Cockpit Crew Pilots Hiring Phillipines by Jesvita Mendonca HRM

 Cockpit Crew Pilots Hiring Phillipines by Jesvita Mendonca HRM 

Philippine Airlines, a trading brand of PAL Holdings, Inc. and previously known as Philippine Air Lines, is the flag carrier of the Philippines. 

The airline, headquartered in the PNB Financial Centre in Pasay, was established in 1941 and is Asia's first and oldest commercial airline still operating under its original name. Parent organization: LT Group

. CEO: Lucio Tan (Jan 1995-) 

· Headquarters: Pasay, Philippines

· Bag information: Two free bags in economy on Flights to and from Arabia and Canada. To other destinations, 10kg free, with additional allowance based on route. More

Philippine Airlines baggage information: Hubs include Ninoy Aquino International Airport and MORE, as well as subsidiaries like PAL Express and Philippine Airlines Inc. of California.



  • Applicants must be 18 years old to work legally in the Philippines. You must have a Private Pilot Licence (PPL); if you do not have a PPL, you cannot apply for a Commercial Pilot Licence. A minimum of 150 Flight hours.


  • Per diem

  • when staying overnight at an international destination ($45-$70)

  • when on a technical stop ($100)

  • for every regional turnaround Flight ($20)

  • for every domestic Flight (P185)

  • additional pay for every hour in excess of their tour of duty ($50+$20 for international Flights, P1,250 per hour for domestic)

  • first-class hotel accommodation at domestic and international stations

  • transportation allowance (or free pick-up from/to residence)

  • free meals in Flight and on ground

  • crew shuttle to/from airport

  • thermal clothing allowance (twice a year)

  • shoe allowance - P1,200 for male, P800 for female (twice a year)

  • uniform allowance - from P11,022 to P16,376 (every 18 months)

  • suitcase - costs from P1,563 to P3,647 (replaced every 2 years)

  • complete medical and dental coverage for cabin crew and their qualified dependents

  • 13th & 14th month pay

  • unused days off converted to cash

  • unused sick leave converted to cash

  • perfect attendance award - equivalent to one month pay + per diem

  • retirement benefits - 1.5 months for every year of service.


1. According to you, what defines a professional pilot?

  • Someone who has knowledge, punctuality, effective and excellent communication skills, take the first-hand command in all critical situations, well understand his limitations, willful in continuing training and adherence to company procedure at the same time very systematic

in all approaches.

2. State the importance of proficiency in a number of languages for a pilot?

  • Those Pilots who fly privately only require understanding control towers, knowing only English can be just enough, but for Pilots who need to fly publicly on a regular basis must be fluent in languages other than English also. This then becomes an added advantage for the Pilot in handling situations.

3. Pilots are required to take many simultaneous responsibilities during Flight. Say something about this?

  • It is the Key responsibility of the Pilots to navigate the Flight, monitor and guide his team of crew members, check & maintain the required technical instruments as well keep regular track of the weather condition at the same time controlling the height & air traffic. Pilots are required to be skilled enough to perform all these duties and more.

Besides these, they are requested to have salient abilities in multi-tasking with strong concentration power.

4. What would be a pilot's role during an emergency?

  • An answer to this question should be to express your feelings first. It would be best to prove citing examples, that you will be able to keep your mental calmness

intact during such problematic situations and you can with your expertise easily self-control the emergency and assign tasks for crew members if necessary.

5. Did you ever have to modify the Flight course?

  • Depending on the internal or external conditions; Pilots are trained enough and able to reform the course in Flight.

Modification of the Flight course is a very vital responsibility and requires close contact with control towers and attention to detail.

6. How would you assess your success in this job?

  • There are a number of ways in which you could assess your success in the field. You set big challenges for yourself and meet them.

The achievements you gained counts as your big success. Your boss told you that you had done a great

performance. All those achievement cards, rewards & awards will speak about your success.

Your dream is to work for the company and you can cross any hurdle to achieve success in this company too.


7. What type of work environment do you prefer?

  • You should answer this by mentioning that you enjoy a fast-paced, collaborative work environment. If you tell the interviewer that you like to work alone, or that you typically like a very slow environment, it could cost you the job.

You can read a full article on how to answer "What type of work environments do you prefer?"

8. What are your greatest strengths?

  • Ideally, pick strengths that are related to the job, or will help you in this job. You should be thinking, "What will convince the interviewer that I'm likely to succeed in this position?"

9. What languages do you speak?

  • This is a straight-forward question, and you should reply by stating all of the languages you speak at an intermediate level or above. Explain which languages you're fluent or native in, and which you're still learning.

10. What do you mean by V1?

  • Takeoff decision speed is known as V1.

11. What do you mean by V2?

  • Takeoff safety speed is known as V2.

12. In a situation when the ground crew is running behind or was busy with another job, what would be your role in loading the airplane with boxes?

  • In such a situation where the ground crew needs my help, I would, of course, stand by him and help load the airplane with boxes.

13. What do you mean by LDA?

  • A precision approach that is offset from the runway is known as Localizer Type Directional Aid, it may have Gr.

14. How would your current boss describe you?

  • He describes my qualities as a dedicated team player who always looks to make a difference.

