RAF Interview Tips

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RAF Interview Tips
Joining the Air Force requires a lot more than just fitness. (RAF memorial image by Martin Lodemore from Fotolia.com)

The RAF, short for Royal Air Force, requires more technical knowledge than other areas because the applicants are dealing with fighter planes. The selection process has two main steps. First of all, there is an interview at the Armed Forces Career Office, or AFCO. Then there is a residential assessment period called the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre, or OASC. These are used to assess your motivation and your knowledge, as well as fitness.

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Do Your Homework

As with any job interview, being prepared and having knowledge about the job is essential. In the case of the RAF, at the AFCO interview you will be expected to have some knowledge about the training program, as well as a good knowledge of military-based current affairs, such as troop deployments and any controversies regarding base locations overseas. You will also be expected to answer "competency based" questions, where you will have to talk about times when you have held a leadership role or displayed personality traits that are relevant to joining the RAF.

Prior to the AFCO interview, you will sit through a presentation on the RAF. It is best to pay attention to this, as sometimes the answers to questions were given during the presentation. It is best to either pay very close attention or take notes during the presentation to give yourself an edge.

During the Interview

The best tip for an interview with the RAF is be confident. The AFCO interview is all about selling yourself to the interviewer. Look through your time at school, at university or at your previous job and find examples that can be "spun" to match the qualities that the RAF is looking for. These include leadership and the ability to work under pressure.

The interview questions are tailored to the speciality to which you are applying. For example, those wishing to become aircrew may be asked about the fighters that the RAF currently uses. For each speciality, there will either be an interview conducted by specialist officers, an extra aptitude test or both. For example, those wishing to be physical training instructors will have to have a higher standard of fitness than standard applicants and will be expected to prove this.

Other Parts of the Process

At OASC, applicants are also put through assessed team working exercises, a group presentation on a current affairs topic and a medical to ensure that they are fit enough for basic training.

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