Singapore Airlines Commercial
Good Day Captain Lim,
I just thought I'd write in for the benefit of future SIA pilot hopefuls who might want to find out more about the interview process.
The interview has changed quite a bit from what I’ve read.
My experience is as follows: (I’m a CPL holder, so some technical questions might not apply)
I received an email inviting me for my first interview about 2 weeks after submitting my online application.
Fairly straight forward, my panel consisted of 1 HR executive and 1 Captain (I believe he was a line Captain rather than management)
I was asked about my basic background, and why I choose where I chose to learn how to fly. I was also asked about my experiences while learning to fly.
The Line Captain asked me about fuel prices and its effect on the Airline Industry, and followed up by asking about a Low-drag approach.
Next, I was asked about current affairs and about a certain event happening in a neighbouring country. The Captain also asked how it could possibly affect Singapore Airlines.
That concluded my first interview.
The email for my second/final interview came about 6 weeks after.
Second Interview (Aptitude Test/Final Interview/Tea Party).
The day kicks off with a short writing assignment, followed by a grueling Aptitude test that lasts about 2 ½ hours. A good night’s rest beforehand is highly recommended.
I would suggest that candidates brush up on basic mental mathematics and possible play some video games that involve fine control with a joystick to prepare for the aptitude test.
After the aptitude test, you are asked to verify your documents again before breaking for a short lunch.
After Lunch, the final interview awaits.
My final interview panel consisted entirely of management Captains. To my surprise, none of them “made life difficult” for me, and asked me fairly reasonable questions.
I was asked why I had not considered joining the other Airlines in Singapore since I already had a CPL. I was also asked about Air France Flight 447, which led to the lead interviewer asking me how I would recover from a complete failure of Airspeed Indicators.
Overall, I left the interview room feeling as if I had learnt something new from the questions the interviewers asked me.
The Tea Party was a rather informal affair where all the interviewees got to talk to the interviewers in a rather casual manner. I would suggest asking questions that you might have regarding aviation, but not be overly technical.
We were then informed that we would get the results the following day by calling a number to find out.
I hope my experience will benefit future interviewees.
Many thanks for sharing your experiences with some of the future Singapore Airlines pilot hopefuls...
Singapore Airlines A380 in Zurich
I wish you all the best in your future flying career
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