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Envoy Air Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: October 2016
Summary of Qualifications: CMEL, 1250TT
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
By far one of the best experiences I've had with interviewing for an airline. They are going a great direction with the company and the whole environment they have is very inviting and comfortable.

I got to DFW the night before, stayed the night in the La Quinta (very nice hotel by the way), and woke up the next morning to take a shuttle to Envoy Headquarters. Be sure to not take the 7:30am shuttle because they say, depending on traffic, you may not get there before 8:00am, which is the latest the interviewers will take you back.

They first briefed us on how the day was going to go, took all of our paperwork, including documents, logbooks, etc., and led us to our "holding room", which is basically a conference room with coffee and water for while we are waiting. One of the pilots for the airline gave us a brief presentation on the airline (benefits, bases, equipment, pay, etc.). Then one by one, they took us to do a HR and a Technical interview with two different pilots who are interviewing you. I did the Technical first, then the HR portion.

Technical: Very basic instrument knowledge and Jeppesen chart reading (approach plates, airport diagrams, SID, STAR, etc.). He asked me basic stuff like descending below minimums on approach, everything about needing an alternate (takeoff and landing), IFR fuel requirements, "ARROW" (documents required on the aircraft), reading a METAR and TAF (using these to determine alternates), RVSM altitudes, airport signage, and being able to pick out hot topics on an approach plate, SID, and STAR. Know all of the charts in Jeppesen, such as MEA, MOCA, MAA, MORA, airspace, entry requirements for each airspace, NAIADS, etc. Be able to brief all theses just in case they ask you, it doesn't hurt. Know some stuff about aircraft performance such as accelerate stop, what is V1, V2, Vr,...all that good stuff.

HR: By far the easiest part in my opinion because as long as you are yourself, you can't go wrong. They want to see if these pilots will be able to work with you. Questions like tell me about a time you were a leader, dealt with confrontation with a coworker, etc. Just be personable and have a conversation with him/her, that's all they want from you. Obviously they will ask you the basics, why us, tell me about yourself, etc.

They do offer you lunch and they will bring it to you at the middle of the day. If you get the offer, they will take you back for fingerprints and last minute signatures required on specific documents.

Overall great experience and I can not wait until I go into training with my #1 choice.
Date Interviewed: April 2016
Summary of Qualifications: CMEL CFI/CFII 500TT
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Got to Dallas TX the night before on a flight that was booked the night prior. Shuttle was a quick call away, hotel and flight were paid for. When you get to the hotel make sure you sign up on the shuttle sheet for the 730 slot to envoy. There is only two trips a day one at 730 and one at 8 if you get the shuttle at 8 you will be late and not accepted.
Got to Envoy that morning I was the only one on the shuttle the building says American Airlines Credit Union. That threw me off a bit but it is defiantly in there. check in at the front desk and they will direct you down a hall that is labeled recruitment. About 5mins to 8 the recruiters walk in. At this point I was nervous but they immediately make you feel right at home and the stress starts to drain. There was just two of us one that lived in Dallas and myself. They have you turn in all of you paper work and logbooks then they have you sign some paper work for the privacy act. After this they will direct you down a hall to another waiting area that is labeled pilot briefing room. In there the recruiters will show you a short video and then tell you where the company stands. Ask any question you can think of. Again there is no need to be nervous about this interview process, they want you to succeed.
After a short wait both of us were taken for our HR interview, again very basic be yourself and don't lie. If they ask you what would you change about yourself don't stare blankly at them and say "nothing, I am perfect."
After this I was taken back to the briefing room and awaited the Tech portion. We started it was all the same as the prior gouges. Read a TAF/METAR and make a decision on if we need to file an alternate. They are going to try and build a scenario. JEPS are huge so study them. If you mess up don't worry obviously everyone does. This is just to make sure you have a base so they can build on it in training. (I know I have low hours but in the Tech he did not know that until after the questions.) Know your take off minimums and need for a take off alternate.
After this they gave us a voucher for 12.50 at the cafeteria in the building this will covering anything you want there. I wasn't to hungry just nerves at the time. the lunch is about an hour long so just try and relax.
I then went to the sim. It is a FRESCA Baron 58 throttles are touchy. I was at KDFW 36L t/o standard CRM call outs know acceleration altitude (800AGL) he will call it out but know what to do. He is a good co-pilot so use him. It is a G1000 but the MFD is inop except for engine instruments. Radar vectors intercept and track draw a hold which i did not perform after I explained it was a parallel entry and what we would be doing. Then its time for the approach non precision VOR 13 if I remember. The approach no longer exists but its what they are using. Not to hard you will go missed. hardest part was getting my bearings after he just loaded me on the approach after we briefed it. after the missed approach call outs he paused it said good job then I was led back to the room.
Half an hour later they came in look at us made a quick joke about the color of the folder meaning if we passed or failed. They then congratulated both of us and handed us the pre-offer. Finger prints and signatures and your done. They called me a cab and paid the the trip plus tip and off I went.
This was a great experience and I would say that if you study you will do fine. The contact at Envoy will tell you to look at online gouge and you will get the sim packet right as soon as you set up an appointment. There is also a 48 page jep chart information packet they will send.

