CFI interviews


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Hey everyone, I was wondering how CFI interviews went for other instructors, where every they applied at. I feel like i had a bad experience. I had my first CFI interview yesterday at Transpac, and at the end I didn't get a we'll call you back or nothing, I got a thank you, and a question "you don't need to come back in the building for anything do you". I can say that the facilities were great, and they had a lot of aircraft, and looked to be big on maintenance as expected. I feel like the interview went smooth. I studied a lot before the interview to be ready almost like a checkride, I brought my lesson plan, taught it, and answered the basic questions. Some faults I feel i made was trying to answer the question "how do you teach a student to judge or eye 1/2 mile?" when staying away from a field. I've always been taught by using a tree line adjacent to the field you may be following, or whatever the case is. Also being in the mid west, I've always had that advantage, I also think I was over thinking the question and the Chief Pilot (I guessing was his title) said exactly what I was thinking. After that we flew the sim, which the NAV 2 wasn't working for some reason, so i had to go back between the VOR and LOC for the approach which was not bad. One thing I did mess up on was putting the identifier into the receiver (Garmin 430), which I never seen one without a nearest button, which was fine, as a pilot I have to make it work. I totally forgot the "I" before the localizer identifier, which I honestly didn't think you could put it in this way in the Garmin 430, since all the DME required approaches I've done was to a VOR. (looks like im still learning), I set the GPS up to reference the airport since of course thats where the localizer is, which i thought was fine, I flew the approach, never went full scale even though it was touchy, flew the missed and got to the hold. I was nervous and completely forgot wind drift, the first time around I was to the right of the course coming in, something i've experienced before, and stated as i would teach a student that we would put a greater wind drift correction in if the same thing happened the next time around which is what happened, we just about got it before I maintained my heading due to being in the "cone of confusion". The third inbound was great. as I said before I forgot about wind drift, and it wasn't mentioned, which of course led to me not correcting for time also(stupid me). After that, we got out the sim, went out side, and that was it, the only mistake mentioned was not using the "I" Identifier when entering the localizer into the GPS receiver, on the way out. As said before, the facilities looked great, incentives and benefits seemed great, but the atmosphere after the interview made me feel like a bad pilot almost, or that I completely bombed the interview, maybe I did idk. I walked in confident, but humble because I don't know everything. I can't say anything bad, but maybe I caught them on a bad day, or I did just bomb it all together.
On the whole you can tell whether an interview (non-aviation interviews too) went well by the interviewers' body language and comments. If you got that cold stare that felt like they were looking at you as if you were an alien or big foot, then that's generally not a good sign.

Notwithstanding that, it's always possible that you might have misinterpreted their signals.... I would try to call them back to gauge what they say. It may boost their image of you as well.
You just described my interview experience with them. I didn't know everything and felt like I bombed the sim ride. They was also walked me out not really giving me a feeling they'd call me back. I got a call two hours later with a job offer.
@Ryan110175 I'm glad I'm not the only one, and it's been a day just about. All I can do is wait and see what happens. @Cloud Surfer I don't remember that look lol. It's my first cfi interview so I may just feel that way. I will give them a call or follow up with an email.
Aviation is a game of supply and demand. There were times when the standard for getting hired was an instructor certificate and the ability to fog a mirror. Unfortunately, we're closer to the other end of the spectrum today.

My only suggestions would be to work on networking in every way you can. Join Civil Air Patrol. Join any local pilot groups. Become an FAA Safety Team Representative and work with another representative to put on a great event. Look for educational institutions that have continuing education classes. Typically high schools have evening adult education and community colleges have continuing education (no college credit) classes that are as flexible as the instructor's imagination. Talk with them about putting on a ground school for some small area of aviation. Maybe the ground portion required for a flight review. If that goes well, think about putting on a whole private pilot ground school course. The more people you can interact with in aviation, the greater your chance of finding an opportunity that will be a good fit with your talents.
Hey everyone for whatever reason I didn't get the job. I got an email the day after unfortunately. It was good to at least experience what it was like to Interview since it was my first cfi interview. @ Houston that sounds like a great idea that I will have to look into. I haven't gotten a call from them. I met a guy off another forum that walked my resume in. He said he would check up on it last Thursday but I haven't heard anything back. I don't want to really bug the guy but I will follow up. It sounds like an awesome place to work. I'm hoping to get a call after the holidays.
I noticed they took the posting down, but that may just mean it expired. It was pretty dead there today and yesterday. I'll try and find out more after New Years when everyone is back.