Buddy...I'm not sure if any airline would recommend a candidate what book to study from at the time of the interview. This is what CX suggests -
Candidates applying for an Advanced Entry Second Officer position will complete both written and technical interviews to assess both their suitability for an AE course and a career in Cathay Pacific Airways.
Candidates will be expected to have a depth and scope of knowledge commensurate with their experience and the licence they currently hold.
i got mail from them to conform attendence by 8th feb which i did and they said further details will be send by them via email before 10th feb but no rply yet what does this means???does any one got second mail from them..
Any Non-CPL Holder who got the call? I know, i'm starting these non-sensical CPL/Non-CPL Holder queries, but its required to clear the air. Is this for the masses, or the 'Accelerated Entry' means only for CPL with 250 Hours+ as somebody analyzed it up above ?
Heya did anyone manage to find out any of the interview questions for the initial interview (technical q's or otherwise). If there is a different forum on here on the interview could someone post it. The search function doesnt bring up anything. Would really appreciate any advice tips etc.
vish320 - As per the Fragrant Harbour forum, posts dating back to 2009 suggest that after the final interview in Hong Kong, Cathay recruited around 70 cadets ('worldwide') for further flight training/grading in Adelaide. I assume it would be a similar figure this time. Tough competition, considering the recruitment process is ongoing in approx. 15 countries (if I'm not mistaken).
Dub32 - There isn't any specific forum to discuss the technical interview questions. Candidates who passed earlier haven't shared their experiences either. So don't expect much. Get on with your books and be prepared. Maybe 'Ace the technical Pilot interview' would help. That's all I can think of at the moment. Regarding the initial interview (technical + personal) , I'm pretty sure about the high standards they set when it comes to 'communication skills' i.e. a candidate's fluency in English.
Here are some notes I copied down back in July 2011 from the Cathay thread
CX experience. What to expect from Cathay: It was a long time ago I applied and I was in a much worse off place that I am now, so if you have just applied, be patient. The process for me took just over one year. I did not make it all the way through, and am not disappointed. I would have like to worked for CX but was not happy about the pay they were offering, this came about because of personal circumstances current job and other issues (women). Hopefully the following is something that you can all look through and appreciate as some information garnered through the trial and tribulation I endured. I loved the process and and used it for what it was, good practice. The following is some info that I memorised and had on que cards to study and revise on top of the basic info they give you. It came in handy for me, and hopefully it may for you too. I will try and present it in chronological order with initial letter first then all subsequent information needed for initial and secondary interviews/selection then my 2 HKD’s worth. Dear Mr_Pilot With reference to your application to the Cathay Pacific Airways Second Officer, we confirm our conversation inviting you to an Initial Interview in XXX at XXXX on XXXX. Venue: Cathay Pacific Office XXXX
***Please continue to correspond with our Hong Kong office and only contact the XXXX office in the event of a cancellation on the day of your interview XXXX Kindly present the original and a photocopy of the following documents at the interview:
· Flying Licence, if applicable
· Medical Certificate applicable to above-mentioned Flying Licence
· All logbooks
· Results of PPL/CPL/ATPL theory examinations and proof of Multi-Engine Instrument Rating, if applicable
· Education Qualifications including public exam results, high school certificates, university transcripts and certificate
· An update copy of your resume
· One passport size photograph with your name and application number on the reverse Following this interview, shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend further assessments in Hong Kong. The necessary tickets on Cathay Pacific Airways and accommodation for the duration of the interview process will be provided. Kindly note that expenses will not be paid for attendance at the initial interview. Enclosed is a confidential medical questionnaire which you are required to complete and submit at the interview in a sealed envelope, marked with your name and application number. An attachment entitled “Job Knowledge Information” is also included. This information should be studied in preparation for the 45 minute technical multiple-choice questionnaire. If you have any queries, please contact XXXX Yours sincerely CX Office
************************** Cathay Pacific Airways is pleased to invite you to attend our Second Officer Initial Selection in XXXX. The process comprises of the following components:
- Interview with both Personal and Technical Questions (45mins)
(This is easy and should not pose a problem if consideration and preparation is done in accordance with the practice questions and you make up additional ones of your own)
- Technical multiple-choice Questionnaire (45mins) So easy that it was not funny for someone with some flying experience – for those with none, you will need to study the book that they give you from the early turn of the century, I would recommend some addition basic reading too on Basic Aeronautical Knowledge, you should be able to fine enough online or go to a flying school and see if you can buy or borrow one, about 40 USD I would expect, or even half for a used one.
