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NATS interview process

Old 13th May 2011, 18:22
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Do we think it might be useful to start a separate thread for actual test day / results discussions?

I notice that 'most' of the traffic (excuse the overly obvious ATC related word) on this thread is actually not on the topic of the interview process?

:P Just a suggestion.

As for the chap sitting stage one and asking about help. I've heard of a program called SkyTest (you'll have to find it online somewhere). I think it helps with Stage 1 and Stage 2 preparations for NATS testing.

from memory, there isn't a great deal of long division to be done. Any more recent Stage 1s (than late 2010) might have better memories / advice.

Phil Still bathing in fame.. ish :P
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Old 15th May 2011, 10:20
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Stage 1 is not too bad at all. Most of it is either can or can't. Study the book they send you and you should be fine. Keep calm and work as quickly as you can with cubes and diagramming....time is short!

Really really hope stage 2 results are sent tomorrow....can't bear the waiting game any longer
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Old 15th May 2011, 11:27
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Stage 1

I have learned the majority of the NATS booklet for stage 1, but I was wondering is it essential that you know every plane in the booklet, and what speed they go, how many people they seat, which airline operate them etc? Can someone who's done stage 1 for the ATCO tell me if questions like this came up frequently on the test?
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Old 15th May 2011, 12:36
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Good luck to all those still waiting for their stage 2 results. It must be horrible not knowing.

Something to cheer you up if worse comes to worse - this was the second time I took stage 2 after failing it last year. Having done it before, it definitely calmed the nerves. It didn't help me answer the questions any faster or do the strip display test any better but having had the experience once before did help - at least I didn't mash the keypad on some of the tests this time among other things.

Second time round I've passed. I don't know what I did better (or should it be "less bad") this time round or whether I scraped through (quite likely) or passed with flying colours (yeah right). Either way it doesn't matter.

If you get the dreaded email then don't worry too much. Give it another shot next year (I most definitely will if I fail stage 3). You won't be like Tim who passes all the stages first time and completes the college to graduate at the age of 21 (and turns out to be nice bloke and all) but so what.

At least thats what I've been telling myself over the last 12 months.

See you at stage 3 BillTheLeaper.
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Old 15th May 2011, 12:44
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Robb - you need to know recognise the different type of aircraft. I don't think they ask specific questions about the exact seating variations especially as it varies by airline but you need to know more or less. If they ask you which aircraft would be suitable as a city hopper and its between an ATR42, 752, A321 or jumbo then you should be able to recognise which is the smaller aircraft (the ATR42 with around 50 seats I think).

As for the cruising speeds I'm pretty sure there is at least one question on that.

Do what I did - learn the whole blinking thing and you'll feel more comfortable going into the exam. You're gonna need to know about these aircraft anyway if you get through.
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Old 15th May 2011, 17:11
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Thank you chocolatehobnob.....that's re-assuring. I'm so pleased you've passed this time and I wish you all the best for Stage 3 !!!

But your right....waiting is becoming a real nightmare....but patience is a virtue (as they say ...)
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Old 16th May 2011, 01:10
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Hey all!

I just got lucky and managed to get an opening for my Stage 1 on the 20th in Fareham! Now I don't have to go to Scotland! Makes life easier.

P.S. Good luck to everyone awaiting results, I got to stage 3 last year and now i am more nervous as before i didn't even know if i was capable of passing the aptitude tests!

Seb
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Old 16th May 2011, 11:34
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So the stage 2 results are finally in then. Hope everyone does really well !!!!

I failed...but there's always next year

Good luck again !!
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Old 16th May 2011, 12:06
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Sorry to hear that Gaz. I'm still waiting to hear.
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Old 16th May 2011, 12:21
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Failed too. (Damn)

Good luck to everyone who got through and to those who're applying this year.
And to those, like me, who didn't get through, I hope I'll see you next year.

I'd also like to sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to making this thread the go to source for most of my NATS application process information and I hope it carries on for many years to come.
(Or at least for the next year or two ).

....... For my own edification, could someone tell me what kind of questions were in the Occupational Personality Questionnaire?
Not knowing would kill me. Thanks in advance.

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Old 16th May 2011, 12:35
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I'm sorry to hear about the bad news guys, but the best of luck next time when you'll be better prepared
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Old 16th May 2011, 12:54
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Really sorry to hear that mrfrost....I know exactly how you feel, and it ain't good

But you'll absolutely be seeing me again next year...not giving up that easily t all And now I know what to expect from stage 2 I can actually prepare a bit better for it.

All the best to everyone else!!!
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Old 16th May 2011, 15:30
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What is the average age of people attending the NATS college course? And what age do people usually pass?
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Old 16th May 2011, 21:34
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I'm still waiting to hear the results from my stage 2 on the 6th....I'm guessing it isn't good news then
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Old 16th May 2011, 23:07
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Chockybiscuit, well done mate! See you at Stage 3 - it might be worth liasing about that.. familiar faces and all?

For those others, I'm really sorry to hear it. From the calibre of people I met at my stage 2, I feel it was a lottery who passed and who didn't. Top blokes one and all.

As for the Occupational questionnaire, it's the usual stuff.

Which is most and least like you from a selection of 4. ... x 100 questions!

Phil
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Old 17th May 2011, 17:41
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Sorry for the double post. Rumour has it those who did stage 2 with me may be able to take Stage 3 in June.

Phil
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Old 17th May 2011, 21:44
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Results in - and unsuccessful!

Ah well - was an interesting experience!

Good luck to y'all going through the process - and congrats to those successful at your respective stages!

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Old 17th May 2011, 22:33
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What is the average age of people attending the NATS college course? And what age do people usually pass?
Between 22 and 30, majority less than 26 years old.
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Old 17th May 2011, 23:09
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Phil,
as one who is in the twilight of his 'ATC career', it would be interesting to sit the 100 'Occupational' questions just to see how I did over the last xx years.
Best of luck to all of you!
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Old 18th May 2011, 09:40
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Sitting my Stage 1 in the end of June, so just a quick question..

for the time (s/d/t) will most of the questions be in multiple of 60
e.g.
Difference between Detroit and Toronto = 228, average speed of 240, how long to get there?

So I work that out like this..
260/60 = 24/6 = 4
228/4 = 57 (Convert to hours if need be)

Which is correct right?
However using the OASC website (I know it's not ATC) but you get questions with like 186, which doesn't go into 60.

And one more thing, is there any websites/books that could help me with the diagramming in stage 1?

Thanks in advance, and good luck to thos who have got through and commiserations to the rest.
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