How To Prepare For Your Online Interview

One of the first methods that an airline will use to screen candidates having reviewed initial application is an online video interview.

All interviews can be daunting and online interviews present their own unique challenges. This type of interview is different to a face to face interview because you don’t have have the initial benefit of building a rapport with an interviewer.

The key to a successful online interview is practice. Practice recording yourself answering competency based interview questions will allow you to;

  • Evaluate your own performance
  • Get used to the lack of feedback that comes with an online interview
  • Help put you at ease, gain confidence and fine tune your answers

The standard assessment Airlines are using for online interviews is competency based.

Candidates will generally be given 4-6 questions.

Each question will have 40 seconds for preparation and 90 seconds for answering. A clock will be displayed on the screen. Two attempts are allowed for each question.

Sample competency based interview questions:

  1. Tell me about a time when you led a team to achieve a particular goal that you are proud of. How did you go about getting the teams buy-in? What aspect are you most proud of?
  2. Tell me about a time when you overcome a difficult situation using your communication skills.
  3. Please give an example of a time when you showed a high level of motivation to get a job completed in time. How did you go about this?
  4. Please give an example of a time when you used your communication skills to resolve a conflict. What did you do and what was the outcome?
  5. Tell me about a time when you put in maximum effort to get a job completed or to help out a colleague or a work situation.
  6. Why do you want to be a pilot? Why this airline?
  7. How do we know you are going to be successful through our training syllabus?

7 Tips to Help Perform in an Online Interview:

  1. Be well prepared. Practice Practice Practice.
  2. Ensure the video and microphone are working.
  3. Dress for a formal interview.
  4. Remove distractions, disturbances and de-clutter your work space.
  5. Talk into the camera.
  6. Smile. Body language is just as important in an online interview as it is in person.
  7. Don’t worry if the video freezes at an unfavourable time. These things happen frequently and are ignored.