Pilot Interview Questions

How To Answer: Do You Have Any Questions For Us?

So your pilot interview is going well, your final question is almost always going to be “Do you have any questions for us?”. This is your opportunity to show how well you’ve researched your chosen airline and a chance to pose one, maximum two, well thought-out questions.

Please, for the love of god, don’t ask a question like “What are the next steps?” or, “How much is the year 1 salary?” or any other question that is not relevant or can be easily googled. 

This blog post will guide you through developing a tailored, insightful question that goes beyond the generic and showcases your dedication and insight into the aviation industry and your chosen airline.

Research and Preparation

Start with thorough research on the airline. Look into their press releases within the last year, financial reports, and industry news. Has the airline recently announced a surge in profits? Have they ordered new aircraft hulls? Have they invested heavily into internal infrastructure? Conversely, have they just announced layoffs? Keep your finger on the pulse and read the news! I personally read The Financial Times (no affiliation) if you’re after a recommendation.

Understand the airline’s challenges, opportunities, and strategic direction. Are they investing in new aircraft technologies? Have they announced initiatives to improve sustainability or passenger experience? Are they targeting more European, Asian, North American destinations? This research will form the foundation of your question, ensuring it’s both relevant and insightful.

Tailored Questions for the Airline Pilot Role

Below are some examples of questions you might pose to your interviewers. Please tailor them to suit your needs and don’t copy them verbatim. Thousands of people see this website daily so it’s likely the interviewers will know if you repeat the question word for word. 

1. Inquire About Technological Innovations and Investments

Given the fast-paced technological advancements in aviation, showing an interest in how the airline keeps abreast of these changes demonstrates your commitment to safety, efficiency, and innovation. For example:

  • “I’ve seen the airline’s investment in next-generation aircraft to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce carbon footprint. Can you share how these advancements are being integrated into pilot training and operations? Do you do single engine taxi operations?”
2. Discuss Safety and Training Initiatives

Safety is paramount in aviation. Asking about this topic is never a bad option and shows your priority aligns with the airline’s. You might ask:

  • “With the evolving global safety standards and increase of evidence based training, how does the airline’s pilot recurrent training program adapt to ensure pilots are equipped with the latest knowledge and skills?”
3. Explore the Airline’s Vision and Strategic Goals

Understanding where the airline aims to be in the future can provide insights into your potential career path. You could ask:

  • “Considering the airline’s current expansion plans into XX market, how do you see the role of pilots evolving in aligning with these strategic goals?”
4. Ask About the Airline’s Culture and Values

A question about the airline’s culture shows you’re looking for a good fit and not just any job. All airlines fly planes, the culture is what makes them different. For instance:

  • “Can you describe how the airline’s core values are reflected in the day-to-day operations and decision-making within the cockpit?”
5. Inquire About Challenges and Opportunities

This shows you’re thinking ahead, and as pilots, we’re always thinking ahead. A thoughtful example could be::

  • “Given the increasing emphasis on sustainable aviation, what are the biggest challenges the airline faces in this area, and how are pilots being involved in addressing these challenges? Especially business travel customers seeing more pressure from shareholders to reduce carbon footprints.”

Avoid Generic Questions

While it’s essential to prepare questions, ensure they are not too generic, easily found on the airline’s website, or irrelevant to the role. Questions about salary, benefits, or the next steps in the interview process should be avoided at this stage. Such questions can imply that your interest is more in the position’s perks than the role itself. 

Remember, your chosen airline is a business, not a charity. Not only are you figuring out what the airline can offer you, but also what you can offer in return! After all, the airline is looking to you as a future captain and representative of the company.

Crafting Your Question

When formulating your question, keep it open-ended to invite discussion rather than a simple yes or no answer. The same methodology will be used on the flight deck, avoiding leading and closed questions. This approach encourages the interviewers to share more information and engage in a meaningful conversation. Frame your question to show that you’ve done your homework and are genuinely interested in the airline’s operations, culture, and the specific role of a pilot within the organization.

Practice and Delivery

Practice your questions just as you would your answers to other interview questions. Consider how you will phrase the question and anticipate possible follow-up discussions. Your delivery should be confident and articulate, demonstrating your genuine interest in the role and the airline. 

As with the self introduction, keep the questions relatively brief. The more information you give in your questions, the more information your interviewers will have to remember! You don’t want to stress your interviewers out, you want to invite open and interesting discussion. 

