Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > Ground & Other Ops Forums > ATC Issues
Reload this Page >

NATS interview process

ATC Issues A place where pilots may enter the 'lions den' that is Air Traffic Control in complete safety and find out the answers to all those obscure topics which you always wanted to know the answer to but were afraid to ask.

NATS interview process

Old 3rd Dec 2009, 07:18
  #4921 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Home
Posts: 177
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Xinebessa,

I'd try and use a mixture of examples from both your previous roles (and any other roles you've worked in, possibly including non-work related examples). If your examples are from a range of situations that will help show the breadth of your experience. You may also find that examples from the different roles you have worked in will be more suited to the different questions they ask you, so choosing to stick to only one previous role would limit you a little.
Pat42 is offline  
Old 3rd Dec 2009, 10:51
  #4922 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Glasgow
Posts: 6
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
It's a mixture. I knew how to tackle them but just didn't have enough time to do it the way I knew how. If you are good at mental arithmetic you'll have more confidence with them I'd assume.

Awra best.
Liam
MailBackwards is offline  
Old 3rd Dec 2009, 11:29
  #4923 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: north east
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Centre visit before stage 3

I was wondering if anyone has recently been able to visit Manchester before they sat their stage 3? Manchester would be the closest for me to visit and i emailed HR to ask for the right people to contact but im unsure if they will be able to take visits due to the relocation to Prestwick.
Cheers.
Matty.c is offline  
Old 3rd Dec 2009, 11:58
  #4924 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 6
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi, just got through the pain of stage 2 and am trying to plan trips to centres. Does anyone know the easiest way of organising a visit at Prestwick and Edinburgh??

Also, is it true that the interviews are 90 min long at stage 3?? Sounds terrible!

Cheers!

Good luck to everyone else
FinlayL is offline  
Old 3rd Dec 2009, 13:35
  #4925 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: leeds
Age: 34
Posts: 12
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
im sitting in my hotel now for my stage 3 tomorrow!
feeling a bit nervous but other wise ok

any last minute tips from any1?
x
ailzo is offline  
Old 3rd Dec 2009, 17:42
  #4926 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: far away
Posts: 74
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Be cool
piqla is offline  
Old 4th Dec 2009, 10:12
  #4927 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Middlesex
Posts: 20
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Xinebessa - congratulations on passing stage 2! What date have you booked stage 3 for? Mine is January 14th.
basilsauce is offline  
Old 4th Dec 2009, 11:16
  #4928 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: N/A
Posts: 1,190
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I've had to change my interview date from mid December to a date in January to give me more time to prepare for my exams at college and my interview.

Good luck Ailzo!
student88 is offline  
Old 4th Dec 2009, 11:21
  #4929 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: World
Posts: 66
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi, just got through the pain of stage 2 and am trying to plan trips to centres. Does anyone know the easiest way of organising a visit at Prestwick and Edinburgh??

Also, is it true that the interviews are 90 min long at stage 3?? Sounds terrible!

Cheers!

Good luck to everyone else
The interview is only as terrible as you make it. Mine was 2 hours and I had a good time with it.
DIAF is offline  
Old 4th Dec 2009, 11:25
  #4930 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Medway
Age: 35
Posts: 66
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The interview is only as terrible as you make it. Mine was 2 hours and I had a good time with it.
Agree with this, I made a complete hash of it and it turned out to be an hour and a half of hell. But it's down to you to make sure you're fully prepared and it wont be so bad. If you are prepared well then it will fly by.
marco888 is offline  
Old 4th Dec 2009, 11:49
  #4931 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 6
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Sounds like I'm going to have a fair bit to prepare over christmas.
FinlayL is offline  
Old 4th Dec 2009, 14:27
  #4932 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: UK
Posts: 17
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
So then I sat the Stage 1 tests last year and have just re-done them. I've noticed quite a few changes since last year.

This year there was no presentation, no talk from an ATCO, no DVD, no coffee and biscuits etc... it was just get in, sit down, do 4 papers and then leave.

I think I did quite well but I don't want to jinx myself. There was nothing more I could have done to prepare anyway.

The Motivational paper was about the same as was the cubes and the diagramming. they did however introduce a maths based paper which duplicated many questions from the motivational paper and introduced a few new ones. Don't think I messed that one up. All in all it was a very different experince for me compared to last year.

Good luck to anyone else who was at Heathrow house today.
Murphy23 is offline  
Old 4th Dec 2009, 17:53
  #4933 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: portsmouth
Age: 44
Posts: 29
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
thanks basilsauce

thanks basilsauce

Got my interview just before xmas, really nervous though, going to either be an awesome xmas this year or a pants one lol

Good luck in Jan
xinebessa is offline  
Old 5th Dec 2009, 10:34
  #4934 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: England
Posts: 7
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Stage 2 Question

Hi guys-

Could anybody that has recently done Stage 2 tell me if you have to do a personality test- or if the whole day is just computerised aptitude tests? My stage 2 is on Jan 11th and i'm really nervous.
Azabeth is offline  
Old 6th Dec 2009, 08:25
  #4935 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: England
Posts: 7
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks so much- you've really put my mind at rest. Good luck for Thursday!!
Azabeth is offline  
Old 6th Dec 2009, 21:25
  #4936 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: UK
Posts: 26
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Evening all.

Approx 14 months ago, i applied and failed at stage 1

Well, I have my second attempt on the 18th at Prestwick!!!!!

Going through the motivational paper now, and practising those horrible cubes, although saying that they seem easier now

If i remember rightly, someone approx 20months back posted a link to many more examples of these cubes. DOes anyone know where I can find more of these so i can practice, either online or a book. Its the cubes I am specifically after!

Cheers.
craig51 is offline  
Old 7th Dec 2009, 08:19
  #4937 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: UK
Posts: 83
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
If you're on FACEBOOK then check out the link on the NATS 220 group. There is a PDF and a word doc with all fifty on there.
cottam approach is offline  
Old 7th Dec 2009, 12:51
  #4938 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Darlington
Posts: 30
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi all,

Throughout the selection process I heard people making reference to salaries of approx. 85kpa at Swanwick however the NATS website has salary data at closer to 55kpa.

Where does the 85 grand come from?!
DaleyDFC is offline  
Old 7th Dec 2009, 13:11
  #4939 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Home
Posts: 177
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The salary depends on a number of factors. Once you're a fully licenced ATCO (about three years after you begin training) you earn about 40-50k depending on the pay band of your unit (Swanwick and Heathrow are both the top band). After this I believe there is a payscale you work your way up each year of service for about 15 years, you can also work your way up it faster by taking on additional roles (OJTI, watch manager etc). According to the ATCO careers website you can end up on over 90K at Swanwick.
Pat42 is offline  
Old 7th Dec 2009, 13:38
  #4940 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Kent
Posts: 16
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Stage 1

Anyone sitting their Stage 1 on Friday morning, 9am in Fareham?

I'm there!

Just trying to learn the ATC motivation document, loads of info, anyone got any pointers on what specific questions there may or may not be?? Help!

Jas
CaptJayJay is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.