Top 5 Tips - Selection

by Megan Bowden on Feb 11 2019
Hi, I’m Megan and I am a cadet at L3 Airline Academy. If you’re reading this you’re probably looking around the internet for information on L3’s notoriously tough selection process and so are already well on the way to following my first tip:

1) Do your research!
Regardless of whether you are applying for an airline MPL scheme, the Whitetail [ATPL] scheme or anything in between, you’ve got to know why you want it and why you’d be a good fit. Having a clear idea in your head of what the training process looks like, where it could lead, as well as why L3 is the best place to take you there, will make the process feel much more natural and will help you stand out by being able to ask informed questions during the interview.

2) Work with what you’ve got - don’t try and exaggerate.
There’s a LOT of opportunity to talk about your past relevant experiences during the interview. Sure, you might be a PPL holder with several managerial roles under your belt and have heaps of aviation anecdotes, but you might also be fresh out of school with only a trial flight to your name. Trying to make it seem like you’ve got more experience than you really have could lead to some trip-ups and looking ultimately foolish. It’s much better to look at examples of when you have shown qualities that would show you to be a good pilot and strong team member. This can be anything from showing leadership during your tenure as a prefect, to resolving a conflict amongst friends.

3) Practice your mental maths.
Seriously, the timer runs down uncomfortably quickly during the maths element of the application process. Be sure you’re comfortable with quick arithmetic, percentages and conversions. This isn’t an arbitrary test; you’ll need all these skills to be razor sharp as soon as you start ground school, so putting in the graft now means you’ll be more comfortable on selection day, and have a smoother start to your training.

4) Confident; not cocky
Being a pilot isn’t just about swanning around the sky in a multi-million pound jet (though that’s where we all want to be!) - it’s a people-oriented role too, and your ability to perform as part of a group will be tested from the off. Right from the beginning of training you’ll be spending 40 hours a week in a classroom with the same people for six solid months, as well as living and revising with them. You want to be seen to be the sort of person who could cope with that environment without rubbing anyone up the wrong way. Wear a smile, show self-assuredness without arrogance, and make sure not to shout over people in the group interview.

5) Play some video games (tactically)!
Part of the selection involves a variety computerised tests. Some involve monitoring objects, some involve hand-eye coordination, some involve multitasking and so on. It sounds strange, but many popular games which involve complex processes such as these can provide a solid set of skills for your arsenal when it comes to these tests. It can be a constructive use of your down-time between trying to cram conversion factors into your head and working on your answer to the “why do you want to be a pilot?” question.

And one last (unofficial because I’m only supposed to give you 5) tip is to enjoy yourself! Pilots are people who enjoy rising to challenges and putting hard work to good use, and that sort of positive attitude will really be noticed by the interviewers.

Hope to see you soon!