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Air Wisconsin Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: November 2014
Summary of Qualifications: 2000TT 800 Multi 700 TPIC 135 PIC
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
I arrived into Philadelphia the night before and stayed at the Sheraton. The discounted rate with Air Wisconsin is $62/a night plus tax. The morning of the interview I caught a 7:20 shuttle and arrived at HQ by 7:40AM. The interview process started at 8:30 as they were waiting for late arrivals. The recruiter gave a good over view of the company, the future etc. The chief pilots, and line pilots then went over the contact, training schedule etc. After all that was said and done, we took a 50 question written test. The questions were from the ATP bank. Previous gouge spot on for that.

After that there was lunch, and the two on one stuff began. Mostly basic HR questions such as why do you want to work here, tell me about a time etc. previous gouges spot on for that. The tech stuff was easy as well...what's this on a Jepp low enroute chart....study jepp enroutes as that's all they have. The asked to brief a approach, what's this and that on the plate, decode meters, tafs and airport signage. All basic stuff.

They want you to relax and put you at ease. It was defiantly an enjoyable day, and I'm looking forwarding to working at AWAC.
Date Interviewed: October 2014
Summary of Qualifications: Commercial Multi-engine
TT 1500+
Multi 500+
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
Received an e-mail invitation to attend an interview in PHL approximately three days prior. They will send you a confirmation e-mail with nine attached documents to fill out one of which must be notarized!! Also make sure you bring the copies that they request, including at least four resumes. They offer you space available travel to PHL, it's a good idea to go the day before your interview so you can assure you will be on-time. I stayed at the Four Points they have a shuttle that passes the airport arrival section every 20 minutes or so (it will be less if you call and tell them you are waiting). The room was not paid for by Air Wisconsin which I guess is okay, most regionals aren't anymore. Their arranged rate is $62+ tax, make sure you call ahead and make a reservation. If you can avoid the hotel restaurant you won't be missing anything, I only had a burger with fries and the total was over $22! Hotel room is comfortable with free wifi and comfortable beds. Make sure you ask the front desk what time the shuttles will depart the hotel in the morning. Take an early shuttle leaving the hotel at least 40 minutes before your interview time because they have to take the airline passengers to the airport before they will take you to the interview site.
Once you get to Air Wisconsin's office you can take a seat in the break room where you can buy snacks and drinks from vending machines. You will sit here for a bit eventually right around the scheduled start time Jonathan will come in and pass out folders to put all the requested documents and copies in. After a few more minutes of waiting for late arrivals they will invite you into a larger classroom and hand out packets about the company and contract. After a quick icebreaker Jonathan will then run through the company history and take about some of their future goals. Then he passes it off to the line pilots who will also be in the room for introductions and then go through some of the details of the contract, benefits, and an overview of what training will be like.
After a short break Jonathan will pass out the written exam. It is straight from the ATP question bank, mostly basic stuff. Know what an LDA approach is, know holding times and speeds are at all altitudes, difference in the effect on aircraft from flower vs. split flaps, what determines what makes an engine is critical? One of the candidates asked one of the line pilots how many questions you can miss and he said "15 but even that is not an automatic send home". So study a little relax it's really not that hard.
Next you will head back to the break room and they will start calling people for the three on one interview. Some people will go before lunch others will still be waiting for their turn when it arrives. For us they had cheese steaks and pizza delivered, it was very good. On my interview day there were a lot of applicants 12+ so they had two separate groups of three line pilots and chief pilots interviewing.
Once it is your turn one of the line pilots will come get you and lead you to a smaller room. You will again be introduced to each of the three pilots interviewing you are. In my case there was one FO, one captain, and one assistant chief pilot. They will likely tell you to take your suit coat off and be comfortable. They tell you the pace of the interview is entirely up to you as in they have their questions to ask and you can take as much time as you need to answer them. One of the pilots will ask to look at your logbooks and another will start with some HR questions. They just want to see what kind of person you are and if they'd like to be on a four day trip with you. Why AWAC? Tell me what 3 qualities you can bring to the company? What one good and bad thing would your former boss say about you? Why did/are you looking to leave your former employer? What makes a good captain? What makes a good FO? If you were doing the interviewing what would you look for in a FO? What kind of person do you think we want to work with? You will get one situation question which was just odd but it's been mentioned before in past reviews so I won't repeat it here. There will be a couple random resume questions. Next you will move onto the technical part. Know your low enroute Jepp charts (they don't have a NACO low enroute), nothing tricky again just basic. What do the colors of the airports mean? What does the color off the OROCA mean? What does the OROCA guarantee? Know the symbol for MOCA and what it guarantees. What is a MEA? Where would you change navaids on a Victor airway where a changeover point isn't listed? Next they will ask if you would prefer Jepp or NACO approach plate questions. They will ask where the miss approach point is on an ILS. Ask you to brief an full approach for an ILS/LOC with the glide slope unusable. Remember keep the procedure turn inside 10 miles! There were a lot of random but very straightforward approach plate questions. Know what hot spots are. They will ask you what airport signs mean. Know what conditions you need to stop at the ILS critical area hold lines. Then they will ask if you have any questions for them. (have one!) They will then tell you it will be three - five days until you hear anything.
They then send you back to the break room where you again wait they were trying to do some applicants finger prints but the machine was not cooperating so they didn't get through too many. It started to get late for us approaching 4pm so Jonathan started just calling us in one by one to quickly go over all the documents you filled out before the interview. He will look at each and make sure it's properly filled out (read the directions it's really not that hard). He will tell you once again you will hear something in 3-5 days and you are free to head back to the airport to catch your flight home. If you call the hotel they will send a shuttle to take you back to the airport.
Make sure you keep up a professional appearance on the plane ride home, be nice to everyone! Remember you are a guest on their airline and can report you if they really want if you are rude to them. The whole interview process with AWAC is very laidback, there is no sim, no trickery. Just relax and do your thing!
Date Interviewed: April 2014
Summary of Qualifications: 730 TT, 300 Turbine, Military R-ATP mins, ATP written
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Interview site was also in PHL. Flying stand by was a little bit of a headache but I made it there by 4-5 the day prior. My advice, when booking with US Airways when coming out of a busier airport, attempt to start your day with a noon-ish flight in case you get bumped by other stand-by. I say this for two reasons. First, we had a guy coming from DFW that waited 12 hours to get on a plane and didn't arrive until 1030pm. Second, our interview group should have had 19 people, and there were only seven of us there.

