SHUPirate1
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Interview With ExpressJet (F/A)...what To Expect?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 5:13 am

Is there anything out-of-the-ordinary that I should expect from my interview tommorrow with them, other than the fact that I've been tagged a "must-ride" for my flights tommorrow (which is better than the two other airlines I've flown to interviews have done, and is particularly important because my flight going to Houston tommorrow is oversold)? Thanks in advance for your help!
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RE: Interview With ExpressJet (F/A)...what To Expect?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 6:32 am

I don't know much about the inflight side of Expressjet, but in general the company likes a professional, but cheerful personality. I heard many times even on the flight ops side that they hire on personality first. I've heard many people in many different parts of the company comment that one of the quickest ways to lose the interview is by acting arrogant or as if you know it all. I'm sure that as a member of this site you probably will know more about aviation in general than most of the others, and while you shouldn't actively hide it you shouldn't advertise or brag about your knowledge. Assume that the interview begins from the moment you arrive at the training center, so make an effort to engage your fellow interviewees in friendly conversation before the official interview begins. Ask them questions about where they're from, etc. I do know they watch for how people interact with each other before the interview begins.

Good luck!
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RE: Interview With ExpressJet (F/A)...what To Expect?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:11 pm

Quoting Turnit56N (Reply 1):
I've heard many people in many different parts of the company comment that one of the quickest ways to lose the interview is by acting arrogant or as if you know it all.

There went the strategy I had, I guess...I was planning on mentioning Continental's comments that they were planning on pulling a quarter of ExpressJet's fleet and asking how this would affect me, in addition to asking how negotiations on a new contract (the current one is amendable) are going, as the flight attendants have already rejected one (VERY generous) tentative agreement...
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RE: Interview With ExpressJet (F/A)...what To Expect?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:19 pm

Quoting SHUPirate1 (Reply 2):
asking how this would affect me

I would save that to when/if they ask you if you have any questions. This shows you have knowledge in the company and are interested in the company. But I can't stress enough, don't be arrogant with it. Don't ask too many questions of the negative parts of ExpressJet. Show that you are interested in the job, but don't be too forward with it.

Most of all, good luck, and tell me how it goes. I Hope you get it.

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RE: Interview With ExpressJet (F/A)...what To Expect?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 9:27 pm

As SOAC said, if they ask if anyone has questions you can ask tactfully if there is any word on how the removal of 69 aircraft from Continental's agreement would affect the inflight group. Bear in mind right now that the general sentiment in the company is that our management is going to find some other work for those 69 aircraft, and that we're not losing them from our fleet so phrase it as "removal from Continental's agreement" and say "69 aircraft" instead of "a quarter". It's less likely to ruffle feathers in the company if phrased that way.

I wouldn't mention the FA contract negotiations. That is unstable ground to tread during an interview.

Being knowledgable isn't an automatic killer, but advertising that knowledge and making an attempt to show them that you know so much about the company and the industry is. Trust me, they'll find out in the interview that you do have knowledge without you waving it around.
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RE: Interview With ExpressJet (F/A)...what To Expect?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 9:43 pm

Give it up already it's been over a year now but not a post goes by where you don't somehow reference your interview experience with Independence in some way.
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RE: Interview With ExpressJet (F/A)...what To Expect?

Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:25 am

Quoting SHUPirate1 (Thread starter):
and is particularly important because my flight going to Houston tommorrow is oversold)?

I have been to CO interviews when plane was oversold, but I got on anyway, almost bumped even it was positive space, but they knew it was a one chance thing for me (interview) so they squeezed me on.
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RE: Interview With ExpressJet (F/A)...what To Expect?

Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:26 am

Quoting IAirAllie (Reply 5):
Give it up already it's been over a year now but not a post goes by where you don't somehow reference your interview experience with Independence in some way.

Makes me wonder its now 3 interviews he has to go to now for same position...
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RE: Interview With ExpressJet (F/A)...what To Expect?

Thu Jan 19, 2006 10:50 am

So, how did the interview go?
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RE: Interview With ExpressJet (F/A)...what To Expect?

Thu Jan 19, 2006 11:12 am

Quoting Turnit56N (Reply 8):
So, how did the interview go?

I thought it went excellent, however, they haven't e-mailed me back inviting me to a second interview next Tuesday. As soon as I receive one (and they said they would send me one either way) I will provide more detail.
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RE: Interview With ExpressJet (F/A)...what To Expect?

Thu Jan 19, 2006 11:14 am

Good to hear you had a positive experience down here. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!
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RE: Interview With ExpressJet (F/A)...what To Expect?

Thu Jan 19, 2006 11:42 am

Quoting IAirAllie (Reply 5):
Give it up already it's been over a year now but not a post goes by where you don't somehow reference your interview experience with Independence in some way.

Where did he talk about Independence?
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RE: Interview With ExpressJet (F/A)...what To Expect?

Fri Jan 20, 2006 7:56 am

Quoting Turnit56N (Reply 8):
So, how did the interview go?

