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REK....you are correct. For training classes, they just send you an e-mail inviting you for training the next month (received mine yesterday!). You have to get in contact with them to get the specifics.
Back in July 06, I received an e-mail with no subject line. I almost deleted it thinking it was more junk e-mail......it was my invited for an interview!
On the weekends do not bunker down in your room and study all day. It is the exception, not the norm for the guys who do the hotel vanishing act. As a matter of fact may I suggest Cowboys Red River on any weekend night. More hot Texas women than you can shake a stick at. If you have a light Friday, go on Thurday. All the off duty rippers are there in droves. Does not matter if you don't like C&W music either. If you like women you will get over the music. About a $15 cab ride each way.
That is the best piece of advice I have ever given a bunch of new hires. Peace out!
just wanted to throw in my $.02 for what it's worth (about $.01)...
The better you know the flows, callouts, etc before you go the more fun newhire training is going to be. If it's not a blast something has gone drastically wrong. Study beforehand so you don't have to waste quality social time in Dallas studying all the time. Don't be '"that guy" that's never around because he's always studying or "that guy" that has to raise his hand every 5 minutes in class to ask a stupid question or show off his intimate 737 systems knowledge. Getting on board with the culture is at least as important as the classroom stuff. I'm still tight with just about everybody from my newhire class and that was 2 1/2 yrs ago. Have fun and enjoy the koolaid... it tastes good....
I haven't really been following SWA in the 9 months since my first interview.
From buds working there when the turbine PIC min was upped 1300 indicated there was division within the company about raising it. Did a changing of the guard happen or is SWA having problems finding quality candidates? I have a hard time believing it was the later.
Any idea of how long second time guys are waiting for another attempt?
Second time guys have a much higher percentage of success. The PIC requirment was changed due to the lowering number of military folks that are able to achieve the 1300 PIC requirment once they get out. The percentage of folks being hired is about 60 percent civilian and 40 percent military. SWA tries to keep this about 50/50. Some guys are getting out without the requirements and have no way besides working at regionals or other outfits for years before getting more PIC requirments. Hence, why it was lowered.
Also, in your second try, you only compete against those that previously interviewed when determining who get's a second shot at an interview. You don't compete against those still waiting for the first try.