The final interview is the very last hurdle before entrance to the RAF. It felt good to be here. It’s been a couple of months short of a year since I applied and everything has gone as smoothly as I would have liked.
Fundamentally, this interview is certainly a pass/fail. Some people think it’s a guaranteed pass and put it place as more of a ‘formality’ than anything else. That’s not true. You can fail it. I’m not sure whether I was being over confident but I’d already bought quite a lot of my kit before the interview so clearly I didn’t plan on failing.
I arrived, albeit a bit late due to delayed trains, and instantly recognised two other guys who were on my PRTC. It was nice to have a chat about everything and one of them had had his interview already so I took the opportunity to find out what I could expect. Before I knew it, I was greeted by the Cpl and taken to what I thought would be the interview room. But no, I arrived at a set of scales. Weirdly enough, I was weighed. Not sure why, as I didn’t ask, but I definitely wasn’t expecting this! So off I went back down to the waiting room to be called for my interview. It wasn’t too long before the Sgt walked in and called out my name. He was very friendly and approachable which made the whole thing pleasant. I sat down in the interview room and was asked about my delayed trains and thanked for calling in to let them know. The interview began with a few questions about my application process. I was asked how it had gone, how I’d felt about it and whether anything could have gone any quicker or smoother. These were the only questions which differed from the first interview. Following these, I was asked why I’d chosen the RAF, all about current operations, UK and overseas bases, aircraft and all the usual things you could expect to be asked. I think the interview lasted around 15-20 at most, so not too long at all.
As soon as the interview had finished, I was told I had passed and was given my provisional offer of service. I went back to the waiting room and proceeded to wait there for the other guy to have his interview. Once he had come back, it became apparent we had all passed, and so all 3 of us were then taken into a classroom and given a run-through on some documents we’d been given by the Sgt. This took around 20 minutes, followed by a fairly informal chat where the Sgt gave us some advice for training which was welcoming to hear.
All in all, it was a very brief, straight forward event which I quite enjoyed. Being able to talk to a couple of the lads I’ll be going through training with was an added bonus, but even without that, the interview went very well which I was pleased with!
The application and selection process is now over. The next time that I have an updates to offer will be when I’m at RAF Halton for my basic training. Bring it on!