Judy Tarver - Pilot Counseling Services, Inc.
The former Manager of Pilot Recruitment for American Airlines, she is also an aviation consultant, speaker, and writer with over 29 years experience in pilot selection and recruitment.
|What does "competitive" really mean?|
I canít tell you how many times Iíve heard people say ďI donít get it, I have way more experience (or hours) than people they are calling in for interviews, yet I get passed over.Ē It isnít fair!
It isnít that simple...
It is not just about hours; and experience is subjective. Just because you meet the minimums, it doesnít necessarily mean you are competitive.
Minimum Qualifications versus Competitive Qualifications
Minimum criterion will generally consist of quantitative data, i.e., hours, aircraft, ratings, education, etc. Minimums vary among the airlines. These are qualifications that can be easily set and often queried in a database. In setting the minimum criterion companies look at a variety of factors. Some examples are:
In order to avoid showing favoritism or discrimination, companies are very careful not to deviate from the basic requirements. Minimums are evaluated on a regular basis and can change from time to time.
Applying competitive guidelines allows a company to select the best of those pilots who meet the minimum criterion. When adding the competitive factor, a company still needs to be careful not to discriminate.
What makes a pilot competitive? Each airline has different guidelines, but several of the following factors are considered:
Companies have hundreds and sometimes thousands of applications on file. They canít call everyone in at once. They evaluate pilot credentials carefully so they can save time and money in the selection process and hire the best pilots who will be a good fit at their airline.
Be proactive. Donít compare yourself to other pilots, because you are all different. It is easy to find out who is getting hired and what the general competitive qualifications are. Start by meeting the minimums and strive to be the best pilot you can be so that you will one day become competitive.
If you believe you are already competitive, get out there and find ways to get your application reviewed. Go to job fairs where you can meet the recruiters, have friends put in a good word for you. Continue to update your application making sure that all the fields are filled in that demonstrate you meet the requirements.
Pilot Counseling Services, Inc
Judy Tarver, President of Pilot Counseling Services, Inc., helps pilots prepare for interviews at all airlines. Her experience includes:
- Manager of Pilot Recruitment for American Airlines; responsible for the hiring of over 7,100 airline pilots
- Author of Flight Plan to the Flight Deck: Strategies for a Pilot Career
- Consultant for major airlines and associations such as the Air Line Pilots Association and the University Aviation Association
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