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British Airways DEP Selection - THE lowdown Part 1

Old 18th Aug 2011, 15:10
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I'd be particularly pleased to hear from anyone on how they found the capacity test, in terms of if they used that cockpitweb app (££££cough) was it worth the spend, or if they went in cold and found it ok? Thanks in advance.
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Old 18th Aug 2011, 15:24
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the capacity thing is ok, I would not bother practicing. Play a video game, more fun. Can't imagine they attach too much importance to it anyway. I think if you are a decent pilot the capacity thing should be ok...Worry about the interview, IMHO

But enough of my opinion, someone who reckons they have all the answers will no doubt wade in.....

Honestly, if you are a pilot, you will be able to do the stupid cross, shapes, countdown thing......as a tip....with the countdown maybe just concentrate on the last digit.....and if you are asked to do something when a certain colour comes up, then put your finger over that colour so you don't have to remember it.....then you will only have to remember the number contained within. Again, just in my very humble opinion.

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Old 18th Aug 2011, 15:48
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the capacity thing is ok, I would not bother practicing. Play a video game, more fun. Can't imagine they attach too much importance to it anyway. I think if you are a decent pilot the capacity thing should be ok...Worry about the interview, IMHO

If they don't attach much importance to it then why bother including it? I think they do attach a level of importance to it, as with all of the tests and exercises. I do agree that the interview and possibly the group exercise may weight a decision; especially with regards to your overall persona. From what I gather, from those who have attended and have been successful, no one test will make or break you. They appear to look at the overall picture. But yes, the interactive side of things appear most important.

I appiled for BA DEP last October.

I was offered an interview date.

BA changed the date one week before and I couldn't attend

I had to withdraw.

So I applied again August 2011.

This time unsucessful ?!?!?!? No Interview. WTF ?

I have 2800 Hours
ATPL
A320
And work in a legacy British Airline !?!?!? Male aged 31

Why was I not successful this time with more hours in my log book?

Is it because I am six months older ?
Doubtful, everyone that I know who have been offered a position haven't been under 27, the oldest 35. I don't think experience or the overall quality of the airline that you work for has hee haw to do with it either. I also doubt your were "black balled" for being inflexible. If anything, so my colleagues or soon to be ex collegues inform me, BA have appear to be flexible with candidates arrangements and commitments. Maybe your application just didn't cut the mustard this time around? However if you apply and withdraw by choice does that not mean BA restrict you from reapplying for a year???

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Old 18th Aug 2011, 16:13
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Regarding not one thing "making or breaking" you. When I went in 2008 we were told the exact opposite - that you had to pass all parts of the selection (tests, computer, group and interview). They explicitly said there was no crossover between the different elements.

Having said that, however, no such thing was said this year. Perhaps things have changed.... The amount of time to get a "yes" certainly has.

Considering that they have considerably shaved the computer testing, I would assume that they do attach an element of importance to the bit they've kept in. Otherwise, they would have removed it all?
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Old 18th Aug 2011, 16:25
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I'm sure you are right and these things need to be passed. I guess I wanted to say that I'm not sure you can practice and improve your capacity much. It is a reasonably noddy test and In my humble opinion if you can fly an aircraft you can get through this test. I'm Trying to help others get through this, good luck everyone and watch out for HR, they are the dangerous ones...not joysticks....IMHO
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Old 18th Aug 2011, 16:43
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I agree with you.
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Old 18th Aug 2011, 17:27
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No time limit, not sure if you can log in and out and you can expect to get bored (300 questions, I think).
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Old 18th Aug 2011, 17:40
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B4S,

Beware overthinking the questions. I don't think you can take a break during the test (did it a few weeks back). Wait until you're ready and your bladder's empty and just rattle through them!
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Old 18th Aug 2011, 17:44
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To answer Jumbo.

Yes, still waiting.
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Old 18th Aug 2011, 18:11
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Hey thanks for all the input and tips guys keep em coming, I love this sense of shared purpose. Hope you all made it! Good luck, SS
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I have somehow managed to miss any previous comments about the personality questionnaire on this 130 page thread. Can someone please update me on the timing of the questionnaire? After initial offer of an interview but before the interview itself, I presume?

And what sorts of questions? I presume they're multiple choice and comprise the usual questions designed to determine the extent of your ax-murdering tendencies?
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Old 19th Aug 2011, 12:04
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Sorry to those who find people stating waiting times annoying but, I've been waiting 4 weeks since applying and still heard nothing!!!
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Old 19th Aug 2011, 14:01
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questionnaire

MikeHotel,
The personality questionnaire is not timed; in the email with the link it says however you should aim to finish it within 20 minutes. The questionnaire consists of the standard personality statements were you have to indicate if you either Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree.
I received the email with the result today. Unfortunately not the result I hoped for.
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Jumbo: thanks for that. When I mentioned 'timing' I was referring to the timing of the sending of the questionnaire.

I've had the 'yes we'll give you an assessment when slots become available' email but nothing since then. I'm patiently awaiting slots to appear and see no reason to become agitated.
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Old 22nd Aug 2011, 13:29
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Folks, I know the hotel details have been covered, but some time ago. Is the Ibis still the best bet? Or does anyone have any other recommendations having been recently?
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Old 22nd Aug 2011, 14:05
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Email today saying we are working through the applications and will get back to you soon.

It's only been nearly 6 weeks so no rush.
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Old 22nd Aug 2011, 14:33
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I believe they have had many applications to process. How that process works, I'm not sure. Maybe a clear cut yes is invited straight away with the maybe's (never sure about apostrophes, or spelling for that matter) requiring a little more discussion.

You never know, maybe they are trying to weed out the impatient sarcastic ones

Good luck
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Old 22nd Aug 2011, 14:52
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Haha same here, 5 weeks, no answer yet. I'm not jealous on the people who have to read trough all the thousands of applications..
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Old 22nd Aug 2011, 15:12
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SmilingKnifed,
Jurys Inn is the closest I think, but can be pricey at times. The Premier Inn on the Bath road worked well for me. If booked in advance as crew and on presenting your ID at reception its 45 pounds; which isnt bad at all. If you are flying into LHR there is probably a 'Hoppa' hotel bus, but you can get a local bus from central bus station for a couple of pounds. Several go past the hotel so check on Transport For London website. To get to Cranebank you can again get a local bus for literaly 3 minutes, get off at the big cross roads and it is 4 or 5 mins walk to The Rivers. Alternatively you can probably walk it all in 20-25 mins. You can even get a Costa coffee downstairs on your way out for your morning jaunt whilst comtemplating the fun ahead.
Hope it helps, best of luck to all.
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Old 22nd Aug 2011, 16:03
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Jaarrgh that helps a lot! Many thanks and best of luck with selection.

Now back to practising my sums
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