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Old 9th Sep 2022, 09:43
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Originally Posted by IslandHoppa
Interesting. I’m not sure, I was at stage 3 pre covid but not heard anything since they re opened annoyingly
Ah I see. Well if anything it could be an indication of how long this whole process may actually take, let alone before any actual start date is given. We can only hope this winter isn't as bad as predicted and they do have quite an intake early next year.
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Old 9th Sep 2022, 09:45
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I applied for LHR but ticked the box to say I'd accept LGW/Euroflier. The email I got this week didn't have anything about LHR or LGW. I presume they'll do all the hiring and then allocate LHR/LGW based on the needs at the time. Purely guesswork on my part however.
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Old 9th Sep 2022, 10:12
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I was under the impression that this round of recruitment was largely to cater for Summer 2023 requirements.

I can’t comment on any other aspect as I’m out of the loop myself. The only other facts based on the vacancy blurb and application forms is that they have made it clear that candidates rated on the A320 will be given preference, and for those who applied to the LHR vacancy, there was an optional tick box to indicate willingness to consider a Gatwick offer if successful.

As usual with all things BA, plans can change from one week to the next.

Recruitment have an email address for queries but I would suggest it might take a while to get a reply. As a previous applicant, you should also be given priority in booking assessments. I’m not sure what order they are sending invitations to assessment out in though (if any).
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Old 9th Sep 2022, 11:44
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Originally Posted by Whalejet
I didn't tick that box, I wanted LHR only, as I said, got the email to say passed that part. Just awaiting slots... and maybe further info from anyone on here who has any?
The assessments happen in person. There is an online pre-assessment you have to complete before arrival, could well replace the traditional maths exam. If you pass the initial assessment then you get called back for a second day in the sim.

There have been multiple slots released already, the first set were at the end of August and second set were two days towards end of September. From what I understand they will be releasing slots across the next few months and conducting assessments until spring/summer 23. I don’t think they are in a huge rush so if you’re waiting on an assessment slot just keep checking your emails and the BA site.

First assessment is team building, interview, multi-tasking.
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Old 9th Sep 2022, 13:58
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Originally Posted by Alrosa
I was under the impression that this round of recruitment was largely to cater for Summer 2023 requirements.

I can’t comment on any other aspect as I’m out of the loop myself. The only other facts based on the vacancy blurb and application forms is that they have made it clear that candidates rated on the A320 will be given preference, and for those who applied to the LHR vacancy, there was an optional tick box to indicate willingness to consider a Gatwick offer if successful.

As usual with all things BA, plans can change from one week to the next.

Recruitment have an email address for queries but I would suggest it might take a while to get a reply. As a previous applicant, you should also be given priority in booking assessments. I’m not sure what order they are sending invitations to assessment out in though (if any).
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The assessments happen in person. There is an online pre-assessment you have to complete before arrival, could well replace the traditional maths exam. If you pass the initial assessment then you get called back for a second day in the sim.

There have been multiple slots released already, the first set were at the end of August and second set were two days towards end of September. From what I understand they will be releasing slots across the next few months and conducting assessments until spring/summer 23. I don’t think they are in a huge rush so if you’re waiting on an assessment slot just keep checking your emails and the BA site.

First assessment is team building, interview, multi-tasking.
Both have posted very solid Info for those applying
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Old 9th Sep 2022, 15:38
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So just to clarify:

Before attending the in person assessment (which is believed to replace the maths exam) you must do a test at home. Does this imply that you proceed to the in person test regardless of the results of your test at home?

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Old 10th Sep 2022, 15:15
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So just to clarify:

Before attending the in person assessment (which is believed to replace the maths exam) you must do a test at home. Does this imply that you proceed to the in person test regardless of the results of your test at home?
I wouldn’t over think it. They have simply condensed three days worth of assessment into two days. The first day you do the soft skills, the second day you do a sim. There’s a small online element prior to attending your first day. They say they can opt to get you to do it in person if they need to make sure your results were legit but I doubt it would ever come to that.
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Old 10th Sep 2022, 15:32
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Anybody in the Holdpool who completed all the stages heard anything since reapplying for the Holdpool?

