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Delta Air Lines Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: February 2020
Summary of Qualifications: 20 years military, U2/DC-9. 12 years with Cathay Pacific 747's.
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Interview was Feb 2020. Application in for several years. Think I finally got the interview due to 2 friends at Delta emailing the hiring department.

Use Ready Set Takeoff (RST) - it's worth the money and will prep you very well. It also has the best ride reports. I also used Emerald Coast, I recommend them if you're young and don't have a lot of experience with interviewing or if you want to brush up on your conversational/social skills.

It's a 2 day interview in Atlanta. 1st day is testing and HR. There is a Cognitive(Cog), Job Knowledge, and Personality test. The Cog test is basically a bunch of games that test your memory and cognitive skills. RST has the games for you to practice. The job knowledge test (very difficult in my opinion) is technical in nature and revolves around flying scenarios. The Personality test is very similar to the Hogan Test. After the 1st day, you are given a CJO (Conditional Job Offer) or you are denied the job. The 2nd day is the MMPI - basically a long psych test and you do a sit down (5-10 minutes) with a psychologist. You also do a drug test and get finger printed for your background check.

Good luck.
Date Interviewed: June 2019
Summary of Qualifications: 3800TT MILITARY. No part 121 or 135.
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Overall I was very impressed by how professional, organized, yet laid back the interview process was. Everyone genuinely wanted to see you succeed and everyone was positive and supportive.

Technical Test Questions were difficult but not impossible. No one felt completely confident following the test but we all agreed we thought it would be harder. Only had 2 math problems which was surprising.

HR Interview:
Tell us about yourself in 5 mins.
Why did you choose the Air Force Academy?
Why did you choose your college major?
Why did you want to become a pilot?
Which job/group do you think is most important to running an airline?
You are a new FO and you are delayed for MX. CA tells you to announce you are delayed for WX, what do you do?
At the hotel you see CA at the bar drinking within the 8hrs, what do you do?
Date Interviewed: February 2015
Summary of Qualifications: Part 121
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
The gouge was very helpful. I'll just add a few things that I experienced that I have not seen on previous gouges.

The order of the testing is Cog, then personality, then technical knowledge. Apparently, it is a combined score - so don't panic if you are bombing one cog test or something.

As for the cog test, I believe Lumosity helped. Also, I recommend doing a google search for "Cognitive Research Corporation Cog Screen." Then, select "Test Descriptions/Examples" from the dropdown menu. There, you can view most of the "games" you will see on interview day. Take a good look at the tests and try to remember the rules. This way, you will be able to more easily recognize the games as they appear on interview day. From this, I was able to form a few rules of my own. For example, there is a game to which a guy holds a flag and you have to tell which hand it is in. The man is either right-side up or upside down, facing you or facing away. Rather than actually trying to figure out which hand it was, I made a rule that if the guy is upside down and facing me - just hit the same hand as the flag is in - if he is facing away - hit the opposite hand. As for when the man is right-side up, the answer is easy and no rule is necessary. Also, there is a game involving matching numbers to symbols. The symbols always involve the following: (1) a square U; (2) letter X; (3) letter L; (4) upside down T; (5) a dash; and (6) letter O. Do some word associations. Then, after that game is complete - and before you click on the next game - review the 6 symbols and their numbers because you will suddenly be asked to match the numbers to their symbols at some point. One more thing on the cog test. At some point, you will be "balancing" a ball on a horizontal line using arrow keys. The key here is to use as many practice sessions as you want until you are comfortable keeping the ball on the line. Don't let the ball get too far from center. You will tap left, then right, then left, etc. about a second apart.

For the technical knowledge - I found the gouge helpful. Some of the other candidates did not. In any event, I copied and pasted all of the questions from every gouge I could find to one document and tried to find the answers to the questions. I also checked out the Endeavor gouge, the Compass gouge, and the ExpressJet gouge because those companies require all of their candidates to take the same test. Finally, be a little careful with memorizing the answers because I found a question that was almost identical to the gouge, except one number was different, rendering a different final answer of course.

The panel interview was not bad. It is a fairly small room - but bright. You sit at a round table. They don't bombard you with questions the moment you sit down. They slowly review the application, so you have a minute to relax and take a deep breath. The panel questions are randomly computer generated. Each interviewer took a turn. The whole thing lasted an hour - but you lose track of all time. I did interview prep and I think it helped me. You can even use a family member - but I would recommend at least talking to someone under a mock interview setting a couple of times. I think that if you just keep a smile, dress sharp, be respectful, and seem prepared - you will get the offer. According to Captain Kraby, Delta is going to be hiring over 100 a month for the foreseeable. They really want to hire you.

