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I studied and was ready for it anyways and that helped with the technical portion of the interview. I got the distinct impression that it was up to you to bring your experience into the interview process as you could easily answer their questions with study but they seemed very interested when I could bring in a "sea-story" to help describe something.
I was invited for the 2nd interview in HKG which, I am told, is where they'll make their final decisions. More on that to follow They were very professional but virtually expressionless in their emotions which made it a bit difficult to build a rapport with them. Very similar demeanor to the United Airlines interview I did back in I understand this method for two reasons.
First is to judge your ability to handle stress and the second is objectively view each candidate under the same conditions. After reading many of the PPRuNe forums I knew it was going to be a difficult interview as many of the technical questions are quite different from the ones asked in the U.
Our questions are more operationally oriented and situations are presented to you to determine your level of CRM ability. You are asked systems questions but they are more related to questions such as "What does that light indicate? They are rarely black and white answers and rarely from your primary flight training days.
That being said, I knew I had my work cut out for me and studied many of the books recommended on this forum. The HR questions did not consist of a single interpersonal relationship type question such as "Tell me a time when you had a conflict with xyz" or "Describe when you had a situation that could have developed into an emergency" which are the cornerstone of most U. In the U.
My HR questions consisted of: 1. Tell me how Northwest arrived in the financial condition it is in today? How does Northwest operate the B? Describe your career progression up to this point today. What will you do if you are not hired today? How do you feel about the pay cut you will be taking? Why are you working on a Masters Degree? I guess personal fulfillment doesn't count.
How does your wife feel about Hong Kong? Do you know how long before Captain upgrade is on the Freighter? Passenger fleet? Have you applied to other carriers? What did you think of the written test? How do you like Vancouver? What resources did you use to prepare for the interview? I wasn't asked about company history or about Hong Kong. Too bad too because I prepared quite hard for those questions.
That was it as far as HR is concerned. I also had finals that I needed to complete. I still don't think he believed me but its true folks. Here are some of the other questions he asked me. Why do you want to be a Captain at Cathay? What makes a good Captain? What makes a freighter different than a passenger aircraft? I mentioned pax windows, side cargo doors, the convertible nose but forgot about the shorter supernumary area.
If you then climb out at Mach. I didn't feel too bright after he told me the angle of attack increases. What is critical Mach? What is predictive wind shear? What happens to your flight director guidance when you encounter a wind shear warning? A wind shear guidance overides everything including a stall on a B but not on a A I would like you to speculate on the Southwest Airlines accident at Midway.
What you do in that situation? It is inappropriate of me to speculate on an accident or on my colleagues in which I know none of the hard facts of the case. All I know is from what I read in the papers which could be grossly inaccurate. I told him this but he still told me to speculate anyway. I said I won't speculate on this accident but I will tell you my procedures for landing on a short, snow covered runway under low visibility conditions.
Are spoilers or reverse thrust more important on landing? He drew HK and then drew 3 different hurricane locations. He asked me which location I would prefer in order to land on 07R in HK?
There was no other detail such as what direction I was coming in from or what Category the hurricane was? Not sure what he was looking for so I picked the one that had the most headwind for 07R. Especially since I have flown to HK on number of occasions. The interview ended with any questions I had. I tried to build a little better rapport with the Captain but I could tell he was not pleased with my performance.
Needless to say I did not receive an offer for Stage 2 but I will surely try again in 6 months. I am disappointed I will not be flying with Cathay but I did learn quite a bit how "the other side" operates. Perhaps I will be more successful the second time.
I do have some recommendations on the books I used. It was to be held in Vancouver and was made up of a 30 minute written technical quiz and about a one hour interview consisting of oral HR questions and oral technical questions. The trip to Vancouver is on your own dime. They send you recommendations for a hotel and directions to the interview site and little else. I found that the 4 books which were most helpful were: 1. Same with D.
Davies although it is old, used, and rare, and thus expensive. Another good one is Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators found on common bookseller sites ; this is excellent but very technical, and can be skipped unless you are an Aero major. I arrived in Vancouver the night before. My interview was in the afternoon the next day. It was held in a non-descript office building near downtown Vancouver. They ask you to bring certain basic materials logbook, ATP license, proof of education, etc so make sure you bring all of these.
And definitely wear a suit, not a sport jacket or such. I was greeted by the friendly staff there and immediately ushered into a conference room where they had the written technical quiz laid out on the table. After the quiz, I waited a bit in the lobby and was greeted by a very friendly, but formal, HR man. He ushered me into a nice conference room with a nice view of the city, and introduced me to the pilot technical person, a Captain at Cathay.
The HR man asked basic type personnel questions for about 30 minutes or so followed by the Captain who asked me technical questions for another 30 minutes or so. They were very friendly and tried to keep it relaxed, but nevertheless it was formal and their eyes were always on me. After that, the interview was over and they informed me that I could call the main office in Hong Kong the following Friday to find out if I had been invited for a final interview in Hong Kong.
The following is as much as I could remember of the questions I had on the quiz and in the interview portion: Technical Quiz - Indications of a warm front approaching - If overcast cirrostratus, what type of icing would you expect? TAS in a climb — get bigger, lesser, or same?
How do they help? HR portion of interview - Tell us about your career - Why did you become a pilot? Why or why not?
