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Old 11-03-2007, 02:32 PM   #1  
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Does anyone have any "what would you do" HR-type questions?
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Inside Final Approach fix in IMC, temp zero in your twin. Engine failure. What do you do?

I got that one.
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- You show up at the gate and your Captain's breath smells of alcohol
- The Captain goes below DH and no runway in sight
- Your Captain refuses to use the checklists

What do you do?
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Inside Final Approach fix in IMC, temp zero in your twin. Engine failure. What do you do?

I got that one.
Maintain directional control, secure the engine, and continue the approach. I wouldn't initiate a missed approach simply because of the airplane's poor single-engine climb performance.
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- You show up at the gate and your Captain's breath smells of alcohol
- The Captain goes below DH and no runway in sight
- Your Captain refuses to use the checklists

What do you do?
Finally, I have time to sit down and run through these real quick. If anyone has any better suggestions other than what I would say, please don't be afraid to offer a better answer as I have zero 121 experience. Here we go...
  1. If the captain showed up at the gate with alcohol on his breath I would first ask him about it and find out when it was he stopped drinking. Assuming he's under the influence or his last drink was less than 8 hours ago (or less than company policy), then I would encourage him to call in sick. If he doesn't do that, then I would try to figure out some other way to prevent that captain from stepping on the airplane. Maybe call the chief pilot or even go so far as to alert airport officials. Ultimately, I would try to find a way to prevent the flight from leaving the gate until the situation was resolved. I don't want to compromise passenger safety or let alone my own safety and certificates.
  2. If the captain goes below DA/MDA and wants to continue the approach without the runway environment in sight, I could try to commit him to going missed by announcing a missed approach on tower freq. This is really the only practical thing I could think of.
  3. If the captain refuses to use checklists, I would first politely ask the captain about it. If he still insists on not using them, I could still refer to the correct checklist and verify that the captain is doing everything correctly.
Don't hesitate to reply if anyone has any suggestions for better answers or expand on what I've posted. Thanks for the questions! Keep em coming.
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Here are some interview questions I looked at in preparing for my interview with FedEx. If you have an answer for most of these questions, you will be able to answer just about any interview question. Good luck!