Just to echo what others have already said, the Delta people were all extremely nice and it truly is a word-class organization. Can't wait to start.

Good luck.
Date Interviewed: February 2014
Summary of Qualifications: 3000 TT-fixed wing / ME / Turbine (military)
2800 PIC
2100 IP/FE
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Delta has a very solid interview process. Typically there are 8 interviewees each day. The interview last 2 days with a conditional job offer after day 1. They will book you a free airline ticket to Atlanta, but lodging and transportation are up to you.

We showed up before 0745 on the first day of the interview. We immediately turned in our log books/flight records and for military performance reports/fitness reports and flight evaluation folders. After that, we congregated in the waiting room that would be our home for the next day and a half.

At first, Arnie Kraby (retired Chief Pilot in charge of training) took us all into a room and explained the process to us. He gave a little info about Delta's new-hire planning (planning on hiring though the year but can't go public because investors balk at the addition of more pilots due to cost!).

The interviewees are divided (alphabetically) equally (that's 4 and 4 for non-math majors), with the former interviewing first and the latter completing testing first. I was in the testing first group.

The test consisted of 3 parts. FIRST (called the Cognitive Test) was a series of tests designed to test your cognitive skills. It consisted of a series of small modules from remembering series of number and repeating them in reverse order, recognition of a "stick man" holding a marshalling flag and determining what hand he was holding the flag in, to tests designed to test your multitasking abilities (keeping a moving object in one place while recognizing different number sequences in another place on the screen). Each question is timed, but the only time a question timed out on me was a "word" math problem that I was just about to answer when it moved on to the next question. Some people purchased accounts on "luminosity" to prepare them for this part of the exam, but I didn't. I think that as long as you concentrate and get a good nights sleep before, you should do OK. The SECOND part of the test was a personality test. You are presented with around 200 questions like "I feel uncomfortable in public". You can answer all questions with a Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Neutral, Agree, or a Strongly Agree. This is by far the easiest part of the test. The THIRD and last part of the test is a 60 question Job Knowledge test. You are given 60 minutes to complete the test, which is enough time. All questions are very ATP-like. This was the most difficult part of the testing. I left knowing I had a solid 60%, but probably did better than that. Everyone leaves this part of the test thinking they failed. They must set the bar pretty low since most people who prepare seem to pass.

After the testing, we went to the Delta cafeteria for lunch. We knew what time we had to be back for the interviews because they post a schedule of your testing and interview time. The lunch was good, but remember, don't eat anything you don't want to wear into the interview.

We returned to the waiting area for our interviews. Most interviews lasted about 30-45 minutes. The interview was very relaxed and I felt comfortable. There were three interviewers, an HR person, a retired Captain, and a current Captain. After talking to the others in my interview group, the interviews seem to be pretty standard. The HR rep has a copy of your application (from airlineapps.com) and one of the Captains is craniums-down looking through your records (to include OPRs and FEFs for military). The HR rep asked me to talk through my career starting with college. This was an opportunity to cover the highlights of my career--without belaboring the low points. Expect them to drill down into parts of your resume. They also asked a few other questions, such as "who was your inspiration to get into flying?", "how would you as a Delta pilot represent the company when you are off duty?", "You are the Captain, what would you do if (drunk people on plane/people showed concern of a Muslim cleric on the plane, etc.)". If you have any modifications to your application that need to be made, they will annotate the change and have you initial/sign the application. They will also go over your hours, and in the case of military, apply an adjustment of 1.2 (per sortie I believe).

After the interview, we all congregated in the waiting area waiting for Cpt Kraby to deliver the good/bad news. In our case it was all good news. Everyone got a "conditional" offer. This meant that we all would return the next morning (before 0645) for the remainder of the interview process. The last thing to do on day 1 was to get fingerprinted and get our pictures taken for our crew badges. They gave us paperwork and we just went downstairs at two offices to have this done. After this we were cleared off for the day.

The next day we returned to complete the process. Most people checked out of their hotels and just put their luggage in the waiting area at Delta--this was fine. It is advisable to bring a second shirt as you are expected to be in a suit/tie on day 2 as well.

First we all took a 567 question MMPI personality test. This one was agree/disagree but painfully long. Be honest, and don't try to skew the results by making yourself look too angelic. Word is that if you are too "perfect" the results will be invalid and you will have to retake the test. Not ideal considering it takes the better part of an hour.

