"Why should we hire you at (brand that claims it's any different)?"
"Because I will perform pilot services for currency."
"What attracts you about working at (brand that claims it's any different)?"
"The opportunity to perform pilot services for greater amounts of currency with additional time off for the same increments of currency."
"What do you dislike about your current employer?"
"The difference between the amount of pilot services I perform here and the currency and days off I would receive at this prospective employer."
"Do you have any questions?"
"When can I start performing pilot services for currency?"
tl;dr: cash rules err'thing around me
"Sorry, our airplanes Bernoulli principle works a little differently, you see our planes fly better when the pilots have volunteered to build a house and save a few kittens."
I had a FO recently tell me he interviewed at [large airline] and wasn't hired. 2008 recession passes and 5 yrs later they call back for a second interview when he applied. HR lady asked what have you done since? He was honest and said after the furloughs, he was the plug on the list and barely hanging onto his job. That his wife got a residency in a place in which they moved to and bought a house to start a family. Until the residency is over he has a 2 leg commute to reserve and has never missed work even with that. And in the little time he's at home, he's watching the newborn while the wife does the odd hours at residency.
Her response: "So you've done nothing..."
At that that point he said to please take me off your interview / applicant list and don't call me again. What he should have said is go eff yourself with a pineapple.
When one is single, you have all the time in the world and can easily volunteer a bunch with stuff that interests you. Then get married, and some of that free time goes down. Then have a kid and that free time goes down again. Then have a second kid, and that free time really goes way down. Throw a commute in there, and now your 10 days off/month are spent just trying to make sure your 2 kids know that they actually have a father.......
Yeah I'm sure there are people who can pull all that off and still volunteer. Still, I know *many* more who don't give two craps about the volunteer work they do, they are only doing it just to check a box on an application and fill in their achievement/work boxes on airlineapps. Whatever floats your boat, more power to ya. But for someone to marginalize your personal life when you're just hanging on trying to deal best with your life situation at that particular time, is a low move. They can take that job and shove it. Problem is, no pilot really gets that opportunity to be that total and brutal honest, as a guy above said. It's a game and you gotta play it to win it (unfortunately).