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NATS interview process

Old 29th Mar 2009, 19:20
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Hi there ,

I am on the stage 1 at manchester tomorrow. Have followed the advice and have swatted up on everything possible.

Starting to think now that one can be over prepared !!

How many s/d/t questions are there on the paper ? These take me ages to work out !!

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Old 29th Mar 2009, 20:54
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there isn't sdt questions at stage 1, or is there? :s
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Old 29th Mar 2009, 20:58
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yeah there likely will be a few sdt q's on the motivational paper buddy, nothing too taxing though really.
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Old 29th Mar 2009, 21:04
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I think there were 3 or 4 speed/distance/time questions on the motivational paper I had at my Stage 1... if you can divide by 60 and think in miles per minute, you'll be fine!

Good luck to all those who've got things next week...
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Old 29th Mar 2009, 21:35
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Can someone explain what is exactly on this motivation paper please? I'm worrying that I'm not prepared :s
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Old 29th Mar 2009, 21:46
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It's based on the material you should already have + some DST questions + some distance questions between EU cities

Nothing more nothing less.
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Old 29th Mar 2009, 22:03
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How long does this last and why aren't we given these things to learn on the prep material? How long is the motivation paper?
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Old 29th Mar 2009, 22:18
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You should have had links to the document in the email they sent you to confirm your interview?

If not here's the link: http://natscareers.co.uk/docs/test_materials.doc

Print it out and read it every night. I'm planning on summing it up in notes as I remember things better if I note down the important bits and write them out again.
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Old 29th Mar 2009, 22:18
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20 mins if I remember rightly. Just don't panic about it. The best advice to give you now is go to bed! Rest will help you more than cramming. Good luck!
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Old 30th Mar 2009, 00:10
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Ross,

Nokio's post on p22 gives you details of how long each test lasts.

Perhaps NATS don't give you s/d/t calculations in the prep material to see how your mental arithmetic is without practice, and as for the distances between major cities, they might just want to see if you have some common sense and some idea of the world (you don't need the exact distance, just something in right order... ie. is LHR-JFK 100, 500, 1000 or 3000 miles). Just my thoughts of course - I don't work for HR.

Remember that this job requires some ability to be able to respond to the unexpected - treat these tests with the same thoughts...

Good luck!
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Old 30th Mar 2009, 08:34
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KELVIN.

Are you for real. Most ATCOs look at a radar, or monitor as you put it, every working day, and hopefully for the rest of their careers, and you who is applying for the job as an ATCO, deem that as boring. You are coming across with your questions, like you want to become an ATCO as some kind of stepping stone to management. Career progression, you are at stage 2 and already you are slating the job as an ATCO as boring, and want to know what is higher up.
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Old 30th Mar 2009, 08:59
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Thanks Carmel for the advice
Ive decided to go for the ATCO but stay in for my A-levels incase.... you no lol
Ive also applied for X-factor so look out 4 me and the Face of DV8 so im just trying to create my luck by going for everything and anything lol

some distance questions between EU cities
How do they expect you to know the distance between EU cities.... do they give them to you or will they just expect you to know
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Old 30th Mar 2009, 09:23
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Hi all,

Just a quick question: How long did you have to wait to hear about your personality questionnaire results? I did mine over a week ago, and have still heard nothing

Cheers,

Paul
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Old 30th Mar 2009, 09:37
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ABZ

I see youre very young so I will take that as an excuse.

I dont know what school is like nowadays, but if you are used to being spoonfed, you have a long way to go. Sure at the college there is a certain amount of spoonfeeding, but you have to use your own initiative.
Do you really see NATS giving you distances to EU Cities. Youre going to have to use some common sense. Get an ATLAS and start having some appreciation for distances. Not exact, I am sure the multiple choice answers will all be in whole numbers divisable by 100. It will all be common sense. I would certainly complete my A-levels, and use your 1st application as a learning tool. Maybe get some kind of employment, and you will soon mature. I am not being unkind to say that you seem very immature, even for 17, and the profession that you are keen to enter, is a highly skilled professional job for highly motivated people with stacks of common sense and a huge amount of confidence.
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Manny

The thing is... i am very self reliant and like to research on things like this... i was just looking to know what type of questions they will ask you on eu distances. sorry if my post was confusing.

The xfactor thing erm yea i was entered in by my mum lol she thinks i have a good voice and i didnt want to go for it in the first place..

and yea i am very confidant and dont mind in speaking my own mind lol

PS dont mean to sound cocky or anything just trying to have a civilised conversation and trying to find out what i need and letting others know what im doing!!!!!isnt this what this thread is all about??????
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Old 30th Mar 2009, 11:17
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Have stage 1 tomorrow in the tower bridge Hilton. Really looking forward to it- I tend to enjoy these types of tests, but struggly a little bi to remember every details in 24 pages of info!

Its a bit of a career change for me (having been self employed since i left Uni), is it uncommon for career changes into ATCO? i'm 29, which doesn't feel very old, but will i be surrounded with teenagers tomorrow?

always beein interested in avaiation and started my PPL last year (although funds are tight).
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Old 30th Mar 2009, 11:49
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pugwash - It's probably varies from day to day but I would think there will likely be plenty of people in a similar boat. When I went I'd guess a lot of people there were in their mid-late 20s, plus a few either younger or older.
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Old 30th Mar 2009, 11:50
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Well as NATS have recently removed the upper age limit, previously 36 I believe, there may be a wide variety of ages at your stage 1.

The only 'teenagers' present will be 18/19 year olds!
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Old 30th Mar 2009, 13:04
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pugwash4x4,

Hello from another pher (if you are one and the same that is). There are plenty of people your age there so don't worry about that.
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Pugwash, I'm 28 and just through to stage 3...so no, not too late for a career change! If anything, we've got work experience and life experience behind us.

I'm glad I've worked in other roles before applying for NATS. I've got a wide range of experience to bring to the role and know, without a doubt that this is the single most important interview I will ever be attending (it's tomorrow ).

I'm bricking it!!
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