I've got a month left in my preparation for the job interview date I set for myself.
I have been busy rehearsing answers to all the standard airline interview questions, but the problem with imaginary interviewers and lateral thinking, is that my imagination comes up with some seriously untenable interview strategies. While it would be impressive if I were to happen to rescue the airline CEO's five-year-old daughter from terrorists while I was on the way to the interview, without arriving late or disheveled, there is a very small chance of my being able to employ that particular method of scoring points with the hiring panel. Therefore logically no more than a very small portion of my time and energy should focus on those details. It's less literally life-or-death, but my best answer to the question "tell me about yourself" deserves more attention.
I may practice some of my interview answers on you, but such posts will be rare and sparse, for two reasons. One is that this is an anonymous blog, and of course many of the answers to human resources questions will contain personal information. If I skip the personal details, and just tell stories, spinning them into perfectly tailored little sales pitches for hiring Aviatrix, you might be very interested. So would be a lot of people. And sadly, that's why I won't post them. Many hits on my blog are from people looking for interview "gouge" as it's called. I'm not going to risk having my stunning Have you ever had a supervisor who lost his or her temper? story plagiarised by a candidate who interviews the week before me. You might think that doesn't happen, but people run around looking for the "right" answers to questions instead of their own answers.
Another thing I've been doing lately is reviewing technical information. At least one airline hands candidates a written test which they must pass before they even get a chance at an interview. Boning up on formulae is of course less emotionally draining than reviewing one's experiences to decide how best to respond to What is the worst thing we could discover about you? Way back when I started this blog, I bought an aerodynamics textbook. I shoved it in my flight bag and have been reading it on and off, but not on the same days I've been blogging. I tend to read the same bits over and over again because although they make sense while I'm reading, the details of the information seems to drift back out through one of the orifices in my head, after I put the book down. Perhaps explaining some of it will cement it in my head, and as there is only one right answer to this sort of thing, I don't mind those ahead of me knowing it too. What started out as the introduction to this entry has become rather long (something I have to watch when answering interview questions) so I'll make this a post in itself, and tell you about jet performance later.