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I have my filter interview this week. I have prepared for the interview by splitting up my work into three categories; personal information and motivation, service knowledge and current affairs.

I have covered such topics like, IOT, NATO, current RAF operations, why I want to be a provost Officer, why the RAF, challenges to service life, specialist training, key names within the government and RAF, basic understanding of some RAF bases.

The only thing I have no done until now due to not being able to get my head round it is understanding current aircraft used. Could someone break down key/core aircrafts I should know ahead of the interview.

I have pre interview nerves. Have I missed out anything major?
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(Original post by sophbirm1808)
I have my filter interview this week. I have prepared for the interview by splitting up my work into three categories; personal information and motivation, service knowledge and current affairs.

I have covered such topics like, IOT, NATO, current RAF operations, why I want to be a provost Officer, why the RAF, challenges to service life, specialist training, key names within the government and RAF, basic understanding of some RAF bases.

The only thing I have no done until now due to not being able to get my head round it is understanding current aircraft used. Could someone break down key/core aircrafts I should know ahead of the interview.

I have pre interview nerves. Have I missed out anything major?
Regarding the current aircraft, you need to know what role each aircraft is used for. The interviewer will likely ask about Air power first, then focusing on a particular branch of this: eg Air mobility. They’ll ask you to name the aircraft the RAF use for this role (C130, C17, A400M, etc.) These can all be found on the RAF website. Try to understand the drawbacks of certain aircraft, and the need to update the aircraft in service.
You won’t need to know every training aircraft used, as you’re not applying for an aircrew type role, although the more you know, the more confident you will be!

Very basic list:
Fast Jets- Typhoon, F- 35. (Tornado just left service)
Rotary- Griffin, Puma, Chinook.
Transport- C130, C17, A400M, Voyager.
ISTAR- Sentinel, E3-D Sentry, Reaper, Shadow, RC135.

Learn where the aircraft are based, and on deployments. E.g. Puma in Cyprus, Typhoon on QRA in Lossiemouth and MPA, and Op Biloxi in Romania.

Knowing about future aircraft for different roles shows great interest in developments of the RAF, e.g. the incoming P8 A Poseidon, an ISTAR aircraft entering service in 2020.

Best of luck for your interview, try not to get too nervous, and be yourself. They aren’t looking for the finished article, they want to see confidence and knowledge, with the ability to articulate and argue your points as necessary. Let me know how it goes! ATB
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Knowing how to react when you run out of knowledge.

They will probe your knowledge of the topic to the point where you don't know anything more. That's fine. They know more than you about the RAF, it's to be expected. What they want to see is what you do when you run out of knowledge, how do you react, what do you say...

Have a plan for this.
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Soph, first things first, relax and be yourself. I used to do practice interviews to prepare serving candidates for OASC, and the most common fault was nerves, which led to the candidate making errors as they tried to remember pre packaged answers and failed.

Remember the interviewer actually wants you to succeed and is not trying to trip you up. However, as Drewski says, they will explore the boundaries of your knowledge to see how you cope under pressure. Be honest and never ever BS, that will just open up a can of worms and you will fail.

As an RAF Police Officer candidate, you should only be expected to know generic roles of aircraft e.g. Fast jet, air mobility, rotary, and surveillance so that you know what the policing challenges are at different bases. If I was an interviewer, I would want to know what you understand to be the essential differences between service and civilian policing. And how you will cope with the challenges of policing your own ie people you may be sharing the mess with and station personnel who you live work and play with. That's what I would want to know!

In summary, be yourself, relax and don't over think things.

PS very best of luck
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Here, https://www.raf.mod.uk/aircraft/
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I passed my filter Interview!!! all your advice was very helpful. Thanks
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Hi There, Congratulations on passing the interview!! I have my interview next week and I was wondering if you could possibly provide me with any tips or questions that may potentially be asked? Anything you could advise would be much appreciated! Many thanks
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Hi There, Congratulations on passing the interview!! I have my interview next week and I was wondering if you could possibly provide me with any tips or questions that may potentially be asked? Anything you could advise would be much appreciated! Many thanks
Every question that might be asked is on this forum, as are the places to find the answers, or tips to work out how to phrase your own answers.

You've got a week, more than enough time for some research rather than coming across as though you want people to give you a cheat sheet.
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