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Envoy Air Pilot Interview Profiles

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.
Date Interviewed: August 2013
Summary of Qualifications: 3200 TT, Military C-130
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Everything I found here was right on target! My background it all military flying and military regs. If you are a military flyer getting into the civilian world, read up on the FAR/AIM. I followed advice here and got the book "Everything Explained for the Professional Pilot." Was a great way to summarize and identify the important things to remember. I also got an iPad App that has the FAR/AIM and used that to cross reference what I found in "Everything Explained..."

I received my HR paperwork a few days after I spoke with them on the phone. They called me while I was deployed and I returned their call about 3 months later. It was great that they did not mind such a long delay.

The interview packet came exactly a week before the interview. As for the memory items it was pretty easy to memorize. It was not overwhelming but you will have to put in time to learn it. It includes Ops Limits, V-speeds, and a bold face memory checklist (mine was engine failure). Its not like the AF where you have to write it down exactly. They will ask you the memory checklist during the SIM or during the tech interview. Pretty easy.

Stayed at Candlewood as suggested. Was a clean room and there are restaurants right by the hotel. When you check in, set up a wake up call and arrange a time for the shuttle to take you to Headquarters 2. I got on the van at 0730, arrived by 0740. I was the first one there and they had a security badge ready with my name.

There were a total of 5. I was expecting to be the oldest (I'm 38), but turns out I was the youngest. I thought there would be a bunch of fresh-faces 20-somethings.

Once we signed in a gentleman took us to the holding tank. THey collected our log books and some paperwork. If you are USAF, don't worry about your SARM products too much. I has the SARM print out my Flying History with all aircraft time and my grand total.

A few minutes after they collected out log books, the first guy got cut. Don't know why, but I would assume it was because of his log books/paperwork. One of the recruiters came in as asked him to collect all his belongings.

They gave us a really good brief and were very professional and made us feel relaxed. I volunteered to do the SIM first.

SIM
-touchy as expected.
-all the throttle movement is down in the bottom of the power range
-they give you a good run down of the sim and will answer questions as you go.
-part of the SIM is to eval your CRM. ask the evaluator for what you want and use your normal habit patterns
-he will be ATC, you just talk to him as if you were the Copilot
-T/O 36L, not even a SID, level at 3000' RWY HDG
-got some vectors and he asked me were we were relative to TTT. Center the HSI and tell him. Too easy.
-gave me a HDG to intercept a radial and track inbound to TTT (follow your normal procedures and you will be fine)
-gave me holding instructions (Hold south of TTT on the 180 radial, EFC...). transfer the acft and draw it out, tell him your entry plan, when you will start timing, and brief the hold. take back the acft. once we started to TTT he gave me vectors.
-ILS 36L. Have him set you up then transfer the acft and brief the approach. dont forget the required calls in your packet. I dont know if he was missing calls on purpose, but if he does miss a required call, just use your CRM skill and make the call for him.
-did the published missed
vectors VOR 13R full stop. I actually forgot to brief timing.

HR
-It was an FO who did the HR portion
-standard stuff...Why AE, why you, why did you get into aviation, etc.

TECH
I studied hardest for this. The Jepps guide on Jepps website was good. I went through airfield diagrams, approaches, SIDs, and STARS. Make sure you know what all the symbols, any altitudes, etc.
-MOCA, MORA, MEA, MSA
-Required acft documents (ARROW)
-Class 1 medical is good for how long?
-O2 requirements (Part 91 requirements) 12.5, 14, 15
-Fuel requirements
-Min take off WX
-Takeoff alternates
-When is arrival alternate required
-What is V1, V2
-Started asking the memory ops limits but did not ask every one
-When can you descend below DH
-What is GS intercept on ILS
-Jepps stuff i remember: airport beacon, ARP, Highest obstacle/terrain on the plate (has the big arrow pointing to it), displaced threshold rwy remaining, LAHSO, ILS hold short & what Wx when you have to use it, Green/Blue airports, Grid MORA, MEA, dashed lines on SID/STAR, MEA on STAR, crossing restrictions, speed restrictions, Descend Via instructions

As I got done with different parts of the day, people seemed to disappear. Don't know why exactly but it looks like TECH weeded out a couple.
I got done first with all interviews before lunch. The voucher covered a good lunch. There were 2 left after lunch and the last guy went to the SIM. At that point one of the recruiters came in and I heard the dreaded words: "please get collect all your belongings and come with me." took me into the office and before I sat down gave me the good news.

Was a great experience overall. They make you feel relaxed. Just study your packet, jeeps, and the items you find here. There are no huge gotchas.

Good luck.
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