Each of these competencies then have a sub set of behavioural markers that pilots should demonstrate to ensure that the operation is safe. For example behavioural markers associated with the communication competency are:
Knows what, how, where, when, how much and with whom he or she needs to communicate
Ensures the recipient is ready and able to receive the information
Conveys messages and information clearly, accurately, timely and adequately
Confirms that the recipient correctly understands important information
Listens actively, patiently and demonstrates understanding when receiving information
Asks relevant and effective questions, and offers suggestions
Uses appropriate body language, eye contact and tone, and correctly interprets non-verbal communication of others
- Is receptive to other people’s views and is willing to compromise
You can see the other behavioural markers associated with each competency in the images and you should be able to demonstrate these behaviours at your airline pilot assessment.
If airlines use these competencies to assess their pilots during simulator, line and command checks then it is safe to assume that recruitment teams are using these behavioural markers as a way to assess whether a candidate is suitable to be employed by a particular airline.
The Group Exercise
Group exercises are an excellent measure of a candidate’s ability to demonstrate core pilot competencies. Many applicants think that as long as they are nice in a group exercise that they’ll pass the assessment. However in a group exercise a task has been allocated with a time limit, problems need identifying and solving and workload needs managing. That means you’ll need to demonstrate all of the main competencies to demonstrate that you are suitable for the job.
Interviews are more frequently driven by the HR department and so you can expect to give answers to evidence based questions such as:
- Give an example when you have enhanced the mood of a team
- Give an example when you have had to adapt your behaviour
- Give an example when you have had to explain something complex
- What would you do if a Captain was not following procedures?
These questions are measuring your competencies and so you need to understand which competency the question is testing and what behaviours you need to exhibit.
The Simulator Assessment
During the simulator assessment the first priority is demonstrating your ability to mange the flight path manually and with use of the automatics. The airline want to ensure you can actually fly! If you are doing that successfully then you can use an excess capacity to demonstrate your non technical competencies.
Understanding pilot competencies and demonstrating them during your assessment is key to success.