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Updated Pre-AIB interview Info (OFFICER/PILOT)

older_joiner

Lantern Swinger
It's not looking particularly encouraging at the moment, what with those trainee pilots being made redundant. I think we may have seen only the tip of the iceberg. However, chin up and all that.

Got my Sift Interview on Tuesday - so it'll be celebrations or commiserations all round on Tuesday evening. I would have thought I'll have to wait a while for my AIB, if I pass the Sift interview. I doubt anyone will have definitive figures, but has anyone any indication of how long the waiting list is at the moment? I'm hoping to join as a Logistics Officer.

I'm happy to wait as long as necessary but I would like to organise a few bits of "experience expansion" this spring/summer and I don't want to book and then get my AIB date. AIB comes first, end of.

It's a bit sheltered in here, but I think there is an issue of what is happening come September as officers are going to Rayleigh.
Good luck with the Logistics. There are none on my course and I've heard it's fully booked until the Septembers intake.
Standing by to be corrected though.
 

soleil

War Hero
It's a bit sheltered in here, but I think there is an issue of what is happening come September as officers are going to Rayleigh.
Good luck with the Logistics. There are none on my course and I've heard it's fully booked until the Septembers intake.
Standing by to be corrected though.

We mustn't let these Officers go to Rayleigh, OJ. It's near Chelmsford and miles from where they need to be .........
 

Magda

War Hero
Book Reviewer
It's a bit sheltered in here, but I think there is an issue of what is happening come September as officers are going to Rayleigh.
Good luck with the Logistics. There are none on my course and I've heard it's fully booked until the Septembers intake.
Standing by to be corrected though.

Thank you, I think I may well need luck! Just heard from another potential cadet that they were asked about the various radars at their Sift interview... *meep* I've got until Tuesday to swot up on them. A not insignificant task, by my reckoning.

What's this about Officers moving to Raleigh? Of course, the Defence Maritime Logistics School is there, but does that mean we Logistics OCs will bypass BRNC entirely?
 

scouse

War Hero
There is a trial this September whereby all RN recruits, ratings and officers, will complete the first 10 week militarisation phase (phase 1) at HMS Raleigh. After this phase 1 period officer training will continue, as before, at BRNC.

This is part of a new initiative called INT (Initial Naval Training). I'm not sure how long the trial is set to last for but as you correctly state the first officer entry to HMS Raleigh is in September this year.
:protest::protest: Hope the Snottys and young Sirs, are not being victualled/sleeping in the ratings messdeck!!! and are suitably billeted in the Wardroom, at HMS Raleigh
with a steward!!! In those first 10 weeks before moving on to BRNC???? Please, we do have standards to maintain in the Andrew :laughing2:
 

Magda

War Hero
Book Reviewer
It would appear I've been given another few weeks of forced respite - of sorts. My Sift interview has been moved again to mid March. Third time lucky I hope! Right now I'd just like to get it over with...

On a more positive note, plenty of time to learn about radars whilst I'm away on my busman's holiday in early March...
 

Magda

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Afternoon all.

Just a message to say I passed my Sift interview this morning; the Lt was friendly, so it was more of a conversation than a quick-fire round of tough questions. He said I was one of the best candidates he'd interviewed (can anyone hear a drum being banged?). I explained I had been preparing for 3 extra months because my interview kept being postponed. He was a bit surprised as he was available on the last date I was given.

Anyway, it's done, and out of the way, thank god. My tips are pretty obvious really:

1. Wear a suit, or at least be as smart as you can. No flashy bling. He commented on my appearance, but even if they don't say anything, you can bet they'll notice.

2. Smile. He said it was nice to talk to a candidate who smiled as they said hello.

3. Know your stuff. Apparently it's quite amazing the number of candidates who don't know the basics. 10 minutes of my interview was taken up talking about Libya and the RN response. Read a broadsheet paper, The Sun etc just ain't good enough.

4. Be honest. If you didn't get the grades you needed at A2 and they ask why not, tell the truth. I explained that I worked really hard at Uni to make up for missing my target grades. He seemed ok with that.

5. It's the little things that matter. Having good body language, vocabulary, and attitude are all easy ways to gain points.

Simples (or so it seems after you walk out having been successful!)

Finally thanks to everyone who has posted useful information on this forum. You receive scant thanks on here for all the hard work you put in, all you Mods and serving/ex-service people. So thank you.
 
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Magda,

Credit where it's due so no need to be over-modest - If your conversational skills and diction are anywhere near the lucidity you've shown whilst 'mixing it' with us at RR then you seem to have the right makings for a successful RN career.

BZ and all the very best for the other selection hurdles.


Bob
 

Magda

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Thank you Bob and Soleil! Much appreciated, I can tell you. =-)

Soleil, I already have that PDF, very informative! I think I stole it from one of your previous posts. Thanks again all.
 

vutterman

Midshipman
Basically the interview questions have changed quite alot recently as I discovered this morning when I did my interview.


BEST WISHES, GOOD LUCK, DON'T GET TOO NERVOUS LIKE I DID! :p

I'm trying to sharpen up my knowledge, I'll be eligible to apply for AIB for an officer place in 2 years of time so not in rush.

Could someone advice me where I can learn about all these details about ships and weapons as well as where royal navy are deployed at?
 
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