5 commonly asked aviation interview questions

Getting called to interview is no mean feat in 2015 and no matter what sort of aviation job you’re hoping to secure, being as prepared as you possibly can be means you’ll stay ahead of the game.  Although certain aviation jobs might attract specific lines of question related to the job itself, there’s a range of aviation interview questions that you can perfect and polish your responses to well ahead of time in order to improve your performance and chances of success on the day.  Here are 5 of the most significant:

  1. Describe yourself. Describing themselves is something that most people find tough.  We’re brought up to be modest and to think that speaking about ourselves in a positive light is a negative attribute, but in a job interview, these thoughts must be put firmly to one side.  It’s essential when you prepare to describe yourself in a job interview that you link your characteristics with the needs and desires of the employer as best you can.  Investing time to study the job description and match the requirements with your plus points, together with a nice sprinkling of impressive achievements will help you answer this question succinctly and impressively under pressure so you can show your motivation and determination to bag the job. 

  2. Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses. We all have strengths and weaknesses and being able to list them isn’t always something that comes naturally to us.  As a result, before an interview it’s important to identify yours and again you should link them with what the employer has outlined in their wish list.  This should be easy enough to do for your strengths, but don’t forget that exposing your weaknesses at interview can end up appealing if you do it right.  It may be that you have a weakness that you’re currently working to overcome.  Highlighting that weakness in such a way that you demonstrate to the employer that you are in the process of turning it into an opportunity will make you seem not only realistic and motivated, but also self-driven.

  3. Why do you think you’re the right person for this job Answering why you are the best person for a job is a question that calls for a whole lot of realism, a scattering of optimism and a big dose of confidence.  The best way to prepare the answer to this question is by looking carefully at the job advert that the employer has provided and listing the elements that they consider essential in the perfect candidate.  Once you have those to hand, tailor your characteristics, experience and strengths to those elements and provide evidence to support your claims.  When doing this, take time to think about the ‘big picture’ and your understanding of the sector or niche that the employer is operating in.

  4. Why do you want to leave your current job? Even if you’re wanting to leave your job because you can no longer stand setting your alarm each night to get up to go there, a job interview is no place to vent your frustration.  No matter how much you despise your current job or your current employer, make the reason for leaving seem positive and upbeat.

  5. Tell me about a tough situation you’ve faced at work. This is a very revealing question that many employers ask and is a great opportunity for you to demonstrate your ability to act calmly in a heated situation or to improve or resolve a tough situation in the workplace.  Sniffing out a challenging task or situation at work whereby you behaved in such a way to create a positive outcome and describing it in a concise and upbeat way can show you in a great light and demonstrate positive characteristics. 

These 5 of the key questions you’re likely to face, but you might also want to take time to think along similar lines about these:

  • Where do you want to be in 5 years time? Tell me something you’re proud of in your work experience. What do you think of our company? What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Do you have any questions?

If you prepare yourself well ahead of time for your aviation interview, you will give yourself the chance to really stand out from the competition.  You owe it to yourself to prepare great answers to each of these questions so you can go into your interview feeling confident and good about yourself.

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