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    Hi guys i recently had my Raf interview, i feel i did well in the normal sections like in school and out of school activities such as D of E. However during the general questions about the RAF i found those questions much harder and feel those went badly. Does this mean i have failed if i did bad in this section or is it still possible to pass?
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    Did they not say how you had done at the end?

    Well, in my opinion, if you have done spot-on in the section about you, I would guess you are given a little bit of slack with the latter sections. But, I dont really know what Im talking about!

    When you say badly, were you sat there just spitting feathers, or were you giving an answer but you just thought it could have been better? Im sure you will have done fine, so dont worry about it Its over and done with now, so worrying about it wont change the outcome
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    He didn't say how i did he said that they would send a letter, i answered a few of the questions but a couple i just didn't know even though i revised.
    If i do fail, what happens next how long before i can resubmit my application. Also do i restart completely or just from the interview stage.
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    Hiya AaronN

    From what I understand if they fail you at your interview they will give you a reason why.

    If it is something like not knowing enough about the Royal Air Force they may advise you that this is something you can improve on and reapply.

    Bear in mind that you are applying to join the Royal Air Force, you are asking them to spend a lot of money training you and providing you with equipment, also they will pay you a decent wage while you complete this training. They will have a lot of people applying to join so they pick and choose the best.

    Knowing about the RAF and what they do is so important, you sign up for (approximately) 9 years service. You need to be sure of what you are doing and you need to demonstrate this to your interviewer.

    Having said that, they don't expect you to know anything more than what you can find on the internet. (ie the RAF website, NATO have a website and it's a good idea to have a look around on there as our troops are supporting NATO in places like Afghanistan and Iraq)

    I found it really helpful when I was preparing for my initial interview to get a notebook, sit at my PC and make my own notes from the RAF website. I listed main bases, and which aircraft are based there, some of the general roles/capabilities of those aircraft. The base you will do your trade training at. A list of countries who are members of NATO.

    Read your note book and maybe get someone to give you a little test from it. (ie Name an RAF base? ok, What aircraft do they have)

    Also the RAF ethos and core values, very important and available on the careers website. All the information is out there.

    I do hope you've done better than you thought you had!

    Good luck, work hard.

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    I thought if you had passed they book you in for the nexr stage there and then?!
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    I agree RODDUZ, I thought they booked your medical at the end of the interview?
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    Hmmm i dunno then might depend on the area and member of person doing the interview
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    There is no hard-and-fast rule; they can tell you, or they can send you a letter. It depends on the interviewer, and probably how the AFCO runs (whoever runs it).

    However, if you're unsuccessful, do ask if you can have a debrief with the person who interviewed you; it won't make them change their mind on whichever course of action they've decided, but will show that you're committed and willing to take critism rather than crawling under a rock never to be seen again. This will give you an area to work upon should you reapply, increasing your chances of passing next time. All this is hypothetical, of course, as you may well have passed!

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    The Coporal who interviewed me said he was happy to progess with my application there and then, but like what has been said, certain interviewers may choose to reply in writing at a later date.

    I did struggle on some of the bases, because I was asked speficially where would I potentially get stationed in the supplier trade, and I said I wasn't sure but made up for it by stating the different roles of stations and why their locations are important.

    For instance, I mentioned that RAF bases that were located on the coast tended to cover the S&R side of operations, and that there are a substantial amount of bases in the East-Midlands of Britain because firstly there are bases that can be traced back to the WW2 and county's like Lincolnshire in particular had a natural proximity with mainland Europe, thus made good locations for Bomber Squadrons and Bomber Interceptors which secondly lead onto the Cold War theatre where many V-Bomber bases and ICBM sites were located, again for their proximity to Europe and by extension Russia, with bases such as RAF Waddington, Conningsby, Cranwell and Scampton still in operation today.

    That basically covered my lack of knowledge of the initial question by making up for it with RAF related knowledge of my home town and county (Lincoln).

    So what I'm getting at, is that if you struggle on a question related to the RAF in broad terms, try and redeem yourself abit by explaining your local history of the RAF, which shows them that even though you could answer the first question, you can still show that you do have an understanding of other RAF related history and facts.
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    When I finished my interview I asked when I find out the results and the interviewer said now if you want. He then debriefed me and suggested areas to work on for OASC. I got a letter the next week saying confirming that I'd passed and then aprox 5 weeks later got a letter from OASC with my date etc. If it was a Officer of NCO interview then you wouldnt need to book in for a medical.
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    Just been to take soem forms in to my AFCO as I didn't have exam certificates at teh time fo sittig my AST, hoping to book in for my filter interview and I was told that Int An is currently closed!!! Wasn't closed when I was there a couple of weeks back.

    And in any case, I would have thought there's be no harm in me sitting the filter interview as it's pretty standard across all the trades isn't it?
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    (Original post by RODDUZ)
    Just been to take soem forms in to my AFCO as I didn't have exam certificates at teh time fo sittig my AST, hoping to book in for my filter interview and I was told that Int An is currently closed!!! Wasn't closed when I was there a couple of weeks back.

    And in any case, I would have thought there's be no harm in me sitting the filter interview as it's pretty standard across all the trades isn't it?
    You can only be interviewed for branches that are open at the time of your interview unfortunatley. I found my first three choices are all closed at the mo
    Guess you have to weigh up wether you want to apply as soon as poss or wait for your chosen branch to become available. For me Im not to bothered what i end up doing (up to a point), I just want to be an RAF officer.
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    Cheers. I had Int An as 1st and ICT specialist as 2nd. They were both open. He said ICT is still open but didn't seem to want me to go for that instead. In allhonesty I'd rather wait because Int An looks an awesome job. I at least wann give a blast at going for that, if I don't get through I'll try for something else.
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    My trade closed twice during my application, it just slows things down for you. But if that is what you want then keep at it.

    I was told I'd have to wait 6 months for a specialist interview, then 4 weeks later they'd brought it forward by 2 and a half months.

    It will help if you try and get things done first time, such as bringing in forms or documents. You don't want to cause any more hold ups for yourself!

    And don't forget fitness!

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    Fitness is spot on. Only thing i'm worried about is wil they remember to contact me?! Like the corporal said we'll contact you in September, but then went on to say we'll have to find out what's happening with the branch and then contact you. Didn't really seem to know himself. Said i'll be put on a list. What if he doesn't do that? Do I keep ringing up once a month?!
 
 
 
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