RAF Officer Interview Questions And Answers

Published: 09th March 2011
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During the RAF Officer Selection process you will be required to sit a number of interviews, both at the Armed Forces Careers Office and also at the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre (OASC). The first interview will be held at your local Armed Forces Careers Officer and will be undertaken with a member of the RAF recruitment team. This interview is more commonly referred to as the 'filter' interview and its purpose is, as the name suggests, to filter out those people who have a good chance of passing OASC and those who do not.



The duration of the interview will very much depend on your responses to the questions. However, you can expect the interview to last for approximately 30 minutes. The questions that you will be assessed against during the initial interview will normally be taken from the following areas:



- The reasons why you want to join the RAF;



- The reasons why you want to become an Officer;



- What choice of career/branch you are most interested in, the reason for choosing that career/branch, and the skills you have to match the role;



- What information you already know about the RAF, its lifestyle and training;



- Information relating to your hobbies and interests including sporting/team activities;



- Any personal responsibilities that you currently have at home, in your education or at work;



- Information about your family and your partner and what they think about you joining;



- Information based around your initial application;



- Your experience of work and education;



- Your managerial and leadership experiences to date;



- Your emotional stability and your maturity;



- Your drive and determination to succeed.



- Having a positive reaction to a disciplined environment and towards people in positions of authority.



During my career in the Fire Service I sat on many interview panels assessing people who wanted to become firefighter's. As you can imagine there were some good applicants and there were also some poor ones.



I strongly advise that you try out a mock interview before you attend the filter interview. You'll be amazed at how much your confidence will improve. All you need to do is get your parents or a friend to sit down with you and ask you the interview questions that are contained within this guide. Try the answer them as if you were at the real interview. The more mock interviews you try, the more confident you'll become.



Now let's take a look at a sample interview question. Use the sample responses that I have provided as a basis for your own preparation. Construct your answers on your own opinions and experiences.



Sample interview question number 1



Why do you want to join the Royal Air Force?



This is an almost guaranteed question during the filter interview so there should be no reason why you can't answer it in a positive manner. Only you will know the real reason why you want to join but consider the following benefits before you construct your response:



- A career in the RAF presents a challenge that is not available in the majority of other jobs or careers;



- A career in the RAF will provide you with professional training and ongoing personal development;



- A career in the RAF will offer you the chance to work in a highly professional organisation that prides itself on high standards;



- The RAF is an organisation that people have a huge amount of respect for. Therefore those people who join it are very proud to be a part of such a team.



Try to display a good level of motivation when answering questions of this nature. The Royal Air Force is looking for people who want to become a professional member of their team and who understand their way of life. It should be your own decision to join the Royal Air Force and you should be attracted to what this career has to offer. If you have been pushed into joining by your family then you shouldn't be there! There now follows a sample response to this question.



Sample response to interview question number 1



Why do you want to join the Royal Air Force?



'I have wanted to join the Royal Air Force for a couple of years now and I have been working very hard to pass selection. Having studied the RAF recruitment literature and the RAF website I am impressed by the professionalism and standards the service sets itself. I would like a career that is fulfilling, challenging and rewarding and I believe that the RAF would provide all of these. During my research I have spoken to serving members of the RAF and every single one of them has had positive things to say about the service.



Over the last few years I have become more aware of my own skills and qualities and I believe these would be very well suited to the RAF and in particular the role of an Officer. I enjoy being away from home and I also like to take responsibility. For example, I was recently made captain of my football team and this involves organising team trips and fixtures. I am also a good team player and I like working with different groups of people who have different experiences in life. There is always something to learn in life and I would love to be a part of a service such as the RAF where I would be continually learning new skills.



I have seriously considered the implications that joining a service such as the RAF would have on both my personal life and social life and I have discussed these with my family and my partner. They have given me their full support and they promise to help me achieve my goal of joining the Royal Air Force. Even though I know the Initial Officer Training will be hard I am certain I can pass it with flying colours and if I am successful at this interview and the OASC I promise that I will work very hard to pass every exam.'



Great preparation effectively means that you will be successful! Follow these tips and success will be creatin to follow.





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