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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Useful Links: Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) Courses

Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) Courses

Volfight MCC Course

Simulator type: B737NG

Duration: 7 days

Cost: 3000€ incl. Accommodation
(3700€ incl Accommodation for Jet Orientation Course JOC)

Location: Jönköping, Sweden


GTA MCC Course

Simulator type: B737 or A320

Duration: 9 days


2950€ for MCC Fixed Base Simulator,

3750€ for MCC Full Flight Simulator

3990€ for MCC + JOC (Jet Orientation Course)


Madrid, Spain – Jakarta, Indonesia – Bogotá, Colombia


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Useful Links: Flight Schools with Airline Connections

This is a little list of a few flight schools that have good connections with airlines. Click on the location for more information!

OSM Aviation Academy – OSM Aviation Academy Website

Europe: Arendal, Norway  –  Västerås, Sweden

North America: Fort Lauderdale, United States

CAE Airline Pilot Training – CAE Airline Pilot Training Website

EuropeBrussels, Belgium – Madrid, Spain – Oslo, NorwayOxford, United Kingdom

Middle EastDammam, Saudi Arabia

AsiaGondia, India


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How to become a Pilot #10: Airline Type Rating

When you’re hired by an airline as a pilot, you will need to do a specialisation course for the type of aircraft you are going to fly. It will start with theory about the airplane, about all the systems and the Standard Operational Procedures that you have to follow. How to set up the cockpit for a flight, how to do the system tests and how to work with the FMC (the Flight Management Computer, the little computer where you insert the desired route and all performance settings of your take off and landing).


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My own experience #09: Airline pilot at age 21

In September 2014, less than a year after graduation, I got an e-mail from my flight school to ask if I could send my CV. An Airline was visiting the school to go through the CVs of graduates. I sent my CV immediately and a few weeks later I was invited for the pilot selection. I asked for days off at work and went with my roommate Ruben, who was also invited for the selections, to Barcelona. We went a few days earlier to study together and be fully prepared for the interviews.


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