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Skywest Airlines Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: April 2014
Summary of Qualifications: ATP MEL, prior 121 & 135, more than enough hours.
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
Very professional group of people at SkyWest, it was a good experience. Showed at 7:50 AM for 8 AM interview. Politely greeted the receptionist & did not sit until invited to do so.

Promptly at 8, Ben came down the stairs, greeted us all & invited us to follow him upstairs to the waiting room.

Once I entered the conference room, I again did not sit down until invited to do so. We were introduced to the SkyWest interview team, and then introduced ourselves one at a time, around the table.

When I introduced myself, I STOOD UP and looked them in the eye with a smile.

We were given the run-down on SkyWest and then watched the film.

After the film, we were all given the 50 question written test; it covers weather, jepp charts, FAR's, etc. Previous gauges are accurate.

We were asked to draw a precision runway and a turbine engine, pretty basic stuff. I expected to have to draw an electrical/hydraulic system as well, but they didn't ask for that.

Then came the CRM situation. They usually put the more experienced applicant in the FO seat. We were given a bomb threat scenario. All they want to see here is good CRM. We made sure that the following parties were notified: Flight attendant, pax, ATC, and dispatch. They give you seven minutes and it goes by fast.

Then came the HR technical portion:

Why SkyWest?
What can you bring to SkyWest?
What is your greatest strength?
If you could re-do one thing in your life, what would it be?

Then he had me read a metar and an amended TAF(make SURE you can read this stuff prior to interview), asked if I'd need a destination alternate/departure alternate.

Pulled out an ILS, asked me to talk him through it. As with metars and TAF's, make sure you thoroughly brush up on jepp charts before the interview.

Asked me about my drawing of a turbine engine. N1? N2? Stator vanes? etc.

How hot is the bleed air that comes out of the engine? I didn't know, so he asked me to make a guess anyway.

Because of my experience, they waived the sim.

Then, during the critique at the end of the day, he said that I shouldn't have tried to make up an answer on that bleed air question; I should have just told him I didn't know (I wanted to say, "Well, you told me to guess!!").

But, he said that on the whole I was very well prepared. They complimented me on my background.
The interview was on 4/23; I am still waiting to hear back from them.
Date Interviewed: March 2014
Summary of Qualifications: 1800TT ATP
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
SkyWest
3/14

I will start by stating that all previous gouges were spot on! SkyWest is a great company. They make you feel very welcome and comfortable right away. They tell you in the introduction “you all have a job right now, it’s yours to loose”. Anyways here is how my interview went:

I stayed at the Comfort Suits, they are great costs 56 bucks and they pick you up and drop you off both at the airport and at the SkyWest hanger.

I arrived at the SkyWest hanger at 7:45 for my 0800 interview. Make sure you are nice to everyone you talk to you never know who’s who! Big deal WEAR A SUIT! If you’re not in a suit they will send you home. Also don’t take your jacket off until they ask you if you’d like too. Everyone that I met was super nice, made me feel really good about my choice to interview at SkyWest.

They start they day off by giving a brief slide show about the company, its pretty cool. Then they introduce themselves and talk about their background and two things they like to do outside of flying. Then they go around the room and ask the same questions to each applicant.

Next they will give you two things to draw out this is what we got:
-Electrical system of your current Twin
-Turbine Engine
-Bonus question: What is a Kelvin Holtz cloud formation.

At the same time they also give you a fifty question written its not graded but how well you do determines how your technical will go. Here were some of the topics:
-Weather
-FARs
-Jepps
-Aerodynamics
-Advanced Systems ECT.
It wasn’t too hard there was one question asking about hydroplaning just remember it’s the square root of the tire pressure times nine.

They gave everyone a chance to get started then they started pulling guys out for the sim. I was the only one exempt from the sim because of my prior 135 experience. Here is what I did here the other guys got though:
-Make sure you get weather I hear they will give you weather below T/O mins.
-Runway heading departure to 4000
-Hold on a radial off LAX VOR
-If you give the right entry you will move on
-ILS to LAX to a Miss
-Full procedure VOR
-Land
They will then take a group of there to a room with a mock up of the CRJ for the CRM Scenario. They will have the most inexperienced guy in the captain’s seat and the most experienced guy in the jump seat. There are no right or wrong answers they just want to see you all work as a crew. Here was our scenario:
-Out of FL18 for Cabo
-Southwest blew a tire on the runway. Runway is closed.
You now have seven minutes to figure out what you will do.
-If you’re the captain be the captain!
-They want to see you involve everyone. MX, Dispatch, FA’s, Jumpseater ect.
-Again there is no right or wrong answer. Just work as a crew.

