|WHO ARE WE?
The Flight Officer Employment department (DENEV) is a partnership between the Flight Operations and People Services Divisions. Representing the Flight Operations Division is Captain John Szakach, Manager of Flight Recruiting Programs. John's primary responsibilities include: chairperson ot the flight officer selection board, manager of the interview captains, chief spokesperson for all Flight Operations recruiting functions, and partnering with People Services to oversee the entire selection process. He reports to Captain Rick Maloney, Managing Director of Line Operations and System Chief Pilot.
Representing the People Services Division is Roger Vesely, Manager of Flight Officer Employment. Roger's primary responsibilities include: administration of the process from application through board of review, participating in the flight officer selection board, ensuring compliance with applicable company policies and federal laws, and partnering with Flight Operations to oversee the entire selection process. He reports to Patti Carson, Director for People Services, United Operating Group.
Accountability for establishing our selection criteria, including the Scantron formula, rests solely with Flight Operations. Whenever we propose a change to the process, we consult with the ALPA MEC Pilot Hiring Coordinator. Next, it is the responsibility of People Services to evaluate our proposal, including consultation with legal, medical, organizational effectiveness, and other departments. Flight Operations then makes a final decision based on the advice and recommendations of the other parties. Finally, it is the responsibility of People Services to implement the proposed changes.
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WHO CONDUCTS THE INTERVIEW?
After the interview, the IC and ER compare their notes using set standards of guidelines and anchors. The standards are the same for all candidates. The team then provides their recommendation to the board of review. The board reviews all documentation and makes a final determination whether to extend a job offer. While it is extremely rare, if the IC and ER do not agree on the outcome of the interview, each team member will submit a separate report to the board.
The board is comprised of management representatives from Flight Operations and People Services. If the board members cannot reach a consensus, the file is forwarded to the chairperson of the selection board, Captain John Szakach, for final determination.
The ICs are line captains (non-management) representing most domiciles
and fleets. We have about 42 ICs and they each conduct interviews
three to five days per month. When new ICs are needed, we advise
the domicile chief pilots of the vacancies. The domicile chief pilot
conducts the initial interview, consults with their LEC officers, and forwards
their recommendations to us for a final interview. We look for captains
who have exemplary training records, respect of their fellow line pilots,
and a demonstrated ability to make fair and objective decisions.
If selected, a new IC receives several days of training and observation
prior to being "OK to solo." In addition, we conduct frequent quality
assurance observations as well as recurrent training on a regular basis.