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Old 13th Jul 2014, 22:03
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I've been fortunate enough to get an invite to interview at the end of the week. Anybody know the format? Mixture of HR and tech questions?
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Old 14th Jul 2014, 19:19
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Has anyone been invited to the sim yet? Did interview last week but haven't heard anything back yet.
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Old 14th Jul 2014, 19:24
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Good luck to those attending interviews and group exercises. Don't make the same mistake as someone on my day by referring to the head of pilot recruitment as a captain. He wasn't one at the time (not sure if that's changed).

Good and bad news from the air show. 20 neos ordered for short haul but will only be allocated if short haul returns a profit! Until then it's still wizz's cast off's.

IAG - International Airlines Group - News Release

These aircraft are currently intended to replace 21 shorthaul British Airways’ aircraft but will be reallocated if the airline cannot make a profitable return from its shorthaul business.
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Old 15th Jul 2014, 00:47
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I haven't heard a yea or nah and my assesment was 2 weeks ago, are others in the same position?
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Old 15th Jul 2014, 07:10
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I received a rejection the next working day. You might want to chase up.
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Old 15th Jul 2014, 09:09
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Commiserations, Superpilot - hard luck but there is always next time. It is how we respond to adversity that sets us apart.
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Old 15th Jul 2014, 10:03
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Callsignkilo, your BA experience mirrors mine. I suspect we went through the process side by side back in 2011 (?). FlyingTinCans' eloquently written summary of the recruitment process is fairly accurate in timescale and content, in my experience, and it has always been thus with BA. Personally, back in 2011 BA 'made sense', but now I find myself closer to 40 than 30 and with a command on a Boeing, so BA's 2011 assessment that I was 'the right sort' for their operation probably no longer applies in 2014.

As for the BMI pilots/sympathisers who vigorously defend the tupe regs, I have some empathy. However, the irony and hypocrisy of a recruitment procedure that places such emphasises on aptitude, verbal reasoning and maths tests, group and individual interviews and then (let's face it) disregards it for 300 pilots is 'curious' to say the least. Of course, I would be equally pleased if I got into BA through the tupe route!

At the end of the day, we all fly very similar aeroplanes to very similar operating procedures. Some of us work far harder for a lot less money, and naturally feel rather jealous!
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Old 15th Jul 2014, 13:43
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Thanks kirungi1

Onwards and upwards.
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Old 15th Jul 2014, 13:50
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the irony and hypocrisy of a recruitment procedure that places such emphasises on aptitude, verbal reasoning and maths tests, group and individual interviews and then (let's face it) disregards it for 300 pilots is 'curious' to say the least.
Do you think BA really had any choice? When BMI was taken over, BA weren't buying the pilots, they were buying the slots. This is not the first time that a group of pilots have joined BA without having had to pass selection. It's not ideal but, whether you like it or not, BA cannot disregard the law.
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Old 15th Jul 2014, 15:56
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Is anyone else yet to find out their fate having done the first day of assessment? I did mine nearly two weeks ago and I've still not got a yay or nay...
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 10:53
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Ham Phisted,

Of course I know BA didn't have a choice, which is why I referred to TUPE and said it was ironic that their recruitment process was negated so spectacularly.

When your parent company (IAG) makes a commercial decision you have to bite the bullet... I'm sure there were lots of very good BMI pilots who joined BA's ranks, but there will have been those who joined but would never have passed selection.
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 11:45
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There's no hypocrisy on BA's part which is what you you said. They had no choice.

I'm sure there were lots of very good BMI pilots who joined BA's ranks, but there will have been those who joined but would never have passed selection.
You are definitely correct with this assertion and I believe that BA has taken remedial action for those that have perhaps struggled to come to terms with the transition from BMI.
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 21:37
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Went through the hoops today. I think I speak for everyone when I say that the capacity tests were downright awful. I expect nothing but a PFO. Best of luck to all applying, I really did find it very difficult.
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Old 18th Jul 2014, 12:58
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Why didn't the law apply to the bmibaby pilots?

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Old 22nd Jul 2014, 23:42
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Been advised that bid line will cease effective April 2015 not great news for planning your month ahead it's just another example of the downward slope at BA
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Old 23rd Jul 2014, 00:04
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Not quite WW, there's no talk of a scheduling system called "Bidline" ceasing, that would be a step too far, but it is morphing at a very rapid rate ......

There's a bit of a long game being played at the moment between the Reps and the company, and it's not a good time for the Short haul community. The union reps are certainly catching some grief at the moment....however if the Reps are right about manning levels, or the lack of, some in management could perhaps find themselves with a "no tea, no biscuits" interview in Madrid if we end up with significant cancellations in August because of a lack of manpower.

That said IMHO BALPA are playing a high risk game, I hope for the membership's sake they've got it right.

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Old 23rd Jul 2014, 08:19
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Fair comment Wiggy I expect quite a few August cancellations with morale dipping by the day this force draft mechanism seems to be counter productive with sickness levels increasing. I can see trouble on the horizon especially with operations being reviewed with regards to cost savings needed.
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Old 23rd Jul 2014, 09:12
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Hi,

I did my interview yesterday, how long can I expect to wait until I get an answer? If I were successful, when are they planning to run the sim check?

Thanks

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Old 23rd Jul 2014, 12:13
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Watersidewonker, stop trolling, you're talking nonsense, go back to worrying about cabin crew stuff!
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Old 23rd Jul 2014, 13:04
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Anyone considering joining as a pilot at BA should read the following article and decide do they really want to join a company where profits are more important than the safety of it's employees and customers. If BA can't even gets it's cabin crew to turn up for this flight ( delay today ) maybe serious questions must be asked in light of other airlines concerns.

British Airways continues Israel flights despite rocket landing near Ben Gurion Airport | Mail Online

PS sinbin your trolling accusations are totally unfounded with your head buried in the sand once again no wonder your're not seeing the bigger picture.

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