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Skywest Airlines Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: November 2016
Summary of Qualifications: 1500 TT, 40 Multi, CFI.
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
The gouges on this site really helped me out! Overall I had a great experience and really enjoyed the process.

HR Portion:
− Tell me a little bit about you – how you got into flying?
− Told me all about SkyWest – history, route map, domiciles, plans for the future, flight benefits, pay structure, work rules, etc.
− Training – CTP, indoc, ground, sims and IOE information. About a one month IOE wait time currently.
− Did not do the logbook review since it was over Skype.
− Tell me about your recent flying experience.
− Spoke about PRIA and background check information.
− Tell me about your check ride failures.
− Have you ever scarred yourself in an airplane?
− Have you ever been in a situation when you were flying and had a conflict with another pilot (student, instructor, captain, etc.).
− If there is one thing that you could change about your current organization (leadership, way it’s run, etc.) what would you change?
− What do you anticipate being your biggest challenge during training?
− Why do you want to work for SkyWest?
− What do you think that you would bring to SkyWest?

− This was her very first Skype interview, so she was not sure with exactly how to handle the technical portion – so it may have been slightly different than future Skype interviews.
− Flight release – read the METAR, TAF and described the items.
− How often does a TAF come out?
− How long is a TAF valid for?
− When do we need an alternate? What information do you use to decide you need an alternate?
− When do we need a takeoff alternate?
− KJAC ILS Y or LOC Rwy 19
o Brief the approach
o What is the highest obstacle in the vicinity?
o Cleared to DNW VOR, can you accept that clearance? IAF/Feeder route? Do you need to do a procedure turn?
o What is the FAF on the ILS approach?
o At 11,000’ and tower calls weather goes to 1sm vis, can you continue the approach?
o Inside FAF and tower calls with weather goes down to 1sm vis, can you continue?
o Can you descend below DA?
o What do you need to land?
− Aerodynamics
o Yawing and rolling motion – what aerodynamic condition are you in?
o What aerodynamic condition is causing the aircraft to Dutch Roll?
− Systems
o What is the most recent aircraft you have flown?
o Tell me about the constant speed prop?
− Weather
o What are the stages of a thunderstorm?
o As a pilot how can you visually tell which stage the thunderstorm is in?
o Which stage would you most likely encounter a downdraft?
o What stage would you most likely encounter the anvil top?
o Why does the thunderstorm flatten at the top?
− When do you need to hold short of an ILS critical area?

Skipped the CRM scenario since it was on Skype.
I was prepared to draw a turbine engine and electrical system, but I guess because it was over Skype they decided to skip it.

At the end of the Skype call I received an offer and we had a virtual handshake. The following day I received a call from hr with my aircraft choice and class start date. I am excited to start in January!
Date Interviewed: November 2016
Summary of Qualifications: 1330 TT, CFI, CFII, MEI
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
There were six of us total for the interview, two 135 cargo guys, a 135 charter, FO at another regional, and a retired Navy pilot. Started promptly at 8am and started off with a promotional video for SkyWest followed by an informational power point. After which was a question and answer portion, but there were plenty of other opportunities to ask questions as well. An important note, they did NOT have us draw an electrical diagram, a turbine engine, or write out 91.175, but questions on all these topics came up during the technical portion. All of the portions with the interviewer only one was present.

CRM scenario was next with three of us total and the interviewer acting as ATC/Company/Flight Attendant etc. We were cleared for an approach and shortly after there was a disabled aircraft on the only runway available, winds at the closest alternate were outside of minimums and only 45 minutes of fuel was left. Nothing too crazy, just seeing how you work together as a team, that you work well with others.

