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Everything about Hong Kong Express Interviews

Old 28th Jul 2006, 13:09
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Everything about Hong Kong Express Interviews

For some of us a job at HKE would be a great job.

I was wondering if anyone can shed some light what happens at the interview. It seems there is not much information about the interview process here on PPRrune. I have searched the site and nothing.
  • Please tell me what happens at the interview
  • How many stages, (group session, panel interview, one on one interview, sim?)(Over how many days?)
  • Is it a technical or personal interview?
  • What specific questions are asked?
  • What is the sim check done in (737 classic?)
  • Is there a tech quiz?
Despite my not so serious name, I am serious about finding out more.
If you have an interview, or have been through the interview process, please PM me or reply.

p.s. lets keep this thread positive rather that negative. In other words if you have not got anything good to say, say nothing.
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Old 28th Jul 2006, 18:12
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hmmm good post ... hope to hear something from here too ... worte to them but no reply. anybody mind to share ?
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Old 3rd Aug 2006, 03:23
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Interview outline:

Group technical discussion. A subject each, others add/disagree with your answer

Personal interview. 'nuff said.

Sim ride. B737 (but will depend on where the interview is held). Classic Dragonair sim ride for which plenty of info is available on this site.

However, For those considering this position, have a REAL think about living expenses in HKG. Pay particular attention to housing, schooling and entertainment. If you merely convert the HKD salary to a pacific peso currency (NZD/AUD) it will seem pretty good. But apply it to a HKG cost base and you'll find your quality of life is like it was those many years ago, living in a caravan park by the airport, hoping for a C210 job.

There is a reason CX and KA pay what they do. It's not out of generosity.

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Old 21st Aug 2006, 01:50
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I copied my reply from another thread below.

I have done the interview, and know three others that did it last week in Melbourne, we compared notes and it goes like this…

1. Group talk
2. One on one interview
3. Lunch
4. Sim

Entire day run by two very experienced gentlemen, with a long history's in Hong Kong airlines like Cathay and Dragon etc. It was a relaxed and informal mostly, and they told old stories from the past and had a few laughs.

Group talk: they told us about life in Hong Kong, and the company, pay and conditions. We then went into a group question and answer exercise. Asked CRM type questions, performance and aerodynamics’ based questions. Went for about 30-60 mins.

One on one interview. They asked about our previous jobs, about our personal lives and a few tech type questions, again performance or high speed aerodynamics based. How you would like living in Hong Kong etc.


Simulator exercise. Done in a 737-300 simulator, basically 2 circuits. I sat in the left seat but you can choose the Left or right seat depending on your preference.

Session: Take off, clean up, climb at 250 knots, turns left and right, fly the ILS, execute a missed approach. Engine failure occurs after you have cleaned up and then you are repositioned to do a second ILS followed by a landing.

It was an easy exercise and not a problem for the guys who have time on type, or bought themselves some practice simulator time on the classic before hand, but the guys who have never flown the 737 said they struggled. Just not enough time to get used to the aircraft in the 25-35 minutes in it.

The instructors said we were competing against ourselves not other candidates. Looking at us correcting errors quickly and not sustaining them.

The interview was a pleasant experience, and the interviewers were nice blokes. Now we wait for the results. Any one got an answer yet?
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