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Old 02-27-2006, 07:22 AM   #1  
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what are the hardest interview questions that airlines like to ask and i guess since we are all friends here, what are the proper answers?
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Old 02-27-2006, 08:23 AM   #2  
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In my opinion, the hardest ones are the "Tell me about a time..." questions. It's pretty easy to study systems, and IFR, and regs. But to answer the TMAAT questions and come across like a good applicant, you have to have spent some time in self-reflection, thinking about your path through your flying career (even if it has just been as a student or instructor) and your mistakes and foibles.

No one is perfect, and if, when asked these kinds of questions, you claim perfection by not being able to think of a time when you did something wrong, made a mistake, had a lapse in judgement, reacted poorly, etc., you come across as being less than honest, or so inexperienced, you don't have a "normal" person's story.
 
Old 02-27-2006, 08:28 AM   #3  
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What are your weak and strong points?

What makes a good captain?

What would you do if your captain showed up drunk for work?

How would you handle a captain who constantly flys below the glide slope during an approach?
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In my opinion, the hardest ones are the "Tell me about a time..." questions. .... No one is perfect, and if, when asked these kinds of questions, you claim perfection by not being able to think of a time when you did something wrong, made a mistake, had a lapse in judgement, reacted poorly, etc., you come across as being less than honest, or so inexperienced, you don't have a "normal" person's story.

I agree, the subjective self reflection type questions are the "hardest" in my opinion because there are so many different ways to answer. When you show up to an interview, you will be expected to be 100% on the technical areas.

The TMAAT questions are used to probe how you think, what are your ethics/values, how do apply judgment, etc. I don't think these are hard questions in an academic sense, it's just not something pilots are used to. Pilots fly airplanes and in their professional life really don't have the opportunity or need to talk about themselves in this context.

Now, if they just had the YNGTFBT (Your Never Going To ********* Believe This) type questions in the interview we'd all be golden.
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I don't think these are hard questions in an academic sense, it's just not something pilots are used to. Pilots fly airplanes and in their professional life really don't have the opportunity or need to talk about themselves in this context.
Agreed. This particularly bites the young, inexperienced pilots in the ass the most. Age usually (not always) = maturity, and maturity usually (not always)= a somewhat more refined world-view and personal introspection.

Some airline hiring processes are more people-centered (as in attitude, values, etc.) and some are pilot-centered (as in skill, technical knowledge, etc.). That's not to say that any airline ignores the other side of the equation, but each has its bias.

Understanding the culture of the airline, coupled with self-reflection, coupled with skill and knowledge is basically all you can really do to succeed. The rest is largely out of your hands (i.e., other people's perceptions and biases).
 
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Are there any websites that give ideas or hints on how to answer questions such as the drunk pilot question?
 
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I hear "boost your interview IQ" is good
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Are there any websites that give ideas or hints on how to answer questions such as the drunk pilot question?
You might be missing the point of behavioral interviewing by looking for the "answers". The question is what would you do? Even a mediocre interviewer can spot "canned" answers a mile away. The course of questioning will cross check the answers that you offer.

Instead of looking for answers, ask yourself what you would do within the constraints of the FAR, company policy, operational safety, and in your role as a leader and a follower.
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