It is not always the case that where you get called to attend your interview will be where you would eventually work from.
It is often the case that you do not necessarily get to choose your preference for the type of flight you would be on i.e. long or short haul.
As with most aspects of the recruitment process, each airline will conduct a slightly different interview but there will be a lot of similarities between them as well.
Recognising these tyupe of questions is crucial in order for you to demonstrate your suitability. You can recognise competency questions by the way they are worded:
‘Please provide an example of a time when you have….?’ ‘Please describe a time an occasion when you have…..?’ ‘Tell us about a time when you….’
You will need to draw on your own experience for these types of questions and describe a situation (usually in work) where you have performed a task or carried out an action yourself.
The most common mistake when answering competency questions is for people to hear the question what they have done and answer that question with a what they think in reply. That is crucially how a lot of candidates are caught out.
‘Tell us about a time when you have worked well in a team’
‘I think team working is important because…….I know I work well in a team because I always…..’
‘Last year I was involved in xxxx. I was part of a team responsible for xxxx. One of the things I had to do was xxxxxx. I made sure I was working well with the others in the team by xxxxx. We did xxxx and achieved xxxx. I focused on doing xxxxx. I collaborated with others by doing xxxx. The impact of this was xxxxx…’
These competency questions are valuable as they rely on self-reporting of past events which provides evidence which helps predict your potential future performance. The interviewers believe that by asking you to provide a real life example of what you have done in the recent past you are providing a clear indication of how you are likely to behave in the future. That will help them decide if you are right for the job or not.
Use the STAR technique to prepare both your application and interview answers to questions which ask for an example from your personal experience.
S– describe the situation i.e. set the scene T– what was the task or activity you were involved in? A-What action did you take? R– What was the result?
The majority of your answer should focus on the ‘A’- the action you took. Describing what you did is the most crucial part of your answer so do make sure you give this aspect priority. It is a common mistake is to spend too long on scene setting.
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