We have received your application for the role of Direct Entry Pilot - First Officer (holdpool).

or maybe we won’t hear? this just means we are back in the hold pool - it wasn’t too clear
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Old 10th Sep 2022, 19:54
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Have you been informed that you have to complete them?
Yes, I have booked an assessment end of this month and I’m expected to do the tests before showing up. anyone have a heads up?
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Old 26th Sep 2022, 12:57
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To those who have done day one; how long did it take them to get back to you about sims, PFO, etc?
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Old 26th Sep 2022, 13:01
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Originally Posted by Treestripe
Anybody in the Holdpool who completed all the stages heard anything since reapplying for the Holdpool?

We have received your application for the role of Direct Entry Pilot - First Officer (holdpool).

or maybe we won’t hear? this just means we are back in the hold pool - it wasn’t too clear
Does anyone have any more info on this? I’m really unsure what my current status is!
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Old 26th Sep 2022, 16:44
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Originally Posted by SAR Bloke
Does anyone have any more info on this? I’m really unsure what my current status is!
Presumably you were in the holdpool before covid. If so… you still are.

The “reapplication” for holdpool was merely a collation of details.
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Old 26th Sep 2022, 17:04
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Originally Posted by kendrick47247
Presumably you were in the holdpool before covid. If so… you still are.

The “reapplication” for holdpool was merely a collation of details.
I hope that’s true. However the ‘collation of details’ required me to answer similar questions to that in the original application (e.g. how would you assist BA in texting reaching their strategic goals?) and upload a CV. If they just wanted to collate details, why didn’t they just ask us for our details?

And after submitting this ‘application’ it is now just showing ‘submitted’ when I log in. There is nothing that shows the ‘application’ was successful.
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Old 26th Sep 2022, 17:46
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Originally Posted by SAR Bloke
I hope that’s true. However the ‘collation of details’ required me to answer similar questions to that in the original application (e.g. how would you assist BA in texting reaching their strategic goals?) and upload a CV. If they just wanted to collate details, why didn’t they just ask us for our details?

And after submitting this ‘application’ it is now just showing ‘submitted’ when I log in. There is nothing that shows the ‘application’ was successful.

Yes mine was the same,What has attracted you to apply for the role of Pilot with British Airways?
  • Specifically, why British Airways, and why now?
  • What skills and qualities will you bring to the role?
  • How will you, as a Pilot for British Airways, help deliver our operational and strategic objectives?



    However the same email telling us to apply for the holdpool also said we are now extended for 12 months so I assume there was no pass/fail for that as we didn’t hear anything and that was a month ago?




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Old 26th Sep 2022, 18:34
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Originally Posted by SAR Bloke
I hope that’s true. However the ‘collation of details’ required me to answer similar questions to that in the original application (e.g. how would you assist BA in texting reaching their strategic goals?) and upload a CV. If they just wanted to collate details, why didn’t they just ask us for our details?

And after submitting this ‘application’ it is now just showing ‘submitted’ when I log in. There is nothing that shows the ‘application’ was successful.
They didn’t ‘just ask’ for your details because applicants from before covid had been archived. This is a far simpler way of getting all of the right ducks into the right rows.

The job posting also announced that this year the company would welcome the A350; I'm sure the recruitment team would appreciate you contacting them and pointing out the error of their ways.
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Old 26th Sep 2022, 19:20
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Why do they need me to answer the questions posted above ‘to get their ducks in a row’?

It’s clearly not just me who is confused by this process.
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Old 26th Sep 2022, 19:23
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Originally Posted by SAR Bloke
Why do they need me to answer the questions posted above ‘to get their ducks in a row’?

It’s clearly not just me who is confused by this process.
How about: A standard template for recruitment has been used - rightly or wrongly. I strongly suggest you contact the recruitment team via the email address provided and voice your concerns to them. Best of luck.
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Old 26th Sep 2022, 23:11
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With the grim financial news this evening that's only expected to get worse heading towards the new year, I do wonder if this will influence BA's recruitment plans
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Old 27th Sep 2022, 07:56
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With the grim financial news this evening that's only expected to get worse heading towards the new year, I do wonder if this will influence BA's recruitment plans
I wouldn’t worry about that. With the pound sitting where it is we will soon be the place to be for inbound tourists looking to stretch their $. People will marvel at how reasonable a £7 pint is!
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HoT reported as saying 400 next year ongoing.
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