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A friend of mine just came back from OASC the other day.
She was sent home after Part 1 - Interview was her failing.
I couldn't believe it. If anyone was going to get through, she was.
She said she'd had a right obnoxious RAFRegt Officer for the interview who interrupted, argued and be-littled her.
The interviewing officer would have known her history, so perhaps the point of this was to see how she reacted under pressure.

I'm sure you'll appreciate that in any Combat Support Service role there is always the customer/provider relationship, and some customers can be a damn sight more difficult to deal with than others. This could have simply been purposeful exercise in dealing with irate customers without losing control.

Alternatively, he could have just been an arse!

(Original post by Locost Builder)
She'd applied for EngO, basically we are both non-commissioned Ground Engineers already. Both instructors too. I wasn't bothered about the interview as I stand up and do it all day for a living. Now I don't know what to think.
Relax... just remember it's a Good Cop/Bad Cop routine.

(Original post by Locost Builder)
Another colleague was accepted a few weeks before for Admin Trainer. There is no justice - he's a SCOUSER.
Perhaps 'Procurement Officer' would be a more apt job title.

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REME-Bod, did I ask you if your date was Dec 7th too?
I'm there the first week of Dec. (LTA 4th). I'm surprised that you start on 7th cos that would only give you 3 days for OASC (8,9,10th - assuming you report on 7th and start on 8th). Either way, I'll see you in the mess.
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I'm there the first week of Dec. (LTA 4th). I'm surprised that you start on 7th cos that would only give you 3 days for OASC (8,9,10th - assuming you report on 7th and start on 8th). Either way, I'll see you in the mess.
OASC is technically only 3 days, The day you arrive is exactly that, the day you arrive. You have to be there by 1600hrs and then the following 3 days make up OASC proper.

:confused: I'm surprised you have to report on a Saturday. Normally you report Sunday for OASC Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday or report on Tuesday for OASC Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. Wednesday is the overlap day. The 1st course finishes around lunch time and the 2nd course has apptitude tests that morning....

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OASC is technically only 3 days, The day you arrive is exactly that, the day you arrive. You have to be there by 1600hrs and then the following 3 days make up OASC proper.

:confused: I'm surprised you have to report on a Saturday. Normally you report Sunday for OASC Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday or report on Tuesday for OASC Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. Wednesday is the overlap day. The 1st course finishes around lunch time and the 2nd course has apptitude tests that morning....

Nik01..
My mistake. I obviously can't read.
LTA 5th, start 6th.
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Hi guys, been reading the thread (all 76 pages of it!) some great info here, V useful.

Wonder if anyone can help me out, I have my screening interview booked up for the end of the month (Eng Officer) and I've been hearing conflicting information. Initally I was lead to believe that this was pretty much a formality and is carried out to filter out blatant unsuitable candidates. However feedback from the AFCO makes me think this is a highly competitive and tough interview even at this stage (I've been told they only let 10 candidates through to OASC last year. Although they didn't tell me out of how applicants this was, so not much to go on there). Not saying that I was assuming the screening interview is a walk in the park, just makes me feel that I'm underprepared. I can't seem to find much info out there and wud be very grateful if anyone has any pointers.

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i had a call the other day from OASC saying that i had to have a couple of blood tests redone. has anyone else had to have them redone for the RAF cos it is a bit worrying!
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i had a call the other day from OASC saying that i had to have a couple of blood tests redone. has anyone else had to have them redone for the RAF cos it is a bit worrying!

Have you asked them what they're for? You might be worrying over nothing. Perhaps there was a problem at their end with the first lot of blood they took. I'd give them a ring and ask them, at least it'll put your mind at ease.
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thanks for explaining that. That would be great if you can send me the q's.
Im not going any time too soon anyway. Ive still to put the application in. Just going through the check boxes so to speak of the area's that they like to see before I do
Scorg, check your pm's. I've sent you some stuff on the filter interview
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Hi guys, been reading the thread (all 76 pages of it!) some great info here, V useful.

Wonder if anyone can help me out, I have my screening interview booked up for the end of the month (Eng Officer) and I've been hearing conflicting information. Initally I was lead to believe that this was pretty much a formality and is carried out to filter out blatant unsuitable candidates. However feedback from the AFCO makes me think this is a highly competitive and tough interview even at this stage (I've been told they only let 10 candidates through to OASC last year. Although they didn't tell me out of how applicants this was, so not much to go on there). Not saying that I was assuming the screening interview is a walk in the park, just makes me feel that I'm underprepared. I can't seem to find much info out there and wud be very grateful if anyone has any pointers.