Closing Thoughts

The closing interview question, “Do you have any questions for us?” is more than a formality; it’s a golden opportunity to distinguish yourself as a thoughtful, engaged, and knowledgeable future captain. For aspiring airline pilots, it’s a chance to demonstrate your understanding of the aviation industry, your interest in the airline’s future, and your alignment with its values and challenges. 

By preparing a tailored, insightful question, you show your commitment to not only securing the role but also contributing to the airline’s success. Remember, in aviation, it’s not just about the answers you provide but also the questions you ask. The same will be true throughout your careers on the flight deck. 

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Easyjet Pilot Interview Questions

Easyjet, the UK’s largest short-haul airline is a fantastic operator to either start out with or gain a quick command and make some serious cash. Their training department is phenomenal and If you want to be home almost every night and wish to fly some of the youngest aircraft (read, not many defects!) then Easyjet is a great company to work for. Like all airline interviews, preparation is crucial. Easyjet see their interview candidates as future Captains. Even though you may be applying for your first airline position, or as a First Officer, you must think like a future Captain would. 

Before the Easyjet interview

Before the interview, you will submit an application form and some essay-style questions explaining your motivation for wanting to join Easyjet as a pilot. You can find an example answer in the products section.

I highly suggest you visit Easyjet’s dedicated pilot microsite, and also their corporate website (meant for investors) and look at the company’s financial performance over the last few years. Above all else, look at the company’s core values. In summary, these are:

  1. Always with safety at our heart
  2. Always challenging cost
  3. Making a positive difference
  4. Always warm and welcoming
  5. Living the Orange Spirit

Try and incorporate one or two of these values into your interview answers, “…….and that links in with Easyjet’s value of always challenging cost”. Don’t try and force them in though, as that will be obvious to the interviewers, one or two is enough unless you are specifically asked to list all five values. 

Make sure your logbook is up to date and written up neatly or printed and filed in a transparent clear file. If this is your first airline job with the basic number of hours then first impressions are everything. 

Easyjet Pilot Interview Questions

Below is a selection of questions that were asked during recent rounds of recruitment to sources of mine. 

  1. Tell us about yourself.
  2. Why do you want to be a pilot for Easyjet?
  3. Where do see yourself in 10 years’ time?
  4. Tell us about a time when you took a calculated risk.
  5. How are you going to deal with the volume of work required during flight school?
  6. What are the company values here at Easyjet?
  7. Where do you keep up to date with aviation and please tell us about some recent news with Easyjet.
  8. Tell us about a time when you worked as part of a team, not as a leader.
  9. What kinds of things do you think you can do at Easyjet to help reduce costs?
  10. What makes you angry?
  11. Tell us about a time you failed at something. Also, how do you measure success?

This is a small selection of what to expect for your pilot interview at Easyjet, either experienced or inexperienced. Being prepared is crucial, you can find additional questions and an example essay-style question on the products page. Best of luck! Easyjet is a great company to work for. 

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British Airways Speedbird Pilot Academy

British Airways needs pilots. So much so, that they have decided to finally invest in a cadet pilot programme akin to the Prestwick and Hamble days. This time, it’s called The Speedbird Pilot Academy. British Airways will sponsor up to 100 cadets, and fully fund their training right the way through to joining the airline. This includes living expenses! In this post, we’ll take a look at what the Speedbird Pilot Academy has to offer. This includes the opening date, application requirements, and some valuable tips to help you prepare for this exciting step in your career.

British Airways Speedbird Pilot Academy: Application Details

The much-anticipated Speedbird Pilot Academy is set to open its doors to aspiring pilots on September 19th, 2023. The application will be open for only one week and could close earlier or open longer depending on how many applications British Airways receives. The programme is expected to reopen on an annual basis as British Airways anticipates needing a constant flow of cadets.

You can expect to hand in a copy of your CV, motivational questions, an online interview, a capacity test, a group assessment and a two-on-one interview down at headquarters is the usual recruitment process for British Airways. As part of the cadet scheme, you can also expect a checking and maths style online test, testing your ability to be accurate and fast! You can expect to earn c.£34,000 during your first year after you qualify. Whilst it doesn’t sound like much, you can expect another £10,000 per year in allowances (time away from base etc.) and your salary to rise exponentially reaching over £100,000 within your first 10 years. Considering I paid over £120,000 for my licenses, I’d say it is a good deal! Thus, British Airways, rightly so, are extremely selective over who gets in.