- Reasoning Test (45mins) Again this was an absolute breeze, very much different to the QF boxes reasoning test, but matrix aligned reasoning of addition multiplication and substitution or rotation in picture format. I got a copy that some d1ckheads before me decided to write all over. I was happy to see they circled about 5 wrong. This is easy again if you look into your local library, or look up MENSA testing and do some practices to get the hang of what is required.
- A Personality Assessment (30mins) I can not remember if I did do this, I don’t think I did. I honestly believe these are BS in the most part, but sometimes do keep the loons out. Hence maybe the reason I did not progress further than I did. I did want to attach the basic letter of offered conditions here and will do so when I relearn how to do so via an outsorced HTML site. Basically it is 4 pages of notes, so the figures and fact are then public. This is what you should prepare to know: Approx 180,000 aircraft movements per year. Just under 27 million pax per year. 1.8 million tonnes of freight. 90 million dollar revenue, 14 million profit. 19,000 core staff 27,000 in subsidiaries. Founded 25/09/1946 by an American, Roy C Farrell, and Australian, Sydney H De Kranzow. Major achievement in 1998 was achieving permission of the polar routing to NYC direct. Swire group is the parent company and controlling intrest. They have a large stake in and control over many other businesses around asia, including – Air China, AC Cargo, Air Hong Kong, Dragon Air, etc. Destinations: Johanesburg Adelaide Brisbane Cairns Melbourne Perth Sydney Auckland Beijing Shanghai Taipai Bahrain Chenai Dehli Mumbai Karachi Jeddah Ryadah Colombo Dubai Paris Frankfurt Milan Rome Moscow Amsterdam London Toronto Vancover Los Angeles New York San Fransisco Denpesar Jakata Surabaya Kula Lumpor Penang Cebu Manilla Singapore Bangkok Ho Chi Minh Fuokoka Nagoya Osaka Supporo Tokyo Seoul Need to know: Hong Kong Lat Long: 22 deg 18 min 32 sec north. 113 deg 54 min 52 sec east. Hong Kong: 95% ethnic Chinese – spoken language in my opinion is about 95% as well. Although you can get around speaking English it is about equivalent to living in Qubec city… although english is another official language people do treat you differently if you can not speak the language… although unlike the French Canadians I found the ethnic majority of Chinese to be very pleasant and accepting that I could not speak much of the language. City consists of 7 million people. New territories have been added. Know something about these. Three goals of CX: Safety first Grow winning team Socially and Environmentaly responsible Base starting salary: Approx 45,000 HKD refer to pictures for more official documentation and reasoning. After expenses of living (housing, eating out, transport, bills and leisure expenses the take home pay after tax I calculated to be about 10,000HKD) NB/ this is being frugal and living below my current standard of living. It is important to look for a place that you want to be happy living in when over there. A/C and numbers: Subject to change and I have found many varying sources from both official CX websites and documentation contradicting itself and other user posts here on prune. 120 currently online: 777-200 (5) 777-300 (12) 777-300ER (19) 747-400 (21) 747-400F (6) 747-400BCF (12) 747-400ECF (6) A340-300 (11) A330-300 (32) AC on order: 90 777-300 (27) 747-8F (10) A350-900 (32) A330-300 (21) Engines currently used on each AC: 777-200 T877 777-300 T884B 777-300ER GE90-115B 747-400 variants: PW 4052 RB211-524 A340-300 CFM-56-564 A330-300 T772 You should know static or full thrust ratings for these engines, but will not post these as you need to know why the engines designators are what they are: Ie. T877 is the Trent 8th series engine with 77,000 pound of thrust (from memory). You need to know this if questioned. NB// For anyone with previous flight experience; know your type and the speeds etc. Know what does what and why. I unfortunately got asked some curly questions and was told to explain why certain aspects are used for certain periods in flight and why we do not change our speeds etc (company policy for us). But you will get asked to demonstrate the knowledge you have… not just regurgitate it. Know your emergency procedures: (you should already) and more importantly think about the reasoning behind why. Questions I was asked through various stages and prep’ed for:
Name and identify the following AC and give reason to how you came to your choice. (best practice – go on airliners.net and have a look through there as there are multi-choice games where you can pick AC types, after a while you should form some distinction)
What is the x-wind limit of current AC type, is this a demonstrated limit, what does demonstrated mean?
