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Pinuz89 27th Mar 2019 18:32


Originally Posted by 560 (Post 10430355)
Hello guys,
How many Times it takes from the positive online assessment mail to the call from Dublin? And if someone has experienced an interview already at the SIM can please give me some information about?
Thank you in advance

They called me after about 6 days, but a friend of mine got a call after 16 days, so depends, it's not a fixed period.

PilotStepper 29th Mar 2019 13:08

All

Having recently completed the online assessment, I can say it was quite straight forward, and enjoyable! During the video interview I was asked the following 3 questions; What are your strengths and weaknesses, 3 reasons why you want to work for Ryanair, and what would you do in an emergency.

Hope that helps!

GomuGomuPilot 30th Mar 2019 11:04

Hi guys, very new here. I applied before but got rejected because I wasn't EU passport holder (I think) but now I am, I updated my EU passport to my previous application, does anyone know If I will receive conformation email for reapplying with the old application? or you just hope they will look at your application again?
Also my IR expiring by end of April with that cause any problem? I am going to re validate before it expire but just wondering?
Assuming they will send me a link for the online assessment, any tips on ATPL questions?, I am kind of worried. I self studied them and forgot most of them. (I am currently going over my old notes and some question bank hopefully that's good enough)
Thank you in advance.

Pinuz89 30th Mar 2019 15:00

I would like to write my (sad) experience about my preparation and assessment in Ryanair.
I will try to be brief, if I can.

I really don't want to discourage people having the interview soon, or people willing to have one.

This is just my experience, and I want to tell you how it has been for me.

Ok, so I've created my profile on CAE, adding all my details and CV / bla bla bla, sending my application from there.
The day after they sent me the invitation to do the online assessment (it was Monday).
Fine, they've been so quick !

I completed the online test on Wednesday, with a lot of preparation before (latestpilotjob is a wonderful tool). I was a little bit concerned about some tests, because I didn't have the feeling to have done some logic exercises very good (especially the new one).

During the video interview I had the following questions:
1- Why do you want to join Ryanair ?
2- What are your weaknesses ?
3- How would you deal with an emergency ?

Very common and straightforward questions.

Anyway the day after I received an email stating that they were "moving to the next step": the phone call.
I was really happy because at least I passed the step 1.

I set my mobile volume to max those day, because you don't want to miss that call. (they said that the slot for the call should have been between 9:00 and 17:00).

I received finally this call after 6 days from the email, from Netherland, where a very nice lady confirmed that all my application was ok, no documents missing, and she made an appointment for me, in Ryanair headquarter in Dublin.
It was 2 week in advance, so plenty of time to organise the travel and the accomodation.

I was so happy, finally an official interview, and considering that they have been so quick sending the invitation, the result and the call, I really felt that they were looking for me (my mistake !).

I received a confirmation email, stating that they wanted a payment of 350€ for the assessment (considering that I had paid 55 for the online test earlier), so that was the first thing that did sound very good : 405€ for being considered by Ryanair.

The day before the assessment I went to uPilot (very very good guy and well prepared for Ryanair), in order to refresh my mind about the 737.

Ok, finally the big day came, I went to Ryanair main entrance, meeting other guys there; they were there for the same reason.
Very nice group of 7 guys hoping to get the job.

We were welcomed in a briefing room, where a short presentation has been held, regarding how that day would have been structured.

Some guys had the sim assessment first, others (including me) the interview first.

​After having been paired with a sim partner, we had plenty of time to discuss about the chart (it was Liverpool).

Finally, I've been called for the interview, so I went inside a room with the HR assessor together with the technical one.

The HR guy started asking some common question:

Tell me about yourself, why Ryr, where do you see yourself in 5 years, ecc. Something related to my CV, my previous job, my education, ecc.

I answered honestly, maybe my tone of voice hasn't been very assertive, but I said everything I wanted to say.

Then the other guy started asking some technical questions, like why should we mount the winglets, Which is the best position for the COG, why ?

What is the difference of DA and MDA ? What is the max altitude for the b738, and which is the altitude inside the cabin.
I really answered to all question very well, and the assessor was impressed, in fact, after the last question, he said: “oh, that because you are an engineer” (I have a degree in engineering), and I replied “yes, that the reason”, laughing together.

It was a nice chat, then I was free to go. I shook their hands and I went back to the briefing room with a very good feeling, waiting for the sim session.

