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Are You Ready To Explain These 10 Experiences During An Airline Interview?

We spoke to airline recruiters to find out what kinds of experiences they'll ask you about during an airline interview. Do you have the answers to these questions?

1) Tell me about a time when you broke a FAR or operational policy.

2) Have you ever disagreed with the decision making of another pilot you flew with?

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3) Tell me about a time when you were criticized by a coworker.

4) Have you ever put yourself into a hazardous situation in-flight? What would you do differently?


5) Tell me about a time when you felt extreme pressure to depart on time, make it to your destination, or fly with a student even when it wasn't the best idea.

6) Have you ever been caught in bad weather? What did you do?

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7) Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your superior at work.

8) What's the worst experience you've had with a passenger or a student? How did you handle it?


9) Have you ever been pressured to ignore a piece of broken equipment in order to depart on-time?

10) Tell me about a time when you made a decision to divert.


What other experiences should you be prepared to talk about during an airline interview? Tell us in the comments below.

Swayne Martin

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and a First Officer on the Boeing 757/767 for a Major US Carrier. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines, and flew Embraer 145s at the beginning of his airline career. Swayne is an author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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