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How to nail competency based job interviews

April 20, 2022
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If you're interviewing for a pilot position, chances are you'll be asked some competency based questions. These are based on the ICAO core pilot competencies, which are now fully embedded in most airlines training programmes. Here are some tips to help you nail those interview questions:

  • Be prepared to talk about your experience and skills in relation to the competencies required for the job. This means having concrete examples ready to share.
  • Be sure to give examples of how YOU have shown the competencies. People often fall into the trap of sharing how "we" did things.
  • Don't simply list off your experiences, but take the time to reflect on what you learned from each one and how it can be applied in a pilot context.
  • Be honest about your weaknesses and be prepared to talk about how you're working to improve in those areas. Interviewers are looking for candidates who are self-aware and continuously learning.
  • Finally, remember that interviews are also a chance for you to assess whether the company is a good fit for you. So don't be afraid to ask questions and get a sense of the company culture.

By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to nailing competency based job interviews. Good luck!

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