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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 29th Nov 2022, 01:47
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Originally Posted by chloe123 View Post
Just received an email, and it asked me to join a video call to do this initial assessment test which include:

- Monitoring ability
- Spatial orientation
- Complex control
- Applied numeracy
- Multi-tasking
- Reaction speed
- Work related behaviour

Where would you recommend to source out the information that were mention in above? The test is 120min. Once again, much appreciated for the help! I have zero background.
Not sure if you took the aptitude test yet, but if you did you probably know what it's like now. But I'll reply just for those who are looking to apply in the near future or are about to take the test. The test is run by Aon, so just search Aon [the test in question] on Google and you should be able to find some sample tests.
Monitoring Ability: it's a test with moving dots and you pretty much have to guess how many there are. This one was virtually impossible when it reaches 8+ balls and you pretty much just have to guess. Tells you if you were right or wrong every question.
Spatial Orientation: plane with a heading and a location beacon and you select where the plane is out of 9 possible spots. No instant feedback.
Complex Control: fly through a tunnel trying to get to the highest "level". You can control the speed, but it will also automatically speed up if you keep going without hitting anything. If you hit something, it will stop you briefly and continue on.
Applied Numeracy: 20 questions of pretty simple math, you have 15 minutes to do them. Calculators are allowed so if you know your formulas it's pretty simple (ie. volume, area, conversions, percentages, etc.) No instant feedback.
Multi-Tasking: 3 tasks: determine if a triangle is point left or right, mental addition/subtraction, duplicates numbers. Pretty easy if you're good at mental math. Instant feedback for wrong answers.
Reaction Speed: 2 shapes, press equal when same shape. Easiest test IMO. Instant feedback.
Work Related Behavior: the most time consuming one. I think there were about 100 questions and took me about 30 minutes to do them.

I don't know how well I did but they sent me a final interview offer within 2 hours of submitting the aptitude test.
Will update on what they ask after my interview!

Also not related, but a lot of salty, angry, and gatekeeping elitists on this forum lol
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Old 29th Nov 2022, 05:54
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Just did my final interview this morning. It was super EASY!
Thought they were going to grill me hard on planes and basic aerodynamics stuff like that. None!
They just asked me some simple questions. Questions like tell me a bit about yourself, why do you want to become a pilot, what makes a good pilot, do you think you have those qualities etc..
Within three hours I got an email saying that I passed. Phew! Now waiting to book for medical exam.
Anyone who interested in my experiences, feel free to send me a PM. I would love to share.

P.S. Don't worry much about the ICAO thing. It is super easy to get level 4. I did not prepare for the test and I spoke with a thick Hong Kong accent. They gave me level 5! The aptitude test is super easy as well. I got 6 wrong answers in tracking and I still passed. So don't worry much.

PM me if you have questions!
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Old 29th Nov 2022, 08:38
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Originally Posted by dot0086 View Post
Not sure if you took the aptitude test yet, but if you did you probably know what it's like now. But I'll reply just for those who are looking to apply in the near future or are about to take the test. The test is run by Aon, so just search Aon [the test in question] on Google and you should be able to find some sample tests.
Monitoring Ability: it's a test with moving dots and you pretty much have to guess how many there are. This one was virtually impossible when it reaches 8+ balls and you pretty much just have to guess. Tells you if you were right or wrong every question.
Spatial Orientation: plane with a heading and a location beacon and you select where the plane is out of 9 possible spots. No instant feedback.
Complex Control: fly through a tunnel trying to get to the highest "level". You can control the speed, but it will also automatically speed up if you keep going without hitting anything. If you hit something, it will stop you briefly and continue on.
Applied Numeracy: 20 questions of pretty simple math, you have 15 minutes to do them. Calculators are allowed so if you know your formulas it's pretty simple (ie. volume, area, conversions, percentages, etc.) No instant feedback.
Multi-Tasking: 3 tasks: determine if a triangle is point left or right, mental addition/subtraction, duplicates numbers. Pretty easy if you're good at mental math. Instant feedback for wrong answers.
Reaction Speed: 2 shapes, press equal when same shape. Easiest test IMO. Instant feedback.
Work Related Behavior: the most time consuming one. I think there were about 100 questions and took me about 30 minutes to do them.

