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NATS interview process

Old 23rd May 2019, 14:12
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Got an email today stating that due to the high number of aplicants this year I won't be doing my stage 3 until 2020 now. No big deal glad to have it cleared up and gives me something to look forward too in the new year now!
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Old 25th May 2019, 09:00
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Originally Posted by BrotherTuck
Today I got an email from NATS confirming that all Stage 3 dates for 2019 were full and I will be invited for Stage 3 in 2020. They've "received an overwhelming number of applications". Doesn't sound too good for the probability to get in but it's worth a shot, right.
You've got to remember that this cohort of applicants also includes people who have failed over the last 12 months who would have normally had to wait a year before applying again, plus I'm sure the added convenience of being able to complete a lot of the process from home will have enticed a few curious folks too.

Remain positive though, you've achieved a lot just getting through to stage 3 and whilst you may have to wait, there will always be a position for the right candidate. Irrespective of how many people attempt stage 3, the process is set up only pick the applicants with the right attributes and if you tick all the boxes it doesn't matter how many pass or fail prior to your own interview.

Best of luck for the future!
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Old 25th May 2019, 17:59
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Originally Posted by desrudy
They only proposed 8 dates for this year , thatís not a lot compared to the number of applications.
They've two choices - go through the full process now and wait months on a start date because of instructor availability or slow the recruitment process down so you get into training sooner after Stage 3. Seems like they've gone for the latter
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Old 30th May 2019, 20:12
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Old 5th Jun 2019, 16:36
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Good afternoon all,

Does anyone have any last minute advice for a hopeful chap who has his Stage 3 interview and assessment day tomorrow?

Good luck to all who have theirs soon!
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Old 5th Jun 2019, 17:47
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Originally Posted by idloveit
Good afternoon all,

Does anyone have any last minute advice for a hopeful chap who has his Stage 3 interview and assessment day tomorrow?

Good luck to all who have theirs soon!
Just be confident in yourself and have a good night sleep . Tomorrow remember to not get discouraged by any missteps and don't overthink any particular question or task, don't second-guess yourself - whatever result might be you will have gained new precious life experience

Best of luck!
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Old 6th Jun 2019, 07:42
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Originally Posted by idloveit
Good afternoon all,

Does anyone have any last minute advice for a hopeful chap who has his Stage 3 interview and assessment day tomorrow?

Good luck to all who have theirs soon!
Good luck in the Stage 3!

Please, could you explain how it the process once you have finished please? It will be very interesting to know a little of bit more about the group activity, the personal interview, etc.

Thanks and good luck!
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Old 6th Jun 2019, 08:59
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Originally Posted by idloveit
Good afternoon all,

Does anyone have any last minute advice for a hopeful chap who has his Stage 3 interview and assessment day tomorrow?

Good luck to all who have theirs soon!
​​​​​​I have my fingers crossed for you! Let us know how you get on
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Old 6th Jun 2019, 12:27
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Class 3 medical

Can anybody advise what is allowed in regards to spherical difference for a class 3 medical license.

I was advised a spherical difference of less than 3 dioptres was accepted but the NATS website says the difference in correction should not exceed 2 dioptres.

I don't want to waste anybody's time but with an eyesight of -0.25 and +2.50, does this make me ineligible?
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Old 6th Jun 2019, 20:08
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Serravelle I would check up on the specifications on the CAA website which has all the information needed especially on something like that which will have the minumum tolerances for the Class 3 medical certificate.

https://www.caa.co.uk/Aeromedical-Ex...c-controllers/

Click and download the 'ATCO Medical Requirements' link towards the top of the page and all the technical information should be there.
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Old 6th Jun 2019, 20:26
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Originally Posted by Serravelle
Can anybody advise what is allowed in regards to spherical difference for a class 3 medical license.

I was advised a spherical difference of less than 3 dioptres was accepted but the NATS website says the difference in correction should not exceed 2 dioptres.

I don't want to waste anybody's time but with an eyesight of -0.25 and +2.50, does this make me ineligible?
follow Stubobís link. There are plenty of controllers that wear glasses and I know some have a requirement on their medical certificate to keep a spare pair with them at all times. I think youíll probably be ok but look through the CAA document linked above
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Old 6th Jun 2019, 20:49
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Originally Posted by StuBob
Serravelle I would check up on the specifications on the CAA website which has all the information needed especially on something like that which will have the minumum tolerances for the Class 3 medical certificate.

