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PSA Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: November 2016
Summary of Qualifications: 1300 KC-135 200 GA with ATP
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
I was called and asked what date I would like to interview. They were flexible on dates. They flew me up to Charlotte the day before the interview. They provided detailed information on where to stay and the reporting process and what to bring.
We were directed upon arrival at the training center to wait in the cafeteria. The chief pilot and 2 check airman met with us and brought us upstairs. The chief pilot presented information about the company, and the pilots provided additional information with a question and answer session.
We were then issued a 25 question test:

1-9: questions regarding jeppesen approach LDA Rwy 19
Do you burn more fuel flying slower than L/D ratio and why?
1 enroute descent (3 to 1 rule)
Much of the previous gouge is still valid

After the test the Chief Pilot gave all of us a tour of the simulators. They have awesome sims; googlemaps imaging, new graphics, 3 hydraulically powered sims and 1 electric.

I waited about an hour before I was called to meet the chief pilot and check airman, and they asked me:

Why PSA?
What makes a good pilot?
What's the difference between authority and leadership?
Jepps departure minimums from Charlotte
RVR, acronyms, hotspots
Charlotte approach plate
VDP, MAP (timing), I forgot the 10% rule to calculate the VDP based off of timing
They gave me a scenario of my Captain is flying 20 knots faster than calculated on final. What do you do?
I answered: 1. correct him/her 2. consider length of runway 3. Call GA 4. If no reaction and unsafe, I would take the aircraft. They didn't like the answer of taking the aircraft. He explained I would make an unsafe situation more unsafe based on the pendulum effect of the engines. They asked me what other resources are available. I answered I would tell ATC we are 20 knots fast. They seemed to accept that answer.
HR questions

Offered the job

They seemed very enthusiastic and optimistic about the company. The interview was all business, but they were very professional. I thought I did terrible, so they are looking at the big picture. In other words, they are going to ask themselves if they would like to sit next to you on a 4 day trip.

I'm already in INDOC and the people have been AWESOME so far.
Date Interviewed: November 2014
Summary of Qualifications: 1000TT
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Everyone at PSA seemed really nice, and that they wanted you to be there. They are not expecting perfection, but are looking for potential.
The gouges on here prior to this one are spot on. Study the ATP/PSA test prep and you will be good. The questions in the written test are pretty basic, but make sure you study VDP,and PDP calculations. A quick look at the Everything Explained book will help as well. If you are an active pilot there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to nail the interview. Know the Jepp Charts... LDA DME RWY 19, practice briefing that plate very thoroughly, and also looking at the legend for Jepp Charts will help a great deal.
Date Interviewed: October 2014
Summary of Qualifications: ATP 1500TT 900PIC 500Multi
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Started with a company presentation followed by Q&A.


25 Question written test. Here are few I remember:

What is the range of a terminal VOR?
Normal range of a glide slope?
What is the radius of Class C airspace?
Definition of "Critical phases of flight?”
While taxiing, what does the flashing red light gun signal mean?
LDA 19 missed approach what altitude do you hold and what altitude?
How will gust effect swept wing?
What is TDZL?
Where does the worst weather occur?
What are turbulent cloud types?
How do you convert AC to DC?
When are outboard ailerons used?
Which of the following will decrease the holding time during anti-icing using a two-step process?
What is the effect on total drag of an aircraft if the airspeed decreases in level flight below that speed for maximum L/D?
Who is responsible for maintaining an aircraft airworthy?


Panel interview with one HR rep and a First Officer:

Why PSA?
What do you do for fun?
What's your best memory while flying?
Why should we hire you?
Read METAR
What kind of entry for hold on missed approach?
Brief approach into DCA.

Asked to step outside for a few minutes then offered the job!
Date Interviewed: August 2013
Summary of Qualifications: ATP Written
4400 hours
900 Turbine PIC
Currently Corp and prior 121 regional 7 years ago
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
8 folks interviewing. Met at USAir training facility in Charlotte. Met as a group with HR rep and Assist Chief Pilot. Turned in requested items. First was a 25 question test. (Suggest reviewing ATP Written test guide).

Few questions I remember:
Questions on a Jepp LDA approach at DCA.
Descend FL FL200 to 10,000 at 400kts. How far out do you start descent and rate of descent?
Calculate Vdp for MDA that's 800'AGL.
Read Metar and TAF. Know conditional statements.
What's holding speed at 2000'?
Where's the hottest point in a gas turbine engine?
Question about 2 step deice, using Type 1 & Type 2.

All of us passed written. Then on to Desk top SIM. Mine was a disaster. Only time I was on airspeed and altitude was at brake release. Previous info about SIM is correct.
Keep flying, never give up! Again, know your Jepps, you will brief the approach. I still passed!

Last was my 20 min solo interview with HR rep and Assist Chief pilot.
HR Questions:
Why PSA? What makes good pilot? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Why are procedures important?.

Chief pilot questions:
Just talked, no real technical questions. He did review all 5 of my log books, but no questions. He did say that they evaluate a candidate on all three parts of interview. One weak area does not always end with no offer.

Very straight forward interview. Very fair and casual. Seemed like a very friendly group of folks. I have had numerous interviews in my life for both aviation and non aviation jobs and this was about as pleasant as an interview can be made.
Date Interviewed: October 2012
Summary of Qualifications: Prior SIC 121 experience
1700 hrs
220 multi
ATP written
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:
Previous applicant interview information extremely accurate.

There were 8 of us that started in the Cafeteria and were escorted by HR/Recruiter to a conference room upstairs. We were given a brief overview and introduced to the Chief Pilot.

A list of items to have copies of were e-mailed prior to the interview. The requested copies were collected.

The 25 question ATP like test gives you 4 multiple choice answers. One question that I had concerning aerodynamics was: Which is a purpose of leading-edge slats on a high performance wing? Direct air from the high-pressure area under the leading edge along the top of the wing.

Questions on written and in panel interview using LDA RWY 19 @ DCA.

Read TAF/METAR. Given a departure time and asked whether or not an alternate is required. I did not apply the 1 of the 1-2-3 rule and missed this.

Asked about the type engine on my most recent aircraft. Fuel burn, how much fuel can the aircraft hold, how many hydraulic systems, are they independent, can fluid be transferred?

HR questions: What makes a good pilot? Why PSA? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Despite not getting past the panel interview I was made to feel comfortable and felt they genuinely want to have every candidate. No curveballs or gotchas.
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