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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 8th Dec 2022, 02:46
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Application revoked

Hi,I have done the aptitude test a week ago, but not yet receive any email, but my application on the Cathay portal has gone, does it means that I have failed? Thank you
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Old 15th Dec 2022, 13:44
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Originally Posted by trigonometry
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!
Interesting. I had my final interview recently, but this was not my experience. The technical portion was indeed technical with questions about aerodynamics and various systems on the plane like which system/part controls xyz and how does it work? Answers were followed by more in-depth questions until I couldn't answer any further.

Also, how long did you guys wait before receiving an offer/rejection after the final interview?
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Old 16th Dec 2022, 05:14
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I know a few people that got an acceptance email on the same day.
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Old 16th Dec 2022, 07:46
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Originally Posted by sweet19
Interesting. I had my final interview recently, but this was not my experience. The technical portion was indeed technical with questions about aerodynamics and various systems on the plane like which system/part controls xyz and how does it work? Answers were followed by more in-depth questions until I couldn't answer any further.

Also, how long did you guys wait before receiving an offer/rejection after the final interview?
What? People on the internet could be lying?? No wayyyyyy

I dont know others but friends I know can't get a ICAO 5 because of accent, also there are exactly 0 candidates I heard receive medical check mail in 3 hours.
Usually it take 7 to 10 days before receiving medical check mail, at least thats my case.

And I got drill many technical questions as well, like wind correction concept, force feed back, decompression etc, so yeah I dont think it was THAT easy.


Or maybe I am the one lying lol
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Old 16th Dec 2022, 08:10
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Originally Posted by Rithfung
What? People on the internet could be lying?? No wayyyyyy

I dont know others but friends I know can't get a ICAO 5 because of accent, also there are exactly 0 candidates I heard receive medical check mail in 3 hours.
Usually it take 7 to 10 days before receiving medical check mail, at least thats my case.

And I got drill many technical questions as well, like wind correction concept, force feed back, decompression etc, so yeah I dont think it was THAT easy.


Or maybe I am the one lying lol
Thanks!

How well do you think you did in the technical interview on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being perfect? Were there any questions you just couldn't answer? I'd love to hear more about your experience.
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Old 16th Dec 2022, 08:11
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you're not lying but it's clear that information on the Internet isn't accurate
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Old 16th Dec 2022, 09:30
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Originally Posted by Rithfung
What? People on the internet could be lying?? No wayyyyyy

I dont know others but friends I know can't get a ICAO 5 because of accent, also there are exactly 0 candidates I heard receive medical check mail in 3 hours.
Usually it take 7 to 10 days before receiving medical check mail, at least thats my case.

And I got drill many technical questions as well, like wind correction concept, force feed back, decompression etc, so yeah I dont think it was THAT easy.


Or maybe I am the one lying lol
Comparing to our selection process in our time, Yes, It is THAT easy.
By the way, everyone is lying these days, so what's the surprise? Even CX People Department lied about upgrade time at the interview. They tell you 3 years and then turns into 5-6 years, plenty of real examples out there.
Also, just because you don't know what you don't doesn't mean it does not exist. There are heaps of SOs out there who have a heavy accent, and they are ICAO level 5 pilot, flown with plenty of them before.

This new CX recruitment team is still testing the water, folks who used to be overseeing the process have gone, not all, but most of them, I wouldn't be surprise if someone had a different experiences then the other, afterall, nothing is fixed and
guaranteed at CX, including your EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT.
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Old 16th Dec 2022, 12:16
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So true. Cathay is probably one of the most deceitful companies in the world. Speaking of upgrade, a friend of mine used to be so crazy about the icadetship scheme. He applied the program about six years ago, smart enough to make it the final. At the interview, he asked the panel how long he needed to be a relief pilot before getting that promotion, they told him about 3 years, he was like, okay, 3 years of my life wasted in the cockpit, that’s okay for me, so he signed on the dot, six years later, you think he would be a First Officer by now? Wrong! He’s still a Second Office, turns out there were heaps of Direct Entry SOs, FOs, CNs jumping in the queue, 6 years on and he is still counting, and in between there is covid, the quarantine restrictions…looking back, he was like, I feel like I am being used…”about three years” how funny is that.
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Old 16th Dec 2022, 12:32
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Originally Posted by sweet19
Thanks!

How well do you think you did in the technical interview on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being perfect? Were there any questions you just couldn't answer? I'd love to hear more about your experience.
I guess i am a 7/8? Every topic they ask I can explain the principles, and know enough real life examples, but I wish I can do better about control surface characteristics...

