Airline Interview Prep

After years of training and building time to be finally qualified to interview with an airline, it is finally time, you are ready. However, now what do you do? Call Marie at Aviation Training Center!

We have been preparing pilots for job interviews for over 20 years. During this time we have seen slowdowns, shortages, soaring fuel costs, and the shutdown of airports because of 9/11. We have also seen FAA regulations that have impacted hiring such as the mandatory retirement age increasing from age 60 to age 65 which stagnated upgrades and hiring for thousands of pilots. We have seen the folding and/or merging of airlines, and the implementation of the new ATP rule. We and many of you have been through it all and are still around because of one simple truth: WE LOVE AVIATION!

“Somewhere, at this moment a pilot is training. Unless you are training also, when you meet, he or she will beat you.”

We have helped thousands of pilots get hired for 135 operations and 121 carriers! We have up-to-date information on the interview processes for most airlines. We feel like we understand the airline industry and can prepare you for your interview knowing the trends in today’s hiring market.

On average most pilots request around 3 hours of one-on-one board interview prep and around 1.5 hours of simulator training (if there is a sim ride) before they feel that they have mastered the techniques that will land them their next job. If you find that you need more time at the last minute to perfect your skills, we will work with you and come in early or stay late to accommodate you. We want to see our pilots succeed at all levels!

Our Four-Part Winning Program

Part 1: The Resume

Does it tell them your certificates and ratings, education, medical status, and flying experiences? Is it easy to read? Will it go in the “good file” or in the “round file,” meaning the waste basket? Will it get you a call for an appointment?

Part 2: The Technical Portion

This involves testing to measure your technical knowledge on FAA Rules and Regulations. Can you read an approach plate? This also includes a personality test and a psychological test. There may also be a simulator ride. We know most of the profiles the airlines are using, though some companies have discontinued them.

Part 3: The Board Interview

This portion involves one or two HR personnel and two or three working pilots. They are evaluating you to see if you are one of the “best pilots.” We will discuss what each airline is looking for. What is the best way to let them know that you fit into their corporate culture? How will you structure a response so that it has a beginning, a middle, and an end without wandering all over the place? Some of your responses will let them know if you can recognize risk factors, if you are unsatisfied with mediocrity, if you know the need for standardization, and can you make logical decisions. When you understand what the company is looking for it will be easier to come up with scenarios in response to their questions. I will help you come up with responses that don’t make you sound defensive or phony or negative, and are based on your own experiences. “Honesty is the best policy.”

Part 4: The Gouges

At Aviation Training Center, we offer interview preparatory gouges for almost every airline in the United States. We have been collecting information on what various airlines look for in incoming pilots to make sure you get that job. We have put together packets with information about the company you will be interviewing with. It contains pilot gouges, meaning “pilot reports,” about their interview process. We know the reports are reliable because we know the pilots who have given us the gouge. The packets include company history, questions the pilot has been asked, the sim ride description, technical question and the process they went through. Sometimes they include helpful hints that can make your interview go more smoothly.

I am fortunate to have associations with many pilots who are so willing to share their interview experience with me so that I can share them with you. And “little birds” that drop off information that we can use to help us understand their company.

The greatest compliment we receive is when an airline pilot or H.R. department or friend refers their son or daughter, sister or brother or best friend to me for interview preparation.

I look forward to working with you.

Call me if you have an interview coming up or if you have questions.

Office: (425) 271-1930

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