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Old 01-25-2022, 01:05 AM
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Asking for a friend who is not online.
He has over a decade of wide body in a non-US legacy but due to covid and contract/pay changes, looking for greener pastures.
Fortunately, he got called up for a very good corporate pilot job interview after 2 days of submitting his resume!
He wasn't even type rated on that plane but I assume his experience and job history made him appealing.
Now my question is, to prepare for his interview - what would they ask? Esp from commercial transiting to corporate.
The HR, captain, and DFO would be interviewing him.
I am guessing the process is different from a legacy interview.
Any experience and tips to share?
Will they do both HR and technical questions together? What about personality?
What should he expect? How to sound likeable, confident but humble?
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Old 01-27-2022, 10:30 AM
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Good resource for typical questions is aviationinterviews.com

Check out the info on Flexjet, Netjets, XOJet, JSX, Airshare and Corporate Flight Departments for an overview

Most corporate/private aviation operators are more interested in pilot personality than tech skills/knowledge

Lots of emphasis on customer service skills, personality-fit and flexibility
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Old 04-27-2022, 06:39 AM
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When I interviewed for a 91 job, it was more about personality compatibility. How are you to live with on a 12 hour flight and a three week trip.

Basically, they want to know that no task is beneath you because of your ‘exalted position’ as airline pilot.

What are your long term goals? Are you “trying out” business aviation or have you researched the field and feel it fits your personality?

Do you want to live where the department is? They want to make sure you’re not trying to grab a type and move on to greener pastures.

Many people in 91/135 have invested years of networking and relationship building to get a particular job. Why should they hire some 121 guy who waltzes in with a logbook of hours and high expectations?

Your friend has to be ready to answer these questions—and be convincing. Be sincere and be ready to work to be an asset to the department.

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Old 05-01-2022, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by 100percentshots View Post
Asking for a friend who is not online.
He has over a decade of wide body in a non-US legacy
WTF is a “non-US legacy”?!
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Old 05-02-2022, 04:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Brickhut View Post
WTF is a “non-US legacy”?!
Emirates, Qatar, Korean, etc
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Old 05-04-2022, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Fat Old Tired View Post
Emirates, Qatar, Korean, etc
I'm sure that's what he meant, but the syntax is wrong. Legacy is specific to airlines that existed in interstate service prior to the US Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. The only remaining ones are Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, United. That's it.

Everything else big is a Major, National, LCC, Flag, OO, etc

/pendatic rant
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.....pedantic?
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Originally Posted by AA717driver View Post
When I interviewed for a 91 job, it was more about personality compatibility. How are you to live with on a 12 hour flight and a three week trip.

Basically, they want to know that no task is beneath you because of your ‘exalted position’ as airline pilot.

What are your long term goals? Are you “trying out” business aviation or have you researched the field and feel it fits your personality?

Do you want to live where the department is? They want to make sure you’re not trying to grab a type and move on to greener pastures.

Many people in 91/135 have invested years of networking and relationship building to get a particular job. Why should they hire some 121 guy who waltzes in with a logbook of hours and high expectations?

Your friend has to be ready to answer these questions—and be convincing. Be sincere and be ready to work to be an asset to the department.

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Good post!
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Old 07-17-2022, 10:54 PM
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General info as the original post is from 7 months ago:
Corporate/135/rent-a-jet flying is all about customer service.
Out of the three 135 interviews I’ve ever done two were 90% customer service related questions.
At departure time customer hasn’t shown yet and you know later in the day you have another revenue flight or a reposition for a revenue flight (aka the plane needs to be there).
What do you do?
You’re weight limited due to fuel/landing distance/ high altitude or whatever other reason and the customer shows up with 3 million lbs of luggage.
What do you do?
Customer swears high and low the broker told them non stop so will you drop your alternate to accommodate?
Broker told you drop one pax so you take extra fuel as the WX is abysmal and they show up with one pax extra. De fueling is a MX item and nobody available at podunk airport.
What do you do?
I didn’t make those up either lol.

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Old 07-19-2022, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by AA717driver View Post
When I interviewed for a 91 job, it was more about personality compatibility. How are you to live with on a 12 hour flight and a three week trip.

Basically, they want to know that no task is beneath you because of your ‘exalted position’ as airline pilot.

What are your long term goals? Are you “trying out” business aviation or have you researched the field and feel it fits your personality?

Do you want to live where the department is? They want to make sure you’re not trying to grab a type and move on to greener pastures.

Many people in 91/135 have invested years of networking and relationship building to get a particular job. Why should they hire some 121 guy who waltzes in with a logbook of hours and high expectations?

Your friend has to be ready to answer these questions—and be convincing. Be sincere and be ready to work to be an asset to the department.

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"We need you to scrub the toilet because that's why we hired a pilot and not a janitor"... then again nothing is beneath most people for the right price - seems like in the private and corporate world they don't want to pay up to that price though. But hey, at least they get to lawn dart with a "nice guy" up front and a freshly scrubbed floor.
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