BA has selected two flight schools to train their cadets, FTE Jerez and Skyborne. If successful in getting on the programme, you will attend one of these two flight schools that will train you from zero to hero. They will take you all the way up to and including type rating. After which point you will join British Airways to continue your training on the short-haul fleet. Once joining British Airways, you can expect to complete around 40 – 50 sectors with a training Captain before you are “released to fly the line”.

Application Requirements

Before you embark on this incredible journey, there are some important criteria you must meet to be eligible for the program:

Age: Applicants must be between 17 and 55 years old to apply and must be at least 18 years old to commence training.

Educational Qualifications: You should possess a minimum of 6 GCSEs graded A to C or 5 to 9, including subjects such as Maths, English, and a Science. Equivalent qualifications will also be considered and assessed by ECCTIS.

Language Skills: Proficiency in English is essential. For non-native English speakers, you will need to provide a certificate proving that you have achieved an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 5.5 overall, with no individual score falling below 5.5. Ensure that you take the Academic test, not General Training.

Passport and Residency: A valid passport that permits unrestricted worldwide travel is required. You must also have the right to live and study in the UK without the need for sponsorship.

Height Requirements: Your height must fall within the range of 1.57m (5’2″) to 1.90m (6’3″). Height will be accurately determined during the assessment process. If you exceed the upper limit, you may still send in an application but may be required to undergo a functionality check, essentially sitting in a cockpit to check you can fit.

Medical Certification: Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a UK CAA Class 1 medical certification with no restrictions, meeting British Airways’ medical criteria. Details can be found on the CAA’s official website.

Background Checks: Before training commences, you must successfully complete referencing and pre-employment checks, providing satisfactory UK and international Criminal Record Checks. Also be prepared to submit criminal record background checks for any country you have lived in over the past 5 years.

Beyond Technical Skills

While technical skills are undoubtedly necessary for a pilot, their behaviors and attitudes truly set a British Airways pilot apart. British Airways prides itself on its unique culture, and its pilots are known for their passion and enthusiasm in pushing the operation forward and acting as ambassadors for the company. Below are some qualities that will make you a standout candidate:

Passion and Motivation: You should demonstrate an unwavering passion for aviation and the motivation to excel during the training program.

Calm Under Pressure: The ability to remain composed and make sound decisions under pressure is a crucial attribute for a pilot.

Problem-Solving Skills: Pilots must possess a strong problem-solving ability, as quick thinking can be critical in challenging situations.

Team Player: Collaboration and teamwork are essential in creating exceptional experiences for passengers and colleagues onboard.

Top Tips to Prepare for the Speedbird Pilot Academy

Preparing for the British Airways Speedbird Pilot Academy is a significant undertaking and there will be A LOT of competition But with determination and the right mindset, you can do it. Here are some top tips to help you prepare:

Brush Up on Numerical Skills: Mathematics is a fundamental part of aviation. Take the time to review your mathematical skills to ensure you’re comfortable with the calculations required in flight. There is no indication of a mental maths test, but being comfortable with mental maths will make your job as an airline pilot easier, especially the 3x table!

Prepare for Interviews: Expect rigorous interviews during the selection process, both online and in person. Be ready to discuss your passion for aviation, your problem-solving abilities, and your ability to work in a team. I suggest using the STAR format and having a few stories you can tell. Here is a list of interview questions that have been asked in recent British Airways pilot interviews.

Physical Fitness: Maintaining good physical health is crucial for pilots. Consider incorporating regular exercise into your routine to stay in top shape. This will help your mental capacity, and also prolong your Class 1 medical. 

Stay Informed: Keep yourself updated on the latest developments in the aviation industry. Follow the British Airways corporate site, know what they are investing in, know roughly how much profit they’ve made this year, know who the senior leadership is.

Simulator Experience: If possible, seek out opportunities to gain experience in flight simulators. This can help you become more comfortable with the cockpit environment. Though not necessary as a cadet, it can help demonstrate your passion. Please email me at paul@pilotprep.co.uk if you would like a recommendation. I do not get kickbacks or commission so any recommendations are genuine. 

