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The Official GoJet Airlines Interview Guide

by Captain Jason DuVernay (left), Executive Pilot Recruiter

 

This post will attempt to highlight the typical GoJet Airlines interview. Our goal is to learn about you and it is your opportunity to learn about us to see if we are the right choice for you. To facilitate that goal, we want to make the interview experience as enjoyable as possible. Preparedness is a key to success, never hesitate to reach out to your recruiter leading up to the interview should you have questions. 

 
INTRODUCTION 

The initial portion of the interview is a meet and greet to help make you feel welcome and comfortable. There is a brief video presentation your interviewing recruiter will show if time permits. Additionally, the recruiter will discuss what the job entails, who we are as a company, what we believe are the benefits of working for GoJet Airlines and anything else that paints the picture of the airline. Each recruiter has their own experiences to share and will usually lead with it as it helps to develop a good rapport. 

 
DOCUMENTS 

The recruiter will collect all documents for review. The interview invitation sent to you will include a list of the documents required on the day of the interview. 

  • All Log books 
  • Current Resume 
  • Signed copy of your Airline Apps 
  • GoJet Interview Supplement Form 
  • Pilot licenses 
  • Current First Class Medical Certificate and SOAP letter (Statement of Demonstrated Ability) if applicable 
  • FCC License 
  • Passport 
  • Authorization to work in the US (if not using a U.S. Passport) 
  • Military Personnel – Form DD-214 – Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or a United States Uniform Services Identification Card (Military ID) and proof you graduated from a U.S. Armed Forces undergraduate pilot training school and received a rating qualification as a military pilot. 

HELPFUL HINTS: 
Be Prepared! 

Make sure you have one copy of each of these documents on individual pages when you come to the interview. We appreciate careful organization of all documents. 

Bring the following original documents – pilot certificate, FCC License, Medical, and Passport as we need to verify these separately. 

 
LOGBOOKS 

Bring each of your logbooks – civilian, military (Form 759 & 759-1), written and/or electronic. We need to verify your flight time and endorsements, don’t forget to sign each page. We have minimal time to review your documents and verify your logbooks. We appreciate you totaling the final page of your logbook, otherwise we will end up totaling each column to verify you have the appropriate qualifications. This can take quite a while and will bog down the interview leading to awkward silence… nobody likes awkward silence. 

HELPFUL HINTS: 
Please be able to show us your: 

    • Total time:
      〉 Total (fixed wing + rotor)
      〉Total (PIC)
      〉Fixed Wing
          → Total PIC
          →
      Multi Engine 
    • Cross Country
      〉Total 
      PIC 
    • Night Time
      〉Total 
      PIC
           → Number of takeoffs and landings to a full stop 
    • Instrument Time
      〉Total 
      Total in airplanes 
    • Simulator:
      〉Total Time in simulator or flight training device representing an airplane under instruction 
 
ROTOR TRANSITION PROGRAM 

To successfully complete your Rotor Transition Program and enter training at GoJet Airlines we require: 

  • Total flight time: 750 Hours for military pilots, 1,500 Hours for civilian pilots depending upon your specific R-ATP qualifications 
  • Certificated with Commercial Pilot, Multi-Engine Land, and Instrument Airplane 
  • 250 hours of fixed wing pilot in command time (PIC) 
  • 200 Hours of Cross Country, 100 of which must be PIC fixed wing 
    → 
    Please review FAR 61.1 to learn the proper way to count cross country time for the purposes of achieving your commercial rating and R-ATP certificate. 
  • 100 Hours of night flying experience, 25 hours of which must be PIC fixed wing 
  • 25 hours of multi-engine time (We are able to give you the additional 25 hours required by the regulations in our simulators) 
  • 75 hours of instrument time (Actual or Simulated) you can count 25 hours of simulator time or FTD time while training with an instructor in a simulator or FTD that represents an airplane, please make sure you clearly identify and log this. 

HELPFUL HINTS:
Logbook verification is extremely important for applicants, especially if you are an RTP candidate who already has fixed wing time. For RTP candidates, we need to establish where you currently are to ensure we are getting accurate quotes for your training. Our goal is to get you qualified as efficiently as possible. We do not want to spend more money than necessary to get a pilot in a position to be hired. Every dollar not spent on training is a dollar that goes into the pilot’s pocket as a bonus. 