I don't know how well I did but they sent me a final interview offer within 2 hours of submitting the aptitude test.
Will update on what they ask after my interview!

Also not related, but a lot of salty, angry, and gatekeeping elitists on this forum lol
Hi! Thanks a lot for sharing. May i ask how far away is your final interview? And did they give you any choices in terms of time slots? Heard the process is pretty rushed nowadays with little to no time to prepare, unlike the old times where they took their time for different stages.
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Old 29th Nov 2022, 09:13
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dot0086, perhaps you will understand more when you put yourself in their shoes.
jacarandaa, Why the rush? Here is your answer.

Cathay’s pilot exodus persists as pandemic curbs hit morale
Quarantines and demanding schedules prompt flood of resignations, with 30 to 50 pilots leaving each month

One Cathay Pacific pilot had been with the airline for more than five years and planned a long career.
But at the end of September, he quit the Hong Kong carrier, packed up his belongings and headed to Australia for a lower-paying job at a flying academy.
Cathay and its long-suffering pilots have been big casualties of the pandemic, as severe job cuts and punishing Covid-19 restrictions have disrupted operations and hit profits.

“I just needed a break from everything . . . I don’t want to work for Cathay anymore,” said the pilot, who asked not to be named. He added the constant Covid tests and restrictions had sapped his morale and left him tired and stressed.

Working conditions were badly disrupted when Cathay sacked 8,500 people, almost a quarter of its staff, at the height of the pandemic in 2020.

A flood of pilot resignations followed a year later because of anger over pay cuts of up to 60 per cent and irritation with tough Covid-19 curbs.

Ronald Lam, Cathay’s chief customer and commercial officer who takes over as chief executive in January, told the FT last month that it would take another two years — until the end of 2024 or early 2025 — to reach pre-pandemic capacity again.
The airline, known for its premium lounges and loyalty schemes, also faces questions about its identity after the cost cuts.
Looking for new revenue streams after suffering during the pandemic, it aimed to reposition itself as a premium travel lifestyle brand with a focus on ecommerce.
“You have enough on your plate when you are trying to run an airline and just be a good transportation brand,” a former executive said.
“Running a premium lifestyle brand is hard. It is really, really hard . . . particularly now people are going to be back flying again in big numbers.”

In the end, the airline ended up searching for ways to save money as it attempted to reduce the number of cabin crew on each flight and lower the cost of some in-flight services such as drinks offered to passengers, said air crew and former executives.
Cathay insisted in a response that the number of cabin crew onboard flights was “comparable with the market and well above regulatory requirements”.
Among sustainability initiatives, it said it changed some drinks services to reduce the use of plastic, and it had “further enhanced food and beverage offerings” in business class.
“Unfortunately, it is what it is. Cathay has gone from a Rolex to a Casio,” one of the pilots said. “I don’t think you will see a huge recovery for a long, long time.”
http://www.ft.com/content/c906a883-9...d-fb8c42ce448c
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Old 29th Nov 2022, 18:45
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Originally Posted by jacarandaa View Post
Hi! Thanks a lot for sharing. May i ask how far away is your final interview? And did they give you any choices in terms of time slots? Heard the process is pretty rushed nowadays with little to no time to prepare, unlike the old times where they took their time for different stages.
4 slots, furthest slot was 3 days away from invitation email. Pretty rushed indeed!
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Old 30th Nov 2022, 08:15
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Originally Posted by jacarandaa View Post
Hi! Thanks a lot for sharing. May i ask how far away is your final interview? And did they give you any choices in terms of time slots? Heard the process is pretty rushed nowadays with little to no time to prepare, unlike the old times where they took their time for different stages.
Agree. From the day I made an application to the day I had the interview, it only takes about three weeks, so things are definitely moving swiftly fast for me and I did not have the time to do much preparation, I was going with the flow. I remember at one point at the interview I was asked how soon I can start if I am accepted to the program, I was like, wow, you guys are really desperate..Have a bad feeling about this somehow lol.
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