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Hobbit64
(@hobbit64)
Joined: 12 months ago
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29/09/2018 12:01 pm  

Hello Folks!

I’m a relatively new FO at Southwest and still can’t believe my great fortune.  

While I am certainly no expert, if any of you have any questions or want insight into working here I would love to help.  

Southwest is a great company and I highly recommend it if it fits your career goals. 

As always, Good Luck & Keep Grinding!

 

Matt


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Lindsey
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29/09/2018 12:03 pm  

Awesome! What’s your background and basic stats you had when you got picked up for those who don’t know? 

 

Any words of advice, did you use an interview prep/consulting agency or anything?

 

Congrats on Southwest!


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Hobbit64
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30/09/2018 6:12 pm  

Sure Lindsey,

Thanks for the congrats.  I still can't believe my good fortune.  It feels like I got Willy Wonka's golden ticket some days.

My background is a mix of Regional and Army (active, Guard and Reserves) flying.  

After Active Duty (AH-64A's) and a brief time in the Gulf of Mexico I flew in the regional's for about 4 years.  I flew CRJ-200's for 1600 hours until I went on a King Air deployment with the guard.  After the deployment I took a full time job in the Army guard and over the course of 8 years flew OH-58A's, UH-72's and C-12's for them.  I then left my full time guard job and went to CommutAir for a little under 2 years where I flew the Dash-8 and ERJ-145XR.   I interviewed and for and was offered jobs at Kalitta and Southwest.  While I was excited at the chance to fly a 747-400, I ultimately chose SWA for a number of reasons.  Friends and connections played a key role in getting both of these interviews. Network, Network, Network!

My times when I interviewed for these two jobs were about: 7100 TT, 4000 FW, 3100 RW.  My MEFWPIC was ~850 and growing in the Reserves (C-12's) and CommutAir (ERJ-145). Certificates were ATP AMEL Comm ASEL/RH, CFII-ASEL&RH /MEI with Several Type Rating - Dash8, B-200, B-300, ERJ-145

For my Resume and Applications Review I used 'Checked and Set'.  They were pretty good and I recommend them.  There is a lot of leg work you do on your own here.  Tedious but very important to be spot on with every single block on these applications.

For the Southwest interview prep I used Rebekah Krone's company, "Career Takeoff".  Her company is very professional and helpful. 

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    I HIGHLY recommend her company.  Rebekah used to work in the HR department at SWA.  She is the person who developed the Line Oriented Interview (LOI)....the fastest 7 minutes of your life.  The folks I dealt with were all very good at what they do and bent over backwards to help me out.  They never told me 'what to say', and that is important.  You do not want to be scripted.  The interviewers can pick up scripted answers and it will turn them off.  I went in to the interview relaxed and able just 'be myself'.  Most of the SWA interview is aimed at getting to know you.  


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Victory103
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Joined: 11 months ago
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16/10/2018 2:21 pm  

Welcome Matt,

SWA is my target airline and working to meet the numbers. Very impressed after the June career expo and solidified my desire to work for them. Did not get a call to interview and I understand the competition as I chatted with all the AF heavy bubbas, but hoping next window. Maybe if I jump from contract King Airs to frac jets or a regional to get that 121/135 time. I'm also used CTO for my resume and pilot credentials review.

Chris

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Dustoff
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16/10/2018 11:16 pm  

Have a buddy that flew Dash 8s and other assorted FW then went DAC at Rucker. Went straight to SWA this year and seems to like it. Wonder what the aircraft makeup will look like in ten years.


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Hobbit64
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20/10/2018 8:18 pm  
Posted by: Victory103

Welcome Matt,

SWA is my target airline and working to meet the numbers. Very impressed after the June career expo and solidified my desire to work for them. Did not get a call to interview and I understand the competition as I chatted with all the AF heavy bubbas, but hoping next window. Maybe if I jump from contract King Airs to frac jets or a regional to get that 121/135 time. I'm also used CTO for my resume and pilot credentials review.

Chris

I wish I knew the ‘right’ answer for you.  Getting ‘121 Stink’ on you is something I’ve heard.  When I went to the internal job fair, the Capt that reviewed my Pilot Cred’s app said to keep flying for the regional I was at because it was almost exactly the same type of flying.  Out of 24 in my class there were two guys coming from contracting, one former Hornet pilot and one HH-60G/MC-12.  I will also say that I updated every 10 flight hours (twice a four day at the regional).

Let me know if I can ever help.

Matt


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jjswihart
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06/02/2019 5:32 pm  

I'd like to see how you arranged your helicopter time on your resume for Southwest.   I want it there, but need to condense it.


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