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SIA Cadet Pilot - All Batches, Merged

Old 16th Sep 2018, 07:24
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Join Date: Sep 2018
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Folks,

I've applied to become a SIA cadet pilot somewhere towards the tail end of July. So far, the website says it is just 'In Review'. It hasn't changed and no updates have been posted.

I just want to know (especially some of you'll who have been successful in reaching the final stage of the interview), when did you apply? And in your own words, if you don't mind, what factor do you think played a role in advancing you up to the last stage of the interview. Were you'll outstanding academics or had an undergrad degree/diploma related to aviation? Absolutely anything will help to quench my doubt.

Thank you.
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Old 17th Sep 2018, 02:46
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Originally Posted by kuherrn View Post
Folks,

I've applied to become a SIA cadet pilot somewhere towards the tail end of July. So far, the website says it is just 'In Review'. It hasn't changed and no updates have been posted.

I just want to know (especially some of you'll who have been successful in reaching the final stage of the interview), when did you apply? And in your own words, if you don't mind, what factor do you think played a role in advancing you up to the last stage of the interview. Were you'll outstanding academics or had an undergrad degree/diploma related to aviation? Absolutely anything will help to quench my doubt.

Thank you.
Hello,

My timeline for the application was:
Application - End of July
Invitation for Prelim Interviews - Early August
Prelim Interviews - Mid August (Results released after 2 working days)
Aptitude Test - Mid September (Results released on day itself)
Final Interview - Early October

I don't have outstanding school results. I just met their requirements stated on their website (English, Mathematics and Science). Some of the interviewees I've met have no background in Aviation as well. they came from different backgrounds, some still in their final year of studies and others were already working in a totally different industry. So, I am equally as lost as you in terms of how they send out invitations for the preliminary interviews.
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Old 20th Sep 2018, 07:15
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Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Malaysia
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Hi guys,

I'm going for the preliminary interview on the 29th of September. Anyone else going on the same date?
Btw to those who are curious, I applied for the position way back in May/June, and they only got back to me with the invitation last week.
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Old 20th Sep 2018, 10:35
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Hi there,

Thank you so much for the info. Do you mind elaborating a little on what sort of questions did they ask for the aptitude test and final interview? Any way on how we could practice or prepare our self for it? Really appreciate your help!
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Old 20th Sep 2018, 10:36
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Originally Posted by s909049 View Post
Hello,

My timeline for the application was:
Application - End of July
Invitation for Prelim Interviews - Early August
Prelim Interviews - Mid August (Results released after 2 working days)
Aptitude Test - Mid September (Results released on day itself)
Final Interview - Early October

I don't have outstanding school results. I just met their requirements stated on their website (English, Mathematics and Science). Some of the interviewees I've met have no background in Aviation as well. they came from different backgrounds, some still in their final year of studies and others were already working in a totally different industry. So, I am equally as lost as you in terms of how they send out invitations for the preliminary interviews.


Hi there,

Thank you so much for the info. Do you mind elaborating a little on what sort of questions did they ask for the aptitude test and final interview? Any way on how we could practice or prepare our self for it? Really appreciate your help!
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Old 20th Sep 2018, 12:57
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Originally Posted by purawin View Post
I'm going on the 19th Sept.
How was it??
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Old 24th Sep 2018, 05:46
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Originally Posted by stevendefool View Post
Hi guys,

I'm going for the preliminary interview on the 29th of September. Anyone else going on the same date?
Btw to those who are curious, I applied for the position way back in May/June, and they only got back to me with the invitation last week.
Me too. I got the same date at 1.30pm
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Old 24th Sep 2018, 05:53
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How was your aptitude test? Going smoothly?
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 07:01
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Originally Posted by kuherrn View Post
Folks,

I've applied to become a SIA cadet pilot somewhere towards the tail end of July. So far, the website says it is just 'In Review'. It hasn't changed and no updates have been posted.

I just want to know (especially some of you'll who have been successful in reaching the final stage of the interview), when did you apply? And in your own words, if you don't mind, what factor do you think played a role in advancing you up to the last stage of the interview. Were you'll outstanding academics or had an undergrad degree/diploma related to aviation? Absolutely anything will help to quench my doubt.

Thank you.
Did the 'last modified' date in your profile updated? I applied two weeks ago, and the last modified date has already changed twice.
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 09:29
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Interview

Hi all,
Is the interview call based on nationality (only for Singaporeans) or is it open for other nationals too ??
Kindly respond only if it is authentic news.
TIA.
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Old 27th Sep 2018, 18:16
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Did SIA cadet open to international candidate lately?

Did SIA cadet open to international candidate lately?
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Old 28th Sep 2018, 12:53
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Join Date: Sep 2018
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Stumbled on this website while researching interview questions. So far the info here has been great!

Got invited to first interview today. Date scheduled for 12 October.
Just wondering, what should I wear to the interview? Do I have to wear a suit+tie?