Practice English: If English is not your native language, practice it regularly to improve your proficiency, especially in speaking, listening, and aviation-specific vocabulary. British Airways is a British Airline operating in the U.K and worldwide. It’s imperative your English is impeccable, for both your colleagues and passengers.

Prepare thoroughly!

The British Airways Speedbird Pilot Academy is a remarkable opportunity for aspiring pilots to launch their careers with one of the world’s most prestigious airlines. With an exciting future ahead and a commitment to diversity and excellence, British Airways is finally ready to welcome a new generation of pilots into its ranks. If you meet the criteria and possess the right attitude, this could be your chance to soar to new heights in the world of aviation. Mark your calendar for September 19th, and prepare to make your aviation dreams take flight with British Airways. Best of luck to all future Speedbird pilots!

Feel free to email me at paul@pilotprep.co.uk should you have any questions. 

Good luck!

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British Airways: Pilot Group Assessment Preparation And How to Pass

Group Assessments

Airlines are known for their rigorous selection processes to ensure that only the most competent and skilled individuals become pilots. Other than the one-to-one interview, one of the crucial stages in this process is the group assessment. Candidates are evaluated not only on their technical knowledge but, more importantly, on their non-technical skills. British Airways emphasizes the significance of non-technical competencies and incorporates them into its pilot selection process. In this post, we will look at the British Airways group assessment stage, the importance of non-technical skills, and how they are evaluated during the assessment.

The British Airways Group Assessment 

With the announcement of the latest British Airways Cadet Scheme, preparing for the group assessment is now more important than ever. The group assessment at British Airways is designed to assess your ability to work effectively as part of a team and make critical decisions under pressure. During this stage, you will be placed into a group, with up to a maximum of 6 other people.

Each of you will have an assessor, usually a recruitment training captain watching you. It is fairly intimidating but just relax and remember to be yourself. Each of you will be given a scenario pack consisting of about 3 pages of information. The first 2 pages for all of you will be the same, however, the last page of each candidate’s pack will have a specific piece of information relevant to the scenario. Examples include weather conditions, NOTAMS (Notice to Airmen), flight time limitations, and more.

You and your group will have 3 minutes to read and absorb the scenario thoroughly in total silence. It is essential to make notes during this time to ensure you grasp all the necessary information. You then have 20 minutes to make a decision based on the scenario provided collectively. The objective of the exercise is not just to arrive at a decision but to assess how you interact with other candidates, communicate, demonstrate leadership, and tackle challenges as a team.

This post will not tell you the scenario to expect. PilotPrep has the goal of equipping you with the right skills to tackle any scenario that British Airways will give you. By publishing the exact scenario, you will be at a disadvantage in case the scenario changes and also ruins the integrity of the group assessment process. 

Importance of Non-Technical Skills

While technical skills are undoubtedly essential for pilots, non-technical skills play a pivotal role in ensuring the safety and efficiency of flight operations. Non-technical skills refer to the cognitive, social, and personal competencies that complement a pilot’s technical abilities. These skills are particularly crucial in complex and dynamic situations, where effective communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and decision-making can make a significant difference.

The British Airways pilot competencies encompass a total of nine key areas, with five being non-technical skills. These non-technical competencies are:

Leadership and Teamwork: The ability to lead and collaborate effectively within a team, fostering cooperation and cohesion to achieve shared goals.

Communication: Clear and precise communication is vital for pilots to relay information, and instructions, to your crew and other stakeholders. 

Problem-Solving and Decision-Making: Pilots must be adept at identifying and resolving issues swiftly, making informed decisions that prioritize safety and efficiency.

Situational Awareness: Being aware of the current conditions and factors that may impact the flight is essential for making real-time adjustments and decisions.

Workload Management: Effective workload management ensures that pilots can handle multiple tasks and responsibilities without compromising their performance.

Flying over the Greek island Corfu.

Evaluating Non-Technical Skills in the Group Assessment

The British Airways group assessment provides a system to assess a candidate’s non-technical skills in a realistic and challenging environment. Here’s how each of the non-technical competencies is evaluated during the assessment:

Leadership and Teamwork: The assessors observe how candidates interact with one another. Do they actively participate and contribute ideas? Are they supportive of others’ opinions? Do they take on leadership roles when necessary, guiding the group towards a consensus?

