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Old 16th Mar 2009, 15:42   #1 (permalink)
 
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Why do you want to become a pilot....

Just filling in the original application for the Cadet Programme at Cathay and the last two questions are...

Why do you want to be a Pilot? and What experience have you gained which will assist you as a pilot?

I can answer these fine but I find what I want to say is rather cheesy.

What did you guys write?

Any help would be great!
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Old 16th Mar 2009, 16:51   #2 (permalink)
 
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write whatever you want to say, as long as they are proper English. And make sure those ladies who reading your CV like what you have wrote at the paper and that would be fine.
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Old 16th Mar 2009, 17:19   #3 (permalink)
 
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Yeah, I just answered with gut instinct and a clear head... ended up writing what I felt at the time. Didn't care if it sounded cheesy!


I've just sent the application off so fingers crossed!
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Old 16th Mar 2009, 17:21   #4 (permalink)
 
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BTW, the email confirmation for my application said I will hear about the outcome in 8 weeks. Did any of you receive anything before 8 weeks?
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Old 16th Mar 2009, 20:38   #5 (permalink)
 
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I sent my application on March 4.

And, I got an invitation for the initial test from email a week later.
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Old 16th Mar 2009, 21:27   #6 (permalink)
 
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Why do you want to become a pilot?

I answered; "Chicks dig pilots"
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Old 21st Mar 2009, 13:24   #7 (permalink)
 
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If you have to ask how to answer such a question on PPRuNe, I suggest you take a long hard look at yourself. the answer should come naturally if you indeed have the passion for it and really want this career. Those who do not have the passion for it quickly find out that they don't last too long here. The interviewers can tell, so if you talk bullshit you probably won't get anywhere.
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Old 24th Mar 2009, 09:51   #8 (permalink)
 
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I'll keep that in mind Sleeve_of_Wizard!... Though if you look at my original post, I did not say I could not answer those questions, I said that I felt my natural response to the question was too cliché (when I was a boy type story etc.)!!

Being a pilot is not the only job that requires passion and commitment (we all know that!!!) to be good at anything requires immense passion and commitment...but...

passion + commitment + love of flying = Pilot Wannabe
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Old 24th Mar 2009, 11:35   #9 (permalink)
 
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I think

"I just like the idea of sitting in the left hand seat with the female F/A servicing me and mini me"

1/60
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Old 27th Mar 2010, 00:13   #10 (permalink)
 
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hey, how did you get on, did anyone get into the cadetship?
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Old 27th Mar 2010, 08:36   #11 (permalink)
 
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Quote:
indeed have the passion for it and really want this career
hahahahahahaha
That's the funniest thing I read today.
Not sure "passion for it" and airline second office can go in the same thread. If you indeed have a passion for flying, an airline job ain't going to fulfil it. It really is just a job. (hey I love it don't get me wrong, lots of time off with the family).
Just my opinion.
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Old 27th Mar 2010, 10:13   #12 (permalink)
 
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I note the question is "why do you want to be a pilot", and not "why do you want to be a Cathay pilot". Make sure you answer both questions to yourself.

Hand on my heart, I come up with two very different answers.

They may very well ask "why do you want to work for Cathay Pacific". Remember that working for CX may be very different to flying for them.

Food for thought. Best of luck.
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Old 28th Mar 2010, 01:33   #13 (permalink)
 
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FO4EVA - I wouldn't necessarily agree. People like flying for a variety of different reasons, and airline flying certainly has its own unique set of challenges. Being an S/O with CX is hardly an appealing job, but the day will come when you get two bars on your shoulder. That's what people can aspire towards, definitely not being an S/O!

Darling - That's very true. CX are obviously looking at people who can prove they will stick with the company in the long-run. They want people who can make command and stay on. You may well be asked "Why do you want to be a pilot" in the online application but you can be sure as hell they will ask why you want to be a Cathay pilot during the interview.

That's strange though, not too long ago they were asking "Why do you want to become a Cathay Pacific cadet pilot?" Seems they have now changed their tune!

Iceman_Wannabe - The cheesier, the better! Having said that, originality is what is important. I have a friend who applied a couple of years back, and he answered the "why do you want to be a pilot" question by simply saying "I want to fly." He was given an interview.
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Old 28th Mar 2010, 03:59   #14 (permalink)
 
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A Second Officer is hardly within the definition of a pilot. Certainly no more than a burger flipper at McDonalds can be called a chef.
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