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Skywest Airlines Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: January 2019
Summary of Qualifications: Military Pilot, 1800 TT, ATP-AMEL
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Interviewed at the Denver Training Center. Got the same email as previously mentioned. Stayed at the Home2Hilton (had Hilton reward points).

Interviewed by a FO and a captain. Both were very friendly and positive. They were happy to answer all questions we had about the company. After a 30 minute presentation on the company, we went into the CRM scenario. The CRM scenario consisted of wind shear alert on short final. We elected to try the approach a second time and then diverted (needed to declare min fuel). They said we did a good job communicating and coming to a solution together.

Then we moved to the one-on-one HR questions:
Why SkyWest?
TMAAT you had conflict.
Most rewarding aviation experience.
Biggest challenge you expect to face transitioning commercial flying.

Then we did the technical questions:
AC versus DC
Inverter versus rectifier
WX prog chart: cold, warm, occluded (wx associated)
TS avoidance
Microburst on approach (indications)
JEPP SID, STAR, IAP
Critical mach number
Single engine service ceiling
Bleed air use
Read METAR/TAF. Do you need an alternate
Rules for continuing approaching if wx drops below mins (pre/post FAF)
Pilot and aircraft documents to be carried on board

Overall, a very good experience. The gouge posted on here was helpful. I also read the literature recommended in the email that was sent. Good luck!
Date Interviewed: January 2019
Summary of Qualifications: Military pilot retiring with 4100TT in MET aircraft, 2900 PIC, two year break in flying, no blemishes in flight record
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Broadly speaking, my interview was very much like every other interview write-up I’ve read. I’m giving you my insights below for your benefit.

After submitting my application to SkyWest, I called the manager of the Pilot Pathways Program to learn more about it and determine if I should do anything to apply to it. During my phone conversation, he reviewed my application and offered me interview options (at SkyWest's home office, at a regional job fair or via electronic means). I accepted an opportunity to attend the job fair in ATL which is near my home and interviewed there.

Three captains, one FO and two HR reps were at the event to share the company background with us and to accomplish the interviews. I think six of us interviewed during the morning session. Another group came in for a session beginning at 1300. We started at 0900 with the company presentation, which lasted 1.5 hours. During the presentation, HR reviewed all of the documentation we were required to bring. We then split up into one-on-one groups to do the HR and technical portions, each one lasting about 30-45 minutes. These portions of the interview are run via a question database in company iPads, from which the interviewer has some latitude to tailor the questions. In the HR portion, the interviewer said "let me get the required questions out of the way first" and asked basic questions like "can you work in a reserve status"--none of these were a surprise nor should they be to any prospective FO. The remaining questions were all in the format of TMAATW or about your personal skills, traits, attributes, etc. None were cosmic and I sense the HR rep is simply trying to get to know you. The pilots conducted the technical portion and my interviewer said there were seven sections from which he had to ask questions (he didn't list them, but you can get a clue from the email details they sent to me as shown below). All of the questions were big picture pilot questions. None of the questions really got deep into part 121 and the interviewer specified that I should study up on 121 to be prepared for ground school with the company. One key note: In virtually every question, this interviewer tried to get me to apply the knowledge area or to see how committed I was to the information I gave him. In many cases the tone of his voice and look on his face was intended to give me the impression I was wrong about my statement (even thought I knew I was right). This type of questioning was a bit unsettling to me because it causes doubt. My recommendation, should you see this type of approach, is to be humble and confident--simply stick to your answers or explain why. For example: What WX causes you to file an alternate? (you give the 1-2-3 rule) What if the weather is 5SM 19OVC? (you answer) Are you sure about that? Also, there was no CRM/emergency type portion of the interview, as I have seen in the vast majority of the other interview write-ups. Also, I was not asked to draw anything.

I was asked about the following: Decode this METAR/TAF. What are the risks associated with TS? How do you avoid them? What operates off of bleed air in a turbojet aircraft? What is mach tuck and coffin corner? What weather requires you to file an alternate? Knowledge of Jepps symbology on an approach plate. How would you fly this approach? Nothing more complex than that.

After the HR and tech portions, we had a debrief with one of the company representatives which seemed to be an opportunity to allow you to ask them questions. They were quite comprehensive in their answers and seemed to value this portion. Thereafter, we were released and told we would hear back in a few days. After not hearing from them in the expected time, I called in to SkyWest. It was apparent they were behind in notifications and gave me a verbal over the phone that I was hired. I’ve subsequently received emails with additional information.

This was the email I received from the company to prepare for the interview. I followed their guide, read the interview prep info on this site (both the question bank and the summaries) and willflyforfood.com.

“We are pleased to invite you to a pilot interview with SkyWest Airlines.

