there is a big debate about aptitude testing but it seems to be what the airlines want, in this climate we have to be as attractive as possible to prospective employers, as always and results are handy to wave at your bank manager if you've to apply for a loan.
I won a GAPAN scholarship for a PPL, in 1998, then the tests were in the written format followed by an interview by four of their members, all of whom had plenty of airline experience.
To cut a long story short..... I joined as an associate of the guild. since then I have recieved news letters and invites to various functions etc. Unfortunately, most of their activities are midweek so I didn't attend any of them. But The Guild always took an interest in what I was doing and how my progress to becoming a commercial pilot was getting on. Which it wasn't untill last October!
Recently they have assigned a person to oversee the associates he asked lots of questions on how we thought us associates could benefit more from them. The result is that they have assigned, if we wish to have one, a personal mentor to guide us help with C.V and interview technique etc. The chaps they assign are very experienced, usually training captains and the like. And they offer their services for free.
I was with SFT and in America when they went broke. The Guild were very helpful afterwards and were very keen to get me back on my feet and running again, some thing which I appreciated.
They are always willing to give help and advice, but they will not answer the question we have all asked, which FTO?? They will not give any commercial information.
Not much more to say, any further questions give them a call or e-mail them, there pretty quick to reply to your queries, unlike some FTO's!!