competencies and interview skills) fail at the last hurdle because, say,their buttock to knee measurement is too high. Candidates will be classed as permanently unfit (PU) or temporarily unfit depending on whether or not they can ‘recover’from whatever issue they have. On our notional board, two are deemed PU and will return home, again after an interview with a Reviewing Officer.For the remaining 14, it is the Interview that will be concentrating their minds.

The interview We spend more time now on what impact candidates have had on the organisations they have previously been part of.Moreover,there is more emphasis on their understanding of what air power is and how the RAF uses it in current operations. To contradict apopular myth, there is no ‘good cop, bad cop’ routine. The first half of the interview allows the candidates to talk about themselves (so, they know all the answers!) while the more challenging second half is there to test their motivation, knowledge and ability to articulate their opinions. Also of note is that individuals are interviewed by a different pair of officers to those they faced during the EP.This helps to standardise the process as the candidate is seen by four different

officers. Interviews are scored in much the same way as the EP although two additional attributes are tested: motivation for service and awareness.

All that now remains for the candidates is the RAF fitness test. To be accepted for IOT,they must be able to meet the minimum RAF fitness standards for their age and gender.After the test, the candidates are free to go home. Two of them fail to meet the standard; this leaves us with 12 that can be further considered. (However,for those that fail the RAF fitness test, if they prove to be selectable in all areas, they will be invited to return and retake the test.) As the candidates make their way home on Tuesday afternoon, the OASC staff are already preparing to welcome the second board of week; as the MT coach returns the first board of candidates to Grantham station, it will pick up those arriving for the second board ready to receive their arrival briefing on the Tuesday evening.

The final eight The interview scores are combined with the EP scores and we end up with afinal board grade (FBG). It is at this stage that all the candidates’ details are then weighed up. The FBG is the major element but we now build in his aptitude score, fitness test results, AFCO filter interview,

specialist interview report (for doctors or lawyers, etc), UASreport if applicable and annual confidential report (if serving). All these factors lead to the final decision as to whether we recommend someone for IOT. On our board, out of the 12 who were interviewed and who passed their fitness test, only eight are eventually recommended. Our job is complete and, provided the successful individuals can maintain their fitness and pass any necessary security clearances, they become the property of the OACTU.

What of the answers to the questions posed at the cocktail party? Firstly, the candidates tell us which news events have taken their interest; we simply choose some of their topics and ask questions on them. Secondly,all exercises can be completed within the time limit if you know how to solve them. Thirdly,our staff have much better things to do with their evenings than watch OASC Big Brother so our candidates are free to relax in the Mess without fear of being spied on!

No ordinary job Youcan find out more about joining the RAF either by phone, in person to alocal recruitment centre, at alocal careers event where all details can be found at

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Spring 2017

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