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Emirates Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: October 2010
Summary of Qualifications: 3671 TT
484 PIC
currently flying CRJ for a 121 operation
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
I recently completed the sim portion of the interview process in Atlanta. I was told I passed that portion and will be expecting to continue the interview process at some point in the near future. So thatís good. Here is the info for the sim portion I just went though:

Upon arrival at the hotel I was given paperwork to go through and a number to call to reach one of the instructors. This call was to verify the times to meet at the Delta training center. I would take some time playing with some sort of RMI trainer. Here is the one I used http://www.visi.com/~mim/nav/

Upon arrival at the training center you are directed to a classroom. At this point the instructors told us to try to relax and remove our coat and ties. They made it a great laid back atmosphere. They gave us some paperwork to look through while they began going through our logbooks and required paperwork. They began the brief for our sim session. They made it clear that they were focusing more on the big picture, not minor little mistakes here and there. They know most people have never flown these specific aircraft. They want to see good aircraft/situation management. You are in charge so run the cockpit as if you were the captain. Make good use of all your resources, including your PNF.

We used the 777 sim, but I was told they were using many different sims for this check. Be sure you run your before takeoff checks, brief emergency procedures, and get your clearance. It began 12L out of Dubai. We took off and ran a visual traffic pattern. Donít worry about being so close to the buildings if you do a right pattern, just mentioned youíd obviously never do that in real life. Itís just for the sim exercise. You will come in and land. Upon landing you are reset to the end of the runway and the weather is brought down. BRIEF EMERGENCY PROCEDURES. You take off and get a V1 cut. Do your normal engine out procedures. You will receive clearance direct to a VOR then outbound on some radial. This is where the practice with the RMI comes in handy. You will get vectors around for the ILS 12L. You will probably go missed at which point they will ask you what you would do next. I said Iíd determine how much fuel I have left and decide at that point whether Iíd make another attempt at landing at Dubai or go somewhere else with better weather. That seemed to be a good answer. They told me I passed at that point.

So thatís my experience. Iíll add more once I go through the rest of the interview. I was told it will be about 2 weeks to a month before I hear more from Emirates. Basically all very straight forward. Itís a great bunch of people and Iím excited to continue the process. I look forward to working there. Good Luck!
Date Interviewed: July 2008
Summary of Qualifications: Types: A320, CL65. ATP, COMM ASEL, CFI/CFII/MEI
TT 6,300 / 1300 JET PIC
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Guys here are right on. Make sure to arrive a day before to get proper rest since jet lag will get you on the first day. This was the hardest day for me. I had to do Compass test AND sim eval, so thank God I got there a day before.
The whole process is very tiring and it's really hard to sleep at night. The hotel was great (no alarm clock) and they provide vouchers for your dinner. It seems like they cancelled the interviews that were scheduled for august on due to the high number of people in the pool. They told us that both Boeing and Airbus are having problems delivering aircraft lately which caused this backlog in training. The demand for pilots still out there, 500 pilots for 2008, so don't give up if you had an interview scheduled!
I definitely recommend reading the book "Ace the Pilot technical interview" book, since it had a lot of ICAO stuff like: "How much runway do you have left (in meters) when rwy center line lights turn solid red?. As far as the sim, people seem to think that the B777 guys tend to get hired more than the A310 guys but I don't think it's true. It's an unfamiliar aircraft regardless of the one you take, so chair fly the profile BEFORE getting there and ASK the eval capt playing NFP for EVERYTHING you need (hdg bug, A/S, flaps, etc) and make GOOD and timely decisions.
Profile: Visual circuit (no a/p, no a/t, no fms) 12L DXB to full stop. Low vis T/O to V1 cut (no a/p but with f/d and a/t). After checklists, told to proceed direct to VOR and track radial outbound (raw data). Return for hand flown ILS 12L. No rwy environment / SE missed. After stabilized and told eval capt what your decision to do next is, sim is frozen and you're done.
JUST TRY TO RELAX, BE YOURSELF.
Good luck
Date Interviewed: August 2007
Summary of Qualifications: ATP, 6700hrs, 2700 Jet, 1695 turbine, Part 91, 135, 121. Extensive international time.
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:

Arrived a day before the interview in DXB. Emirates paid for ticket and hotel. Day one of interview is Technical 30 question test and then a 777-300 sim ride. Sim is straight forward. Visual pattern and the departure with V1 cut. Secure engine, track radial outbound, vector for ILS to miss. There were 10 in my interview class and 3 got phased out in the SIM. Day two, HR briefing and a tour of DXB. Very relaxing!!
Day three, psyc written test, english test, and interview infront of HR lady and training capt. Then a medical!!!!
Wish I would have been offered the job. Out of 10 interviewing they hired 3.

Good luck!!!

Date Interviewed: August 2007
Summary of Qualifications: ATP CL-65, ERJ, BE1900...6000TT, 4500turbine, 1700 121 PIC
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Interview in DXB is exhausting...3 days. Day 1 tech quiz (there's gouge on the web), sim(I flew the A300-not too difficult). Day 2 is Human factors(they place you in a room w/3 other applicants, give you a series of problems for the group to solve while they observe your interaction-CRM) then a tour of Dubai...this is by far the easiest day. Day 3 is the longest-psych eval, then HR interview, then language exam, then complete med exam (EKG, Xrays,urine,blood, etc) then a quick ride to the hotel, pak your bags and catch the 2am for JFK!

My overall impression of EK is excellent. Billons of dollars of aircraft on order and it appears they know how to run an airline. Training center appears top notch. Housing looked very nice. Pay package on this site is wrong. Starting FO pay is closer to 6500 USD/mo. Not including housing/medical/vac(6 weeks a year)/etc. Upgrade to widebody CA in 3-5 years (depending on who you believe).

12 canidates in my interview group. 4 washed out of sim. 4 hired overall. 1 American, 2 South Africans, 1 Aussie. Suprising, I was one of the lowest timed pilots of my group but one of the only current CA's. Most of the Europeans had mucho time but no PIC. Amazing that they spend so much money to bring you out and hire so few. My interview CA said canidates avg 30% success rate. We figured they spend 5 thou per canidate on medical/hotel/food/airfare. They traveled us business class (very nice), it makes a difference on the jet lag. Coming from the US you WILL have it, try to travel out a day early.

I was given a choice of groundschool dates and equiptment. They want you to tell them your availability month when you interview. It's ok to tell them you need 3 months or more before moving to Dubai, they're used to that. They will contact your references right away, make certain your info is accurate. It takes a month or more before you get the OK...you will get an email thumbs up or down, no letter.

It appeared many of the Europeans weren't calm in my interview group...uptight to the point I think it caused them to fail. Be yourself-be relaxed, they spend 3-4 days with you (depending if you believe the hotel/drivers/etc are watching you-I do not) so they will get to know you pretty well.

I hope this gives a little insight into the process. Lots of stuff online about the Dubai lifestyle. Married folks get a nice villa. Some of my single friends there enjoy the nightlife, plus you have over 8000 FA's to date(no sky grannies). But you are in the ME. Not everyones bag, however, it is very western...more so than I expected.

Good Luck!

Date Interviewed: December 2006
Summary of Qualifications: ATP 6300, part 121,91,135
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:

Just got back from from Dubai...One word...WOW. Those had to be the nicest people I have ever interviewed with. Get the book Emirates pilot interview handbook and it tells you all you need to know. It was right on. I spent around $35USD on it and it all the info you need. Just try to find a reason not to work there. Our group started with 7 and 4 made it to the second day. It was a great experience and I hope I get it....Good luck guys!!
P.S. Don't try to study for the Tech quiz..it wont help!

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