Cheers!
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Old 29th Sep 2018, 08:44
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Join Date: Dec 2015
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Congrats! May I know when did you apply?
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Old 29th Sep 2018, 17:04
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Originally Posted by chermaine View Post
Congrats! May I know when did you apply?
Hi Chermaine! Thank you and yeah, I sent in my application on the 16th of September.

Cheers!
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Old 29th Sep 2018, 19:37
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Join Date: Dec 2015
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May I know are you Singapore PR? I sent in my application on the 15th of September and did not hear anything back yet , apart from the last modified date updated to 25th September and the status is still 'In Review'. Did the status of your profile changed anything?I am a Hong Kong PR btw.
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Old 1st Oct 2018, 02:30
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Dear aspirants, applicants & interviewees,

Good day! As promised few weeks ago, here is a snapshot of the processes (based on my personal progress):

Online applicationnd of April
Preliminary iv: Middle of August
Aptitude: Early September
Final iv & Tea-party: End of September
Medical check-up: End of September

Prelim iv: Questions on geography, aircraft comparison, SIA organisation facts, personal life questions, aircraft technical questions and any question based on the CV details submitted (i.e. education, school, career so far etc.)

Aptitude: 12 or so computerised test modules, alike mini games. The tests are aimed to test memory, attention to detail, instruction adherence, basic compass attitude. From my appreciation of the tests, no prior experience is required in order to perform the tests. The tests are basically to determine aptitude (appropriate attitude) of an interviewee. Keep cool, read instructions very carefully and all should be good! Avid gamers may settle into the atmosphere faster, during the tests

Final iv: Written test, followed by the final interview (3 senior management Captains, 1 Ground Manager). Finally, the tea-party (no alcohol, so calm your horses, tea, coffee and muffins. Questions may vary according to candidates profile. My questions were themed towards leadership, personal questions, basic technical (i.e. FBW, auto-pilot systems etc.). In my view, the questions are aimed at how one comes up with an answer (thinking process, rationale for the answer, methodology) rather than the answer in itself. At the tea-party, as is with any social party - ethics, respect another, have honest questions, have a conversation. It is not a speed dating session, therefore my advise would be not to 'butterfly' - moving from one person to the other without ever having a real conversation. Be POSITIVE when asking questions (from my point of view).

Medical: Medical checks as required by CAAS and SIA.

Finally, always be prepared - 'PRIOR PLANNING AND PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE' (memorise the mantra) and live it! Interview etiquette is important, communication (clear, concise and direct) and be confident yet humble. I believe there are many online sources available to guide one as such. Know 'why, what, when and how' and be the devil's advocate to your own answers while preparing. Be balanced, have an opinion, base your answers on facts, do not ever speculate, be honest (if you don't know, say you don't know) and BE POSITIVE!

Note: The process, progress rate and opinion on the stages may differ as to applicant - therefore please treat this as a my 'personal experience sharing'. Every individual has their own sense of appreciation and style. Keep it Real, be Cool and be Prepared! Cheers and all the best.
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Old 1st Oct 2018, 08:37
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Originally Posted by illflysoon View Post
Hi all,
Is the interview call based on nationality (only for Singaporeans) or is it open for other nationals too ??
Kindly respond only if it is authentic news.
TIA.
With deep regret, SIA only have Cadet Pilot Programmes currently for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents and also for Malaysians.

Even though you can submit the application successfully, the status will be 'In Review' forever.

The nationality do matter here. If you are a Singaporean/PR, you may get notification for preliminary interview with 1 or 2 months provided you meet all the requirements.

For Indians, SIA had this programme opened in 2011 only and it was closed then.

Further they are not having any future plans to widen the nationalities, but if they do Indians will be the first to be considered.

Last edited by SpeedBurn; 1st Oct 2018 at 13:51.
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Old 1st Oct 2018, 08:43
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Unhappy

Originally Posted by mingkit_830 View Post
Did SIA cadet open to international candidate lately?
Nope.

No International candidate shall be considered.

Currently only Ab Initio Cadet Pilot Programme (Singapore) and Ab Initio Cadet Pilot Programme (Malaysia), which means Singaporeans and Malaysians only.

I got this information from a SIA staff who is a Captain Line Instructor Pilot on A380.

Last edited by SpeedBurn; 1st Oct 2018 at 14:10.
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Old 1st Oct 2018, 08:54
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If it is in such case, they should write the specific nationality rather than just saying cadet pilot (Ab-initio) on the website
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Old 1st Oct 2018, 13:47
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Originally Posted by chermaine View Post
If it is in such case, they should write the specific nationality rather than just saying cadet pilot (Ab-initio) on the website
Yup, that's the fun part.

As per SIA the country which is mentioned in parenthesis are the one and only to be considered.

Look at this; Ab Initio Cadet Pilot Programme (Singapore) means its only for Singapore. Similarly, Ab Initio Cadet Pilot (Malaysia) means Malaysia only.
Unless your country is not mentioned; well I hope you got my point.

Further, your location is given as Hong Kong.....So, Why don't you try for Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon ?
They have the same sponsored programmes. Go for those and get your wings.

Last edited by SpeedBurn; 3rd Oct 2018 at 05:55.
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