After CRM they will start taking guys out for the Technical/HR portion of the interview. On the technical they will ask questions on:
-Both drawings
-Electrical system
-What is a Diode
-AC/DC
-Transformer
-Rectifier
-Alternator/Generator what’s the difference
-Turbine engine
-Stator veins
-Where does bleed air come from
-What uses bleed air
-Difference between Axial and Centrifugal compressors
-Once lit do the igniters need to keep firing or is it a self sustaining
-What’s bypass air
-JEPPS
-STUDY ALL JEPP plate and low altitude chart terminology
-Know when you can descend below MDA/DA
-MSA circle
-O2 altitudes
-Where is the FAF if you are assigned a higher altitude on an ILS
-The lowest published GS intercept altitude
-Just study everything you can about jepps
-Weather
-He drew a thunderstorm with an Anvil
-Where should you pass in front or behind? By how far?
-What kind of weather would you see beneath the anvil?
-They will give you a printout of a weather packet
-Know how to read Metars and TAFS
-They will ask with this weather can you depart or land?
-FARS
-Takeoff alternate requirements
-Exemption 3585

-What do you need to see to descend below MDA/DH
-Remember 121/135 land in the touchdown zone
-In a normal position to land
-91.175

After the technical the interviewing captain will ask the standard HR questions be honest and be yourself! Here are some of the questions I can remember:
-Why do you want to work at SkyWest?
-Tell me a time when you were a leader?
-What’s one of your weaknesses?
-If you could what would you change about your current employer?
-What was your favorite flight?
-Tell me a time when you were scared while flying?
-Have you ever failed a checkride? If you have own it!
-How accurate is your logbook?
-What are you flying now?
-Tell me about yourself?
-Have you ever had a dispute with a crewmember how did you handle it?
-Have you ever declared an emergency?

My interview went from 0800-1330. I interviewed on the third and was offered my choice of either the CRJ or the EMB120. I accepted the CRJ position and start class on the 31st.

Anyways that’s all I can remember! Study the Everything Explained for the Professional pilot and the gouges and you will be fine. Also I would recommend doing interview prep both HR and sim prep. If you’re in Seattle go to Aviation Training Center, they are awesome!

Remember they want to see that you know your stuff. Most importantly they want to see if you’re someone that they can spend a full four day trip with and not want to kill themselves! It was a great experience SkyWest is a great company. Just remember be yourself and you’ll do great!

Good Luck! Hope to see you on line!
Date Interviewed: March 2014
Summary of Qualifications: 135 Captain 1900TT ATP
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
I will start by stating that all previous gouges were spot on! SkyWest is a great company. They make you feel very welcome and comfortable right away. They tell you in the introduction “you all have a job right now, it’s yours to loose”. Anyways here is how my interview went:

I stayed at the Comfort Suits, they are great costs 56 bucks and they pick you up and drop you off both at the airport and at the SkyWest hanger.

I arrived at the SkyWest hanger at 7:45 for my 0800 interview. Make sure you are nice to everyone you talk to you never know who’s who! Big deal WEAR A SUIT! If you’re not in a suit they will send you home. Also don’t take your jacket off until they ask you if you’d like too. Everyone that I met was super nice, made me feel really good about my choice to interview at SkyWest.

They start they day off by giving a brief slide show about the company, its pretty cool. Then they introduce themselves and talk about their background and two things they like to do outside of flying. Then they go around the room and ask the same questions to each applicant.

Next they will give you two things to draw out this is what we got:
-Electrical system of your current Twin
-Turbine Engine
-Bonus question: What is a Kelvin Holtz cloud formation.

At the same time they also give you a fifty question written its not graded but how well you do determines how your technical will go. Here were some of the topics:
-Weather
-FARs
-Jepps
-Aerodynamics
-Advanced Systems ECT.
It wasn’t too hard there was one question asking about hydroplaning just remember it’s the square root of the tire pressure times nine.

