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Old 15th Jan 2008, 16:07
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Manchester and swanwick are preferable, but anywhere will do, i'd like to visit at least two establishments so prestwick or any other areodrome are not a problem for me
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Old 17th Jan 2008, 06:46
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Hi,

Does anyone have any advice for stage 3? like the extremely in depth descriptive for stage 2 above

Thanks
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Old 19th Jan 2008, 03:51
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not checked but doesnt that nats web site now detail the interview process in more detail?
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Old 19th Jan 2008, 09:06
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Hello, I've also made it to stage 3 and would like to visit Manchester A.C.C on or before the 18th Feb. If anyone as visited there and could give me the relevant contact details it would be very useful. Also, can anyone who as done stage 3 just clear up whether it consists of one interview with two interviewers ( A.T.C and H.R ) or two interviews, one with each?
Ta very much.
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Old 19th Jan 2008, 12:22
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My stage 3 near the end of last year had one interview with two interviewers (one HR and one ATC) and the other stage 3 fun and games.
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Old 20th Jan 2008, 14:53
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With how the procedures and tests have changed over time, and also the job, it would be quite interesting to see how many ATCO's would pass the tests and interviews today
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Old 21st Jan 2008, 14:03
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Quick question

Can you get into the college in Bournemouth and never become an ATCO?
If so, how often does this happen. I know people do resits on their exams etc., but is there a limit to how much/often you can do this? What options do NATS leave you if you continue to fail your exams?
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Old 21st Jan 2008, 14:14
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I thought of another one..

How often a year does the college start new courses? I know they do the stage ones all year round, so you can always get into one of them, but is it just Sept & Jan that they take in new "students".

I only ask because I get to reapply for stage one in May, but would preferably like to start the college later than Sept as I have just started a new job and wouldnt want to leave it 4 or 5 months after I started. I know this is kinda getting ahead of myself again but I know that sometimes people going through the recruitment process can go from stage one to college in a matter of weeks!

Also, I recently contacted NATS HR asking when I get to reapply this year. They said 26th April, as this was the date last year when my stage one was (that i consequently failed as a result of the online personality questionnaire.) So, would it be OK for me to wait a few months to resubmit my application, or would NATS think I wasn't bothering again this year?

I'm not really in a rush because I would like to save up lots of money to survive the lousy salary that a TATC receives, should I ever get past stage bloody one!! Me no like personality questionnaires...
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Old 21st Jan 2008, 16:19
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New basic course just started - there will 3 more this year at 13 week intervals.
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Old 21st Jan 2008, 17:53
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In response to your first question TCR, there are many people that don't get through the college - roughly 30-40% success rate at a guess.
After that the validation rates at units vary from 25-90% - only based on hearsay and what I've read on here.
IF you fail a written exam/oral board at the college you will get one more go, then if you fail again, you fail the course and go to a training analysis where they decide if you warrant a recourse. If not, you get a training review where you can 'argue your case'. In general if you fail a particular course twice you will no longer be employed - there are some exceptions to this but not many. However, you can fail one course, pass the second time, then fail the next course, get a recourse etc Some people, who want to stay with the company, get jobs as ATSA's or in admin.
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Old 21st Jan 2008, 21:00
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Hi. Has anyone who recently went through the stage 2 interview have any tips on it? thanks.
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Old 21st Jan 2008, 21:40
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Hey mcn,
If you back one page you will see an incredibly helpful post by Nokio about Stage 2.
Good luck...
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Old 23rd Jan 2008, 17:34
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I have the first stage of NATS testing coming up and I was just wondering if anyone could provide me with an example of the sort of questions they ask during the motivational section of the testing so I have an idea of what to expect?
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Old 23rd Jan 2008, 17:56
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Hatemyob,

This very thread is full of the info you require
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Old 23rd Jan 2008, 19:36
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Hi everyone,

I have my 3rd stage interview mid-February. As preparation for this, I have visited "Scottish" and "Oceanic" at Prestwick, I have also visited Glasgow Tower. I have read the book "Air Traffic Control" by Graham Duke and I have also been studying the motivation pdf's like there is no tomorrow. The only problem is, I don't know if this is enough!!!

I was wondering if anyone who has been through the stage 3 interview could tell me just how technical the interview is....Are they looking for you to have an in-depth knowledge of ATC or a basic understanding of the principles of ATC or somewhere in the middle?!!!

Also, how is the interview split, are you interviewed 50% of the time by the ATCO and 50% of the time by the HR person?

Anways, any feedback is much appreciated

And can I just say as well, anyone who is just starting the NATS recruitment process should read this thread back to front...I wish I had because I would have been much better prepared for stages 1 & 2, some of the posts are extremely helpful.

Cheers

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Old 23rd Jan 2008, 20:25
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You look to have done almost exactly the same prep as me except I went to EDI instead of Glasgow. You'll be fine, just relax
 
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Wink 1st stage test

Replying to hatemyjob:-

For Motivation test, they provide notes to read thoroughly but i thing it is very important that you must know about numerical reasoning because in the test you will be asked questions like (Example) If an Aircraft is flying 350 knots & have 20 mins fuel and runway is 100 miles away so how long does it take to land.
Make sure you wel prepared for spatial reasoning with time, i mean you should be able to do 40 quesions in 20 mins.

Good luck.
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Old 24th Jan 2008, 20:49
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Hi,

This is to the guys at the college. Am starting there shortly and trying to sort out budget! Is it just the 10,000 now? Last time I heard there was a 60 weekly non-taxable allowance in addition to the 10k. Has that been dropped?

Cheers,

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Old 24th Jan 2008, 20:53
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Currently 10,000 plus tax free 60 a week living allowance
Works out about average 950 take home a month
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Whew! You're a star - cheers for that!

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