I have just been through the entire process and have successfully come out the other end with an offer. I found this thread very useful in my preparation so I thought it is only right that I provide some up-to-date feedback.
I only finished my training a few months ago so was one of the lucky ones to go more or less straight from training into a job...so for those of you that are feeling rather pessimistic about it, it is certainly possible but I admit it is the exception rather than the norm. I am not Irish, but I am over 30, so it is not just those in their mid-20s that are taken on. For those that believe RYR are ignoring the Irish, I cannot comment on that but all I can say is there weren't any on the assessment.
So after applying online with CAE it took a couple of weeks for them to get back to me and request a copy of my CV. Once sent they responded a week later telling me I will get a phone call in a week or so.
The phone call was very straightforward. Just a few questions on hours, licenses, etc. No questions to trip you up - all factual info. Asked me if I passed first time, etc on my CPL, IR and ground studies. I don't know what their requirements are as I just answered their questions and they were happy with my responses, but for the record I had all first time passes. At the end they confirmed they would be inviting me to the assessment and gave me a date.
I used the time in between to prepare properly for the assessment. As mentioned, going through the entirety of this thread was my first step and I got some great tips on questions, format, etc from here. I did some further research on the internet - there are a few other resources (some paid) that you can use but to be honest everything you need is on here. At the same time I did as much research as I could on RYR and their current operations. Finally, I also got some SIM time - I recommend you get some cheap fixed-base 738 time just to get used to the aircraft. It's a complex machine so you don't want to spend the best part of the actual assessment getting used to the handling, controls, etc.
So then, the big day. I made my way to Stansted - there were 6 of us on the day and we were divided into two groups of three. The RYR guys were very friendly and made you feel at ease right from the start. Believe me, it does help.
We had 30 mins to prepare brief between us and decide on what procedures we would use on TO, etc. Use that time wisely and be very clear that you agree with what you are all going to do because you don't want to be questioning yourself or your partner in the SIM. So one group was told to go to the sim first, the other was told to go for interviews. I was in the latter.
The interview was reasonably straightforward. There were two guys there - the operations guy and the personnel guy. Personnel questions first, such as:
Why do you want to be a pilot / Why should we choose you / Why are RYR so successful
Etc.....(as mentioned all you have to do is go over this thread - it has every question that is likely to come up)
Then it was the technical questions:
Why do jets have swept wings / Describe to your neighbour how an altimeter works / Which flight is faster - London to NY or return / How many PAX on a 737 / How many flight attendants on a 737 and why
(again - all questions can be found in this thread)
Finally, you are asked to pick 3 bases that you would like to work from (I doubt that this choice is ever taken into consideration though).
The whole interview took approx. half hour. After the interviews we were taken to the SIM. What a beaut! Never been in a full motion SIM before and this looked fantastic - very sleek, modern and a great experience. We had to decide between the three of us who wanted to go first - I ended up in the jumpseat.
So the first flight was the other two guys - one as PF, one as PNF. Then I went as PNF for one of them and finally I did PF. So each of us took turns in each role.
The profile was the same for all - SID from Liverpool. Once levelled off we were given certain instructions, like climbs/descents, turns, speed increases/decreases, etc. No steep turns.
After all that we were directed back to the NDB to enter the hold. En route, we had an emergency. I think we all got a cabin fire. Be calm, deal with it as per your MCC training. There is no catch - all you need is good CRM skills.
Once round the hold and then cleared for the procedure (NDB/DME approach). We either did a full landing, or of you had to go around, we were then repositioned on the ILS and asked to finish the approach to a full landing. Each landing was pretty hard and it's surprising how well you can feel it in the SIM....Sore bums all round
After the SIM that was it - we were literally taken through the doors and told goodbye and good luck. So the day was over. All in all it took 5-6 hours. Quite tiring though as you need a lot of brain power throughout the day. Bring chocolate, or similar, as you need that sugar fix at times!
To be honest I did not leave very confident and wasn't really sure I did well enough to be taken on. But 8 days later I got the call from the training organization to confirm the feedback from RYR was promising and to arrange a start date for the TR.
Enjoy the day as much as you can because even if you are unsuccessful it is a great experience for future assessments. Good luck to all