Communication: Clear and effective communication is key. The assessors assess how well candidates articulate their thoughts, actively listen to others, and seek clarification when needed. They also look for candidates’ ability to adapt their communication styles to ensure mutual understanding. If you don’t understand something, or disagree, say so! But do not be rude, be adaptive and empathetic with your communication style. 

Problem-Solving and Decision-Making: How candidates approach the given scenario and collectively arrive at a decision is closely monitored. Do they analyze the available information thoroughly? Are they open to considering different perspectives? How do they handle disagreements or conflicting viewpoints?

Situational Awareness: Assessors observe whether candidates pay attention to the new information presented during the exercise. Are they adaptable and willing to modify their decisions based on the latest updates? Can they prioritize critical information? How much time is left?

Workload Management: Managing time and resources efficiently during the 20-minute exercise is vital. The assessors gauge how candidates handle the pressure and distribute responsibilities effectively within the group.

The Importance of Reflection

Following the group exercise, candidates are required to summarize their decision and reflect on their performance. This reflection phase provides an opportunity for candidates to learn from the experience and identify areas for improvement. It also shows how open candidates are to feedback and self-improvement.

The British Airways group assessment stage comprehensively evaluates your abilities beyond technical skills. Non-technical skills, such as leadership, communication, problem-solving, situational awareness, and workload management, play a critical role in the aviation industry. Teamwork and decision-making are crucial for safe and efficient operations. Flying the plane is the easy part, the non-tech skills are the more difficult part, hence why there are more competencies related to non-tech skills!

Candidates who excel in the group assessment demonstrate not only their technical knowledge but also their ability to collaborate, communicate, and adapt in a high-pressure environment. For aspiring pilots, recognizing the significance of non-technical skills and honing them is the key to success not only in the group assessment but also in their future careers as competent and reliable pilots.

In summary, be honest, be open, be nice but be professional, and you will do well at this stage in the assessment process. 

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How To Answer Pilot Interview Question With Examples

Flying a plane is no easy task. It is a job that demands a mix of technical and non-technical. Every year airline pilots are graded on their performance in accordance with 9 pilot competencies. 5 of these competencies are non-technical.

Pilot interviews are designed to assess these multifaceted capabilities, preparation is crucial to stand out in an industry that is highly competitive and stringent in terms of safety and efficiency.

Use the STAR Technique 

The STAR technique is an interview response method to help candidates provide structured and complete answers to questions requiring examples to competency-based questions. STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result, and it serves as a guide to structuring your responses in a way that effectively showcases your skills, competencies, and experiences.

First, describe the “Situation” you were in, providing context and background of the task at hand. Next, define the “Task” you were given or the challenge you faced. Then, you delve into the “Action” you took, detailing the steps you took and the skills or techniques you applied, and who you worked with. Finally, you share the “Result” of your actions. Did it lead to a positive outcome? Was it a negative outcome? If yes, why? Not all answers require positive results. 

This technique enables you to paint a picture of your problem-solving abilities and how you handle specific scenarios, providing tangible evidence of your suitability for the role. Crucial for airlines like British Airways which use evidence-based interviews. 

21 Pilot Interview Questions

Here are some example questions that you might encounter during a pilot interview, both technical and behavioral, think about applying the STAR technique. For more, please see my 400+ question database.

  1. What challenges does our airline face?
  2. If you couldn’t be an airline pilot, what would you do?
  3. What does the role of a modern-day airline pilot entail?
  4. What makes a good First Officer?
  5. How can you reduce our costs at this airline?
  6. Tell me about a time you had to persuade someone?
  7. Tell me about a time you’ve had to adapt your communication style?
  8. How do you prepare for a flight?
  9. How do you handle stress?
  10. Describe a time when you had to make a quick decision.
  11. Tell me about a time you have worked effectively as a team?
  12. How would you handle a situation where you and your captain disagree on a decision?
  13. How do you stay updated with the latest aviation news?
  14. Describe a time you had to handle a difficult situation with a crew member.
  15. Tell me about a time you gave negative feedback?
  16. What methods do you use to keep yourself fit and alert?
  17. Why did you decide to become a pilot?
  18. Can you explain the effects of altitude on the human body?
  19. How would you manage a situation with a disruptive passenger?
  20. How would you ensure effective communication with air traffic control?
  21. What steps would you take if you suspect a colleague of substance abuse?

