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8 Things You Shouldn't Say In A Pilot Interview

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Interviewing for a pilot job soon? Here are some topics you probably should avoid...

1) I can't wait to stop flight instructing!

We get it. Flight instructing might not be your favorite thing in the world, but there are a lot of people who actually enjoy it (and your interviewer might be one of them.)


2) It wasn't my fault I failed that check ride....

Sometimes things don't go as planned. But if you failed a checkride, own up to it and use it as a "lesson learned". Chances are, there's something you can take away from your failed checkride that made you the better pilot you are today.


3) Can we hurry this up? I have to be done with this interview in an hour.

Everyone has a schedule to keep, but on your interview day, it's best to keep your calendar open. If things get backed up with your interviewers, you don't want to feel rushed, and you definitely don't want to give them the impression you're not interested in being there.

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4) Your opinions on politics.

Opinions are know what opinions are like.

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5) I don't want to fly for _______, I hear their management is terrible.

Bad-mouthing the competition isn't going to get you any brownie points. It just tells your interviewers that you're probably going to say the same thing about their company.


6) I want to work for you guys because I live here.

If the company you want to fly for happens to be in your home city, great! But pilot bases and aircraft can change, and you need to be flexible if and when that happens.


7) I'm hoping to get hired by _______, but I figured I'd come here and try out the interview.

You're supposed to be excited about the company you're interviewing for. Act like it! (or just apply for the company you really want to work for.)


8) I really only want to fly the _______. Can you make sure I get that jet?

Everybody has a favorite jet, but you're going to start out in whatever aircraft the company needs you in. Don't worry, you'll get your chance to bid the aircraft of your dreams, it just might not be on day 1.


Want to know what you really should say? Check out this video on interview prep.

Whether you're starting your airline career or looking to make the move from another job, check out what ExpressJet has to offer here.

And when you're within 6 months of earning your flight time, apply to ExpressJet and get ready for the right seat of a jet.

Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at

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