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NATS interview process

Old 17th Feb 2019, 20:55
  #11021 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Uk
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Originally Posted by gemma96 View Post
Hi everyone! Just booked my stage 2 and now I'm battling through the booklet.
Can anyone advise on the below?

"1. Boeing 737-300/400/500 series.
2. Seating 300 series, 128 standard,
400 series standard with a maximum 171 seats."

This doesn't give a number of seats for the 500, do I just take it to be 128? I've looked online for the number of seats for the 500 but can't find it anywhere. It's a small issue but I really don't want to get caught out on the test.
I agree it is annoying there are a few parts like this that don't follow their own structure. I have also looked on Wikipedia for this info and the other info doesn't then match up!!!

I sat a different version over 6 years ago and it was really pretty easy if you had read the info a few times. I am not overly concerned about all the plane specifics, just the general themes and similarities. I am petrified of FEAST and DART though! So as previously mentioned, read what is there and don;t worry about anything else. Good luck!
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 08:56
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Couldn't agree more! The courses are twice as intense as any degree/masters course and require total commitment. There is a HUGE volume of content to learn and understand. As an example my course spent one day at the weekend studying, in addition to at least 2/3hours every weekday night.

I sympathise with your position, but at the same time my course went through the college being paid the old pay scale (13k.... 900 a month!!) and had to survive! The higher starting salary has come about to entice more people to apply, including graduates.

It may be worth adding that at the moment that whilst the pay increase has happened at the college, once you get posted to unit you get no living allowances whilst training and so in some cases your take home pay may be *less* than at the college (I have heard stories of this being the case). There is also no shift allowance at unit until you are fully valid......
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 09:43
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Originally Posted by Flying184 View Post
Couldn't agree more! The courses are twice as intense as any degree/masters course and require total commitment. There is a HUGE volume of content to learn and understand. As an example my course spent one day at the weekend studying, in addition to at least 2/3hours every weekday night.

I sympathise with your position, but at the same time my course went through the college being paid the old pay scale (13k.... 900 a month!!) and had to survive! The higher starting salary has come about to entice more people to apply, including graduates.

It may be worth adding that at the moment that whilst the pay increase has happened at the college, once you get posted to unit you get no living allowances whilst training and so in some cases your take home pay may be *less* than at the college (I have heard stories of this being the case). There is also no shift allowance at unit until you are fully valid......
What time do classes tend to start and finish? Is it basically 9-5 for the supervised learning bit? And then the three hours in the evening?
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 13:23
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Originally Posted by Lemonair View Post
What time do classes tend to start and finish? Is it basically 9-5 for the supervised learning bit? And then the three hours in the evening?
It's 8 - 4.
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Old 19th Feb 2019, 11:47
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Originally Posted by YB24 View Post
Hi, I'm currently waiting to sit my stage 2 (currently studying an unrelated course at uni so was waiting until April to sit stage 2), however, I've just had an email stating stage 2 will need to be completed by the end of March and if sucessful, stage 3 by the end of April. Due to uni placements, I could only now sit stage 2 in Feb. What I am wondering is realistically, how long did it take to learn the booklet well enough to pass the test? Whilst I am aware everyone learns at different rates, I am loathed to spend 300 to travel down from Ayrshire with not enough prep time but would have to start from scratch with my application in April 2019, if I don't. Any advice appreciated!
YB24 regarding how long it should take to learn the booklet, if you can put aside 5 x 2hr study sessions that should be enough for most. However, a Scottish lad turned up at CTC a couple years ago, HR hadn't emailed him the booklet in advance. They asked if he was still happy to sit the test that day. They printed it out and he sat in the corner for 1.5 hrs reading the booklet, then sat the test and passed! Needless to say he is now valid at Prestwick.
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Old 19th Feb 2019, 17:21
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Hi, Just wondering if anyone who passed stage 3 at the end of January has been given a start date yet?
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Old 20th Feb 2019, 16:52
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Hey, bit of a long shot, but anyone on the July course at Global? I've just been changed onto it instead of my CTC course, so just wondered if anyone else is on it and we can get a What'sApp group on the go?
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Old 20th Feb 2019, 23:48
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Is it still the booklet from august 2016 ???

Last edited by desrudy; 21st Feb 2019 at 13:21.
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 19:11
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Do you guys ( who re-apply ) have issues to choose and book a day for the stage 2 ???
I get an error message -_- .
I email nats recruitment and they send me this email :

We are experiencing technical issues for candidates wishing to reapply .



We are however working on a new selection model and would ask that you continue to be patient with us whilst we complete this task.

Our plan is to go live with the new application model in April 2019 and will send new links then in order for you to re-apply.

In implementing this new model it will give us the opportunity to transform the way in which we conduct our Trainee Air Traffic Controller application process. It will also deliver significant changes and lasting benefits both to the application process and transform the way we do business in NATS.



