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NATS interview process

Old 8th Nov 2018, 08:04
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Originally Posted by LBroadbean View Post
Unfortunately I fell at the final hurdle, had my stage 3 on November 6th and have been told that I can re-apply in one year's time (subject to change)

I'm torn on what to do. I could stay at my current job for a year and try again, or pursue a role as a controller in the RAF or Navy.

I know I got into the final 4%, which is an achievement in itself, but NATS will not give you any feedback on whether or not they believe you would be good enough in a year etc.

If I haven't passed this time, is it worth trying again?
If you're really sure it's what you want to do and you've been invited back, then go for it. Use the year to build up a little more life experience and then you're in a better position. If you're not 100% then start looking for other jobs/careers, but know you've got it to come back to in a year if you're not happy doing what you're doing at the time
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Old 8th Nov 2018, 10:48
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@LBroadbean
Sorry to hear about that but I totally agree with @The Many Tentacles. If you really want this job, wait a year and go for it.
That's what I did. It's my second attempt now and hopefully I won't need a third one. But even if I'm unsuccessful this time, I'll try to improve even more and try again.
On the good side, it's only a year's waiting now. I had to wait 2 years to reapply.
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Old 8th Nov 2018, 11:56
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Hey guys. So I have been hanging around in this topic lurking in the background for a few weeks now. Seeing so many positive people on here encouraging each other is really pleasant to see. I have my Stage 2 coming up in a couple of weeks, I'm a bit nervous and want to do my best like everyone else but I also know it's something you either have or don't which I found out by doing some research.

I hope in a few weeks I'll be back on here to say I've passed Stage 2 and if I don't, then I'll just do what a couple of you guys are doing and try again!

If anyone else on here is doing Stage 2 on 27th Nov feel free to message me on here

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Old 8th Nov 2018, 21:37
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Been lurking here for about a week, hi everyone!

I got my stage 2 tomorrow morning (9th Nov).

​Ive travelled down today and staying in a hotel nearby NATS for tonight only then travelling back up north after the tests. My only concern would be what I should do with bags/coat. Will there be somewhere to put them or will I just have to carry it around all day?
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Old 9th Nov 2018, 05:02
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Originally Posted by arthur88 View Post
Been lurking here for about a week, hi everyone!

I got my stage 2 tomorrow morning (9th Nov).

​Ive travelled down today and staying in a hotel nearby NATS for tonight only then travelling back up north after the tests. My only concern would be what I should do with bags/coat. Will there be somewhere to put them or will I just have to carry it around all day?
You can take them in. They'll get scanned at entry. You can then either take them with you or they will look after them until you leave.

Good luck today.
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Old 9th Nov 2018, 07:18
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Originally Posted by TTTom View Post
Is anyone starting in Whiteley in January?

I'm starting then and I'm looking to see if there is any group on facebook/whatsapp; starting to get curious about living arrangements and a few other things and would be useful to see what others are doing.
Thereís a WhatsApp group Iím in with a few others. PM me your number and Iíll add you in
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Old 10th Nov 2018, 09:28
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Originally Posted by YannLePentrec View Post
Hi guys and gals.

Got my Stage 3 in Dec so currently studying and preparing.

Do you have any choice in which of the 3 training sites you attend?
I believe so, as different people have different notice periods for their current job(s).
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Old 12th Nov 2018, 21:24
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Originally Posted by LBroadbean View Post
Unfortunately I fell at the final hurdle, had my stage 3 on November 6th and have been told that I can re-apply in one year's time (subject to change)

I'm torn on what to do. I could stay at my current job for a year and try again, or pursue a role as a controller in the RAF or Navy.

I know I got into the final 4%, which is an achievement in itself, but NATS will not give you any feedback on whether or not they believe you would be good enough in a year etc.

If I haven't passed this time, is it worth trying again?
As someone who is leaving the MOD for NATS... have a productive year, try to broaden your horizons to tick the life experience box. Why not dip your toe and become a reservist or something?
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Old 12th Nov 2018, 22:47
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Originally Posted by LBroadbean View Post
Unfortunately I fell at the final hurdle, had my stage 3 on November 6th and have been told that I can re-apply in one year's time (subject to change)

I'm torn on what to do. I could stay at my current job for a year and try again, or pursue a role as a controller in the RAF or Navy.

I know I got into the final 4%, which is an achievement in itself, but NATS will not give you any feedback on whether or not they believe you would be good enough in a year etc.