Finally me and my sim mate have been called, so we made ourselves comfortable, organising the charts, and all the instruments inside the cockpit.

I was the PF first, so I gave a departure briefing to my partner, including the SID, the clearance, any possible threat, and an emergency brief, involving him asking for any suggestion or comments.

I took off, following the SID, all perfect, and after having reached the waypoint, I was told to practice some exercises (steep turns, climb descent, radial intercepting), all went really fine.
At some point the assessor, acting as a cabin crew, said that there was a sick passenger on board, with a suspected heart attack.

So I gave control to the PM, I briefed him, following DODAR, evaluating that an immediate landing in liverpool was the most suitable option, of course asking my partner if he agreed with this option. (claiming also, we are under our max land weight, so we are ok for an immediate return).

Then I briefed the cabin crew following NITS, so stating the intention, time available, and other special instructions, such as “we'll be taxing quickly to the gate, waiting for medical assistance”.
My PM made the Pan Pan call, all good.

We landed the aircraft under radar vectors.

My landing hasn't been very soft, but it was not a requirement, at least it was quite stable (not perfect but within limits), and on the centreline. (Considering that if you have to come back with a sick passenger, you are not looking for the best landing in your life).

My PM has been very helpful and prepared, then we swapped the task, PF to PM.

I tried to help my mate as much as possible, making the callouts, giving some tips if necessary, ecc.

He flew very good as well.

After the sim session we were free to go, my sensation was that we nailed it.
Very good chat during the interview, very good sim session, of course I could have done some mistakes, we are human, but overall I thought it went very very good.
So I went back home the day after with a very good feeling, very satisfied about my performance.

3 days after I received the long-awaited email, saying that “your assessment has been unsuccessful”, and I might be called after 12 months, (might !).

I spent all that day thinking what could have been wrong, what did they expect from me, ecc.
I heard the other guys, only 1 over 7 got the job.

So, I realised, I wasn't bad, they only needed 1 or maybe 2 pilots, and they call 100 in order to raise money with the interviews.

After the email, I felt that they played with us, and just to mention, I spent for the travel, the accommodation and the interview something like 1000€, and I think that's not fair with the people, that are looking for a job after hard work.
And just to mention, a lot of mates of mine went through the same assessment, failing as well were the pass rate was around 2 over 7.

All the people working for Ryanair that I know, they got the job at least 1 year ago.

So, it was a different period, now they might be slowing down.

That's my opinion, you can have a different one.

A320LGW 30th Mar 2019 15:47

Well that is quite demoralising.

Best of luck to you in the future and thank you for the feedback.

Pinuz89 30th Mar 2019 15:51


Originally Posted by A320LGW (Post 10434342)
Well that is quite demoralising.

Best of luck to you in the future and thank you for the feedback.

Thanks mate,
It is a pleasure to share exepriences, even if not good news

IFLYyouBREATH 30th Mar 2019 16:28

Thank you for sharing man,

I am waiting to be called for two months and I see guys being called two days after having send their application...
Quite demotivating

Pinuz89 30th Mar 2019 18:06


Originally Posted by IFLYyouBREATH (Post 10434366)
Thank you for sharing man,

I am waiting to be called for two months and I see guys being called two days after having send their application...
Quite demotivating

I hope you get that call soon, and I don't want to discourage anyone.
Do your best and see what happen, of course being positive, but withou too much expectation.

ego180 31st Mar 2019 09:36


Originally Posted by IFLYyouBREATH (Post 10434366)
Thank you for sharing man,

I am waiting to be called for two months and I see guys being called two days after having send their application...
Quite demotivating

I first applied in 2012 and received invitation in 2018 so just be patient!


flyjets1 31st Mar 2019 09:56

I can also back up what Pinuz is saying.
It is the same story for both me and friends of mine who have done the assessment. I feel they are inviting people they have no intention of giving the job to make money.
On my assessment they even asked "who did a sim prep? Well you have wasted your money" How can a prep be a waste of money? The reason it is a waste of money is because they will not hire us anyway.
The "interview" was so unprofessional. They are not interested in anything I say, they are just going through the motion and the same with the technical even though I studied very hard for this and answered everything.
The sim went quite well, but again very disinterested.
Then a few days later ... unsuccessful email. It said we may call you again in a year. there is no way I will return to be taken advantage of again.
A waste of time and money. I would say be careful with an interview here because I also feel they invite a lot of people they do not want to give the job to. The only loser is you and your money.

