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Applying For A Job At BA--More Than I Ever Thought  
User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 10936 times:

I've applied for jobs in the past, but farting around BAs website, I found an opening at SFO.

I don't need a new job as I'm currently dual-employed, but I'd dump one in a heartbeat to work at SFO.

So I apply, submit resume, and head into the "assessment".

My statistics class took less prep than this thing. Very much SAT feel.

Questions were like:

Unscramble and state if the following is true:

square has sides three A

A- True
B- False

Excel and Execution

A- Alike
B- Unalike
C- Alike but with different meaning

Five feet of cord can be bought for $3.00. How much can be bought with $0.90

A- 1.5
B- 0.5
C- 23
D- None of the Above

And so on it went.

Then you have to answer 80+ questions and no only fill out Your True or False, but also what you feel the Company Expects in an Ideal Candidate.

So It would it go:

"I love attention and fame"

Ideal Actual
TF TF

"I have a hard time talking about my feelings"

Ideal Actual
TF TF

Really off the wall questions I've never ever seen before on an employment screening session.

As odd as it was, mad props to BA for filtering through talent to provide the best to their passengers.


"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."
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User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 10861 times:

Quoting UA777222 (Thread starter):
As odd as it was, mad props to BA for filtering through talent to provide the best to their passengers.

Wow, its not like that in the UK, but the test at interview is something I certainly wont forget, even though it was over 5 years ago now. What is the SFO job for?

Best of luck  


User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10005 times:

Quoting LHR380 (Reply 1):
Wow, its not like that in the UK, but the test at interview is something I certainly wont forget, even though it was over 5 years ago now. What is the SFO job for?

Just standard CSR. Worth applying for, but like I said, no need for the job but would welcome the opportunity.



"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."
User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 9576 times:

Quoting UA777222 (Reply 2):
Just standard CSR. Worth applying for, but like I said, no need for the job but would welcome the opportunity.

Do you mean CSA? A CSR is a supervisor here at BA.

I did a test similar to this when I joined the airline and was impressed with the thoroughness of the whole process.



Speedbird Concorde One
User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1296 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8972 times:

Air France has a similar system in place. After the aptitude assessment, there is a 150-question personality profiling questionnaire. Very long and annoying to fill out.

-J.



Tho' I've belted you an' flayed you, By the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
User currently offlineANstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5187 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8898 times:

Quoting UA777222 (Reply 2):
Just standard CSR.

Do BA have their own ground crew in SFO. I thought most of them would be through a ground handler like Menzies etc


User currently offlinepeanuts From Netherlands, joined Dec 2009, 1438 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8763 times:

Northwest Airlines did similar tests, back in 1995...(res agent positions)


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User currently offlinejayeshrulz From India, joined Apr 2007, 1027 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8713 times:

Quoting UA777222 (Thread starter):
"I love attention and fame"

Ideal Actual
TF TF

"I have a hard time talking about my feelings"

Ideal Actual
TF TF

I may sound stupid but sorry, how do you solve these?
Ideal actual?? TF ??
Quoting UA777222 (Thread starter):

Excel and Execution

A- Alike
B- Unalike
C- Alike but with different meaning

its B right?



Keep flying, because the sky is no limit!
User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8476 times:

Quoting ANstar (Reply 5):
Do BA have their own ground crew in SFO. I thought most of them would be through a ground handler like Menzies etc

Yes but in 5 day, 4-hour shifts.

So, slightly odd. They make clear their closed-shop status as well.

Not entirely sure that that was a good thing to note on the footer of the first landing page.



"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."
User currently offlineyodobashi From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2007, 233 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7165 times:

Quoting jayeshrulz (Reply 7):
Ideal actual?? TF ??

Looks like they want you to state what you think is 'ideal' for the job, and which applies to you so, for example, using the first:

I love attention and fame

Ideal = false (because I'm certain BA don't want attention seekers)
Actual = true or false depending on whether you like to seek attention and fame

This kind of test not only finds out about your qualities and traits, but also what you perceice to be important qualities to perform well in the role applied for.

These forms of tests are quite common and notoriously difficult to 'cheat', so when answering, honesty is the best policy!



"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page"
User currently offlineSJC4Me From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 373 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4577 times:

The FAA test I took was probably just as weird if not more-so. I don't remember specifics but I believe a couple of them touched on "Do you hear voices in your head?" or "Have you ever wanted to kill someone?"

Now, certainly almost everyone has 'wanted' to kill someone at some point in their life even though they would never do such a thing. But I wonder if they take intent into account when grading the answers. And if you say no, does that mean you have pent up aggression or are incapable of reaching certain levels of human emotion? Seems like a catch-22 to me.



Unable.
User currently offlineLASoctoberB6 From Japan, joined Nov 2006, 2380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3860 times:

Quoting jayeshrulz (Reply 7):
Quoting UA777222 (Thread starter):

Excel and Execution

A- Alike
B- Unalike
C- Alike but with different meaning

its B right?

Yes. 



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User currently offlinenyc2theworld From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 664 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3545 times:

You can excel (i.e be awesome) at the exeuction (the actual doing) of a task.


Always wonderers if this "last and final boarding call" is in fact THE last and final boarding call.
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