[Sticky] TSA Interview Gouge  


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06/09/2018 4:38 am  

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!

August 2017:

  • Did Skype interview with suit and tie here in Korea. Did mostly hr questions similar to the ones mentioned above. I think I over studied the questions on aviationinterviews.com but it's good to be prepared. Have good justification for hours breakdown if asked. They asked me when to take off 0/0 in the army 😁, difference in C150 and C152 since I flew them both. Tell me about UH-60 engines. Didn't reach approach plates. Be yourself and enjoy!
  • Asked me about to give an example of one bad/difficult situation with another pilot I had been in and how I handled it.
    Only technical question was (his last name was Jones, or something with a J). He said he didn’t know about helicopters and since I don’t know about airplanes he asked me “do you know what an APU is and what it provides for the aircraft”.

February 2018:

  • My interview with TSA started with about 10 minutes of a presentation about TSA then about 10 minutes of HR. The tech portion was about 30-40 minutes.
    HR was easy, just be ready to talk about yourself and what you offer TSA, common questions like “give me three qualities you bring to the table” and tell me about an emergency you have experienced and what you did”.
    The tech portion was all IFR and on Jepp plates.
    I recommend that you go to the airlineinterviews .com site and buy their $20-30 thing for transstates, I used it to focus my studying on what kinds of things an airline is looking for.
    Focus on how to read/brief a jepp chart, brief/read a Jepp STAR, decent planning using rules of thumb, reading a TAF and NOTAMS, understand visibility requirements in relation to the FAF. The pilot that interviewed me referenced the KIAD ILS 19C for most questions.

April 2018:

  • Interview was weirdly simple and easy. Study the gouge on aviation interviews, look over metar and know the jepp plate. They let me pick my airport and approach to do...so maybe review some IAD stuff and you'll get to pick it like I did. They gave me the offer in the interview.
  • The personnel part is easy, the technical is about 8-10 questions and you shouldn’t need the sim...if you do the tech; 1 Q each planning (arpt diagram, charts) , SID, enroute, STAR, descend via, etc...
  • Technical for me was a couple questions already mentioned above and briefing an approach off a Lido plate. That threw me just a bit since I’d been looking over Jepp plates so I asked to study it for a couple of minutes, then briefed it. Overall went well and received a CJO that afternoon.
  • Know what all the symbols mean that can be on the Jeppeson plates. Understand both, standard METARs and TAFs, SID and I was asked a couple questions on instrument flight like max airspeeds and basic airspace questions. Its very laid back and have a good time.
  • They asked me to decode a TAF and Metar and then a few basic IFR questions and then just arrival charts and approach plates

July 2018:

  • METAR and TAF reading with all the little details and obscure numbers, review some Jepp plates (be prepared to brief and answer questions about the field/approach), airspeeds in and under Class B, fuel reserve requirements and departure alternate requirement (two engines), and of course, standard TMAAT stuff for the Human Resource side.
  • Typical HR questions... technical was Lido approach plate and basic FAR/AIM questions about airspace and planning weather, alternates etc
  • Be able to read a METAR/TAF... Lido is what they use but Jepp or NOAA is good enough, they translate pretty easily.
    Be prepared to brief an approach. Nothing more than what you would do on an Army checkride but keep it simple.
    Just remember it’s more about personality than technical.... they understand your a Helo Pilot.

August 2018:

  • Review of all required documents. I had their copies printed out, signed and organized.
    Basic HR Questions- legal and admin
    Personal Questions- 3 reasons you’d be a good pilot for TSA. Why TSA? Have you ever flown with a difficult pilot? How did you handle it?
    Technical Questions. Read this TAF, Read this METAR, brief this approach (ILS off an FAA plate) Identify and define a hotspot on an airport diagram.
    My questions for TSA-anything you want to ask.
    Did you ever fail a checkride? Talk about it. They want to see if you’ll be honest. If it’s an FAA ride they’ll find out.
    TIPS: No different from anyone else’s TSA interviews already posted here. Read them all and put in the time to study and rehearse- out loud. I haven’t really flown in 5 years but I did very well on the technical portion and that sealed the deal. Very personable easy going interview. Be humble, personable and study and you’ll do fine.
  • PowerPoint TSA info prior to questioning
    Basic HR legal questions
    Why TSA?
    2 Strengths
    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.

This topic was modified 1 year ago 3 times by Lindsey

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15/11/2018 9:43 pm  

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.

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17/11/2018 9:20 pm  

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.facio@yahoo.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.

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17/11/2018 9:22 pm  
Posted by: CapJay

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.

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09/01/2020 1:55 pm  

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.


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