 
HR INTERVIEW 

After collecting documents, we will begin the HR portion of the interview. Come in confident in your experiences; if you were invited to the interview, we want to hire you. You’ve already survived an application review and phone screen. 

Be prepared to answer questions related to the job: 

  • Why you want to work for GoJet Airlines 
  • Safety 
  • Customer Service 
  • Decision Making 
  • Leadership 

HELPFUL HINTS: 
The interview is your time to paint a picture of your life experiences. Show us you have what it takes to succeed as a pilot for GoJet Airlines and showcase your personality. We are proud of our culture at GoJet Airlines and are always looking for reliable, positive professionals to complement our team.

Applicants should always be able to tell a few positive “There I was” stories that put them in a good light. As you go through your career make notations in your logbook of unusual events or moments where you have had to step up and make challenging decisions in the interest of safety or customer service. Reflect on those moments before the interview and gain confidence telling the story and how you overcame an obstacle. We are looking for examples that show your ability to be a leader, make appropriate decisions, and serve our customers. If you have documents that speak to your character, especially unsolicited documents we would love to see them and add them to your folder. 

Don’t be afraid to use non-aviation stories. We are looking for people who will treat our customers with respect, always considering the guiding principles of our partner airlines. Our line of questioning will naturally focus on aviation experiences in relationship to customer service. What do you believe the pilot‘s role is when it comes to customer service? Be prepared to tell us about a time you exhibited great customer care, we want to hear about it. 

Commercial aviation is an industry where you are given immense responsibility early and often. Please understand that we highly value honesty and candor. Applications and disclosure forms should be filled out truthfully and completely. Having a check ride failure in your past won’t deny us the ability to hire you, but we do want to see what you learned from that experience and how it made you a better pilot. 

TECHNICAL 

After successfully completing the HR portion we will begin the technical portion of your interview. We understand that many rotor pilots have limited instrument experience and you will be trained for this during your fixed wing training. However, it is very easy to see the difference between the pilots who took the time to study and those who have not. Please take the time to prepare! 

The technical interview will cover Part 91 instrument flying. We have you brief an instrument approach; we will likely ask you questions pertaining to approach plate design, and operational guidelines. Make sure you can confidently read METARs, TAFs, and NOTAMs. Every time we fly we must consult our weather and NOTAMs to ensure a safe flight. We must also determine the need for an alternate, whether the runway is safe to use, appropriately review and brief SIDs and STARs and more. Don’t be surprised if you are asked an emergency procedure or limitation from a recently flown airplane or helicopter! 

HELPFUL HINTS: 

For those of you who already have a fixed wing instrument rating we expect you to be up to speed, even if you haven’t used your rating in an extended period of time. Take the time and effort to fully prepare for your interview, show your recruiter that you are ready to be a professional airline pilot. 

During your interview, we will be happy to discuss items like seniority, bases, upgrades, reserve time, our multiple pathway programs, airline lifestyle or any other questions that come up. This is your opportunity to ask questions on subjects of interest and importance to you. 

 
FINAL THOUGHTS 

Finally, we are often asked, “How should I dress?”. GoJet is hiring professionals who take pride in their appearance and who will represent the company appropriately while working in the public eye. Dress for the job! Image is important, we love seeing a pressed suit, crisp shirt and polished shoes or similar. It showcases how you will take care of yourself on the road in our uniform. That said, we want you to be comfortable and to be yourself in the interview, let your personality shine through. 

There is plenty of gouge out there on regional airline interviews; if you dig, you will find information on our specific interviews. We are excited for the opportunity to interview you. Remember, if we invited you in for an interview we are hoping to hire you. If you show up dressed for the job, organized, enjoyable to be around, positive, professional and well prepared; we want you to join our GoJet Airlines family. 

Please visit our websites: 

http://www.gojetairlines.com/careers/pilots/helicopter-pilots/Pages/helicopter-pilots.aspx or www.GoJetAirlines.com/careers/pilots to apply and learn more about becoming a pilot with GoJet Airlines and our exciting career pathways. 

Author Bio: 

Captain Jason DuVernay has been flying for GoJet since January 2017. In addition to his role as an Executive Pilot Recruiter he volunteers as a Safety Committee Member for the GoJet pilot group, serves as a mentor within the GoJet Wingman cadet program and is proud to be a Committee Chair on the UND Aerospace Alumni Advisory Board. Jason.DuVernay@GoJetAirlines.com 

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