I am a student of 18 years old. Currently, I am studying in a University and since the day I remember being on Earth, I wanted to be a pilot! However, the Airlines process to select Cadet Pilots is very tough. A good basic academic qualification is required but a Degree would be better of course. I have passed the psychomotor and IQ test. Next is the tough interview. I really really hope you can give me some tips to pass the interview with flying colors!!
The fact that you have passed your psychomotor and IQ test shows that your chances of being a pilot is very good. The next hurdle is the Interview.
The Interview is usually conducted by 3 persons and it would include at least a representative from the Human Resources Department and a Pilot, usually a senior Captain from the Airline. The most important thing is to act and speak confidently. A very good command of English will be very advantageous. They are looking for good communication and leadership skills. You must exhibit that you are also a team player. Technical and current affairs knowledge are just as essential. Learn a lot about the Company, example the fleet size and aircraft types, etc.
The interview kicks off with questions about yourself and your family. Prepare a short introduction of yourself for this will be the most likely question that you would be asked first. Things like, your qualifications, what sports do you play, are you active socially, why you want to be a pilot and did your friends or parent influence you to this career, etc, are the usual questions.
The human resources personal will conduct the first part of the question followed by the Captain. Sometimes the Captain will ask questions to deliberately provoke you. Stay cool as he wants to gauge your ability to take pressure!
You can get more tips through my links in PPRUNE, especially under the topic wannabes. Click on : Wannabes Good Luck to you in your interview!
Dear Captain Lim,
I once wrote to you asking for Cadet Pilot interview tips. Well, for your information, I have passed the interview, thanks to you and your Site. Your tips helped me a lot, but I think I made it mostly because of the information I got from your Site. Now I am waiting for my medical examination result and in a month or two, I will be registering at a flying school.
Thank you Captain.
Well, I don't really know how to thank you because I think it should be more than a "thank you". You know how obsessed I am in aviation, yes, I do think you understand pilot 'wannabes'. Now my dream will come true! The interviewer asked me a lot of questions about airplane and I gave them answers that I learned from your website. They even remarked that I know much about Boeing 777!
So thanks a million thanks (again!) Captain Lim. Hopefully I will graduate in a year and one day fly a Boeing 777 as a Captain!!