After the MMPI test, you will meet with a psychologist. She started with "tell me about your family life". Then she will go into your career. She asked some questions that were asked in the interview the day before and referenced notes as I answered. She obviously had the results of the interview, making sure I answered the same. Fortunately I was consistent in my answers from the first to the second day. She asked what got me into flying and a couple questions like "what was the most challenging time of your life?" and "what are you most proud of?"

After the psychologist interview, the last thing to do is get the drug testing done. You can either do it at a place about 15 minutes away (private auto or cab) or do it later when you get home, but it has to be done in 48 business hours. Everyone in my group got it done in Atlanta--that was easiest.

After the P test, we were free to go. There was no group hug afterward, we just all went our separate ways. Most people checked out of their hotels that morning and left our bags in the Delta waiting area.

Our conditional job offers are based on a satisfactory background check. They say that we will get an e-mail about a month after the interview telling us the results of the background check so that we know where we stand. For our interview class (Feb 14) we were told to expect to be offered classes between Sept and December of 2014. An interesting aspect is that seniority within interview classes is by the last-4 of your social security number. Those with the highest social get the higher seniority.

There is a lot of gouge out there covering everything from the interview to the tests. The Delta folks understand that the gouge is out there and don't seem to have a problem with it. The biggest problem with the gouge is that Delta doesn't tell you how well you did on the test, only if you passed or not. So we don't know what a passing score is, or what the real answers are. Most of the gouge is good, but realize that most of the answers in the gouge are "what I put down", not necessarily the correct answers. I read Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators prior to the interview and read the gouge, verifying the answers that I could with that book or the Airman's Information Handbook (online). I do recommend studying a lot (I did) but the statistics are on our side. The interviewees have a good success rate. Just like Arnie Kraby said at the beginning of day 1, once you get called for the interview, the job is yours unless you fail the testing or interview. I also recommend Emerald Coast if you haven't done interview prep.

Date Interviewed: August 2010
Summary of Qualifications: Military, 4500 hrs, Instructor Pilot, heavy airlift, passenger airlift, presidential airlift, safety school, AIS
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
- Everyone at Delta was very professional and nice, it was an honor to be called in for an interview much less given a conditional hire. However, it is an intimidating and ominous feeling being there, however, they do a great job putting you at ease but taking time to prep will keep this in check.
- All previous gouge is good to study for the test.
- Used luminosity.com to study for the cog testing.
- Used ASA ATP study book, AFM 11-217 vol 3, Chap 3 for 60-1 rule, Air Force Meteorology 11-230, CG and stability, sections of a jet engine and what takes place when it starts, lots of stall questions, pros/cons of swept wing aircraft, types flaps, hydraulic theory. I heard Aviation for Naval Aviators is a great study resource but I didn't have time to get my hands on one; they also have a Meteorology for Naval Aviators book I heard was good too.
- Used Aaron Hagan at Emerald Coast for interview prep. Although much of the interview questions are common sense and are published on this site and AirlinePilotcentral.com, I highly recommend Aaron due to the fact that he can help you remember things that happened in your career that you may have forgotten and will help you to formulate your answers in a way that is acceptable to the interviewers. His fee is good for multiple interviews and is refundable if you don't get hired.
- Stay calm if the interviewers get confrontational or put you in a tight spot with a question, they just want to see how you react....calm, cool, collected, and unemotional. Standard Air Force Standup EP games to be expected.
- Say "Yes, Sir"/"No, Sir", and don't get too familiar although they are going to put you at ease. They asked me if I wanted to take off my coat but I decided to leave it on. Not sure if this was just me over analyzing things but I try to find meaning behind every question/comment and always ere to the conservative....too much riding on an hour or so interview.....just me.
- Stick to your guns in the interview
- Never throw the Capt or FA under the bus
- All answers to interview questions should keep safety first, airlines rep second, however, you are not just a pilot but a salesperson for the airline
- Shave at lunch if needed
- Wear dark blue suit, Red tie (no tie clip), white shirt w/o buttondown collar, plain black shoes, black belt, black or blue socks
- 6 interviewed, 2 hired....real tough competition out there, however, they told us at the beginning they would not have called us in if we weren't qualified and they wanted to hire everyone. However, the interview was yours to lose. I prepped for approx 3-4 weeks for the interview for about 4-5 hours a day. Needless to say, it was stressful but something I will always remember.
- Another guy in my squadron was hired two days before me as well, also heavy airlift exp and IP.
- Stay at the Hilton and ask for the Delta rate....way cheaper than the gov't rate.
- I'm looking forward to training and flying the line for the next 20 years
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