Interview Preparation

The purpose of the interview preparation services is to expose job applicants to pilot, airport, airline, and other aviation specific interviews.  Interviewing can be nerve wrecking.  You don’t know the interviewers.  You don’t know what it is they’re looking for in their potential hire.  You don’t know what questions they’re going to ask; and if you’re interviewing for a pilot position with an airline, you can’t miss the mark because you won’t have a second chance.  With all of the “what if’s”, it’s hard to know where to begin sharpening your aviation interviewing skills.  That’s where Aviation Career Services can help you understand the process, prepare you for the interview, and better position you to land the job you’re aiming for.

Aviation Career Services prepares you for the interview through the following methods:

  • Guide the applicants through the interview process
  • Conduct customized interviews tailored to each individual and prospective job opportunity.
  • We use the same methods of interviewing that employers in the industry use:

Telephone Conference Interviewing

  • Telephone Interviewing gained popularity through the years due to its low-cost approach to the hiring company.
  • It’s often the hardest of interviews for the aviation job seeker because you cannot see the person or persons conducting the interview.  The lack of non-verbal cues (produced through in-person or 2-way video communication) often times leaves the interviewee (you) at a loss as to how their answers and interview are being received by the hiring managers.
  • Overall, this form helps the aviation interviewer gain a better understanding of your verbal communication skills, your ease at answering quick response interview questions, your overall aviation knowledge base, and your comfort with informational and discussion based communication.  But like with everything in life, you have to be experienced with it to succeed.

Video Conference Interviewing

  • Video Interviewing has gained a tremendous amount of popularity in recent years due to its low-cost approach, the advancement of internet connection speeds, and enhanced program capabilities like those used in Skype.
  • This type of aviation interviewing can be one of the easiest interviewing forms for aviation job seekers because you can interview from the comfort and familiarity of your home or office and still interact with those interviewing you.  An area of concern for many who accept these types of interviews is eye-to-camera contact.  Some people are afraid of the camera and don’t want to look at it; while others simply forget to look at the camera.  Missing the eye contact that interviewers often rate candidates on is an enormous error.  It makes the employer think you lack confidence and in many cases depending on your answer it may seem as if you’re hiding something; two things you don’t want to plant in the interviewer’s mind.
  • Video Conferencing is a plus for aviation interviewers because of the minimal costs (if any) to their budgets, their ability to interview the candidate, and most of all, their ability to see your actions and gage your verbals, non-verbals, and overall presentation skills while under pressure during an interview.

In-Person Interviewing

  • In-Person Aviation Interviews are still the most widely used form of interviewing today.  This form, if not used throughout the entire process, is used as the final step in the interviewing phase for aviation employers.  They will often narrow their candidate pool down by using telephone or video conferencing and invite the top candidates for an in-person interview.
  • These types of aviation interviews are a positive and the one you want to get!  You must plan ahead and be fully prepared for them.  Since the candidate has to travel to the interview site, several external and internal factors such as traffic, cancelled flights, incorrect directions, and missing the alarm clock can work against you.
  • Aviation Employers look forward to this part of the process because they can meet the candidates in person, shake their hands, and gain a better understanding of their potential new hire.  This portion of the hiring process may cost employers (and sometimes the candidate), but they see it as a necessary cost; the last thing the aviation employer would hate to do is hire someone they haven’t met and a few months down the road find out the person isn’t a match for their organization.

After each interview, we set up a meeting with you to go over the post-interview critiques.  We assess your strengths and areas of improvement and provide you feedback on how to modify your technique.