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Cathay Pacific Cadet Pilot Programme

Old 3rd Oct 2023, 15:27
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Originally Posted by Siobhan_sh3
what do u think of 5-7 years as SO)...
What a tricky question! I supposed many would have lied at the interview and then regret it once they are in the hot seat.
Have seen too many real life examples in the past!
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Originally Posted by Hardrod
What a tricky question! I supposed many would have lied at the interview and then regret it once they are in the hot seat.
Have seen too many real life examples in the past!
Can’t say untrue to that, but for mainlanders who cannot apply for overseas cadetship and won’t endure CAAC style of work, CX cadet is the best(or only) option here. Being paid as SO in the cockpit for years may be the dream of many people who don’t have the fortune for flight school. Each side in this program is just taking what they want from each other.
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Old 6th Oct 2023, 02:31
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Hey , guys I just finished my final. Thanks a lot for sharing all the information and now it's my turn to give everyone something useful. I'm gonna divide into 3 parts and my idea of how to get prepared.

Online assessment: you will join a Microsoft team video call and then you need to show your ID or passport, after that, the assistant will send you a link via email. You will do all the tests on a Cathay website. Tests are listed below:
1) work related behaviour: a quiz that might take around 30min
2)Monitoring ability: a bunch of fast-moving dots and you need to select the correct number of dots. (It is really fast so don't panic if you can not choose correctly when there are more than 10, or even 8 could be challenging for some folks)
3)Reaction Speed: just click "EQUAL" when two patterns match each other. Very simple, only use your mouse( you can NOT use the space on keyboard)
4)Spatial Orientation: You have a heading indicator of an aircraft and an ADF indicator, you need to put the aircraft on the right spot from the 8 spots you could click.(don't worry if you have no experience, I will tell you how to practice later)
5)Multitasking ability: You are going to do 3 tests at the same time: choose the direction of a triangle, simple math, a list of numbers and check if there's a duplicate pair.
6)Applied Numeracy: simple math, any kids around 14 can solve it.
7)wing challenge: flying through a tube.

Here are the tips: use a website called pilotest.c0m, this web's CUT-E section will help with 2) "moving balls" ; 3) "Reaction Time" ; 4)"RBI" ; 5) "multi-task landing"; 6) "mathematics in English". Use a different website called pilotassessments.c0m and the only free test is what you need for 7) I don't have over 8 posts so I can not send URL, just replace 0 with o

Initial interview: get prepared for the company's history, fleets, leadership officers' employment history. Remember what you have mentioned on your CV. SO's duty and what does an SO do specifically. Get dressed and look nice wouldn't harm you.

Final interview: be ready to be asked very specific and detailed questions. I have PPL and some flight experience. The questions I have been asked including engine manufacturers, type, induction systems, the horsepower of the engine, pros and cons of fuel injection system. Why is a carburetor system is easier to have icing condition. How to read HSI; Draw a holding pattern and how to correct the wind on outbound. In short, be sure you are more than competent in your current position and try to learn more. HR would ask you questions related to your CV as well and be sure the HR REMEMBERS whatever you said last time, I am pretty sure it's not because I was in any way impressive. She is just someone who's extremely good at her job (PHAK is a long book and even keypoints can be over a few dozen pages, read it early. Be sure nothing about PHAK you would messed up. I am not sure if I did a good job because I messed up one simple question which is related with IR, so I can not really tell you what is the main point of this interview.)

The whole process took me less than a month after submitting all the documents they needed. PHAK should be studied ASAP, chapter 4,5,6,7(page 1-19) and12.

I guess that's all I can offer you guys right now. I am quite young with no graduate diploma, PPL, and not a native English speaker. So, just be confident and try your best! And again, thank you all for the help and I really appreciate everyone's contribution here. Wish you guys all the best!
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Old 6th Oct 2023, 07:37
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CX cadet hiring target

Hi,
Does anyone know, how many more cadets are CX looking to hire by 2024 to reach their target?
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Old 6th Oct 2023, 11:12
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Awaiting final interview results

Hey all,

Anyone had their final interview around 21st September and got invited to medical or received unsuccessful result yet? Still waiting on day 15......
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Final interview thoughts

Originally Posted by Hyeeee
Hey , guys I just finished my final. Thanks a lot for sharing all the information and now it's my turn to give everyone something useful. I'm gonna divide into 3 parts and my idea of how to get prepared.

