Monday, October 09, 2006
Audience participation time:
We are interviewing candidates for a flying job at my company in the very near future. Yeah, it's too late to send a resume for this round of hiring. Yeah, I'll post if/when we need more resumes.
Interviews are like checkrides in the sense that they are both completely artificial situations. In an interview, presumably the candidate is on their best behaviour, and we (the employer) are also trying to sell the job to the candidate so they'll be eager and keen. We sit across the boardroom table and grin at each other, while trying to size each other up for any possible deficiencies.
What questions would you ask a candidate for a corporate jet job? Or for any job?
I want someone I can stand to fly a 14-hour day with, someone who is smart and can anticipate things before they happen, and someone who has a level head on their shoulders, who can transition to Captain when the time comes. A sense of humor would be a plus.
Any tips on getting past the interview facade so I can maybe get a glimpse of what the candidates are really like?