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Old 8th Feb 2023, 19:56
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I've been in the pool since pre-covid (i.e. several years) and still no start date.
That's appalling. Hope you get some positive news soon.
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Old 8th Feb 2023, 19:59
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I've been in the pool since pre-covid (i.e. several years) and still no start date.
I know folk who were in that pool and were told to reapply and begin the process again post covid.

Have you made contact to check that isn't the case for you too?

A friend of mine lately did the process and got a call 5 days later with a start date...might be worth looking into if I were you.
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Old 8th Feb 2023, 20:34
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Originally Posted by V1VRV2VF View Post
I know folk who were in that pool and were told to reapply and begin the process again post covid.

Have you made contact to check that isn't the case for you too?

A friend of mine lately did the process and got a call 5 days later with a start date...might be worth looking into if I were you.
How frustratingly inconsistent. For someone to have to go through all that malarkey again must be somewhat demotivating.
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Old 8th Feb 2023, 20:38
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Originally Posted by V1VRV2VF View Post
I know folk who were in that pool and were told to reapply and begin the process again post covid.

Have you made contact to check that isn't the case for you too?

A friend of mine lately did the process and got a call 5 days later with a start date...might be worth looking into if I were you.
Yes, I went through that and I'm still in the pool. We didn't need to go through the whole process again, just 'reactivate' our pool status.
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Old 9th Feb 2023, 07:44
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Yes, I went through that and I'm still in the pool. We didn't need to go through the whole process again, just 'reactivate' our pool status.
Have you asked them for an estimated start date? I've just heard another person who was successful laat week get a date... Are you currently flying?!
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Old 9th Feb 2023, 10:24
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Yes, I went through that and I'm still in the pool. We didn't need to go through the whole process again, just 'reactivate' our pool status.
That's odd. Are you current?! There's definitely people being called recently.
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Old 9th Feb 2023, 11:43
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Originally Posted by V1VRV2VF View Post
I know folk who were in that pool and were told to reapply and begin the process again post covid.

Have you made contact to check that isn't the case for you too?

A friend of mine lately did the process and got a call 5 days later with a start date...might be worth looking into if I were you.
Nobody who had a job offer pre-covid was asked/made to repeat the whole process.

There was an archiving of details and some lost contact, but almost every individual took the initiative to contact the recruitment department when they saw an external campaign was active.
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Old 9th Feb 2023, 11:49
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Originally Posted by kendrick47247 View Post
Nobody who had a job offer pre-covid was asked/made to repeat the whole process.

There was an archiving of details and some lost contact, but almost every individual took the initiative to contact the recruitment department when they saw an external campaign was active.
I don't think being in the hold pool constitutes a job offer though? I'm only going by what I was told by them but perhaps there was some exaggeration on their part.
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Old 9th Feb 2023, 14:07
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Originally Posted by V1VRV2VF View Post
I don't think being in the hold pool constitutes a job offer though? I'm only going by what I was told by them but perhaps there was some exaggeration on their part.
Youíre correct there, it doesnít - Iíll try to be clearer.

During covid there were different groups of pilots: PRP, PHP, hold pool, and those mid-assesment.

From the first three groups listed, I have not heard of one single person who was asked to complete anything (other than a pseudo-application to refresh their details in the system) before offer of a start date.

Iím unsure, but did hear that those who were mid way through the process were asked to start again.

If someone was swimming and saw that an external recruitment campaign had been commenced and then didnít take the initiative to make contact to query their statusÖ thatís on them.

The recruitment (and therefore training) footprint for the next 18-24 months is huge, best of luck to anyone who wants to join
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Old 9th Feb 2023, 19:21
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For those who have been in the hold pool pre COVID you should contact the recruitment team.


The amount of people I know leaving for BA at present is astounding. Start dates seem to be every other week if not more.
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Old 9th Feb 2023, 20:58
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Originally Posted by kendrick47247 View Post
You’re correct there, it doesn’t - I’ll try to be clearer.