15. In your opinion what qualities make a good pilot?

  • A good pilot takes his or her job seriously and is a good risk evaluator, not a risk-taker. He is one who consistently carries his able attributes as his personal  baggage on each & every Flight.

16. What was your motto behind becoming a pilot?

  • Try listing the reasons behind you becoming a pilot beforehand and cite 2-3 most strong of them.

17. What are the 3 most vital things you must report before entering into a hold?

  • Expect the further clearance time, the time of arrival at the holding fix and altitude needs to be reported on time.

18. What lesson have you achieved from mistakes from your pilot job?

  • You have to be very honest about such a question. Your answer has to be brief and to the point.

You cannot tell a lie that your career has been flawless. Your answer reflecting a positive aspect where you have learned from your mistake will add an advantage to your answer.

It is very common that you might fall short somewhere, you may make mistakes, it's human nature, but not all employers give a very positive gesture on that. There are people who find a learner in such situations and help them learn from the mistakes made.

Here your answer would be stronger if you could add examples of your mistakes where you had a positive take-home effect.

Answer samples:

"I am a constant learner and prefer learning even from my mistakes. My mistakes in my career have made me more alert and confident in those situations. My knowledge has been enhanced and skills sharpened from mistakes."

19. What were your actions to improve your pilot knowledge in the previous years?

  • Here one should work to include the improvement activities that he/she has done to the job in the previous years.

Activities related to positive self-improvement should be mentioned. Most employers look for employees who are goal-oriented. Exhibition of readiness for a life-long learning process is desirable. Regardless of what hobbies you choose to showcase yourself, you must remember that the goal behind everything is to prove yourself as self-sufficient, good at time management, and highly motivated. One may frame answers like "I am a person who prefers to learn in a continuous process and also learn more deeply from my mistakes".

My learning enhances with discussions with seniors and experienced fellows in the field as well. I prefer to regularly upgrade myself with new courses and certifications and also attend job-related seminars & workshops.

20. Point out your biggest weakness.

  • The most tricky and obvious question to be asked in an interview is about one's weakness. One can never lie to this question.

If your answer to this question is like "no you do not have one", the interviewer is assured that you are lying.

A personal weakness description would put you in a false position. A mention of weakness may reveal a point which might not be beneficial, your employer would put you in stake. So look to mention a flaw that would reflect your good qualities rather.

For example:

I do not like sitting back idle, I am always into some kind of constant reading and upgrading.

I am not very fluent in communications and like to develop the same with more public speech and presentations at work.

21. Say something about your achievements?

  • By asking this question, the employer wants to understand your work skill. You

have to answer on work-based achievements mainly.

Here, you have to exhibit those things in your career of which you are proud

of. You have to point your key achievements, people involved, your role and

your take-homes. These will definitely work to impress your interviewer.

If you have not many career-related achievements, try mentioning some of

your personal achievements where you can highlight your social skills like

communication, teamwork, presentation.

22. What do you rate yourself in handling situations at stress and work pressure?

  • Your rating should be justified, not over marking nor underrating yourself. It could be harmful for you. Never say you get panicked easily. You may be very good and able in handling stress & pressure, just mention them with examples. How you handled them, what were your key responsibilities and how you executed. Your answer would add stars if you mention cases where you were unable to handle such situations, you even sought expert advice & guidance where from you also learnt lessons, would simply showcase your inclination towards betterment.

23. What does the MSA circle on the approach plate mean and mention its use?

  • The Lowest altitude that provides at least 1000 ft obstruction or terrain clearance within 25 miles of the navaid it is based off.

This is used for emergency purposes only and does not always adhere to signal coverage.

24. How does radiation fog form?

  • Heat is radiated from the ground. After the ground starts radiating the heat into the atmosphere it has accumulated during the entire day under the sun.

The ground has the capacity to quickly cool down overnight and the air just above the ground space cools immediately as well, a presence of moisture in it cools to its dew point thus forming fog.

25. All employees of Philippine Airlines are expected to wear a uniform to work. Are you comfortable with this policy?

  • "I am accustomed to wearing a uniform at work and am happy to abide by any dress code requirements to work with Philippine Airlines."

26. Tell me about any airline related training that you have been


"I have taken industry-related safety and customer service training with company ABC. In addition to this training, I have 4 years of industry experience."

27. If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?

  • "I certainly do not regret the direction I have taken my career; however, if I had to start over in a new direction completely I would likely pursue my Degree in Education and become a teacher. Both of my parents were teachers, and they seemed to have a very fulfilling career. I enjoy coaching and leading others, so any tasks in my current career that are related to these skills, are very welcome."

28. What work situations excite and motivate you?

  • "I am most motivated, on the job, when tasks are organized and the vibe is positive. I really value strong teamwork and good leadership."


"In my current role, our schedule is changed on a regular basis and always at short notice. I have been able to adapt very well to these frequent, sudden changes."

30. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

  • "I am looking for a long-term fit in my next position. As you can see, I had strong progress and career growth in my previous company. I would love to see the same success with your company. I did notice on your website that you have global leadership opportunities. If I could work my way into a role like that, I would be thrilled."

Jesvita Melisha Mendonca

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