I’ve read an interview with the AirTran pilot recruiter. It was published e on one of the major aviation web sites. I do remember the recruiter said that when they go to aviation job fairs, that the people they talk with in person do get interviewed before others. It was a three-part article, very informative.
1 inside referrals interviewed first
2 job fair attendees they talk with face to face interviewed next
3 then everybody else
In today’s market with the current competition, I bet they never get to the third group.
Sorry can’t find the link, but it is the site with the comprehensive list/status of airline furloughs.
NOTE I’m not trying to sell the job fairs, I’ve never been to one.