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Air Wisconsin Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: September 2015
Summary of Qualifications: 950TT CFI CFII CMEL R-ATP eligible, ATP written, Bachelors degree
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Submitted my application through airline apps. Got a generic kick back message with in 24 hours asking if I would like to accept an interview in Chicago. I accepted.
Soon after got an email telling me I had to book my own hotel room and the my flight would be standby if I needed one. This was frustrating only being standby as I had to book a room with the possibility of loads being full and not being able to make it to the interview. Interview was held at the airport Hilton which was like $300 a night, so I stayed somewhere else to save a few $$. Luckily everything worked out and was able to make it to Chicago on time. Still to this point, I had not talked to anybody on the phone. Nothing. Which I though was a little odd.

Interview started at 8am. Upstairs in a conference room at the airport hotel. Three other applicants were there as well. Another kid from an aviation school, one from a community college and the last one was an ex captain for another regional airline. Started with introductions of everybody including the staff. Three pilots and an HR lady. First thing they had us do was turn in all of the paperwork that they had emailed to us. They then brought us all into a room and gave us a 50 question written test (paper, not electronic). 30ish which were directly ATP written questions. 20ish of which were in reference to an attached approach plate, departure procedure and an airport diagram. (all Jepp charts) The gentleman administering the exam said that he was going to leave the room for a while... Said to all of us with a grin on his face that nobody would be stopping us from cheating. COUGH COUGH and then walked out of the room. None of us spoke or cheated as we were all nervous but I just thought it was funny how laid back it was. Kinda took the edge off.
I was the first interviewer to do the technical interview. Two interviewers walked in and handed me a binder. Sat down and they just started asking questions about figures in the book. What are the minimums on this approach? What is the MSA? What is the visibility requirement if you have autopilot and FD. What is the available landing distance? what is the FAF on the ILS? What is the MAP on this LOC app? What is this symbol on the airport diagram? Some questions were kinda tricky, this LDA approach has a glide slope, does that make it a precision approach or non-precision? The interviewer had a checklist of questions. After every question he asked I either got a check in the correct column or the incorrect column. He was hiding this paper so I could not see but I did not feel as though it was a very personable interview. If they wanted to ask these kind of yes or no questions then why didn't they just include them in the written test? Didn't feel as though this style of interview made it easy demonstrate knowledge. More of an corporate interview. Did he have enough checks? Yes? Then offer him the job. I walked away confident from the technical interview and was immediately brought into the conference room again to do the HR interview. Same exact thing. HR lady had a list of questions to ask me. Tell me about yourself. Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a superior? Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a student/customer. Show up to the aircraft and you smell alcohol on the Captains breath, what would you do? I said, "Wait, so the captain made it on the bus to the airport with me and I didn't smell it there. Then past security/TSA all the way to the aircraft and I am just now smelling it on his breath?" The HR lady held up her paper and looked at it carefully and said "yup, that's what my paper says" I kind of laughed and answered.
The HR lady was in the middle of writing up an conditional offer when the other pilot said wait, we better have the other guy (their boss) look at everything before we hand those out. We then did fingerprints and the pilot interviewer sitting in on the HR interview said that I had done a good job and that he would be in contact with me the next day.
I guess I had enough check marks because I was sent a welcome email, followed by a phone call the following day offering a job.

Although I did not enjoy or like the interview process, I can overlook that and see that Air Wisconsin is a great airline, with a great contract and great work rules. I have friends that work there and they love it, that's why I decided to interview. In the end, I did not accept the offer as I am a west coast guy and they do all north east work.
Study the JEPP charts in depth! Symbols especially! ATP written questions. Just be yourself and you will do fine!
Date Interviewed: September 2015
Summary of Qualifications: 2000 hours TT ATP
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:
We met promptly at 8:30am at their offices in PHL. We were all given the 50 question test. It was a bit different from previous gouges. After you are finished the young lady from HR comes in along with Jonathan and the other company pilots. We are asked a few questions about ourselves and then given a brief company slide presentation. After this the interviews start. They will ask you HR questions and followed by the technical portion. The chief pilot from DCA was interviewing and he seemed very cool. The other pilot was more stern and serious about his questioning. They seem like nice people and with the looming shortage of pilots I am sure they will continue to hire.
Date Interviewed: February 2015
Summary of Qualifications: CFI, CFII, MEI. 750 TT, 50 AMEL
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
The interview process went exactly as described by the other recent gouge contributors. Took place at PHL. They flew me in space-available; I arrived the day before. 8 candidates total were present. All but one received offers day of.

The day started with a 50-question test, followed by a description of the company, benefits, and training process, then began the 2-on-1 interviews. All were completed by 4pm.

The written was questions straight out of the ATP 121 bank- no graphs, figures, or tables. Recommend studying - if nothing else, it will prepare you for the oral.

I was asked questions on the Jepp low en-route, the NOS app plates, airport signage, runway lighting, holdings (length, timing, and speed), airport diagram (hot spots), light signals, and HR Q's.