BoeingLudo737 1st Apr 2019 08:28


Originally Posted by Pinuz89 (Post 10434311)
I would like to write my (sad) experience about my preparation and assessment in Ryanair.
I will try to be brief, if I can.

I really don't want to discourage people having the interview soon, or people willing to have one.

This is just my experience, and I want to tell you how it has been for me.

Ok, so I've created my profile on CAE, adding all my details and CV / bla bla bla, sending my application from there.
The day after they sent me the invitation to do the online assessment (it was Monday).
Fine, they've been so quick !

I completed the online test on Wednesday, with a lot of preparation before (latestpilotjob is a wonderful tool). I was a little bit concerned about some tests, because I didn't have the feeling to have done some logic exercises very good (especially the new one).

During the video interview I had the following questions:
1- Why do you want to join Ryanair ?
2- What are your weaknesses ?
3- How would you deal with an emergency ?

Very common and straightforward questions.

Anyway the day after I received an email stating that they were "moving to the next step": the phone call.
I was really happy because at least I passed the step 1.

I set my mobile volume to max those day, because you don't want to miss that call. (they said that the slot for the call should have been between 9:00 and 17:00).

I received finally this call after 6 days from the email, from Netherland, where a very nice lady confirmed that all my application was ok, no documents missing, and she made an appointment for me, in Ryanair headquarter in Dublin.
It was 2 week in advance, so plenty of time to organise the travel and the accomodation.

I was so happy, finally an official interview, and considering that they have been so quick sending the invitation, the result and the call, I really felt that they were looking for me (my mistake !).

I received a confirmation email, stating that they wanted a payment of 350€ for the assessment (considering that I had paid 55 for the online test earlier), so that was the first thing that did sound very good : 405€ for being considered by Ryanair.

The day before the assessment I went to uPilot (very very good guy and well prepared for Ryanair), in order to refresh my mind about the 737.

Ok, finally the big day came, I went to Ryanair main entrance, meeting other guys there; they were there for the same reason.
Very nice group of 7 guys hoping to get the job.

We were welcomed in a briefing room, where a short presentation has been held, regarding how that day would have been structured.

Some guys had the sim assessment first, others (including me) the interview first.

​After having been paired with a sim partner, we had plenty of time to discuss about the chart (it was Liverpool).

Finally, I've been called for the interview, so I went inside a room with the HR assessor together with the technical one.

The HR guy started asking some common question:

Tell me about yourself, why Ryr, where do you see yourself in 5 years, ecc. Something related to my CV, my previous job, my education, ecc.

I answered honestly, maybe my tone of voice hasn't been very assertive, but I said everything I wanted to say.

Then the other guy started asking some technical questions, like why should we mount the winglets, Which is the best position for the COG, why ?

What is the difference of DA and MDA ? What is the max altitude for the b738, and which is the altitude inside the cabin.
I really answered to all question very well, and the assessor was impressed, in fact, after the last question, he said: “oh, that because you are an engineer” (I have a degree in engineering), and I replied “yes, that the reason”, laughing together.

It was a nice chat, then I was free to go. I shook their hands and I went back to the briefing room with a very good feeling, waiting for the sim session.

Finally me and my sim mate have been called, so we made ourselves comfortable, organising the charts, and all the instruments inside the cockpit.

I was the PF first, so I gave a departure briefing to my partner, including the SID, the clearance, any possible threat, and an emergency brief, involving him asking for any suggestion or comments.

I took off, following the SID, all perfect, and after having reached the waypoint, I was told to practice some exercises (steep turns, climb descent, radial intercepting), all went really fine.
At some point the assessor, acting as a cabin crew, said that there was a sick passenger on board, with a suspected heart attack.

So I gave control to the PM, I briefed him, following DODAR, evaluating that an immediate landing in liverpool was the most suitable option, of course asking my partner if he agreed with this option. (claiming also, we are under our max land weight, so we are ok for an immediate return).

Then I briefed the cabin crew following NITS, so stating the intention, time available, and other special instructions, such as “we'll be taxing quickly to the gate, waiting for medical assistance”.
My PM made the Pan Pan call, all good.

We landed the aircraft under radar vectors.

My landing hasn't been very soft, but it was not a requirement, at least it was quite stable (not perfect but within limits), and on the centreline. (Considering that if you have to come back with a sick passenger, you are not looking for the best landing in your life).

My PM has been very helpful and prepared, then we swapped the task, PF to PM.

