Don’t lie at an interview and don’t ever EVER steal someone else’s story.
Because we know, don’t ask me how, but we just know. Maybe it’s years of listening to “ A time I deviated from SOP’s” or “A time I had to take over from the Captain” etc etc.
We can just tell, and if I tell you how we know I’ll have to kill you.
So, you may have figured out that I don’t want you to lie, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a strategy. Over the last 16 years I have found that most pilots, who I thoroughly enjoy working with, tend to be honest, straight forward and fact driven people. Great qualities… but there is such a thing as ‘being too honest’.
Here’s an analogy for you: think about a first date. I don’t care if you‘ve been married 10 years, just pretend you remember. Ok, first date, you are chatting away, getting to know each other. Your date asks a few BIG questions like biggest regret in life? Or perhaps worst fault? Or even worse: “Tell me about your ex?”
Gasp!!! Trust me on this one, if you want date #2… DON’T TELL THEM.
So just like at dates, at interviews you need a strategy. Of course you must answer the question, it would be rude not too, but just don’t give the worst, biggest, baddest or ugliest answer to anything.
Think through answers in advance that are not ‘deal breakers’ from the start.
People will only know what you chose to tell them….. just sayin’.