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Envoy Air Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: November 2016
Summary of Qualifications: S-70,Helicopter CFII,ASEL
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Envoy Airlines accepted my application for the Rotory Wing Transition Program. Everything was straight forward without any surprises. They paid for my flight to Dallas, and hotel stay at La Quinta. The hotel was very nice and knew about your requirement for a shuttle to the interview in the morning. Bus leaves at 7am so make sure that you get up in time to get breakfast and catch the shuttle with the other interviewees. It was a total of 8 of us and I was the only helicopter guy. When you show up they put you in a room, collect all your required documents, logbooks and copies, and then give you a very good informative brief. The FW guys, did HR and Tech interviews. They all seemed to agree that the interview was very professional and laid back, but thorough. That was my experience as well. I only had to do the HR interview, which was mostly, tell me about yourself, and why work for Envoy. We went over my paperwork and that was it. We had a very good lunch that we ordered off of their menu in the morning and waited until we were called in with a job offer. Once you were fingerprinted and signed the paperwork you were on an Über heading back to the airport to catch your flight home. By the time I left only 3 of us had been given a job offer, and 2 were sent home. Leaving 3 that I don't know if they were accepted or not, but I'm sure that they were since they were pretty sharp and professional individuals. Of note; show up in a suit and tie, respect the interview process, and be professional.
Date Interviewed: October 2016
Summary of Qualifications: 1000 Total time. 500 Multi CMEL,CSEL,CFI, CFII, MEI
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
First thing is to make sure and stay on top of recruiting as far as getting emails and information you need for the interview. They are busy right now interviewing 13 everyday. The hardest part of the process is the paperwork before hand. It takes time to get the documents in order. Make sure it is professional and tidy. The day of the interview starts at 0800 sharp. They will take you to a holding room and take all of your documents. They then gave a brief of the company and where they are headed. After that is all done, they started calling applicants back one by one. There is no specific order but you will do an HR and a Tech interview. They don't do a Sim evaluation anymore. HR is just like everyone talks about on here. Why us? What's a weakness of yours? Etc...The tech interview is a little more in depth but still covers basic IFR Knowledge. Know ARROW, Alternate T/O minimums, Speeds in different airspaces, RVR, METAR, TAF, What V1 means, What V2 means, how to read Jepp everything. They start picking things out on the airport diagram, enroute chart, SID, STAR, Approach plates. Know how to find information on these charts. When can you continue an approach if the weather falls below minimums? When can you descend below minimums (91.175). They have a big checklist of items they have to ask you but nothing too in depth. After you complete all the interviews they will pull people one by one and tell them if they made it or not so they won't embarrass anyone. We had two or three that day not make it. Mostly it was paperwork related and one was lack of knowledge. If you get the offer you will be fingerprinted, sign driving record and told it will take a week and they will call you to set up a class date.
Date Interviewed: October 2016
Summary of Qualifications: Helicopter: FAA ATP, CFI, CFII 3000+ hours.
Fixed wing; 550 total, 155 M/E, no FAA fixed wing license in hand. Australian CPL and Instrument Fixed wing.
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Ok so I'm probably more of curve-ball applicant than most. I'm an Aussie in the US on a green card, I have 3000+ helicopter hours and only approx 550 fixed wing hours. I have my FAA Helicopter ATP, CFI, CFII in hand but I don't have any of my FAA fixed wing quals in hand. That being said with my Aussie fixed wing CPL and Instrument I'm able to do the ATP-CTP and ATP flight test for fixed wing as part of my company type course.

I was pretty impressed that Envoy recruiters could see through the fact that even though I didn't have my FAA fixed wing license in hand, they were still prepared to interview/hire me. Most other companies I contacted except for Air Wisconsin or Piedmont wouldn't bother speaking to me until I had my FAA fixed wing licenses in hand.

So we had about eight of us interview, all but two were offered a position. I think that one of the guys that wasn't offered a position was probably because he kept going outside to smoke, though I could be wrong.

I ran into a few of the new hires the night before the interview and went with them for a bite to eat at the local bar, it was super helpful and really helped fill in some blanks as well as settle my nerves before the interview the next morning.

The tech portion was pretty much straight off the gouge sheet here on this website. Learn your Jepps, I would spend a lot of time reading the Jepps description material that they send you prior to the interview to learn all the things that you typically would gloss over. I spent a lot of time watching youtube tutorials on Jepps plates and enroute charts etc which helped me picked up a few things that I wouldn't have noticed just by re-reading all the info sheets.

The H/R was pretty standard, basically they're looking to see if you're a good dude/dudette, and know what you're getting yourself into. Be sure to be humble, and even though the rest of the regionals are hiring like crazy it doesn't guarantee you a job anywhere if you're a douche.

Make sure you dress nice (ie business suit/tie etc).

Overall Envoy have been super professional throughout the whole process, and I'm looking forward to starting with them in Nov.

Good luck to everyone else who is applying.
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!
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