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Ryanair Interview and Sim Assessment (merged)

Old 2nd Feb 2018, 10:30
  #7601 (permalink)  
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Like i said, speaking with a cadet this week, on his second day of line training after doing his base training 3 months ago.

They are now advertising for “training FO”, not SFI’s, but a new role where by an fo will join cadets in the fixed bases sims, as they are waiting so long before they fly they forget what a cockpit looks like.

Every week advertising for new line trainers as well, certainly doesnt look like a back log is cleared!

Just make sure you budget accordingly. It will be at least 9 months from joining before you get a penny from ryanair.
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Old 2nd Feb 2018, 16:29
  #7602 (permalink)  
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Do Ryanair tend to hire approx. the same amount of cadets year round? Any "ideal" time to finish all the training to start applying?
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Old 3rd Feb 2018, 13:13
  #7603 (permalink)  
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looks like there were around 1100 pilots hired last year. Expect the same numbers this year, not any particular time that is favourable to get in. Just apply and if you meet the requirements it is very likely to get a call for the interview.
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Old 3rd Feb 2018, 15:09
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Thanks. I was curious as I assumed they may have a higher intake during the last few months of the year to prepare for high season.
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 09:38
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Angel Ryanair assessment.

Hello everyone. Thought I would post some feedback as for the most part this forum was generally useful.
Background - 20 Y/O, finished training 4 months ago. around 240 hours. (DA20,C172,DA42 and then MCC/JOC on 737). 3rd Interview (Jet2, Aer Lingus and RYR).

Applied around end of Nov 2017, they responded within a week, sent my signed flight report in 4 weeks later, within 2 days they called offering me an assessment end of January 2018.
The phone call itself was very simple, asked about all my results, first time passes, any fails throughout training? no, etc. All easy. They then gave me a date straight away and sent through the RYR forms to fill in.

Good place to stay - Clayton hotel, really good quality place about 7 mins away. Depending on budget obviously. (prem inn 5 min walk away).

Assessment - Arrived by 7.45am for an early 8am start. Day gets kicked off with presentation about RYR and giving them all copies of documents. Then the first pair go into the sim and the other pair go into an interview. On my day it was 8 people, so 4 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon.
Simulator - Departure was a WAL2T from LPL. They amended the clearance and climbed us to 5000ft. Then some general air work, speed up, turns, and climb/descend at 1000/2000ft per min. Before finally getting us to slow down 170 and flap 5. He then asked me to point out positon on the map. and asked what hold entry it would be. (Direct) we then carried out the procedural ILS for RWY 27. No holding was required, he said i could if i didn't set up for the approach in time. However i did and went straight outbound.
Emergency - Fire in cabin on the outbound leg, (hand over control, give him SA of position, mayday call, DODAR+NITS). Got back control in time for the base turn to intercept localiser.
They constantly give advice and tips on how you are doing, even may set the thrust (57%N1) for you. There's no tricks in the sim and believe me you will know if you've passed or failed based on your performance in the sim, he will be very complimentary on good things and critical on bad things.
Advice - Ensure you actually know how to trim and fly a 737 accurately, they want to see you flying the correct attitudes and power settings, if you've waited a long time for this opportunity ensure you Book sims in the 737 for practice, this will make the difference. If you do bust altitude by 100ft etc just relax and correct for it. People will say its about CRM, which it is, however, they want to see you can actually fly and pass a type rating course and go onto be a competent pilot. With regards to CRM speak to your partner, encourage each other and work as a team, exactly like MCC. Its a great opportunity to show off your manual flying skills so don't be nervous, just relax and enjoy it.

Technical interview + HR interview.
I wasn't looking forward to the technical questions in all fairness, as they can ask such a broad range of questions. They started by asking me about the 737.
Flight controls on the 737, how do they work? As soon as i got talking and mentioned the hydraulic system, bang next question came.
What can you tell us about the hydraulic system?
V2? what is it?
Where is the screenheight?
DA20 speeds, how far would you get in 15 mins doing 105 knots?
That was pretty much it, no new questions or tricks that aren't out there. For prep i used 'Ace the pilot technical interview', Used some B737 type rating documents for the systems, and latestpilotinterviews.com for the HR and general aviation questions they could ask. *Lenticular cloud, advection fog, windshear etc'. Just to be sure.
HR questions?
Why Ryanair?
What can you contribute to RYR?
Why didn't you go EasyJet?
Why did you accept Jet2?
Tell us about yourself and your background?
Hardest part of training?
Quick run through on all your training to date, all marks and everything passed first time questions.
What have you been doing since finishing training?
Any questions?

That was it, the end of a very enjoyable day. Finished for about 3/4pm. EVERYTHING you need to pass this assessment is out there, whether its on here or other paid websites. As for the sim get as much practice as you can and show them youre good enough to pass the Type rating and you have good CRM.
A few days later they will send the positive email, for me its around the middle of April for induction. 4/8 passed on the day, which was only 1 from each pair.

Good luck to everyone in the coming months, and I hope you are successful.
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 10:58
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Has anybody experience with employer reference letters having only worked in family business? That's my case and I am taking a private reference since my father (my only employer previously) and they don't accept references from relatives.
Can this be written by a non-relative colleague?
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 11:57
  #7607 (permalink)  
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Originally Posted by CharlieTangoCharlie View Post
Does anyone know if it's possible to work after the end of the line training before the beginning of the line training ? I'm self-employed in computing and need to reimburse my loan, pay my rent and so on
If you're self employed that shoudn't be an issue for you to work, don't ask don't tell; however be ready to be called for sim refresh at least once a week, at your own cost off course (except travel).
Friends told me the total cost for the course, all included reach 45KE
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 12:02
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Thank you very much for these informations.