Sit down with a pen and paper and think about HOW you would answer these questions. You won’t answer every question perfectly. It’s important to listen to the question being asked and apply your life experience to the question, whether that be flying or non-flying related.

Good luck!

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British Airways: Simulator Preparation (2024)

If you’re reading this, you’ve likely passed the initial assessment down at Waterside and have been invited to the British Airways simulator assessment on the Boeing 747 (As of 2024, the assessment is now completed on the A320 or A380). Congratulations! I understand the excitement and nervousness that come with such an opportunity. In this blog post, I will guide you through the essential steps to prepare effectively for this assessment. So, seatbelt signs on and let’s jump in!

Understand the Assessment Process 

The first step in preparing for any simulator assessment is to familiarize yourself with the process. The British Airways simulator assessment on the Airbus A320 or A380 is a full-on day. Expect a 4-hour simulator (with a break in the middle) with a 90-minute pre-briefing and a 15-minute debrief. That’s an almost 6-hour day before you factor in travel time. You will be part of a 2 person crew tasked with flying the aircraft, manually, all raw data and manual thrust from A-B where something non-technical will happen along the way and you will have to consider if continuing your flight is the best course of action. The BA simulator profile is ever-changing but think along the lines of a medical emergency, a closed airport, and deteriorating weather. 

Study the documentation

There will be two sectors, you will be PF (pilot flying) for one and PM (pilot monitoring) for the other. Don’t worry too much about SOP callouts, as BA understands there’s a lot to learn already so they are expecting you to use the SOPs you know and use currently. However, LEARN the pitch and power settings and profiles they give you. Two of the competencies you will be graded against are Professional Standards and Knowledge, therefore your knowledge of these will be expected. Additionally, knowing these will give you spare capacity in the sim!

You will be given a 4-5 page document with everything you need to know which includes the pitch and power settings mentioned above. It also includes the profiles for take-off, approach, and landing. Note the landing is NOT assessed. This pack also includes a copy of the checklist used during recruitment. Learn this document and learn it well. I cannot overemphasize the importance of putting the work in beforehand.

Practice CRM and Communication Skills

Effective communication and Crew Resource Management (CRM) are vital skills for any pilot. During the assessment, you’ll be evaluated on your ability to communicate clearly and efficiently with your partner. Remember, you may not come from the same airline or country, so communication is essential (and also a pilot competency). Practice using standard phraseology, maintaining a calm and professional demeanor, and actively listening to instructions and suggestions. Collaborate with your partner! You are a team, you generally pass or fail as a crew (not always!), so help each other out like you would in the real world. This is not a points-scoring exercise, you are working together as a team to get the safest outcome. If you think your partner is doing something unsafe or unstable, SAY SO!

Pay for a sim assessment

Consider booking additional simulator sessions before your assessment to gain familiarity with the aircraft’s handling characteristics and practice specific maneuvers. Yes, they are expensive. But joining British Airways is considered a career airline. Spending £500 now will pay dividends for your future. If you would like recommendations, please send me an email (paul@pilotprep.co.uk). I do not get kickbacks or commissions so any suggestions from me are genuine. 

Mental and Physical Preparation

The assessment process can be mentally and physically demanding. Prioritize your mental well-being by staying focused, managing stress effectively, and getting adequate rest before the assessment day. Seniority is important at BA but don’t shoot yourself in the foot and only give yourself a week to prepare. I would recommend taking a full 2 to 3 weeks to digest all of the documentation, armchair fly the profiles and attend a privately paid-for sim session.

Do your best

Do your best, but don’t stress too much. You will make mistakes. Everyone I know who has got in to BA made mistakes during the sim assessment. As long as you fly safely, recover from your mistakes and keep focused you will be fine. Finally, enjoy! Not everyone gets to fly a full-motion A320 or A380 simulator.

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British Airways: Pilot Interview Questions

British Airways are recruiting.

Preparing for a British Airways interview is crucial if you want to secure a job with one of the world’s most prestigious airlines. Being prepared shows the interviewer that you are enthusiastic and committed to the role, and also complies with their “Professional Standards” competency, and that you have taken the time to research the company and the requirements of the position. British Airways is known for its high standards and professionalism, so it is essential that you come across as confident and capable during the interview.

