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First interview this thursday!!

#1
As it says in the title.

Just wondering what questions should I be expecting, I want to join the Paras so will I have to answer question about them, I am a bit nervous cause I don't wanna mess up and look like a mong.

Also can I have any pointers that you all can share lads.
 
#2
**** I joined the Navy in '92****

This is roughly what my interview comprised of:

Why did I want to join?
Any family been in? (My Grandad)
Was I applying just because he said so?
Did he tell me to apply?
If he did, why?

Brothers / sisters?
How did I get on with them?
Shared bedroom? (my answer was yes)
How did we share things (computer etc etc)
Layout of my bedroom (!)
What did I think of my teachers at school?
Did I have lots of mates at school?
Did I have any enemies (get into fights etc)


On reflection, I think it was geared to assess how I interacted with people and responded to authority.

Cant answer on the army one though I cant imagine it to be to disimillar.

Hope that helps.

Edit> The navy is full of people who joined up wanting to be pilots / artificers etc. I gather that Paras is sideways entry (? Is it, I'm not sure). Best not to put too much emphasis on that aspiration at the interview stage I would think (if you cant join them straight away). Could be construed as having expectations above your level.
 

Mr_Fingerz

LE
Book Reviewer
#3
1. Have a shower.
2. Shave.
3. Wear a suit, or if you don't own one, a collar and tie.
4. Polish your shoes (they don't have to be bulled).
5. Read up on current affairs.
6. Read up on the Army and ask yourself, seriously, why you want to join.
7. Have some knowledge about the regiment that you want to join (you don't have to be Mastermind, but complete ignorance could see you end up in the Pioneers (if they still exist in the RLC).

Remember - It's a job interview, but it is supposed to be a two way process. They want to learn about you, but you are expected to learn about them. Have some questions for them; preferably not "how much pay/leave/pussy/cokc will I get?"
 
#4
AFC_1992 said:
As it says in the title.

Just wondering what questions should I be expecting, I want to join the Paras so will I have to answer question about them, I am a bit nervous cause I don't wanna mess up and look like a mong.

Also can I have any pointers that you all can share lads.
In addition to the other bits of advice you've got, also make sure you know a lot about the Parachute Regiment, including:

- entry requirements, including the physical tests and standards at ADSC
- regimental history
- what the training's like and where
- P-company and tests
- how many battalions and where
- what life as a new PARA soldier will be like for you
- recent VC winners (e.g., Bryan Budd (AFG), H Jones (Falklands))

On things not to say, the arrsepedia reference to 3 PARA mortars is probably best not mentioned.

Overall, good luck.
 

Mr_Fingerz

LE
Book Reviewer
#5
BTW. There is a search facility on this site; it will enable you to find all of the answers to your recruiting procedure questions, and a shedload more besides.
 
#6
Ursus.Maritimus said:
AFC_1992 said:
As it says in the title.

Just wondering what questions should I be expecting, I want to join the Paras so will I have to answer question about them, I am a bit nervous cause I don't wanna mess up and look like a mong.

Also can I have any pointers that you all can share lads.

On things not to say, the arrsepedia reference to 3 PARA mortars is probably best not mentioned.
To be honest I don't think my recruiter wouldn't care seeing as he wasn't in the Paras or the Infantry.
 
#9
AFC_1992 said:
Ursus.Maritimus said:
AFC_1992 said:
As it says in the title.

Just wondering what questions should I be expecting, I want to join the Paras so will I have to answer question about them, I am a bit nervous cause I don't wanna mess up and look like a mong.

Also can I have any pointers that you all can share lads.

On things not to say, the arrsepedia reference to 3 PARA mortars is probably best not mentioned.
To be honest I don't think my recruiter wouldn't care seeing as he wasn't in the Paras or the Infantry.
Be careful. Your interviewer is a soldier: you're not. Any bigging up about how excellent the PARAs are and how you're going to be one and thus be ace is likely to not go down well. For what it's worth, check out Mike Golden in the arrsepedia as an example of how badly such bigging-self-up can go.
 
#10
Smart turn out, polish your shoes, be polite, be honest and don't be afraid to ask questions.

As for questions, it all depends on the recruiter. You'll get the standard questions, listed above, but be prepared for fast-balls.

