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British Airways DEP Selection - THE lowdown Part 1

Old 15th Jul 2008, 11:28
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The 14th

Morning all,

Did anyone from yesterday's assessment hear anything last night? I didn't obviously!

Some questions I remember.

What is your strategy for assessing risk?

Give an example of when you have been the leader of a team?

Whats your decision making process, do you follow a set pattern?

What can you add to customer service, disregarding anything operational?

When have you had to do something due to regulations when you think you could do it more efficiently another way?

Do you think cultural diversity is a benefit to a company?

Really all based around the same theme's as mentioned before just re worded and it all changes.

The day was enjoyable and interview quite relaxed, everyone was very welcoming. The maths is difficult as has been stated many times due to the time. Hardly any difficult questions, lots of area questions which were chopped in sections so you had to work out each part, I had to avoid these as they were so time consuming. I only finished 17questions.

The radar screen only gave the 8 directions out to 25miles (18 works fine) If your resonably accurate it's not that bad. They do give some vectors which are completely off the scale, which goes out to 40 miles. some answers took me out to 45miles.

When I go back next year, which I'm sure will be the case, I will devote more study time to Maths and linking the skills they are looking for with my examples. Eg, Leadership, communication etc. That was my downfall.

Thanks to everyone who has posted, I wouldn't have gone near the door without it.

All the best.
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Old 15th Jul 2008, 20:52
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Some rather disconcerting words from Willie today after the AGM:

"I am not anticipating any reduction in jobs through this winter period. We will probably turn off the recruitment ... given that expansion will not take place we don't need to recruit people for the winter period"

taken from the following article:

BA says avoiding loss would be 'considerable achievement' | Business | guardian.co.uk

Although he is not talking specifically about pilots, this must impact us? I know that cabin crew recruitment has been frozen already - anyone got any info on the chance of pilot recruitment coming to an abrupt halt? I am going through the selection process at the moment and am wondering if this will reduce my chance of getting to the end......
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Old 15th Jul 2008, 20:59
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We're still looking at a requirement for 100+ pilots to cover retirements and new part time working contracts.
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Old 15th Jul 2008, 23:24
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Just managed to get my application in on friday before the vacancy disappeared from the website, and got asked to come for an assessment (my 2nd).

I am now really hoping that they won't cancel it at the last minute, hopefully Carnage Matey is correct and they will keep recruiting, if only to fill the hold pool and cover retirements.

Best of luck to all waiting for their day to come!
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Old 16th Jul 2008, 09:09
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result from the 9th yet?

I was in on the 9th but haven't heard anything yet - bad news I expect.
Anyone else there on the 9th? If so, have you heard yet / when did you hear?

Best of luck to all I met on the day, you all were top people!

Schmo
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Old 16th Jul 2008, 10:14
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hi all,

can anyone recollect any on the numerical q's?

plz pm me.
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Old 16th Jul 2008, 10:28
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July 9th

I attended on the 9th also but can't help I'm afraid, not heard a thing.
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Old 16th Jul 2008, 10:40
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people on the 9th, do u recall what the maths q's where like...

example of a few???
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Old 16th Jul 2008, 10:49
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percentages, ratios, fractions, areas, division but I'm afraid can't remember specific questions. 12 minutes wasn't quite enough time to go through and review them.
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Recruitment

As Carnage says, current plan is still for ~140 further recruits for this training year thru to Apr09 (on top of the 100 already recruited). 40 or so of this number is to crew the 4 new 777s that are arriving this winter.

I think this 'environment' is different from the post 9/11 one. Whereas then BA was wondering whether the company would survive, now it is, at the moment, just a slow down. The plan will almost certainly change (rumour control more or less daily!!) , but I would be very, very surprised if people already in the 'selection system' (ie submitted the online application form) would not be allowed to go through the process.

Best of luck everyone.
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Old 16th Jul 2008, 13:27
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9th - just got the call!

just got the call from the 9th, so those who haven't heard yet don't worry,
it doesn't mean you didn't get through because I just got booked in for the sim!

Good luck all!
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Old 16th Jul 2008, 17:33
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Just to be clear guys, as I understand it BA have always honoured recruitment committments such as interviews, job offers etc. Just saying that if you are thinking about joining BA get the application in asap as the recruitment may stop at very short notice. Those already in the system will not have any problems I wouldn't think. Having spoken to a training guy just a couple of days ago they have been told to expect the current training levels to continue for the next few months but then cuts in schedule over the winter to be absorbed by stopping recruitment.
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Old 16th Jul 2008, 19:31
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I think this 'environment' is different from the post 9/11 one. Whereas then BA was wondering whether the company would survive, now it is, at the moment, just a slow down.

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Martin Broughton, British Airways Chairman may beg to differ:

"Martin Broughton, the chairman, told shareholders at the airline's annual meeting that higher costs and the economic downturn meant that it would be an achievement if BA broke even in the current financial year. He said that BA and its peers were up to our necks in the biggest crisis the aviation industry has ever known. "
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Old 16th Jul 2008, 20:00
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Anyone had a call for today's selection (16th July)?
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I recieved the phone call yesterday offering a sim ride a week after the interview day (9th). First of all, many thanks to all that have posted information on here, I would have struggled to get through to the next stage without it. To answer the last post, I applied with 750 hours TP, 900 hours total. Been online about a year now.

Good luck to anyone else going through and fingers crossed for the sim.
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Hi there,
On top of well-known "GAE questions", had a few company questions yesterday(16th):
who's CEO, Chairman, What margin, profit, any aircraft delivery for 2009?
hope it would help next candidates.
Cheeers.
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 16:54
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DEP assessment 15 July

Anyone heard (positively or negatively) from last tuesdays assessment?
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16th July

Got email stating.....bla,bla,bla....not you!
All the best to successful candidates!
P.
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Chris rejected!

Hi, I was there July 9th and unfortunately it wasn't a success even if I was confident. I think I failed the verbal reasoning which was a difficult exercise for a non native! I was in touch with for of us and all rejected!
Keep in touch and let me know the result with BA
Best of luck for the future
I received the mail from BA two on July 11th
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Old 19th Jul 2008, 08:53
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I got that email saying 'no' a while back. How crap is an automated email?

** THIS IS AN AUTOMATED MESSAGE - REPLIES WILL NOT BE RECEIVED **
And then they have the cheek to say no feedback can be given because they are far too busy but they still have the nerve to ask for feedback from us!


Maybe I don't want to work for them anyway!
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