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ExpressJet Airlines Pilot Interview Profiles

Date Interviewed: March 2017
Summary of Qualifications: CFII, A&P. 1534 hrs. All recip.
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
I submitted my application through Airline pilot app. Got emails from 3 different companies within a week. I didn't respond to anyone for another two weeks. I basically wasn't in a real gurry, and I wanted to do research to see which company fits me the best.

I eventually contactedo the recruiter for Expressjet. We talked over the phone, did a quick review of my application. He mentioned he was going to be in the South Florida area, which is where I am. So we set up a meeting.

We meet at a coffee shop, I showed him my documents logbook, resume, and we talk about the company and what it had to offer. I mentioned what I was looking for. He thought, that Expressjet can offer me what I was looking for, so we set up a date for me to fly to Houston for the interview.

They flew me out the day before, put me up at the Sheraton. I had a steak dinner in their bar (Drifters) went to my room, went over the paperwork to make sure I had everything. Did a little studio for the written. I use ASA ATP app on my phone, works great. I went to bead early so I can get a good night sleep.

May day started at 0530. I woke up, fixed a cup of coffee, took a shower, got dressed in my black suit, sat on the bed to drink my coffee, did a little more studing, by 0700 I was down stairs for the 0715 bus. In the lobby I met up with a couple more guys going to the interview.

We arrived at the complex at around 0730. No one was there, so we sat in the lobby talking trying to pretending we were not nervous.

At 0800 four guys came out to greet us, and escorted us to the conference room, where they showed us a presentation of the company. Basically, they have two lines, with one just added. United Airlines and Delta, American was added and maybe expanding.

We then broke off in two different groups. Two of us went for the written, the other two went to the sim.

The written was pretty straight forward, right out of the ATP questions bank. Like I mentioned before, I used ASA ATP pilot app. Took my time with it, I wasn't in any hurry. After I finished I went back to the conference room, and waited for my turn in the sim.

When it came my turn to the sim, it's a ERJ 145 sim,no motion, the instructor was very laid back, he gives you pointers on how to fly it. Takeoff full power V1 rotated,pitch 15 degrees,speed 240, level off 4000 feet. He gives you a series of turns, climb and descending turns, turn to headings and airspeed climbs. You track a course to a hold, you tell him the type of hold you going to do, if you get it right great, if not he gives you amother chance to figure it out. After that is the ILS, he sets up the airplane for you.

How to fly this. If you nevery flown a het, you may find it difficult to control speed, that's was may issue, my speed was all over, except where it needed to be. There is a white triangle on the attitude indicator, they call it sky pointer, because it always point to where the sky is. That in mind, when you turn to the right, sky pointer would point to the left. That was messing me up, seeing that thing go left, when im going right. You must use trim to fly this plane, it's very nose heavy. When descending set power to idel. Otherwise your airspeed will send you into overspeed.

After that was the technical and HR questions. Study your jepp charts, know your symbols, hllnow how to breif an approach plate, right to left. Know your IFR procedures, study scerios, know your airport signs. The Captain is responsible for the flight, buy you are responsible for keeping the Captain in check. Always give him the opportunity to fix it, but if he doesn't ensure you do.
Know the systems of the airplane you fly the most, anything except brakes. They asked you a few questions about you and your experiences in flying.

After that, they have you wait in the conference room, I was there by myself at this point, don't know what happened to the other 3. A few minutes later, to instructors came in and they offered my a position with the company, pending drug test and background check.

Over all, they were very professional, very relaxed, everyone was very pleasant. My main advised is to study, when you go, do everything early, don't get into a rush so you are as relaxed as posible.