1. Tell us about yourself—things that aren’t on your resume.
2. Tell us about a time someone junior to you brought up an idea or suggestion that you had not thought of before and used
3. Tell us about a time when your knowledge of ATC procedures/FARs helped you out in a difficult situation. What specific FAR was it?
4. Tell us about a time you had to work with someone you didn’t like. How did you handle it?
5. Tell us about a time you had a disagreement with another crewmember in flight and it was not resolved or resolved after you landed.
6. Tell us about a time when a maintenance person gave you an attitude and how you handled it.
7. Give us an example of when you worked with your crew as a team to solve a difficult problem.
8. Tell us about a time things went well in the cockpit. How was the CRM?
9. Tell us about a time you had to deal with a captain that purposefully broke the rules and how you handled it. Did you tell anyone? Who?
10. Tell us about a time you did a job outside your responsibilities. Were you recognized for your efforts? If yes, how?
11. Tell us about a time you went above and beyond the call of duty.
12. What do you do to correct or alleviate your stress?
13. Tell us about a time when a stressful situation in your life affected you at work?
14. Most stressfull single situation you have been in?
15. How do you handle stress in your family?
16. Tell us about an emergency situation you had that you could have handled better.
17. Tell us the worst EP you had as PIC. Could you have handled it better?
18. Tell us about a procedure or policy you bent or broke. Did you tell your supervisors or fellow pilots?
19. What do you do to relax?
20. What kind of exercise program do you have?
21. What time do you normally go to bed and what time do you get up?
22. LAST QUESTION: Do you have any questions for us?
23. What is required reserve fuel for most distant alternate?
24. Assuming you can’t see the runway marker boards, how do you tell when you have 3000,2000, and 1000 ft remaining? 3k—centerline lighting changes from white to alternating red and white 2k—amber edge lights start?? 1k—centerline lights go from red/white to all red.
25. Tell us about a policy or procedure you thought was unsafe or inefficient. What did you do? Who did you tell? How did you accept their answer?
26. Tell us about a time you failed?
27. What problems does FedEx face in the future?
28. Have you interviewed with anyone else?
29. Did you apply anywhere else?
30. What should we be looking for in a pilot candidate?
31. Who recommended you, how do you know them and have you ever flown with them?
32. Have you ever busted a checkride?
33. What would other pilots say good about you? What bad things would they say?
34. How would you handle a captain who did not like to talk?
35 How would you handle a captain you didn't like to talk to
36. Have you ever taken yourself off the flying schedule and why?
37. What type of situation would you take yourself off the flying schedule in the future?
38. Tell us about a situation you had that went well.
39. What would your friends say about you?
40. What would your worst enemy say about you?
41. Tell us about a situation where no matter how hard you tried you couldn’t make it work.
42. What are your professional and personal strengths and weaknesses? What would people that fly with you say are your best/worst attributes? Tell us 3 good and 1 bad quality other pilots would use to describe you.
43. Tell us about a minority situation you were in and how you handled the situation.
44. What is FedEx’s biggest obstacle to growth?
45. What would you do if you realized someone padded their logbook?
46. What would you do if one of the guys admitted to padding his logbook? What if he said that this isn’t affecting you and that this job is too important for them?
47. How do you stay happy?
48. What is the worst part of your current job?
49. How you ever been grounded or removed yourself from the schedule for an emotional reason? What is a situation where you would do this?
50. What would you do if the captain was not following regs—i.e. breaking minimums, etc…
51. How are you as instructor pilot?
52. As a captain how would you treat a new first officer?
53. What was your worst decision?
54. What was the most difficult decision you ever made?
55. What type of problem would you take to the company?
56. What type of problem would you take to the union?
57. How do you manipulate people?
58. What irritates you in an airplane?
59. What kind of pilot brings more to the cockpit, a fighter pilot or a heavy pilot?
60. What are your short and long term goals?
61. What would guys in your squadron say is a trait of yours that you could improve to make yourself a better pilot?
62. What would your spouse say about you?
63. Situation where you were negatively criticized and how you handled it?
64. Describe your decision making process.
65. Tell us about how mistakes in your past have changed your decision making process.
66. What has improved your decision making process?
67. Have you ever been mentally not prepared for a flight? How did you handle it?
68. How do you prepare for night flying or flying on the backside of the clock?
69. What kind of people do you like/dislike working with?
70. Are you a good judge of people?
71. Give an example of a disagreement with a family member/friend and how did you handle the situation?
72. What was your most awkward situation?
73. Define professional.
74. What is one decision you would change if you could?
75. What are your feelings on unions?
76. What do you think about FedEx’s requirement to have a four-year degree?
77. Tell us about a situation of diversity in the workplace and how you handled it.
78. Views on drinking/smoking.
79. What do you do to keep yourself motivated to exercise?
80. Tell us about a pilot you respect and look up to. One that you do not think highly of.
81. Tell us about your last checkride. How did you prepare for it? Did you learn anything?
82. Tell us about a time you had a conflict in the cockpit.
83. Tell us about a time you had to take initiative/control in the cockpit. What was the end result?
84. What kind of pilot are you
85. how would you feel about flying with two females
86. who would you rather work for...ups or FedEx
87. how would you treat a new FO
88. what would you do if you lost gyros on an approach
89. what would you do if you had a good idea to get it out
90. why would you dismiss an employee
91. tell us about a regular day at your job
92. Tell us about yourself. How did you get to this point in your career?
93. Have you done any type of community service and how did your community benefit from this?
94. Tell us about (TUA) your last checkride. What would you have done differently? How did you prepare?
95. TUA the most serious flight emergency you have experienced as PIC.
96. TUA a time where you or another crewmember caught a significant error that would have jeopardized the safety of the flight had it not been caught.
97. TUA the most trying experience you have had with ground support personnel. (MTX, Operations, ramp agents, etc.)
98. TUA a time when stress affected your job performance. How did you deal with that stress? What is your fitness routine?
99. TUA a time when you had to perform with another crewmember that you did not like or get along with. What did you do to resolve the conflict?
100. Do you have any questions or anything else we might want to know?

