- This will be a general chat about your background; where you grew up; family; relationship with Mum, Dad, Siblings; friends.
- They will be looking for information about your home life, family support for your application and to make sure you're not running away to sea!
The interviewer will want to gain an overview of your time at school. This will not just be your exam results, but what you did at school; sports teams; roles at school - Prefect, etc.; relationship with teachers.
Think about all of the positives and major on those. Don't draw attention to negative points unless you can put a positive spin on them, i.e. 'this was a bad time or didn't go well, but I learned this..’, or ‘I wasn’t a good enough footballer to make the school team, but I was able to use my fitness to take part in the VCC Field Gun completion / swimming gala…..’, etc.
What you have done since school. They will be looking for evidence of your work ethic; your ability to work on your own and as part of a team; relationship with your supervisor.
Also think about problems you've encountered and how you handled them. This could be with other workers (have you had to stick up you someone or show moral courage), or an issue you have had to work through.
The VCC will obviously play a major part in this section. Think about all you have done and what you do now – THERE IS A LOT!!!!.
DO NOT assume the interviewer knows anything about the VCC!! Describe what you do as you would to someone you have just met who has never heard of the VCC; think ‘Janet and John’ speak!
The VCC shows commitment, leadership, teamwork, camaraderie, personal responsibility and reliability - all characteristics that the Services are looking for. Think about your best examples.
There are many possible questions the interviewer could ask to identify your motivation for joining the RN/RM.
Here are some to think about:
- Why do you want to be in the Royal Navy / Royal Marines?
- What have you done to find out about what the Naval Service does?
- What will you do in the RN/RM? What roles are available to you?
- What is the role of the Royal Navy/Royal Marines?
- What Units are there?
- Where do the RN/RM serve; which ships could you serve in?
- What are your ambitions?
- How long will you be required to serve for?
- RM motto, RN/RM history, etc.
- What do you think the hardest thing you will undergo in training and how will you prepare for it?