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Aer Lingus Mentored Cadet Pilot Programme 2017

Old 30th Sep 2016, 15:51
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I hear it was quite tough yes !
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Old 1st Oct 2016, 18:19
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Well! That's it, assessments done. I made it through the whole day, waiting on a response now. Found the interview quote tough having to think on my feet.
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Old 1st Oct 2016, 19:13
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Originally Posted by FlyVeryHigh- View Post
Well! That's it, assessments done. I made it through the whole day, waiting on a response now. Found the interview quote tough having to think on my feet.
That is it yes, i felt the morning was hilarious too !
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Old 1st Oct 2016, 21:07
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Sincerely well done all for getting to the assessment stage. Those who made it through the whole day.. congratulations and best of luck! Do let us know how you get on. Those who didn't get through today... you made it this far.. don't give up now.... I hope I find the strength to take my own advice!!! Peace.
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Old 1st Oct 2016, 21:18
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Made is through the day, thought it was quite unfair however to cut the group in half after the group/panel exercise, i dont think anyone was given the chance before a interview to show why they want to be a commercial pilot, they made is sound as if it was a staffing issue that made them do it and on the email a cut was never mentioned half way through
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Old 1st Oct 2016, 23:30
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Well said luda171. So much prep into answering interview questions. Didn't even get a chance to demonstrate passion and enthusiasm for aviation... and show them what we are really made of. My perception is that everyone in that room today was a talented individual to get so far...but there are only a certain number of spaces, so it was a case of splitting hairs. That's my story and I am sticking to it! Oh and I was having an 'off' day... of course lol
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Old 2nd Oct 2016, 00:03
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What happened exactly? Did they just send some people away without an interview?
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Old 2nd Oct 2016, 12:37
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Well they had a big group exercise and a panel exercise in smaller groups before sending half of the group home before interview. The other half got through to interview after lunch.

I felt that the interview was tough but that the questions asked weren't particularly deep enough for us to showcase our true ability or motivation or indeed exactly how much preparation I had actually done! That's just my own opinion and I know other people got asked different questions so we shall see!

Fingers crossed!
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Old 2nd Oct 2016, 13:32
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I agree, it was dissapointing not to get an interview having travelled there- a particularly harsh process. I would have thought cutting more people at the video stage would have been fairer financially to everyone who travelled there only to get told to go home half way through.

This in no way takes away from the achievement of those getting through. The calibre of people there was truly exceptional so they are doing something right and I can sit here sound in the knowledge that I was bested by some extremely great guys and gals.

Good luck to you all!
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Old 2nd Oct 2016, 13:35
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How many was in a group? Will those people not be interview at all then? That's horrible if so. Did they perform poorly in the group exercises? What was this panel exercise exactly?

Sorry for all the questions!
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Old 2nd Oct 2016, 15:03
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Originally Posted by 17thhour View Post
I agree, it was dissapointing not to get an interview having travelled there- a particularly harsh process. I would have thought cutting more people at the video stage would have been fairer financially to everyone who travelled there only to get told to go home half way through.

This in no way takes away from the achievement of those getting through. The calibre of people there was truly exceptional so they are doing something right and I can sit here sound in the knowledge that I was bested by some extremely great guys and gals.

Good luck to you all!
Absolutely! It was a fairly brutal process but I assume they take scores from all stages into account when deciding who got to the interview and indeed who goes to the psychologist.

Best of luck everyone!
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Old 2nd Oct 2016, 15:06
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I agree with the above. I had lunch with a lot of the guys and girls on my day and we just had no idea who was going or who was staying. I felt so bad for those getting sent home. A lot of them were fantastic people with bags of experience and enthusiasm and amazing backgrounds (aviation wise!).

Definitely a bit of luck involved in terms of what group you got put with I think as there is inevitably some strong personalities.

I felt the technical aspect of my interview weren't that technical, more hypothetical and what ifs. The HR type questions didn't really give you the opportunity to showcase your knowledge on aviation either.

We'll just see what happens!
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Old 2nd Oct 2016, 16:05
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Seems a little unfair to have a cut half way through the day. Effectively, you were competing against your group, not the people in other groups.
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Old 2nd Oct 2016, 18:45
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Did anyone else feel that their interview could have gone better? I stumbled on a couple of questions but got there eventually; I felt that I didn't do too great!
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Old 2nd Oct 2016, 21:05
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Did anyone else feel that their interview could have gone better? I stumbled on a couple of questions but got there eventually; I felt that I didn't do too great!
I think that will always bevthe case, replaying questions in the mind and thinking of far better things thar could have been said
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Old 2nd Oct 2016, 22:03
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Well done everyone who made it to the interview! I got that far also! Best of luck Now the waiting starts...
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Old 3rd Oct 2016, 22:11
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I was fortunate enough to make it through to interview. I enjoyed the process to be honest and found all the assessors to be very genuine and sincere. The thing with the first two exercises in the morning is that they unfortunately (or fortunately depending which way you look at it) give people the rope to hang themselves with. For example, forcibly making yourself a leader in a leaderless exercise. I appreciate people's comments regarding not being able to display their aviation knowledge and motivations for applying but I think the two morning exercises show a lot more of a person than you realise and as such can be fairly used to filter people.
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Old 4th Oct 2016, 07:58
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I made it to final 72 interviewees as well, and found the day really good!

While it probably was quite hard to shine in the big group exercise, there were around 6 or 8 assessors per group of 12 to keep an eye on us. It is fairly obvious when watching a group like this to see who's got the spark they were looking for.

I thought the panel was a very good test. It clearly shows them how you interact in a small group setting (such as on an a320), and at the same time tests your aviation knowledge. Without a broad knowledge of the industry, you'd struggle to form any arguments.

Best of luck to everyone who got through (as long as you leave a place for me!), and hopefully not too long to wait!
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Old 4th Oct 2016, 08:48
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I agree with ScotWings and FF, I just wonder how much weighting is placed on each of the elements, especially seeing that they put a panel exercise in there for a reason! I hope that they take an overall picture of the day when inviting people to the next round and not too much weighting is placed on the interview as opposed to the other tasks... (for my own sake!).

All the best to everyone waiting, I'm sure you'll all make fine pilots!
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Old 4th Oct 2016, 10:17
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On the last day, only 9 made it to the interview stage, I'm guessing they already filled much of the spaces earlier in the week. The team was making their very best to make us as comfortable as possible and it was really appreciable. Best of luck to everyone !
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