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Skywest Airlines Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: December 2018
Summary of Qualifications: Commercial ASEL-AMEL w/prior 135 time flying the Piltas PC-12. Non aviation college degree, but I have one. Total time of 1400
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Okay! My turn to pay back, guys. This is such a good resource. I prefer to keep this short and to the point. Interview was NOT hard, buy VERY thorough. The prior Feb, 2018 gouge was right on, except with a few additions. They are:

I was asked to explain the following in detail:

1) Weather (TS and Microburst)

2) High altitude aerodynamics (coffins corner, mach tuck, critical mach)

3) Military intercept procedures (what do do)

4) Different types of drag (parasite & induced)

5) In flight visibility and how to determine it without an ASOS, ATIS or tower (Approach lightning system has a standard measurement so depending on what you see light wise, you can determine how far you are from the runway)

6) Bravo speed above 10K (trick question-DEN)

7) A/C & D/C systems (how they are different)

8) Hydraulics (how they work)

Company personnel were very professional, polite and friendly. It is a happy environment, so make sure you're positive. I'm very fortunate to have been hired. Good luck everyone!
Date Interviewed: December 2018
Summary of Qualifications: Commercial ASEL-AMEL w/prior 135 time flying the Piltas PC-12. Non aviation college degree, but I have one. Total time of 1400
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Okay! My turn to pay back, guys. This is such a good resource. I prefer to keep this short and to the point. Interview was NOT hard buy VERY thorough. The prior Feb, 2018 gouge was right on, with a few additions. In addition to the Feb, 2018 posting, I was asked to explain the following in detail:

1) Weather (TS and Microburst)

2) High altitude aerodynamics (coffins corner, mach tuck, critical mach)

3)Military intercept procedures

4)Different types of drag (parasite & induced)

5)In flight visibility and how to determine it without an ASOS, ATIS or tower (Approach lightning system has a standard measurement so depending on what you see light wise, you can determine how far you are from the runway)

6)Bravo speed above 10K (trick question)

7)A/C & D/C systems and how they are different

8)Hydraulics and do they work

Company personnel were very professional, polite and friendly. It is a happy environment so make sure you're positive.Good luck everyone!
Date Interviewed: February 2018
Summary of Qualifications: CFII, 1000 hr with 1000 hr R-ATP certs, 2 year degree with a graduation date for the 4 year degree.
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
How I prepared:

Everything Explained for the Professional Pilot, read it front to back, this is an awesome reference book. (emphasis on high speed aerodynamics, wx, jet engine principle and terminology)


Drew out my Turbine engine before hand with labels and color coding

Drew out the Piper Seminole electrical system before hand same thing

Practiced reading/briefing Jeppesen plates

Talked with my Skywest Mentor

Read the gouges posted on this site

Interview summary:

If you are serious about flying for Skywest then you should do the Cadet program, the only requirement is a CFI and there is zero commitment. Plus in my opinion it made the interview process go that much more smoothly.


I did my interview at the Northwest Aviation Trade Show 2018 in Puyallup, WA. I would recommend this or any other recruiting events because it was very informal which helped with the stress. I got there like 2 hours early to check out the other displays and when I finally checked in with the Skywest booth an hour before my interview they took me over to get started. We pretty much sat down at the food court area with everyone eating around us, again very informal.

The interviewers were very friendly the whole time it really just felt like a conversation about who I was with a little technical stuff sprinkled in. They stressed that the main point of this interview was to "see if they could stand me for a week long trip". Made sense to me. They also asked if I was a Skywest Cadet which I think helped me out a little bit since I was able to talk about the company operations somewhat intelligently.

“Do you want a water?” according to some interview prep books you always take the water so now you know

Technical:

He had me show him in my logbook all of my hours that were applicable to R-ATP minimums so know your totals and the requirements (Total, PIC, Night, Multi, Hood/sim)

Scenario "You are carrying passengers in a Piper Seminole at night on and IFR flight plan for hire, what do you need to be legal for this flight?" Instrument current, night multi current, commercial pilot rating, current flight review.

Speed limit questions as well as holding speed limit questions

What are the power sources on the piper Seminole? Battery and two alternators

How are the alternators powered? Belt driven from engine

A little bit of AC vs DC stuff make sure you are crystal clear on that

If you lose your battery how much time do you have left? 35a battery with 7 amp draw gives half and hour of battery life, talked a little bit about load shedding here.

Double alternator failure in IMC, is this an emergency? Most definitely

Jeppeson plate brief, what if the GS fails on this ILS?

VMC aerodynamics

Critical engine factors
Reading METAR/TAF, do you need an alternate? Just know the 123 rule

91.175 list some of the visual references

Showed me a picture of the ILS critical area and asked what it was and when I was compelled to hold short of it. 800ft ceiling and 2sm vis

If you have had an accident then what was your takeaway from this experience

HR questions

“What makes you tick” have an aviation and non-aviation story ready.

“what do you do for fun that is not flying related”

“who is your role model/inspiration”

“tell me about a time when you gave excellent customer service” Remember skywest is in the customer service industry they just happen to fly planes

“what is the difference between confidence and over confidence?” I had a terrible answer for this one but I had him tell me what he would have said after the interview was over his answer was along the lines of: Over confidence is a misnomer and is more accurately called arrogance and arrogance is a hazard

“How do you think the interview is going right now?” this threw me for a loop I think this was just checking that I was not arrogant so I said that I wished I had a better answer for some of these HR questions but I am happy about how my technical questions went. Don’t be too hard on yourself but don’t be arrogant.

“what is your dream base?” have one in mind

“What Airframe do you want?” I wanted ERJ but I said that if the ground school was booked too far out then I would like the CRJ

“what questions do you have for me?” I asked tons of questions about what they liked about the company and how their day-to-day life was which I think they liked.