This is the landing designated, wind is XX/XXX tell me x-wind and headwind components: I used the 60/45/30 method of 90/75/50 for my answering which seemed fine.
What does a SO do? What would a likely roster be? How much time on and off do you expect to have?
What AC do we operate?
Where do we fly in Europe/Asia/Australasia/Japan/Middle East/Americas?
What AC are on order?
Why did you want to fly?
What have you done towards getting your qualifications to fly?
Why did it take you so long?
Why did you choose your degree?
What aspects did you enjoy most?
Which aspect did you struggle with?
What will you do if you don’t work for CX?
How did you fund your PPL?
How long did this take?
Why did it take this long? Is this normal?
When did you go solo?
What other activities do you do?
Why should we hire you?
What would your friends say about you?
What would ex bosses say about you?
What role do you assume in teamwork?
Are you a leader or follower? Why… justify your answer and give and example.
Why did you choose aviation?
How did you find out about the program?
What is the differences b/n leading edge and trailing edge devices? What are the associated advantages of both.
Why do we use flaps?
Do we have nosewheel braking?
What is the antiskid brake system… explain.
What affect does G loading have on stall speeds… how is this calculated?
Describe current job, boss, working environment.
Tell me about CX.
Who founded it.
What was the first jet aircraft brought onto line?
How did the idea for CX get started?
Given a choice for AC type which would you choose and why?
If you smelt alcohol on the Capt. Breath what would you do?
Flight planned into sev turb what do you do?
What is fly by wire and how does it work?
Choosing between the A340 and 777 give reason for choice.
Flex (derated) thrust… give three reasons for use.
Define Vmcg Vmca Va V1 V2 at what height do you have to be one engine out at V2 what gradient is then expected? Gross and Net.
What is the point of trim tanks, which AC have them?
What engines does each plane operate?
Why do we fly at high altitude?
Rostered duty times? 5o 3off x 3 then 10 days rostered off. Normal pattern.
3 reasons of why you wanted to become a pilot?
What is the operating level of a 777?
Jet engine operations explain?
How does a jet slow down? In air, and on ground?
AC used at Parafield?
Timings for each course at Parafield?
Allowance paid while at Parafield? Stage two acceptance letter: Dear Mr_Pilot Further to your application for the Cadet Pilot Programme and subsequent selection, we are pleased to advise you that you are shortlisted for the Stage 2 Interview. We will inform you of the exact date of your interview in due course. Please contact us XXXXXXXXXXXXX if you have any queries. Yours sincerely Flight Crew Recruitment (Cadet Pilot) Then… Mr_Pilot We hereby invite you to attend a Stage 2 Cadet Pilot Program Interview in Hong Kong on XXXXX. Kindly provide the following information: 1) The airport you wish to use for departure and arrival; it must be a Cathay Pacific Airways on-line port and provide your name according to the passport. 2) Air passage will be provided to your spouse should he/she be interested in joining with you during the trip. Please provide copy of marriage certificate and passport details. 3) Current correspondence address and updated contact number for delivery of your tickets from Hong Kong (please provide physical address as FedEx does not deliver packages to Post Office Boxes). 4) Cathay Pacific will provide two to three nights' hotel accommodation only. The number of nights provided is determined by your flight schedule. You are welcome to extend your stay by arriving early or departing later at your own expense (please kindly arrange accommodation on your own), so please provide the travelling dates intended. For entering Hong Kong, kindly visit the following web-site for visa enquiries: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - Immigration Department Any fines payable as a result of failure to have the correct travel documentation and/or Hong Kong visa at the time of travel ill be borne by the applicant. Best Regards, CX Cadet Program Dear Mr_Pilot SECOND OFFICER INITIAL INTERVIEW Welcome to CX city, blah blah… Enclosed is a map of the surrounding areas for navigation. Access is strictly controlled, get your pass from downstairs in the main entrance. Day 1: Welcome brief: Nothing to really say. Interview: Laid back and mostly informal – the process is varied, as some were interviewed by HR and a pilot where some were interviewed by just pilots it seemed. Know how to explain things about aviation if you are already a pilot, know timings and how these change with Longtitude and why. Know distances and timings of aircraft to fly between places. Group exercise: Scenario given where each member has 5 minutes to read a brief of what is involved and requested of them to choose a commander for space mission. NB/ Each member is given different information for the selection. There are numerous applicants on the table in the