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Date Interviewed: February 2016
Summary of Qualifications: Commercial MEI/CFII/CFI 1850 Total Time/320 Multi/160 Turbine (King Air)
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
This interview was very similar to what was listed previously and all of them will give you good guidance on what to expect.

The interview was conducted on Skype so I did not have to travel to Ohio. A few hours before, I received an email link for the written test. 40 question multiple choice. The best way to prepare is with the Shep air airline interview software. Give yourself enough time as the Shep air method is bulletproof but time consuming (and exhausting!) Be aware though, some of the questions are worded slightly different and the addition of a fourth choice can throw you off. (Don't bother with the weight questions as they don't appear on the exam).

The skype interview is with two people, an HR rep and a pilot representative. They use Skype to display all the presentations so you will receive a powerpoint intro to the company, history, pay, etc.

The HR portion you can expect questions about your previous company, why commutair and/or the airlines, times you dealt with a difficult flying situation, dealt with a difficult person, what are your strengths/weaknesses, what does CRM mean to you, what is a your opinion of a good safety culture in flight ops.

The technical portion started with a randomly chosen system on the current aircraft you fly. I was given the Anti/DeIce system. This was followed by what I would do for an engine failure after take off (I recited my company's emergency checklist. This flowed into VMC, what it is how it affects you aircraft followed by what makes an engine critical.
Weather followed. Be able to translate a Metar and TAF which lead to Alternate minimums (123 rule and Alternate Minimums).
You copy an easy clearance and they bring up an enroute chart. They will ask you questions on chart symbology, VORs, Altitudes, Distances, etc.
They will ask you to brief a jep chart then pull open a precision and non-precision approach. They are looking to see you know that visibility is the deciding factor and that if it goes below after the FAF you can still continue the approach. Also when can you proceed below the DA/MDA 91.175.
An airport diagram will be shown. Be able to identify the hotspot (easy).

At the end, I was made an offer on the spot and they said they liked my attitude and energy. They are a smaller, tighter knit airline so everyone knows each other and they like pilots who are friendly and people oriented.

Overall, they are not looking to trick you on the interview
and they won't dig super deep to trip you up. The best way to prepare is with Shep Air. If you don't pass the test, you won't proceed to the rest of the interview.

For the technical, "Everything Explained for the Professional Pilot" is a great resource, go over the systems section of the POH on your current aircraft, review chart symbology and VOR ranges, and I can't remember but I think IFR Radar reports required was in there somewhere along with lost comms.

For HR, remember some past situations you can reference so you don't hem and haw when asked. I prepared especially for the weakness one.

The company is going to be growing pretty quickly so they will need people. I hope this helps!
Date Interviewed: September 2015
Summary of Qualifications: Commercial ASEL/AMEL/CFI 1185TT 300Jet 400Turboprop 117CFI Part 135 ATP written. Not R-ATP qualified
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Flown to Cleveland for the interview. Stayed at the Radisson (they pay for both, you fly on United) which is across the parking lot from CommuteAir building.

The office is a SIDA area, DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR when someone knocks, an employee has to open it. I made that mistake and got a stern talk from the receptionist.

The order of my interview was as follows;

1. ATP written - 40 questions. If you have taken it, it should be a review. You can get done in about 15 - 20 min. No math problems, just basic weather, multi-aerodynamics, etc. If you have not, purchase Shepard Air or if your tight on money, ASA $10 at the App Store.

2. Waited what seemed about 45min - 1 hour for the next phase.

3. HR questions - why commute air, tell me about yourself, weakness/strength, tell me about a time you had difficulty with a fellow pilot, etc.

4. Technical question - describe a system for the airplane you have recently flown. This may be items such as electrics, hydraulics, gear system, etc. I was asked about the gear system. Understand and know VMC, basics of it, certification of VMC, both in takeoff configuration and landing configuration. Which engine is the critical engine and why. Weather, 91.175, enroute weather, outside FAF and inside FAF, can you land if WX goes below min. How low can you go if you see the runway lights. Understand Jepp charts, approach, enroute and taxi charts. Be able to locate the hotspots. Brief an approach and how you are going to enter the published hold, etc.

5. You ask them questions

Overall good company, everyone was great and cannot wait to start. Projected class date is January 2016. Good luck everyone.
Date Interviewed: June 2014
Summary of Qualifications: 91K/135, 2300-TT, 1300-Turbine, 600-TPIC. No Degree.
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
All previous gouges are spot on.