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Old 11-06-2007, 07:02 PM   #7  
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-What was the last time that you broke a regulation?
-What would you do if on the last flight of the night at an outstation on christmas eve you notice a nav light is burnt out and the CA wants to ignore it and go.
-What would you do if your CA comes down to dinner on an overnight wearing a dress and heels?
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Finally, I have time to sit down and run through these real quick. If anyone has any better suggestions other than what I would say, please don't be afraid to offer a better answer as I have zero 121 experience. Here we go...
  1. If the captain showed up at the gate with alcohol on his breath I would first ask him about it and find out when it was he stopped drinking. Assuming he's under the influence or his last drink was less than 8 hours ago (or less than company policy), then I would encourage him to call in sick. If he doesn't do that, then I would try to figure out some other way to prevent that captain from stepping on the airplane. Maybe call the chief pilot or even go so far as to alert airport officials. Ultimately, I would try to find a way to prevent the flight from leaving the gate until the situation was resolved. I don't want to compromise passenger safety or let alone my own safety and certificates.
  2. If the captain goes below DA/MDA and wants to continue the approach without the runway environment in sight, I could try to commit him to going missed by announcing a missed approach on tower freq. This is really the only practical thing I could think of.
  3. If the captain refuses to use checklists, I would first politely ask the captain about it. If he still insists on not using them, I could still refer to the correct checklist and verify that the captain is doing everything correctly.
Don't hesitate to reply if anyone has any suggestions for better answers or expand on what I've posted. Thanks for the questions! Keep em coming.

These are good answers but you need to go further with #1...

The drunk captain may not have a chronic abuse problem, but odds are that he does. You would probably want to insist that he get help by contacting the union or company self-referal program. Otherwise, it's just going to happen again and again, eventually with dire consequences for the CA and maybe others.
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Here are some interview questions I looked at in preparing for my interview with FedEx. If you have an answer for most of these questions, you will be able to answer just about any interview question. Good luck!