Once a week for the simulator ... i believed it was once a month.

Do you have any fresh news about the delay before starting the Line training ?
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 12:41
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What's the going rate for an individual sim refresh?
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 12:48
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Originally Posted by The Foss View Post
Expansion is planned but even the huge numbers coming in are being pretty much wiped out by endless resignations.

O’Leary denied there was a shoftfall, saying Ryanair had recruited 1,100 cadets and would hire a further 1,000 pilots in 2018.
From this, I understand that 2 100 pilots will be hired in 2018?
That will be equivalent to ca. 210 aircrafts. Ryanair will obviously not receive 210 aircrafts in 2018, so most of the 2 100 pilots will be hired to cover up the endless resignations. Any thoughts?
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 13:18
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Hi all
I have followed this thread over some years now. I want to give the guys thinking about applying some info regarding the current situation.

So by bow everyone knows how the application process works, and there numerous experiences in this forum of what to expect on THE DAY.
Once you get selected, expect a lot of emails with all the steps to take, the paperwork you need and the money. Type rating is about 30k in euros. Apart from that you will need at least another 10k euros for the rest: uniform, company ID card, accommodation during Type Rating, Initial flight to the Type rating city, food and some money for after the type rating when your waiting to start line training and The first month to two months after starting the line training. Unfortunately, it’s not always been like this that you have to wait so long something like 2 to 3 months, can be a lottery. But not enough line training Captains for the number of cadets joining the company. So over all money wise you will need 40k to 45k depending as well what accommodation you choose and if you need extra stuff. It does sound a lot in the short run but it really is an investment. With the current salary, post line training, you will recover this money within the first 18 months. Remember that with Ryanair you build hours quick on a jet aircraft for the guys looking to maybe applying to legacy carriers back home or other airlines. For the guys looking to stay in Ryanair after gaining experience as an FO you can become an SFI or command within 4 years of joining the company, to be very honest, it is the one of the best opportunities out there in Europe, and the company is trying to improve their treatment towards its employees.

In terms of bases, you get to chose 5 bases. You might get one of them or none of them. If you wait, at some point its fairly probable you will get one of the bases. During summer a few bases open up for the summer period and you may apply for them. Ibiza, Alghero, Corfu, Burgas and one other is open during the summer.

The flying is great, lots of destinations, real good maintenance, friendly crews and ground crews.

To most cadets out there, the money can initially seem like a set back and not getting your preferred base initially will suck but let’s get honest here, starting an airline career on a 737 around Europe with 200h doesn’t give you the position to complain or choose much. When you get to the 1500hrs on type and many options open up, go ahead. Remember our friends across the pond can only get into regionals with 1500hrs. If you’re not in your chosen base try and enjoy it, make friends. Make a good and positive experience out of it. There will be other Cabin crew and pilots that are not in their preferred base but they make the most out of it and you end making some very memorable moments. One thing that everyone is doing is joining the local union, a good idea and initiative that everyone should take.

Good luck to everyone.
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 13:53
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Join Date: Feb 2018
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Is the suit mandatory for the assessment ? May be my question is weird but i’m not familiar with irish culture for an interview ...

i’ve done many interviews on France and a lot of Time without a suit.
Is it different in irish culture ?

thank you
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 16:13
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How much time do they normally give between the phone call and the interview?
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 16:29
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The article suggests that O'leary denies the cancellation of flights in 2017 being due to a shortage of pilots as the airline had hired 1100 pilots (in 2017). A further 1000 pilots will be hired in 2018. That's my take on it.

I think Ryanair will be hiring cadets at this rate until at least 2020, where the 737 MAX 200 deliveries will be coming in.

Last edited by Jaair; 5th Feb 2018 at 16:29. Reason: typos
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Old 6th Feb 2018, 21:40
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Hey there guys,

Application: 22nd of November 2017
Phone call: 20th of December 2017
Assessment: January 23rd 2018
Positive mail: January 26th 2018
Start date: 23rd of April 2018

The assessment was the same as described here, very helpful thread. Thanks for the help and good luck to everyone!
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Old 7th Feb 2018, 08:29
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Hey guys

Anyone knows if we can use FORDEC instead of the DODAR for the CRM?

Thanks guys
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Old 7th Feb 2018, 11:28
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Hey man Congrats to being successful in the assessment. Would be nice if you give us a quick feedback about the questions you were asked!

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Old 7th Feb 2018, 16:10
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Originally Posted by krik767 View Post
Hey guys

Anyone knows if we can use FORDEC instead of the DODAR for the CRM?

Thanks guys
Well it's basically the same...so I guess there shouldn't be much of a difference. I'd talk to your sim partner before which one you will use or ask the assessors, but I don't think they'll mind.
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Old 7th Feb 2018, 21:18
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Both are fine. Assessors don’t care, as long as you apply one of both.
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Old 7th Feb 2018, 21:52
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I was wondering if someone would be able to help me. I am trying to submit my application for the Ryanair cadet programme through the CAE website. Once I fill out the training request section and attach my documents there seems to be no button to submit my application. If I go back to the training request section, none of my information is there. Any ideas?
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