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If you've read all the info on here, that should be a pretty good start for anyone preparing for the filter interview. I don't know where your figures have come from, so couldn't comment on how accurate they are;although they seem pretty low to me.

I think it's becoming harder to get through because the number of vacancies across all branches is diminishing, so competition for places, even to get to OASC, is becoming increasingly fierce.

I've sent you a pm of q's I was recently asked in my filter interview, but the specific focus of the branch applied for will be different. You should still find it useful though.
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I do

I think heapsey's emailed me to ask the same question; or there're two people with bizarrely similar problems.

Boards have to be balanced; there's no point recruiting all our pilots in August as they'd all pop out of IOT and require training at the same time; likewise small branches like Int need to space their people out a bit.

6FS people are a law unto themselves as they're not competing for a space at IOT; likewise sponsorship candidates.

According to my local AFCO all 6FS people will be going to OASC across a 3 week period in Feb 05. Doesn't appear to be a balance across branches within each of the weeks though. I suppose it depends how many have applied for each.
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According to my local AFCO all 6FS people will be going to OASC across a 3 week period in Feb 05. Doesn't appear to be a balance across branches within each of the weeks though. I suppose it depends how many have applied for each.
I've just found out that people awarded the 6fs for MO will automatically be awarded a university bursary for 1st and 2nd yrs at med school (How cool is that)

I'm also led to believe that the MO cadetship (following on from the bursary) only requires a specialist interview in terms of continuing suitability to progress on the med course (although I need to check this out because I'm not sure if this only applies to med students who originally got a 6FS). If this is true I won't need to do part 2 of OASC ...ever!!

Hope I haven't been given duff info!!
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As either a vicar or a tart (remember the SERE course; before you think I'm hurling abuse!!) that sounds pretty much right

I had completely forgotten about that. You're assessed on your ability to do the job; for you, an interview is the most important thing as an officer, and the rest comes down to your ability to do your own job; hence why academic performance is probably the most important thing.
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Hi all,

I am trying to collaborate as much information about the RAF's aptitude testing as possible so that I can create a resource of information.

If anyone could tell me about the procedures you go through or which tests you do and explain them in as much details as possible, then please do so.

I am a programmer and so may be able to create practice type examples, but only if i know what each test is and involves.

Thanks in advance.

P.S. I too am applying for entry into the RAF as an officer

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Hi all,

I am trying to collaborate as much information about the RAF's aptitude testing as possible so that I can create a resource of information.

If anyone could tell me about the procedures you go through or which tests you do and explain them in as much details as possible, then please do so.

I am a programmer and so may be able to create practice type examples, but only if i know what each test is and involves.

Thanks in advance.

P.S. I too am applying for entry into the RAF as an officer

David

There's tons of info on this thread about aptitude testing and people's experiences of it. There's also quite a good breakdown of the tests on the Cranwell Site (which fortunately I've copied so will pm you a copy).


What branch are you applying for and what stage of the selection process are you at?
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They're meant to be natural, you know; not the sort of thing you can practice. Unless you can accurately reproduce the feel of the controls, I wouldn't bother; a simple mechanism to repeat the graphics wouldn't help anyone really.

Ask your AFCO. There's a nice glossy pamphlet on pilot aptitude testing. The rest are really to measure genuine ability; not amount of practice.

Besides, you wouldn't want to bugger up the system; I want an air trafficker speaking to me who's got *aptitude,* not one who's practiced until he's good at a few computer tests... see what I mean?
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They're meant to be natural, you know; not the sort of thing you can practice. Unless you can accurately reproduce the feel of the controls, I wouldn't bother; a simple mechanism to repeat the graphics wouldn't help anyone really.

Ask your AFCO. There's a nice glossy pamphlet on pilot aptitude testing. The rest are really to measure genuine ability; not amount of practice.

Besides, you wouldn't want to bugger up the system; I want an air trafficker speaking to me who's got *aptitude,* not one who's practiced until he's good at a few computer tests... see what I mean?

Straight to the point as usual. I don't suppose you can argue with that really
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Scorg, I've emailed quite a few docs to you on bits and pieces of info that I've found quite useful - check your e-mails as they're showing not read!
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Straight to the point as usual. I don't suppose you can argue with that really
Damn right. :rolleyes:
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Damn right. :rolleyes:
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I wasn't aware calling me direct was a compliment
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Scorg, I've emailed quite a few docs to you on bits and pieces of info that I've found quite useful - check your e-mails as they're showing not read!
Yup got them, even sent the reciept and sent you a reply via email as well, thanks again
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