Day started as other gouges say. About two hours or so was dedicated solely to company history, background, and answering any questions you might have. My advice, ASK QUESTIONS! Seem interested. Even if this isn't your first rodeo, they are looking at you being a good fit for their culture more than anything. One of the first sentences out of a line captain on the panel in the morning was, "Be yourselves. We all know you can fly and are qualified to be here, or you wouldn't be here. We really just want to know if we can sit with you for 8 hours a day in a cockpit for a four day trip." They all do a very nice job of making it very informal (or as informal that an interview can be). After the Q&A session, we took a 50 question multiple choice test. Never found out the results of the tests, but it was all out of the ATP books, so I would brush up on that if it has been a while since you have taken the written. I took mine four days prior so it was still a little fresh.

Here is where the waiting game began. They anticipated 19 people, so the company had three two-person panels conducting interviews at the same time. I wouldn't plan on being this lucky. All three panels were a line captain and an asst. chief pilot. From my counting, they took about 30-minutes each, but if you aren't one of the first ones to go, it feels like forever. Make use of that time, talk with the other candidates. They make sure you know you are not interviewing against each other, that ideally they want to hire you all because they need pilots. This is a true statement. My experience was a little heavier on the HR side of the house. Typical questions…What makes a good CPT? FO? What drew you ti AirWis? Strengths? Areas for improvement? The hardest question I got asked all day was an HR question. Your crew goes out and you stay in, and at 2am a FA knocks on your door crying, drunk, saying the CPT sexually assaulted her, what do you do? Just go with your common sense on these questions. DO NOT bring her into your room. Console her in a public open place, and tell her to get her management involved as well as call your chief/asst chief pilot and make them aware. The whole incident may not even be true, but this is not a problem for you to negotiate, let management handle these types of things.

Tech portion was very straightforward just like the previous gouge. ELA's, approach plates, whats this, whats that? What can you descend to on an ILS. Wheres the MAP? They also covered airport signs, light gun signals, METAR/TAF's. They only have a Jepp ELA so if you are used to FAA (NOS) charts, get your learn on. I struggled through this part just because of unfamiliarity. After the tech was over and they ask if you have questions, make sure to have questions to ask. I found common ground with both interviewees and that helps tremendously when they talk about voting you off the island. They are people too, and they want to see that you are a good communicator and will breath life into the cockpit.

After the panel interview was complete it was back to the break room. I again waited about 45 minutes to an hour when Scott called me back for fingerprinting. I sincerely thought I did not get the job, but Scott said they were telling people individually the positive results. First interview, only interview thank God. Its not a lie. When the other gouges tell you to relax, that they make it as comfortable an environment as they possibly can, they mean that. Everyone on the AirWis team made me feel like I belonged, that they were glad we were there, and were as excited as we were at the potential of us flying the line with them. This company carries with it a great reputation in the industry and I now see why. From the line to the admin employees at the PHL location, what a pleasurable experience. Fair warned though, they will not hire just anyone. Two of the seven didn't make it through. I think this was in large part due to personality conflicts. Being personable and trainable is a really great thing to be in this interview!
Date Interviewed: April 2014
Summary of Qualifications: Helicopter Pilot, 700+ hrs, Instrument rated
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
Interview site was in Philadelphia, PA. Connected out of Charlotte. I got there a day early and got familiar with the area and found the site of the interview pretty easily but it was still good to know exactly where I was going to be at 0800 the next morning.

I arrived at the location for the interview about 30 minutes early and there were already about a dozen interviewee's there (13 total). We were invited into a conference room just after 8am and we received a short overview/introduction from the people that would be interviewing us as well as an overview of the company and benefits. Pay and training were the main points that were covered, as that was what most everybody wanted to know about.

