10 Top Tips for aviation interview preparation

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If you have an interview coming up for any sort of aviation job, you’re likely to be thinking about how to prepare.  An interview can be a nerve-wracking time for even the most confident of people and ironically the more keen we are to change our jobs, the more we feel rests on the interview and the more we stress.  The good news about stress is that it can be your best friend if you use it to your advantage.  One of the best ways of controlling your stress and using it to help you in your interview is by being prepared, right down to the letter. 

Here are the things we’d recommend you plan and prepare thoroughly before your interview:

  1. Research your potential employer’s pain or problem. In the same way that we buy things to solve our problems, soothe our pains or simply make us feel better; employers invest in staff to carry out essential business tasks.  The important thing from their point of view is that they choose the best people to do those tasks and get a great return on investment.  Demonstrating that you understand this commercial situation is a really clever way to show your potential employer that you “get” their big picture. 

  2. Find out all you can about your interviewers. In most interview situations you’ll be told who will be present on the day.  There may only be one person, or several, but it’s well worth doing what you can to find out who they are.  Once you know who they are, you can research them on Google to see what you can find out about what makes them “tick”.  This will allow you to play your strengths specifically to their interests and avoid subjects that might be unnecessarily controversial.  And while you’re on Google, check out what it says about you so you can be prepared for anything that mightn’t work in your favour.

  3. Plan your performance. Like most performances, how well you do in your interview depends on practice.  It may be that you haven’t had an interview for years, or maybe you’ve had a shed-load of them of late.  Either way, it’s essential to practice your performance ahead of time.  What you need to do is take every opportunity you can to present in public as well as getting someone on board who will put you through your paces in a role-play situation before your actual interview.  Videoing your technique will help you pick up on any annoying habits you might have, and enable you to eliminate them before your big day.

  4. Look your best. It goes without saying, but make sure you look your very best on the day.

  5. Don’t even think of being late. When you know your interview date and time, make a couple of practice journeys to the location, so you know exactly how long it is going to take you to get there on the day.  You should allow extra time so you can arrive and have a few minutes to spare. 

  6. Make your presence felt. First impressions count and you only get one chance to make a first impression.  When you walk into an interview room, be conscious of your body language and make sure you walk confidently, openly and smile.  When you are presented to the interviewers, share a confident and firm handshake, smile and if appropriate, repeat their name.

  7. Take time to relax. When you finally take your seat, make sure you are sitting comfortably and confidently with your body open to your audience and take a couple of minutes to breathe deeply and gather your thoughts.

  8. Concentrate on speaking, but even more on listening. Speaking clearly and answering questions concisely is an essential part of interview success, but listening is often even more important.  Of course you should make sure you listen carefully to every question so you can prepare your response, but listening for unexpected comments or for underlying information that gets aired will pay real dividends.

  9. Be yourself. While you shouldn’t be too relaxed in your interview, it’s important to relax enough for you to be able to be yourself.  Let your personality and character shine through whenever you can, because if the job’s right for you, it’ll stand you in good stead in the long run.

  10. Use your time wisely. At the end of your interview, make sure you’ve said everything you want to say and that you have asked any questions you want to ask.

Finally, take time to enjoy your interview and to learn something from it, so that if it’s not your last, you go into your next one even more prepared.

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