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    Have my SIFT interview next week and was wondering what to expect there. I have the info pack they sent me but it has more on the AIB than the SIFT interview.
    Anybody been through one and can give any advice.

    Jack
    "The man who goes to sea is a man in despair.";- Marco Polo

  • #2
    Hey Jack I'm applying for the RFA as well, which role you looking at doing? I've got my Recruitment test coming up, was it hard?

    good luck with the sift interview!

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    • #3
      See article: http://www.officercadet.com/content....itment-Process

      Links included.
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      • #4
        My advise is to really read the info pack, all the information they expect you to know is in there including some example questions which will give the level of information needed. Then revise revise reivse and go in confident you know what you need to, you can only be yourself and answer honestly. Good luck

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        • #5
          Read up on the Ships (Names, roles, locations), the course and the job role you are going for. I got a couple of questions in there that I wasn't expecting and I wasn't nearly prepared enough, but just managed to scrape through.
          I beard, therefore I am.

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          • #6
            Well I passed the SIFT interview and they are very confident about me going to AIB.
            Waiting on dates now for AIB.
            "The man who goes to sea is a man in despair.";- Marco Polo

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            • #7
              Well done! Did it go smoothly? Do you have much to improve on?
              I beard, therefore I am.

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              • #8
                It went very smoothly IMO. All I really need to improve on is the speed of which I talk at, but with the interviewer being Scottish it wasn't too bad. She just said at AIB it would probably annoy them.
                Been told I'll have a place at BRNC in October should I pass AIB.
                "The man who goes to sea is a man in despair.";- Marco Polo

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                • #9
                  Great Stuff, I should be starting in May *Gulp*
                  I beard, therefore I am.

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                  • #10
                    Any advice for AIB?
                    "The man who goes to sea is a man in despair.";- Marco Polo

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                    • #11
                      Service knowledge is really tested, albeit only 1 part of the process if you can afford to spend the time learning about all 3 branches, RFA, Navy and marines it would be really helpful. Locations of headquarters might be asked, types of engines in RN ships founding dates might all be part of the service knowledge test. Have a really good chat with the RN guys there as they might know more about the Navy than you have brushed up on and can help you to get a few final facts in your head before the test, likewise you can help tell them about RFA details.

                      The maths questions in the planning exercise will really be fired quick and fast at you, so practice, practice, practice with these speed/distance/time stuff.

                      PLTs are great fun just remember to be heard when you need to be. Don't worry about falling in the water either, I did and managed to soak one of the officers on my board but still made it through (just).

                      Practice the Bleep test just so you know what is coming, its tough but not pass/fail.

                      Re-read the form you sent before SIFT interview where you detailed times in your life when you were...(leader of a group for example) they will ask you these again in the 30 minute interview.

                      Essays are not the be all and end all, mine was terrible and I was told as much by the RFA officer there. Although he said they had given lenience due to me going for engineer and having left school a while back. The psychometric tests were ok for me but don't worry if you don't finish them...I'm sure the maths one isn't possible to complete all questions - just skip, move on and come back at the end if you have time.

                      That's all off the top of my head, I'm sure someone will let you know if there are any vitals I missed.

                      **Edit: In the planning exercises keep track of what time everything is happening as they will keep asking.**
                      I beard, therefore I am.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for that, good luck at BRNC!
                        "The man who goes to sea is a man in despair.";- Marco Polo

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                        • #13
                          Thanks
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Giren View Post
                            Essays are not the be all and end all, mine was terrible and I was told as much by the RFA officer there. Although he said they had given lenience due to me going for engineer and having left school a while back.
                            Was it this man?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Steve View Post
                              Was it this man?
                              Hmm no he was younger with glasses. *Edit: And I think second officer*
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