Not good enough, apparently, as I just got the e-mail stating that I was not selected for a second interview.

Quote:
Thank you for interviewing for the Flight Attendant position. We enjoyed meeting with you to discuss your skills and interest, and while your background is impressive, an invitation to attend the Panel 2 interviews will not be extended at this time.

Despite the fact that you were not selected for this position, we wanted to thank you for your interest.



Best wishes in your future career!

I have to confess, I thought I had a GREAT interview. I flew in on CO1836, and got to the ExpressJet headquarters totally loose, at ease, and not very nervous...my job at an interview is to do the best job being Britt SHUPirate1 as I can, and if that's not good enough for them, or they have bigger plans for me, so be it. I asked plenty of questions during the seminar that the head recruiter made, but pulled a few punches, waiting for my actual interview for those, as the head recruiter didn't seem overly receptive to my questions.

I felt like I absolutely FLOORED Angela, the woman who actually interviewed me. I sincerely hope she knows somebody who reads this board, as she was absolutely OUTSTANDING! The time management freak within me convinced me to ask about those 69 aircraft, the rejected Tentative Agreement, and how negotiations were going, as if the answers were not satisfactory for me, I was planning on simply saying that I was no longer interested right there. She clearly knew what was going on with the company. Number one, ExpressJet, not Continental, are the leaseholders on those 69 aircraft, and number two (this is the part that REALLY floored me) all 69 aircraft are ERJ-145XRs, which, unlike the ERJ-135's and, to some extent, the standard ERJ-145's, will be relatively easy to place. Additionally, and this impressed me, ExpressJet did not furlough A SINGLE FLIGHT ATTENDANT as a result of 9/11. As for the T/A, she stated that the other flight attendants basically wanted more time off...unfortunately for them, they seem to have miscalculated.

All in all, reading between the lines, I couldn't help but read "overqualified" in here, and I made a mistake in selling how well I have done with my basketball contracting. As a result, I sent back an e-mail thanking the lead recruiter, and asking if my resume and information could be passed along if another position she felt would be more appropriate for me opened up. I cannot be upset with myself, as I feel I have nothing to be ashamed of. As I said, I did the best job of being Britt SHUPirate1 as I can, and either that wasn't good enough for them, or they thought that was too good for them and they just have bigger plans for me.

I'd like to thank everybody on here for their support, and I'd further like everybody to know that, despite turning me down, ExpressJet is a class act as an airline, and I would have looked forward to working for them.
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RE: Interview With ExpressJet (F/A)...what To Expect?

Fri Jan 20, 2006 8:46 am

I'm sorry to hear that things didn't work out. If you don't mind me making a few suggestions, you can take or discard these as you wish. There are certain questions which are good to ask during a Q&A session, and certain ones that are not good to ask. First of all, keep the questions light and nonthreatening. Questions about bases, training, or very light questions regarding the company are good. If you really want to know about sensitive issues in the company, that's indeed a smart thing to do before going for an interview. Although online forums are a questionable source at best, you would frequently be able to get the same answers without having to introduce a sensitive topic in an interview setting. I do know Angela, and she is very good at putting applicants at their ease, which is one of the things XJT tries to do. Nevertheless, at any interview asking questions about union negotiations raises many red flags. Union issues get confrontational quickly, and it's best to completely avoid mentioning them when interviewing. Asking questions about negative issues the company is facing, like our current CPA issues with CAL raises more red flags. Although I wasn't there, it's possible that you were flagged as a potential troublemaker. Often, a good policy is to smile, make light and shallow small talk with your fellow applicants, ask one nonthreatening question in a pleasant manner to be memorable, then keep your head low.

By the way:

Quoting SHUPirate1 (Reply 12):
Number one, ExpressJet, not Continental, are the leaseholders on those 69 aircraft

ExpressJet has the sublease on the 69 aircraft, and we have the option of taking over the lease at a 2%-4% rate increase. That said, the common belief is that our management is working on a way to use them elsewhere. Even Angela probably doesn't know more than that. Our management is very good at keeping negotiations quiet.

Quoting SHUPirate1 (Reply 12):
all 69 aircraft are ERJ-145XRs

Actually, only 44 of the aircraft are XRs and 25 are LRs. The common belief around the company (which is backed up by the brief communications we get from upper management concerning the subject) is that we will be finding work for at least the 44 XRs.

I'm sorry that XJT didn't work out for you, but I wish you the best in your career.
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RE: Interview With ExpressJet (F/A)...what To Expect?

Fri Jan 20, 2006 4:32 pm

Hey SHUP,

sorry to hear that, but keep on trying! there are so many jobs in aviation!

I keep my fingers crossed for you!

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RE: Interview With ExpressJet (F/A)...what To Expect?

Fri Jan 20, 2006 5:14 pm

SHUP,

Sorry that it didn't work out, but you will get in somewhere. Even if you don't get a callback, each interview gives you experience that you can put to use in a future one.

Keep you head up, and keep us informed!

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