If you want to go Para then go for it, don't get side-lined to another job.

Good luck!
 
#11
Basically be yourself and dont talk rubbish, if your not sure what to say just dont say anything.
Dont big yourself up and look interested in what the recruiter is saying to you.
As has been said before, be smart, be honest and all will go well.

Good luck :soldier:
 
#12
Ursus.Maritimus said:
AFC_1992 said:
Ursus.Maritimus said:
AFC_1992 said:
As it says in the title.

Just wondering what questions should I be expecting, I want to join the Paras so will I have to answer question about them, I am a bit nervous cause I don't wanna mess up and look like a mong.

Also can I have any pointers that you all can share lads.

On things not to say, the arrsepedia reference to 3 PARA mortars is probably best not mentioned.
To be honest I don't think my recruiter wouldn't care seeing as he wasn't in the Paras or the Infantry.
Be careful. Your interviewer is a soldier: you're not. Any bigging up about how excellent the PARAs are and how you're going to be one and thus be ace is likely to not go down well. For what it's worth, check out Mike Golden in the arrsepedia as an example of how badly such bigging-self-up can go.
I wasn't bigging the Paras up it was a joke purely on the fact that the 3 Para mortar like a bit of bum lol, anyway I wouldn't big up the Paras because its stupid but thanks for your help.
 
#13
Sure - any time.

If it helps, I'd also make sure that you have with you a good list (perhaps 4 - 5) reasons why you should be allowed into both (1) the Army and (2) the Parachute Regiment.
 
#14
[/quote]

Be careful. Your interviewer is a soldier: you're not. Any bigging up about how excellent the PARAs are and how you're going to be one and thus be ace is likely to not go down well. For what it's worth, check out Mike Golden in the arrsepedia as an example of how badly such bigging-self-up can go.[/quote]

I done a search for Mike Golden and that is one of the funniest thing's I've ever read, whenever I'm down I know where to turn :D
 
#15
peteski said:
I done a search for Mike Golden and that is one of the funniest thing's I've ever read, whenever I'm down I know where to turn :D
Ha I've just seen it aswell what a twat. Just cause he wasn't part of the maroon machine doesn't mean he has to pretend to be, If only I signed on this site at the time he was being a mong :lol:
 
#16
AFC_1992 said:
Ha I've just seen it aswell what a twat. Just cause he wasn't part of the maroon machine doesn't mean he has to pretend to be, If only I signed on this site at the time he was being a mong :lol:
Hahaha can you imagine his reaction when someone phoned him up.
 
#17
Unfolded said:
AFC_1992 said:
Ha I've just seen it aswell what a twat. Just cause he wasn't part of the maroon machine doesn't mean he has to pretend to be, If only I signed on this site at the time he was being a mong :lol:
Hahaha can you imagine his reaction when someone phoned him up.
Yeah would of been funny as...especially when he found out his mum called :L
To be honet if I was him I would just legally change my name and move country ha. I doubt he is gunna re-apply to the Paras again.
 
#18
hahahah just read that mike golden and o my god ! what a twat. Started to cry 5 foot up the LOL I realy have seen it or heard it all now :p ! what a pathetic cnut !
Best bit when he turned up to training with old cam cream and magazines and his own maroon beret LOL !
 
#19
Unfolded said:
AFC_1992 said:
Ha I've just seen it aswell what a twat. Just cause he wasn't part of the maroon machine doesn't mean he has to pretend to be, If only I signed on this site at the time he was being a mong :lol:
Hahaha can you imagine his reaction when someone phoned him up.
I would have paid to be in the same room as him just to see his expression, it would have been priceless, Something tells me that little chat never went on speakerphone his end lol

P.S: To OP: Good luck on you're interview, don't worry about it to much, just do some revision and you will p1ss it as long as you go in with the right attitude.
 
#20
To be honest I will probably be thinking about Mike Golden and laugh throughout the interview, funny thing is if my recruiter knows about Mike Golden I doubt that we will get through the interview without crying :lol:

The icing of the cake was him bringing his own maroon beret what a turd :L

Thanks lads you turned my thread into a lets all laugh at Mike Golden the wannabe cnut! not complaining though :D
 

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