Online assessment: you will join a Microsoft team video call and then you need to show your ID or passport, after that, the assistant will send you a link via email. You will do all the tests on a Cathay website. Tests are listed below:
1) work related behaviour: a quiz that might take around 30min
2)Monitoring ability: a bunch of fast-moving dots and you need to select the correct number of dots. (It is really fast so don't panic if you can not choose correctly when there are more than 10, or even 8 could be challenging for some folks)
3)Reaction Speed: just click "EQUAL" when two patterns match each other. Very simple, only use your mouse( you can NOT use the space on keyboard)
4)Spatial Orientation: You have a heading indicator of an aircraft and an ADF indicator, you need to put the aircraft on the right spot from the 8 spots you could click.(don't worry if you have no experience, I will tell you how to practice later)
5)Multitasking ability: You are going to do 3 tests at the same time: choose the direction of a triangle, simple math, a list of numbers and check if there's a duplicate pair.
6)Applied Numeracy: simple math, any kids around 14 can solve it.
7)wing challenge: flying through a tube.

Here are the tips: use a website called pilotest.c0m, this web's CUT-E section will help with 2) "moving balls" ; 3) "Reaction Time" ; 4)"RBI" ; 5) "multi-task landing"; 6) "mathematics in English". Use a different website called pilotassessments.c0m and the only free test is what you need for 7) I don't have over 8 posts so I can not send URL, just replace 0 with o

Initial interview: get prepared for the company's history, fleets, leadership officers' employment history. Remember what you have mentioned on your CV. SO's duty and what does an SO do specifically. Get dressed and look nice wouldn't harm you.

Final interview: be ready to be asked very specific and detailed questions. I have PPL and some flight experience. The questions I have been asked including engine manufacturers, type, induction systems, the horsepower of the engine, pros and cons of fuel injection system. Why is a carburetor system is easier to have icing condition. How to read HSI; Draw a holding pattern and how to correct the wind on outbound. In short, be sure you are more than competent in your current position and try to learn more. HR would ask you questions related to your CV as well and be sure the HR REMEMBERS whatever you said last time, I am pretty sure it's not because I was in any way impressive. She is just someone who's extremely good at her job (PHAK is a long book and even keypoints can be over a few dozen pages, read it early. Be sure nothing about PHAK you would messed up. I am not sure if I did a good job because I messed up one simple question which is related with IR, so I can not really tell you what is the main point of this interview.)

The whole process took me less than a month after submitting all the documents they needed. PHAK should be studied ASAP, chapter 4,5,6,7(page 1-19) and12.

I guess that's all I can offer you guys right now. I am quite young with no graduate diploma, PPL, and not a native English speaker. So, just be confident and try your best! And again, thank you all for the help and I really appreciate everyone's contribution here. Wish you guys all the best!
Hey man, the questions u got was quite tough! Good job in giving the answers under pressure.

So u mean u got the same HR personnel for initial and final? I was the same as well, I was expecting a different HR personnel because wouldn't that be more fair? No bias and another set of opinion on the candidate.

In my opinion, the tech interview is designed to question u to a point u don't know the answer to. The real test is to see how u would react to something u don't know while under pressure. Yes, u would still need to know some basic knowledge, but the ability to react appropriately in those circumstances is far more important than knowledge that most people can learn.

Anyhow, would be great if u can keep us updated on how long it took for u to receive the result! I'm still waiting......
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Old 7th Oct 2023, 12:00
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Originally Posted by i8urmaw
Hey man, the questions u got was quite tough! Good job in giving the answers under pressure.

So u mean u got the same HR personnel for initial and final? I was the same as well, I was expecting a different HR personnel because wouldn't that be more fair? No bias and another set of opinion on the candidate.

In my opinion, the tech interview is designed to question u to a point u don't know the answer to. The real test is to see how u would react to something u don't know while under pressure. Yes, u would still need to know some basic knowledge, but the ability to react appropriately in those circumstances is far more important than knowledge that most people can learn.

Anyhow, would be great if u can keep us updated on how long it took for u to receive the result! I'm still waiting......
Yeah, both time were the same HR and she is definitely GREAT at her job. I believe the reason to have the same HR is to see if you had ever lied on your CV or any detail information. The HR remembered everything on my CV, even the detail number of your exam if you mentioned. Her job is to determine if you have the quality to be a pilot which can ensure a few tings an airline company cares about, which are the keenness to study, attitude to safety and how others would comment you. It's just like finding Waldo, if the HR found it you will be safe. But that's only my guess since Cathay is a very modern company and I think it has been doing a relatively great job.

