Why Choose PilotIP

Why Choose Pilot IP

Proven ability to achieve successful results. Pilot IP has been preparing cadet candidates and direct entry pilots successfully for many years.

Our One-to-One Tuition:
Our one-to-one sessions solely focus on preparing you for your interviews and selection process. Our training enables candidates to optimise their success rates. Our aim is to improve your personal performance and personal delivery in both individual scenarios or group scenarios. Candidates may need to prepare for video interviews, telephone interviews, group sessions and panel interviews.

Our Credibility:
All of our staff are leading industry professionals with extensive careers coming from military and commercial aviation. Our chief instructor is a commercial aviation pilot instructor and former Irish Air Corps pilot instructor with over twenty years of experience in operational and training roles.

Our Ability to Advise and Support at Every Stage of the Interview/Selection Process:
The selection process to become a pilot is very intensive and extremely competitive. One should take every opportunity to maximise the possibility of a successful outcome. Choosing Pilot IP will prepare you for your interview, assist you in answering difficult technical and non technical questions thus providing you with the confidence required to succeed.

Course Content
Pilot IP will help you to maximise your chances and allow you to present yourself in the best light from initial application to panel interview.

Pilot IP offers a tailored service for the following:

  • Assistance with initial application to make the best impression.
  • Advice on all stages of cadet and direct entry selection process.
  • One-to-one tuition sessions to prepare for final interviews.

Tips on Competencies for Interview Preparation

Currently most pilot interviews are competency based and require a structured answer which will demonstrate to the interviewers that the candidates have the competencies required to succeed as a pilot.

Pilot IP will prepare candidates to answer questions on:

  • Crew Resource Management
  • Motivation
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Technical Knowledge
  • Reasoning
  • Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Organisational fit

What are competency based interviews?
Competency based interviews are the primary style of the human resources part of interviews used in airlines. The are used so that the interviewee can demonstrate certain behaviors/skills they possess. You will be asked to give an example of a task or situation that led you to taking a course of action. Your answer will generally be marked with a maximum of 4 points attainable.

Therefore you should structure your answer using the STAR model which will attain 4 points each for:

  • Situation – describe the situation you were in.
  • Task – what did you have to do.
  • Action – what action did you take and why. What were the challenges at hand.
  • Result – what was the end result/outcome.

If you miss one of the above from the STAR format you will not be given the maximum 4 points. Practice is essential to achieving comfort with delivering a STAR format answer. Pilot IP recommends having at least 2-3 examples for every core competency expected at interview.

Example questions:

  • Can you give an example of a time you influenced a colleague to adopt to your way of thinking?
  • Give an example of when your communication skills were tested.
  • Have you ever not delivered at a deadline and what did you do?
  • Describe a time where you went the extra mile for your organisation or community.
  • What elements of flight training did you find the most difficult and how did you overcome these difficulties?
  • Have you made any decisions that have been ultimately unpopular?

Direct entry candidates
Direct entry pilot positions are very sought after and extremely competitive.
The process generally involves multiple stages which may include some or all of the following depending on the airline: Curriculum Vitae review, telephone and/or video interview, aptitude tests, group interview and final interview. Preparation is required at all stages and Pilot IP can assist in every aspect of preparation from CV review to handling difficult technical and non technical questions.

Irish Air Corps Cadetship
It is critical to be well prepared for the Irish Air Corps Cadet Competition / Air Corps Flight Officer Training. This process involves multiple aptitude tests, physical and mental examinations and two or more interview stages.

  • The Irish Air Corps is looking for talented candidates who can prove they have the ability to plan, prioritize and organise.
  • The ability to carefully analyse problems, in order to generate appropriate solutions.
  • The technical and physical ability required to pilot military aircraft in challenging situations.
  • Clear, concise and effective communication skills.
  • The ability to motivate others and work with a team.
  • Can do all of this while working in a physically demanding and high pressure environment.

Pilot IP’s chief trainer has over 15 years of military service working as Captain of the Irish Air Corps government jet in the Ministerial Air Transport Service and flight instructor. This proven track record in military service has helped in assisting many cadet candidates achieve their dreams of becoming officers and pilots in the Irish Air Corps.

Ryanair sponsored cadet programme
Ryanair are currently seeking applications for their Sponsored Cadet Programme. Ryanair are growing their fleet to 585+ aircraft by 2024 and are actively searching for motivated and enthusiastic high flyers. With a very fast route to command and excellent 5 on 4 off rosters Ryanair has an awful lot to offer. Pilot IP can provide you with excellent preparation for the Ryanair interview process.

Airlines are looking to attract talented candidates who can demonstrate motivation and passion about aviation. Interview preparation with Pilot IP is a fantastic opportunity to improve your interview skills, technical knowledge and confidence to succeed at any interview.