Click and download the 'ATCO Medical Requirements' link towards the top of the page and all the technical information should be there.
Thank you, I have checked against the medical requirements and it isn't mentioned. I have double checked the class 3 classifications with an opthalmologist who has advised I would pass perfectly fine but the NATS website advises I'm not suitable. I've emailed recruitment, hopefully they'll let me continue to my stage 3.

I maybe shouldn't have highlighted it, but what's done is done.
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Old 6th Jun 2019, 23:18
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Originally Posted by Serravelle
Can anybody advise what is allowed in regards to spherical difference for a class 3 medical license.

I was advised a spherical difference of less than 3 dioptres was accepted but the NATS website says the difference in correction should not exceed 2 dioptres.

I don't want to waste anybody's time but with an eyesight of -0.25 and +2.50, does this make me ineligible?
I am sure you'll be fine. I assume you wear glasses or contacts? My vision is - 3.75 and - 4, and I received some feedback saying I may need extra check ups every 4 years when I'm an ATC but that's it. Although I haven't had my medical yet so don't quote me on this!
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Old 7th Jun 2019, 07:36
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Well recruitment have advised with it being a medical query that they can't help but wait until my medical if successful which is good news
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Old 9th Jun 2019, 16:30
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Originally Posted by idloveit
Good afternoon all,

Does anyone have any last minute advice for a hopeful chap who has his Stage 3 interview and assessment day tomorrow?

Good luck to all who have theirs soon!

So, how did it go? Hope you've done well and have some tips for us going through the same in few days
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Old 10th Jun 2019, 05:59
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Originally Posted by BernaDon
I am sure you'll be fine. I assume you wear glasses or contacts? My vision is - 3.75 and - 4, and I received some feedback saying I may need extra check ups every 4 years when I'm an ATC but that's it. Although I haven't had my medical yet so don't quote me on this!
Hello prescription twin!
I have a requirement on my medical certificate that I have to have a spare pair of glasses, but that's it. No one has mentioned extra checkups to me yet, but maybe that's because my prescription has been stable for some time now.
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Old 10th Jun 2019, 08:32
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Originally Posted by Beneleth
So, how did it go? Hope you've done well and have some tips for us going through the same in few days
hi

i enjoyed the day! It flew by and consisted of exactly what they said it would.

I haven't heard anything back yet, so I am now in the unknowing faze which is arguably worse than the days running up to the stage 3!

The interview was long but it followed a similar theme to the countless past interview experiences posted on here. Just be calm, have your competency examples ready and it will flow nicely.

Learn everything in the book, it is imperative as the knowledge test will ask you anything from any section.

Group assessment is good fun, I canít say anything about it Iím afraid as the scenarios will change. but be confident and work well as a team.

Ultimately thought just try and enjoy the day. I really enjoyed it and thought all the staff at NATS were warm, friendly and enjoyable company.

like I said above, I havenít heard anything back yet, so take my advice in anyway you want.

And good luck.
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Old 10th Jun 2019, 20:40
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Well I hope you'll get some good news soon!
Thank you for sharing info.... I have 2 days to go so I guess I will calm my nerves by then haha

P.s. Anyone going for Stage3 on 13th and staying at Holliday Inn let me know. Maybe we can grab a cup of coffee the day before
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Old 11th Jun 2019, 10:38
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Originally Posted by idloveit

hi

i enjoyed the day! It flew by and consisted of exactly what they said it would.

I haven't heard anything back yet, so I am now in the unknowing phase which is arguably worse than the days running up to the stage 3!

The interview was long but it followed a similar theme to the countless past interview experiences posted on here. Just be calm, have your competency examples ready and it will flow nicely.

Learn everything in the book, it is imperative as the knowledge test will ask you anything from any section.

Group assessment is good fun, I canít say anything about it Iím afraid as the scenarios will change. but be confident and work well as a team.

Ultimately thought just try and enjoy the day. I really enjoyed it and thought all the staff at NATS were warm, friendly and enjoyable company.

like I said above, I havenít heard anything back yet, so take my advice in anyway you want.

And good luck.
Hi idloveit,

Hope you will get a positive response soon!
And thanks, as I would take your advice.
Helped a lot.
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Old 11th Jun 2019, 14:17
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Sat my Stage 3 on Monday, and just like previous poster, the day was long but enjoyable overall.

For those reapplying following the old system, expect many changes to the format and interview.

Can't say any more than that as we all know, but I personally think it's an improvement to the old ways.

We have been told it can be up to a month to hear back, however this may speed up as they get more used to the new systems.

Good luck to anyone waiting to attend or waiting to hear!
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