Arrived for an interview at 0900. Their ATP style exam was sitting on the table ready to go. Once you've completed the exam, it will be graded right there. An 80% is needed to continue the interview process. I didn't study with any materials as I just recently completed my ATP written but again, other gouges are spot on.

Next is an HR interview. It's very relaxed and more of a conversation with pauses to ask the necessary questions.

Finally, one of their Pilots will complete the technical portion of the interview which consisted of very typical questions that are not meant to trick you out of a job. Believe me, they need everyone they can get.

In summary; study the gouges online. Be ready for the exam. Know basics of the low altitude enroute charts, 91.175 and, brush up on your multi-engine aerodynamics with attention on vmc and the vmc certification process.
Date Interviewed: April 2013
Summary of Qualifications: 2100TT/1700 Multi; ATP; Military & Civilian
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Believe it or not, whatever interview gouge you can find on CommutAir, however dated is probably still 90% accurate.
I couldn't find really any recent gouge but the old was still very good.
I arrived at about 0940 for a 1000 interview. Started with a 40 question written test. I used Sheppard Air's Airline Interview Prep test software and it more than prepared me for the written. The Gleim ATP book is also good to study with. After the written I waited until the Pilot interviewer was available for the panel interview. Was about a 30-40 minute wait but they were quite busy so I understood. Panel interview followed with Petra (HR) and Nick (Pilot, Director of Training).
Interview was very relaxed. It was as if we were simply having a three person conversation. Previous gouges again still very useful. Gave me a sampling of HR questions with regard to CRM, teamwork, past experiences, etc.
Technical questions weren't deep in the weeds thankfully because flying military has made me very rusty on IFR procedures per the AIM, etc. Know Jepp charts and plates.
Know symbology, brief the approach, what to do if visibility goes below approach mins prior to or after the FAF, alternate requirements for weather and fuel, read a TAF and METAR, what will weather be at your arrival time, would you go based on the forecast.
I know I missed several things but wasn't too terrible apparently :)
I was offered the job at the conclusion of the interview.
I know the pay sucks, I know it's a regional. I'm going for the hours and the fact that upgrade is still running only about 1.5 yrs. There was a recurrent class in progress and I could hear them being very rowdy and having a good time so it was apparent that people do enjoy being there. The team at CommutAir know that they are a stepping stone for those of us aspiring to bigger and better things. They "get it". I was honest and told them I wanted to be at a major airline eventually. They understood completely. They just want to know that if hiring you, you're willing to give them a little of your time. I also chose CommutAir because of their base locations. I'm more about QOL and commutability.
I start class in early May!
Date Interviewed: February 2012
Summary of Qualifications: 800 TT 121 ME
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:
1. Told to hold South on 180 radial. Your heading is 155. What would be your heading after you pass the VOR? (How would you enter the hold and you heading to enter it?)
2. How soon after driving while convicted of DUI or drugs do you have to report to FAA?
3. What is max speed Class D airspace?
4. What is max speed Class B airspace?
5. What are the high VASI for?
6. What does freezing drizzle indicate? Cooler layer of air above
7. What is the maximum variance when checking dual VOR?
8. What action should be taken when “cleared for the approach” while being radar vectored?
9. If being radar vectored in IFC and you lose comm, what action should be taken?
10. After losing comm at the IAF, when should the pilot begin the descent?
11. What does a rearward CG do to Vmc?
12. What affects indicated stall speed?
13. Aircraft has total weight of 14,000 lbs and load factor is 42,000 lbs., how many G’s?
14. What effect does an increase in airspeed have on a coordinated turn with constant bank angle and altitude?
15. If angle of bank is increased, how is vertical component of lift and sink rate affected?
16. Relationship of rate of turn with radius of turn question.
17. Characteristics of longitudinal stability.
18. What condition reduces runway required for takeoff?
19. Procedures for engine out approach and landing.
20. Effect of landing at high approach speed on hydroplaning.
21. Effect of ice, snow, frost on airfoil.
22. Identify airport at night (beacons).
23. Reports required when operating in IFR radar environment.
24. Being vectored across final approach.
25. While circling to land and lose visual reference.
26. Holding speed at 8000’.
27. How often is a METAR issued.
28. I remember a question from a METAR asking for conditions in the METAR. The answer is NOT all of the above.
29. Couple weird ones regarding a forecast.
30. What is mature stage of the thunderstorm characterized by?
That’s the best I can remember.
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