Interview Preparation

Purpose of Interview Prep

Interview preparation is crucial to making a good first impression. Seventy percent of our ability to communicate is non-verbal. The way an applicant dresses, their overall appearance, making direct eye contact, and other subtle behaviors can significantly change an interview experience. Our goal is to provide you with proven techniques which will allow you to communicate in a genuine, intelligent, well thought manner without sounding rehearsed.

Our aviation interview preparation is adapted both directly to you as an individual pilot with unique experience and also to the specific airline or corporate flight department for which you are preparing. All of our interview preparation is conducted one-on-one with an ATP rated pilot who has experience interviewing pilots from diverse backgrounds. We work directly with you to help prepare for both individual and panel type interviews, all the way from casual meet and greet with a line-pilot to confident and genuine conversation with the CEO in your prospective company.

How do we do it?

Our one-on-one interview prep is structured on a building block process with built in flexibility for aviation professionals of varied interview experience levels. We utilize a structured profile that provides you with a solid foundation yet is personalized to your background and experience to ensure you have the tools needed to project comfort, confidence, and clarity in any interview setting. After all, it is important that you answer questions in your own natural voice, never sounding scripted or rehearsed. We help you explore your natural tone through taking your own answers and teaching you how to build them into structured answers that connect with your audience (interview panel, human resources, department management, company executives, etc). Fundamentally, we want you to feel comfortable answering all types of questions ranging from introducing yourself all the way through the more challenging scenario and interpersonal based questions.

We are unique in that we use a building-block approach over multiple sessions optimized for your learning. This modular system allows you to pick up techniques to tackle challenging questions surrounding customer service, teamwork, leadership, conflict resolution, interpersonal relations, client interaction, and salary expectations. Our process will guide you through how to adapt your interview style for each and every company and interview scenario. This will enable you to connect with each interviewer individually, speak about what is of most importance to the interview panel, and demonstrate why you will be an excellent cultural fit within the organization.

Our Interview Preparation Process

Our 4-stage interview preparation process is broken up into 1 to 1½ hour sessions designed to teach concepts 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
  • 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 as we like to begin with a clean slate. We will provide you with all necessary resources to practice the skills you will learn including our customized notetaking guide. This guide details all of the flows and foundational components to help you structure your thoughts and past experiences for use during your upcoming interview.

When Should I Start Interview Prep?

Clients typically experience the best results by starting interview prep at least 6 months, preferably no less than 3 months, prior to their interview. This time gives you plenty of opportunities to practice your “flows,” review sample Tell Me About A Time (TMAAT) questions, and practice formatting your stories and examples accordingly. The more time you leave to practice, the more natural, comfortable, and prepared you will be. Even if you do not have an interview scheduled, we encourage you to consider completing the first three stages of interview prep to take advantage of the additional time you may have to learn these new skills, reflect on past experiences, and gain confidence in answering different types of interview questions in a low-stress, non time critical environment.

Interview Preparation Timeline

Our ideal plan has clients completing each stage, one at a time, with a one week break between sessions. This will allow you time to practice the skills taught and allow for follow up questions after you have an opportunity to practice the techniques discussed.

Since Stages 1 through 3 are common to most all professional aviation/pilot interviews (both airline and corporate), we recommend you complete these stages prior to a scheduled interview. Once a formal interview is scheduled, we recommend scheduling Stage 4 to cover the specifics for the specific company or flight department you are interviewing with.

How We Meet With You

All of our interview prep is completed with you on a one-on-one basis with one of our skilled advisers. We meet with you via electronic video conferencing and/or telephone to ensure the most clear method of communication during this valuable time.

Final Wrap Up

Once you complete all 4 stages of interview prep, we review any last questions or concerns you may have as you finish preparing for your upcoming interview. This final opportunity to polish your interview skills, combined with our personalized guidance for those last minute questions, allows you to walk into the interview with the confidence to demonstrate your true self and achieve success.