Already folks.... here we go.... I interviewed and was hired on with COEX somewhere between March and May 1999.... (
anyone can read this stuff, so I'll leave it at that )....
About me : ERAU grad, MEII, some corporate experience King Air, Falcon 50, Lear 35... VERY, VERY LOW FLIGHT TIME,
far lower than I think anyone would think. I personally have a problem with this industries harp on hours... experience is what's
more important.... Ok... First off, remember the interview begins at the airport... dress right... shirt and tie... smile, and be kind....
and most importantly look around at the operation. Interview was held at the Holiday Inn North, Houston Texas. Get there the
night before... hotel has a decent restaurant.. and even if they didn't, your pretty much trapped there. The hotel reminds me of an
ERAU dorm (Mckay for those who know, it even smells the same...). First tip, talk to the van driver that takes you to the hotel
from the airport.... everyone always talks to the other interviewees to size up the competition, that's just natural... but the van
driver usually know what's up... who's doing the interviews, what the success rates has been, even some of the questions....
Why? because it's a long ride to the airport, and people talk. I found this out from my experience in the corporate world... the
quite ones always have the most information, and the drivers usually don't talk unless talked too. Moving on... the Interview will
be conducted by 3 to 4 people... I didn't see the female HR rep that people talk about in other posts here... I did see 3 captains
and the head of hiring, John Dresser... some says he's mellowed in the past year, I know he used to be a chief pilot... and as you
will find out, he's not the "makes you feel at ease" type for sure. The interview begins in a small conference room, get there
early.... What to bring...
- all your log books
- 10 year work history bosses name, address, phone number, etc.
- all of your past address and when you were at them
- drivers license
- FCC radio operators license (you get it for $50, temps are free from http://www.fcc.gov it's called a restricted radiotelephone
- resumes (of course)
- drivers record
- lots of letters of recommendation - I know these are a pain in the ass, but they seem to like them, and they DO NOT have to
be from COEX people
references, addresses and phone number
- copies of your diplomas
- copies of transcripts
One thing I did that seems to score alot of points, is get a report portfolio... you get'em in Office Depot, Staples, etc... it's like a
small plastic binder for corporate presentations... mind had a movable spiral binding... and plastic pages to put copies into... I put
copies of everything listed about, expect for the log books.... all layed out nice with the resume in front.. and then make sure the
cover your buy has a plastic front to slide in a title page... with Continental Express, your name, the date, and the location of the
interview + time... all of this work... if you do it, will really show that you want to work for them... I think that's what they look
- Bring, a calculator, your FAR/AIM
Ok.. moving on, first thing they do is hand out the applications ... these SUCK... it's like the Tale of Two Cities, make SURE you
have your flight time broken down by aircraft manufacture for single engine and aircraft type for multi-engine... no, I am not
kidding... and yes, it did take people hours to fill out the application.
The psycho test is next.. can't study... it's something like 100 questions, and it's basically part SAT, part IQ test.... I suck at math,
so I stuck to the verbal section... I don't even think they really grade it before the interviews.
First interview... they pull you into a hotel room, it's one on one with one of the captains.... I got asked the basics.... nothing too
tough... highlights included....
Why did I want to work for COEX ? ( talked about the hubs building projects, and the fleet expansion)....
How's the maintenance at my current jobs ? ( said it was good, .... left out the part that yes, it was very good, WHEN it actually
What do you expect the job is going to be like ? ( said I thought it was going to be very tough, long days, hard schedule)
Technical questions.. .got asked what MOCA was , what the speed at and below class B were.... as a side note, I heard from
other people that the technical questions seems to center around all of the IFR acroynms.... MOCA, MEA, MORA, MRA.... and
others seemed to be favorites... also alternate w/x mins... 91.175 was a bigger... .a neat trick one they gave was.... can you
decent down to 100 if you see the approach lights on a non-precession approach... ( of course you can , but the way they word it
Where do you see yourself in five years (SAY CAPTAIN..... DO NOT SAY RJ CAPTAIN, most captains are still prop
captains at COEX)... Oh, they also asked you if you've ever failed a check ride... most people have, tell the truth, when they ask
why... just tell them the truth... I failed my initial CFI ride because the idiot examiner didn't know how to do a lazy eight, but when
asked about it, I just said my lazy eight's weren't up to his standards..... and that's all you have to say... I think if you said no, you
never failed a ride they would tear into you, but that's just a guess.
Ok, second interview...... this one was also done in hotel room, this time in the afternoon..... with two captains, the first one that
interviewed you and another one.... They employed a very predictable tactic, they police interrogation tactic.... the first one that
interview you, is the "good guy" and the new guy is the bad guy... you have to understand, that the second interview will be hell,
they will get you pissed off, there entire goal is to make you crack up... and lose it... they want to mess with your mind.... Why ?
I have no clue, they just want to do it... probilly because they think this separates the kids from the captains... who know...
Alright.... they will give you scenarios... mine was specific to my low flight time, they jumped all over me, when I told them I was
going to upgrade at 1500 hours.... they tried to convince me I wasn't ready.. The important thing to remember is to smile, keep it
light hearted, think before you answer.... just your gut feelings and your experience but place a positive spin on everything, and
stick with your answers.... they will try to change them..... just stick with it. If you do a good job, they will send out outside the
room to talk about you, then bring you back in and they will ask you what you were thinking outside... right about then they started
to get to me..... but I kept my cool. They will also ask you over and over again if you have any questions.... finally you just have to
say no.... then they looked at each other and hired me.
Well, that's all I can remember...
Here are some more tips to dispel some rumors, and give you an edge from the inside...
- my new hire class had about 40 people in it.. they ranged from 20 year airforce vets to crop dusters.. there is no pattern, age, or
flight times the want to see... I think it's totally based on the interview....
- knowing people at COEX is not as big a help as it seems... I knew no one
- training takes a LONG time.... and you don't get paid until you pass your sim ride, so save up, hotel costs are not picked up by
the company until you pass the sim ride
- hubs are CLE, HOU, EWR... in my class no one got sent to HOU....
- yea, you can commute, but it's hell... and you have to get a crash pad
- stay sharp on instruments, but not the obscure stuff... a few captains told me that in the past 6 months they have not shot a single
non-precision approach, forget about NDB's.
- yes, they are taking delivery of jets... 2 month I believe, but they are not retiring turboprops... they using the jets for expansion
not replacement. (the only ones I have heard of them parking in the desert are some old Brazillas)
- learn about the company from the web site AND the crew message boards, it really does help, in the interview and the job
- Yes, Houston does suck
- Yes, the official line is all turboprop are for sale, to be replace by regional jets
That's about it... if anyone needs any help at all... email me, it may take a while to respond, but I will get back to you..
good luck !!!!!, don't give me, rejection is normal, and thinks happen quicker than you think......