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NATS interview process

Old 6th Oct 2012, 13:28
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It's very obvious almost immediately that the paper is very out of date. What would someone with initiative do? They would go and look up the up to date information. What would someone with a true interest and passion the aviation industry do?
in fairness.. I don't think it's deliberate.. it's probably just nats HR not keeping up with it. I am not surprised if the recruitment process is shambolic (mine was 5 years ago, and it was as such). A lot of internal processes in nats are, so you might just as well get used to it from the beginning
True interest and passion have got nothing to do with making a good ATCO, it's about keeping the blips apart and doing so safely and efficiently. The tests are (should be?) about retaining information, quick thinking and accuracy.
Good luck to all applicants
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Old 6th Oct 2012, 13:44
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I did stage 2 yesterday too! The blonde one left dangling til the end about getting past the morning session. Good luck! Hope you feel more confident than I do
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Old 6th Oct 2012, 13:49
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Sat Stage 2 yesterday - morning session really fun, afternoon session horrific. Combination of exhaustion and pressing the wrong keys without realising for a good 5 minutes - what a donkey! Good luck to everyone, just enjoy it
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Old 6th Oct 2012, 14:07
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Anybody from 04/10 stage 1 got their reply yet?
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Old 6th Oct 2012, 14:35
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No, still waiting...
I don' t think any answer will be sended during the weekend.

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Old 6th Oct 2012, 14:36
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Still waiting...
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Old 6th Oct 2012, 16:50
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Nope - not heard yet.
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Old 6th Oct 2012, 18:22
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I have been very hesitant to post on this thread the past few days, stretching weeks. Seems like there has been a mass onslaught of new applicants being tested, and some, quite clearly unhappy about the process.

Aside from that, I do now see that a few of you have taken your stage 2 tests. KRepton, you say you find out Monday, is that for definite? I undertook my stage 2 way back at the beginning of September now, and am yet to hear a thing. No news, good news, fingers are firmly crossed, still.
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Old 6th Oct 2012, 18:43
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She asked if we passed could we make stage 3 next friday. And that she would let us know monday about stage 2 result

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Old 6th Oct 2012, 19:40
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Has anyone from stage 1 03/10 heard any results yet??
All the advice I would give to anyone doing stage 1 is to read the material over and over. And also polish up on your S/D/T calculation. Even tho i found part one fairly straight forward(but it is easy to say that if u passed)...jeez did i have a sweat on for the result, they really do leave you hanging for a while.

Im not massively optimistic about my results for the test, i found the cubes really came easily to me...must of been in 'the zone'.lol I answered all with some time to spare, however diagramming was a different story...i was too slow, answered 33/50 and guessed from questions 40-50 before i even started. Always do it on multi choice tests...should prob stop doing so, dont have the best track record!!

Would love to hear from anyone that has got a result from 03/10. Good luck to everyone.
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Old 6th Oct 2012, 20:08
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nope not yet, I've been glued to my hotmail waiting for a reply!
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Old 6th Oct 2012, 20:37
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Hi all,

Haven't had time to post until now but thought id give an update on what I've done

I was Booked in for Monday 1st Oct 11am slot , travelled down and stayed at the premier inn the night before. Done plenty of revision and had a good sleep!

Decided to go with shirt and trousers just to be safe as I didn't want to seem to casual. Seemed appropriate when sitting in the lobby at the novotel, some in suits & some in jeans ...

Went through to take the 1st test which was an ATC test. Pretty simple, shouldn't have too many problems providing you have some ATC & geographical knowledge. Fortunately I passed and our group of about 80 halved. (Some women had flown over from Dubai and didn't get through the ATC part, very unfortunate!)

The next test involved looking at commands and selecting the outcome. It was a pretty simple test but I didn't complete it , just over half the questions complete! Very dissapointed but it didn't seem like I was the only one not to finish which made me feel a little better

The next test was where I struggled. 2D cut out of a cube and then selecting the cube that could be created from it. Found it very difficult and although I finished I was uncertain on allot of my answers.

Overall I was probably in the Novotel for about 2 hours. I dont think it went brilliantly but at the end of the day I tried my best and If i get through then great, if not then theres always next time ... If i dont get through I've got to think how many people applied and I wasnt the only one to be turned down ...

Good luck to the people who get through to stage 2!

Im still waiting to hear back , anyone else still waiting from the monday groups?


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Old 7th Oct 2012, 02:40
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Hi there,

I did my test on the 3rd, the 9 am session, I found the first half pretty easy, but then the second was a completely different story! Not too confident at all, still waiting for an email though, I really enjoyed the morning and it was great to have a look inside nats, if I don't get through this time then I know that next time I'll have to really concentrate on the diags/cubes as this time I have to admit I spent the majority of my time learning the paper when in reality I now believe just reading that a few times would have been sufficient!

Good luck to you, I hope you hear back soon.

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Old 7th Oct 2012, 08:40
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Were you the guy sitting next to me?
I was the slight mental brunette who convinced herself she had failed the first paper?! Definitely the same session as I remember Dubai lady

Any news? I *thankfully* got my pass email the next day. Sitting stage 2 on the 11th. Fingers crossed for you - keep me posted!


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Old 7th Oct 2012, 08:59
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stage 2

hi guys. stage two coming up this week. i understand SDM is not part of it at all anymore, can someone confirm that 100%?
also, collision avoidance, does that appear?
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Old 7th Oct 2012, 12:00
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Yes! haha..

Well done on getting through
I don't hold much hope seeing as you heard back the next day!
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Old 7th Oct 2012, 18:40
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Got my email inviting me for stage 3 - heading down next Friday. For those who have had the stage 3 email - does the link for the PDF of FAQs work? It just directs me to a page that no longer exists. I guess it's the same FAQs on the careers page, but I'm not so sure.

Good luck those still waiting to hear! For what it's worth, I heard two weeks after my stage 1 that I passed, and a week after my stage 2 (which was the 28th Sep), so don't despair if you've not heard yet.
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Old 8th Oct 2012, 09:12
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Has anyone from stage 1 last week heard any results yet??
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Old 8th Oct 2012, 09:39
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Old 8th Oct 2012, 09:41
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