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PSA Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: October 2012
Summary of Qualifications: Prior SIC 121 experience
1700 hrs
220 multi
ATP written
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:
Previous applicant interview information extremely accurate.

There were 8 of us that started in the Cafeteria and were escorted by HR/Recruiter to a conference room upstairs. We were given a brief overview and introduced to the Chief Pilot.

A list of items to have copies of were e-mailed prior to the interview. The requested copies were collected.

The 25 question ATP like test gives you 4 multiple choice answers. One question that I had concerning aerodynamics was: Which is a purpose of leading-edge slats on a high performance wing? Direct air from the high-pressure area under the leading edge along the top of the wing.

Questions on written and in panel interview using LDA RWY 19 @ DCA.

Read TAF/METAR. Given a departure time and asked whether or not an alternate is required. I did not apply the 1 of the 1-2-3 rule and missed this.

Asked about the type engine on my most recent aircraft. Fuel burn, how much fuel can the aircraft hold, how many hydraulic systems, are they independent, can fluid be transferred?

HR questions: What makes a good pilot? Why PSA? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Despite not getting past the panel interview I was made to feel comfortable and felt they genuinely want to have every candidate. No curveballs or gotchas.
Date Interviewed: August 2012
Summary of Qualifications: ATP, TT 5,000hrs 1,000hrs PIC
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
I arrived in the morning in CLT for the interview. They brought us in and gave us an overview of the company. Afterwards a 25 question ATP like quiz. A handful of question on the LDA RWY 19 into DCA. Step-downs, VDPs, Hold entry. Weather questions like life and force of a microburst. Reading a TAF/Metar. Aerodynamic questions, time/descent, enroute charts, airspace, and airworthiness. Then sent us out.

Alphabetical order called us in for the HR portion
Why work at PSA
What is professional pilot
TMAAT you corrected a problem
Why chose me?
pretty much standard HR.

Afterwards off to the PCATD. MD-80, Trim trim trim
Climb to 6,000' maintain 250 kts
Turns left and right at 30 and 45 deg
Hold entry (question only)
Intercept ILS inbound to mins.

The computer was sensitive and not realistic for feel but whatever.

Sent on my way home. Got a call a couple days later. Just waiting for a class date.
Date Interviewed: April 2012
Summary of Qualifications: ATP
3000+ total
1300+ turbine
1500+ multi
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
I was traveled down the day prior the interview and found my own hotel for A decent rate with a shuttle to the airport. We were expected to arrive at the US Airways training center by 0930, so I took the shuttle to the airport, then followed the instructions in the e-mails sent to find the shuttle to the training center.

Upon arrival myself and the other interviewees (6 of us, all prior 121 experience) signed in and were escorted back to a cafeteria where we waited. At 0930 the interview panel came and gathered our group and escorted us up to a conference room where the spoke about the interview process, their time at PSA, anticipated jr bases (TYS and DAY by the sounds of it) and potential time on reserve, all subject to change of course. Very relaxed group, they cracked a couple jokes and made the atmosphere noticeably more relaxed. They also know the odds are the interviewees checked out the gouges out there prior to the interview. Paperwork was collected and the written test was administered. Just like previous gouges, it was straight forward and none too tough. Take the time to read each question thoroughly but don't stick on one too long. Basic instrument knowledge, general weather theory, aerodynamics, reading approach plates and weather were on there but nothing you shouldn't know, particularly if you hold an ATP or commercial certificate.

We were escorted back to the cafeteria to wait the results of the written, and a short time later they came down to let us know that we all passed. A sheet was given to us with the order in which we would proceed through the HR/Tech portion. They seemed to move through each in 15-20min, and the atmosphere was very professional but relaxed. They made a couple jokes and while the questions came some what rapid fire they were strait forward. The usual HR questions, plus briefing an approach and reading a METAR/TAF, asked about the electrical system on my current aircraft, what I do for fun, etc. again they were a great group who genuinely want to hire you, in fact you're told from the get go, the answer is yes unless you change it.

After the panel interview it is on to the desktop sim With the MD-80 configuration. You're given a study sheet, describing what is expected and the profile you'll fly. No call-outs, and nothing too specific to worry about, the guy running the sim takes care of your config changes, call outs, and gives you general power settings. Take off, 20 degrees pitch to 1000' ago, lower to 10 degrees and climb onto 6k and 250kts. A 30 degree banked turn of 180 degrees and a 45 degree banked turn of 270 degrees, descend at a constant rate to a level off, asked where I was in relation to a VOR and given a hold and a post-it pad to doodle on if needed. Mentioned the entry and was set up to intercept the ILS to one of the 36s at CLT. Just intercept and fly the approach, call out your corrections, you're given a Vref speed to fly, the configuration changes are made for you and the sim will be stopped for you.

