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Skywest Airlines Pilot Interview Profiles

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


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.
Date Interviewed: September 2017
Summary of Qualifications: CFI, CFII, MEI
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
First, I just want to say the below experience that mentions they removed the writing out of 91.175 and the electrical system is ABSOLUTELY FALSE. You MAY definitely be asked to draw both out still. The recent experiences posted are all highly accurate. I'll add in a few of my observations and experiences that may or may not have been covered previously. First of all, the email you will receive inviting you to the interview will contain instructions for booking your travel as well as a list of things to bring with you to the interview. It will also contain topics and suggested study material which I will mention later. Make sure to have everything on that list! As previously mentioned travel is on United Airlines and the cost is fully covered by Skywest. The ticket is "positive space" however it's considered revenue standby. In other words, there is a possibility you may be bumped if other paying passengers have a higher ticket priority. This happened with two of the 4 of us interviewing. My advice is not to choose the last flight of the day to fly in the night before, give yourself a backup flight as they give you the choice of what flight you want to take. As for hotels, the email will suggest either Holiday Inn Express or Staybridge Suites. Having stayed at Holiday Inn in the past I elected to stay there and was glad I did. There are a lot of hotels nearby the Denver Flight Safety building where the interview took place and the area, in general, was very nice and new. The flights are covered by Skywest but the hotel is at your own expense. If you mention to the hotels listed in the email that you are interviewing with Skywest they may give you a discount. The room originally was $260 but was reduced to $99 with the discount so it's definitely worth asking. The morning of, I woke up at 6 am to shower and have the free breakfast provided by the hotel, pack, and checkout. I left the hotel about 730 for the interview which begins at 8. Also, make sure you where a suit and tie! Others have mentioned taking the hotel shuttle, although having had negative experiences in the past with the usually non english speaking van drivers I figured it'd be better to just use Lyft or Uber rather than explain I was going to a building not apart of the airport terminal building. I arrived at the Flight Safety building around 7:40 and checked in at the front desk and received a "visitor badge" and was told to make myself comfortable and that the interviewers would be down around 8. Also, they do have a luggage room to store suitcases incases you check out of the hotel that morning. As advertized they come right at 8 sharp so definitely arrive before then. We were taken upstairs and shown a break room we were allowed access to and then finally to a conference room that would become our work space for the day and where we all met and introduced ourselves. After that, we watched a short video presentation of the company and then a sort of powerpoint presentation given by one of the 2 captains who was conducting the interview along with an HR rep. At about 745 we began splitting up for the CRM scenario. They took us to a small room with a whiteboard and two chairs. It's completely randomly generated so there is no real use in studying the gouges for that part other than to get an idea of what they're looking for. It's 7 minutes and isn't a pass or fail thing, they just want to see how you work with others. The least experienced plays the captain, more experienced plays the F/O. The interviewer acts as your ATC, MX, Dispatch etc.. It goes by really quick and then they debrief you on how you did with tips on what you could have done better. They really just want it to be a learning experience. At about 8:30 we then began splitting up for the individual HR and Technical interviews. For this, they use a windows tablet that from the looks and sounds of things will randomly generate questions based on the topics the interview email told you to study. (Jepp charts, Airspace, 91/121 Regs, Weather, Systems, Jet engine theory.) Each of the 4 of us interviewing all got different questions and approaches to brief so rote memorization doesn't really work for that either. Be sure to study ALL of the questions in the gouge as well as the topics given in the email. I recommend the "Everything Explain For The Professional Pilot" book. Read it cover to cover. Know high speed/altitude aerodynamics, know Jepp Charts really well, know the systems of your most complex twin. They did have us draw out our electrical system and 91.175 for the technical. With 91.175 the most important thing is you know the 10 visual references you need to descend below DH/MDA. The interviewers are all very nice and do a good job making it a comfortable environment that doesn't add any pressure. They want to see you do well and succeed and won't make things hard for you but they do expect you to have studied hard and to show up fully prepared and know the material. As they ask questions from the windows tablet they are inputting notes and inputting whether you answered the question satisfactorily or not. One mentioned it's a point system type thing and the results are sent to the main HR for review. They are the ones who make the final decision and they said it can take up to 5 business days to hear back. The technical lasted maybe 20 minutes and the HR maybe about 20. Nothing was asked that isn't covered on the gouge or from the Everything Explained book. Know how to read a METAR/TAF 121 alternate minimums, how to brief a JEPP SID/STAR/APP. A lot of the time is just sitting around in the conference room waiting your turn. Lunch is also provided around noonish and consists of your choice of sub sandwich from a menu they pass around in the morning. I was the first done and left around 1:30. Overall a great experience and great professional interview team. The company is a real class act and you can tell everyone is happy and loves what they do. Best of luck to everyone!
Date Interviewed: August 2017
Summary of Qualifications: CFI/CFII/MEI. 4 yr degree. 1000 hours.
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
The gouges on here are accurate except they have removed the requirement to draw anything out. So no more drawings of jet engines or an electrical system.

