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.
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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’.