Why do you want to join the Royal Navy????

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  1. Passed my written tests Monday ( hoorah :thumright: ) and now i have an interview on the 9th July. I have been told that one of the main factors in the interview is the AFCO asking "Why do you want to join the Navy??"

    Can anyone give any tips on this and on the interview in general, what sort of things they are going to be asking and what they expect???

    Any help much appreciated!!!

    Cheers :thanks:
  2. 1.Because Macdonalds isn't recruiting.
    2.For the sexy uniform
    3.My birds up the stick

    Enough? :thumright: :thumright:
  3. cheers fo the pointless reply
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  4. Well why do you want to join the Navy?

    If you don't know yourself there's no point trotting in to an interview and just repeating what other people have said.
  5. Don’t take pointless replies to heart. It happens a lot on here.
    The interview is quite informal. Just dress smart, know all about the branch you want to join and tell them about yourself (eg hobbies etc).
  6. cheers mooo, nice to see a constructive reply :)
  7. Gobby aint we.
  8. makes 2 of us ay
  9. Good luck, I hope you have the minerals laddie.
  10. However if your looking for a stock reply try something like "I want a challenge, something different, See the world, Meet new people.........." If you’re not sure why you want to join just make it up.
  11. Mate If ya just say that you want to kill people and play with weapons etc you will definitely 100% pass... and If you mention something like its a good idea to do them drug raids and pocket a few drugs to sell back home that will give you a good stand ;) dont even mention thanks for the advice..... Dont worry!
  12. brilliant, comedy genius!!!!
  13. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The clue is in the question.

    The Selection Interview 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 smart, 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- oes 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 our reslts, what further education you have attended if any. What consideration did you give to attend further education, How many schools attended. If you left further education arlywhy. Did you represent the school at sports.


    How may 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 & SERVICE KNOWLEDGE QUESTIONS, General Knowledge of service/training/Terms and conditions of service. How much do you earn in training, how long is your contact for, how quickly can you leave if you don't like it.

    Relax. Maintain eye contact, don't slouch. Be yourself.

    Other people's ideas are strangely irrelevant and it's a bit pointless using other peoples reasons for joining if they do not apply to you. Only you know the answer.
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  14. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    "To see the world, meet interesting people... and kill them!" :twisted:
  15. As NS points out this is about you, not any one else. There are no trick questions and in this area no set answers.

    In my case many many years ago at AIB my answer was simply that it was what I had wanted to do since I was 12 and that I had organised my life since then to achieve that objective. Clearly for you the answer will be different but you must have reasons for trying to join the Andrew.
  16. Really? Have you ever done so?

    Ninja_Stoker, great advice as always, however the post seemed geared towards school leavers/youngsters. I was wondering if anyone has experience of joining up past thirty years or recruiting personnel over this age. If so please shed some light as to questions asked.

    I did go again to the AFCO in Canterbury today and was told by a QRL (Army) Sgt that "Navy arn't in till Monday mate". Along with my failed attempt to go on a Saturday (when closed) I wonder how anyone is recruited! Are "cut-backs" now so harsh that someone can not man a desk? Guess its my fault for not thinking out of the box and calling beforehand...
  17. Its the navy mate if i ''arnt'' mistaken they work 3 and a half days a week nowadays.
  18. Whether you are 16 and just left school or almost at the max age for joining you must have a reason. This is the bit of the interview where you have to sell yourself and show you are just the type of person they want. Guys like Ninja have been doing this for years and will be able to see straight away if your story is made up. Go for it tell them how you feel, that is what they really want to hear.
  19. Yes thanks, I am quite aware you need a reason ans I have plenty.
  20. Q: "Why do you want to join the Royal Navy Brucey21?"

    A: "All the right reasons Sir!"

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