Good luck!
Date Interviewed: August 2016
Summary of Qualifications: 1230 TT 200 multi cfi,cfii,mei,dispatcher, R-ATP Qualified
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
I applied on a Sunday and immediately got the automated response for thanking me for my interest. Then Monday morning I received an email from a captain on the recruiting team for metro contact him. So I did. We spoke for a while and got to know each other over the phone. He invited me in for an interview the following Wednesday 9 days later. They flew me to Houston and put me in a really nice hotel with shuttle service provided. I paid for food and drink. The next morning the shuttle picked me and 3 others up at 715 am to take us to the training center. We were met by 3 guys who introduced themselves and took us to a room where we watched a 1hr presentation on the company andirsbenefits. From there I took a 45 question ATP style test Shepard air interview prep prepared me for it andifinished it in 20 min. I was the only one who didn't fly the sim. The others were less current than me (fir). Then I went into an interview room with 2 guys and briefed a jepp approach plate. After a few hr type questions and discussing a system on an airplane in mostfamiliar with I was offered the job. The experience was fun,professional yet relaxed. I would highly recommedthis company. The recruiters represented the company very well. I look forward tomyfuture withexpressjet.
Date Interviewed: July 2016
Summary of Qualifications: Mil pilot, 2800 TT. ATP complete, GA only last 4 years.
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
Previous gouge was good. Positive space to IAH, stayed in the Sheraton. 0715 shuttle, 0800 into the company briefing, then technical interview. Tech interview covered: med - hypoxia definition and types; aero - what do flaps and slats do?; FARs - airspeed questions; systems - explain an electrical system & engine system from something you flew before; a few others I can't remember. HR questions: why XJT? TMAAT you - did something you regretted in an aircraft, had an EP, etc. Had to brief an ILS into BUF, a few questions on the approach plate. After the interview I took the written test. Most questions from ATP, no math required. Shortly after finishing the written I received a CJO was fingerprinted and sent to drug testing.
Date Interviewed: November 2015
Summary of Qualifications: 1,300 hours total time, CFI, CFII, Doctoral degree
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
ExpressJet was kind enough to arrange and pay for my travel and housing. Arriving in Houston the night before the interview, I checked into the comfortable Sheraton hotel near the ExpressJet Training Center, munched a sandwich, watched the Kansas City Royals win the World Series on TV, and tried with only limited success to sleep.
The next morning, after enjoying a fairly good cup of coffee, dressing in a black suit with crisp white shirt and conservative tie, I trundled to the lobby where I boarded the 0715 shuttle dedicated to moving people between that hotel and the training center.
Arriving at the Training Center at 0720 and finding the receptionist’s desk vacant, I settled in the comfortable lobby to wait. There were ultimately three of us interviewing for pilot positions that morning. We just shot the breeze, each of us trying not to look nervous, and each of us failing.
Promptly at 0800, two ExpressJet recruiting staff members entered the lobby, shared pleasant greetings and ushered us to us to presentation room bedecked with retro 50s-style diner tables and chairs in ExpressJet’s red & black team colors. Each table was set with corporate trinkets (tumbler, drink cozy, bumper sticker) and a small folio with basic introductory information. After handing over all of our logbooks, we were invited to enjoy the snacks provided and to find a seat. The next hour was given to a power-point presentation outlining ExpressJet’s structure, its solid standing in the airline market, the aircraft in the fleet, the pilot culture, the pay and benefit structure, and the airline’s initial training process. Based on the information, they place a high premium on treating their pilots well. In spite of the pressure we candidates might have been feeling, the staff were relaxed, pleasant, and very helpful.
