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NATS interview process

Old 10th Mar 2019, 13:05
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Originally Posted by Topcat47 View Post
Did you get an option for area/approach/aerodrome? I got the impression it's basically whatever they need at the time, logic suggests there would be more positions for area at any one time but when I asked at CTC they seemed to say it's relatively balanced.
No, you get put on a course based on their needs at the time (or in x months/years ahead based on training timescales) - unless you have a choice of CTC/Jerez or Global. Global will be Aerodrome/Approach, CTC/Jerez could be either but more likely Area based on recent courses and what we've been told on needs.

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Old 10th Mar 2019, 14:10
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Originally Posted by tomtom37 View Post
Hello, I passed my stage 3 back in January and recently found out I will be on the Jerez course starting in July, assuming I pass my medical later this month. I am wondering if anyone else here is on the same course?
There's two of us at the moment - do you want to message your number and we can start a WhatsApp group? 😊
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Old 10th Mar 2019, 23:11
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Originally Posted by dFixxx3r View Post
Thank you for this!
Good news for foreigners like myself.
Though sounds like a way harder process.
Looking forward to applying in may though.
FEAST or part of it or new version of it will be in step 1 and 3 than, but DART may be off, which is sad as it was really an interesting test that gives a serious hint about the job i guess
Well i just went on the fteJerez website and found this : NATS recruitment tests conducted at FTEJerez ? FTEJerez | News

The ATC facilities at the FTEJerez campus have been selected as the base from which NATS will conduct interviews and selection tests for their future Asia-based controllers.

Air traffic controllers who are successful with their initial application with NATS are invited to attend a final selection at the FTEJerez campus in Jerez de la Frontera, southern Spain. So far, candidates from as far as New Zealand, Australia and the US have attended the rigorous selection tests that NATS demands. During the selection days, a team of senior NATS operational and recruitment managers conduct interviews and sim tests using FTE’s state-of-the-art tower and approach simulators and team of fulltime pseudo pilots. During these sim tests, the candidates are assessed in different ATC scenarios using lifelike Heathrow Airport and complex London airspace scenarios to assess the potential of candidates.

So i think they were inspired by their spanish division to change the recruitment process .
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Old 10th Mar 2019, 23:19
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Originally Posted by tomtom37 View Post
Hello, I passed my stage 3 back in January and recently found out I will be on the Jerez course starting in July, assuming I pass my medical later this month. I am wondering if anyone else here is on the same course?
Tom, I'm on the same July, Jerez course as yourself! Congrats.

To anyone waiting for a response after passing stage 3, definitely get in touch. I'd waited the 2 weeks they'd told me it'd take, upon ringing them the day after they had courses ready!
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Old 12th Mar 2019, 14:42
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Hi all, I've been long-time lurker of this thread but posting now that I can happily say I have passed my Stage 3 and have found out where I'm going.

For fellow lurkers out there wondering about timescales - my Stage 3 was on 5th Feb, I took the call on the 11th Feb with the good news (I was told I should wait up to 15 working days to find out, so I was quite pleased with having to wait just 4), then I took another call on 6th Mar saying I'm off to Global ATS.

I'm on the July course in Gloucester, is anyone else on the same course? Send me a message if so; we can get a group going.

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Old 12th Mar 2019, 18:13
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Congrats TiffLangham!

Seems to have taken a bit of time between learning of passing Stage 3 and receiving placement on to your course. I'm still waiting to hear back from my Stage 3 although it has only been a week and it sounds like there may be a backlog of candidates waiting on courses going by you and the other previous posts having passed their interview stage in Jan/Feb etc. now receiving their basic training course assignments.
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Old 12th Mar 2019, 21:12
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Medical

Hi, has anyone had their medical recently. Got mine next week and was just wondering what to expect.
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Old 12th Mar 2019, 21:41
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Thanks StuBob , I hope you hear back soon and best of luck.

Beany1889 re your question about being too tall to go to Global - the only question I was asked was if I was over 6' 2", so I assume that anything above that perhaps qualifies for "too tall".
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Old 12th Mar 2019, 22:08
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Originally Posted by boxface View Post
So I just got an email 20 minutes after I leave the building telling me I passed DART. I am an accountant by trade so imagining myself as an ATC just became a little less fantasy! The test day was great. We started at 10. 13 entered of which 7 failed the FEAST. Apparently its rare that half of the applicants pass but we did it. The tests started out very straightforward and progressed in difficulty, but they really ease you into it and with the right mindset there's no chance you will panic.
Just tried to PM you, but your inbox is full...

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Old 13th Mar 2019, 18:35
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Originally Posted by Beany1889 View Post
Hi, has anyone had their medical recently. Got mine next week and was just wondering what to expect.
Hearing test, sight test, ECG, BP check, urine test, reflexes, height/weight, medical history (yours and family) etc. As this is your initial medical, there may be a few more bits than that to it - it's been a long time since my initial one
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Old 13th Mar 2019, 19:14
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Pretty much what TMT says although there is also cholesterol check in there (pin prick on the finger for a small blood sample - test only takes a minute or so to give results) and a lung capacity test there also.
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Old 13th Mar 2019, 23:09
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Originally Posted by The Many Tentacles View Post
Hearing test, sight test, ECG, BP check, urine test, reflexes, height/weight, medical history (yours and family) etc. As this is your initial medical, there may be a few more bits than that to it - it's been a long time since my initial one
thanks for the info. How long does it take to find out if you pass or not? Is it usually pretty immediate or do you have to wait for any test results? I feel pretty confident I should be ok, however you never know until you know.
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Old 14th Mar 2019, 08:01
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If there are any issues, you’ll know immediately. If you need anything further (specialist assessments, further tests), they’ll tell you there and then.

If you need these, it won’t necessarily stop you starting - there are a couple on our course that still don’t have it...
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 15:08
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I'm absolutely delighted to say that I've not long had a phone call confirming I have passed Stage 3 and have been booked onto Jerez course starting late October subject to medical/security clearance.

To say I was buzzing is an understatement!
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 15:59
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Originally Posted by Futureeeeatc View Post
I have my stage 2 assessment coming up on the 14th! Any tips?
Had mine too yesterday and passed! Very happy! Now just waiting for my Stage 3 email!
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 16:18
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Originally Posted by StuBob View Post
I'm absolutely delighted to say that I've not long had a phone call confirming I have passed Stage 3 and have been booked onto Jerez course starting late October subject to medical/security clearance.

To say I was buzzing is an understatement!
Congratulations!

I must say, after seeing the NATS infographic about how, on average, only 25 of 3,300 candidates are successful, I'm finding it incredibly encouraging to see just how many people on here are successful. It's almost as if there's a correlation between posting on here and being successful :-)

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Old 15th Mar 2019, 16:49
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Originally Posted by StuBob View Post
I'm absolutely delighted to say that I've not long had a phone call confirming I have passed Stage 3 and have been booked onto Jerez course starting late October subject to medical/security clearance.

To say I was buzzing is an understatement!
Congrats! See, the wait was worth it...
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 18:14
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Thanks tf412 and Trevor Hannant !

I'll likely be harrassing you some more Trevor now that I've been placed on Jerez too. 😁
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 20:49
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For the area course , how long is the program , and what qualifications do you get at the end ?
Is it as specify on the fteJerez website or is it different ?
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 06:14
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Once you've booked in a date for stage 3 how easy is it to change to another if a more ideal date comes up? Is it just case of swapping over on the system like it was for stage 2? Thanks in advance!
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