I tried to help my mate as much as possible, making the callouts, giving some tips if necessary, ecc.

He flew very good as well.

After the sim session we were free to go, my sensation was that we nailed it.
Very good chat during the interview, very good sim session, of course I could have done some mistakes, we are human, but overall I thought it went very very good.
So I went back home the day after with a very good feeling, very satisfied about my performance.

3 days after I received the long-awaited email, saying that “your assessment has been unsuccessful”, and I might be called after 12 months, (might !).

I spent all that day thinking what could have been wrong, what did they expect from me, ecc.
I heard the other guys, only 1 over 7 got the job.

So, I realised, I wasn't bad, they only needed 1 or maybe 2 pilots, and they call 100 in order to raise money with the interviews.

After the email, I felt that they played with us, and just to mention, I spent for the travel, the accommodation and the interview something like 1000€, and I think that's not fair with the people, that are looking for a job after hard work.
And just to mention, a lot of mates of mine went through the same assessment, failing as well were the pass rate was around 2 over 7.

All the people working for Ryanair that I know, they got the job at least 1 year ago.

So, it was a different period, now they might be slowing down.

That's my opinion, you can have a different one.


Saying that they just waste their time to make money is absolutely slanderous & untrue. Having spoken to my friends who are working there, they have many vacancies for Cadets (nearly 600 this year - they also stated that in a conference) so it's not a case that they need 1 or 2 on the day. Having read many articles about this, unfortunately the reality is that over 50% of applicants fail airline assessments for various reasons. You should be very careful when saying this sort of things as they assess 1000s of people and also give away 1000s of jobs.....
If you are blaming the airline for not getting the job you are really on the wrong track!

appfo09 1st Apr 2019 09:47

Regarding replies from CAE/ Ryanair. Since I'm also waiting for ages for a response and since I am not getting any answers back from them after sending them numerous emails asking about the status of my application. I would like to post the following

Sometimes it is all about the RTFM acronym:

Under FAQ on CAE/ Ryanair website, the following is stated:

Q. When will you contact me? How long do I have to wait before I am contacted regarding my application?

Applicants will be contacted WHEN they have been selected to proceed in the selection process – it is not possible to provide a time-frame as to how long this might take.

Regrettably, if you have not been contacted within 24 months of creating your online application, please assume that your application has not been successful.



Hopefully, that answers all our questions.

Pinuz89 1st Apr 2019 10:12


Originally Posted by BoeingLudo737 (Post 10435515)
Saying that they just waste their time to make money is absolutely slanderous & untrue. Having spoken to my friends who are working there, they have many vacancies for Cadets (nearly 600 this year - they also stated that in a conference) so it's not a case that they need 1 or 2 on the day. Having read many articles about this, unfortunately the reality is that over 50% of applicants fail airline assessments for various reasons. You should be very careful when saying this sort of things as they assess 1000s of people and also give away 1000s of jobs.....
If you are blaming the airline for not getting the job you are really on the wrong track!

I'm not blaming Ryanair because I didn't get the job.
I'm saying that it really unlikely that a person (like me, and the others) with a first time pass in everything, young, with a degree in mechanical engineering, is not a good fit for them.
The interview went very good, the sim as well.
The same could be said for the other guys I met there.
Everyone with multiple experience, coming from the best schools in Europe.


Now I have other opportunities, who care about Ryanair any more !


fiducioso 1st Apr 2019 10:55


Originally Posted by Pinuz89 (Post 10435598)
I'm not blaming Ryanair because I didn't get the job.
I'm saying that it really unlikely that a person (like me, and the others) with a first time pass in everything, young, with a degree in mechanical engineering, is not a good fit for them.
The interview went very good, the sim as well.
The same could be said for the other guys I met there.
Everyone with multiple experience, coming from the best schools in Europe.


Now I have other opportunities, who care about Ryanair any more !

they know exactly what they are looking for
if you didn't pass the interview there is a reason...or reasonS
you said: "interview was very good...sim as well"
ok...you are a presumptuous because in your position, you should find out where you made a mistake that day....but for you, ryan made a mistake
.

Wondrex 1st Apr 2019 11:26


Originally Posted by Pinuz89 (Post 10435598)
I'm not blaming Ryanair because I didn't get the job.
I'm saying that it really unlikely that a person (like me, and the others) with a first time pass in everything, young, with a degree in mechanical engineering, is not a good fit for them.
The interview went very good, the sim as well.
The same could be said for the other guys I met there.
Everyone with multiple experience, coming from the best schools in Europe.


