Whether at an airline interview, or an ICAO English test, you’re likely to be asked this several times throughout your pilot career. Many pilots actually dread this question, they simply don’t know what to say. But in fact you should be grateful for it! This is your chance to really stand out, showcase the best of your English and produce a great impression. What’s more, this is one of the few questions you can really prepare for in advance. So why don’t you take full advantage of that!
First of all, drop the boring biography style. Try to use these tips to tell a DIFFERENT story of yourself!
1. View this as a PRESENTATION of yourself. Imagine you had to sell a product, what would you talk about? Of course, you’d concentrate on its advantages for the customer! Well, now you have to sell yourself to your potential employer, what will you talk about? Well, YOUR CAREER, of course, and why you’re such a great CANDIDATE to occupy the right/left seat in the cockpit.This is the presentation of yourself as a PROFESSIONAL, so it’s best to concentrate on what makes you the perfect fit for the job!
These things are:
– your EDUCATION and relevant TRAINING
– your TOTAL FLIGHT TIME and
– TYPE RATINGS you hold
– your ACHIEVEMENTS
– your CAREER GOALS
– your PERSONALITY as a pilot
2. Almost everyone starts by telling their biography. WRONG! It’s long, ordinary and mostly irrelevant. Instead, start by telling about your CURRENT POSITION and your most RECENT FLYING EXPERIENCE. If this is your first job, then start by saying WHEN and what FLIGHT SCHOOL you GRADUATED FROM, how many hours you have LOGGED and on what TYPES of aircraft. This way you will immediately demonstrate your aviation-related English vocabulary.
3. I understand that flying is your childhood dream. It sounds very romantic, but doesn’t have anything to do with your PROFESSIONALISM. Besides, virtually everyone says that! Stand out by speaking about your CARRER GOALS, what you strive to ACHIEVE. Show your DETERMINATION and once again highlight your aviation knowledge by mentioning what aircraft types (NARROW- or WIDEBODY, REGIONAL TURBOPROP or JET AIRLINER) you’d like to fly, what types of FLIGHT OPERATIONS (SHORT- or LONG-HAUL) you’d prefer and why, etc.
4. Always say why you want to work for this particular airline! Even if it’s one of twenty airlines on your list. Let them know that you are well aware of the airline’s FLEET, their ROUTE NETWORK, their MISSION. Convince them that you are COMMITTED to their success!
5. Don’t forget to make your introduction as colloquial as possible by adding connectors (actually, in fact, basically, to begin with, etc.) and maybe even consider directly addressing your interviewers (you see, as i’ve mentioned earlier, i’m sure you know that, etc.). If this is your English test, don’t forget to showcase your structure: add a bit of Present Perfect / Continuous, Passive or maybe even Conditional – if appropriate.
Even these five tips can completely change the way you introduce yourself.
I sincerely wish all of you best of luck and success at landing your DREAM JOB!