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Sri Lankan Airlines Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: September 2005
Summary of Qualifications: Commerical License, Multi-Engine, Multi-IFR, 250hrs total, 15hrs multi
Were you offered the job? No
Pilot Interview Profile:

I applied to the Cadet Pilot Position which requires: 1)Commercial License, 2)Must be Sri Lankan Citizen, 3)Multi Engine Rating. Received one week notice via e-mail to attend interview. I live in Canada so it was impossible to get a flight into Sri Lanka, but managed to get there two days prior to interview. There were 46 guys interviewing for the cadet pilot position. 99% of them had interviewed previously and did not get through the written exam, so some of them were back for the 2nd or 3rd attempt at getting in. I had to first go into a room and meet with a guy who checked my university transcripts and my birth certificate, etc. Later I returned to the waiting room to be called in for the interview. The interview was held in a Sri lankan airlines board-room and there were 10 people interviewing two pilots at once (5 per applicant). Since I did not have my Sri Lankan citizenship completed they declined my application and I was told to reapply. From talking to the other applicants I discovered that the whole process consisted of the first interview, which was merely a formality, where as long as you don't say anything completely stupid they just check your documents and give you a letter to attend a written exam 3 days from the interview date. The written exam consists of ATPL topics, and JAA knowledge is an asset. If you are make it past the written you are given about 10 days to convert your license to Sri Lankan commercial license. Converting in Sri Lankan is a pain in the **S; the employees who work at the tranportation board are the laziest people I have ever met. Once you manage to get your license converted you are called for a flight test on an A320 simulator where you are asked to perform basic VOR tracking and maintain altitude, heading, etc. If successful at this stage you are invited to a final interview where a lot of people are rejected for ridiculous reasons.

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