About the final, I screwed myself up with the easiest question which is "what is the duration of a holding pattern" and I said "3min"( I still can not figure out why did I say that and I know I was an idoit since I was 100% correct about how to correct wind deviation) Plus, I also failed to answer " what would you do if you were flying an A350 to Typhone area?"; "How far is it to fly to USA and which airport?". But I was quite good at answering stuff related to PHAK and the aircraft I was flying. I have no idea how would they decide after all these.

And yeah, I would keep updating what is happening to me with Cathay. I hope I can help out as much people who seeks for this opportunity as possible. Also, as far as I know, most of people who passed this are around 28-35. Not sure if being younger is a plus or not. Would you also keep us updated? All experiences are of great significant here and I really appreciate it!
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Old 8th Oct 2023, 09:50
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Originally Posted by Hyeeee
Yeah, both time were the same HR and she is definitely GREAT at her job. I believe the reason to have the same HR is to see if you had ever lied on your CV or any detail information. The HR remembered everything on my CV, even the detail number of your exam if you mentioned. Her job is to determine if you have the quality to be a pilot which can ensure a few tings an airline company cares about, which are the keenness to study, attitude to safety and how others would comment you. It's just like finding Waldo, if the HR found it you will be safe. But that's only my guess since Cathay is a very modern company and I think it has been doing a relatively great job.

About the final, I screwed myself up with the easiest question which is "what is the duration of a holding pattern" and I said "3min"( I still can not figure out why did I say that and I know I was an idoit since I was 100% correct about how to correct wind deviation) Plus, I also failed to answer " what would you do if you were flying an A350 to Typhone area?"; "How far is it to fly to USA and which airport?". But I was quite good at answering stuff related to PHAK and the aircraft I was flying. I have no idea how would they decide after all these.

And yeah, I would keep updating what is happening to me with Cathay. I hope I can help out as much people who seeks for this opportunity as possible. Also, as far as I know, most of people who passed this are around 28-35. Not sure if being younger is a plus or not. Would you also keep us updated? All experiences are of great significant here and I really appreciate it!
Hey buddy,

Thank you for your informative reply! I did feel weird giving the same exact answers and examples to similar HR questions from the initial interview. And there was 1 HR question that completely threw me off - "a negative comment that Ur colleague had mentioned about u" - never had I received such comment in my life, and I said I'll come back to this question later. Thinking back after, I realized it's just another way to talk about my "weakness".

My technical questions were not that difficult compared to yours even though I have a PPL. I didn't manage to get all the correct answers, and there was 1 where I couldn't give a complete answer:

- "which countries do u fly over from HKG to UK".

I think I should have just said I don't know exactly which countries but I would like to guess?! I think it would be better than giving up after naming 2 countries.

Another question I found out I was completely wrong after was
- "what caused the grounding of the 737 max".
This I said - I am not sure exactly, but from what I remember it was xxxxxxxxxxx - which was not correct.

Anyhow what done is done now, everything is outside my control at this point.

Being younger has its advantage definitely, but I don't think the airline mind too much. There is no age limit, but I heard, ur age must be young enough to be able to attain captaincy during Ur career with them.

I'll keep checking the forums and update my status, which should be soon. Good luck
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Old 9th Oct 2023, 11:45
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Hi FPmr1, do you mind if I DM you regarding the medical? Thanks!
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If the application is still active in your portal, you should be fine. I waited for almost a month after the final interview to receive the medical invitation. Good luck to you!
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Study Buddy

Anyone wanna study tgt! I wanna apply but I guess individual studying is only ganna get you so far. WhatsApp me 54325854
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Old 10th Oct 2023, 07:24
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Originally Posted by Hyeeee
Hey , guys I just finished my final. Thanks a lot for sharing all the information and now it's my turn to give everyone something useful. I'm gonna divide into 3 parts and my idea of how to get prepared.

Online assessment: you will join a Microsoft team video call and then you need to show your ID or passport, after that, the assistant will send you a link via email. You will do all the tests on a Cathay website. Tests are listed below:
1) work related behaviour: a quiz that might take around 30min
2)Monitoring ability: a bunch of fast-moving dots and you need to select the correct number of dots. (It is really fast so don't panic if you can not choose correctly when there are more than 10, or even 8 could be challenging for some folks)
3)Reaction Speed: just click "EQUAL" when two patterns match each other. Very simple, only use your mouse( you can NOT use the space on keyboard)
4)Spatial Orientation: You have a heading indicator of an aircraft and an ADF indicator, you need to put the aircraft on the right spot from the 8 spots you could click.(don't worry if you have no experience, I will tell you how to practice later)
5)Multitasking ability: You are going to do 3 tests at the same time: choose the direction of a triangle, simple math, a list of numbers and check if there's a duplicate pair.
6)Applied Numeracy: simple math, any kids around 14 can solve it.
7)wing challenge: flying through a tube.

