How to Pass a Pilot Interview

How to ace an airline pilot interview

If you have to pass the interview, half the job is done. Now you need to confirm to recruiters that you are the right person for the job. Airline interviews usually consist of two parts, a skills assessment and a technical assessment. The technical part of the interview is self-explanatory, you could be asked a series of topics about the theoretical ATPL range ranging from flight performance to meteorology.

The section that people most often struggle with is the competency-based interview. This is partly due to a lack of understanding of why this part of the interview is being conducted. Many airline interviews are now a “tick box” exercise. This basically means that the assessor has a number of boxes to tick to show you have demonstrated the required skills – if you tick all the boxes you get the job and if you fail to show you have the required attributes , the reviewer cannot progress your application. Your job is to make sure every box is checked.

So what are recruiters looking for? The airline industry has grown significantly over the past few decades, and so has the role of pilots. Of course, pilots can fly an ILS approach, but the emphasis is now on the non-technical skills of the flight crew. On a daily basis, pilots have to manage a multitude of situations which can be influenced by a wide range of factors ranging from technical problems, weather, passengers, air traffic control, language barriers, other crew members. All of this of course while operating and managing a very complex multi-million pound aircraft with potentially hundreds of people on board. When dealing with such situations, you must do so in a commercially expeditious manner, which means putting the interests of customers and the company first.

They are looking for you to demonstrate that you have all the soft skills (non-technical skills) required to be successful in the role (regardless of how long you have been a pilot). Here are the top fifteen attributes you must demonstrate: