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Hey guys, been following this thread of late, and thought i'd drop a note too..
@RahulPereira: its good to see your enthusiasm for the job, somewhat reminds me of me! however, i suppose patience it the key here, because as Ademaro mentioned, i too have been waiting for just about 6 months, i applied in June of 2009, to be assessed in Malaysia as my first choice, and Hong Kong as Second choice..im still hanging on to the hope of a call, as my last email correspondece with the cadet pilot team was in September of 2009, where they mentioned that they have received and screened my application, and are waiting to place it by geographic region, it at all i've made the cut for the initial interview, that it
So, i suppose as many have said in previous posts, it must be a lot of work sifting through the number of applications..i have a friend who applied to be assessed in India as his first choice, and he hasnt received a call yet either..he applied roughly the same time as i did, if not earlier..
hope thats insight enough? i too am waiting..i'd be lying if i said its patiently
9 Months and Still Waiting For My Initial Interview.
The Wonderful Cadet Pilot Programme,
The HR Department have taken a long holiday and are generally very very busy. What I don't understand is that why so much time to send a reply. I agree there are many applications in the waiting game, why not cut to the chase and tell us if we are up for Stage 1 or not, and then we can think about something else or concentrate on other things. I know of some folk's who want this so bad (including myself) who are banking on this too much. And a desperately waiting a reply,till I get a No from them I wont stop preparing.
It wont be too much of trouble for the HR , to speed things up a little bit.
IN MY CASE - "Initial Application done in April 2009" That is 9 Months , PHUKIN HELL , Still no answer ... I don't know what the hell is going on there at Cathay City (Flight Recruitment). At this rate Stage 1 will be sometime next year I Guess. It is just ridiculous. Waste of time is a waste of money . I am not happy at all with the way my application has been handled, every 8 weeks I send them an e-mail all I get is a standard reply.
"Your application will be considered along with all other eligible applicants in your geographic area when we next select for interviews.
Thank you for your interest in the Cadet Pilot Programme."
It is just frustrating about how long it takes to get a reply " human reply" from flight crew recruitment, there should be some amount of decency shown by them to at least respect other peoples time.
well I just don't know what more to say
waiting any longer is not a blessing anymore.
Last edited by Swine Facipic; 4th Jan 2010 at 10:16.
Reason: ABUSE AND EXPRESSION OF ULTIMATE FRUSTRATION
Is there any way to get a message through to the HR
" that there are many people who are Frustrated with their slow , sloppy approach to the whole Cadet Pilot Programme Selection System"
If any one agrees with me please raise your concern with the Flight Crew Recruitment Team if anyone knows someone personally or just get the message to the concerned people.
Me personally waiting for 9 months for an Initial Interview, and I know a few who are waiting for 4 months Plus.
I am absolutely disgusted by the way it is being handled.
With all due respect , I am fine by all means if they don't want to interview from my geographical region because of logistical, economical , professional or personal reasons.
I will happily accept a rejection if I don't meet the standards , only thing I am asking is have the courtesy to INFORM the Applicant in a reasonable time frame.
BUT HAVE THE BLOODY DECENCY TO INFORM, WITHIN A RESPECTABLE TIME FRAME
If the Flight Crew Recruitment Department (Cathay City) is listening , please clear the backlog and respect other people's time and have the professional courtesy to inform the applicant about the status of their application.
Unfortunately the ball isn't in your park, so you play by their rules. They don't owe you any sort of explanation, and if you get tired of waiting you can always off and there will be hundreds more to take your place in the queue. Even cadet pilots who have graduated/are graduating soon need to wait for a start date in the mainline - what does that say about people who have just applied and have not yet been given an interview date?
Hey thanks for replying, really appreciate you giving me an insight, also to Swine Facipic and Holdmetight, reading your threads I feel I don't even have the right to ask when they're gonna inform me because you guys are way way ahead in the list and its really bad to hear about you guys, I sincerely hope this New Year gives us an interview date at least........ Thanks once again, will still keep an eye on this thread to see if you guys hear anything. Regards, Rahul Pereira
Swine Facipic, my tip would be while waiting to save the amount of money needed to fulfill your dream and consider it a bonus if you get through the application process.
Sure CX cadet programme may be slow getting back to you and many others...but we really cant claim them! What they do more airlines should be doing! So a for Cathay, who says: We look for the best staff in the world
Wish everyone good luck! And I hope they get back to you all (Im also waiting)
has CX Number One akavaibhav once again reinvented himself again ths time as keen84?
anyway, I emailed them today after waiting since July 21st 09 for a reply. I have emailed them before and had a 'human reply' off them once and one or two general replies. My choice London for mine and there has been 2 after I applied and apparantly one now in Feb.
