“We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.”
How to get hired by Delta Airlines week
But first, what’s on the horizon….
Delta is in the process of working more closely with regional carriers and, in the very near future, we'll see an alignment of the Regional’s interview process with that of Delta’s. What a relief that will be— If you’ve seen it once, you’ll know what to expect. But what this also tells us is that the Delta will be using the Regional Carriers as the first gateway enroute to a position with Delta. What a great opportunity for Delta to see the strength of their candidates before they hire them. Does this mean you won't be hired if you don't work for a Regional carrier? Of course not. But your resume must be really strong.
In the past, if you interviewed at Delta and failed one of the tests, you could come back for a second try. But if you failed the interview, which is far more subjective than the tests... someone just didn’t think you were right for whatever reason... you could not reapply. That has changed. Now, if you are not accepted because the interviewer didn’t feel you were right, you can come back for another chance. Just because you may not be ready now, that doesn’t mean in a year you won’t be ready to be a Delta pilot in the future.
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How important is the college you attend? Extremely—If you want to be at the top of the hiring list.
Delta weighs heavily on the Ab-initio schools. These are aviation universities such at Embry Riddle or North Dakota University, for example, where aviation training is built into the school curriculum. The student pops out at the end of their college experience with a four-year college degree and their commercial, instrument, multi-engine and instructor ratings. I suspect most of our next generation pilots will come from these schools. The great news is that when a pilot attends an Abi-initio school the “required” hours to fly for the airlines….per the new and pending regulation… will be reduced. To what? We don’t know yet. But students will receive credit. That 1500 minimum for a first officer won't be applicable to these students.
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Delta is partnering with their Delta Connection carriers in more ways that one. Our connection carriers will be selecting pilots from the Ab-initio schools, too. Pilot’s who have passed the hiring phase at one of these Delta connection airlines, which will be similar to Delta's hiring process, and have successfully passed training, and are flying the line… Yes, that will put push them up the list.
I’m thinking…. Getting a job with one of the following Delta Connection carriers is a GREAT idea!
Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA)
My idea to offer young people who are passionate about their aviation career a guaranteed interview with Delta when they're qualified, well, they will have that opportunity if they attend an Ab-initio school and fly for a Delta connections first. But they must meet the other requirements too.
Delta had 7000 applicants for a couple hundred positions. What will get you noticed above and beyond everyone else?
Tomorrow... How important are grades? What about PIC time... are those hours essential? Is total time the key? What do they mean about diversity?
Enjoy the Journey!