If I haven't passed this time, is it worth trying again?
have you thought applying to EuroControl? seeing as you passed FEAST they're likely to just fast track you to interview stage, they may want you to do feast again, but it's certainly an option if you haven't already, only thing is you need to be no older than 25, so depends on your age.
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Old 13th Nov 2018, 06:25
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So after nearly a week of waiting,yesterday I got the much hoped for phone call to tell me Iíd passed Stage 3 and was being made a conditional offer. Delighted really didnít cover how I felt as I came off the phone!

Have been pencilled in for Jerez in February although that may change (due to personal circumstances).

In terms of timelines, I started the process back in March this year, my third attempt to get in (my first fell at Stage 1, my second never got past the application stage as they had changed the rules about being able to reapply without putting that anywhere on their criteria so wasnít aware). If you have been unsuccessful, donít let it out you off - you can do it, I have. Just take what youíve learned through the process and work on it. If itís Stage 2 you fall at, remember what you did, what was hard and work on that. If Stage 3, go away and think how you can be stronger there and come back better and more confident in what youíre giving as your answers.

Hope to see some some of you soon!
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Old 13th Nov 2018, 07:09
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Nice Trevor! Good work. There's a whatsapp group for those starting Jerez in Feb if you fancy joining. Just PM your number.
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Old 13th Nov 2018, 08:28
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NATS Stage 2 Assessment

Recently did the Stage 2 NATS assessment. Intense but fun day, to make this a fair process I won't go into too much detail but here's some tips:

-Read the booklet and memorise most of it. (They ask questions from all aspects, don't think any detail is insignificant).
-As for the aircraft info, I know it's a lot but I was strategic about this and memorised what I thought was most significant for an ATC to know.
-Practice brain games, especially spacial awareness games
-Brush on your mental arithmetic
-The DARTS is unique so no way you can really prep for it.
-Get a good nights sleep, this is crucial as your constantly focusing and by the end of it, should you succeed, your brain will be frazzled.

If anyone has any questions feel free to PM me I'll be more than happy to help.

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Old 13th Nov 2018, 09:28
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Thanks G - will be making a decision at weekend when I’m home from a residential course as to whether I go there or to Global in March. If I go with Jerez, will ping you a PM

Lina - can’t reply to your PM as you’ve used your allocation. PM me an email address or number for WhatsApp and I’ll reply there!
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Old 13th Nov 2018, 12:46
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Congratulations on getting the offer Trevor!

My Stage 3 is coming up - any tips on what I might expect or what I should think about during my preparation? Obviously you can't go into specifics but any feedback would be super helpful!

Thanks and congrats again
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Old 13th Nov 2018, 15:29
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Originally Posted by pm11 View Post
As someone who is leaving the MOD for NATS... have a productive year, try to broaden your horizons to tick the life experience box. Why not dip your toe and become a reservist or something?
Yeh I have a few things I'm aiming to do. Pass driving test, visit a couple of ATC Towers, and I was thinking of joining the RAF as a reserve.

Flight Operations Assistant and Flight Operations Manager have attracted my attention.

What is NATS like with reserves? I would have to sign up for 12 years, and may have to leave for 12months at a time. Would this affect my chances of getting in?
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Old 13th Nov 2018, 15:55
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I’m a Reservist Flight Ops Assistant (or will be after I graduate this week!) and they’d no issues with that at all. In fact, NATS won an award for their commitment to the Armed Forces last year and have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant:

https://www.nats.aero/news/nats-reco...ces-community/

You would need to take a career break from the Reserves, certainly while at college as there would be no scope to allow you time out for Annual Continuous Training. Will be different on unit but you would likely need to talk to the unit when you get there about it.
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Old 13th Nov 2018, 16:01
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Originally Posted by AlexG View Post
Congratulations on getting the offer Trevor!

My Stage 3 is coming up - any tips on what I might expect or what I should think about during my preparation? Obviously you can't go into specifics but any feedback would be super helpful!

Thanks and congrats again
Alex, the advice Iíd give is pretty well whatís above - make sure you know the booklet inside out and understand it. Also, make sure you prepare examples of appropriate examples for a competency interview - thereís a lot of resources out there for these and the kind of questions you can get. Make sure you research a spread of possible questions/scenarios and have examples to back it up.
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Old 16th Nov 2018, 13:06
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Hi, just found out this morning that Iíve passed my stage 3 interview and have been offered a place on the Jerez course starting February (providing I pass medical etc). Is there anybody else starting this course? From this I gather thereís a group chat somewhere?
Thanks,
Matthew
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Old 16th Nov 2018, 15:23
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Congratulations Matthew, very well done!
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Old 16th Nov 2018, 19:31
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Thanks very much Trevor, congratulations yourself! Are you on the Jerez course in Feb?
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