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Recruit application and assessment sticky 2020 - all related chat in here

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Jordan8w

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Hey everyone! Anyone attending Litchfield on the 12th of November? I've just received a message in my portal saying it's cancelled. However, after speaking to the careers office, they are rescheduling the 2 day assessments into one day due to the new lock down rules. Anyone meant to be attending on the same day as me?
 

CJ2020

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Hey everyone! Anyone attending Litchfield on the 12th of November? I've just received a message in my portal saying it's cancelled. However, after speaking to the careers office, they are rescheduling the 2 day assessments into one day due to the new lock down rules. Anyone meant to be attending on the same day as me?

I got this too, I was supposed to be there 30th Nov overnight and my recruiter has said I’ll be booked onto a 1 day instead
 

Jordan8w

Swinger
Anyone have any news on how this one day assessment centre is likely to be ran? How are they going to fit everything in one day?
 

CJ2020

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Anyone have any news on how this one day assessment centre is likely to be ran? How are they going to fit everything in one day?

I actually got sent the one day assessment brief with my assessment date, think it was by accident because I was originally supposed to be there for 2 days. It says we’ll be given a time slot for the morning to arrive, we’ll have a medical first and then go on to the physical tests and they’ll provide a packed lunch, and expect to be finished for 5pm
 

Jordan8w

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I actually got sent the one day assessment brief with my assessment date, think it was by accident because I was originally supposed to be there for 2 days. It says we’ll be given a time slot for the morning to arrive, we’ll have a medical first and then go on to the physical tests and they’ll provide a packed lunch, and expect to be finished for 5pm
Ok what about TST's? If we're doing the medicle in the morning I'm going to guess my spirometry will be included in that if all good and well I can't see being done before 1 including lunch that leaves 4 hours for the physical test's people to be tested for English and maths as well as the Technical selection tests. They're really going to pack it in then haha! That's going to be pushing it to get it all done by 5pm!
 

CJ2020

Swinger
Ok what about TST's? If we're doing the medicle in the morning I'm going to guess my spirometry will be included in that if all good and well I can't see being done before 1 including lunch that leaves 4 hours for the physical test's people to be tested for English and maths as well as the Technical selection tests. They're really going to pack it in then haha! That's going to be pushing it to get it all done by 5pm!

Yeah I’m thinking the same, I’ve to have a spiro too and I’ve heard those having a spiro are in the medical for hours because of the waiting times between spiros for santitising etc. It says the time slot will be 9am or 11am, maybe the ones doing tsts will be given 9am , so an extra 2 hours? Just guessing also on the list of what to bring doesn’t say suit or anything, just sports wear and toiletries for shower etc so I’m guessing no interview
 

Crow22

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Guys I did my assessment centre a couple of months ago, and it was 2 day, so I did the TST and ACT the night before, but as someone who needed a spiro test, we were prioritised at the front of the medical queue. I was still waiting around for hours, but even after my spiro test, and everything, I was done by about 2pm. If you add 45 mins into that for the tst (assuming they don't make you do it while waiting for the medical) and half hour for the ACT, you'll be fine. Don't stress. Also once they set up the spiro test (the biggest part of the waiting) it was only 10 mins or so between each person.
 

CJ2020

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Guys I did my assessment centre a couple of months ago, and it was 2 day, so I did the TST and ACT the night before, but as someone who needed a spiro test, we were prioritised at the front of the medical queue. I was still waiting around for hours, but even after my spiro test, and everything, I was done by about 2pm. If you add 45 mins into that for the tst (assuming they don't make you do it while waiting for the medical) and half hour for the ACT, you'll be fine. Don't stress. Also once they set up the spiro test (the biggest part of the waiting) it was only 10 mins or so between each person.

Thanks for this. What happens in the spiro test? Never had one before so don’t know what to expect. Thanks!
 

Crow22

Clanker
Thanks for this. What happens in the spiro test? Never had one before so don’t know what to expect. Thanks!
Go outside under a tent (Hope it's not too windy as that can cause issues) take a breath and blow as hard as you can into a tube, expelling all the air from your lungs. It's really important that you initially blow as hard as you can, and then when you've done that keep the air going until you physically can't take it anymore. Remove tube from your mouth and take a breath. They will usually make you do this 3 times, they're looking for consistency, so if you have one breath that's worse than the others, or your results are inconsistent, they might make you do it more until they have a baseline.
 

CJ2020

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Go outside under a tent (Hope it's not too windy as that can cause issues) take a breath and blow as hard as you can into a tube, expelling all the air from your lungs. It's really important that you initially blow as hard as you can, and then when you've done that keep the air going until you physically can't take it anymore. Remove tube from your mouth and take a breath. They will usually make you do this 3 times, they're looking for consistency, so if you have one breath that's worse than the others, or your results are inconsistent, they might make you do it more until they have a baseline.

Thanks mate much appreciated
 

Crow22

Clanker
Thanks mate much appreciated
No worries, I was nervous as hell when I was at my assessment, I did the medical assessment before the spiro test (was told it was always that way) so was nervous as hell doing the spiro test, as I was confident in my ability on the bleep test, so it was literally the last thing that could stop me. Turns out I worried for nothing! Good luck with it all.

Oh and for anyone else wondering, specialist assessments are being cancelled at replaced with one day web based assessments.
 

CJ2020

Swinger
No worries, I was nervous as hell when I was at my assessment, I did the medical assessment before the spiro test (was told it was always that way) so was nervous as hell doing the spiro test, as I was confident in my ability on the bleep test, so it was literally the last thing that could stop me. Turns out I worried for nothing! Good luck with it all.

Oh and for anyone else wondering, specialist assessments are being cancelled at replaced with one day web based assessments.

Yeah I’m the same, so nervous about the medical, not so nervous about the physical tests, just the medical and this spiro cos I suppose I don’t know what to expect
 

Crow22

Clanker
Yeah I’m the same, so nervous about the medical, not so nervous about the physical tests, just the medical and this spiro cos I suppose I don’t know what to expect
My advice would be if you have any known medical issues that might come up, turn up with proof of your fitness. Electronic logs of exercise, physio notes etc.
 
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CJ2020

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My advice would be if you have any know medical issues that might come up, turn up with proof of your fitness. Electronic logs of exercise, physio notes etc.

No I’ve literally no issues at all. Haven’t been to the doc for years, that’s why they want to give me a spiro because there’s not a whole lot in my medical records. It’s just one of those things I think, we’ve no control over the medical so there’s always that sort of nervousness whereas with the physical we have control over it and how well we do
 

jave1

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Honestly the medical is probably the easiest part you'll do that day. It takes along time but if you can breath in deep and breath out you'll pass the Spiro. I didn't even think about it when I took mine. It's more your hearing test and ECG that most people in my assessment struggled with. Plus like others said know your medical history and be ready for any off the cuff questions.
 
Anybody know how long it takes to recieve final offer of employment, i did the pre employment checks yesterday when they came through and i'm meant to be going to basic training in under 2 weeks
 

Maelstrom

Swinger
I've just received my date for Glencourse, 18th November. I was told by my csm that I will go for one day there but it won't involve the fitness tests, they will be done at a later date in Liverpool (I live in Manchester)
 
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