Airline Interviews

PlaneSense Adds Second Day to Recruiting Event at ATP-Daytona

ATP’s recruiting partner PlaneSense has had an overwhelming response for interviews and will now be recruiting pilots on October 1st and 2nd at our Daytona location. PlaneSense is sending their top recruiters to ATP to hire our pilots. The PlaneSense program began operating in 1996, and it currently has a fleet of over thirty Pilatus PC-12s. The program is supported by over 250 aviation professionals who handle all aspects of management, operations, scheduling, quality assurance, and administration.
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PSA Airlines Coming to ATP Jacksonville for Recruiting Event July 19th and 20th

ATP’s Recruiting Partner PSA Airlines is sending their executives to ATP’s Headquarters in Jacksonville Florida to speak with our Instructors and Students about flying PSA’s new 76-seat CRJ900s in the near future. PSA Vice President of Operations Randy Fusi will join his Director of Recruiting Mike Douglas in addressing an assembly of ATP personnel as well as others who PSA is inviting to the event. All attendees were invited using ATP’s recruiting tool,
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Interview Tips and Techniques

Ashley Green is a Representative for and acts as the liaison between and the Airlines who use it to recruit pilots. She is also important to the In-house Interviewing process between Republic Airlines and ATP’s pilots, and as such she is offering some tips about how to be successful in your next interview:


As ATP  moves forward with more upcoming interviews with Republic Airways, we would like to offer our students and instructors the following interview tips:
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Republic Airlines Interviews 15 ATP Instructors in Jacksonville Forida

On Tuesday, January 22nd, Republic Airlines sent Chautauqua Director of Operations Alex Osleger to ATP’s Jacksonville Florida Flight Training Center to interview 15 current ATP Instructors for First Officer positions at Republic. The flight experience level of those interviewed ranged from 400 to 1200 hours of total time.

Those who successfully completed the interviews will be offered formal Conditional Offers of Employment (COE) by Republic, which means that when those pilots offered the COE complete the conditions which are part of the offer that they will report to Republic to begin training with either Republic Airlines, Chautauqua or Shuttle America.

Republic will continue to send recruiters to ATP’s Flight Training Centers to interview ATP Instructors monthly. Republic has signed an agreement with ATP which enable Republic Recruiters to reach into the Flight Training pipeline to interview ATP Flight Training Students. If the student interviews successfully they will also be given COEs that will allow them to immediately begin training with Republic when the conditions of their offer is met.

Getting Hired as an Airline Pilot

The Airline Industry has been hiring new pilots at an ever increasing rate for the last year, and hiring can only become more frantic as we approach the beginning of 2013. That is the year when over two thousand senior airline pilots will have to retire at age Sixty-five. With the increased amount of pilot recruiting going on, it pays to spend some time thinking about how to prepare for the rare opportunity a pilot’s interview presents.
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Surviving an Airline Interview

You have just received a phone call from the airline that you have been pestering for a job. They called to schedule you for an interview, and you only have two weeks to prepare for it. Now what?

Preparation is the key to success, and being prepared will make a good impression with everyone you meet during the interview process. Keep in mind a few basics:

  • Honesty is the best policy.
  • The Airline will complete a ten year background check on you.
  • Be ready to explain any abnormalities that may appear.
  • Focus on the big picture.
  • This is a process.
  • You will meet and speak with many people from different departments at the Airline.
  • Relax and be yourself.

Do your Research:

  • The Airline – Know a brief history of the airline, and be knowledgeable about current events affecting the airline also.
  • Get “the Gouge” – Research all available resources to learn about the nature of questions presently being asked by interviewers.
  • Interview Process – Learn about the agenda for the interview: Does this airline have a two day interview or one? Is there a Sim Ride? What kind of maneuvers are on the Sim Ride? Is there a technical interview? What does the technical interview focus on? What kind of IQ Tests are given?

Have your Records:

  • First Class Medical – Have a current, official copy.
  • Transcripts from High School and College – Again, current and official.
  • Letters of referral – Preferably from other pilots whom you have flown with and/or worked with.
  • Log Books – All columns added up and in agreement with each other.
  • Driving Record – At least five years, preferably ten year copy of your record.
  • For Some Airlines:

  • Have a copy of the results of your completed ATP Written
  • FCC Limited Radio Operators License

Know your Material:

  • Review FARs – With emphasis on Part 91 and Part 121.
  • Review AIM and Jeppeson material – Be ready to answer Commercial/Instrument questions about: VDPs, weather interpretation, weather, speed limits, holding entries and speed limits, Airspace cloud clearances, MSAs, Jepp approach plates, enroute charts and terminal charts.
  • Be ready to answer common HR type of questions – for example,
    Tell me about a time you made a decision in the cockpit that you regret?
    Tell me about a time you’ve been scared while flying? How did you handle it?
    A senior Captain informs you that he will not be using checklists on “his” flights, what would you do?
  • Be prepared to take personality tests.
  • Know systems for airplanes in your log book – Chances are that the interviewer has some experience in some of the aircraft that you have in your log book and will ask questions about it.

Being prepared gives you a relaxed feeling that will come across as confident in an interview. In the interview, keep your answers short and concise. Don’t try to bluff anyone, they have seen it all. Prepare yourself, go to the interview well-rested and relaxed, be honest and most importantly be yourself. Stay alert and learn from the experience, you may get the opportunity for a second interview.