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Airways New Zealand ATC interview

Old 20th Feb 2010, 11:27
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Airways New Zealand ATC interview

Hey guys,

I have an upcoming interview with Airways NZ for ATC trainee, I applied and got asked to complete the online personality test, and then got invited for a interview on the 4th of march. I have read all the stickys and done a search through to find any info I could to help me prepare for this. I found a lot of useless info, but nothing specifically for Airways New Zealand, if anyone out there can give me any info that will help with this interview, eg, how to prepare for it etc. It would be greatly appreciated.

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Bump, hmm anyone ?
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I don't even begin to try and understand what HR look for anymore. The selection process has changed so much over the last years. They seem to be very hot on the "Airways Values" at the moment. Suggest you read them on the Airways website and think of examples in your previous life that would reflect these. Outside of this, I wouldn't have a clue what goes on with selection anymore, and probably why no one has responded to your query.

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I'd look at getting yourself a visit to an ATC unit. I imagine from your previous posts that Auckland Tower is probably the nearest one to you.

While there you can see what goes on, talk to the folk doing the job, and maybe ask some of the younger controllers about the interview process. (It's changed so much since I went through, I'd be hopeless to advise you. It's all about the Airways values and being a good team player. Something about being good. Oh, yeah, and safety.)

Try and organise it via Airways, and liaise/speak with the team leader at AATWR.
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Old 25th Feb 2010, 06:33
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Alright, ill try give them a call tomorrow. see how it goes. Thanks guys.
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Old 25th Feb 2010, 06:39
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Out of interest, why do you want to be an Air Traffic Controller?
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Old 25th Feb 2010, 22:03
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Well I'm doing the diploma in aviation science course, which is pretty much full pilot course starting in april. at the time I applied for it I also applied for ATC, Well as most of us on here.. being around planes puts a smile on my face. I don't know why haha, was born like this. And with ATC atleast I am guranteed a job and won't have a $60,000 student loan.
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Old 25th Feb 2010, 22:18
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You actually might end up with the $60K student loan...the course costs $12K, and takes up to 18mths to start earning, during which time you are not able to supplement your income with part time work as the course is pretty full on...so I guess if you live on restaurant scraps, and camp in the park then you might be able to come out with a $12K loan!!
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Old 25th Feb 2010, 22:50
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I don't like to point a pin at your bubble, but there is no "guarantee of a job", either. As for the course fee/size of loan you might need, pretty much as Slackie said.

If you get accepted, and pass the course, and succeed in the on the job training so as to get a licence, and then Airways employs you (fairly likely at that point), then it will probably take less time to pay it off than in some other professions.

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Old 25th Feb 2010, 23:29
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Thanks for the advice guys. I understand what your saying but I won't have food/rent expenses as I will be studying from home. so its pretty much 12k vs 60k .
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Old 25th Feb 2010, 23:35
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Old 26th Feb 2010, 07:25
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Studying From Home?

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You will only be studying from home if you live in Christchurch - where the training centre is located. And that will only be for the first six months or so.

You will then have to move to a provincial town to do your on the job training - that could be Invercargill or Queenstown (examples of the cheaper and more expensive places to live) and could take up to a year. And then you could be moved to yet another provincial town after you qualify.

When I read your first post I was going to reply and say you needed a lot of cash to start off with - it looks like others have already made that point.
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Old 27th Feb 2010, 00:44
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hmm, interesting. But when you go to on the job triaing, dont you get a training wage ?
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Old 27th Feb 2010, 05:07
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Training wage...what's that??!! Airways don't pay you until you're qualified and have accept a job offer that (as Jaws said) could be at a different location to the one you've just trained at, and the employment will be conditional on you qualifying at the new location too!


This isn't meant to put you off, just to keep you in the FULL picture, which isn't always painted at the recruitment interviews.
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You get some payment per week to live off...not sure how much it is these days, while your training. Its not much tho.
 
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For what it's worth I think it's a great job and wouldn't discourage anyone from doing it. I made the call of ATC over flying early on and have no regrets. Despite what the knockers may say it's still the best paying part time job around, that's why they're all still doing it.
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Old 28th Feb 2010, 06:20
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Absolutely agree...fantastic job if you have even the smallest interest in aviation
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When you do your OJT, Airways currently pays you a scholarship of $185 a week. Most places take between 6-12 months, the longest is 15 months.

Are you doing the assessment centre this week? You should have been sent some information on the interview and to write down some examples of the values that they look for that you have demonstrated. You will also be involved in a group exercise, more CBT aptitude testing, and an individual simulator exercise. Good luck!

Just started my Ab-Initio course 3 weeks ago, am absolutely loving it.
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Nope its not assesment centre, its the exam/interview before you get invited to the assesment centre. any tips on that ?
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wantobe - it's been a while since I went through the Airways system, but I've had a bit of recent experience with ab-initio recruitment. At an interview, your task is to convince the interviewer(s) that they should take you over someone else. You don't want to try and bullsh*t them, but they don't have any secret selection tool and they will be comparing your answers against the other candidates.

You have made a useful start by soliciting advice from the crusty old buggers on this forum! I suspect many of them would agree that sound advice for an interviewee is to be yourself. However, do heed conventional practice: be on time, and dress tidily. It is an unfortunate fact that first impressions really do matter in these situations, and can influence the judgement of interviewers if it comes down to choosing between two candidates, for example.

Other than that, listen to the questions asked and have them repeated if you miss something. Keep answers concise and to-the-point. One of the earlier posts mentioned having specific examples to demonstrate Airways values: good idea. It is valuable if you have particular experiences you can talk about which demonstrate how you a) coped with pressure b) remedied a mistake and learned from it c) have applied yourself to achieve a specific goal or milestone. These are fairly standard questions; they allow you to talk about something familiar to you and therefore to "open up" a little. the more well-rounded you appear as an individual, the more likely you will stand out as a suitable candidate.

That's a quick summary, and hopefully not too dissimilar to what you have already heard. Like slackie says, it's a great job for anyone with even the slightest interest in aviation. And by the way - costs and lack of pay aside - Airways is still a pretty good place to train.

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