My Great Lakes Interview....oops!

Daresuzy

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Well guys, I can not believe what just occurred. I am still slapping myself in the face and asking myself why I did what I just did. I actually cried all day Saturday.
I interviewed with Lakes for a First Officer position on Friday. I paid for my own airline ticket to/from the interview $325.00 round trip. I studied nearly a month for the interview. I interviewed, everything went PERFECT. It lasted about 1 1/2 hours, mostly faa reg. type questions, and "what would you do if..." type questions.
At the end of the interview I was told to wait in a lounge area. I was invited into a second meeting/interview. I was congradulated. I was SOOOOO excited to have made it that far in the interview process. I was jumping with excitement inside. The second meeting consided of propaganda videos and employment information. There were about 7 of us in the room. About an hour in the meeting, an overhead was put on a screen in front of us showing us our pay rates. I stood up from my chair and walked out!!!!!!!!! Everybody stopped in silience, even the company's rep. They all watched me leave the room. I went back to the terminal, got on my flight and flew all the way home. I don't know what I just did. But I can't believe I did that. I'm hurt. I've worked too hard to only get paid $12,000 - $14,000 a year as an airline FO. I have to start all over with a job search now.....I've got to go back and fly freight again....but hey, I'm making $32,000 a year doing that. I guess I'll be a lifer as a freight dog.
Suze. :( Today is a sad day.
 

Bebop

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You know what. I gotta call BullSh!t on that story.
 

Brakillya

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Yeah, I'll agree that's bull or just one of the dumbest stories I've ever heard.

While you were 'studying' for nearly a month, I would think you would have come across the starting FO payscale. Or, maybe it was smarter to pay 325 for a ticket without knowing the starting pay or anything else about the industry.
 
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FL000

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Yeah, something smells. It looks like IFF gave you pretty extensive information about three weeks ago, including exact pay rates and expectations of B1900 capt. pay. Here's the link.
 

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Commuter Interview

I would have jumped for joy just to get as far in the interview process as Suze did. When I was looking for commuter jobs, my quals at that point included something like 3000 total and something like 700 multi and my ATP, with 650 of the 750 of the multi coming through paid employment. I lost count of the tons of stuff I sent out. I got five interviews, but never was invited to a "second meeting." After a time I couldn't buy a commuter interview (we're talking figuratively, of course). The pay for new FOs was the same ten years ago as it is now, and I knew that. Sure, first-year pay sucks, but it improves after the first year.

Some things just amaze me. At least she can take the $325 off on her taxes next year.
 
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airgator

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Ha Ha Ha

Thats a pretty bad story. Are you honestly gonna say that you went into an interview with the prep you say you did and read the replies to your posts, and you still had no idea of what you'd be making? I third the motion that story is BS. Surely you can't be serious.
 

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What a bunch of BS!
 

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I've got to wonder along the lines of the others... are you flamebaiting us or what?

I told you EXACTLY what newhire FOs at Lakes make, so why was it such a surprise at your interview?
 

Saabslime

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HOLY COW PIE BATMAN!!
 

Vandal

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I have only 200 hours and I have a general idea how much a starting FO makes....It's called paying your dues. Were you just that absolutely clueless about the aviation industry?? Or is it because you're a woman?
 

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As far as I have heard, Lakes isn't hiring or interviewing at all at this time. I'm afraid Suzy is a prevaricator!

RR
 

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Hey Vandal,

That woman part was uncalled for. Suzy is a man, anyhow.
 

bobbysamd

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New FO "salaries"

Prevarication or not, I still would have jumped for joy to get to Phase II or otherwise receive "the letter." I did receive five of the letters you don't want to receive. I would have found a way to tough it out for the first year.

Nice comment, Saabslime. ROFLMAO!!!
 

mattjenna

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Question for bobbysamd

As a total aside.

Bobbysamd I've followed your posts here regularly over the past year or so and have a general idea of the difficulties you had with hiriing. Just wondered what the final outcome was and what you're doing now?

Matt
 

bobbysamd

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Hey, Matt . . .

I'm in the legal profession. Check your private messages for details.
 

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Paying your dues!!!!!

Paying your dues isnt sitting in a nice jet with autopilots and flight directors sipping coffee.

Paying your dues is flying single pilot in a Beech 18 at night and living in an FBO all week and being home with your family only on the weekend.

OK, I'm done. :)
 
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