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British Airways DEP Selection - THE lowdown Part 1

Old 30th Jan 2006, 18:12
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closing date for recruitment was jan 23rd but typically they reopen their application a week or 2 after they close them. check back over the next few weeks and i'm sure you'll see it advertised again.

they need 90 pilots for the 777 this year.
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Old 30th Jan 2006, 18:17
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Thanx Lemon!
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Old 31st Jan 2006, 12:02
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I have just been going through the sample questions that BA send out before interview. Question 6 in the Technical battery test in numeric reasoning asks you to complete as many q's as you can in 3 mins WITH the use of a calculator.

Can calculators be used on the BA interview day???!

surely not....?
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Old 31st Jan 2006, 13:24
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Nope, no calculators allowed. The battery of tests sent out by BA is a bit misleading. Only a couple of the types in the battery are of the type used at the assessment day, not all of them. You need to read the literature that comes with the battery of tests CAREFULLY.

I am aware of at least one candidate not having the required hours at the time of the interview but being offered a job ...... and subsequently having the hours by the time the course began.
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Old 7th Feb 2006, 12:26
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I have waited the year and I'm ghoing soon for the second round with HR.

I have recieved all the gumpf from BA by email and on the Candidate Briefing Sheet it noted Pilot Assesment (1)and says.

"This assesment system looks to some extentat your co-ordination and predominantly your mental functioning and is the replacement to our current measure".

My question to those who have "re-attended " recently is, is that a new test or the dreaded Micropat still?

Any help greatly appreciated.
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Old 7th Feb 2006, 17:15
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The "replacement to our current measure" is the son of micropat. Basically the same with better colour graphics. I think your 2nd go is compared with your 1st to see if there is improvement. Also they are trialing the 2nd micropat to see if there are any anomolies, must have been well tested by now though.

Enjoy it, I did.
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Old 7th Feb 2006, 21:19
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Thumbs up

Cheers Flying Tom

Maybe this time around i will have a better idea of whats going on....I mean what was those falling lines all about??????.

Ps did you get in on your second attempt.

Good Luck

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Old 9th Feb 2006, 08:27
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When I went to the interview in late Nov last year (2005), the falling lines and boxes test was NOT part of the micropat tests. So thats one less thing to worry about then!



(There is still radar screen though)
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Old 9th Feb 2006, 13:37
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AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH..........the radar screen.

Thanks Kabaka my mind had purged that one from my memory. How did you get on did you make it past the final post?

Good luck and thanks for the info!
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Old 17th Feb 2006, 09:17
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Anyone had any news after the interivews this last week?

Not sure if I can stand the wait till after the weekend!
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Old 22nd Feb 2006, 21:00
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All I can say about this assessment is it is a little sterile and impersonal to say the least. I'm not a 10000 hour captain with pre-conceived ideas nor am I a 200 hr cadet. I have 2000 hrs 1800 heavy-jet. I blitzed the tests. Not thru skill but thru hard work and buying relevant books beforehand.I've passed group tests before, as I was a cadet at one time. I can only assume my face does'nt fit at this moment in time. While I hope I get it next yr I will be p d off if I do as I will have lost 300 odd places in seniority just because I wore the wrong after-shave or something. Why are guys getting thru on 3rd/4th attempt? If they are good enough the 3rd time then surely they are good enough the first time!
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Old 23rd Feb 2006, 09:27
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Why are guys getting thru on 3rd/4th attempt? If they are good enough the 3rd time then surely they are good enough the first time
Depends on the individual guy/gal and I would imagine it is impossible to generalise. Possible reasons I can think of for a first time failure passing on further attempts are:

Generally competent but too young/immature - improves with age/experience.

Poor performance on tests - possibly underprepared for things such as the maths - if you haven't had to do basic maths for over 15 years working out things such as the areas of squares based on dividing into triangles with the only dimensions given as the diameter of a circle in 20 seconds or so can trip you up! The info given prior to selection day was quite misleading!