Now I have other opportunities, who care about Ryanair any more !

​​​​​​Here we go again... I have a first pass in everything in the world plus I'm a engineer, sorry a Mechanical Engineer so it's just impossible I could make a mistake and fail an airline interview.
Welcome in the very prestigious "I never doubt myself" pilot club... Pathetic. Glad I won't be your colleage!

Good luck with your career and next assessments

Pinuz89 1st Apr 2019 12:08


Originally Posted by Wondrex (Post 10435658)
​​​​​​Here we go again... I have a first pass in everything in the world plus I'm a engineer, sorry a Mechanical Engineer so it's just impossible I could make a mistake and fail an airline interview.
Welcome in the very prestigious "I never doubt myself" pilot club... Pathetic. Glad I won't be your colleage!

Good luck with your career and next assessments

please read carefully what I wrote (the original feedback), have I ever said I hadn't make any mistake ?
I said the the interview went good, and this is true, and I would be the happiest person in the world knowing which errors I have done, because I want to improve.
But unfortunately they don't give any feedback, and it is very difficult to figure out on my own without any external clue.

I'm my opinion in went good, because I answered to any question when the assessor said "oh very good answer".
Furthermore I flew the sim in the same way I was taught in my MCC course (same simulator, same aircraft).

Considering also that all my mates failed the interview 2/3 months ago, and only 1 over 7 got the job that day, can I suspect something strange that goes further than my possible mistakes ?

Pinuz89 1st Apr 2019 12:11


Originally Posted by Wondrex (Post 10435658)
​​​​​​Here we go again... I have a first pass in everything in the world plus I'm a engineer, sorry a Mechanical Engineer so it's just impossible I could make a mistake and fail an airline interview.
Welcome in the very prestigious "I never doubt myself" pilot club... Pathetic. Glad I won't be your colleage!

Good luck with your career and next assessments

anyway don't worry too much, I glad not to be your collegue as well !

RomanK 1st Apr 2019 12:24

There are some reasons why Ryanair can increase the passing score:
- fleet growth is frozen right now (no new deliveries since mid-December, as far as I can see)
- terms are not so bad as before so fewer departures
- 737MAX grounded meaning overstaff for other airlines and not Ryanair. So, experienced FOs can look at FR

I also failed the interview but reasons are a little bit clear

aviationfanatic 1st Apr 2019 12:34


Originally Posted by Pinuz89 (Post 10435598)
I'm not blaming Ryanair because I didn't get the job.
I'm saying that it really unlikely that a person (like me, and the others) with a first time pass in everything, young, with a degree in mechanical engineering, is not a good fit for them.
The interview went very good, the sim as well.
The same could be said for the other guys I met there.
Everyone with multiple experience, coming from the best schools in Europe.


Now I have other opportunities, who care about Ryanair any more !

You are just a fool I am afraid. You think that because you passed everything first time they should give you a job??? In your head then, they should just give you the job because you "assume" you are perfect or because you think you went to best school?
Are you an aviation/hr expert to determine whether the interview & sim were very good?
I feel sorry for the airline that might consider giving you a job!

Wondrex 1st Apr 2019 12:41


Originally Posted by Pinuz89 (Post 10435697)
please read carefully what I wrote (the original feedback), have I ever said I hadn't make any mistake ?
I said the the interview went good, and this is true, and I would be the happiest person in the world knowing which errors I have done, because I want to improve.
But unfortunately they don't give any feedback, and it is very difficult to figure out on my own without any external clue.

I'm my opinion in went good, because I answered to any question when the assessor said "oh very good answer".
Furthermore I flew the sim in the same way I was taught in my MCC course (same simulator, same aircraft).

Considering also that all my mates failed the interview 2/3 months ago, and only 1 over 7 got the job that day, can I suspect something strange that goes further than my possible mistakes ?

Please read carefully what I wrote (the original feedback). Okay, let's read it again. You clearly pretend you got rejected because RYR need money not because you might not meet the standards/requirements"

Than, I quote :"I'm saying that it really unlikely that a person (like me, and the others) with a first time pass in everything, young, with a degree in mechanical engineering, is not a good fit for them."

When I did my interview we were 8. 7 of us got the job. One week later, I heard O'Leary robbed a bank that day. That's why we got the job.

Ciao!


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