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PSA interview Gouge

Discussion in 'Airline Pilots' started by Cptnchia, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. Cptnchia

    Cptnchia Well-Known Member

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    Any PSAers,
    One of my neighbors has an interview with PSA on Monday and I was wondering if anyone knew any “gotchas” to watch out for.

    He is an older individual, actually flew for NWA about 15 years ago, but quit because his wife at the time didn’t like the lifestyle.

    Anyway, he’s looking to get back into flying as a career. He flies with the local flight club, so not totally out of it.

    I told him to relax, if you can breath and know the front of a plane from the back, you’re in.

    So, anything in particular to watch out for?
     
  2. Skåning

    Skåning Well-Known Member

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    Dang, does he still have that wife? What a lot of money he walked away from.
     
  3. Cptnchia

    Cptnchia Well-Known Member

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    No, she divorced him not long after that.
     
  4. Beefy McGee

    Beefy McGee Well-Known Member

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  5. BobDDuck

    BobDDuck Gone whale watching...

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    Been a long time since I've been there, but from what I got out of talking to somebody who still is... be instrument current AND proficient.
     
  6. Screaming_Emu

    Screaming_Emu You people

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    I interviewed there to be a street captain about two years ago.

    Knowledge test was as advertised from the gouge on the internet, short HR section that I honestly don’t remember, then some basic stuff in the CRJ sim.

    Really the only thing I found weird was that I felt older and more experienced than everyone who was interviewing me.
     
  7. CUTigerPilot

    CUTigerPilot RJ Scum

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    Can use the gouge that @Beefy McGee posted. Other than that just review over some Jepp plates and be able to brief your way through a STAR + Approach. Being instrument current and proficient will help a lot once he gets to ground school.. Saw too many folks who had been away from the game for a while get behind the rest of the class trying to knock to rust off. When I interviewed there were people from 21-60 age range in the group.
     
  8. tbstanto

    tbstanto Well-Known Member

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    I won't be there on Monday conducting interviews, but I will be there on Tuesday. Missed you by one day.

    Like people above said, AviationInterviews.com is a great resource. I do not think there are any "gotchas". We are pilots interviewing pilots. We ask pertinent questions, and things that assess if you are prepared to start training at our airline. We may ask a few things that are published on every gouge to see if you are prepared and serious (did you research the gouges and take time in preparing?), but short of that, all of the questions are directly related to what we do as pilots every day.

    Expect to be asked questions about weather, Jepp charts, instrument procedures, and basic FAR's. If I give you an approach plate and say you are cleared to XXX, descend and maintain XXXX' until established, you can hopefully tell me how you would fly the approach to the missed, both precision and non-precision.
     
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  9. chrisreedrules

    chrisreedrules Master Blaster

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    The interview is pretty straight forward. Be yourself, be relaxed and confident and you’ll be fine. Go over to aviationinterviews.com and read the gouges over there. They are all pretty accurate to my knowledge. Biggest thing I hear people getting told “no” for is their logbooks being in disarray or just simply having the numbers not add up. Make sure that all of your paperwork is filled out completely and correctly and make sure your logbook is neat and everything makes sense.
     
  10. This is My Screen Name

    This is My Screen Name Well-Known Member

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    Fog mirror - check
    Wore pants - check

    When can you start ?
     
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  11. chrisreedrules

    chrisreedrules Master Blaster

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    Unfortunately no. It’s not that simple. We’ve been turning away plenty for various reasons.
     
  12. This is My Screen Name

    This is My Screen Name Well-Known Member

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    Uh, yea. Obviously.

    Its a joke. In other words don't sweat it, for those that can read between the lines.

    Shoot, if I made through interview, indoc and initial anyone can.
     
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  13. chrisreedrules

    chrisreedrules Master Blaster

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    That’s fine and I didn’t take your post in any negative kind of way. And it obviously isn’t that obvious if it even needs to be said at all ;)... Not everyone was born to win.
     
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  14. Falcon262

    Falcon262 Well-Known Member

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    Were you at the Cadet event in Dallas last week?
     
  15. chrisreedrules

    chrisreedrules Master Blaster

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    No I was not. I am not a recruiter for PSA, I’m a regular line pilot.
     
  16. Soku39

    Soku39 Well-Known Member

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    Ouch.
     
  17. Maximillian_Jenius

    Maximillian_Jenius Super User

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    Crossing my fingers that you're right!
     
  18. This is My Screen Name

    This is My Screen Name Well-Known Member

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    Most definitely.

    I came to airlines with 260 PIC airplane and 25 multi engine 1600 helo 5 hours actual imc never flown anything with autopilot or glass cockpit and I was self study/home course for all of my ratings

    End of the day I'm average at best. Study what they tell you to study. Training is designed well to transition people from a Cessna to a jet.

    Be sure to show up IFR current though. I did an IPC like course before I showed up.
     
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  19. Maximillian_Jenius

    Maximillian_Jenius Super User

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    Thanks for the advice and encouragement. I got a long ways to go before worrying about indoc/initial. But having never been through that type of rapid training. On the outside, it just seems daunting.
     
  20. Soku39

    Soku39 Well-Known Member

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    It's really not that bad, just do what they tell you to and play nice with the rest of the guys.
     

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