middle, be sure to pick these up the examiners do not say anything and will not comment. Use the board for working things out. Work together and divide tasks. They are looking to see you can work as part of a team. You then have to choose someone to present your decision and then answer each a question proposed by the interviewer. How did you feel about the choice? If you walked out for five minutes and came back, what would you change? How did you think the group worked together? What would you do differently? Who was a leader? Were they good? What role do you think you played? Was this more important or less important? Etc. Flight Planing exercise: Given to a group of two you are given 10 minutes to digest an information package and prepare for a series of following questions? NB/ you are given different information and should collaborate from the start. Ask to compare notes and make sure you both understand the additional differences. Then you are given a series of scenarios at which you are asked to work both seperately and together. At the end of the exercise you are required to write a report for management, into how and why you came to your decisions. Mental Maths: Seriously hard for some questions. Of absolute no real relevance to flying but more so conceptual equations like .9999 x 9999.9 x 1/9 = xxxxxxxxxx there is no multiple choice given for this, but you have to give a numerical answer. Horrible. I did okay I think as I have taught some of this crap maths, but find it provides no real benefit except for flight calculations or approximations in conceptualising data or timings.It may be good to revise again a math section on an IQ booklet if you have one, or again borrow one from the local library. Harrison Test: I like working with my hands. I like being appreciated for my worth. I like being paid a lot. I like being autonomous. I like talking others around to my point of view. I like helping others. I like teaching Rank in order of importance. Again, I feel like this is absolute BS and can not be studied for. I took this semi-seriously finishing about 17 questions in 13 minutes, at the end I was given a question that others were not (that I spoke to) saying to judge the relation of importance from highly like to dislike on areas of science math, being outdoors, etc etc. Do not try and prep or manipulate as you should never try and fit into an organisation you are not designed for. Work for a company that want you for who you are otherwise you will end up being very unhappy. As I have tried and tested, changing my resume and profile to suit others. Day 2: Un/fortunately I did not pass and thus am unable to comment on any of the following, but I am sure there is some information on here for you to sift through. Instead I got to go see the Big Budda via crystal cabin cable car – awesome and well worth the experience (although I don’t know about the management interview or medical having your balls felt up (– speaking to others), I guess that could have been just as enlightening!!! = - ) General Briefing: English Language Test: Medical Exam: Uniform Measurement: Management Interview: Conclusion: All in all I loved the experience that CX offered me. Speaking to my partner before we set off and after receiving the initial letter of consideration we were excited. However, with time and reading through posts and crunching the sums and life cost of moving, the excitement waned. However, the idea of a free trip was nice enough to push up the motivation levels again. It is always good to feel loved and appreciated (god knows there are enough GA operators out there that would rather feed their dog than a working pilot). But I applied when I was not working, I then have moved on to a wonderful operator and do not want to leave unless I get something with more respect and money advancing my career towards and airline. CX does provide this outcome for you. But I believe I came unstuck in the interview section for voicing my concerns over the pay package offered and that CX was now considered very much to be a seniority based airline. Interviewing with 1500+ hours I did not think I would have much trouble in adapting to the flight requirements and adjustment of an airline as I have done some GA time. Taking the package a s a whole would be a pay cut for me, and I would still be away from home the same amount. I have a lovely home and am able to live in a big city, in better conditions and location than anything near on offer in HK. However, as one post beautifully put it, it does not matter if you have a million hours and 69 touch and goes on spaceship one, you are still going to get paid and treated the same as someone with no experience. You will not get promoted in front of these people and will not get recognition. This irritated me, and I made these concerns somewhat felt. In retrospect it was not the smartest thing to do. And ultimately may not have even been my reason for not being considered further. If I was living in a Donga that I was four+ years ago on half my wage flying in the