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Cathay pacific SECOND OFFICER ADVANCED ENTRY INITIAL INTERVIEW

Old 16th Jun 2012, 13:39
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ixg

by the way there is also a good post in the fragrant harbour forums about the functions of a second officer. to be honest that was quite how is it going to be as second officer.
Yes, I was flabbergasted when I read that post prior to my Stage 1 interview. I gave it a long thought (at the same time, 4-5 years as a cruise relief pilot will definitely be a good experience). It's strange I haven't seen any recent posts from Second Officers (about their experiences) who are flying for Cathay Pacific.

The real question - Is it as bad as what it looks like on PPRuNe? All I can see is a planet of negative remarks about the airline, a struggling lifestyle in Hong Kong and Cathay's new recruiting grounds. These remarks come from only 20-30 pilots (and CX has nearly 2500 pilots). What about them?

Yes, Hong Kong is a very expensive city to live in. Plus, with reduced benefits and housing allowances, life can be tough for expat pilots. So the airline says - take it or leave it? Anyway, I'm not getting into this issue which previously got me and some others into a heated debate on the Fragrant Harbour forum.

Im also predicting that the demand for pilots would be less compared to this past few years. what do you think mate?
Oh, I think so too. Three months ago, Dave Hodges and Co. stated that CX was looking to hire 300 pilots in 2012. I reckon the numbers have come down. With the Eurozone crisis, fluctuating ATF prices and the Japanese tsunami which hit Cathay very hard in 2011, it will take time for the airline to display a repeat of 2010. I hope 2013 has good news in store for us.
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Old 16th Jun 2012, 13:56
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Smurf

Smurf i know some s/o in cx who were on advance entry who became my friends as we applied at the same in 2011 who are all having a blast i their job.. There are some guys who worked as fo for turboporps who went to jump as so's for the world class cx telling me cx is wayy much better regardless and i can see that..
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Old 16th Jun 2012, 16:35
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They must be right then. I don't see why a pilot wouldn't enjoy working for one of the world's best airlines. The ones complaining seem to be frustrated for obvious reasons. Again, that would result in a heated discussion here.
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Old 16th Jun 2012, 21:44
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AE in Toronto

Has anybody received an invitation to stage 1 interview in Toronto in July?
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Old 17th Jun 2012, 03:35
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Yah, pm me ill intro you to some. I also have an indian flight instructor who is now an s/o and he told he is living the dream although he came in a bit late @ 35
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Old 17th Jun 2012, 04:43
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rdane042 -

This is South Asia and the Far East.
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Old 17th Jun 2012, 05:02
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Hi all, I did my Stage 2 interview on the 13 and 14 June 2012.
I manage to pass the day 1 assessment and did my medical, english test, uniform measurements and logbook checking.
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Old 17th Jun 2012, 05:10
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jamessoong - Congratulations. Good luck for your flight grading in Adelaide.

Out of curiosity and going by previous posts, was your technical interview similar to what some of us experienced a few weeks ago in Hong Kong?
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Old 17th Jun 2012, 06:53
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Well, the HR questions are more or less similar.
As for the technical questions, my group of friends which attended the stage 2 have different questions individually. They more or less ask questions base on your background for example there are some who are instructors so they ask them about instructing questions. As for me I just got my licence 6 months ago and i'm currently doing my 737 type rating so they ask me some questions about 737 systems and the rest about their 747-8F,747-400,A340-300,engines,holding (entries), TCAS, etc....
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Old 17th Jun 2012, 14:08
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Thumbs up

Well done jamessong,

Must be a good experience for you.
How many of you made it through?
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Old 17th Jun 2012, 15:56
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trying the 2nd time

Ixg888 & smurf

I'm glad to know that you too share the same thoughts about the 2nd Round as I do. Pretty much the same questions, which only kept getting tougher and complex, BEYOND my level for now; plus the fact that I havent flown for over an year didn't look good as others were much more current and one was already flying a Jet!

Anyway, I would like to consider reapplying, but I'm not sure if the cool-off is 6months or 1 year?
you guys are aware of the actual procedure? Do i withdraw my application and re-apply after the cool-off period? I would appreciate your guidance comrades

Thanks!
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Old 18th Jun 2012, 04:01
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I reckon you need not withdraw your application. That will be taken care by the system. But the fact is -

There is a minimum period of 12 months before Cathay Pacific can accept a new application for the same programme.
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Old 18th Jun 2012, 10:56
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cloud ripper - the cool off pd. is 12 months but write them a letter prior to your expiry. that is what i did. and my file became active again.
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Old 20th Jun 2012, 07:31
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thanks

thanks ixg888 & smurf.

so in the mean time, how are you guys planning to 'work on the flaws' , considering the fact hat there aren't many jobs out there?

in my case, I haven't flown since over an year. any suggestions?
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Old 20th Jun 2012, 09:15
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hey guys, i did the stage 1 assesment in London in March 2012. I have recived my email to say i pass back in April and now waiting for the call to go to HK for stage 2.

Has anyone got an idea of when that will be happing? and is anyone on the same boat as me?
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Old 22nd Jun 2012, 08:14
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Hi Cloudripper, do you mind sharing the difficulties you faced during your stage 2? Anyway, I renew my CPL and applied to CX again.
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Old 22nd Jun 2012, 09:47
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Flight Grading

Hi all any 1 leaving for the advanced entry flight grading in july ?
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Old 25th Jun 2012, 15:41
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AE

I have an interview in July
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Old 26th Jun 2012, 07:10
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Regret Mail

I received the mail I was afraid of: Them saying they cannot accommodate me as they have met their requirements.
The mail:
Dear Second Officer Applicant,

Thank you for submitting the Application Update form.

After careful consideration, we regret to inform you that we are unable to process your application any further as we already have sufficient applicants with experience and qualifications more closely suited to our requirements.

Please note that due to the Hong Kong Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, we are unable to retain your application on file.

Thank you for your interest in Cathay Pacific Airways.
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Old 26th Jun 2012, 08:37
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Oh well, that's a first.

Looks like the numbers are down for this year.
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