Someone my sister knows has completed his commercial license and has recently had an interview with British Airways.
He has had interviews with several airlines, though the interview with British airways was especially concerning. If I recall correctly, a pilot was the interviewer, and one of the questions he asked was:
"How could you save british airways money?"
So the guy that was interviewed replied several methods that were technically sound (based on what he had learnt during his training, as anyone would in that situation).
Then... the interviewer (BA pilot) replies "Wrong! The correct answer is to fly in a straight line"
Thats all he replied!
Firstly, although flying straight to the destination would increase efficiency, there is surely more than one method of increasing flight effciency than to fly in a straight line. Also, on some flights, passing over required VOR's would mean that flying in a straight line may be more difficult.
Apparently the interviewer was very rude, and arrogant, basically a jerk.
I think an interview like that is unfair, I think the interviewer was completely wrong to do that, and the event should be acknowledged to BA.
Any replies from pilots would be very much appreciated for the sake of the subject at hand, though anyone's thoughts and opinions are very much welcome. thanks.
[Edited 2007-09-15 21:09:46]