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Non technical

Personal Questions

How did you prepare for the interview?

How do you stay motivated?

Tell me about yourself.

How do you handle stress?

Why should we hire you?

What kind of pilot are you?

How often have you been late when reporting for work in the last year?

What is your opinion of our company?

You mentioned what XYZ airline can do for you. Tell us what you can do for us…

What do you like least in aviation?

What would you do if you could not fly again?

Tell us about a goal you did not achieve.

Describe yourself in one (two, three) word.

What is your most valuable quality?

Did you already have an emergency? If yes, can you tell us about it?

What do you find frustrating about your work?

What aircraft would you like to fly?

What is your favourite moviestar?

How do you adjust to nightflying?

What is good airmanship?

Are you in good physical condition and why?

What is the most challenging aspect of your current job?

What can you tell me about your longest flight?

How do you prepare for a flight?

What do you do in your spare time?

Why did you leave your last job?


Career Commitment

How did you get started flying?

How did you get involved with aviation?

Did you ever think of changing your job as pilot?

When did you decide to become a professional pilot (military pilot/airline pilot)?

Why did you get an Airbus type rating?

Tell me the low point of your career so far.

What is the most positive point in your flying career so far?

What are your plans for the future as a pilot?

What was your best job?

What was your worst job?

Tell me more about your aviation background.

How do you see yourself in 5, 10, 15 years?

What is your favourite place to live?

What do you look for when applying for a job?

Tell us a bit about your career as outlined in your resume.


Decision Making

How do you make normally decisions? Logically or intuitively?

You have an emergency, what are your first things you would do?

Describe your worst decision you have made as a pilot.

Have you once made a decision and then changed your mind?

Ever had to make a time-critical decision?

What is situational awareness?


Social Interaction Questions

A captain is in a bad mood. Are you trying to find out why?

How would your Captains describe you as First Officer?

What makes you angry?

Do you think friendship is important on the flightdeck?

What would your enemies say about you?

Should a pilot have a sense of humour?

Have you ever experienced a disagreement between you and your coworker in the cockpit?

You have a difficult passenger who rejects to follow the cabin crew instructions to stow away a handbag. What do you do?

Your captain doesn’t like to talk. How do you handle the situation?

Are there pilots in your present company you do not like to fly with? Explain why.

Have you ever had a problem with your chief pilot?

Ever been frustrated in the cockpit?

Who are you? Describe yourself.

Situational Questions

  • A flight attendant tells you that there is a fluid leaking out of an engine panel. What are your actions?
  • You are taxiing for take-off. Its raining. Your captain wants to use dry runwway tables for take-off. What do you do if he cannot be convinced to use wet tables?
  • Under what circumstances would you take control of the aircraft from a captain?
  • You forgot to check the NOTAMS before your flight. Doors are closed and everybody is ready for push-back from the gate. Your F/O did not speak up to make you aware of it. What do you do?
  • You arrive at your destination as number 6 and after holding for 45 minutes due to heavy snowfall and runway snow clearing, most of your fuel reserves are gone. You decide to proceeed to your alternate. Your first alternate is closed because its ramp is full. Your second alternate is experiencing heavy inbound traffic. You have to expect holding for 30 minutes or declaring a fuel emergency. Alternate 3 and 4 are closing due to poor weather.
    Alternate 5 is open but you have no charts for it. What is your decision?
  • You are holding at 10’000ft and you are in freezing rain. What do you do?
  • Your captain is flying the approach. He is 5 knots slow. He is ten knots slow. Your reaction?

Leadership Questions

Where do you apply your leadership qualities?

Explain CRM and why do you think is it essential?

How do you motivate people?

Have you ever flown with a Captain who questioned your personal integrity?

Is there a difference between a leader and a manager?

How was your CRM training conducted in your previous company?

What makes a good captain?

Are you enjoying being a captain or did you like being a captain? What was/is the hardest part?

Are you more a leader or a follower?

Describe the qualities of a good first officer.

Have you ever failed as a leader?

What is a good leader?

What are you doing to improve your leadership skills?