They gave everyone a chance to get started then they started pulling guys out for the sim. I was the only one exempt from the sim because of my prior 135 experience. Here is what I did here the other guys got though:
-Make sure you get weather I hear they will give you weather below T/O mins.
-Runway heading departure to 4000
-Hold on a radial off LAX VOR
-If you give the right entry you will move on
-ILS to LAX to a Miss
-Full procedure VOR
-Land
They will then take a group of there to a room with a mock up of the CRJ for the CRM Scenario. They will have the most inexperienced guy in the captain’s seat and the most experienced guy in the jump seat. There are no right or wrong answers they just want to see you all work as a crew. Here was our scenario:
-Out of FL18 for Cabo
-Southwest blew a tire on the runway. Runway is closed.
You now have seven minutes to figure out what you will do.
-If you’re the captain be the captain!
-They want to see you involve everyone. MX, Dispatch, FA’s, Jumpseater ect.
-Again there is no right or wrong answer. Just work as a crew.

After CRM they will start taking guys out for the Technical/HR portion of the interview. On the technical they will ask questions on:
-Both drawings
-Electrical system
-What is a Diode
-AC/DC
-Transformer
-Rectifier
-Alternator/Generator what’s the difference
-Turbine engine
-Stator veins
-Where does bleed air come from
-What uses bleed air
-Difference between Axial and Centrifugal compressors
-Once lit do the igniters need to keep firing or is it a self sustaining
-What’s bypass air
-JEPPS
-STUDY ALL JEPP plate and low altitude chart terminology
-Know when you can descend below MDA/DA
-MSA circle
-O2 altitudes
-Where is the FAF if you are assigned a higher altitude on an ILS
-The lowest published GS intercept altitude
-Just study everything you can about jepps
-Weather
-He drew a thunderstorm with an Anvil
-Where should you pass in front or behind? By how far?
-What kind of weather would you see beneath the anvil?
-They will give you a printout of a weather packet
-Know how to read Metars and TAFS
-They will ask with this weather can you depart or land?
-FARS
-Takeoff alternate requirements
-Exemption 3585

-What do you need to see to descend below MDA/DH
-Remember 121/135 land in the touchdown zone
-In a normal position to land
-91.175

After the technical the interviewing captain will ask the standard HR questions be honest and be yourself! Here are some of the questions I can remember:
-Why do you want to work at SkyWest?
-Tell me a time when you were a leader?
-What’s one of your weaknesses?
-If you could what would you change about your current employer?
-What was your favorite flight?
-Tell me a time when you were scared while flying?
-Have you ever failed a checkride? If you have own it!
-How accurate is your logbook?
-What are you flying now?
-Tell me about yourself?
-Have you ever had a dispute with a crewmember how did you handle it?
-Have you ever declared an emergency?

My interview went from 0800-1330. I interviewed on the third and was offered my choice of either the CRJ or the EMB120. I accepted the CRJ position and start class on the 31st.

Anyways that’s all I can remember! Study the Everything Explained for the Professional pilot and the gouges and you will be fine. Also I would recommend doing interview prep both HR and sim prep. If you’re in Seattle go to Aviation Training Center, they are awesome!

Remember they want to see that you know your stuff. Most importantly they want to see if you’re someone that they can spend a full four day trip with and not want to kill themselves! It was a great experience SkyWest is a great company. Just remember be yourself and you’ll do great!

Good Luck! Hope to see you on line!
Date Interviewed: January 2014
Summary of Qualifications: CFI-II, Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:
This was an excellent experience as well as an eye-opener. If you are a low time, mostly VFR single engine pilot… this review is for you. I am currently employed as a pipeline patrol pilot coming up on 2000 hours with zero simulator time. To say the least, I didn't really know what I was up against before coming into the interview. I read all the gouges and did a lot of self-studying, but nothing prepares you like the real thing! A few pointers to add to all the other great gouges on this site are as follows:

Simulator Eval- you will get it if you are low time with no 135 experience.
-While in the sim pretend you have a brand new, terrible air traffic controller trying to kill you. Be sure to get WX and make all radio calls (seems obvious, but remember, worst controller).
-Beware of CFIT situations. I received the Burbank 8 ILS, and he had me at 3000 south of VNY and cleared me for the approach. With NO further instructions.
-The simulator is very touchy, so be aware of extra task saturation that you are normally over by this point in your career.
-Get in a professional sim with an instructor before your interview. Just do it. It will cost extra money and training, but if you want this job, thats what it will take if you are low time with minimal sim training.

