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NATS interview process

Old 6th Jun 2019, 21:49
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Originally Posted by StuBob View Post
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 7th Jun 2019, 00:18
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Originally Posted by Serravelle View Post
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, 08:36
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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, 17:30
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Originally Posted by idloveit View Post
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, 06:59
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Originally Posted by BernaDon View Post
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, 09:32
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Originally Posted by Beneleth View Post
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, 21:40
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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, 11:38
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Originally Posted by idloveit View Post

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, 15:17
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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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Old 13th Jun 2019, 16:47
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Hi all, I am just curious, does the new recruitment process not include FEAST or DART tests?
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Old 13th Jun 2019, 16:49
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Originally Posted by Igi View Post
Hi all, I am just curious, does the new recruitment process not include FEAST or DART tests?
Nope, it's been done away with entirely.

Stage 1 is online and consists of aptitude tests,
Stage 2 is online and consists of personality questions,
Stage 3 is in person for interview, retesting Stage 1 and a group excersice
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Old 13th Jun 2019, 16:59
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Originally Posted by MattPudzilla View Post
Nope, it's been done away with entirely.

Stage 1 is online and consists of aptitude tests,
Stage 2 is online and consists of personality questions,
Stage 3 is in person for interview, retesting Stage 1 and a group excersice

​​​​​​​Interesting.
I suppose that the online tests are changed and are somehow similar to FEAST then?
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Old 13th Jun 2019, 17:11
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Originally Posted by Igi View Post
Interesting.
I suppose that the online tests are changed and are somehow similar to FEAST then?
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Yes and no. There are some analogues to the old feast, but overall it's just a very different set of tests
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Old 13th Jun 2019, 18:40
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Was nice meeting everyone at the assessment centre today, best of luck and I hope you all get the email youíre hoping for!
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Old 13th Jun 2019, 18:55
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Stage 3

Anybody else refreshing emails frantically already? Haha
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Old 13th Jun 2019, 19:13
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Originally Posted by Serravelle View Post
Anybody else refreshing emails frantically already? Haha
Tell me about it..!

It's been a week today since my S3 day. They did say 30days or so, so i'm in the mindset of it being another couple of weeks before we hear.

It's frustrating as they will clearly know our outcome! And i have been unsuccessful then it'll be tough to wait 30 days before finding that out.... I've put a lot on hold for this recently.

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Old 13th Jun 2019, 19:42
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Originally Posted by Serravelle View Post
Anybody else refreshing emails frantically already? Haha
Me too!

However when I get an email I'm not sure I'd want to open it!
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 00:21
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Good luck to you all that have attended stage 3 and are checking them emails! Nervy time but I hope you get through!
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 13:48
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I feel they should be more transparent about timeframes online.
The post Stage 2 email says "You have passed the minimum requirements from the first two stages of the selection process. We will now be assessing your results and invitations to attend the next stage will be sent to those candidates who are closest to meeting our requirements. We have received an overwhelming level of applications and therefore it may take up to six months before you hear from us."

6 months is an awfully long time, as is the fact it seems like it would be well into 2020 by the time you start if you're applying now. A lot can change in that time and its really isn't an ideal situation for a candidate. I'd have applied much earlier had I known this to be the case but thought I could wait until I actually had the time to spare for it.
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Old 14th Jun 2019, 18:29
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Originally Posted by Kopf View Post
I feel they should be more transparent about timeframes online.
The post Stage 2 email says "You have passed the minimum requirements from the first two stages of the selection process. We will now be assessing your results and invitations to attend the next stage will be sent to those candidates who are closest to meeting our requirements. We have received an overwhelming level of applications and therefore it may take up to six months before you hear from us."

6 months is an awfully long time, as is the fact it seems like it would be well into 2020 by the time you start if you're applying now. A lot can change in that time and its really isn't an ideal situation for a candidate. I'd have applied much earlier had I known this to be the case but thought I could wait until I actually had the time to spare for it.
I am in the same boat as you, and would have applied a lot sooner if I would have known about the wait post Stage 2.

The worst part is the uncertainty...
"Candidates who are closest to meeting our requirements"
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