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NATS interview process

Old 22nd Jan 2010, 07:16
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Hi
I'm starting college on 3rd Feb and I can't tell you your chances of getting through as I have no idea but I can tell you I was in the same boat just over a year ago when I started on the journey, it was suggested to me by a friend who is training now, I had no previous interest in aviation and still do not have a great knowledge other than what I've been studying for the course.
So I would say, no keen interest in aviation is required, the material they give you at stage 1 has all the info required to allow you to pass, there is a question on motivation at stage 3, I can assure you if you get to that stage it will feel like the most important thing in the world to you so it shouldn't be to hard to answer it.
Any questions, give me a shout
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Old 22nd Jan 2010, 11:19
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HI thank you I appreciate your reply!! So it takes about year after applying (providing you pass) before you get to college!!! Hmmm so I'm still gonna be unemployed!!! Where is the college exactly? And do they pay while you train??
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Old 22nd Jan 2010, 13:58
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I applied originally in December 2008 and I start college on 3rd Feb 2010, but I had work commitments to get around etc, I think it could possibly be done quicker but other people would probably be able to tell you from their own experience.

People passing stage 3 just now are waiting 6 months to start so I would expect that it's at least 7-8 months but again I'm not 100% on this

lol - I made my post at the same time as the one above which makes mine look a bit rubbish, so the one above probably answers all you need answered
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Old 22nd Jan 2010, 14:32
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Thank you both that was most helpful!!! I'm not sure how I feel about having to move to Bournemouth but I think if I pass I'd be stupid to turn it down!! Already done 3yrs at college/uni and I wasn't wanting to do anymore! Anyway only at 1st stage on 29th at Prestwick so fingers crossed. Thanks again
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hey guys, my first post here so hey all... getting to the point, i applied for a stage 1 NATS interview last year down at swanwick, i stayed over in bournemouth with my girlfriend, the next day i travelled by train to southampton on my way to swanwick where my train was cancelled, and the 2nd train delayed thus causing a hault to my travels. I phoned NATS and told them of my problems and they told me i was able to reapply online without a problem (even though i thought they'd try make me wait a year) however, having reapplied online i have yet to hear back as to when and where i can sit a stage 1 test (preferably in prestwick now, as my family home is ayr). Can anyone confirm how long it should take for me to hear back? i applied about 2 weeks ago..

any response would be great, cheese
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Old 22nd Jan 2010, 14:52
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When I applied it was a Sunday night and I had a response on the Monday morning!
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thats so strange, i've been through the rigmarole of writing down referees and stating my interests and why i have such interests before and it went through fine and in that case promptly, i have an email saying they will be in contact but I have yet to hear back. I have subsequently emailed them and left a voicemail with them so if i don't hear back soon i may try my luck at eurocontrol! booooo! cheers for the info dude, and best of luck!
get some DS brain training or brain challenge on xbox live on the go, its fun and keeps your mind active along the same lines as RAF and NATS psychometrics!
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Old 22nd Jan 2010, 17:21
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I hope you hear back soon!!! Keep pestering them! I have brain training so will give that a go along with the practice stuff they send!!

PS I'm not a dude :-P
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Hi all,

I have just registered after reading the forum for quite a bit now, and got some questions to ask. Hope you don't mind.

At first, just wanted ask is there any different way that NATS looks at overseas ppl? I'm from poland, and just being wondering whether I'm on the 'lost position' straight away or not.

I recently applied for TATCO and I have been invited to attend Stage One and to do the SHL online Test. I'm having the S1 on 5th Feb, 12.30. Would be great to know if any one from here is attending it at the same day.

Revising to the SHL Test, I didn't found the numbers checking test difficult at all, though the calculation seemed to be quite tricky, and I wasn't really prepared for that. Im wondering now does it affect the result of S1 at any point?

I have always dreamed to become an ATCO, therefore I'll do my best and try to get through this strict selection. I'm sure loads of you here understand that feeling!

I'm just about to read the thread throughout, I'm sure I'll find enough stuff to prepare for the S1.

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Old 22nd Jan 2010, 23:12
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Hi Tooomek,

As long as you meet the entry guidelines and have the right to live and work in the UK for an unrestricted amount of time you shouldn't face any trouble with being chucked out because you're Polish. If anything, it may help you! NATS are very keen to employ people from other areas outside the UK, especially people of different cultures and faiths (assuming you pass S1,2 and 3).