Following a brief break, two of us were taken to a room with multiple computer stations (the other fellow was removed to fly a simulator checkout, something I was not required to do). Following a short briefing, we set to the task of taking a 45-question multiple-choice examination. Most of the questions came from the ATP written. We were given 45 minutes to complete the exam, and I finished in plenty of time.
After the written, I had a minute to stretch my legs before being invited into a small conference room. There, I met two ExpressJet line pilots. Both men were pleasant, relaxed, and open. We reviewed my logbooks, identification, and pilot credentials. After signing all of the application documents, they started asking technical questions. A couple were related to questions on the written I had taken an hour earlier, which led me to suspect that I had answered them incorrectly. I had a chance to discuss these items, rather than simply selecting from three multiple choices that are ridiculously similar. We discussed numerous matters: icing, thunderstorm development, various IFR procedures, and the function of a land-and-hold-short operation (LAHSO). After each answer, I heard “perfect,” “excellent,” or “awesome.” They asked me what aircraft I was doing most of my flying in, and which two systems in that plane were my favorite. I said, “Other than wings that generate lift? Probably the fuel and electrical systems.” They asked me to describe the aircraft’s fuel system. After that, they slid a Jeppesen approach plate across the table and asked me to brief the approach to Runway 34 at Ashville Regional.
They both got a fairly serious look on their faces when they slid an airport diagram for Newark across the table, and set up the scenario:
“Traffic is departing on Runway 4L with simultaneous landing on 4R. You are the First Officer on an ExpressJet flight – our call-sign is ‘Acey’ – that has just landed on 4R and has taxied off on high-speed taxiway Juliet. You are holding short of 4L when you hear ‘Acey FFFFSSST cleared to cross Runway 4L. Even though you don’t hear your specific flight number, the captain starts to taxi across the runway. What do you do?”
I said, “Key the mic and ask ground to confirm the clearance.”
One of the interviewers smiled and said, “FSSSSSTTTHH. Static.”
I went on, “Then I’m going to say to the captain, ‘Sir, I don’t think we have clearance. We should stop’.”
The other interviewer took it from there. “He says, ‘Nope. I’m sure we have clearance’ and he keeps taxiing. And now you see another aircraft on short final.”
I took a breath. “Then I don’t have any choice. I’m going to stand on the brakes. I’d rather be dressed down by a captain than named in an NTSB report. I’ll buy him an apology beer at the hotel.”
They both smiled, and said, “That’s the right answer.” They went on to explain that ExpressJet has a strong safety culture, and that all captains are expected to respect the input of first officers.
And that was it. They stood, shook my hand, and returned me to the room where the day started, telling me that they’d be right back. Throughout the entire 90 minutes, I found it to be much less like an interview than a comfortable conversation.
Less than two minutes later, one of the interviewers walked in. He asked me how I felt the day went. I told him that I enjoyed it very much and was impressed by the relaxed professionalism of the staff; however, I had hoped to do better on the written portion. He smiled and said, “Well, you passed. In fact . . . we want you to fly for ExpressJet. We are offering you a conditional offer of employment pending your background check and drug test.”
You could have knocked me down with a cotton ball, and I told him so. We talked a bit about what comes next. I asked if they would provide me with materials to study while I waited to report to training. “No,” he said. “Just go home and enjoy flight instructing. Don’t read any manuals or watch any YouTube videos. We want to you arrive as a clean slate.” That was certainly NOT what I expected. He ushered me to the Human Resources office, where I signed a couple more documents (including the acceptance of a conditional offer), was fingerprinted and submitted to a drug test. (I wasn’t a bit concerned about that portion of the interview process; the only drug they’d ever find in me is caffeine.)
Following the interview, I boarded a flight home, wearing a mile-wide smile and eager to begin training to become an ExpressJet first officer!

