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first interview

#1
HI just wondering if i need to were shirt and tie to my first interview on friday? got passed medicaly fit tuesday and couldnt believe how quick i got my interview. Also what should i be revising, i know about my 3 job choices and were ill be going. My recruiter just said dress smart, does this mean jeans and top or shirt n tie etc?
any help would be appreciated greatly.
Thanks,
Ben.
 
#2
cool thansk for the help mate, appriate it. I havnt got a shirt and tie so will go and get one tomorrow. Do you ever get asked about the order of the badges and the order of them?
Thanks,
Ben.
 
#3
my first interview was just about me and my general interests what I do in my spare time etc....

i had a bit of a grilling off the WO2 after my barb test when he found out i was applying for the regiment in which is was a CSM, then for my second interview he wasn't in so i just got asked by my recruiter some up to date run times then I was away, 1 minute max,


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#4
ahh nice one mate. put my mind to rest a little more there. Will still read up as much as i can just to be on the safe side!
Thanks,
Ben.
 
#5
I went out and bought a suit for mine. Not worth the money in my opinion, and I wish I didn't. I'm fairly sure shirt and tie is suffice.
 
#7
Personally, I would.

Had mine today, they actually told me it was good to see someone make an effort and look smart. They usually have people come on trainers and hoodies, more should make and effort and dress smart

As I read a while ago, why should the army make an effort with you, if you wont make an effort for the army
 
#9
make sur you wear shirt and trousers + tie no matter what for any of the interviews, every time i have been to the careers office i have been at least casual smart as i have mostly went there straight from school (sixth form) but for the interviews a shirt and tie is a must, can make all the difference
 
#10
parabol said:
I went out and bought a suit for mine. Not worth the money in my opinion, and I wish I didn't. I'm fairly sure shirt and tie is suffice.
you need a suit for your final interview at ADSC. so it wasnt a waste of money, was a future investment :)
 
#12
parabol said:
I went out and bought a suit for mine. Not worth the money in my opinion, and I wish I didn't. I'm fairly sure shirt and tie is suffice.
Cock.

You will need a suit for selection and basic too. Very useful for the future aswell.
 
#13
Ben,

Dont worry about the interview. I had mine on Tuesday, i dont think its meant so much to be a tough interview but more so that they can write a report on you to send up to the Selection Centre.

They ask about family life, whether your family/partner supports your decision to join the army, what prep/training are you doing for training, why you have chosen the trade, where and for how long will you be training (important), what activites do you participate in and questions about work.

Also the second interview will be with a Senior Officer, but again i think this is just to confirm that the report written by your recruiter is accurate and to ensure that he is happy that you have prepared properly for selection.

Hope this helps mate
 
#14
Seriously as unimportant as it may seem to you, it is. You need to make the best impression you can.

Wear a suit, shoes polished, hair cut, shave. Look smart, it will make a good impression, and will be noted by them.
 
#15
I'm planning to go in smart dark jeans with black polished shoes and a white (slightly patterned) shirt tucked in..

Although they know I'm working that day and am going to my second interview on my lunch hour, and he's already said it's ok to come in work wear.. so I'm hoping he's pleasantly surprised!! :)

First impressions count, and then it goes on from there!
 
#17
yip impressions count, turned up on my nuture day, only person in a suit and clean shaved, the rest were all in jeans and pt kit.
at the end of the day, the Q man in charge of the event pointed out that would you go to a job interview wearing tracksuit bottoms, pulled me aside before i left, and said good effort
 
#19
for each job where your recruit training ( phase 1) training will be, (which ATR you will be at) length of course (14 weeks), prehaps what you cover - map reading, skill at arms, battlefield first aid, cbrn, drill etc.

for each of your chosen job, where the trade training (phase 2) will be , length of the course, what you will cover

by badges do you mean ranks? i wouldnt have thought so as you taught this in basic,
in my interview 3 i was also asked terms of service (min 4 years for soldiers and officers, full pension 22 yr soldiers, 18 for officers(not sure on officers) but would need to know soldier if thats what your doing.

also where the army is - main, uk, germany, iraq/afghan, ireland, bosnia, i threw in some others like canada, belieze, cyprus, falklands, gibraltor.

also what the role of the army is.
 
#20
styd said:
for each job where your recruit training ( phase 1) training will be, (which ATR you will be at) length of course (14 weeks), prehaps what you cover - map reading, skill at arms, battlefield first aid, cbrn, drill etc.

for each of your chosen job, where the trade training (phase 2) will be , length of the course, what you will cover

by badges do you mean ranks? i wouldnt have thought so as you taught this in basic,
in my interview 3 i was also asked terms of service (min 4 years for soldiers and officers, full pension 22 yr soldiers, 18 for officers(not sure on officers) but would need to know soldier if thats what your doing.

also where the army is - main, uk, germany, iraq/afghan, ireland, bosnia, i threw in some others like canada, belieze, cyprus, falklands, gibraltor.

also what the role of the army is.
That is simply your experience of it, but it does include some of the questions we ask ;)

However you mention the 22 year pension? we dont even cover that anymore because you sign for a minimum of 4 years, have a 12 year colour service liability and are briefed on the pension, we only need you to understand about the terms and conditions of service so you can demonstrate that you know how long you must serve as a minimum, and if you leave after that time, how long you must remain on the reserve list ;)

The rest of it? Well first impressions count for a lot, you can either make a good one, or a bad one, but it will set the tone for the report, and personal hygiene is a bigger area of concern.

If you make an effort to attend for an interview, make sure you are clean and tidy, too many people go out and buy clothes and yet miss the basics like cleaning their finger nails etc, bear in mind we are looking for soldier potential and one of them key things is personal administration ;)

But to sum things up, the 3rd interview (as it is called) or confirmatory interview, is used to quality control and quantify the recruiters findings and make a final report prior to deciding whether or not to send you for ADSC selection :)

Research of your job choices, understanding of the terms and conditions of service and also fitness preparation are key when i am interviewing because it shows an applicant is preparing and actually focussing on joining the Army and not just treating it as a last resort.
 

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