Good luck!
Date Interviewed: October 2015
Summary of Qualifications: Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot. Applied for the Pipeline Instructor Program.
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
I applied for the Pipeline Instructor Position. The interview process for the Pipeline Instructor Position is nearly identical to the FO interview position. The day started off with checkin into the front desk, they then direct you to a waiting room where the pilot recruiters come out and take you back to the pilot briefing room. From there they show you a video while they process your paperwork, then give you a sheet with a bunch of information relating to the future of the company. From there you can ask them any question that you have relating to the interview process and the company as a whole.

Then, your main recruiter will tell you what approach you can expect to fly in the sim, for me it was a simple VOR approach. He'll give you a copy to look over while you wait for the paperwork to be completed. Once the paperwork has been finalized, you'll start with either the sim evaluation, technical evaluation, or the HR interview.

I got started with the technical evaluation first. Just went over an airport diagram, enroute charts, approach/departure procedures, and briefing an approach. Basically, everything that you would do at Envoy. I then got asked some regular regulation questions (when do you need an alternate, what is RVSM, etc.) They are just looking to see what you know, so if you don't understand something , or don't know something, just say that you don't know.

Next was the sim evaluation. If you are IFR current this will be a breeze. First time using a FD (which is on the entire time), and first time using a G1000 for approaches. Memorize the callouts that you receive in the packet, they want to see you using them. CRM is very big, so fly the aircraft, and make your evaluator do all the dialing in. When you receive holding instructions, give the evaluator the controls, draw it out and explain the hold to him. Same with the approach. I wound up doing a parallel entry, and once I turned inbound, I was told that was great and to brief the approach. They make it very clear, this is NOT a check-ride atmosphere. They want you to succeed! They are just trying to see what your instrument skills are. Study and you will be fine.


Last was the good ol' HR interview. Basic questions (How'd you get into flying? How do you take criticism? How do you prepare for a check-ride, etc.)They make it clear this isn't an HR person talking to an employee, it's a pilot talking with a fellow pilot.

After the HR interview, we broke for lunch. They give you coupon for the cafe located in HQ so you don't pay anything. After lunch, you wait in the briefing room while they decide if they'll issue you a pre-offer of employment (pending the background check). After that, they'll have you notarize your driving records then complete the fingerprinting process for the background check.

Overall the atmosphere during the entire interview was amazing. They try there very best to make the entire interview process as relaxing and stress free as possible. They make it very clear that this isn't a check-ride atmosphere, they just want to see what you know. All of the people I interacted with that day were incredibly friendly, and got to know you on a personal level. I was very impressed. To everyone reading this with an upcoming interview, study, know your stuff, and have fun. They're there because they want you to be apart of the company, they want you to succeed.
Date Interviewed: July 2015
Summary of Qualifications: Navy Helo pilot, commercial SEL and Helo with instrument
Total: 834 PIC: 203 PIC Turbine: 194 Instrument: 388 Multi Engine: 0
Were you offered the job? Don't Know
Pilot Interview Profile:
Hotel was LaQuinta, put me up in a sweet suite. Top floor, separate living room and huge bedroom, 2 huge TVs and a big closet (for a hotel). Fridge, microwave, nice bathroom. Apparently a new contract w/ them. The gym wasn't great but served its purpose. Breakfast was ok. Arrived at 7 since the hotel put me on the 0630 shuttle, 0700 one was booked. Only interviewee today. HR interview only for this program. He collected my papers, we talked about them a bit, read through the info packet they had sent me in an email. Easy to talk to, fellow pilot. I got the feeling that it was less about your answers than making sure you were a pilot bro and not weird. I am glad I had read up on standard interview questions and how to answer them though. I asked my questions that weren't clarified in the brochure: Is it reasonable to expect ERJ-175's out of DFW for new hires? Yes, generally picking domicile for new hires and most go 175. Reserve time estimate? 0-3 months for 175's, 3-6 months for 145's, up to 9 months for CRJ-700's Effect of the shortage on the average pilot? Quicker flow How is performance evaluated? Captain inputs a grade from 1-5 on various traits for your first year. How did you get your start, why do you stay? Long story, then basically for the flow vs. swapping airlines. Covered everything at that point, G2G. Fingerprint paperwork, notarized, and fingerprinting. Got a tour of the training facility. They happened to be having an employee appreciation lunch of sorts, I stuck around for that. Met some current pilots, was cool to pick their brains a bit, and the CEO was dishing out burgers. They paid for my Uber back to the hotel, and obviously my flights to and from. Fun fact, American was massively delayed to and from.
Date Interviewed: March 2015
Summary of Qualifications: CFII 1000 hours
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Got there just before 745 and they took us to a room to fill out some additional paperwork and applications and such. They then took us to a big briefing room and showed us the recruitment video that's on their website. Basic rundown of the day followed with some Q&A and more info about how the company as a whole is doing. Most new hires are being given DFW as a start out hub. The oldest person of the class date gets to choose first their base followed by the next oldest on down to the youngest there, all based on availabilities based on the needs of the company at that time.

