If you know any AC pilots, get them to conduct a mock interview...get some interview training at one of the communications/PR companies...the interview system involves screening interviews before the actual crucial interview, so ask about them from existing AC pilots........if there are box-ticking psych exams, practise them online.........make sure you have no outstanding medical issues, as the standard is IAA Class 1 and higher. It is also crucial that you be involved in sports, at team and personal level. They want somebody who has spent time being and sustaining fitness and has a track record of being in the GAA or other sporting groups. The cadetship, even the shortened version, puts a lot of physical pressure on the body and mind so you have to be fit. The AC is a Military organisation so the AC emphasis is that an Officer is a soldier and a leader first and a pilot second. If you go into the interview gushing about being a pilot, then you will have missed the point and you will not pass. If all you want to be is a pilot, join an airline.