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Envoy Air Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: November 2014
Summary of Qualifications: 500 TT, 30 Multi
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
As you can probably see by my qualifications, I interviewed for the Pipeline Instructor Position. It's the exact same interview process.

First things first: they'll definitely make you feel at ease. Everyone is right about that.

The day starts off at 8am. Be there at 7:45am. Two mechanics. One interviewing for FO. Myself interviewing for Pipeline.

They'll talk to you for an hour about how the company got to where it is today, and what you can expect from the future of the company. The highlights from this lecture:/
-They do a vacancy bid once a quarter. So if you're not happy about where your first assignment is, you can change it shortly.
-Trips can start at LGA and end at JFK. If you're up in that area, they'll pay you a $100 "Travel Stipend" every month to offset travel costs.
-At the end of your interview, you'll either get a pre-offer of employment, or not. There's no waiting games. You'll know exactly where you stand with the company before you leave the building on your interview date. After the pre-offer, they send your information on to the Captain's Review Board who makes the final decision. It's rare that the CRB doesn't extend a formal offer.
-A new hire standardization class starts every other Monday.
-At stands, you can expect for them to pay for your room, but it will be dual occupancy until you start up in the sim.
-The first week of stands is indoc. m-f, then another monday. Timeline from there is you'll be home for 2 weeks, then back for a 2 week ground school. You'll do your oral and then they'll send you off to do the 10 sim sessions. After that, you're off Initial Operating Experience with Pax on board.
-The new starting payscale is $25.84/ hour with a monthly guarantee of 64 hours. Per diem of $1.85.
-Finally - for all the new CFIs out there trying to figure out how to get your ATP - they plan to pay for your ATP. Even if you don't have your written done.

SIM: I was the brave soul to start on the sim. It's a bit touchy, so pay attention to your altitudes. I blew through one and went up another 300 feet. You'll be at DFW. Runway 36L. Fly runway heading up to 3k. Expect vectors and altitudes. Intercept a course. Track inbound on that course. Hold (Same thing as everyone else is saying - hand over controls and draw the hold). As I got established in the hold, he broke me off and we did the ILS 36L to the MAP. The vectors for the LOC 36L. Be sure to hand over the controls and brief the approaches. They'll give you a good run down of the sim, but you should memorize your packet and then go find a g1000 sim to get familiar.I blew altitude and forgot to time the LOC. So don't forget that.

TECH: It's now JFK. Expect to read the airport diagram, an approach, the ROBER1 Arrival and the enroute charts for the DC Area. Know what T is on the enroute. Know speeds on the arrival. Read off the "Expect to cross XXXX at FL 240." V1- Decision Speed. V2- Single Engine Climbout Speed. And then the question about the passed out captain.

HR: This is so simple. It's pretty much an interview to become someone's friend. Do you like potato chips? Yes. Why Envoy? Because you guys are awesome. TMAATW you had to make a difficult decision. Weekend work? Holiday Work? How about them Cowboys?

That's pretty much it. They'll pay for lunch ($8 worth) so that's a bonus. If you prepare and read the gouge you'll be fine.

Good luck.
Date Interviewed: October 2014
Summary of Qualifications: Military
3000 TT, 2000 PIC, 1000 Instructor
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Very laid back interview day. There were five people interviewing that day and 2 of us made it. 2 were interviewing for pipeline positions and had low hours. All of the guys conducting the different sections of the interview are also Envoy Captains. They are dressed in slacks and polo shirts. They make the atmosphere very comfortable.

The setup is three different sections; HR, Technical, Simulator. The order in which you do these is random and they will try to get the guys who have early flights done first.

HR:
One on one.
with a captain, so he is a pilot too
Start by going over all the paperwork they email to you before the interview, they appreciated my organization and having everything filled out. Make copies of all the things they request(drivers license, pilot certificate, medical, ....)
Tell me about yourself?
TMAAT you had to make a hard decision?
Has there ever been a time you disagreed with a procedure at you company?
Are you willing to work overtime?
Are you willing to travel?
Are you willing to work on the weekends and holidays?
Why do you want to work for Envoy?
Why should we pick you?