Our new selection process

The new selection process, launching early April will have three key stages:



Stage 1 - Online Ability Tests

Stage 2 - Online Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and an Online Personality Questionnaire (OPQ)

Stage 3 - An Assessment centre where you will take part in an interview, a group exercise and will retake the ability tests .

That sounds harder than before ...




Last edited by desrudy; 21st Feb 2019 at 19:56.
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 08:34
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Originally Posted by desrudy View Post
Do you guys ( who re-apply ) have issues to choose and book a day for the stage 2 ???
I get an error message -_- .
I email nats recruitment and they send me this email :

We are experiencing technical issues for candidates wishing to reapply .



We are however working on a new selection model and would ask that you continue to be patient with us whilst we complete this task.

Our plan is to go live with the new application model in April 2019 and will send new links then in order for you to re-apply.

In implementing this new model it will give us the opportunity to transform the way in which we conduct our Trainee Air Traffic Controller application process. It will also deliver significant changes and lasting benefits both to the application process and transform the way we do business in NATS.



Our new selection process

The new selection process, launching early April will have three key stages:



Stage 1 - Online Ability Tests

Stage 2 - Online Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and an Online Personality Questionnaire (OPQ)

Stage 3 - An Assessment centre where you will take part in an interview, a group exercise and will retake the ability tests .

That sounds harder than before ...



So no FEAST or DART?
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 08:53
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Originally Posted by Arg1203 View Post
Hey, bit of a long shot, but anyone on the July course at Global? I've just been changed onto it instead of my CTC course, so just wondered if anyone else is on it and we can get a What'sApp group on the go?
I was told I might be starting in July but it hasn't been confirmed yet, when did you have your stage 3 and find out when you were starting?
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 09:49
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Failed FEAST

Hi everyone. Anyone else on here that was at the stage 2 on 15th Feb? Unfortunately I didn't get through the FEAST test but I'm sure given another chance I could get through. I really was NOT on form after driving down the night before and barely getting any sleep. I think out of 12 people only 4 or 5 got through to the afternoon. Massively disappointed. I'm pleased that I can reapply on the new process but it's not clear if the FEAST and DART tests are now part of it. Anyone know for sure?
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 20:44
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Originally Posted by idloveit View Post
So no FEAST or DART?
they said at the end : retake the ability tests so not sure about feast but there will be atc simulation test for sure like in some others companies .
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Old 24th Feb 2019, 10:51
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Hey guys,

I have my stage 2 tomorrow and just wanted to find out some more information.

In the email I received from NATS, it says 'Candidates need to be successful in each assessment in order to continue through to the remaining sessions. Those that are not successful at the end of the FEAST assessment will be invited to leave.'.

I'm unsure whether or not it means you can be kicked out after the ATC knowledge test, and some clarification would be helpful. I have never been really studied for any exams but do enjoy taking them, so am looking forward to the FEAST and DART, but am hoping that my revision for the first test will be enough as I don't really have much experience.

If anyone has experience please let me know if you can be unsuccessful after the first exam, and also if memorizing the information they give you is enough to pass.

Thanks!
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Old 24th Feb 2019, 17:14
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Join Date: Nov 2018
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Originally Posted by Hexagonalised View Post
Hey guys,

I have my stage 2 tomorrow and just wanted to find out some more information.

In the email I received from NATS, it says 'Candidates need to be successful in each assessment in order to continue through to the remaining sessions. Those that are not successful at the end of the FEAST assessment will be invited to leave.'.

I'm unsure whether or not it means you can be kicked out after the ATC knowledge test, and some clarification would be helpful. I have never been really studied for any exams but do enjoy taking them, so am looking forward to the FEAST and DART, but am hoping that my revision for the first test will be enough as I don't really have much experience.

If anyone has experience please let me know if you can be unsuccessful after the first exam, and also if memorizing the information they give you is enough to pass.

Thanks!
People only leave after the FEAST.
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Old 24th Feb 2019, 18:52
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Originally Posted by YannLePentrec View Post
People only leave after the FEAST.
Thank you!
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Old 24th Feb 2019, 20:33
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Join Date: Aug 2018
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Has anyone been through the security clearance process recently? I submitted my MoD forms mid November, which came back as completed in early January. NATS were sent my references at the start of February but I still haven't got my clearance. Apparently the MoD bit is 1 of a 7 stage process. I wish they'd hurry up!

My current boss wants to announce my departure to the team and I'd rather he didn't until all of my paperwork is complete.
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Old 25th Feb 2019, 04:48
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Lemonair MoD form - is that a form where you need 10 years work history or 5? and 10 years friendship history for character references?
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Old 25th Feb 2019, 10:58
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It is possible you'll get your clearance once you've started.
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Old 25th Feb 2019, 11:00
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Can anyone offer any advice or provide contact details on how best to arrange a site visit to either Prestwick or Glasgow?
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