Please bring the following items to your interview:

• Your logbooks with endorsements and pertinent information
• A current resume
• All documents regarding any incident/accident(s) (including any documentation from the FAA)

Please bring originals of the following documents:

• Current first-class medical
• Driver's license
• Social Security card
• Airman Certificates
• Passport
• FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator License
• DD-214 for military personnel (if applicable) and RATP pilot certificate from the military (if applicable)
• Any "Right to Work" documents, e.g. visa or permanent resident alien card (if applicable)
• RATP certificate from FAA approved institution (if applicable)

NOTE: Effective March 1, 2009, all applicants are required to have an updated pilot's license with an English Proficiency Endorsement (ICAO requirement)

SkyWest provides all charts and materials essential for the interview.

The interview process is multi-faceted and composed of the following:

1. The Interview/Trip/CRM Scenario phase of the interview will include but is not limited to the following: HR questions, Jeppesen knowledge, FARs, weather, aircraft systems, turbine theory, CRM, etc. The basis of this phase will be your opportunity to demonstrate your ability to perform in a 121 airline environment.

2. Technical Evaluation Subject Areas:
• FAR and AIM, including Part 121 rules, approach procedures, commercial operations
• Weather
• Jeppesen approach plate knowledge and procedures. Click here for study material.
• Jeppesen low altitude enroute chart knowledge and symbology
• Jet aerodynamics and high speed flight characteristics
• Basic commercial aircraft systems, including electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and pressurization
• Jet engine fundamentals, theory, design and operation

It is also recommended that you study the following materials prior to your interview:

• Your current and most flown aircraft operations manual(s)
• FAR / AIM
• "Everything Explained for the Professional Pilot" by Ritchie Engel
• "The Illustrated Guide to Aerodynamics" by H.C. "Skip" Smith
• "Advanced Aircraft Systems" by David Lombardo
Date Interviewed: January 2019
Summary of Qualifications: 1900TT/500XC/100night/120instrument/500turbine/25MEL
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
HR Interview was primarily a discussion of my career to date and future goals. They asked me about any emergencies I've had to deal with, what I like and dislike about past flying jobs and what I've learned from my time in the aviation industry

Tech Interview was exactly what was in the gouge. If you aren't currently in the 121 world I would suggest you brush up on:


1.High speed aerodynamics (Swept wing, dutch roll, yaw damp, critical mach, mach tuck)
2. Turbine theory (jet engine starting, N1,N2, hot start and hung start)
3. Electrical systems (DC vs AC)
4.Jepp Plates, SIDs and STARS. I had never seen a jepp STAR before going into interview and it caused me some confusion
5.IFR stuff like when do you need an alternate, when can you go below MDA, what are alternate requirements. Keep in mind a lot of these rules are different for 121.
6. Holding speeds. Just memorize them. Was also asked about speed limit below bravo shelf (200KIAS)

The interviewers were very friendly and put all the candidates at ease. If they are interviewing you it is because they want to hire you!
Date Interviewed: December 2018
Summary of Qualifications: Commercial ASEL-AMEL w/prior 135 time flying the Piltas PC-12. Non aviation college degree, but I have one. Total time of 1400
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Okay! My turn to pay back, guys. This is such a good resource. I prefer to keep this short and to the point. Interview was NOT hard, buy VERY thorough. The prior Feb, 2018 gouge was right on, except with a few additions. They are:

I was asked to explain the following in detail:

1) Weather (TS and Microburst)

2) High altitude aerodynamics (coffins corner, mach tuck, critical mach)

3) Military intercept procedures (what do do)

4) Different types of drag (parasite & induced)

5) In flight visibility and how to determine it without an ASOS, ATIS or tower (Approach lightning system has a standard measurement so depending on what you see light wise, you can determine how far you are from the runway)

6) Bravo speed above 10K (trick question-DEN)

7) A/C & D/C systems (how they are different)

8) Hydraulics (how they work)

Company personnel were very professional, polite and friendly. It is a happy environment, so make sure you're positive. I'm very fortunate to have been hired. Good luck everyone!
Date Interviewed: December 2018
Summary of Qualifications: Commercial ASEL-AMEL w/prior 135 time flying the Piltas PC-12. Non aviation college degree, but I have one. Total time of 1400
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Okay! My turn to pay back, guys. This is such a good resource. I prefer to keep this short and to the point. Interview was NOT hard buy VERY thorough. The prior Feb, 2018 gouge was right on, with a few additions. In addition to the Feb, 2018 posting, I was asked to explain the following in detail:

1) Weather (TS and Microburst)

2) High altitude aerodynamics (coffins corner, mach tuck, critical mach)

3)Military intercept procedures

4)Different types of drag (parasite & induced)

5)In flight visibility and how to determine it without an ASOS, ATIS or tower (Approach lightning system has a standard measurement so depending on what you see light wise, you can determine how far you are from the runway)

6)Bravo speed above 10K (trick question)

7)A/C & D/C systems and how they are different

8)Hydraulics and do they work

Company personnel were very professional, polite and friendly. It is a happy environment so make sure you're positive.Good luck everyone!
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