50 question test-
covers 5 subject areas, 10 questions each: FARS, Jepp Charts/knowledge, WX, Highspeed/altitude aerodynamics, Advanced Systems
-I would suggest studying ATP written questions in these subject areas, the questions were challenging.

I did not get the job, but did get some excellent constructive criticism on my simulator performance. He told me to get some advanced sim training and come back in 3 months. He said he didn't want me to go into their training and bomb out simply because I was green in this area. This experience left me with more respect and admiration for this company and the people they employ. Hope this helped, Best of luck to you!
Date Interviewed: November 2013
Summary of Qualifications: CMEL,CSEL,CFI,CFII,CMEI 1520TT, 110 Multi, ATP Written
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Skywest Interviews are known to be one of the toughest for the regionals. Come prepared, and make sure you study the Everything Explained for the Professional Pilot Book!

I stayed at the Comfort Suites, pretty good hotel, they deal with Skywest Guys all the time, so they know the drill and whats up. Cost around 56 bucks with the Skywest rate, and provide shuttle service to SLC and the Skywest Hangar form the hotel. Breakfast was good, you'll see a whole bunch of Skywest guys for interviews and/or training, so talk it up with them.
Make sure you bring a suit and tie, with polished shoes, look your best and remember to smile!

Interview starts at 8am sharp, so be early or get ready to leave. You can store your luggage at the Skywest Hangar if your catching a flight out that afternoon.

Bring all your originals, and extra copies just to make sure you cover yourself. They start off with a briefing and slideshow on Skywest. Pretty cool and breaks the tension. Makes you laugh and relaxed. Then You meet the captains who will do your interview. All 3 of my guys were 10+yr Captains on the CRJ. Then they collect your documents that they asked you to sign and bring in as well as a copy of your resume.
Then they give you a folder with a 50 question test and ask you to complete it. Ask questions on systems, turbines, electrical, Free Turbines, Schematics, Jeppessen Charts, General Knowledge, Weather. They use it to gouge your knowledge and will be a basis for your technical.
Then they ask you to draw 3 things on a piece of paper. For our group of 9 guys, in was draw a 1. precision runway
2. Draw a turbine engine, and 3. Draw the Electrical System of your most complex twin.
While you slave away doing that, they will start taking people out of the group to do the Sim. I got the Trenton ILS. Sim is a Frasca, touchy with pitch. Have a good scan and make sure you do not go below your approach speeds!!! Pretty Basic, get a clearance and atis, make sure the weather is ok to depart, LOOK At The APP Mins and know the departure regs!!! I said we couldnt depart with my first atis I recieved, and then he gave me a new atis. T.O RW 8, vectors , turns, the gave me a radial to hold off of and asked the entry, then did the approach Pilot Nav all the way to a landing. Just be aware and take your time setting the radios and nav up on this sim.

Next I got the CRM. They usually break you into groups of 3, Captain, F.O, and Jumpseater. Usually put the lowest time guys as captain, and High Time guys as JS. Basically you got 7 mins and a scenario to see how you would use all your resources, CRM ect. Use ATC, Flight Attendants, F.O, Captain, and Jumpseater as well as OPS and Maint. if you need to call them. There is really no right or wrong they just wanna see you guys be smart and work it out.

Lunch was then provided, The Captains join you and mingle with you. Have fun, and relax, just be professional.

Next was HR and Technical. I did it one on one with a Captain. They will grade your 50 question test and ask you stuff of the areas you were weak on. I was asked questions on my electrical system and turbine engines. Know inverters,AC,DC ect. For turbines know a free turbine , turbojet vs. turbofan. Bleed Air, stuff like that. They ask you on the drawings you were supposed to do. Markings on runway, when you can descend below DA, approach lights. Alot of Jepp Chart Questions, so study those good, MEA,MOCA,VORs, APP Plates, symbols.
For the HR, the captain is just checking if he can fly with you on a 4 day trip or not. They dont want weird freaks or boring people, just someone you can hang out with and have a convo with in the cockpit or on a layover. They ask about your flying career, why Skywest?, Difficult times and Best times in aviation for you. Some personal questions about your life and goals and visions.
Overall a great experience. I was nervous as hell going in, but they make you feel so at ease. They want you to succeed.
After that you debrief, they ask you how you think it went. Then they tell you that you'll receive the decision a few days later.
A week later I got a call saying I got a Class Date for the BRO. Really excited, this company is awesome, and great people, pay is awesome, planes are in good shape and great QOL.
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