To prepare for a British Airways interview, you should research the company’s values and mission statement, as well as the requirements of the role you are applying for. Make sure you have the correct hours on the correct type! You should also think about your own skills and experiences and how they relate to the job. Practicing common interview questions can also help you feel more prepared and confident on the day. Below is a selection of questions that were asked during the recent round of recruitment to sources of mine.

  1. Walk me through your CV and tell me about yourself.
  2. What does Integrity mean to you?
  3. Why British Airways and why short haul?
  4. Tell me about a time you dealt with a complex problem and why was it complex.
  5. Tell me about a time you persuaded someone to come around to your thinking.
  6. How can you impact the cost of the operation on a daily basis?
  7. Tell us about a time you gave both positive and negative feedback.
  8. When you make a mistake, do you share those mistakes with your peers? If yes, how?
  9. How do you keep on top of your mental health?
  10. If a passenger stopped you in the terminal and pointed towards a thunderstorm looking concerned and nervous, how would you respond?
  11. Tell me about a time you’ve gone above and beyond for a customer.
  12. What do you think professionalism means?

Being prepared for a British Airways interview is essential if you want to secure a job with one of the world’s leading airlines. By researching the company and the role, as well as practicing common interview questions, you can demonstrate your enthusiasm, commitment, and suitability for the job. This will increase your chances of success and help you to stand out from other candidates.

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How to Answer: Tell Me About Yourself

The question, “Tell me about yourself?” is a classic interview opener that is almost always asked in a cadet pilot job interview as either the first or second question. It may seem like an easy question to answer, but it can actually be quite challenging to know where to begin and what information to include. In this post, we will explore the key considerations when answering this question, and provide some tips for crafting a strong response. If possible keep your answer to a maximum of 2 minutes!

Why Is This Question Asked?

It’s important to first understand why this question is asked. This question is designed to allow the interviewer to get to know you better and assess your suitability for the cadet pilot job but also allows them to assess your communication skills. Can you convey information clearly and concisely in a short period of time? By asking you to tell them about yourself, the interviewer is trying to determine whether you have the skills, experience, and qualities that are necessary to succeed as a cadet pilot.

Tips for Answering the Question

When answering this question, there are several key things to keep in mind:

  1. Start with a brief introduction.

Begin your answer by introducing yourself and providing some basic information about your background. This could include your name, where you’re from, and your educational background and working background. I would go in reverse chronological order. Depending on your age, start with what you studied at school or University, then move onto work experience in order. Keep things short, but still specific. If you had any managerial responsibilities or worked in a team mention them. This allows the interviewer to springboard onto other questions from your responses.

  1. Talk about your interest in flying.

As a cadet pilot, it’s obviously important to demonstrate a genuine passion for flying. Talk about how you have always been fascinated by aviation, and how you have pursued this interest by learning about planes, taking flying lessons, getting a PPL, attending air shows or career events, doing an internship, etc. Be sure to highlight any specific experiences or achievements that demonstrate your commitment to pursuing a career as a pilot.

  1. Highlight your skills and qualities.

Being a cadet pilot requires a range of skills and qualities, including strong communication, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities, as well as a high level of technical proficiency. When answering this question, it’s important to highlight these qualities and demonstrate how they make you well-suited to the role.

  1. Be specific.

Finally, when answering this question, it’s important to be specific and avoid vague or generic answers. Use concrete examples from your own experience to illustrate your passion for flying, your understanding of the challenges and rewards of the job, and your skills and qualities.

Sample Answer

“I’m Paul, I’m 26 (not true by the way) and grew up in the south of England. I went to University to study computer science and achieved first-class honours. At the same time, I worked multiple-part time jobs doing shift work to help pay for my study. I then moved abroad to work in finance for the last 5 years, working in teams of up to 20 people from all over the world working on projects to improve efficiency in our company, but also to boost the revenue of our clients. From a young age, I was fascinated by planes and knew that I wanted to pursue a career as a pilot. I don’t have the money for a PPL but I’ve taken a trial lesson and try and go gliding once a month. I’ve also been involved in a number of aviation-related extracurricular activities, including volunteering at air shows, clearing at my local gliding club, and visiting air traffic control towers. 

What I love most about flying is the sense of freedom and adventure it provides, and the fact that it requires a high level of technical skill and precision. I’m also a strong communicator and problem-solver, and I’m confident that these skills will serve me well as a cadet pilot.”


