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Piedmont Airlines Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: July 2015
Summary of Qualifications: ATP, 3400 Total, 3000 Turbine, 1700 Turbine PIC, Part 135
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
The interview was originally going to be held at the Crown Plaza in CLT but was changed to the US Airways Training Center. The interview started at 12pm in a briefing room with two HR folks and a Piedmont pilot.

There were 6 of us in the interview ranging in age from late 20's to mid 50's. The process started with a boxed lunch and some explanation of what is happening at Piedmont, especially the flow through to American. We then took a 25 question multiple choice test. Not sure what percentage was required to pass but it consisted of instrument, aerodynamics and weather questions, all fairly basic knowledge. The questions come from the Sheppards Air Database.

After the test was a further discussion about the company benefits and how training would go. We were then pulled in for individual interviews consisting of briefing an approach including the missed approach hold, reading a TAF and determining weather an alternate was required. Also, looking at a 6 pack instrument diagram and determining the flight attitude and if there was a malfunctioning instrument. There is no longer a simulator eval.

I was offered a position and class date on the spot. Everyone in the interview and in recruiting has been awesome and it still feels like a mom and pop business. Piedmont has one of the highest FO pay scales and offering a $5000 bonus. I hope this helps those applying, best of luck!!!
Date Interviewed: January 2014
Summary of Qualifications: 2500 hours, ATP
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
Our interview was held at PHL airport with the chief pilot, and HR people.

We gathered for the written test which was 50 questions from the ATP book. Upon completion we are given a handout and then shown a company video. Afterwards they call you in one by one. Some questions were about instrument approaches and minimums. They are a very nice group of people. Good luck.
Date Interviewed: September 2011
Summary of Qualifications: CMEL,CFI,CFII 750 TT 35 ME
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
I was offered the chance to interview in early September. I was given the choice of two dates and I chose the earliest one. On the day of the interview, I arrived about 6:30 AM for a 7:00 interview time. First we went to the cafeteria to wait for the interviews to begin. At 7 AM sharp Mr. Trout came and got us and took us to a classroom. There he issued a written exam immediately. Its 50 questions, ATP style written. There were questions pertaining to part 91 and 121 regs and company information and history. Majority of the written was about IFR procedures and holding. Have a good idea of crew rest requirements, fuel requirements, Circling distances, light gun signals, and Jepp enroute and approach plates. The charts and plates used where not anything unusual so just know the basic elements of them. Know the company officers and who founded the company. After finishing the written test we where told to go to the cafeteria and wait for all to finish. I was second to finish and felt pretty confident about it. Mr. Trout came and got us and we went back to the classroom and he let us know we all passed. We then took a break and went to the Simulator lounge to wait for the HR portion and sim ride. The HR portion was with Mr. Trout and a senior pilot. They asked basic HR questions like how did you get into aviation, etc. They then asked a couple of simple questions about a Jepp approach and chart. Nothing difficult. Total only about 7-8 questions between HR and Technical. Following the HR portion we proceeded back to the sim lounge. The Sim was an Elite desktop sim set up like a king air. You take off, turn direct to a VOR and climb to 4000. Once reaching the VOR turn to the IAP. Did a tear drop entry on a holding pattern in lieu of a PT and intercepted the localizer. Shot the approach to minimums and landed. It was very straight foward with no curve balls. All in all a very good experience. Everyone there is very welcoming and you feel like they want you there. If you study the other gouges online you will have a good overview but make sure you study extra especially the 121 and 91 regs. Just relax and be yourself and you will have no problems.
Date Interviewed: August 2011
Summary of Qualifications: 1200 TT, 100 ME, CFI, ATP written
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Arrived at CLT the night before. Took the Quality Inn Executive Park shuttle found at zone C to the hotel. Checked in and signed up for the 0630 shuttle to the "training center". Woke up the next morning and took the shuttle to the training center. Placed luggage in bag check room, be sure to remove pertinent paperwork and valuables.

Was told by security to head to the cafeteria and meet with other candidates. Bob Trout came in and brought us to a second floor conference room. All paperwork was collected including the application and copies of documents. A written multiple choice test of 50 questions was administered. The test is still up to date as posted on other sites. 80% is passing.

After the test a little presentation was done on Piedmont and its history. A few jokes were cracked and overall a very light atmosphere. Then we were brought into a sim lounge with a few vending machines. None of us were sent home after the written so we were assuming we all passed.

Other candidates included some with 500 total and 50 hours multi. There were 5 including myself. We waited only a short while in the sim lounge and were called out one by one for the HR/technical phase. In the HR/tech portion it was Bob Trout, a woman from HR and a line pilot. It lasted about 10 minutes. Basic questions, tell us about yourself, your mentor, what got you into aviation, then a few questions on an approach plate. That's about it, sent out of that room back to the lounge, next candidate was called about 10 minutes later.

A captain came in calling us out one by one for the sim eval. The sim was done on an Elite desktop PCATD with a King air setup. They’re testing really just basic instrument skills and CRM. Be sure to make callouts and call for checklists. Have the PNF do everything, tune and ident, set power, set bugs, course, headings, freq's, etc. Takeoff, fly direct to a VOR, asked how to hold given a certain radial. If correct, didn't have to do the hold. Proceed via published transition to IAF, procedure turn and begun an ILS approach. Sim eval was about 15 minutes, overall a very laid back experience.

After sim eval, sent back into sim lounge and told to go to the airport we will contact you in a few days. The airport shuttle is every 1/2 hour or so in front of the training center. Bob trout called about 4 days later and offered position. Materials were mailed out. Overall a very pleasurable experience, seems to be a solid operation. The mainline pilots in the training center were very friendly and had nothing but good things to say.
Date Interviewed: December 2007
Summary of Qualifications: 1300 TT. 25 MULTI, 845 PIC, CFII, COMMERCIAL MULTI, ACTIVE INSTRUCTOR
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
E mailed application and received interview offer in 2 days. Interview was as stated in previous gouges. Three of 12 in class failed the written exam, one failed the sim. Make sure you are current in your flight time. They can tell if you haven't flown in a while. Great people to meet with. Very reasonable, they even granted me a delay to start class to complete my CFI students. Told I was offered position same day.
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