30 most common Airline job interview questions

After a question I got on Instagram on how to prepare for the airline job interview, I figured I could make a list of most common airline job interview questions and/or most common flight school interview questions! I figured I could use my network to ask other pilots to contribute to this post, so I’d like to give a shoutout and special thanks to @samc9807, @pilotovyce, @steve.the.pilot, @smrithi__shetty, @troiallan, @_gabripilot_, @f_infante, @pilotmoradi, @iinessbt, @lacopterpilot and @the_better_window_seat!

General (Personal) Questions

  1. a) Tell me something about yourself.
    b) Tell me about your career so far.
    c) Why did you become a pilot?
  2. a) Why do you want to work for us?
    b) Why should we hire you?
  3. What do you know about this company?
  4. a) Tell me 3 good and 3 bad things about yourself.
    b) What are your strenghts and weaknesses?
  5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  6. Why did you leave your last job?
  7. a) What would you do if you could no longer fly due to medical reasons?
    b) If you weren’t a pilot, what job would you like to have?
  8. Tell me a situation in which you were in charge of a team.
  9. a) Tell me a situation in which you had to cope with a difficult colleague.
    b) Tell me a situation where you supported a colleague so they could succeed.
  10. a) Tell me about a bad situation which you managed to turn around.
    b) Tell me a situation in which you failed at something and how you coped with it.
    c) Tell me about a situation where you took initiative or had to think out of the box?
  11. a) How do you deal with failure?
    b) How do you deal with rejection?
    c) How do you deal with criticism?
  12. How can you, as a pilot, improve the customer experience?
  13. What does CRM mean to you?
  14. Do you prefer working independently or in a team?
  15. What’s the most difficult decision that you ever had to make in your life?
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