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NATS interview process

Old 3rd Oct 2008, 22:55
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Stage 1 process help???

hi guys i would just like to ask few questions on the the first stage process of the nats recruitment process.. this is the second time i am actually applying to nats first time i didnt do too well cause i was really busy with my university exams and i didnt get through..

This time my exam is on the 9th of october and i have been preparing for the test for a while. how much do i need to look into the text booklet i mean the documentation, and wat is that i need to memorise to pass the exam???

last time wen i sat the test i remember answering question on the distance between the airports for example (wats the mileage between Heathrow and Manchester ?) and this information is not in the booklet how how we suppose to know?? iwas quite confused guys so thats y asking very basic question

plz get back to me asap and i will really appreciate ur effort!!!

thankx

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Old 3rd Oct 2008, 23:24
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Anything in the document can come up in the test, so know it all!

As for the question on the distance between airports, I don't remember one in the test I did. However, as I remember, it is multiple choice and therefore I would imagine that out of the 4 choices, one of them would be screamingly obvious?

i.e. Distance from Manchester to London (I don't know the official answer myself however I would imagine it's something like this)

a) 20 miles
b) 200 miles
c) 1000 miles
d) 2000 miles

Common sense maybe? It's not too hard to figure out. Learn UK geography and ROUGH distances. Instructors at the college have told me they get so frustrated when people turn up and haven't got a clue where certain places are (not exactly, but the vicinity...)

Hope that helps.
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Old 4th Oct 2008, 02:00
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thankx for the reply.

i know its obvious but the reason i ASKED THE QUESTION is that where is this stuff in the booklet? i couldnt find it!! but i guess we need to look out for these things!!

never mind thankx
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Old 4th Oct 2008, 14:06
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well without sounding patronising, i think the point watch_the_birdie is striking it is that you shouldnt expect to have all the information handed to you on a plate... ATC is about spatial awareness and some geography amongst other things. I suspect the multiple choice options were similar to those deatailed, and you should be able to work out which one is the most likely answer.

They teach you a lot at the college but you have to come in with some common sense and knowledge, which i would consider knowing where the major cities in the UK to be. maybe thats just me though...

anyway, seeing as you know that came up last time, you'll be better prepared this time right?
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Old 4th Oct 2008, 18:27
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NATS interviews are easy or is it just me being so clever and far more intelligent than everyone else. BHX stand by to be taught how to control correctly
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BHX? Surely you mean EGBB!
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Old 5th Oct 2008, 15:51
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feonagh,

You could take the train from Southampton airport to Swanwick station and get a taxi from there (or walk if you feel like exercise). Far cheaper than a taxi for the whole journey.

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Old 5th Oct 2008, 17:55
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Instructors at the college have told me they get so frustrated when people turn up and haven't got a clue where certain places are (not exactly, but the vicinity...)
I remember a Law question that was on my basic Law exam,it required you to know that Newcastle was more than 40km away from Norwich, if you did, you would realise that a flight plan would be required as the aircraft was IFR and weighed over 7500kg MTOW (please don't quote me on those figures!)

So a basic knowledge of worldwide geography is required and is expected of trainees starting the college.


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Old 5th Oct 2008, 18:02
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I remember a Law question that was on my basic Law exam,it required you to know that Newcastle was more than 40km away from Norwich, if you did, you would realise that a flight plan would be required as the aircraft was IFR and weighed over 7500kg MTOW (please don't quote me on those figures!)
I just did !
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Yep, that question came up in our Law exam also. Obviously a favourite....
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not to mention the one about "aircraft flies from Bournemouth to Norwich IFR, what flight level should it fly.... a- 50 b- 55 c- 60 d-65"

I also remember one in 2nd stage motivation paper that asked about ICAO designators..... eg, "the ICAO codes EGLL, EGPD, EGNJ & EGSH represent which airports?" then listing 4 lots of 4 airports, some different, some just in a different order etc (note, not the same question as I had, but answers on a postcard to.........)
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Hi,

After what i can only say was a terrible third stage interview i have just found out that i have failed to make the cut to get into college the first time around. However my query is whether i am able to re-apply from the date of my intial application, or from the date of my last interview. This would make a big difference for me as i applied in april and that would be much more bearable period to wait.


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Old 6th Oct 2008, 18:29
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Thanks for the travel information Ganonman!
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Stage 3 Help!!

I've got my stage 3 Interview coming up in a few weeks and wanted to know what to expect on the day.

I've read most of the info that people have posted....so thanks everyone!!.....but I've read that there is some kind of game as part of the group exercise?? if so, do the games vary or is it the same?

And with regards to the interview....I've read the two packs that came for the last two stages and been on a visit to Swanwick.....does anyone suggest anything else I could be doing from now until my interview that will help??
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Old 7th Oct 2008, 11:10
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Hi, thanks for all the useful information on here!
I have just taken my stage 1 tests and was wondering if anybody can link me to what we have to learn for the stage 2 tests? I wanted to get learning as soon as possible, in case i get through and then get a date to go that is very soon.
Thankyou
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Old 7th Oct 2008, 12:49
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I really need to know whther i can erapply from the date of intial entry (when i sent my application to NATS), or from the date f my last stage. Ive been unable to make it through to NATS training related phoneline and im eager to find out as the ramifications of each outcome is massive.
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Old 7th Oct 2008, 13:06
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Post not native english speaker

Hi,
I just had my stage1 test yesterday. And want to ask someone who passed stage2, if there is a disadvantage if you are not native english speaker. If i pass stage1 I just want to know if i need to worry about my english. I can speak fluent and understand the maind content, but sometimes you just get stuck... Especially in very important situations. I've been living in england just more than a year....
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Old 7th Oct 2008, 13:18
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I am preety sure you can re apply after a year from your INITIAL application.
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Old 7th Oct 2008, 13:35
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Anyone know of any decent hotels around the Fareham area. Got my stage 2 end of this month, but gonna have to stay overnight.

How far is it from Portsmouth. Would it be easy to get to for 9am from Portsmouth or should I stay a bit closer??

Thanks.
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Old 7th Oct 2008, 14:00
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Is there anybody here who either works at Swanwick or knows a contact there that I could email/phone to get a day there and listen in?

I am 18 and have just taken the 1st stage of selection and am awaiting the results with my fingers crossed!

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