1. Tell us about yourself—things that aren’t on your resume.
2. Tell us about a time someone junior to you brought up an idea or suggestion that you had not thought of before and used
3. Tell us about a time when your knowledge of ATC procedures/FARs helped you out in a difficult situation. What specific FAR was it?
4. Tell us about a time you had to work with someone you didn’t like. How did you handle it?
5. Tell us about a time you had a disagreement with another crewmember in flight and it was not resolved or resolved after you landed.
6. Tell us about a time when a maintenance person gave you an attitude and how you handled it.
7. Give us an example of when you worked with your crew as a team to solve a difficult problem.
8. Tell us about a time things went well in the cockpit. How was the CRM?
9. Tell us about a time you had to deal with a captain that purposefully broke the rules and how you handled it. Did you tell anyone? Who?
10. Tell us about a time you did a job outside your responsibilities. Were you recognized for your efforts? If yes, how?
11. Tell us about a time you went above and beyond the call of duty.
12. What do you do to correct or alleviate your stress?
13. Tell us about a time when a stressful situation in your life affected you at work?
14. Most stressfull single situation you have been in?
15. How do you handle stress in your family?
16. Tell us about an emergency situation you had that you could have handled better.
17. Tell us the worst EP you had as PIC. Could you have handled it better?
18. Tell us about a procedure or policy you bent or broke. Did you tell your supervisors or fellow pilots?
19. What do you do to relax?
20. What kind of exercise program do you have?
21. What time do you normally go to bed and what time do you get up?
22. LAST QUESTION: Do you have any questions for us?
23. What is required reserve fuel for most distant alternate?
24. Assuming you can’t see the runway marker boards, how do you tell when you have 3000,2000, and 1000 ft remaining? 3k—centerline lighting changes from white to alternating red and white 2k—amber edge lights start?? 1k—centerline lights go from red/white to all red.
25. Tell us about a policy or procedure you thought was unsafe or inefficient. What did you do? Who did you tell? How did you accept their answer?
26. Tell us about a time you failed?
27. What problems does FedEx face in the future?
28. Have you interviewed with anyone else?
29. Did you apply anywhere else?
30. What should we be looking for in a pilot candidate?
31. Who recommended you, how do you know them and have you ever flown with them?
32. Have you ever busted a checkride?
33. What would other pilots say good about you? What bad things would they say?
34. How would you handle a captain who did not like to talk?
35 How would you handle a captain you didn't like to talk to
36. Have you ever taken yourself off the flying schedule and why?
37. What type of situation would you take yourself off the flying schedule in the future?
38. Tell us about a situation you had that went well.
39. What would your friends say about you?
40. What would your worst enemy say about you?
41. Tell us about a situation where no matter how hard you tried you couldn’t make it work.
42. What are your professional and personal strengths and weaknesses? What would people that fly with you say are your best/worst attributes? Tell us 3 good and 1 bad quality other pilots would use to describe you.
43. Tell us about a minority situation you were in and how you handled the situation.
44. What is FedEx’s biggest obstacle to growth?
45. What would you do if you realized someone padded their logbook?
46. What would you do if one of the guys admitted to padding his logbook? What if he said that this isn’t affecting you and that this job is too important for them?
47. How do you stay happy?
48. What is the worst part of your current job?
49. How you ever been grounded or removed yourself from the schedule for an emotional reason? What is a situation where you would do this?
50. What would you do if the captain was not following regs—i.e. breaking minimums, etc…
51. How are you as instructor pilot?
52. As a captain how would you treat a new first officer?
53. What was your worst decision?
54. What was the most difficult decision you ever made?
55. What type of problem would you take to the company?
56. What type of problem would you take to the union?
57. How do you manipulate people?
58. What irritates you in an airplane?
59. What kind of pilot brings more to the cockpit, a fighter pilot or a heavy pilot?
60. What are your short and long term goals?
61. What would guys in your squadron say is a trait of yours that you could improve to make yourself a better pilot?
62. What would your spouse say about you?
63. Situation where you were negatively criticized and how you handled it?
64. Describe your decision making process.
65. Tell us about how mistakes in your past have changed your decision making process.
66. What has improved your decision making process?
67. Have you ever been mentally not prepared for a flight? How did you handle it?
68. How do you prepare for night flying or flying on the backside of the clock?
69. What kind of people do you like/dislike working with?
70. Are you a good judge of people?
71. Give an example of a disagreement with a family member/friend and how did you handle the situation?
72. What was your most awkward situation?
73. Define professional.
74. What is one decision you would change if you could?
75. What are your feelings on unions?
76. What do you think about FedEx’s requirement to have a four-year degree?
77. Tell us about a situation of diversity in the workplace and how you handled it.
78. Views on drinking/smoking.
79. What do you do to keep yourself motivated to exercise?
80. Tell us about a pilot you respect and look up to. One that you do not think highly of.
81. Tell us about your last checkride. How did you prepare for it? Did you learn anything?
82. Tell us about a time you had a conflict in the cockpit.
83. Tell us about a time you had to take initiative/control in the cockpit. What was the end result?
84. What kind of pilot are you
85. how would you feel about flying with two females
86. who would you rather work for...ups or FedEx
87. how would you treat a new FO
88. what would you do if you lost gyros on an approach
89. what would you do if you had a good idea to get it out
90. why would you dismiss an employee
91. tell us about a regular day at your job
92. Tell us about yourself. How did you get to this point in your career?
93. Have you done any type of community service and how did your community benefit from this?
94. Tell us about (TUA) your last checkride. What would you have done differently? How did you prepare?
95. TUA the most serious flight emergency you have experienced as PIC.
96. TUA a time where you or another crewmember caught a significant error that would have jeopardized the safety of the flight had it not been caught.
97. TUA the most trying experience you have had with ground support personnel. (MTX, Operations, ramp agents, etc.)
98. TUA a time when stress affected your job performance. How did you deal with that stress? What is your fitness routine?
99. TUA a time when you had to perform with another crewmember that you did not like or get along with. What did you do to resolve the conflict?
100. Do you have any questions or anything else we might want to know?
Do your fingers hurt? Great info...
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These are good answers but you need to go further with #1...

The drunk captain may not have a chronic abuse problem, but odds are that he does. You would probably want to insist that he get help by contacting the union or company self-referal program. Otherwise, it's just going to happen again and again, eventually with dire consequences for the CA and maybe others.
Wow, I never thought of that. Thanks!
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