I got a call from their HR department the next day with a welcome aboard email asking about which class days I would like.
Date Interviewed: December 2017
Summary of Qualifications: (Interview VIA Online Website)

AUS CPL, G2 Instructor, MECIR, 1250TT, 20ME, 50IF
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Just wanted to submit an interview for anyone doing it via an online service. Very relaxed and conversational style interview.
Standard HR get to know type questions
- How did you get into aviation
- TMAAT ……
- Why SkyWest
- Strengths and weaknesses
Technical questions
- High level stuff
- How a jet engine works
- High speed aerodynamics (swept wing, Dutch roll ect)
- Brief weather
- Brief JEPPS plate
- Air law questions (Operational questions like descent below DA)
Studied this gouge, ATPL Systems, and probed friends who had done the interview for info.
Date Interviewed: November 2017
Summary of Qualifications: COMMERCIAL/ME/IFR
Embry Riddle Bachelor Degree (Pro Aero)
1712 PIC
1578 PIC
558 ME
413 IFR
I had a current IPC and my Biannual, but hadn't flown professionally for 9 years.
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Stayed the night across the street at Springhill Suites. The hotel is being remodeled, which I was not told. I would have chosen a different hotel had I known that.

I studied this site gouge and found it was 99% on point and very helpful.
It was TOO helpful. Here's why.
I ended up OVER STUDYING and was suffering from a little "check ride itis" when I showed up.
There is no reason to be nervous, because everyone on the interview team is very helpful and pleasant.

We spent 90 minimums being shown a video and discussing the future of SkyWest. I was impressed, and the Captains did a great job of answering a lot of questions.
They then gave us a piece of paper and asked us to draw an electrical system of our most recent aircraft and write out the FAR that pertains to requirements for descending below MDA (91.175(c)).

There were only 3 of us being interviewed, and I sat in the conference room and studied my notes while the other 2 guys went first.

My HR portion was first and lasted about 20 minutes.
He checked my logbooks (endorsements, currency, hours, etc) and my pilot license.
His questions were very limited because it was more conversational in nature.
1) Tell me about checkride failures and any accidents/incidents?
2) What do you anticipate being the biggest challenge in training?
3) What base would you choose?
4) What airplane would you choose?
5) Have you ever been discharged or terminated from an employer?
6) Is there anything else that we will discover in your background check that you need to disclose to us now? (I assumed he meant: DUIs, criminal charges, drug use, bad stuff)
7) Is there anything that you want to share, that I failed to ask you about?

Then came lunch. Jimmy John's sandwiches with everybody around the conference table talking about flying stories, Skywest’s future….a lot of laughter.

After lunch we (the candidates) all went down for the CRM Interview:
They positioned us in a paper cockpit trainer. The least experienced can expect to be Captain, experienced in the FO slot and the most experienced in the Jump seat position. I was the FO.
The key with the CRM exercise is to communicate and decide on an option using CRM.
Don't forget Fly the airplane FIRST, Navigate, then communicate. Then it is a matter of working together to come up with a solution. You only have 7 minutes, so they aren't looking for perfect.

Our "problem" was fuel was low (2 minutes of normal crusie, 45 minutes reserve), we were on approach into ORD when an onboard Wind Shear Alert goes off in the cockpit. “WIND SHEAR, WIND SHEAR!!”
Immediately go around (SOP), communicate problem to Approach, ask for vectors for another approach.
I asked Approach to verify if any other landing aircraft had experienced Wind Shear? They said, “No, all other aircraft had landed just fine.” ATIS weather was showing gusting winds capable of producing wind shear.
I felt the Wind Shear Alert was false (or in error), and recommended to my Captain that we maintain a little higher speed and altitude on the next approach and plan to land even if we got another Wind Shear Alert. We never agreed on a plan of action which was a mistake. 7 minutes will go by in a hurry…make sure you come to a plan of action quickly and communicate actions to Approach.
After the test was over, the Interviewer did verify that it was a defective Wind Shear sensor, based on a real-life situation that occurred with one of their flights. It was a learning experience and an enjoyable exercise.

TECH INTERVIEW: This was the shortest part for me, although I wasn’t perfect on my answers. The over studying hurt me here because the Captain asked me questions (outside) the gouge. It was just me and the interviewer who was a Captain who had been with the company for only a few years.
Only a few questions:
1) What are the stages of a Thunderstorm?
2) How would you maneuver to go around a Thunderstorm (in front or behind)?
3) How many miles of separation would you give as you flew around it?
4) Tell me about how a Jet Engine works (I had practiced drawing a jet engine so I just explained each part and as the air flows)
5) What does a Diffuser do and where is it located in an engine?
6) Where does bleed air come from?
7) What does bleed air supply on a jet?
8) What are the two types of drag?
9) What do they look like or effect an aircraft?
10) Had to read a METAR and TAF…had me focus on reading the TEMPO
11) We are flying an approach into this airport (it takes us 3 hours to get there), do we have to file an alternate?
12) Which TAF would we focus on (hint: each TAF is 6 hours in length)
13) Pick an approach you want to fly?
a) What’s the MDA?
b) What do you have to see to descend below MDA?
c) How low can you go THEN? (hint: 100’ ABOVE TDZE)
14) When do you have to file a Takeoff Alternate?
OK YOUR TECH INTERVIEW IS OVER---then she asked me some HR questions
15) What do you think will be your largest challenge working for SkyWest?
16) How quickly can you start?
17) What base will you choose?
18) What aircraft will you choose?
AND THEN SHE SAID I WAS FREE TO GO….I was done by 1:45pm
I flew home that night and received a call from the recruiter early the next afternoon.
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