During covid there were different groups of pilots: PRP, PHP, hold pool, and those mid-assesment.

From the first three groups listed, I have not heard of one single person who was asked to complete anything (other than a pseudo-application to refresh their details in the system) before offer of a start date.

I’m unsure, but did hear that those who were mid way through the process were asked to start again.

If someone was swimming and saw that an external recruitment campaign had been commenced and then didn’t take the initiative to make contact to query their status… that’s on them.

The recruitment (and therefore training) footprint for the next 18-24 months is huge, best of luck to anyone who wants to join
Correct, those caught up in the middle of the assessment process before COVID struck were asked to start again.

The line from the recruitment team and assessors I’ve spoken to recently is that things will start to slow down (not stop) for various reasons - by this I mean the non-TR folk entering the hold pool today for instance, may be waiting until late summer for a course.

Mind you, things seem to change on a daily basis at BA, and what I was told yesterday doesn’t apply anymore the next day !
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Old 11th Feb 2023, 11:20
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Is anyone able to advise on what type of questions come up and how best to prepare? I understand that competency questions feature, what about technical? Do they tend to ask much about your present type or about any of the BA types, or is there generic ATPL stuff in there? Many thanks ..

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Old 11th Feb 2023, 14:22
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Originally Posted by A320LGW View Post
I recently reactivated my application as I was unable to proceed a few months ago. I have the interview coming up soon. Is anyone able to advise on what type of questions come up and how best to prepare? I understand that competency questions feature, what about technical? Do they tend to ask much about your present type or about any of the BA types, or is there generic ATPL stuff in there? Many thanks ..

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So my info may be out of date, but when I interviewed in 2018 the group exercise was 8 candidates around a table with a pack of info (each subtly different) given 30 mins to make a decision on what to do with a BA route to a fictional carribean island - change aircraft, add frequency, pull out all together etc. 5 mins before time there's a. "Urgent email just come in". Obviously it's not about the decision (although its a good idea to decide something!) its about how you work together.

Interview was with a BA pilot & HR person. 50/50 split between "give an example of a time when..." questions and CV walk through and company knowledge.

The rest of the aptitude tests etc I think have changed so I doubt I could give any useful information.

Hopefully this might get you started until someone else can give you more accurate info.
I'd also just add i recall being asked about fleet make up & future aircraft orders.
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Old 11th Feb 2023, 15:24
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I'd also just add i recall being asked about fleet make up & future aircraft orders.
Thanks for that, I had read your post. So have there been no reports of technical/type questions coming up? Before I go digging up hydraulic and electrical system diagrams of present and past types .. much appreciated
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Old 11th Feb 2023, 15:43
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Guys, preparation is everything so well done for asking all these questions. Keep in mind that members of the selection team are probably on here too, so my advice is keep an open mind. Good luck to each and every one of you.

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Old 11th Feb 2023, 17:13
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Originally Posted by A320LGW View Post
Thanks for that, I had read your post. So have there been no reports of technical/type questions coming up? Before I go digging up hydraulic and electrical system diagrams of present and past types .. much appreciated
Not when I did it. That was some time ago now, so no guarantees I'm afraid.
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Old 11th Feb 2023, 18:44
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Thanks guys!
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Old 11th Feb 2023, 19:51
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Thanks guys!
Would you mind providing feedback once youíve attended the assessment?
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I'll certainly be willing to help
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Old 12th Feb 2023, 08:50
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Originally Posted by thetimesreader84 View Post
Not when I did it. That was some time ago now, so no guarantees I'm afraid.
Itís not changed. BA take it as given you can fly a plane and know your stuff. Theyíre more interested in how you work and manage people and the flight.

Thatís also the case with the sim. Workload management and decision making. Theyíre not looking for you to fly a perfect raw data ILS. Theyíre not expecting it.

If you can, thatís a bonus but even if you fly a 747 sim perfectly raw data - if your CRM isnít what they want it to be, youíre not going to do well.
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