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NATS interview process

Old 22nd Oct 2009, 19:44
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Couldnt agree more with the person who gave everyone a reality check...You can read these forever....Trust me it wont make you a better candidate. What really counts is whether you can cut it at the college and ultimately on a sector......thats where the pressure really counts.....
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Old 22nd Oct 2009, 22:10
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Had a very welcome call from NATS HR this afternoon informing me that I'm in!! Had my Stage 3 on Monday, so an impressive turnaround time!

I'll be starting in April 2010. I told them that Aerodrome was my preference, though obviously realise I may get transferred to Area depending on their finer needs.

Off to book my Medical now, best of luck to everyone!
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 09:30
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HeyI have my stage one on 30th Oct @ NATS Corporate & Technical Centre 4000 Parkway Whiteley Fareham.I live in Egham, Surrey and it should take me about 1 hour 15.Would anyone recommend me staying in a hotel or driving? Is it easy to find with a tom tom? When you get to the industrial area is it pretty easy to spot?
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 09:34
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kitkat, I'm in Woking and just drove it. Putting the postcode into Google maps gives exactly the right building.
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 11:03
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excellent, thankyou!
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 11:33
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Hello All,

Quick Q. I'm an ex-mil controller considering whether or not to apply to NATS. Problem is, having done Area, and plenty of it, I really want Terminal. I understand it's 'their decision', but has anyone heard how the slots are working out Terminal v Area? I've heard Terminal places are full for the forseeable future. Is this true do we know?

Cheers!

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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 13:28
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hey guys and girlies again.Since being invited for stage on I've been practising s/d/t questions like theres no tomorrow.But am I right in saying there is only one or two s/d/t questions and they are in the motivation paper?
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 13:46
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Kitkat, there's a new paper specifically for S/D/T questions but they're pretty basic. Just read the question thoroughly and I'm sure you'll do fine . The impression I got from others on S1 was that they got confused as a few of the questions were in nautical miles per hour but you work them all out in the same way as mph or kph.

Finally back from Australia now. Absolutely shattered but can't wait for the 10th for my S3! Is there anyone else out there doing S3 on the 10th??

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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 14:28
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Kitkat

There is a whole maths based paper, so you'll have to answer about 25-30 if I remember correctly. They are mostly SDT questions, though they throw in a few others like working out compass headings as well. Most were very straight forward, though some were a little more complicated (either due to slightly awkward division, or because they flood you with info you don't actually need in the question to try and confuse you a little bit).

Don't worry too much, none of these were hard mathematically... but the time limit on this paper was very tight so the quicker your mental arithmatic the better.
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 15:36
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Hi RingDobi1

Some people have been posted to TC relatively recently so I don't know how much truth there is in what you've heard. Also, in the time it'll take while you're applying, waiting for a course and getting trained, all sorts of things can happen (timescale is more than a year for all this to happen), so it's almost impossible to predict the availability of a particular posting. All it takes is you to fail a course at the college, get recoursed and therefore take longer to get posted, or someone to fail to validate at TC and them require another trainee for everything to change.

Don't set your heart on anything, but it's hard to rule anything out at this stage.

Hope that helps a bit.
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 17:14
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 18:55
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KitKat,

Check out Premier Inn's website for prices at their Fareham hotel. It's literally 5 mins from the CTC and if you don't get a good nights sleep you'll get your money back.

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Old 26th Oct 2009, 17:51
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Thanks, and my stage 1 experience

First of all - thanks to paperclip810 and student88 for answering my query about negative marking, and sorry for late reply but my computer wouldn't let me log in over the weekend!

Had my stage 1 this afternoon, and just thought it might be useful to do an update on what the most current format is, as I couldn't find anything on here that reflects what happens now, apologies if someone else has posted this already!

We had 4 tests, all multiple choice, in the following order - motivational paper (20 q's in 15 mins), cubes (40 in 20 mins), diagramming (50 in 20 mins) and then finally S/D/T (20 in 15 mins), and that was it, over and done with! No idea how I did, definitely found the cubes the hardest, only managed 27 of them, and doubt they are all correct, I felt the other tests went ok, but I guess you never really know do you?

This thread has been a great help in many ways, but for anyone new to the site, I would just say don't get too intimidated by it - I was incredibly nervous this morning, and it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, as everyone else has said, read the document thoroughly, and practise S/D/T questions. With the diagramming questions, don't waste time learning the specific commands that are on the test questions on NATS website - the commands in the actual test paper are different symbols, so learning the test ones won't help.

Good luck to everyone on here, whatever stage you're at, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I will make it to stage 2 - watch this space...!
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Old 27th Oct 2009, 17:02
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does anyone know about the SHL tests that I have been asked to do after stage 2?
Thanks
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Old 27th Oct 2009, 17:33
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Many thanks paperclip.
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Old 27th Oct 2009, 18:40
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SHL test after stage 2 isn't actually a test it's just a personality questionnaire. Just be honest and you'll be fine. It does ask the same question more than once so it will try to trick you so beware of that.
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Old 29th Oct 2009, 14:43
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hey,im currently going through the selection process and have stage 1 in november. does any1 know hoe frequently the courses start?
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Old 29th Oct 2009, 15:48
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loudspeaker,

Approximately every 3 months or so - courses in Oct/Nov, Jan/Feb, April/May, July/Aug. As far as I know, Jan/Feb 2010 is already full.
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Old 29th Oct 2009, 16:14
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Hey guys!!! Thanks for some helpful info!!!

Im at Fareham tomorrow for stage one tomorrow aft!!!
This week: I have split up with my boyfriend... been unable to sleep as a nerve in my tooth is touching a filling and unable to get a dentists app until weds next week! And just now... decided to put my interview clothes in the wash (they didnt really need washing but just as they had been in wardrobe couple of months a refresh) and the washing machines broke with them stuck inside!!!!
What can I do but laugh!!!!!

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Kitkat86

So sorry to hear about all the grief your having - don't worry about the tests, they aren't as bad as you are probably thinking! (Having said that, I will probably get the rejection email now!)

Painkillers for the tooth, any smart/casual clothes will do, as long as you look presentable, and as for the boyfriend - its his loss!

Good luck!
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