on 3 March 2011
FLYING TRAINING MAGAZINE PRODUCT REVIEW FEBRUARY 2011
How it works is very clever. There are five different aircrew interviews on the
DVD (plus a further series of non aviation-specific mock interviews). In each
one an interview panel of aircrew and HR people put a series of questions, followed
by about 15 seconds or so in which they react, silently, in the various different
ways above, while you give your answer to the screen. If you need more time, the
DVD pauses before the next question. So when the training captain asks you, "Have
you ever knowingly broken a regulation or standard operating procedure?" then sits
and looks disapprovingly, or exchanges meaningful glances with his colleague,
while you give your answer, that's rather more useful preparation that reading a
book which warns you of this likely line of questioning.
Certainly, you're rather less likely to forget this experience in a hurry, and
rather more likely to have an answer worked through in your mind, so that,
when he asks the next question - "So, what would you do differently next time
if the same scenario happened again?" you're ready for him.
I found the whole experience of working through this DVD quite salutary.
Giving some sample answers, just for fun, I found myself feeling genuine pressure,
worrying about the body language I was getting back from the TV screen. I simply
couldn't help myself. Even if the answer is a textbook one, if the man on screen (who
has no way of knowing what you just said, of course) reacts with distaste, doubts
begin to creep in. It's brilliant psychology and, if my experience is any measure, the
sort of questions and responses are much more likely to stick and be there for recall
when needed, than they would be if you had simply, in the words of the immortal
Manuel, "learned it from a book".
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