A personality clash with the interviewer (some people have more 'clashes' than others but you could just be unlucky)

A poor 'I know it all' attitude which is diluted eventually as you realise after a few years that the big carriers won't give you a job and you become slightly more humble.

'Breezing' tests such as the group tests. I am sure that the RAF/Army/Navy officer who walks into the group test, takes charge, delegates then comes up with a solution in 10 mins thinks they have done a great job. In an officer selection test they would have but I don't see tham getting a sim ride in civil aviation following it.

There must be many more but those are just off the top of my head..... But to reiterate the main point - in order to know why a first time failure can pass later you have to know all the reasons behind that failure.
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Old 7th Mar 2006, 16:06
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6th march

Anyone hear anything last night, I was like a nervous teenager after a one night stand waiting for my phone to ring, it didn't. I guess cocking up two approaches (they could have at least put speed on the left and height on the right, I found the up down scan weird and kept fixating on the aircraft), more misses than hits on the grand final test, and a few wafflely answers in the interview didn't help my case,

They say not to be to despondant if you don't hear straight away, yeah right.

ps anyone know how accurate you have to be on the radar test, I had a lot of near misses
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Old 7th Mar 2006, 16:50
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D & MD, I was in exactly your position, wandering around like a bear with a sore head for a week and a half because I hadn't heard anything, when I got the call asking me back for the sim ride. I too posted the 'I've blown this, haven't I?' comment on the BA second chance thread, and was given a 'don't apply to Air Burundi just yet' reply by Waka Rider (thanks mate). 2 days later I get the call. So the moral is: don't give up til they tell you to, and even then they're apparently very good at getting back to you inside 12 months.

By the way, I too made an ar5e of the last approach, had lots of near misses on the radar thingy, and after the capacity test, my hit score looked like full time at a Brazil v Maldives 3rd 11 match (no offence, any Maldiveans. Or Burundians, for that matter...). There was a fair bit of waffle in the interview too, but if you keep worrying about it, you just concentrate on what you did wrong. Don't dwell on it, just try and forget about it until you know for sure.
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Old 8th Mar 2006, 08:00
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Thanks, have unknotted the noose
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Old 14th Apr 2006, 19:09
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Having a think about the aptitude tests..does anyone know what the friend or foe test is about? How will that determine your suitablity for the job

Plus, regarding the radar vectors test...how fast are instructions given? Are they audio instructions? or do they appear on the screen?

Also regarding the suitcase man test. Are the instruction audio? Do they say things like "left hand, red square negative" as has been the case in similar aptitude tests I have taken. Is it just the one man in this test? The last one I took had a series of 3 and asked you to identify, in the case of the instruction above, how many don't have red squares in their left hand...etc

Cheers for any help
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Old 14th Apr 2006, 20:36
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The only difference between friend and foe is the wingspan on the airplane in the program. In all other respects the two aircraft are the same. To start with the diffrerence is quite obvious and in later rounds there is hardly any diff so good luck!

With respect to the radar vectors, one instruction is displayed at a time and stays on the screen until you click ok, then a new instruction will come up, the instructions are not spoken.

Suitcase man is alot more simple than the other tests you have sat. There is no sound, there is only one bloke, and all you need to do is select left or right depending on which hand the suitcase is in.

Hope this helps good luck
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Old 15th Apr 2006, 20:05
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I presume there is still no bond at BA?
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Old 16th Apr 2006, 08:50
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I presume there is still no bond at BA?
Correct - we will happily pay for your type rating on A320/B757/B777 and then allow you to get 500 hrs in just over 6 months. Thus positioning you perfectly to apply to the operator of your choice without financial penalty.
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Old 16th Apr 2006, 12:15
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Having a think about the aptitude tests..
Check the Cockpitweb pilot test. This software includes some tests that are very similar to the BA Pilapt test. Could be worth to try it.
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