Crafting a strong answer to the question “Tell me about yourself?” is an important step in preparing for your cadet pilot job interview. By introducing yourself, highlighting your interest in flying, showcasing your skills and qualities, and being specific in your answer and keeping it to less than 2 minutes, you can make a strong case for why you are well-suited to this challenging and exciting career. 

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How To Answer: Why Do You Want To Be A Pilot?

If you’re applying for a pilot job, there’s an almost 100% chance that you’ll be asked the question, “Why do you want to be a pilot?” in your interview. Usually, it will be the first question you are asked. This is a crucial question that requires a thoughtful and well-crafted answer. In this post, we will explore the key considerations when answering this question, and provide some tips for crafting a strong response.

Why Do You Want to Be a Pilot?

Before we dive into crafting an answer, it’s important to first understand why this question is asked in the first place. This question is designed to assess your motivations and suitability for the role. By asking why you want to be a pilot, the interviewer or panel of interviewers are trying to determine whether you have a genuine passion for flying, whether you understand the challenges and rewards of the job, and whether you have the qualities that are necessary to succeed in this demanding role. Especially considering the requirement for constant study all the way throughout your career.

Tips for Answering the Question

When answering this question, use a basic formula: Reason A, Reason B, Reason C, and then a summary. This is because the human mind cannot remember more than four pieces of information, and droning on for hours on this question will bore the interviewer and make you forgettable. Also, be very clear when you have moved from Reason A to Reason B. E.g. I’ve always been interested in flying, there are three reasons. FIRST………. SECOND……….THIRD ………. SO IN SUMMARY etc.

Whatever your reasons are, here are some key points to consider when formulating your answers. Be sure to make your answer individual, I have many years of experience interviewing people and it is VERY obvious when a candidate has memorized an answer.

  1. Show your passion for flying.

The most successful pilots are those who have a deep and abiding passion for flying. Demonstrate that you share this passion. Talk about how you have always been fascinated by aviation, and how you have pursued this interest by learning about planes, taking flying lessons, or attending air shows. Personally, I went gliding at every opportunity I could.

  1. Explain the rewards of the job.

Being a pilot is challenging and rewarding, and it’s important to convey this in your answer. Talk about how you love the feeling of being up in the air, the excitement of taking off and landing, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from mastering the technical aspects of flying. Also highlight how every day is different, even if you fly the same routes. The weather, the crew, the aircraft issues, and air traffic will all be different from day to day.

  1. Highlight your skills and qualities.

Being a pilot requires a range of skills and qualities, including strong communication, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities, as well as a high level of technical proficiency. When answering this question, it’s important to highlight these qualities and demonstrate how they make you well-suited to the role.

  1. Be specific.

Finally, when answering this question, it’s important to be specific and avoid vague or generic answers. Use concrete examples from your own experience to illustrate your passion for flying, your understanding of the challenges and rewards of the job, and your skills and qualities.

Sample Answer

Here’s an example of a strong answer to the question “Why do you want to be a pilot?”:

“I’ve always been fascinated by aviation, there are three reasons why: First, I love flying. I have a strong passion for flying, from a young age I sought out flying opportunities, I’ve had a trial flight in a C172 in Coventry and have gone gliding at least once a month. I also visited Air Traffic Control towers and spoke to Pilots from all over the world to get as much insight as I could. The view is astonishing, breathtaking, and something I want to experience every day.

Second, every day is different. I love variety. I have worked office jobs, and I have worked shift style work in my younger years and without a doubt, I prefer the variety of shift work. Every day as a pilot is different, the crew, the weather, the route, technical problems, and fuel decisions. No two days are the same and I find that prospect incredibly exciting and motivating.

Third, I love learning. As a pilot, you never stop learning. As the most tested profession in the world, my skills and knowledge will be put to the test every 6 months for the rest of my career. An incredible motivator for constant learning, I take pride and responsibility in being good at what I do, and being a pilot is a tremendously rewarding and fulfilling career.

In summary, the views, the variety, and the constant learning are why I want to be a pilot and I’m excited about the opportunity to be part of this dynamic and exciting industry.


Crafting a strong answer to the question “Why do you want to be a pilot?” is an important step in preparing for your job interview. By demonstrating your passion for flying, explaining the rewards of the job, highlighting your skills and qualities, and being specific in your answer, you can make a strong case for why you are well-suited to this challenging and rewarding career.

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Good luck!

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