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Subject: Interview Process: Temsco, Coastal, RLC
 
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01/26/2013 7:45 PM  
Hello everyone! I'm brand new to the forums, and I'm looking for some help. Forgive me if these questions have already been asked in the past. I'm looking for updated insight to the interview process (preferably guys who have been hired within the past year). I want to know the typical questions that are asked in interviews with Temsco & Coastal in Alaska and RLC in the GOM. Do they administer tests as part of the interview, or are you taken on a flight? Will the Alaska companies hire you if you don't show up in person to hand them your resume?
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01/28/2013 6:13 PM  

Im taking a swing at this cuz I dont see anyone from the recent past doing so.

Concerning Temsco:
It used to be (and I dont have any reason to believe it had changed), the procedure was to contact them, and they will ask you for your info and paperwork. If they want to bring you on, they will invite you up for the ground school and flight training. The success rate was generally pretty high.
But honestly, call the chief pilot. Ask him (her?) ALL your questions. And dont take anything for granted.
Its a great adventure.

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02/04/2013 1:32 PM  
Thanks for the reply. I've been calling every few days, but I think the chief pilot is on overload. He said he's received over 1000 resumes this year. Hopefully it will all work out in my favor.
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02/12/2013 12:48 PM  
I know RLC held some interviews last Wednesday. I was hoping someone from that group could give some insight into the interview process. What questions were asked? I'm studying for my interview & I really would like some insight to help me narrow the scope & focus in on the important areas they will expect me to know.
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03/23/2013 9:29 PM  
I can't tell you exactly what will happen, I've never worked for RLC. But perhaps I can give you some friendly advice. Try to show up the day before and get some good rest, check the weather, familiarize yourself with the airspace. I'd even go to the base and just watch the aircraft come and go, see how they maneuver on their ramp and what their departure/arrival procedures are like.
During the sit down interview, be professional and honest. Prepare to have them to see your log book. Make it clear that you are interested in long term employment. Companies hate it when they spend a ton of money training you just to have you jump ship as soon as something better comes along. That said, you need to do what is best for your career.
For the flight portion, be up front about your experience level. When I interviewed with PHI I made it clear that I had no turbine time. I didn't know what I was doing and I REALLY didn't want to burn up the engine on my interview (or ever). Be prepared to go through all the basics, including wearing a hood and doing some unusual attitude recovery, etc. Plan on doing some auto's, both planned and simulated engine failures. Know where the wind is and keep your eyes open for good landing areas all the time. There are a lot of swamps and heavily wooded areas, but also a bunch of open fields. Also, tall towers and a ton of traffic.
Most importantly, exercise good judgement and be safe. Don't be in a rush, if something is not clear, don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't be afraid to call a go-around either if it is looking ugly. Better to make the call yourself then get in a bad position and try to save it. Think of it as "flying Ms. Daisy", nice and slow, clear your turns, etc. Chances are they are looking for someone that is trainable and that they can trust to make good decisions.
Try to relax, it will be taxing. Nerves, unfamiliar area, lots of traffic, etc can mess you up. Stay calm and remember, You're flying a dang helicopter! How cool is that?!? Beats the hell out of a cubical!

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03/23/2013 10:07 PM  
Keith Its nice to see someone of your experience coming in and helping out with the queries. I'm semi-retired now after more than 50 years in the cockpit/s but still can't help to stay involved. You've been giving some good advice and I expect you'll continue to do so. See your profile and Utah .... I went to high school in south SLC in the very early 50's! Semper Fi - Rocky ps I based in SoCal for over 20 years with both FW/RW - mostly corporate

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10/25/2013 1:29 PM  
That's excellent advice! I feel very well qualified for any check ride, but I never considered checking the weather, airspace and ramp procedures... good stuff! Keeping your mind on prevailing winds, finding forced landing areas, clearing your turns... all great points and worth remembering. Thanks!
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