Next we had a 50 question written test covering basic aviation knowledge. Some of the things covered on the test were A/S in Class B, microbursts, transponder setting for hijack or radio failure, thunderstorms, etc.

After everybody finished and the tests were collected they were graded and then placed in random order for interviews. You were not told how you did on the test. During this period AWA had lunch brought in for us (pizza). Most everyone sat in the break room and made small talk to kill time until they were called in for their interview.

My interview had two people, Matt and Rob. Matt asked the HR questions, Why Air Wisconsin? What makes a good F/O? What characteristics do you look for in an F/O? Then Rob asked me Tech questions. I wasn't familiar with JEPP's or NOS but I got through both pretty well. My flying was military and we had different App Plates but they were similar. I was asked to read METAR, went over ELA's and airport signage. Pretty straight forward.

After this part of the interview I went back to the break room to wait to be fingerprinted. After this was completed, I was released to leave and go catch my flight home.

The employee's were very friendly and really laid back. They were sincere and made you feel comfortable about being there and that they wanted to hire you. They were straightforward with you and answered your questions honestly as well.
Date Interviewed: October 2013
Summary of Qualifications: ATP mins + written, and 130 multi
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
AWAC will positive space you on US Airways to Norfolk, and if you need to connect, like I did, it'll probably be either Charlotte, or Philly. The interview was at Chesapeake Regional, which is definitely out of the beaten path, in the sticks, sorta. All the hotels they send in the packet do not drive you there, so you'll need to rent a car, unless you're a local. They give you the corporate discount, and it's a pretty drive depending which way you go.

Interview started at 0800 local at Horizon Flight Center (the main building), and went until about 1400 local. I drove there the day before my interview to make sure I knew how to get there, and wouldn't be late. There was 5 of us total with varying backgrounds. Flight instructor, cargo pilot, etc...You meet with 3 recruiters; line captain, chief pilot, and HR lady (or guy) depending who does the HR part.

You start off with filling out a form for fingerprints, which are manual prints, then once everyone is done you have the 3 amigos give you a very nice speech about the company, background, future plans, etc... You have a packet on the company right in front of you. Then, they turn the floor over to you to ask questions for about 30 minutes. Then, all 3 walk out, and give the interviewee's a 10 question multiple choice written test. Questions were something like what does a rectifier do, if the approach requires RVR16, but RVR is inop whats the required vis, moderate icing will be most prevalent at what temperature (+5ºc), what do you look for when doing a VOT check, etc... After that is collected, they hand you a profile sheet for the sim, NOT to be memorized. After that, all the interviewees pile into the pilot lounge, and they have you group into groups of 2; one does sim eval while the other does HR/Tech.


HR: Simple questions. HR representative reads off a piece of paper - what makes a good team? Why AWAC? What can you bring to AWAC? What's your 5-10 year goals and plans? etc... Simultaneously, the chief pilot will look at your logbook, and ask you questions based off flights that are in there, and will ask you resume' questions. Why did you leave XYZ, why do you want to leave your current employer, ever failed a checkride, ever been fired, or asked to resign from an employer? etc...

Tech: Chief pilot will ask you whether you want Jepp or Gov't charts for the approach plates to brief. He will open up to about 4-5 different approaches, and ask random questions off each one. How do you know how to go missed on this ILS? You're doing the ILS with glideslope inop, how do you go missed? (it's a LOC only, so time and/or dme). What's the significance of the "A" in VOR/DME-A approach? What's the highest obstacle on this chart? Is the tower opened 24/7? That's about 3/4 of those. Then, he moved onto airport signs and markings. Runway hold short line, ILS critical hold short line and when does that come into effect (800ft cig, 2sm or directed by atc), etc... That was it! Literally NOTHING tricky here at all.

Sim: Done in a RedBird simulator. Everyone that typed a review here said the sim was "sensitive". It's not. It rolls at 1 degree per hour so it seems. It doesn't turn for crap, so you have you reeeeally put in a lot of input to get it to move anywhere. Pitch is a little better, but not a lot. The person in the simulator does a great job of explaining to you to not worry about memorizing the profile, and s/he will do literally everything except bring the gear up and fly for you. They're just checking to see if they put you in a $2,000/hr simulator at FlightSafety, will you know how to fly or not... Everything I saw is nothing more than BAI (basic attitude instrument) flying. Private pilots w/instrument ratings that are current could pass the sim no problem. Setup like a Dutchess. Takeoff rwy 6 at GRB, fly runway heading, rotate around 75, pos. rate, gear up, climb to 3,000ft, intercept 100º radial off GRB VOR (which he already put in for me before takeoff), climb to 5,000ft and left turn to around 330 (BAI - climbing turn, like I said before, nothing hard), descend to 3,000 and left turn heading 290'ish (BAI descending turn), fly direct GRB VOR and he'll say to hold as published (on your profile sheet), cross the VOR, do your entry, once you cross the VOR inbound he'll ask which way would you turn for the hold, get it right and he'll just give you vectors for ILS 6 into GRB. Landing isn't graded, but make it pretty. After this, you're done! Good luck to all that apply! Once done, verify w/HR lady, but you should be good to go home, and they'll be in touch with you in a few days. Good luck!
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