If you want we can discuss in pm, newjoiner discussion isn't very welcome here lol
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Old 16th Dec 2022, 13:41
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Hi everyone,

I hope you are all doing well. I just want to thank those of you who replied to my previous post!
Once again, I am here to bother you all with a very trivial question.
I have been hearing conflicting information regarding the salary of a cadet pilot. Some have told me there is no salary because it is just a sponsored training course. Others have said there will be a salary. I tried doing my own research, but with no luck. On the careers page, benefits include an annual salary, but with the description "based on achieving target annual block hours". Cadets are training pilots so there are no block hours to achieve...
Could anyone knock some reality into me and tell me what benefits are offered to successful candidates throughout their "training period".

Thank you in advance.
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Old 16th Dec 2022, 15:51
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I have received the invitation for the computer based test 2 days ago. Anyone who has similar process with me, feel free to reach out.

btw, I’m located overseas now. CX said I can complete the the ICAO at later stages. Would it be after / before the panel interview assuming I can pass the computer based test.

Cheers !
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Old 17th Dec 2022, 05:48
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Originally Posted by AstridLLL
I have received the invitation for the computer based test 2 days ago. Anyone who has similar process with me, feel free to reach out.

btw, I’m located overseas now. CX said I can complete the the ICAO at later stages. Would it be after / before the panel interview assuming I can pass the computer based test.

Cheers !
It would be before the panel interview.
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Old 17th Dec 2022, 07:53
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Originally Posted by aspiringp
Hi everyone,

I hope you are all doing well. I just want to thank those of you who replied to my previous post!
Once again, I am here to bother you all with a very trivial question.
I have been hearing conflicting information regarding the salary of a cadet pilot. Some have told me there is no salary because it is just a sponsored training course. Others have said there will be a salary. I tried doing my own research, but with no luck. On the careers page, benefits include an annual salary, but with the description "based on achieving target annual block hours". Cadets are training pilots so there are no block hours to achieve...
Could anyone knock some reality into me and tell me what benefits are offered to successful candidates throughout their "training period".

Thank you in advance.
Historically speaking, cadets did not get paid with salary down in FTA, rather, they received some allowance from the company so that they can go out with their mates when they are not flying. (Not a lot I am sure about that) And because of that, folks who have family and kids needed to think twice and thrice before taking that deal. That was before covid. Now, since they split the training in two locations, 6 months in Hong Kong, 6 months somewhere else, I am not sure if they will ever entertain with that idea. But one thing for sure is, you will not get paid with full salary, even if they give you money, it won't be a lot for sure.

The salary package you see on the website, that is for those who have completed the training, who are offered a job as a Second Officer, not for Cadets. It is so misleading I know, they should have put a remark or change some of the wording, but, again, this is Cathay Pacific we are talking about here.

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Old 17th Dec 2022, 15:25
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Originally Posted by aviatorstudent
It would be before the panel interview.
Thank you !
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Old 18th Dec 2022, 14:04
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Final interview

I have my Final Interview in a few days and it's been split into 2 days HR and Technical. Would be great if people could reply or message me what questions they got so I can prepare for it, much appreciated, thanks!
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Old 18th Dec 2022, 18:18
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Originally Posted by aspiringp
Hi everyone,

I hope you are all doing well. I just want to thank those of you who replied to my previous post!
Once again, I am here to bother you all with a very trivial question.
I have been hearing conflicting information regarding the salary of a cadet pilot. Some have told me there is no salary because it is just a sponsored training course. Others have said there will be a salary. I tried doing my own research, but with no luck. On the careers page, benefits include an annual salary, but with the description "based on achieving target annual block hours". Cadets are training pilots so there are no block hours to achieve...
Could anyone knock some reality into me and tell me what benefits are offered to successful candidates throughout their "training period".

Thank you in advance.
50 percent discount on getting all your licenses plus a guaranteed employment as a relief pilot for 3+ years plus some pocket money, that's the benefit you get as a cadet. I say 50 percent is because you will have to give up monthly allowance for three years involuntarily after they offer you a job, and the total of three years allowances makes up half of the training cost. For the record, it used to be 100 percent discount up until just a few years ago.
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Old 19th Dec 2022, 05:50
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Hi ya'll. Got a quick question. What happened if I failed ground school or flight training, will CX ever make me pay back half of the training fees? I sent my enquiry to both the recruiting manager and flight crew recruitment inbox about three weeks ago, but no one responded to my enquiry, it is getting so frustrating! Anyone can help?
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Old 28th Dec 2022, 01:25
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Originally Posted by aviatorstudent
I have my Final Interview in a few days and it's been split into 2 days HR and Technical. Would be great if people could reply or message me what questions they got so I can prepare for it, much appreciated, thanks!
Hi mate. How was the interview? To what standard of technical questions were asked? I will be having mine in a few days so any advice would be great!
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Old 29th Dec 2022, 11:59
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Originally Posted by waiwai2022
Hi mate. How was the interview? To what standard of technical questions were asked? I will be having mine in a few days so any advice would be great!
Hello, just curious if you are having panel interview splitting into two days too?
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Old 3rd Jan 2023, 07:57
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yes. The process is now split into 2 days.
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