Previous gouge entries cover most of the tech questions. Others I got were: max speed under class B? (200 kts) On the app plate, why are the miss hold and PT placed where they are? (obstacle clearance). I also was asked to read a TAF, apply it to IFR alt regs, and read/identify a PIREP

Everyone on this forum is on point with respect to culture. People were friendly, helpful, and seemed to want you to succeed. Comfortable atmosphere; no tricks, no gotchas. Good contract (apparently), decent benefits. Appear to want to get to know you. I'd just say prepare well for the interview, don't take anything for granted, be social, try to relax, and promote the team attitude with the interviewers and fellow interviewees.
Date Interviewed: January 2015
Summary of Qualifications: CFI 870 hours, 30ME
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
They will nonrev you in if you want, make sure you dont try and get there last minute, if you dont buy a ticket, maybe get there earlier than just the day before to be safe. Stayed at Four Points hotel, overlooks airport, offer a discount if you say you are with AWAC, make sure not to prepay, call the hotel and make the reservation otherwise they cant give you discount, they have a shuttle that picks you up from airport and will drive you to the interview, keep in mind you will be the last stop after they swing by the terminals. I took the 7:20 shuttle to get there by 8. Shuttle runs every 20 minutes. Sat with a corporate pilot on the bus and chatted, it will ease your nerves, talk with the other people, remember it is not a competition, they want all of you to be there and they may all be co-workers someday. Once you get to the interview site, take a seat in the break room, they have vending machines so have singles in your wallet. Jonathon will pass out folders to put required documents in. Once everyone is there, they take you down the hall to a classroom and we took the 50 question test first. ATP bank stuff, weather, FAR, aerodynamics, general flying, IFR stuff, it was pretty easy, no math or figures. They didnt tell us score other than we all "passed". After that did a ice breaker to get to know everyone in the room, name, where you from, what you fly now, favorite movie. All the interviewers from what I remember were mostly from ORF, but all bases were represented and a DCA chief was there. Jonathon talked about the company for a while, the basics, past, current and stuff. Line pilot talked about training, IOE, contract and asked if we had questions. We then went back to break room and they took us out one by one. No real order to it, but I want to say those with earliest flights out went towards the start. There was 3 sessions going on at once. I got a line pilot and the DCA chief. Both were stand up guys. Asked me about my hours, where I was at with them, check ride failures, just own up to them, tell them what happened, what you learned, smile and move on. Didnt press into that. Asked some random questions about my resume, (wheres this town by, how'd you like that job etc) nothing tricky there. Then asked what kinds of values not listed on your resume can you bring. Why AWAC? Good pilot or good employee is better? Drunk CA scenerio, others got the one where the CA sexually assaults the FA. What values of ours do you think fit with you? Incidents, accidents? Tell us about your current employer, what responsibility do you have there that you can bring here. Nothing tricky in HR. Then the line pilot had hss turn to speak,the DCA pilot would chime in once and a while. We went over Jepp charts, gave me the DCA area one. Asked what airspace was located around DCA. MEA, MOCA, OROCA. He asked what the "D" on Selinsgrove VOR meant, I told him I wasnt very familiar with Jepp charts and wasnt sure, so he asked me another question, what is this, it was the DME along the airway, so, what doe the D mean, meant it has DME on the VOR. You get a choice of NOS or Jepp for approach plates, Brief ILS 23 into Charlotte. Where is MAP? What if we lose GS where is MAP? What if we are doing LOC and there is no DME, where is MAP? Asked about holding, is it recommended or required to enter the hold in this case parallel, no, the only thing required is that you are in protected area. Talked a little about LDA into DCA, whats a LDA? How far off in this approach is it from the runway? Hot spots, airport markings, said he was gonna ask about light gun signals but I had been doing well so he skipped them. Read a metar, taf, do we need an alternate if this is our ETA, read a pilot report and then asked if I had questions for them, HAVE ONE. Talked a little bit about PHL, things to see and do since I said it was my first time in town. The theme was know IFR and be a chill, relaxed but knowledgeable pilot willing to learn who will be easy to fly with for 4 days. They make you feel at home, it was very laid back. Served lunch of pizza and cheese steaks and pop. 8/8 there got an offer. Just relax. They are looking to hire away.
Date Interviewed: January 2015
Summary of Qualifications: 4200TT, all military/turbine. 1900 Helo, 2200TPIC/1495 MEL PIC, IP, CFI/CFII, ATP.
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Previous gouge was good. Started out with a brief intro then right into the 50 question ATP style multiple choice test. After that were the individual interviews.
The HR questions were very basic and limited. I was called out on my high times right away, i.e. what are you doing here? I explained that I want the 121 time and jet experience (considering I've been low alt VFR for much of my career) and that going straight into a Delta 767 would be a recipe for trouble in my case. They bought that and I sincerely meant it.
Technical portion was fairly basic as well:
Approach plate briefing - note if the mins are non-standard and why that might be (obstacles). Understand how approach lighting may also affect mins. Know the approach lighting symbols. Airport signs. I was spared the light gun questions since I correctly noted that for an ILS hold-short the WX requirment to use that was 800-2. They said I was the first guy in ten interview sessions who got that. yay.
Had to read several TAFs and METARs...was asked the obscure codes and didn't know them too well - said I'd look them up. Save yourself the headache and review those carefully!
Do you have to enter holding via the teardrop/parallel/direct? - no, you can do whatever so long as you remain on the side the pattern is supposed to be on.
Reviewed jepp low enroute charts/symbology and approach plate symbology. MEAs, MSAs, when do you changeover navaids when it's not depicted?, etc...
All in all, the main focus was on IFR competence.
What makes you a good fit for AWAC?
What do you bring to AWAC?

I had all of my documents ready to go, logbooks in original form and digitized...not much scrutiny here but that may be due to my high hours. Had extra resumes but only needed one.

They were very relaxed - interviewers were line pilots dressed informally. Seemed like a good bunch and they put me at ease.
Show up in a good suit with the paperwork you need, logbook ready to go and knowing your Charts. I did some of the Sheppard air prep for the 50 question test which was helpful to me since I hadn't seen any ATP questions for a long time.
Since I drove to the interview and stayed at a buddy's house I don't have any hotel/shuttle gouge to pass on.
Good luck and be yourself.
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