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Air Wisconsin Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: January 2018
Summary of Qualifications: 1500TT COM IR MEL/SEL
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Interviewed with Air Wisconsin in ORD went to the hotel about 30minutes before interview time. waited in the lobby with the other pilots they came to get us exactly at the time of the interview. They started by introducing themselves and making sure we got all the paperwork they asked for. Then they asked each one of us to introduce ourselves. After that they gave us an introduction about the company and the benefits, followed by some Qs and As. They then handed us written tests, the tests were 25 Qs only 2 of which where plate related, the questions varied from 91 questions and some aerodynamics questions. after that we all went downstairs to the lobby, and waited for them to call our names. When they called my name I was taken upstairs to a room with two pilots they asked me some simple HR Qs, one question was if you discover that I smell like alcohol before a flight will you write me up or talk to me about it? another was "I'm a good pilot with a bad attitude and he's a good employer which one of us would you hire?". After that the technical part started, they asked me which type of plates do I want to use, I use JEPP so they used Jepp plates( they have both). then they asked me about 20 Qs in about 5 minutes it was really quick. example of questions:
-You are at min. you only see the app. lights what do you do?
-Max holding speed at this point? (I was asked this question more than once at different waypoints having different altitudes)
-what type of light should we expect to see for this runway?
-how far out from this waypoint can you be at this altitude?(not a calculation problem they just want to make sure you know how far our can you be at the altitude not how far out do you start the descent)
-what's the RVR for this app. if we have an autopilot and a flight director?
-is this runway a slopping runway?is it an upslope or a downslope?
-they gave me an SID and asked me what are the procedures for a runway that wasn't included in the SID to see what I would do
-they asked me question on airport markings too, Like ILS critical area which side do we stop at and when do we stop at one?
-if we are taxing on this taxiway and an aircraft is exiting this runway using a high-speed exit which one of us has the right of way?
-last question they asked me if I know what does the word METAR stand for, I told them I don't know they said yes no one knows (I meet lots of pilots that think they know what it stands for YOU ARE WRONG no one really knows)

After that they sent us all upstairs they had pizza and some salad for us. then I was pulled in and offered the job and a class date. they tool my finger prints and sent me to another room to get a urine sample for a drug test, and that was it I was free to go after that.
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.
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