I never heard that one before, that was great!! I would have hired the guy on the spot. That's the problem with this industry, everyone takes themselves to seriously. Ever since HR has gotten involved in the process being a qualified to do the job has become less and less important. But since they really want to know about "us" and put us through the same stuff they will continue to get the same rehearsed and practiced crap answer from everyone, and will never really know anything about who they have hired. So good luck on your interview and don't forget to practice practice practice those answers. "what will you do with the drunk Captain?"
The selection process really has lost its sense of personality--so to speak--what with all the canned answers and rehersed sim profiles.
I've often said, Why don't they just give us a little tap dance routine to memorize and practice at home and then evaluate us at the interview? That would reveal just as much about our skills as a pilot--and demonstrate the requisite *preparation*.
Here's something to think about for all the Human Resource types: KLM will apparently screen applicants in a sim but it's organized as a *training flight*!
The applicant meets with an instructor to learn a lesson. The applicant is then evaluated on how well he learned because obviously this exercise will better predict his success in passing training and getting on line.
Anybody can learn a profile with enough repetition--and money. Let's try evaluating pilots on their ability to absorb new information and then adapt in a stressful environment.
Not to rip off Bjork but that would be evaluating HUMAN BEHAVIOR!
An interview captain for United once recounted the story of an ex-Air Force applicant. The guy's college transcripts were excellent, except in one class he had received an "F." The IC, simply out of curiosity, asked the applicant about the grade. The applicant responded, "That one was rocket science."
A friend of mine at a Northwest Interview earlier last year was asked if he ever committed any crimes. And his response " That means if I got caught right?" One of the interviewers with a serious look on his face said "we usually like to be the one's to set the tone at the interview" Then they laughed. He got hired.