Interview Preparation

Purpose of Interview Prep

Interview preparation is crucial to making a good first impression. Seventy percent of communication is nonverbal. Dress, appearance, eye contact, and other subtle behaviors can dramatically change an interview experience.

Our goal is to provide you with proven techniques to communicate in a genuine, intelligent, well-thought manner without sounding rehearsed.Our aviation interview preparation is adapted both to you as an individual pilot with unique experiences, and also to the specific airline or corporate flight department for which you are applying.

You’ll work one-on-one with an ATP-rated pilot who has experience interviewing pilots from diverse backgrounds. We help you prepare for both individual and panel type interviews, from casual meet and greet with a line pilot to confident conversation with the CEO in your prospective company.

How do we do it?

Our one-on-one interview prep is a building block process over multiple sessions, personalized to your background and experience. Our aim is to give you the tools to project comfort, confidence, and clarity in an interview.

It’s important that you answer questions in your own natural voice without sounding scripted. We help you explore your natural tone by taking your own answers and teaching you how to structure them to connect with your audience (interview panel, human resources, airline department management, company executives, etc). We want you to feel comfortable answering all types of questions, from introducing yourself through challenging scenarios and interpersonal based questions.

We teach techniques to tackle questions surrounding customer service, teamwork, leadership, conflict resolution, interpersonal relations, and client interaction. Our process will guide you through how to adapt your style for each airline or company, and show you how you can connect with each interviewer individually, speak about what is of most importance to the panel, and demonstrate why you will be an excellent cultural fit for the organization.

Our Interview Preparation Process

Our 4-stage interview preparation process is broken up into ¾ to 1 hour sessions in a modular format.

Stage 1: Introducing Yourself

Stage 2: Why Do You Want to Work Here? Why Should We Hire You?

Stage 3: Tell Me About A Time (TMAAT) Questions

Stage 4: Company/Organization Specific Questions including (but not limited to):

  • Panel Style HR Questions & Logbook Review
  • Scenario Based Exercises (LOI/SBI)
  • Scenario Based Questions (What Would You Do?)
  • Personal Strengths/Weaknesses

How Do I Prepare For Interview Prep?

No homework or preparation is required prior to your first session. We will provide you with necessary resources to practice the skills you will learn, including our customized notetaking guide, which details the components to help structure your thoughts and experiences during your interview.

When Should I Start Interview Prep?

Clients typically experience the best results by starting interview prep no less than 6 months prior to their interview. This gives you plenty of opportunities to review sample Tell Me About A Time (TMAAT) questions, practice your flow, and format your stories accordingly. The more time you have to practice, the more prepared you will be.

Even if you do not have an airline interview scheduled, we encourage you to complete the interview prep to learn new skills, reflect on past experiences, and gain confidence in answering different types of interview questions in a low-stress, non-time critical environment.

Using this workflow allows clients to complete each stage in succession, with a one week break in between. This will allow time to process learning, practice the skills taught, and answer any follow up questions.

The first three stages of interview prep are common to most professional aviation/pilot interviews (both airline and corporate), so we recommend completing these stages prior to a scheduled interview. Once a formal aviation interview is scheduled, we recommend scheduling a fourth stage to cover the specifics for the company or flight department you are interviewing with.

We’re dedicated to your success. All of our interview prep is completed on a one-on-one basis with one of our skilled advisers via electronic video conferencing and/or telephone to ensure clear communication during this time.

Final Wrap Up

Once you complete all needed stages of interview prep, we review any questions or concerns you may have as a final opportunity to polish your skills. Our one-on-one guidance for those last minute questions allows you to walk into the interview with confidence and know you’re on your way to a great job at your dream company.