment) you can have a maximum BMI of 28, otherwise it's 25 for the 'larger' person.

- He then asked me to do a series of walks: heal to heel, walking on your tip toes, walking on both sides of your feat, walking on the bll of your heel, and then the 'duck walk' - this is harder than it looks. He also asked me to do 5 pressups.

- Then he listened to the heart and lungs, and then a quick look inside the back of the eyes and in the ears.

- He conducted a 'cough test' to make sure you dont have a hernia.

- After putting my clothes back on he conducted a peak flow test which tests how much air you can take in your lungs - this is based on age. Blow as hard and as fast as possible.

- Lastly, there is a hearing test. This was the hardest part in my opinion. There was a lot of back ground noise so it was difficult to tell if there was a beep or not. The beeps vary in tone, testing your left ear and then your right. These beeps were very faint so you have to be listening pretty hard. For me he brught a chart up on his computer and told me my hearing was way above average (which I was very surprised at...)

He then gave an overall view of the medical and tell you whether or not youve been passed fit made TMU or PMU.

Up coming dates:
4) The Interview (Wednesday 13th June) - I will review this next week!

If you guys have any questions about anything or want more detail about any step, then please get in touch and I'll be happy to help if I can. I hope theres nothing I've missed but I almost guaruntee there will be.

Until next week!!
 

Aaa

Midshipman
#2
Thanks for sharing this information. I got a call from my doctors asking for my permission to give the army my medical information about 2 months ago now. I have contacted he recruiter a few times and he said he has chased the medical team and sorry it has not been reviewed yet. Should I be worried it's taking so long? Is there anything I can do, like ask them if they actually have my medical records now? I know applications can take a long time, but just for my medical information to be checked it's taking so long.
 
#3
Have you had your triage call I take it?

There should have been a little box right at the bottom of your medical questionnaire to tick to give them permission to share your info.

You are legally allowed to obtain a copy of your medical notes from your doctor.
Your AFCO has no control over CAPTIA or your doctors unfortunately. You should have been given CAPITA’s contact number at your PT. Do what I had to do - give them a call and see if the funds have been released. With mine, the funds were realised within a week, but because the doctors were so unorganised they never seein it in their accounts until 4 weeks after.

Your doctors don’t ‘review’ your medical notes, they’re simply providing CAPITA with the information you included based on your questionnaire.
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
#4
Thanks for sharing this information. I got a call from my doctors asking for my permission to give the army my medical information about 2 months ago now. I have contacted he recruiter a few times and he said he has chased the medical team and sorry it has not been reviewed yet. Should I be worried it's taking so long? Is there anything I can do, like ask them if they actually have my medical records now? I know applications can take a long time, but just for my medical information to be checked it's taking so long.
Thanks for sharing this information. I got a call from my doctors asking for my permission to give the army my medical information about 2 months ago now. I have contacted he recruiter a few times and he said he has chased the medical team and sorry it has not been reviewed yet. Should I be worried it's taking so long? Is there anything I can do, like ask them if they actually have my medical records now? I know applications can take a long time, but just for my medical information to be checked it's taking so long.
Why are you posting Army recruiting questions on here?
 

Aaa

Midshipman
#6
Have you had your triage call I take it?

There should have been a little box right at the bottom of your medical questionnaire to tick to give them permission to share your info.

You are legally allowed to obtain a copy of your medical notes from your doctor.
Your AFCO has no control over CAPTIA or your doctors unfortunately. You should have been given CAPITA’s contact number at your PT. Do what I had to do - give them a call and see if the funds have been released. With mine, the funds were realised within a week, but because the doctors were so unorganised they never seein it in their accounts until 4 weeks after.

Your doctors don’t ‘review’ your medical notes, they’re simply providing CAPITA with the information you included based on your questionnaire.
So this isn’t after your assessment centre? I haven’t been yet, they are reviewing my doctors notes not my medical questionnaire.
 

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