Sent Off in time for an early flight home, and left with a good taste about PSA. They were professional, and relaxed during the whole process, the job is yours to lose. You're ranked and put into a pool, when a class is needed they'll pull the top few candidates from the pool to fill the class so the better you score in your interview the better your chances are together the call. I received an email just a few days later informing me that I was placed into the hiring pool, now to wait and hope for a class. Good luck to all!
Date Interviewed: April 2012
Summary of Qualifications: Prior 121xperience, 2100TT, 1000 Multi, 850 Turbine, Commercial, CFI CFII MEI, ATP Written
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
The new gouge is really accurate. The older versions not so much. Just to add some questions to the Written Test. Most were taken straight from the AIM. 25 total need to get 20 right to move on to the next stage.

1.Calculate VDP on approach
2.Calculate Decent point to fix
3.What clouds are most turbulent: Standing Lenticular & Rotor
4.Know how to read a TAF
5.What are the functions of SLATS
6.Dutch Roll
7.When do you use Outboard Ailerons: Low Speed Only
8.Where do you get the worst weather: Squall Line
9.Some questions regarding the DCA LDA 19 approach
10.When do you need an Alternate
11.What Limits a Jet Engine: I think the answer was EGT but not positive.
12.What do you maintain in rough Turbulence? Attitude
12.Who is responsible for maintaining an aircraft's airworthiness? Operator/Owner
13.What is required to maintain airworthiness
14.Who is responsible in deciding if a plane is in airworthy condition
15.If wind changes direction what changes are needed.

The Panel Interview is straight forward. 3 vs 1 interview. Typical HR questions. Brief an approach plate, Limitation questions on your current aircraft. Asked what true airspeed your plane cruises at. whats the fuel burn per hour, whats the total fuel. Very easy things that you should know.

After that its an MD80 Sim. PCAT style. very very touchy, Use 2 fingers and make small corrections. Have you take off maintain pitch and airspeed. Level Turns at 30 and 45 degree banks. Constant speed climbs and descents. Holding type and entry question with relation to the VOR. Vectors for the ILS, take it to mins. super easy just keep your scan going.
Good Luck
Date Interviewed: April 2012
Summary of Qualifications: CFI'ing for a while
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
Knowledge test - 25 questions, need at least 20/25 correct to continue...including
1) Calculating a planned descent point (HAT/300)
2) Squall lines
3) Dutch roll
4) Outboard ailerons are used at what speeds? (low)
5) Know how to read a METAR/TAF, know what AO2 means

Study basic instrument & commercial stuff, no ATP stuff, no tricks. Go with your first choice always.

Then the HR interview:
1) Why PSA?
2) How are you more qualified than the other applicants? (trick question kinda...)
3) What defines a professional pilot?
4) What airplane are you currently on? Describe its systems. Tell me the important numbers for flying an approach.
5) Brief this approach. What entry into the missed hold would you use, what altitude would you go to and when, etc.
6) Please leave the room...they talk, then invite you back in & tell you to go to the sim session.

Sim session:

The guy in charge of this tells you he is looking for BASIC ATTITUDE INSTRUMENT SKILLS ALONE!!! Nothing else.

1) On a computer. Flight-sim mockup of an MD-80. Very sensitive...I was making continuous tiny adjustments the whole 10-minute sim session.
2) Take off runway 36, runway heading to 6000 feet.
3) 20 degrees in the climb until 1000 AGL
4) At 1000 AGL, lower to 10 degrees & accelerate to & continue the climb at 250 up to 6000. Level off & maintain this speed...1.3 EPR works well, idle thrust for descents tho.
5) The guy from PSA will do things for you (gear, radio, flaps, etc.)
6) Once you level off, do several 30 degree turns to headings. Then a turn while descending to 3000.
7) Asks you if you had to hold on this radial from this VOR, what entry would you use (coming from where you currently are)? Answer it correctly & you don't do the hold.
8) Get repositioned for the ILS 36R into KCLT. He will tune everything in for you. Brief it while the sim is paused.
9) Fly the ILS to mins (CAT I), break out, runway in sight, sim freezes and ur done.
10) Catch the bus back to the airport

Good luck
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