> Review the ATP test materials for your written exam
> If you are not familiar with Jeppesen charts, study those carefully
> Make sure all of your credentials are in good order
> Know the various systems in the aircraft you fly most
> Wear a business suit
> Relax and be yourself. They are great people who care about their pilots!
Date Interviewed: November 2015
Summary of Qualifications: 950TT CFI, CFII, CMEL, R-ATP eligible, Bachelors degree
Were you offered the job? Yes
Pilot Interview Profile:
I submitted my application via airline apps around midnight and had a call from a recruiter the following morning by 8:30am. They obviously need pilots badly.
Positive space to Houston location with a hotel that they paid for. Best Western.
Interview started at 8am, so I took the 7:30am shuttle. Made it in plenty of time.
Turned out I was the only person interviewing that day. Started out with introductions of everybody. A line pilot, an HR guy who also flew the line and a line check airman. All three of which were very nice and very down to earth. Did not feel any pressure at all from any of them. We began by going through all of the paperwork that needed to be filled out before hand and checked documents, pilot certs, logbooks, medical etc. They then offered coffee and snacks. While they began with a short power point presentation about ExpressJet. Very open, asked questions as we went through the slides. Joked around a little bit.

Was thinking that I may have to do a sim check, but they said that because I have not failed a checkride that I did not need to do one. If you have more than two or three FAA checkride fails then I would be ready for a sim eval.

After they finished with the presentations they took me back into the computer room where I did a quick 40 question computer test. Took maybe 10-15 minutes to do. Mostly ATP questions but there were a few from the instrument and commercial written. Few other questions I would say that I had never seen before but they were easy, common sense type questions. No math on anything, no need for a calculator or flight computer. Just knowledge questions.

After finishing the written test they brought me into a small room where we did the technical and HR interview. The check airman and the HR guy who also flew the line were the interviewers. Started with HR questions. Tell me about yourself. Why ExpressJet? Tell me about checkride failures. I don't have any so I talked about stage check fails in the 141 program I was in. Just keep it positive and end with what you learned from the failures. Be honest. They then had me brief a Jepp chart. I don't remember witch one, but just look over the legend for Jepp charts before you go. I was ready for them to ask certain questions on the chart because I looked at previous gouges. So I included answers to those questions I thought they were going to ask in my approach briefing. (highest obstacle, what MSA guarantees you, asterisk next to tower freq, what the last update of the chart changed). After I finished briefing he looked at his paper and said, well you answered all of my questions I was going to ask in your brief. So he didn't ask anymore about the Jepp chart.
Tech questions where also pretty easy. Private pilot knowledge. What does ice to do an aircraft? How does ice effect lift and drag? What is hypoxia? What are the different types of Hypoxia? Explain the electrical system of the most recent aircraft you flew. I did 172s, they were fine with that. What is a displace threshold? Nothing difficult.
The scenario question they gave was... You vacate a runway and are holding short of another active runway waiting to cross. All the sudden you hear a big squeal as two people try to talk at the same time. You think you can make out that ATC cleared you to cross the runway but you are not 100% sure. The captain begins to roll toward the runway. You look and there is another aircraft on short final. What do you do? I said key in the mic and verify that you are cleared to cross. They then said that you still don't get a response, and the captains still rolling toward the runway and is sure that you were cleared to cross. Again, what do you do? I said, turn to the captain and hint at him that you should hold short, that waiting a second to verify doesn't hurt anything. Captain is still rolling. Then tell him you feel unsafe and that you should hold short. aka give the captain every opportunity to bring the aircraft to a stop on his own with out your intervention. Then finally if and only if 100% need be would I step on the brakes. But use your words first. Tell him to stop before you take control.
That was the end of the interview.
They asked if I had anymore further questions. I asked a few more. Immediately after answering all of my questions both interviewers looked at each other and stood up and said congratulations wile shaking my hand. That the interview went well and that they would like to extend a conditional offer pending drug tests and background checks. They took me over for fingerprinting and then sent me over to the airport terminal for drug testing. I was then able to jump on an early flight home.

I was probably finished with everything by 11:30-noon. That's presentation, knowledge test, tech and HR interviews, Drug testing and fingerprinting.

All in all it was a very good experience. Seems like a very good company. Very professional interview process and great contract. Although I ended up choosing another regional airline I was still very impressed with ExpressJet. I chose differently just for base. I am a west coast guy. Good luck with your interviews! Just look over the Jepp legend, ATP written questions, be prepared to talk about an electrical systems and try not to be a nark when it comes to the scenario.
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