The Coronavirus pandemic has seriously impacted not only our own industry, aviation, but those directly linked to it, such as hospitality, tourism, and retail. However, with testing measures, positive forecasts and vaccine roll outs, blue skies are certainly in sight. With the world keen to resume international travel, when it is safe to do so, now is the perfect time to prepare yourself and ensure that you are ready for job hunting post pandemic. The job market will be highly competitive, so it’s important to equip yourself with the best tools and knowledge to be in with the best chance of completing a successful interview and securing new employment. So, here are our six top tips to help you in preparing for an aviation interview post-pandemic.
It’s time to be flexible and show potential employers that you’re willing to adapt. Taking time to consider what is most important to you and what you’re prepared to compromise on will be a big help to prepare for an aviation interview, secure a new position, and return to the aviation industry quickly! Employers will be seeking flexible candidates who are highly motivated to take on new opportunities with both hands.
A great way to stand out from the crowd when employers review your application will be the extent and depth of your qualifications, and there has never been a better time to diversify and enhance your knowledge. Depending on your profession, there are multiple tools available to help you learn new skills and develop your industry knowledge when preparing for an aviation interview. A great place to start is group forums, media outlets and membership groups. And don’t stop there, once you receive your qualifications, show them off! Update your LinkedIn profile to show your latest qualifications, obtain references from previous employers and start networking with fellow industry professionals. A great place to begin is our very own LinkedIn community.
Keeping up to date with aviation news and setting up recruitment alerts will be key in securing a position back in the industry. Operators will likely need support for high-volume recruitment needs, so will utilise recruitment agencies for this mammoth task. So, stay connected with recruiters by having open communication, updating your details and being pro-active when it comes to interviews and assessments. Even if you don’t get the first job, there will always be more that you’ll be suitable for. A great way to get in front of a recruiter and to hear about new jobs first is to register a profile. This allows recruitment teams to instantly match you with active roles that match your experience, requirements, and aspirations. You can register a profile with us online.
Ensure your LinkedIn profile is up to date, collect your recommendations, copies of qualifications / licenses / logbooks and prepare yourself to be back in the mindset of an industry professional. If it has been a while since your last day at work it can be useful to refresh your routine and brush up on typical interview questions, ready for both interviews and your first days back at work.
The aviation industry will have undoubtedly changed during the pandemic and many airlines are still fighting for survival, so be prepared to compromise a little and bring out that team player attitude! New distancing measures and safety procedures such as a rapid testing will likely be in place to support both staff and passengers. So be patient when it comes to new processes, as everybody is still learning. Prepare to demonstrate this knowledge and flexibility in your interview, that team player attitude will be of comfort to many potential employers.
What do you want to achieve from your new position? When preparing for an aviation interview, try to identify personal goals for your career progression, without limiting your opportunities, and be ready to communicate your ambitions to potential new employers. Employers enjoy hearing that prospective candidates are looking for long-term positions and are investing in growing with the company. We now know, more than ever, that plans can change rapidly, but preparing a plan with aspirations will not only impress your interviewer, but also help you in defining your career path.
Enjoy all new opportunities that come your way! Having come through the pandemic we know never to take anything for granted, so find a role that you will truly enjoy and make it your mission to give 100% every day. Read more of our aviation industry expert tips on our candidate news page.