How much? Final Interview — September After the first interview, they told me I could call on a certain day about 10 days later to find out if I had been selected for the final interview in Hong Kong. I called Hong Kong on the appointed day and they told me congratulations; that I had been selected for the final interview which would be in 2 months hence in Hong Kong and that I would receive a packet in the mail in a few weeks detailing what I needed to do and bring.
So I did receive a packet with a lot of forms to fill out detailing specifically what I needed to bring. Since prior to this, I only had a sheaf of military flight log printouts detailing my flight time.
I had been advised by my interviewers in Vancouver that I would need to convert all of these flight logs to a civilian flight logbook, which I did.
Since mine covered about 20 years, this took me about 60 hours to complete! Then, I had to make a whole lot of copies for various required extracts.
I ended up going through 2 print cartridges getting it all done. In addition I needed to make multiple copies of various items such as passports, ATP license, medical certificate, etc.
My military flight records were not so detailed, so I got my former military supervisor to sign endorsement statements in my new civilianized logbook. However, I learned at the final interview that the flight log paperwork does not even get submitted to the CAD until after the job offer is made.
Had I known that prior that would have lessened some anxiety I had about it. The second tricky thing for me was proof of my Instrument rating. Since our U. ATP automatically implies an Instrument rating as well.
At worst, it sounded like I may, at the appropriate time, need to send over a few copies of something but that would be it.
Also in the packet was a round trip ticket, for me only, to Hong Kong for the interview. That being said, there was certainly no need or pressure to bring your wife. They only tell you it will be 2 days, that there will be a medical, a simulator, and an interview. My itinerary actually went like this others had slight variations : First day: Welcome Briefing Manager Basing Companies Briefing Medical check Math test and Psychological test Freighter Briefing Second day: Group Exercise Simulator Briefing Simulator Assessment Final Interview English Language Test Cocktail Party In reality, it all went pretty much right on schedule too.
I studied pretty hard for the interview. The previous gouge I had gotten was pretty much on target. So I studied, I think, pretty appropriately.
I studied a lot for the technical part of the interview which of course was only oral, unlike the first interview where you have the actual written quiz. Overall, they are really into Aero knowledge. Also, on gouge I had gotten. If I had to do it over, I would not have studied for this test. Same goes for the Group Exercise. Same for the English Language Test unless of course English is a second language for you.
The final item is the Simulator Assessment. At the end of my first interview the interviewers advised me that this was a very important part of the final interview. And at the final interview, they also emphasized that it was important.
I had been out of flying for a few months, and I had never flown an airliner before, so I invested in two different 2 hour sessions in the simulator at the first interview they advised me that the assessment would be scheduled for that type, although they reserve the right to test in another if for some reason they want or need to. The instruction was okay; but what was really important was simply being able to operate this type of airplane myself, because the profile is quite basic more about that below.
I went in mid-August. And for me a. I had been out of flying for several months the money spent was well worth it as it turned out. But I would definitely recommend you go at least once. Going twice gave me some peace of mind, and my performance at the actual assessment proved, at least to me, that it was worth it. The trip over to Hong Kong My wife and I flew over arriving 48 hours prior to the interview.
That extra night helped me feel a lot more rested at the interview.
We stayed on our own dime the first night down in Kowloon then the next day checked into the Cathay Headland Hotel accommodations next to their campus near the airport. We flew out of San Francisco non-stop to Hong Kong. Flying on Cathay further confirmed to me I was making a pretty good choice; the service was outstanding. Hong Kong itself was impressive — very much like any large North American or European city; dynamic and exciting to us at least.
But overall, we loved it and could easily see us living in the area in a few years. The hotel at Cathay City was quite nice. Cathay pays for your round trip ticket along with hotel accommodations for 3 nights and even give you a per diem of a few hundred dollars or so.
First interview day The hotel is sort of connected to the Cathay campus and comes complete with their own nice restaurant and bar and workout facility, so we took advantage of those facilities both the night before and in the morning of the first interview day.
These were conducted in a conference room in the Flight Crew Recruitment offices. There were 9 of us, but it was clear that they were conducting overlapping interviews all week with many others there as well. Ages ranged from about 28 to about 46 or so. Most everyone was an airliner type guy with loads of hours probably everyone had at least total.
How long was your training overall? Training never stops, you are always learning new things. So at least six or seven times a year you are being trained. No matter how high you are in the company you have to pass the tests so you never stop learning. You can never relax and always have to know all the books and procedures. Highs and Lows What is your favorite and your least favorite airport? Well my least favorite was definitely the old Kay Tak Airport in Hong Kong, because it was the most challenging.
The runways have not normal approaches and it is very busy. What is your favorite airport? I grew up in Brisbane so the biggest reward is to fly into your home port.
What was your most memorable flight? For me that is my first command on the So the training took about six months.
Do you have a favorite aircraft? Well in terms of flying it is definitely the , but in terms of management perspective it is the A because it can do the same as the jumbo but on half the fuel. What is your favorite and your least favorite destination to fly to? Actually there is no best or worst. Window or aisle seat? Personal career Why did you choose for aviation? When I was young I went to a boarding school which was right next to an air-force base.
So in my lunch break I would watch the airplanes take-off and land, I thought that was really cool. From 14 years I guess I knew that I would like to fly.
Why did you choose for Cathay? To be brutally honest, they paid the most at the time. But for me Cathay was kind of exciting to work for a premium airline and they had the best airplanes.
How many hours have you flown in your life? At this moment I personally have