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Qatar Executive Interview Update

Old 14th Apr 2018, 09:14
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Exclamation Qatar Executive Interview Update

This is my first post ever. Apologies if this seems like an unsuccessful candidate just trying to vent. I’m not. I just want other pilots to know that QE may well waste your time, as they did mine.

I just came back from my QE interview and observed a woefully unsatisfactory process. After studying for the requisite amount of weeks to FULLY prepare for their various ‘hoops’ to have to jump through (psychometric exams, ATPL theory, etc), I arrived in Qatar, Day 1, with a Captain CV, fully current on the Global Vision and Classic, ATPL 3100hrs PIC on type, & >10,000 hours TT. I sat through their ‘Qatar contract conditions video’ with their Fleet Manager (I. C.) who went on to tell me that the Global Express fleet was already fully crewed?? But adding, that if/when the G500/600’s arrive that we might get assigned to these with a mandatory training bond. What? He then went on to say that @20% of my Qatar tax free salary had to go towards paying for my QE ‘provided’ accommodations of which I had no choice but to accept? What??

After this 30+ minute intro I was off to the 50 question technical exam. What a ball breaker. Even one of the instructors mentioned the ludicrous nature of it. There was three of us in the room all exceptionally qualified. One, like myself with an excellent Cpt CV BD-700. We all passed the exam. I was even told I did well on it. Great!

So now I’m eager to face the 4 pilot Inquisition at the 30-45 minute personal interview. (Italy, Germany, England, and ME pilots on our panel) Paul, the other Global Captain went first. Nice guy, talented, qualified. He did not pass the interview and was told immediately afterwards. When he entered the room to diplomatically shake the hands of the panel of pilots, he told me they were, “ sort of looking sheepishly at their shoes”?

Then it was my turn. They only asked me about 7 scenario based questions of which I answered them as I always do, with the confidence of who I am and what great qualities I can bring to Qatar. NOT ONE personal question was asked of me?? Very strange I thought? 30 minutes later I finished the interview. They ‘deliberated’ and the Italian pilot said, outside in the hallway, “sorry you are going home”. He did NOT even let me into the room to thank the pilots within. Strange?

With plenty of time on my flight back to Hearthrow I debriefed myself of this entire process. Here is my objective and somewhat subjective conclusions.

1) The Fleet Manager staff (I.C.) and the HR staff do not talk to each other. They should say things like...”hey we don’t need any more Global Express pilots so let’s not waste their hours/days attending/studying for an interview where we already know they won’t be hired”. Simple, No?

2) They should let us know that 20% of our salary is pegged to their forced housing scam. (They say 40% of real estate is vacant in areas owned by Qatar)

3) The ridiculous level of their psychometric exams goes below and beyond what makes a good pilot.

4) Qatar does not have their fecal matter together. It is all so showy yet, “something is rotten in the Kingdom of Qatar”. Salary of 16K USD whittles down considerably with all their deductions.

5) They totally wasted my time, cost me a 7 day freelance trip and the opportunity to regain my 90 day currency. All in all, really not impressed.

6) I know of several pilots who have successfully passed all stages of their interview. Weeks/months later they are still waiting.......waiting.....waiting for any definitive news.

7) Is the Geopolitical situation in the ME affecting their quasi competence?

8) The subjective interview process is the best place to wash you out as there is no evidence of their misdeeds. Plus it doesn’t waste any further resources like the use of the Sim in their final assessment stage. Dare I say if a candidate did well there too and was turned down then their tactics would be fully exposed.

PS. I.C. & QE HR. You will receive my email shortly. Like I said in the interview, I’m proactive and don’t like people wasting my time!

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Old 14th Apr 2018, 14:10
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Duly noted.
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Old 14th Apr 2018, 15:12
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I am not surprised to read you comment Skypirate . Good for you to escape a Mickey mouse operator ...
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Old 14th Apr 2018, 21:41
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Not just up front... The ladies working in the back get mucked around no end during the application, assessment and interview process.

This is one operation I am glad they don't take guys in the cabin, makes it one less for me to apply to and get pissed about by.
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Old 15th Apr 2018, 06:50
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Many thanks for the heads up. Sounds like circus with a bunch of sheeps standing in as clowns. Sorry for your wasted time.
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Old 17th Apr 2018, 15:18
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Thank you for sharing this intel
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Old 17th Apr 2018, 19:15
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Useful info. I'd heard similar stories before so this all sounds credible.
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Old 17th Apr 2018, 22:02
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NOT the best name in the business. Shiny jets - airline privileges etc., but it takes more than that. They would NEED to do better to attract talent. Then again, why would they be any different and care - just like the majority of the rest does not!. Not going there!
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Old 17th Apr 2018, 22:52
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Glad I dodged that bullet.
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Old 18th Apr 2018, 07:29
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Originally Posted by ACJDriver View Post
Glad I dodged that bullet.
Why?

Were you almost forced against your will to work for them but were somehow able to run away?
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Old 19th Apr 2018, 12:59
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Originally Posted by arketip View Post
Why?

Were you almost forced against your will to work for them but were somehow able to run away?
That's actually pretty funny.
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Old 22nd Apr 2018, 05:58
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Thanks for the info

Hello, thanks for sharing.
Don't you remember which questions scenarios did they provide you?
Which simulator are they using for the assestment?
Did they ask you a lot of question or any online questions about the Global?
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Old 22nd Apr 2018, 16:24
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What about "avoid" didn't you understand?
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Old 22nd Apr 2018, 16:38
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Originally Posted by EatMyShorts! View Post
What about "avoid" didn't you understand?
I just asked some info!
Thanks for your suggestion anyways, I would make like to see what they have to offer first.
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Old 22nd Apr 2018, 17:58
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We say again : AVOID AVOID !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 22nd Apr 2018, 18:01
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Ok avoid but..

Can we please be more a little bit more helpful regarding my question, the avoid part is understood!
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Old 22nd Apr 2018, 18:26
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Which simulator are they using for the assestment?
The TO didn´t make it to the sim if I read his post correctly.
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Old 22nd Apr 2018, 18:28
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Yep

Sure, but maybe he knows which sim they are using! On my invitation they send me the 787 and a320 sim notes.. scary
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Old 23rd Apr 2018, 12:34
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Went to the interview 2 years ago.

Sim on the A320, some did it on the 777. Nothing too complicated, flight from Bahrain to Doha. Pax has a heart attack just after takeoff. Nothing tricky.

Interview questions are pretty standard: "Tell me a ttime when...". Just come with a few examples in mind.
The written exam really easy, EASA ATPL questions, I scored 49/50 with minimum preparation.

Got the job offered but didn't take it, couldn't picture myself living there...
The answer comes quickly, I had the email a day after eing back home.
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Old 23rd Apr 2018, 20:19
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Originally Posted by oz_faf81 View Post
Went to the interview 2 years ago.

Sim on the A320, some did it on the 777. Nothing too complicated, flight from Bahrain to Doha. Pax has a heart attack just after takeoff. Nothing tricky.

Interview questions are pretty standard: "Tell me a ttime when...". Just come with a few examples in mind.
The written exam really easy, EASA ATPL questions, I scored 49/50 with minimum preparation.

Got the job offered but didn't take it, couldn't picture myself living there...
The answer comes quickly, I had the email a day after eing back home.
Probably a good call. It’s a sandpit after all, and we all left that around age 5 - why ever go THAT far backwards 😂
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