Here are the tips: use a website called pilotest.c0m, this web's CUT-E section will help with 2) "moving balls" ; 3) "Reaction Time" ; 4)"RBI" ; 5) "multi-task landing"; 6) "mathematics in English". Use a different website called pilotassessments.c0m and the only free test is what you need for 7) I don't have over 8 posts so I can not send URL, just replace 0 with o

Initial interview: get prepared for the company's history, fleets, leadership officers' employment history. Remember what you have mentioned on your CV. SO's duty and what does an SO do specifically. Get dressed and look nice wouldn't harm you.

Final interview: be ready to be asked very specific and detailed questions. I have PPL and some flight experience. The questions I have been asked including engine manufacturers, type, induction systems, the horsepower of the engine, pros and cons of fuel injection system. Why is a carburetor system is easier to have icing condition. How to read HSI; Draw a holding pattern and how to correct the wind on outbound. In short, be sure you are more than competent in your current position and try to learn more. HR would ask you questions related to your CV as well and be sure the HR REMEMBERS whatever you said last time, I am pretty sure it's not because I was in any way impressive. She is just someone who's extremely good at her job (PHAK is a long book and even keypoints can be over a few dozen pages, read it early. Be sure nothing about PHAK you would messed up. I am not sure if I did a good job because I messed up one simple question which is related with IR, so I can not really tell you what is the main point of this interview.)

The whole process took me less than a month after submitting all the documents they needed. PHAK should be studied ASAP, chapter 4,5,6,7(page 1-19) and12.

I guess that's all I can offer you guys right now. I am quite young with no graduate diploma, PPL, and not a native English speaker. So, just be confident and try your best! And again, thank you all for the help and I really appreciate everyone's contribution here. Wish you guys all the best!
Thank you so so much for the info!!

I am just wondering for the online assessment No. 7 (hand-eye coordination), our goal is to pass as many as possible or we should aim for less "mistakes"?
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Old 11th Oct 2023, 04:50
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Originally Posted by CCP001
If the application is still active in your portal, you should be fine. I waited for almost a month after the final interview to receive the medical invitation. Good luck to you!
Oh damn… that’s an awfully long time to wait. Yeah, portal still active and my application still valid. I’m not sure if that means I have already passed it, so still nervous about that.
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Originally Posted by free777wo
Thank you so so much for the info!!

I am just wondering for the online assessment No. 7 (hand-eye coordination), our goal is to pass as many as possible or we should aim for less "mistakes"?
I believe it should be “less mistakes” when I speeded up to around 100 I know I definitely will hit at some point. You can see there is a decrease button or use “D” on keyboard to decrease your speed. I guess that’s probably why they have this design
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I failed the initial interview. Is it weird for me to fail as normally people don’t fail it?

When I answered the last question right, HR said ‘great’ then ended the interview ‘have a great day’
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Originally Posted by david626
I failed the initial interview. Is it weird for me to fail as normally people don’t fail it?

When I answered the last question right, HR said ‘great’ then ended the interview ‘have a great day’
Hey David626,

I am sure many people do fail initial but we don't hear from them. If HR let most people pass initial screening, I'm sure they will be in trouble from the flight ops reps, since they need to find time to interview applicants.

I don't think what HR say at the end of the interview can be taken as a hint as pass or fail.

I remember seeing Ur previous post about Ur portal is active and application disappeared right after the interview?
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Hi, may I ask how many days did it take for the application to be deleted? Thanks!
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Originally Posted by i8urmaw
Hey David626,

I am sure many people do fail initial but we don't hear from them. If HR let most people pass initial screening, I'm sure they will be in trouble from the flight ops reps, since they need to find time to interview applicants.

I don't think what HR say at the end of the interview can be taken as a hint as pass or fail.

I remember seeing Ur previous post about Ur portal is active and application disappeared right after the interview?
yes..


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Hi, may I ask how many days did it take for the application to be deleted? Thanks!
not long
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yes..




not long
is a week a long time? I have been waiting after my final for 7 work days in HongKong and 11 days since my final. Still confused if I have passed or not, the HR told me that the result would come out in a week or two. I am wondering if the a week or two means the official not passed notification would be sent. My application is still there and portal accessible
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Hi FPmr1, do you mind if I DM you regarding the medical? Thanks!
I dont mind
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