Give at least 3 business days minimum before the interview because it can take that long to get a positive space flight approved. If you don't, you'll have a set interview date and no flight scheduled. You have to pay for the hotel. They give you some hotel options with SkyWest discounts available, but try to get any one that is closest to the interview location. It will be worth it when the hotel doesn't have a shuttle available and you have to walk for 10 minutes in a suit. They have a locked storage room where I could store my suitcase – they expected this since I was leaving immediately after the interview. Interview starts at 0800 and I recommend showing up at least 15 minutes early. This way you can talk with the other applicants; it's nice to break the ice since you'll be spending the day together. Also, the 2 interviewers came down and chatted with us all prior to starting.

First they brought us all into a room and showed us a promotional video and everyone, including you, officially introduce yourselves. They asked if anyone has any flights leaving same-day, because they will try to finish up whoever has the earliest flights first. Next we were all taken away to start working on each part of the interview (everyone has a different order).

HR Part:
Tell me about yourself?
What are your three biggest strengths?
What is your biggest weakness?
Tell me a time communication broke down in the cockpit?
What do you think will be your biggest problem in training for SkyWest?
What was your biggest challenge in flight training so far?
Tell me a time when you were distracted?
You show up to the plane and the captain smells like alcohol, what do you do?
If you were a CFI - tell me a time you had a problem with a difficult student and how you dealt with it?
Which aircraft would you choose if you get hired?

Based on this departure time, ETE, and TAF on this dispatch release (they will help you read the non-TAF part if you are not familiar with a release), do we need to file an alternate? (remember the TAF may go to following page)
What do we need to legally file an alternate? (And Know Derived Weather Minimums)
When do we need to file a takeoff alternate?
What are the stages of a thunderstorm?
What is happening in the mature stage?
Which way is this thunderstorm [with an anvil] moving? How would you fly around it?
You are established on the approach before the FAF and ATC says weather is below minimums, can you continue? What about after the FAF?
Where is the FAF on an ILS approach?
Based on this weather, which runway would you choose? (winds are usually not as important as lower minimums – it's a jet – go with the runway that has the lowest minimums)
Brief the approach that you chose.
What is the highest obstacle on a Jepp chart?
When can you descend below minimums?
When can you land from an approach?
What if you only see the approach lights?
The flight visibility meets minimums, but the reported visibility is less. The FAA comes up and asks you how you knew the flight visibility was OK. What do you say?
How do we change DC to AC? (Mnemonic: It is INVERTED thinking to put the city of DC inTO an A/C)
What is AC/DC for? Pros and cons?
What is the best single engine climb speed in a current aircraft you fly?
How do you do an emergency descent in a current airplane you fly?
Why do you bank in an emergency descent?
What are the pros and cons of a swept wing?
What is a turbofan for?
What is N1/N2, and where is it?
What is a bypass engine?
Which part pushes more air, the bypass or the core?
Is a jet engine more efficient or less efficient at higher altitudes?
What is a hung start?
What is the difference between Type II and IV deice fluid?
What is holdover time?

They provide a lunch. We just had a friendly conversation among each other. They just want to make sure you are someone they would want to fly with out on the line.

CRM Scenario:
They take 2 people to a CPT. Least experienced is captain. Make sure to specify who is PM/PF if the interviewer doesn't. Interviewer plays FA/ATC/dispatch/any services you request. They draw a scenario at random: You departed MSP 20 mins ago, and the WX is deteriorating at the departure airport. You are 40 mins from your destination which is clear. The FA comes on and says one of the passengers is unconscious and making gargling sounds. There is another airport in between - KABR.You have 7 minutes.

Overall I got a great feeling about the culture of the company. Everyone I dealt with during the whole process was super nice and friendly. They seemed like down to earth people who enjoyed working there. They made the atmosphere very relaxed and had an awesome sense of humor.
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