Discussion in 'POC Section' started by crackers1234, Jan 11, 2017.
Just wondering if anyone has any recent AIB experience to share on here?
This is a quoted submission. Many thanks to the contributor.-Easter 2016
"Aim: The aim of this document is to describe my experiences of the Admiralty Interview Board whilst also mentioning some points of advice that future candidates may wish to note.
You are asked to arrive at HMS Sultan by 1215 of the first day of your board. If you are travelling a long distance, I would advise that you stay in a hotel or a bed and breakfast the night before your board to ensure maximum rest. If not travelling a long distance, get the train to Portsmouth harbour; get the ferry to Gosport (£3.30 return) and then a taxi to HMS Sultan (c.£6.60) on the day of your board.
Upon arrival, make sure you have a form of ID (passport/driving licence/student card) and also some passport photos. The Ratings at AIB are really helpful and will show you too your room. Unpack, and get down to the ‘rest-room’ where all the candidates chill out before their next task.
You will then have a brief by the Board President who will tell you what they are looking for in an Officer, although you should be aware of this before you get down there. If you have any questions, ask them, as what could seem to be a stupid question then, could end up being the difference between the completion or failure of a task in the following days.
Essay: Your first task set. Although it is only worth about 15 points out of a total of 300, it is worth completing well as it is the first impression the board gets of you. They will read this overnight, before they even meet you. They are not looking for Tolstoy’s war and peace but a simple and clear essay. Have a structure and make a plan. There is no need for over complication. Have an introduction (say what you will do), have a middle (balanced points for and against the argument) and a conclusion (formulate an opinion, but don’t mention anything new). The topics are varied and cover a wide spectrum of military orientated socio-political problems. This is your only assessed task in Day one.
Practical Leadership Task demonstration: After your essay, you will be put on the bus with a senior rate and taken down to the Hangar, where on the second day, you will complete your Practical Leadership Task. This is where you will be given a scenario to get equipment and your team across a space (either a water tank or gym mats). The emphasis is on teamwork and leadership. Pay attention to the demonstration, as the Senior Rate will tell you how to secure planks/ropes/poles/spars to enable you to complete the task. You have to say the exact commands that the Senior Rate tells you to otherwise on the real thing, they will just stop the exercise and ultimately you will lose time.
Planex Practice: Similar to the PLT practice, the AIB staff take you to a room where you will have the opportunity to work through a practice planning exercise. Try and complete a few of these before you get down there. A really good website is http://www.gumnutadventures.com/forms/. Read the scenario you’re given, come up with a plan and get someone to quiz you on the plan. This will put you in good stead for the second day.
That is the end of the first day. Get down the pub with your board and have a drink and get to know each other. I think this is crucial when you come to the tasks on the second day, as you know how everyone reacts and the strengths and weaknesses of people. Whilst I was there, there were three boards running, two of which everyone passed, one which everyone failed. If you work well as a team, you will often pass together rather than fail as individuals. Saying this, don’t fill each other in with 8 pints, get back early, practice your methods for the PLT and get an early night.
0600 wake up, breakfast, order your lunch for the day before returning to the rest room for 0710. This is the meat of AIB.
Planex: You get 15 minutes to read a booklet, which contains a scenario in which you are placed. You are allowed to make notes and should do so in extreme detail. You also have a map, which correlates with the information given in the booklet. You should then note down as much information as you can e.g. times, timings, places, people, personal qualities of your team, locations, ship names, island names, limitations and a whole host of other factors.
After the 15 minutes are up, you then go into the boardroom where you are presented with a problem. Once again, you have 15 minutes to come up with a plan with your team to solve the problem. To do so efficiently, you should come up with aims in order of importance. Get everyone in your team involved, be the leader, make your voice heard, but be polite and not dogmatic. After these 15 minutes are up, you are then asked to present the plan to the board in front of the map of the scenario.
Then, you are grilled by a Lieutenant Commander about your plan. *It is important to remember that this Lt Cdr has been doing this job for about 6 months. They know the answer to each planex inside out. There will be a hole in your plan, which they will exploit. They don’t care about that, it is just the way in which you handle the criticism*. You will be asked a lot of questions about your plan some of which may be irrelevant to your mission (i.e. what is the species of bird on three keys island), but keep awake as if another candidate gets a question wrong, it will be passed on to you.
After this grilling, you feel wrecked, but you get two minutes outside to look at the map and re-evaluate your plan. Do so with care and take on board any advice that the Lt Cdr gave you. You then get called in again where you have two minutes to present your plan. Do so clearly and confidently. You then get a further grilling. After this, it is the end of the planex.
PLT: You get put in the bus and driven down to the Hangar where you had your practice yesterday. Remember the words of command, as no matter how good your plan, if you don’t do things in the way they tell you, your task will be stopped until you say the correct thing. You get lead to a room where there are different tasks laid out in front of you. You have 15 minutes to read the task and come up with a plan. It can often be over complicated. They want to see maximised utilisation of assets (people and equipment), encouragement and leadership. After these 15 minutes are up, you get lead to the hangar where you will conduct a leaderless task. *COMPLETION OF THE TASKS DO NOT MATTER*. It is about how you handle yourself under pressure. Once again, be the leader in the team, offer encouragement, and stay composed. Before you conduct the individual leadership exercises, you have 30 seconds to look over your plan. I put mine in bullet points so it was easy to repeat in front of your team. You really have to speak up in the hangar as it is massive, and if you don’t, the board won’t hear you and can’t reward you. Make sure everyone is involved and make sure you position yourself where a leader would go, probably best in the middle of the group so you can control everything that is going on. Listen to team members if they have a good idea, but it would be ideal to make it your plan. For example: “Thanks candidate number two, great idea, right guys, we are going to do (repeat candidate two’s idea)”. It is a false environment, but make sure you are ticking the boxes that the board are looking for.
Psychometric Tests: Much harder than the Recruit Test you have to sit. Numerical: practice online. Look at graphs and reading information from different charts and applying that to mathematical problems. Verbal, work quickly and read the text in full first before you are presented with a statement that can either be true, false or can’t tell. Abstract reasoning: go with gut instinct, as it gets incredibly hard towards the end of your allotted questions.
Interview: Really prepare for this well. This is the only face-to-face interaction you will have with your board. Treat it like any job interview. Have loads of examples of when you have demonstrated Officer like qualities. When I say loads, I mean loads; you can’t be too prepared for this aspect. Have a good idea of where the RN/RM are in the World, Navy News/Globe and Laurel are both great for this. Know exactly why you want to join and what you are signing up to e.g. return of service, commission types, where you will be at certain stages in training, what you want to do in the RN/RM, pay scales, ranks. Remain confident and calm and if you enjoy it, it will go much more smoothly. Know why you want to lead/manage/ be responsible for those under your command. Nothing beats preparing for an interview like interview practice so I would recommend that you seek help from friends/family or even better; someone you don’t know.
1.5 mile run: Is what it says on the tin. If you can’t complete it in the 12:19 or whatever you have to do it in, you should consider another career outside of the Armed Forces.
You then get taken back in for results where within the first sentence, the Board President will tell you if you have passed or failed. Listen to the debrief as he will highlight your shortcomings and stuff to work on before entry, or if you have failed, stuff you need to work on before you come back.
A few final points:
- Once a task is done, don’t dwell on it and move on
- This is a job interview so be smart, respectful and polite
- If you don’t say it in front of the board, it is not heard and you can’t be rewarded"
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