10 Questions Most Asked by HR in an Interview

1. What made you decide to become a pilot?

  • Why did you decide to get into commercial aviation?

2. Where and what type of school did you train in?

  • How did you pay for your training?
  • What was the hardest part of your training?

3. Why did you leave your previous employer?

  • What made you want to change professions?

4. Why do you want to work for __________ Airlines?

5. How would __________ Airlines benefit from hiring you?

  • What will you do if you are NOT hired by this airline?

6. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

  • What are the high and low points in your life?

7. Give us an example of when you demonstrated good leadership?

  • What are some of the leadership roles you have had in the past?

8. What is the hardest decision that you have had to make?

  • Give an example of a split-second decision you had to make?
  • In flying? In your life?
  • How did it turn out?

9. Tell us about a problem that you had to solve as part of a group?

  • How did it turn out?

10. Tell us about a conflict that you have had with a Superior/Supervisor?

  • Your Captain refuses to obey regs, what do you do?
  • You show up and can smell alcohol on the Flight Attendant’s breath, what would you do? Would it be different if it were the Captain’s breath that smelled like alcohol?

The questions above were collected and compared to find the questions asked most often. There were plenty of other popular questions also, and here are some of them in no particular order:

Give an example of a situation which you have learned from in aviation? Give an example of when you have risen to a challenge set for you by a superior? Give an example of what makes you angry? How do you handle stress? Have you interviewed with anyone else? What is the First Officer’s role on the flightdeck? What is a pilot’s role in customer service? Have you ever failed a checkride? How would you deal with a difficult coworker?