Admiralty Interview Board Running Order

Admiralty Interview Board Running Order

Each year scores of applicants attend the Royal Navy Officer Admiralty Interview Board. One of the more common questions we receive at is what the running order for the AIB actually is.

Royal Navy AIB Interview


In this article we will provide you with some useful tips about what to expect at the RN Officer AIB and how you can improve your chances of success.

The biographical questionnaire

Prior to attending the AIB you will need to complete a questionnaire which is designed to assess your suitability and potential for becoming a Royal Navy Officer. Within the biographical questionnaire you should take the time to provide as much evidence as possible about your skills and experiences that will be suited to the role. Therefore, it is important that you complete the form as fully and accurately as possible. It is your chance to show the Royal Navy what you are capable of, so don’t be modest – really take the time to complete an outstanding BQ.

The first evening of the RN Officer AIB

When you arrive at HMS Sultan, make sure you hand your completed biographical questionnaire in to the reception staff. You should also ensure that you arrive in formal dress code as you will be being watched from the get go.

The first full day of the Admiralty Interview Board

The Royal Navy will throw you in at the deep end on the first day and the following tests will commence very early on:

– A 20-minute verbal reasoning test. This will assess how competent you are with words and your ability to interpret written information;

– A 13-minute non-verbal reasoning test. This is slightly different to the first test as it will assess your verbal ability as opposed to written words;

– A 25-minute numerical test. This test will look for your ability to work with numbers and interpret numerical information;

– A 15-minute speed and accuracy test, measuring your concentration and mental agility;

– A 15-minute spatial comprehension test. This involves working with shapes and diagrams to interpret their movement;

– You will finally have to sit a general knowledge test of the Royal Navy which will determine how much research you have carried out in the build-up to AIB.

The above tests are undertaken very early in the morning of the first full day of the AIB. We recommend that you practice tests early in the morning during your preparation which will help you get used to this type of environment.

Essay: you will next have to choose from a list of four topics and then write an essay on the subject. The topics are generally based around current affairs or general interest topics which will assess your ability to put forward written arguments. Sample essay topics used before include:

– The benefits of having a female US president.

– Should some illegal drugs be legalised?

– Speed cameras – are they a waste of public money?

During the essay you will be assessed against your written communication skills, so make sure you prepare in the build-up to AIB.

Fitness assessment: in the afternoon you will complete a multi-stage fitness test (commonly known as the bleep test). Whilst this element of the test is not actually assessed formally, it is vital you put in maximum effort as some people have been sent home of their level is really low. You should be aiming for at least level 10, if not higher!

The final day of the Admiralty Interview Board(day three)

Navy Officer Interview


Practical leadership task (PLT): this assessment looks to assess your ability t work as part of a team and also looks for your leadership potential  You will work in teams to solve a problem which will be practical based.

– Be very supportive of your team.
– Be in control.
– Acknowledge other’s suggestions but always be in control.
– Don’t panic. It is OK to ask for suggestions.
– Think outside of the box. If an object provided is of no use to you, don’t use it!

Planning exercise: this is possible to hardest part of AIB. You are given a brief on a sheet of paper and you then have just 15 minutes to study it. Once the 15 minutes is up you will then have a problem thrown in to the mix. You then discuss the plan and problem with the rest of the planning exercise group and come with an agreed solution to the problem which will be presented to the board.

It is absolutely vital that you take the time to learn speed, distance and time calculations before you attend the AIB. Be able to work out these calculations both in written form and also in your head.

– Read the scenario thoroughly! Don’t skim through it.
– Be vocal and active during the group discussion stage.
– Explain your point of view and why your plan works.
– Don’t dismiss others comments directly out of hand.
– Practice by carrying out SDT questions, but also get someone to fire questions at you in the build up to the AIB.

Competency-based interview: for 30 minutes they question you about things you have done throughout your life. In preparation, you should think about times when you have been a leader, organised something, been in a team and shown courage. They will ask you about why you want to join the Royal Navy, your understanding of your chosen specialisation and your hopes and ambitions. They will also expect you to demonstrate your wider knowledge about the Royal Navy, and in particular to find out if it extends beyond a simple reading of the leaflets they provide.

The result

They will tell you your results individually in the afternoon. If unsuccessful, you will be free to leave, but if you have passed, you will need to complete a medical examination.

Just because you pass the AIB does not automatically mean you will be offered a place. It is vital that you score as high a grade as possible as vacancies are offered to the top performing candidates first.