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Tricky Interview questions..

Old 6th Jun 2013, 20:21
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Tricky Interview questions..

If asked if I am active on PPRuNe and what is my username, should I be honest?

Or (in my case anyhow) is it best to say "I just browse but don't post", or even (don't know if I could say this with a straight face)... Poon? what's that?

A serious question however.

Many thanks.

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Old 6th Jun 2013, 20:41
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Tricky

I asked that very question of a candidate , he really sweated for five secs then said , one of my friends reads and posts and tells me things

I just laughed and said its good to vent no place is perfect and its a better place to vent than in a bottle
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Old 6th Jun 2013, 21:09
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I would answer yes I do post at PPRuNe, but it is an anonymous forum and we should keep it that way.
But how will it be working for a company asking these questions, everything than serous in an interview.
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Old 6th Jun 2013, 21:57
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People. Get.a.life.
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Old 7th Jun 2013, 09:42
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Would you ever operate outside the MEL to get the aircraft home?
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Old 7th Jun 2013, 09:56
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16024..

No.
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Old 7th Jun 2013, 12:25
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16024,

Yes, as a non-rev ferry flight, carrying copies of the Permit to Fly / FRC.

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Old 8th Jun 2013, 02:55
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Old 8th Jun 2013, 08:13
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Yes, as a non-rev ferry flight, carrying copies of the Permit to Fly / FRC.
Or on a revenue flight with passengers, if the terms of the "Authority to proceed" allows it. I've done it many times, only once was the problem such (an reported but undetermined flight control problem) that it was "essential crew only".
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Old 8th Jun 2013, 19:46
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"I read it often but don't have an account"

or honest approach

"Yes I do but I don't feel comfortable telling you". Whether or not they will appreciate the honesty who knows.
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Old 9th Jun 2013, 12:07
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surely the answer to that curly question is " no, I'm one of the moderators"
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Old 9th Jun 2013, 19:13
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A question about PPRuNe is not a 'tricky' question. Candidates should focus on questions most likely to be asked. Let me point out a few, non-technical questions for starters, with your permission, and maybe we could have a few more contributors as well and expand on those with technical questions as well (there's plenty tricky ones).

* What's the worst thing you've done during a flight?
* Why would you make a good Captain?
* What do you do if the Captain does not follow the checklist? Would you take over control of the aircraft if you felt you had do?
* Name one situation you were involved in, where a normal checklist did not apply.
* How would you handle a situation where there's major conflict -for XYZ reasons- between CC members during a flight?
* Would you characterize yourself as a 'leader'? If so, what kind of leader are you?
* Did you ever have to break company SOPs? If so, why?
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Old 14th Jun 2013, 14:24
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A question I've been asked is:

It's the last flight home and you know the commander has an appointment he needs to get hom to. On the last approach into home base he proceeds below minima with no contact. A go around would be the standard procedure in this situation, but the commander is intent on landing anyway. How do you react?

My answer would be to call minima and go around, maybe he's incapacitated. If no response what so ever, I would assume control and perform a go around interpreting his lack of response as an incapacitation. If he does respond with the intention of continuing, I would not interfere in fear of loss of control as a result of a struggle over the controls, flying att low altitude... I think it's a tricky one because the standard answer that the go around should be made might involve a physical struggle over the controls which I think would be a greater hazard to flight safety than to just follow the ILS down to ground. It would also depend on what weather could be expected.
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Old 14th Jun 2013, 15:08
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Have you nice boys and girls either interviewed or been interviewed recently??
Claybird's questions are a mix of ones you might/should be asked, and others that no decent interviewer should now ask.

The "standard" way of phrasing interview questions has changed over the years.
Thus, questions like.....
"Name one situation you were involved in, where a normal checklist did not apply."
and
"What's the worst thing you've done during a flight?"
and
"Tell me about a time when you had to challenge a Captain for X, Y or Z"
are far more likely than

"Why would you make a good Captain?"

If you are going for an interview in the next year or two, G**gle "Behavioural Event Interviewing" well before you go.
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Old 14th Jun 2013, 15:36
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The toughest question to answer is 'Why do you want to work for us?' This is especially hard seeing as your desperate for a job and applied to everyone that was hiring.
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Old 14th Jun 2013, 16:00
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Low n' Slow, I think you have an ok answer there. Personally, I would get on the radio and simply announce GA to ATC. No choice then, the Capt must do a GA.
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Old 14th Jun 2013, 17:26
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A question I've been asked is:

It's the last flight home and you know the commander has an appointment he needs to get hom to. On the last approach into home base he proceeds below minima with no contact. A go around would be the standard procedure in this situation, but the commander is intent on landing anyway. How do you react?

My answer would be to call minima and go around, maybe he's incapacitated. If no response what so ever, I would assume control and perform a go around interpreting his lack of response as an incapacitation. If he does respond with the intention of continuing, I would not interfere in fear of loss of control as a result of a struggle over the controls, flying att low altitude... I think it's a tricky one because the standard answer that the go around should be made might involve a physical struggle over the controls which I think would be a greater hazard to flight safety than to just follow the ILS down to ground. It would also depend on what weather could be expected.
Low n' Slow, I think you have an ok answer there. Personally, I would get on the radio and simply announce GA to ATC. No choice then, the Capt must do a GA.
Not that I would ever dare trying it or say it at an interview. But somebody once suggested to me that you can simply lean forward and retract the gear.
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Old 14th Jun 2013, 17:39
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The stock anser to the PPRuNe interview question should be, "ask NSA"

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Old 14th Jun 2013, 17:49
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There's nowt tricky about it... advance the throttles and punch Go-Around. Save the argument for later. In the meantime, the aeroplane is climbing safely away from the ground. At worst, you'll get the interview with tea and biscuits; whereas the commander will get the interview without either; with his/her hat ON!
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Old 14th Jun 2013, 18:42
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Questions that I was asked a couple of months ago and found myself completely unprepared for:

What was your childhood like?
What does your father do?
Who does he work for?
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