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    This may sound silly, as I know current affairs is only a small part of the OASC interview, but how is it weighted against other aspects??

    I have been keeping up with the news everyday, and going back to other topics that have interested me, however I still feel a lack on depth and (if i get that far) was worried about this section in the interview. My RAF knowledge is pretty good, and I know myself and reasons why I want this well. I don't want to get through the whole 4 days and fail because I don't know a certain aspect of the Zimbabwe elections for example.
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    I doubt the boarding officer's themselves will know everything about all of the major stories in the news. Best thing to do is find out as much as you can and if you get a question about something you don't know, just say "I don't know, I haven't read or heard anything recently on that issue/matter".

    You can only know whats in the press. Hope it helps.

    When are you at OASC by the way?
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    When you get to your interview, you'll find the question is asked differently to how I think you're expecting it to be.

    They will ask something along the lines of "looking at national/international news, what stories have caught your attention over the past 18months/year/6months". After listing off the 5 or so stories they will then pick up on one of those stories to question you about. A lack of very deep knowledge is not a problem, so long as you admit to it. Don't even think about attempting to bluff your way out. When they ask you a question you don't know the answer to, simply say "I don't know" and they'll move on. It's not a test of knowledge, but a test of how able you are to communicate the knowledge you do have.
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    Or ... take comfort in maths!

    Current affairs takes approximately 5 minutes.

    The interview lasts 45 minutes.

    The total assessment lasts:
    Aptitudes - 6 hours
    Group leaderless - 30 minutes
    Leadership exercises - 60-75 minutes
    Group discussion - 15 minutes
    Group planning - 45 Minutes (??I think!)
    Individual planning - 30 minutes

    So ... 5 minutes out of almost ten hours. They are looking at the total picture. EVERYONE has a weak area - if I was OASC, I'd be more worried about an individual who has poor leadership or communication skills than one who has the odd gap in his or her current affairs. I'm not saying CA isn't important, I'm just trying to put it in proportion!

    You'll never feel properly prepared on current affairs, by the way - don't let it worry you. Everyone feels like that. You sound pretty prepared to me!
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    I like the way you put that Theo, it is comforting. The interview is however the best opportunity to sell yourself and prove you are worthy of the job. It is also the part you have most control over how well you do, unlike the others that include elements of natural ability.
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    Of course it is - but even there, current affairs is only about 10% of the interview. By all means, worry about it - but just keep it all in perspective. Most importantly of all - have fun while you're there, it IS fun - even the interview!
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    That helps Theo thanks Just don't want to be failed on not knowing anything CA-wise lol!! I would never bluff either, and hope I don't say 'I don't know' to everything haha!
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    This might help more: A chap on my board had Zimbabwe as one of his specialist subjects. They kicked off by asking him who the President of Zimbabwe was. He had a bit of a "moment", and told them it was Mahatma Gandhi. He got in.

    I'm up for some MSN CA revision if anyone else is keen, by the way - I'm trying to keep my motivation up, and an appointment with a well-read stranger is a great motivator!
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    (Original post by Theo1977)
    He had a bit of a "moment", and told them it was Mahatma Gandhi.
    Ha!

    I'm up for a few MSN CA sessions. It's about the only thing I'm left to study in depth before my FI two weeks today!

    My address is in my profile I think...
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    Theo, Sam, I'd like to get in on this. Just PM me the details
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    (Original post by Owen27)
    Theo, Sam, I'd like to get in on this. Just PM me the details
    Likewise
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    +1 eyes on
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    you have to have specialist subjects?
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    I'll PM you all this evening!

    Jakko - yes, you need to have around a dozen current affairs topics that you have followed in depth, both domestic and international. Have you been to your presentation at the AFCO yet? That should explain everything.
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    thanks
    yes i have and the current affairs i know i have roughly 7 some worldwide and some domestic
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    when i went to OACS my current affairs was lacking but you need to know as much as possible. They will ask you what you know first so pick about 6 things to study within the last year, and then they will as you about a couple remember we were not at war with afganisatan but with the taliban under the NATO ammedment to protect its nations, also the most important thing it that you have an opinon and make sure you tell them yours within the answer

    good luck
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    I reeled off 4 international and 4 domestic subjects, the boarding officers picked one from each and questioned me on certain aspects.

    For those wondering, out of North Korea, Zimbabwe, Large Hadron Collider and Sri Lanka V Tamil Tigers, they chose Zimbabwe
    Domestically, G20 policing, Baby P, MP Expenses and Swine Flu, they chose Baby P.
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    So far Theo is the only person who has contacted me about MSN CA sessions. If you're interested, give me a shout. It'll be good to get a few of us going in the convos at once. Bit of group discussion practise never hurt anyone either.
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    I'll sit in Sam.... My CA knowledge isn't that great right now so I'm sure I'll a thing or 12 taking part
 
 
 
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