Technical:
One on one. All Jepp charts.
What are the required documents you look for in preflight? ARROW
What documents do the pilots need? RPM
How long is your medical good for?
Fuel requirements?
When do you need a takeoff alternate?
V1? V2?
Speeds in different airspaces, Class B, Under class B?
Height of Class D?
Then handed me a METAR and TAF? Can you read that off to me?
Then handed LAX approach plate, can we takeoff with that weather?
LAX 10-9, you are at gate X, what ground controller are you going to talk to? How do you know when to switch to the other ground controller? Are there any hotspots on this airport?
Jepp departure out of LAX, altitude restrictions? frequencies.
Jepp enroute chart, pointing at different items, what is that? MOCA, MEA, Changeover point, OROCA different colors, Blue and green airports, mandatory reporting points, flyby vs. flyover waypoint, Class B airspace
STAR into LAX: Walk me through this star.
ILS into LAX and a metar, can we land?
where is the FAF, approach lights, DH?

Scenario question: We are flying along everything is fine you look over and the captain is passed out? WWYD. I said, put my O2 on, call the flight attendant up to help him and land at the nearest to get medical attention.


Simulator:
You sit in the left seat and they want to see basic instrument skills. Very easy.
Frasca twin prop, cant remember the actual plane. Garmin 1000s (the evaluator will operate it, I never touched it)
They will email you a sim packet, remember 6 numbers and that's it. There wasn't any emergency procedures. They review pitch and power setting for you in the sim.
T/o, level-off, level turns to different headings, Can you tell me where you are in relation to the VOR station?, holding, vectors to the ILS 36L at DFW and they pause it before you land.
Will pause the sim so you can draw the hold and then tell him what kind of entry you are going to do.

Overall, fun experience and nothing to be nervous about. Be yourself. They want you to succeed. Other gouges on here are fairly accurate.
Date Interviewed: September 2014
Summary of Qualifications: CFII/MEI 1230 total time
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Stayed at the Hawthorn by Wyndham the night before the interview. Pretty nice place and friendly front desk staff. Shuttle picks you up at 7:45 and takes you to the new Envoy HDQ. I was the only pilot applicant along with three A&P guys. Right away, they took me back to a separate room from the others and collected my logbooks. A CRJ captain came in and briefed me on the schedule for the interview. He employed a really laid back and comfortable setting. After talking with him, an EMJ captain came in for the tech portion. Pretty rapid fire on the questions, but again he was very easy to talk to. Started with the airport diagram for DFW and asked about symbology. (Beacon, ARP, displaced threshold, RVR). Then we looked at the ILS 36L for DFW- where's the FAF, When can you descend below DH and by how much, asked about the highest obstacle arrow, minimum sector/safe altitude area(how many miles). Finally a low enroute chart- symbology again (flyover/flyby waypoint, MEA, MOCA, MORA, difference between green and blue airports, speed restrictions in class d, c and b, where does RVSM start, when you need supplemental oxygen in a non pressurized aircraft, max holding speed at 15000). That was about it for the tech. I did the HR portion next. Pretty straightforward, just be ready to talk about yourself. The sim was last. Briefed me on the Frasca and what we would do. We hopped in and took of 36L at DFW. Runway heading to 3000 then vectors to intercept a radial. Once intercepted he gave me a hold. Told him the entry and then just continued for vectors to the ILS for 36L. Pretty simple and again laid back atmosphere. After that, two of the captains came in and presented me the pre-offer. Great experience and I was out of there by 11:30.
Date Interviewed: July 2014
Summary of Qualifications: CFI/II R-ATP min's
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
The previous gouges were accurate but a few things have changed.

You no longer have the flight director in the sim. After takeoff, RWY heading to 3000 then a hold. Canceled hold and gave vectors for 36L.

Also, they only give you 3 profiles and 6 speeds to memorize, which is much less than before. Easy stuff.

5/6 guys were hired, 3 CFI's, a charter jet guy, and a helo ATP with some fixed wing time.
Date Interviewed: May 2014
Summary of Qualifications: ATP,MEI/CFI/CFII, 1820 TT, 365 ME, 100 Turbine
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Two of us interviewed on a Monday. Interviews are exactly as stated in recent gouges.

All interviews (Tech, SIM, HR) are conducted by Envoy pilots. They stated that they are working hard to find pilots, and have created a pipeline program for CFIs, and have good benefits (unlimited Non-rev for you, your spouse (or significant other), & your parents anywhere AA flies. Suggested that as a new hire you take advantage of that.

Tech is Jepp-centric, includes an Airport diagram, approach plate, SID including climb via phraseology, en-route chart. Expect TAF, METARs, CRM, etc.

HR was paperwork review, generic TMAAT type questions. Plan on explaining why you want to work for Envoy, etc.

SIM was based on a packet sent in advance, Baron G1000, and while I didn't do the best profile, when and if I noticed mistakes, I mentioned them.

Interviewers are friendly, accommodating and want you to succeed. Prepare, relax and give it a shot- if you don't know tell them where you'd find the info.
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