If it's your English you're worried about, well, you write better English than posters here who have lived in the UK their whole lives!

Good luck, let us know how you do.

Not too sure about your S1 enquiry but I'm sure someone else will be able to help you out.

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Old 23rd Jan 2010, 13:35
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Hi Tooomek,

As Student88 says, as long as you have the right to live and work in the UK, and provided your English meets the required standards (which from your post It would appear that it does), then NATS shouldn't look at you any differently to British nationals.

Obviously NATS will be making a considerable investment in you, so they might quiz you a little about your long term aspirations etc. if you are lucky enough to get through to the interview at stage 3 - they'll want to know that you intend on moving more or less permanently to the UK and won't be planning on heading back to Poland or elsewhere after only a few years.

Other than that the only thing I can imagine is likely to be any different for you to any other candidate is the security clearance, which may well take quite a bit longer and be more thorough than for British nationals.

Good luck at stage 1
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Old 23rd Jan 2010, 16:03
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The online tests before stage 1 are mostly just for data collection- so don't worry too much about them. My computer crashed as i was half way through the maths one, so i didn't even get to finish it- but i still passed stage 1 and got invited to stage 2. Just make sure you read the NATS information provided and really take it in before sitting your stage 1.
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Hi all, thanxs for your replies.

Obviously I have got the rights to live and work in UK as Poland is in the EU, so that shouldn't be a problem (I'm currently working). Just being curious whether an invitation to S1 is a sign, that the invited person meets their requirements (education etc.), or they checking it all at any point in between stages or so?

I'm not really worried bout my English, I'm able to speak and write fluently. Anyway I'm awared that I'll have to put much more effort into learning than people with English as they native lang, but I'm ready to cope with that as the ATC is something I always wanted to do!

I'm just gonna prepare myself for the S1 and go for it. Whatever will happen next, at least I have tried! I'll keep you all up to date how the things are going. (if anyone is bothered, ofc)

Barrold2480, as to do with the initial test, I was the same as you. First few questions were alright, but when it came up to multiplying and dividing it became really difficult. I wasn't prepered for that and I hope it doesn't affect the result of S1.
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Old 24th Jan 2010, 00:01
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tooomek,

I am certainly interested in your progress so keep us up to date!
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Old 24th Jan 2010, 11:41
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On a scale of 1 - 10, how would you rate the job security of an ATCO at present and in the future?
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Old 24th Jan 2010, 19:34
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I'm not an ATCO nor do I work for NATS but I'd say that it's pretty much 8,9 or 10. It's certainly a career for life.
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hey guys, im still waiting to here back the results of my stage 1,but like a said i don't feel i did extremely well. As i would be definatly be applying again next year if i was not successful this time, i was wondering if any one knew any info on air traffic control assistants? Is there posts for these at every airport? And how do you become one? As i think becoming an assistant will give me an insight and experience about the job, which will hopefully help my application. If anyone knows any info on these i would be really grateful.

Thanks
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Old 24th Jan 2010, 20:03
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Question

I have my stage 1 interview tomorrow, i have learnt most of the information given to you in the email but am struggling to learn te plane bits at the end. Was just wondering how exactly they are used in the interview and into what sort of depth. x
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Old 24th Jan 2010, 20:16
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charstar,
firstly i had my stage 1 a couple of weeks ago, its not exactly an interview. They are a set of tests testing your basic skills, if u read this forum then it will tell u what the tests are and it goes into detail of each test. One of the tests does involve the ATC paper part that you have received. All i will say is do your best to learn the paper and do not worry yourself too much if you can't remember it all all you can do is your best. The questions are multiple choice and are based on the document you are given.

Hope this helps

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Old 24th Jan 2010, 23:35
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Thank you very much loz4085, I think i'm a bit over worried about the diagramming test as I 'd failed on that one last time anyway I'll try & keep that in mind. 25% is something like 10-12 questions out of 50 i presume, including these diamonds attached. I might as well leave them aside if I don't manage & do the remaining 75% of questions. Best of luck to you & to all candidates of course awaiting for results & good luck to all new applicants !!! I'll be joining shortly
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