I had a decent month to prepare for my RFA interview, but I had had a fair amount of time to fill prior to this to dig deep into what the Royal Fleet Auxiliary is all about. My advice to anyone preparing for this interview is to go in there knowing your stuff. The interviewers are skilled at spotting those who are trying to pull a fast one.
The RFA forum over on Navy Net https://www.navy-net.co.uk/community/forums/rfa.53/ is a great source of knowledge about the application and interview process, especially if you nail the use of the search function.
With the lockdown upon us, I had the time to dig deep into the RFA, and as stated in my previous post, I dug in deeper then potentially needed for the interview, but, it is always better to be three steps ahead.
Covid had led my interview to be held over Skype, and not down in Portsmouth. Part of me was glad that I didn’t have to make the 800 mile journey to the opposite end of the country for a one hour interview, yet, a chunk of me was looking forward to grabbing a Chinese takeaway and reminiscing as I wondered around Portsmouth naval base.
Suited and booted, research carried out, application reread and ready to expand upon., I was ready. My only concern was the capability of our wind-up rural internet, it’s not the fastest by a country mile and has a habit of dropping out at the most inopportune moments.
The interview lasted about 45 minutes and the questions covered a lot about the RFA, vessels, previous experiences etc. There were no unexpected questions, nothing to catch you out at all. They will keep testing your knowledge of the RFA and your chosen area of work until you get stumped. They are looking to see how you deal with not knowing something, do you bluff it and try to scrape by, or admit you are not infallible. They would rather the latter, as boshing a job and hoping luck gets you through can result in a safety catastrophe.
I left the interview feeling very confident and happy that I had nailed it. And so the next step began, the wait to hear the result!