This is a collection of RTP TSA interview reports from fellow RTAGers collected over the last several months. It is anonymized, but if you would like credit please just shoot me a message and I would be more than happy to attach your name/username to your gouge!
PowerPoint TSA info prior to questioning
Basic HR legal questions
Airport diagram ( point out hotspots and explain)
Approach plate ILS brief
They also asked some basic fun questions about the chinook, more because they don’t know anything about it. “If you lose an engine do the blades hit each other or is it a non-event” haha
Post any new/additional TSA interview gouge in this thread and we can add common points to this top post.
TSA Interview (16NOV2018)
HR: Susan Eriks
Tech: CA Larkin? (Former AF and Marine, Infantry)
RTP Rep: Chip
Interview was conducted via Skype from South Korea at 0800 CST, 2300 Korea. Originally scheduled the week prior but they were able to work with me and move it to the following week.
Interview started with introductions from Susan and Chip, the CA was en-route from his flight from Denver. After the CA arrived, Susan began the presentation on the Company. Significant takeaways is that TSA will be stopping its American flights and RDU will be their Charter Hub. TSA will also be gaining more United Express routes from Denver. Denver, St. Louis, and Chicago are their Junior bases with Raleigh being senior. She also mentioned about needing 500 FO/yr.
HR: Basic questions, legal and administration questions. Two of your strongest qualities and one weakness. Why TSA? Have you had an accident?
Tech: Asked which type of approach plates that I am familiar with, I went with Jeppesen. Jeppesen approaches are easier to brief from even if you haven’t used that airport. Asked to brief the approach and asked about items on the approach chart (Highest obstacle, MSA). Next the CA pulled up a LIDO approach plate and gave an explanation of the approach plate and we talked about some of the differences, more of a discussion rather than a question session. The second and last question was to read a METAR; no remarks or anything special on the METAR.
My questions for TSA: I asked if the CA if he was always a commuter, and we had a discussion about commuting and cost of living in Denver. Most of my questions were already answered during the presentation and my research of the company. The interview experience with TSA was outstanding, there is no pressure and they make you feel comfortable. They were impressed with the Skype connection, I gave credit to the Korean internet infrastructure.
Recommend that you study the gouges posted on the RTAG forums, read and interpret METARS from different airports. Watch YouTube videos of airline pilots briefing approaches and start using more Jeppesen approaches if you can. If anyone wants to practice interviewing via Skype, feel free to send me an email (David.email@example.com) and we can schedule a time.
Documents that need to be sent to TSA at least 2 days prior to interview: Last 2 pages of logbook, Resume, Signed copy of Airline App., PRIA Documents (they will send them to you with instructions, one form needs to be notarized), Copy of First Class Medical, Copy of Pilots License, Copy of FCC license, copy of Passport. They will send you a list of everything you need.
So I’ve got a couple of study guides but haven’t seen anything about “hot spots” can someone explain it for me. Sorry I’m not very smart.
Hot Spot: A trouble spot on the runway or intersecting taxiways that are typically complex or confusing that you need to be aware of and take extra caution.
In-person Interview on 8 Jan 2020
Flew in the day prior to the interview date. Made it to the interview 10 min late, due to a mix up with the hotel shuttle driver thinking we (me and the other interviewee) needed to go to another TSA building. The Pilot Interviewer and HR person were both understanding and put us at ease. The HR person made sure we had all our paperwork and the Pilot interviewer went through our logbooks, passport, licenses, and medical. Then we were given a good brief on the Company and benefits, right after the brief we were given a tour of the facility and operations. After the tour, we went into the question phase of the interview one at a time. Received the standard HR questions found in the gouge. Technical questions: I was asked what did my Aircraft APU provide, and describe the pneumatic system on my Aircraft. I was asked about the 123 rule, and given a METAR and TAF to read. Looking at the TAF, I was asked if we needed and alternate? Lastly, I was asked which Approach plate I wanted to brief Jeppesen or NACO (Gov) plate? I chose Jeppeson and was asked to brief an ILS approach into Houston/ Bush. HR and Technical part lasted about 20min. I was offered a position right after I was done and asked when I could start. The interviewers were professional and put us at ease the whole time. Afterward, the HR person called a paid taxi to take us back to the airport to make our flights out. Study the gouge on AviationInterviews.com, METAR/TAF, and practice briefing an Approach.