It should be done better, maybe a couple of extra staff on the cadet area to help speed it up. I dont know the ins and outs of what they get up to admittedly but updates wpuld be welcomed.
I don't want to sound bitchy about this but Swine Facipic, you have got to calm yourself down. This Cadetship is a privilege, not a right. Cathay don't owe you anything, nor do you owe them. I would suggest if you are set on an aviation career, get some savings together, and get the licenses you require. By doing so, you also show Cathay a keenness to be in the industry, and a better chance of making this Cadetship.
You may think that paying for this training yourself, and then re-learning everything again in Adelaide is pointless, but the biger picture is that you will have more flying hours, more experiences, and a greater chance of success. You will also be a safer pilot for it. Remember in the aviation industry, flying hours are like gold.
I would suggest you start on your backup option now, and think of getting into Cathay the same as you would buying a Lotto ticket.
welcome to the wait. this has been ongoing for a long long time for direct entry candidates....just be thankful that at least they are still hiring cadets whereas they may possibly end the DE program for good!
All spoken, heard and thought , but the reality is that there are currently, 5 Batches - of Cathay CPP currently training at FTA , Latest being the CX CPP CP36 (11 cadets) ,CX CPP CP35 (16 cadets) ,CX CPP CP34 , CP33 AND CP32. Around 80 Plus Cathay Cadets already training there. CP37 due to start in March / April 2010 they are aiming for around 16 cadets for that one.
Latest interviews took place in Australia and New Zealand. Thats all I am aware of, and they do interview applicants in Hong Kong on a regular basis.
The only way I see it is that they are very active in the Cadet Pilot Programme (CPP) Recruitment - hence they are very busy, a few hundred applications waiting to be screened and replied to.
The only question I have is that why do they not reply to applicants like me for 9 months at a stretch, and a few others are also waiting for a "HUMAN" reply for a few months.
I personally don't find this particular approach to the Recruitment Programme Healthy in the long run.
Yes, the ball is not in my court. I have done my part by applying and now I have to play by the rules, zip up, keep shut and wait, but don't you fellow applicants think that a wait for 3 months + is a bit too long just to get a Initial Interview Scheduled
Requesting Views From Fellow Authentic Applicants. Pushing Tailwinds,
Swine I don't understand your aggresive message, you seem to have quite a bad attitude-it was actually just an observation based on some previous posts in this and other threads from a few weeks and more back-nothing sinister or aggressive (or even insulting/ridiculing in what I typed!!!) and was meant as a little humerous hence the smiley atthe end. plus if you didnt care, why comment?
anyway that said and done, I recieved a reply which was
"Your application is still under pending for initial screening. If any further information we'll let you know.
At the moment, we are unable to speculate when the next schedule will take place in near future."
Guys, I know how it feels to be waiting and not have a clue as to whether they are interested in you or not. I am also waiting for an interview date myself. But why not look at this from another perspective? They might be taking a longer time to look at your application than others, but guess what? You haven't been rejected yet, which means they are probably trying to figure out:
1. Whether you are worth looking at; or 2. When and where they should tell you to go for an interview.
Why does it take so much longer for some people? Who knows! There must be a lot of factors that come into play, and unless the HR themselves come onto PPRuNe to explain, no one will ever know for sure how things are done. But one thing is for sure - as long as you don't have the rejection e-mail sitting in your inbox, then you are still in the run to secure a cadetship with Cathay Pacific.
Personally, I don't care what the ladies in the Recruitment Department do, or how this particular way of doing things is hurting the Cadet Programme (I actually do not see how it is doing so, candidates are a dime a dozen anyway). I am going to wait for as long as they need to assess my application. Like many others on this forum, I have decided to make flying my life-long career, so how can 3 or 6 or 9 months of waiting hurt a potential career that could span decades?
Swine, I am actually sick of your rudeness. You should take a tablet of calm the hell down. Go, save some money, learn to fly, and if Cathay get back to you, take it as a bonus. Flying is a dream, and in the trial flights I have done, I am definitely going to follow that dream. Cathay don't owe you anything. And if you don't have the patience to wait for them to get back to you, I know there are thousands of others waiting to take your place. Sit back, hold tight, and as is everything in aviation, "always have a backup plan, and a backup for the backup plan as well".