I am just looking to meet a few Southwest pilots, network and gain a little insight as to how best prepare myself for when the company starts hiring again...
There is really no way to wargame the app process... I have made quite a few contacts there and really enjoy the atmosphere. One has recommended the Mentee program but I have yet to hear back from them. Do you know much about the program?You're in a 737 with two Southwest pilots who have successfully gotten through the interview process. BS'ing is fine, but make sure to ask questions about how they got on with Southwest. Just don't try to wargame our application process.
I have heard some gripes, and I know SWA isn't growing right now. SWA hasn't furloughed in its history. I won't have the time till sometime next year anyway so I'll be fortunate enough to see how it all plays out.Hey- I have a senior Captain who's been with them over 20 years; in his words - " the whole place is falling apart, and would not be surprised to see lay-offs coming under the new management."
But if that's what you want go for it, but remember if lay-off start its at the lowest seniority level first.