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Pilot Hiring

Jim Barnes, MEC Coordinator 

The Leading Edge, Summer 1999

 
Current Pilot Hiring Projections
In May the company increased the projected hiring numbers effective in June.  There were 78 new hires in June and the projection is now 60-80 per month at least through September, and likely through the rest of the year.  It now appears that the total new hires for the calendar year will be near, if not over, 800.
As a result of the increased numbers, the interview rate has also been increased from nine to 12 per day and may further increase to 15 per day.  The interview success rate, though remaining strong at close to onein-three, has fallen from the very high success rate of the first quarter of this year.
The company has also stated that they expect the new hire pilot numbers for the calendar year 2000 to exceed this year's totallikely in the neighborhood of 1,000.  If that holds true, 2,000 will be the third largest year in terms of new hire pilots, behind 1989, and 1997.

New Application
With the introduction of PeopleSoft software to the People Division earlier this year, all functions of the department are changing over to this software, including DENEV.  One element of the change is that there will be a standard application for all positions at the airline.  This single form will go into effect in the year 2000, though the specific effective date is not yet set. All pilot applicants will utilize this new comprehensive application, plus a two-page insert for the pilot specific areas, such as ratings and flight time, etc.

Scantron Form
DENEV now has the equipment to utilize a two-page (front & back) Scantron form.  The flight Officer Selection Steering Committee (FOSSC) is in the process of evaluating how to revise the form.  I expect some revision relatively soon.  The overall emphasis is to develop a form that will accomplish most of what will be needed when the above mentioned single application goes into effect.

Rumors
When an applicant goes to the DC- IO simulator for the flight skills evaluation they are given a choice of flying from the left seat or the right seat.  Many of the prep services have advised the applicant that this is a hidden psychological test-that United is hiring captains and hence the applicant should choose the left seat.  This is completely and totally false!  When we changed to the DC-10 we went to a device that has two seats.  We decided that in order to make the applicant feel as comfortable as possible they would be given the choice of seats.  Thus if the applicants have spent the last several years flying as a first officer, they could choose to fly from the seat they are most current in. The hope is that this would provide a more realistic evaluation.  Nowhere is the seat that the applicant flies from recorded and the Board of Review has no knowledge of what seat they choose.  It is NOT a factor.  This is but another example of very inaccurate information that is provided by the prep services in general.

I also hear frequently that the simulator scoring is adjusted for experience level.  Again this is totally false.  The computer that does the score does not even have the capability to have multiple scales, it is max'ed out in terms of memory.  No where is an applicant's experience level recorded or known by the captains that proctor the flight skills evaluation.  The scoring and standards are EXACTLY the same for ALL applicants! #