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Tuesday, January 08 2013

The long anticipated pilot hiring wave is now upon us.  Poolees are doing re-evaluations, furloughees are coming back and being placed in class and some airlines have even begun sending out invitations to interview.  

I am frequently asked when is the best time to begin preparing for an interview; before or after the official invitation?  My answer is always the same, you need to prepare NOW.  The reality is that many airlines will not give you more than a few days from phone call to actual interview.  Since these interviews could be one of the biggest moments in your life, it is important to start the preparation process before the invite arrives in your email.

At Cage Consulting we help you:

  • Understand the reasoning behind the pilot interviewing process.
  • Become familiar with the roles of the people involved in the process.
  • Gain an awareness of the most common interviewing mistakes.
  • Determine what life experiences (both positive and negative) best describe your individual personality.
  • Learn how to discuss your life expereinces in a complex yet concise manner.
  • Practice your verbal delivery.
  • Prepare your physical appearance to ensure a professional impression
  • Organize and gather your paperwork, develop your resume, prepare to discuss areas of concern, background questions, areas surrounding logbooks and applications, etc.

There is no magic formula for securing an interview or getting the job offer. However, you can increase your chances for both by approaching the interview process in a logical manner. Cage Consulting is here to help make that process more efficient, more effective and less stressful.  Early preparation is key to your overall success. 


Posted by: Angie Marshall AT 03:41 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, October 16 2012
 Several airlines are in the process ‘calling back’ pilots who were hired several years ago but never given a class-date.  That means it is now time for the often misunderstood and neglected Re-Evaluation Interview.
Many things can change in a few months, much less a few years. Your potential employer will review your qualifications—both personally and professionally—in order to remain confident that you are still the person for the job.
The first rule of interviewing remains true for the Re-Eval Interview: it is your responsibility to present your information in the clearest manner possible.
Towards this goal take the time to review:
·       How much time have you flown since your last interview?
·       If you have NOT flown, what is your reason?
·       If you have any problems with check rides since your initial interview you must be able to explain the problem and why it occurred. It may also be necessary to provide a written addendum (written explanation about the reasons and outcome of the check ride).
·       Be able to list your job titles/dates of employment for the jobs you have held (especially) since your initial interview.
·       If you have been unemployed, be able to clearly explain the circumstances.
·       If you had an opportunity to upgrade BUT DID NOT, you must be ready to explain why you passed on the opportunity.
·       If you received a driving violation, FAA accident/incident/violations, job suspension or termination or any other ‘negative’ in your life you must be ready to explain the situation to the employer.
A Re-Evaluation Interview (or any interview for that matter) is not the time to discuss the difficulties and unfairness of your work situation. Everyone has their story but if you use this venue to vent you will find yourself without a job offer!
REMEMBER! Every person you come in contact with during your pre-employment process could have input into the hiring decision. Be clear, be courteous and be kind to everyone!
Cage Consulting Re-Evaluation Interview Prep Services
·       One-hour basic brush-up
·       Assistance with preparing addendums for Special Concerns
Cheryl Cage
Cage Consulting, Inc.
Posted by: Angie Marshall AT 04:00 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, August 21 2012
While selecting a good flight school is important, nothing is more important than finding the right flight instructor. Flight training is a two person job and having an instructor that enhances your learning has a massive effect on the quality of your training and your happiness throughout the process.
Talk to several flight instructors
It is important to begin by acknowledging that all flight instructors must meet the FAA's minimum standards, so in a way they are all the same. What is important is how well you and your instructor get along with regard to personality and attitude. Don't get in such a hurry to start flying that you neglect to sit down with prospective instructors and get to know them. You want to discuss your goals, their background, and how they like to teach. You may find that you get along great with several instructors, but one in particular uses methods to which you respond best. Just don't bother too much with the little details, like an instructor's age; if you find a flight instructor that seems like a good fit, go with them.
Choose a flight instructor that will work with you
This is where the interview will come in to play. You need to know that your flight instructor is going to work well with you. Whether this means an instructor who respects your deep-seated desire to fly glider tows for the rest of your life or one who is able to cope with your limited schedule, it is essential that you and your instructor are on the same page.
Choose a flight instructor that has certain specialties
The other thing to consider is whether you need a flight instructor with certain specialties. There are certain areas of flying where specialized flight training is necessary. If you have some kind of special need, like a tailwheel endorsement, it is important to find an instructor that meets that need. It is important to mention that this can also mean finding an instructor who specializes in a particular aircraft. For example, if you fly a Cirrus, you may find it beneficial to find a flight instructor with a lot of hours in Cirrus aircraft.
With just a little bit of time investment you should be able to easily find a great instructor who will have you flying in no time. If all else fails, just remember that you can always change flight instructors or even flight schools; you don't have to struggle through a relationship that just doesn't work.
For more information about learning to fly, check out "pilot training"  at
Posted by: Kyle Garrett AT 02:25 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, August 20 2012

I recently discovered Facebook.  I know what you’re thinking, “Where have you been?”  I will have to admit, it is a lot of fun to see what all of my friends are doing.  By the same token, I’m still not a huge follower of any of the social networking sites due of privacy concerns.  Needless to say, I have been very guarded with my photos and personal/family information with regards to the social networking scene.  Just as I started to “loosen up” and thought about posting some family trivia to my Facebook page, I received a call from a seasoned Captain that stopped me immediately in my tracks.

For simplicity's sake we will call this person John.  John stated that he had recently been fired from a long term flying job because of a situation in his background that he had been so careful not to disclose to any of his co-workers and especially his employer.