stinking heat and crap of just moving into GA, I would jump at this opportunity and not look back. It would maybe mean that I was even up for probationary first officer at this current time. However, I chose a different path. I am paid well, I am enjoying my life, and I have the ability to move and change my employer when I want – or when I am told by my boss or partner! But I do wish everyone luck that does apply for this scheme. I do hope that you fly because you love it. I do hope you are going to be happy with your decision. I do hope that when things do pick up you get better conditions. I do hope that these conditions do not come until others that waited it out get them first, because I for one will be casting the first stone of annoyance if you think things will change. The bar has been set and it has been set low. As long as you are happy to live with this decision and raise kids etc in a local lifestyle mannar. But I do hope that you realise what you can get paid somewhere else if you do wait it out. I do hope you have read through all the pages previous and that you are happy in knowing that you may not fly for a while. I hope you like living in Hong Kong and realise what a life of an Airline pilot entails. It is not all glitz and Glamour, and if you are young and starry eyed, know very well, you will having nothing to look back on if you enter the program with no experience doing anything else. Live within your means, and these will change. The flight crew you will be working with, are on 3-6 times as much money as you, and it is doubtful you will ever be able to accumulate as much money as these people. These will not be the people that you are able to make stable friendships and alliances as you are coming in on the local equivalent wage. Do not expect to eat at expat restaurants or get blind drunk in the Fong without worrying about where your next 70HKD are from. Although I hope you are able to find friends and make it all work out, I would think long and hard about leaving mates in whatever country you are that are happy to pay for a round and support you where you are on equal footing. That being said I do know people that are in CX and are happy there. I guess once you are there and set up and established it may be alright as you hang out with other SO’s or expats, but again, not many people go there unless on a lot of money. And by a lot I mean more than twice what some of them get paid for doing the same thing in an equivalent first world country. But judging from the postings and experience levels of people that came before, I felt somewhat embarrassed to apply for this scheme. Just as I would if someone with 500 hours applied and was hired for my job. Not to mention the proposed safety risks I would not like being undercut in pay. I thank everyone for the postings they have helped put up as it has helped me make an informed and I believe balanced decision. CX do not care about you as an employer now as much about you as a number that can be incorporated into their system. I would love to be a number in this system, but the numbers being offered to me for this ‘opportunity’ are non-negotiable, and unfortunately a breaking point for many people. All in all, the thing is I love my job, and still have room to grow in it. I am treated well and respected by my boss and colleagues. Hopefully with time and the growth in global economy again expansion or eventual retirement will force out more pilots, and the increased demand allows me to work locally for an operator that values the time and effort I have already invested in not only myself but aviation in general. This may be prudent to remember in that you are betting the next ten years of your life (6 years to probationary FO, then other 4 to accumulate enough hours to become competitive in a labour force for repatriation or to any other carrier re:P2X rating) against the concept that CX will improve your conditions above another upturn in the economy. And if this upturn occurs they will increase your wage to that of expatriated labour forces brought in ahead of you to ease any shortcomings? Again, I do not want to push my views on others as it is a decision for each persons circumstances, and if given the same thing a year ago I would have been a lot more humble and tried to suck up my pride. I want to let anyone out there that is aspiring to move onwards and upwards that although CX does offer something now that is good for some it is not always good for all. If you have the drive and passion for aviation it will still remain. I know people who love flying are now depressed and considering career moves away from aviation as they do not get to fly in being a SO. Just because you do not become a airline pilot now does not make you a failure in any means. There are a myriad of jobs out there and employers do look for people with the right attitude. Channel your passion to shaping the right stuff and you will be fine. Good luck to all and I hope this helps someone out there as many before have helped and inspired me. MP