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Old 14th Mar 2008, 14:32   #41 (permalink)
 
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a seven page questionaire? Was it an email based thing? I will let my referee's know in that case.
Good luck everyone I want to know now!

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Old 15th Mar 2008, 00:16   #42 (permalink)
 
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when i went through the whole long drawn out process, my referees were contacted by phone. They had to answer about 20 questions about your reliability, integrity ect ect. That being said if you get to the referee stage then there is a really strong chance you will get in. There has never been a better time than now to get into ATC - they want to rate some ridiculous number like 90 or so people this year apparently, so if you pass the testing day and dont make a fool of yourself at the interview then your chances are very very good.
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 13:50   #43 (permalink)
 
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I'm bumping this thread up because I'm in the process of going through the hoops for the 2009 intake.

Testing day is early Feb. Does anybody out there have any advice for prep?

Cheers,
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Old 19th Jan 2009, 09:03   #44 (permalink)
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atc testing

i've got the testing early feb aswell. quite nervous about it.... is there a reasonable chance of being accepted if you pass these tests?

btw the training starts in sep 09...a year after the process started ugghhh, still keen though
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Old 28th Jan 2009, 02:08   #45 (permalink)
 
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ATC testing

I am also sitting the testing in Feb in Melbs.

Does anyone know how many people are accepted for a course?

thanks. (& good luck to you others sitting the exams)
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Old 28th Jan 2009, 05:01   #46 (permalink)
 
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There's nothing you can do to prepare for the tests, other than get a decent sleep beforehand. Those that pass are then interviewed for an hour. It's a behavioral interview, so Google it beforehand and practise it.

I've been on the panel a few times over the years, and tell you what, there are some very strange people who pass the aptitude test who have some very strange ideas of how to impress an interview panel We're looking for stable, level-headed, intelligent people who can string two words together with multiple syllables. We're not looking for mature-age boys who get their mums to do everything for them. (My experience is that the girls are a better bet for training. They're used to working 110% to prove themselves equal to a man, and they set themselves high standards. The guys want to coast, and it ain't that kind of course.)

You don't have to know much about ATC but what efforts have you made to find out? Minimum level of interest would be to arrange a visit to your nearest ATC centre or tower. Too far away? Conflict with your footy practise? Wrong time of the day? Car broke down? Don't know the email address? Get real. These are all actual excuses. Save the panel the effort of crossing you off the list.

The courses consist of 12 trainees usually. I expect at least 6 courses for 2010. But I don't work in Airservices much maligned - and rightly so - planning department!
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Old 7th Feb 2009, 01:42   #47 (permalink)
 
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I sat the psychometric testing last week and received my email yesterday advising I was through to the next round of recruitment. Yay!

I was under the impression the behavioral interview was next but it's actually a 10 min telephone interview which will be sometime next week. Is this a new step in the process? and does anyone have any advice for it?
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Old 7th Feb 2009, 01:59   #48 (permalink)
 
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'Fraid not. Might be to organize further steps.
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Old 10th Feb 2009, 07:55   #49 (permalink)
 
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My testing day is tomorrow in Melbourne. Thanks to all with the rundown of what is involved. At least now it's not all going to be a complete surprise/shock.
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Old 10th Feb 2009, 08:28   #50 (permalink)
 
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Hey Rossco47,

Good luck mate, mines coming up soon. Any advice you could post after your day tomorrow would be MUCH appreciated!!

Cheers,
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Old 12th Feb 2009, 01:47   #51 (permalink)
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hi

hey ross how did u go with the test.. gud enough to make u thru to next stage?
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Old 12th Feb 2009, 02:18   #52 (permalink)
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Psychometric Testing for ATC by Airservices Australia

How gud one's pyschometric test performance should be to make him to the next stage??????....
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Old 12th Feb 2009, 04:47   #53 (permalink)
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dude, maybe you should sweat on the little things like level 7 english proficiency before you get too carried away.
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Old 13th Feb 2009, 07:53   #54 (permalink)
 
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I passed the exams...!! What a relief. Now waiting to hear when the Interview is scheduled.
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Old 13th Feb 2009, 16:21   #55 (permalink)
 
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Hey guys,

Thanks to all those who offered support and help for the tests. I did them this week in Melb, not an easy day. I think if I managed to get enough on the first speed/time/distance exam and IT test I should be OK.

They told us that this is the first time that ASA has not wanted the candidates to find out if they past or not on the day, prefering to let us know in an email 2 weeks later. Seems strange since the testers on the day can see the results straight away.

Anyway, cross the fingers.

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Old 14th Feb 2009, 01:34   #56 (permalink)
 
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Airbumps: They told us that this is the first time that ASA has not wanted the candidates to find out if they past or not on the day, prefering to let us know in an email 2 weeks later. Seems strange since the testers on the day can see the results straight away.
hmmm...... I can think of one reason for this approach given AsA stated aim of putting 100 trainees a year through, but i won't spell it out for fear of libel.
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Old 14th Feb 2009, 03:17   #57 (permalink)
 
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You don't get the results anymore, just the email saying you're through to the next round. So if you've never sat the testing before you'd never know what the cut off are...

Well, I'm just hoping I did reasonably well in that phone interview and will get my email sometime in the next 6 weeks inviting me to the behavioural interview... I'll be ready for it this time!

Good luck to everyone else in the process
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Old 14th Feb 2009, 03:53   #58 (permalink)
 
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I did them this week in Melb, not an easy day. I think if I managed to get enough on the first speed/time/distance exam and IT test I should be OK.
Well done. I wish I could be that confident... I made the mistake of letting my nerves get the better of me and didn't get a good night sleep. You can't press the point of getting plenty of sleep beforehand enough - it is essential.

I had no problems with 4 of the tests, but I felt the SORT test was beyond my concentration level at the time. Who knows I may be surprised when the email arrives and the other results cover the blimp - but unfortunately your gut feeling is usually right. Well, there is next year
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Old 16th Feb 2009, 07:27   #59 (permalink)
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Well done Gemmy. Rossco47 Goodluck. I have concerns about the numerical test and the sort test, fingers crossed.

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Old 17th Feb 2009, 02:54   #60 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for the congrats. Still got a little way to go yet. (Studying for the behavioural interview)

Don't stress too much about the sort test, I also thought I had botched that one up. Along with everyone else I spoke with.

At the end of the day.... the tests are to show who is capable of having a better chance of succesfully completing the ATC training, so if we thought those tests were hard, imagine what the training itself would/will be like.

All the best though.
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