Four years ago John was arrested and convicted of a crime.  He did exactly what the court required, completed his probation, paid his fines and then retained a lawyer to have his records expunged.  Because of the expungement proceedings, John felt that he could keep the embarrassing matter to himself and not have to discuss it with anyone ever again.    

Last month, as John was preparing for one of his trips, he received a call from his Chief Pilot.  John was asked to stop by the office before checking in for his shift.  John was greeted by the Chief Pilot, the Director of Operations, and the Director of Human Resources.  After sitting down, John was handed a piece of paper that had been printed from the internet.

John was devastated to realize that his arrest and conviction had been discovered by a coworker and had been passed along to the Chief Pilot.  What is even more amazing was how this co-worker had been able to find out this information. 

Apparently John’s arrest took place in a small town where EVERYTHING gets written about in the local paper.  An acquaintance of John’s,saw the small town article and asked another friend about it on Facebook/Twitter.  Before long, several people on Facebook/Twitter were talking about the incident and one of the Friends of a Friend happened to be a co-worker of John’s.  As a result, the co-worker did some Googling on John and found the article regarding the original arrest.  The co-worker then passed the information on to the Chief Pilot.  Unfortunately, John was terminated on the spot. 

Facebook, Twitter, and the Internet are all wonderful tools that allow us to learn, work, research and communicate with the rest of the world.  The problem is that most everything is recorded on the internet.  Whether it is pictures of our new baby, a snow storm in the Northeast, a School Teacher wins an award in the South, or a local resident gets arrested in a small town.  Once the information is captured by the Internet, it is permanent; there is no getting rid of it.  Never assume that just because your paper records have been expunged or sealed or because you have not spoken to anyone about the matter, that a situation will go unrecognized. 

The good news is that John was able to find another flying position.  With a lot of hard work, he was able to present himself and his past situation in a manner that allowed his current employer the opportunity to see that while John had made a big mistake he was well worth the effort for training and employing. 

While this story is not meant to have you feeling like you are under a microscope, it is meant to make you think.  With the anticipated hiring expected in the aviation community for this fall, there are some areas where pilots need to be cautious.   Remember that potential employers are internet savvy.  Use discretion in what pictures you post and what you say on your social networking pages.  Do a Google/Facebook/Twitter search on yourself and see what others might find.  If you have difficult areas in your background, be prepared to discuss them openly, take responsibility, and have your documents in order.  And remember, being a pilot doesn’t mean you have to be perfect, it just means that you have to prepare accordingly, present your background appropriately and accept responsibility for your actions.

Angie Marshall

Cage Consulting, Inc.


Posted by: Angie Marshall AT 03:07 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, March 21 2012

While the aviation industry is still slow, there has been some subtle movement over this last few months. Several companies have been quietly recalling furloughed pilots, in fact, some have even started to do some hiring. Now, more than ever, is the time for you to start preparing your logbooks, your resume, and your game plan.

The main topic of discussion that I have been presented with recently has been surrounding logbooks. The following question is the most frequently asked.

Q: How do I prepare my logbooks for an interview or to fill out an application?

Logbooks are your proof of the flight times that you have listed on your resumes and applications. Before you send your resume or fill out any applications it is always a good idea to review the following:

1.  Audit your flight times.
2. If you find that a mistake has been made, make the necessary changes to correct the error. Do not erase or white-out information. Instead, go to the next available entry space in your logbook and write AUDIT and the date of your corrections. Then write in the corrected times.
3.  Tab your checkrides. This helps the interviewer locate the information quickly and it will also allow you a chance to reflect on your checkride history prior to your interview or answering questions on an application.
4.  Remove any notes, folded paper or trash from your logbooks. You don't want the interviewer to open your logbooks only to find your grocery list!
5.  Make sure all your pages are signed.
6.  If you have not kept a logbook, it is your responsibility to get a computerized print out of your flight times from your company prior to your interview.
7.  Be sure to give accurate flight times on all resumes and applications. Potential employers want to know your actual hours, not approximates or guesstimates.
8.  Be sure to read the application flight time requirements CAREFULLY!! All companies request flight times to be broken out differently. So what you have on your resume may not look exactly like whats on your application. If they ask you to give your PIC without student time, then you break down your PIC without student time. Read, reread, and then read again before placing your flight times on the application.
9.  It is acceptable to use computerized programs to keep track or your flight times, however, you need to have your original logbooks with the original checkride sign offs to present at the time of the interview.
10.  NEVER, NEVER overestimate your flight times for any reason!!

Posted by: Angie Marshall AT 10:10 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, October 31 2011

Application Mistakes that Make You Ineligible for an Interview:

  • Overstating flight time
  • Incorrectly answering questions about your US citizenship or ability to work in the US
  • Incorrectly stating college degrees
  • First Class Medical or flight ratings/certificates errors
  • Neglecting to list a DUI or job termination or suspension of license, etc.

Then you need to contact the company you are interviewing with to point out and discuss the errors. The interviewing company will then make a determination as to how or if they want to proceed with your interview.

Application Mistakes that Do NOT Make You Ineligible for an Interview: 

  • Incorrect address or phone number
  • Dates of employment
  • Sections that you simply neglected to fill out completely (10 year residential history, etc.)

You will want to correct the application prior to going to your interview. If your application is on-line then you can correct the error prior to the date of your actual interview.

If your application is not on-line, then make note of your error and prepare to discuss this at the interview. Be ready for the interviewer to ask you questions about your oversight and why you weren't more careful when filling out the application prior to submission.

Simply accept responsibility and apologize for the oversight.

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