HR: Basic check on all of the paperwork they asked you to bring with you. Things like logbooks, passport, 10 chronological history, etc. That followed with some questions following the basic HR format. Why us? Why should we choose you? Tell me about the last occasion you went out of your way to help someone. I asked them the best way to prepare for the job should I be hired. I suggest you do the same. Really good feedback from them.

Sim: followed exactly what was outlined by everyone else. Baron G1000 sim with moving map disabled on the MFD. DFW runway 36L depart runway heading to 4000. They give you profiles to memorize a week ahead of time. Have those down so you don't have to think about it much. Have the guy examining you do everything: bug heading, turn green needle here, put gear and flaps down. All you should do is move the throttle and fly. He had me tell him some memory items that were also part of the profiles given ahead of time in the middle sometime (it was an engine out procedure they outlined). He then had me intercept a radial and track it to the station. About 5 miles out he gave me holding instructions. I gave him the controls to copy and set up for it. I the. Took the controls back and he asked me how I would fly the hold (it was a direct entry). He seemed satisfied with that and told me to cancel the holding instructions and then vectored me for the VOR 13R approach. He turned off the flight director at that point and had me shoot the approach. Pretty straight forward. Remember all the call outs from the profile! Once I got down to minimums I saw the runway and he had me land. Extremely straight forward and simple. Sim was much less sensitive than what I was expecting. If you're at all IFR current, you'll be fine.

Tech: he started out by asking me the limitations of the Baron that were in the before mentioned packet. I didn't realize that I needed to have that down. Don't make my mistake! He asked things like Vr, Vy, Vyse, Vs, Vne, max takeoff and landing weights... All listed, don't forget to memorize those! He gave me a METAR/TAF from SFO and had me read a few lines. Nothing tricky, straight forward.
Airport diagram: what is a hotspot, what's the displaced threshold symbol, how much available runway, EMAS, airport elevation, etc. He pulled out the 19L ILS approach and asked if we could takeoff with the weather given (1/4 SM VIS). Know the 121 takeoff alternate requirement. If the visibility is less than the CAT I ILS minimums, you need a takeoff alternate within an hour of single engine cruise. When is a destination alternate required, what are the requirements for the different types of approaches?
SID: city one RNAV: what is the first altitude restriction on departure, what's the FL180, 6000T and 39.4 mean, is the RNAV symbol compulsory, is it a flyover or fly by, what's the difference between the dotted and solid lines?
Enroute charts: used e one just north of SLC: point out Bravo, how high is, speed restrictions in and under Bravo, find a Delta: speed restrictions, runway lengths, elevations, is it full time, VFR weather requirements; name this Victor airway, total distance between VORs, different airport and MORA colors, holding racetrack on Victor airways, etc.
STAR: golden gate 6: what are your altitude and speed restrictions (only restriction is 11,000 at LOZIT), read a leg, pretty simple.
Approach: ILS/LOC and VOR 19L: what's the altitude at your GS intercept, how high are the minimums, how big is the MSA radius, ATC tells you the RVR is less than minimums when you're prior to GS intercept what do you do, same after descent has started on GS? You're at minimums, what do you need to see to descend lower?
All in all it was thorough but good. There were a handful of questions I didn't know the answers to and he moved right along. Good general assessment of IFR and jepp knowledge. He ended with the passed out captain scenario. I said what everyone else did of putting the O2 mask on, calling the flight attendant and requesting a diversion for a medical emergency. He asked what I would want to inquire about with regard to the diversion airport. I said weather, runway lengths and types of approaches. He seemed ok with the answer.

It was a great experience throughout the day. They definitely have a family type welcoming environment. Everyone there wants to see you succeed, but at the same time they want to make sure you know what you're doing. Of the four of us, only two made it through to the end. Know your IFR regs and how to read some Jepp charts, fly a sim for about 20 minutes and you're good. If you haven't flown a sim in a while I would suggest doing so, especially one with a flight director!
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