Following the CRM we went into the HR portion, they went over logbooks, certificates, and documents and asked about checkride failures as well as any incidents or accidents. Then they asked questions like “What professionalism mean to you” and “How would you exhibit professionalism as you just explained”, as well as a few TMAAT questions. It sounds like most everyone had different questions and it just depends on your interviewer

Technical portion was last and contained questions that have already been listed in previous gouges. Asked me to talk about how a turbine engine works, if any other systems are powered by the engine (environmental, pressurization, etc) then asked me to explain how the environmental system works. I couldn’t for the life of me think of the term for “Heat Exchanger” and just kept saying that it essentially works like a radiator (standard interview brain fart) but he got the idea. He gave me a TAF to read and asked if we would be required to file an alternate, the TAF also had a PROB30 associated at the specific time and gave a scenario that would be below the 123 rule, and asked if we could depart legally, I had only briefly glanced over exemption 3585, but he was looking for some basic knowledge on this, and how that would affect our alternate selection. Then we got into approaches, he gave me a scenario that I was 200NM from Mustang VOR at 32,000 feet at 300-something kts with a GS of 450. First gave me a clearance for KRNO ILS DME 16L and asked if I could accept it, it was a standard clearance from and approach controller so I said yes, which was correct. He then asked when I would need to begin a descent to reach FMG at the prescribed altitude and when you would need to slow down (250 below 10,000), if FMG is a IAF, when I could start the procedure turn after the IAF and speed limit. He gave a scenario that we have intercepted the GS just before a fix (TAKLE) and ATC gives weather that drops below minimums, and was looking to see if we can continue the approach.

We had boxed lunches from Honey Baked Ham somewhere in the mix and then just hang out and wait. Our interviews were being done at the same time as a large SkyWest Cadet orientation and our interviewers were bouncing between our group and the cadets so there was quite a bit of waiting and although I finished my interview first, I was the last to go in for the debrief in which they extended the job offer, asked what aircraft I would prefer (no preference) and when I would like to start my class date. Overall not nearly as nerve racking as I made it up in my mind.
Date Interviewed: September 2016
Summary of Qualifications: 3000+ Total hrs 2400+ TT Recently Retired Military (DC10 IP, B707)
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Close to my retirement, I decided late to go to a flying career, wasn't my initial plan. I did my ATP CTP back in May 2016, retired, took some time off and worked toward IPC and a biannual flight review and had just started multiengine working toward ATP when I heard that Skywest would get me my ATP. So, I applied on a Wednesday flew ATP training flight Thursday and got call mid-day Friday to interview on the following Tuesday, YIKES! The gouge in here is perfect, especially the February one. Everything there came up in the interview. With such short notice that gouge saved my bacon. I did ok, I would not say great on the interview but was offered the job. Thanks again to the Feb gouge person.
Date Interviewed: August 2016
Summary of Qualifications: CFI/CFII
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
I attended a job fair/interview in Orlando. There were two captains and two first officers there. They started with introducing themselves and telling us about their experience with the company, which was followed by a company presentation. They were all very nice and relaxed. They promoted a relaxed environment, which made it easy for us. Then we split up for one on one interviews. I was interviewed by a first officer. He briefly looked at my documents and then began asking questions off of his tablet.

HR portion
1. Why did you choose Skywest?
2. What can you bring to Skywest?
3. Skywest is going to spend thousands of dollars on your training, why should we trust you?
4. Have you ever failed a checkride?
5. Have you ever broken a regulation?
6. What is your greatest strength and weakness
7. Tell me a time that you were challenged
8. Tell me a time that you were a leader
9. What is the bottle to throttle rule?
10. How would you feel if you had a captain who was younger than you?
11. What base would you choose?
12. What airplane would you choose?

1. Explain and draw a high bypass turbofan engine
2. What is bypass air?
3. What is bleed air used for?
4. What is the difference between AC and DC power?
5. Does your current aircraft utilize AC or DC?
6. What does ice do to a wing?
7. What are the different types of de ice/anti icing fluids?
8. Decode this METAR and TAF (super simple, VFR)
9. What is a microburst?
10. What is windshear?
11. When do you need an alternate?
12. Brief the ILS 10C into Chicago (Jeppesen plate)
13. Explain 91.175c – everything needed to descend below DA
14.Why is it important to see these things, if we have flown this approach hundreds of times?
Date Interviewed: March 2016
Summary of Qualifications: 600TT (350)Military (250)Civilian
Atp written
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
First off, the previous gouge submitted was spot on. Particularly the one submitted in February that was very detailed. Thank you for doing that!

Interviewed in Denver. Positive space. Stay at the Holiday Inn Stapleton that they recommend in the email it is connected to the interview facility.

I’ve included things from previous gouges that I found to be extremely helpful.

