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NATS interview process

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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Old 16th Nov 2018, 20:10
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Quick question - has anyone who’s done the course with Global gone onto Area? Know that they don’t normally teach Area there...
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Old 16th Nov 2018, 21:31
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Originally Posted by Trevor Hannant View Post
Quick question - has anyone who’s done the course with Global gone onto Area? Know that they don’t normally teach Area there...
I don't think so. Just ADI and APS ratings. (Unless you fail the Basic and get recoursed to CTC)
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Old 18th Nov 2018, 08:49
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Originally Posted by Chalky07 View Post
Thanks very much Trevor, congratulations yourself! Are you on the Jerez course in Feb?
Private message me your number and I will add you to our WhatsApp group
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Old 18th Nov 2018, 14:51
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Originally Posted by GreenATC View Post
Nice Trevor! Good work. There's a whatsapp group for those starting Jerez in Feb if you fancy joining. Just PM your number.
PM sent!

Originally Posted by Chalky07 View Post
Thanks very much Trevor, congratulations yourself! Are you on the Jerez course in Feb?
Thanks! I am now that I've decided to go for that option, yes.

Originally Posted by BARRY_SCOTT View Post
I don't think so. Just ADI and APS ratings. (Unless you fail the Basic and get recoursed to CTC)
Thanks Barry
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Old 18th Nov 2018, 22:45
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Hi,

Long time lurker and who has only recently signed up and like many before me I thought I'd pop in and say hello as I become the latest in a long line of hopeful NATS ATCO applicants! I've currently passed Stage 0 and Stage 1 and I am now looking for a suitable date to arrange Stage 2 at Fareham.

Air Traffic Control has always been something that appealed to me although strangely I find it difficult to quantify the reasons why. I am currently a mature student (31) who is in the last year of my degree so it has been a little difficult to undertake the application process so that I can give it the attention I feel it needs which is why I have already passed on a few days that were showing as available for Stage 2, with essay deadlines falling far too close to allow me to fully concentrate on studying the ATC manual and brush up on some preparatory work.

For those interested I would actually say that Stage 0 & 1 were more problematic than I had anticipated and for different reasons. In Stage 0 I found the Numerical & Verbal reasoning sections pretty straight forward with the verbal reasoning maybe pushing me to the time limit due to the extent of text in each section.

The numerical I found relatively easy although I knew I got one of the last ones wrong but generally I finished those sections in good time and confident in my performance. The Error Checking section however I ran out of time with those questions and iirc failed to answer the last 2/3 as I had to go back to my last answered question to change the answer and quickly ran out of time.

I know from reading the forum this is a section that people say they found easy but I had difficulty with the logistics in trying to determine the answers here. I honestly thought I had already failed at this point which was worrying as a huge part of my job is similar in nature to the error checking section but I was relieved to find out later the same day I had passed and progressed onto Stage 1.

I left Stage 1 to the last day of the 10 day limit as I was too busy to give it my full attention before this although I was fairly confident in this section as I have undertaken these types of test before. These of course entailed the Spatial Awareness and Diagrammatic Reasoning elements. I would say I found the Spatial test pretty straight forward and something that I am pretty good at off the bat whether through innateness or learned understanding from my previous jobs I think maybe only one or two of the questions had me sweating.

The Diagrammatic Reasoning however had me once again thinking I had failed as this was a test that got progressively more difficult particularly in the last few tested sections where I was sure I had got more wrong than I was expecting and resorted to best guessing. I suspect up to those last ones I had done pretty well over the previous majority of questions and was pleased to find out later that day I had passed Stage 1 and was to book onto Stage 2 down south. I will say of Stage 1, it is pretty relentless if you are undertaking these tests with no break between each leg of questions so you definitely feel the pressure, so I would advise that you get ready for 10-15 minutes of constant concentration that is needed for the Spatial and Diagrammatic test sections.

Anyway I'm going to continue to swot up on as much information as I can gather from here and elsewhere on Stage 2 requirements which includes FEAST and DART elements as I am confident in the questionnaire section relating to the provided manual given sufficient study time. If anyone has any pointers or can offer further help regarding Stage 2 prep it would be much appreciated.
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Old 19th Nov 2018, 17:28
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Evening.

In the not so distant future, I'm doing the FEAST test with another ANSP. I've read that the FEAST Part 1 has changed. Without giving specifics about the tests, if someone has done it recently, could they say if it has changed dramatically from the original? Is it still the cube folding/ball on the wall/shape sorting tasks?

Thanks!

SG1980
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Old 20th Nov 2018, 13:58
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Had my stage 3 yesterday and just got the call to say I'm in (conditionally), Gloucester starting March 1st. Can't quite believe it but obviously very pleased! Just wondering if a whatsapp group or anything has been started yet for that course, I know it's a bit later than the other courses a lot of you have been offered. Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing some of you there!
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Old 20th Nov 2018, 15:05
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Congratulations leclerc16! How long has that taken then from your initial application to conditional start date?
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Old 20th Nov 2018, 15:54
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Originally Posted by StuBob View Post
Congratulations leclerc16! How long has that taken then from your initial application to conditional start date?
Thank you! To use a similar template to the other timelines that have already been posted here:
Day 1 - Take and pass stage 0, invite to stage 1, pass stage 1, invite to stage 2
Day 2 - Booked stage 2
Day 38 - Attended stage 2, pass confirmation later the same day
Day 40 - Booked stage 3
Day 76 - Attended stage 3
Day 77 - Confirmation of conditional offer
Day 178 - Conditional start date

I could've chosen earlier dates for stage 3 but I wanted to make sure I felt fully prepared so you may be able to go through the process faster.
Hope this helps someone!
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Old 20th Nov 2018, 19:57
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Originally Posted by leclerc16 View Post
Had my stage 3 yesterday and just got the call to say I'm in (conditionally), Gloucester starting March 1st. Can't quite believe it but obviously very pleased! Just wondering if a whatsapp group or anything has been started yet for that course, I know it's a bit later than the other courses a lot of you have been offered. Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing some of you there!
Congratulations! I was considering the Gloucester course but plumped for Jerez for different reasons...
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Old 21st Nov 2018, 10:29
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Did my stage 3 yesterday and just found out that Iíve been offered a place! Iím going to be at CTC in April so if anyone else is going then let me know!
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Old 21st Nov 2018, 10:40
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See, nothing to worry about!

Will see you again when we get back from Spain!
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