“Have original and two copies of all required documents. Put tabs in your pilot logbooks for each of your major check rides, type ratings, IPC's, flight reviews, etc... (They will want to see every significant event in your logbook). Have your paperwork and your pilot logbooks ready, organized and easily assessable at the start of interview.”

(1) A Turbine Engine.

(2) An Electrical System (any multi-engine aircraft you are familiar with).

(3) All The Requirements Of 91.175 ( c) Operation below DA/ DH or MDA

- Note: Just section C


“Be able to explain your engine diagram and how every section works as if explaining it to a non-aviator?”

The more knowledgeable you’re in the Tech portion the faster they will move on to the next portion. Don’t BS them. If you don’t know just simply tell them that.

“What is the bypass ration? (5:1 is fairly standard)” On top of this question they asked me, For a turbofan engine do we get the 5:1 ratio at all altitudes? The answer is no, the higher we go the less that ratio becomes.

What causes a compressor stall?

Again study all the questions listed in the February gouge and you will be just fine.


“Be able to explain your electrical diagram and how it all works as if explaining it to a non-aviator?”

“They will taiylor the questions to your experience level and airplane.”

“ How to turn DC to AC? Volts/amps in your system? Starter / generator / alternator differences? Is the Battery AC or DC? What is a fuse and its purpose? What is a circuit breaker and its purpose? How does a circuit breaker trip? What is a circuit breaker panel? What is a volt? What is a amp? What is used to Convert Ac to DC? What is used to Convert DC to AC? What is a TRU? Inverter? Advantages and Disadvantages of AC and DC? Be very comfortable with the multi-engine aircraft electrical system of your choice. “

I was also asked why certain equipment such as avionics use DC rather than AC. Wasn’t real sure about this one, but basically the way I understood it was that most avionics are very sensitive to changes in electrical current. So DC power is often provided to these systems to provide smooth and continuous current.

Using your diagram, explain the Requirements Of 91.175 ( c)

“(Operation below DA/ DH or MDA). Remember part 121 operators must touchdown in the landing zone.”

What is the purpose of 91.175 and why is it so important. I said something about being down to mins so close to the ground is a huge crunch point and we need to be very familiar with how to operate in these conditions. They seemed fine with that.


“Read the METAR/TAF (know all TAF/METAR abbreviations). "TAF TEMPO" meaning and what does it mean to us? How many times/day does the TAF come out? What is the weather going to be at the time of our arrival? Do we need an alternate at this time? (If the TAFs in between the time you want. Take the latter of the two). Do you have takeoff minimums? If not, is a departure alternate required? How far away does it need to be?” Was asked all of these questions

“Different types of icing? (Be very comfortable with all aspects of icing, de-icing fluids, anti-icing procedures, etc.) Different types of fog? Weather associated with a cold front and a warm front?”

Icing was the main focus for the weather portion. Talked a lot about how frost affects the wings ability to create lift and how it affects the AOA.

JEPP CHARTS (Mainly focused on the Approach Plate ILS16R Reno)


“Be able to explain why you want to work for Skywest.” Tell me a time when you were a leader? Tell me about the best flight you’ve ever had? Tell me about the worst flight you’ve ever had? Any Checkride failures or 141 stage check unsats? What happen? What did you learn from them? (be honest) What will be your biggest challenge at ground school? Tell me about a time you worked successfully as a team? Describe a time when you worked with a person you did not get along with, how did you handle it?

What domicile would you want and why? (Be flexible) Greatest disappointment in aviation? Tell me about a time in your aviation career where you scared yourself? When and why did you want to become a pilot? Example of Conflict Resolution? Any other questions for me? (Question for the interviewer”


“They are seeing if you can work out a scenario as a team. Use as much CRM as much as is possible (Involve ATC, Dispatch, Copilot, Cabin Attendants, Maintenance, Passengers, etc...) Review each decision with the other interviewees before acting, make sure you get an agreement before doing anything. If you're the jump seater, don't try to step on the flight crews toes, don't usurp the captain's authority and only suggest how you can help. Relax and remember it is not real.”

I was jump seat for the scenario because I had more experience in a crew environment. If you find yourself in the jump seat don’t be afraid to speak up. They are looking for a healthy balance of participation but at the same time don’t overstep your bounds with the Capt.
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