Got a Call from SWA today

hiflier

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I interviewed on 23 Oct and had a message on my answering machine today from Jennifer McCallion. She said I did well on the board but they had a couple of small things I needed to do to move forward. Not sure what that meant but the tone sounded positive. I returned her call but only got the voice mail. Hopefully good news.
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MLBWINGBORN

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Hi flier

I too got the same call..What it means is you passed the DB..Great job..

In my case.. they needed my help in speeding up some of my record returns..Phone calls to former employers solved the problem..After they got the last record request back i got the "go get your type" call..

I would relax and do your best to do what ever they ask of you as quickly and as nicely as possible..

In the past..This is a very good sign and 99% of the time you are hired..

That is of course unless you dont like watching MTV in your underwear and eating Strawberry Pop Tarts while watching Brittney..

Then you are doomed...Doomed ya hear..

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Called Too!

Boots,

I got called too. Interviewed on the 25th. Jennifer needed drug testing, NDR check (out of our hands) and records from my current employer concerning drug and alcohol and training records. congrats.

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No worries! Do not lose sleep at this point. I received a similar call. They needed to know how to conduct my background check for a comapany I worked for in Saipan. I used to work for a Northwest Airlines commuter out there (Pacific Island Aviation) and SWA wanted to make sure it wasn't out of the country (apparently, that becomes a can of worms for background checks). Well a simple phone call to Dallas and an explanation that Saipan is part of the Northern Marianas Island and is THEREFORE a US territory solved the problem. They simply stated they'd have to get back to me to check out US territories and the regs involved. They called back within an hour and said, "Never mind, we have what we need and we learned something about US History. Thank you."

Regards,

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Congrats to all "poolies" getting class dates with SWA! (I am envious-- but thrilled for all of you!!!)
I am replying to your posting because I was almost sure that SWA has not interviewed any pilots since 9/11. But, I guess, they have been, and that is great. My question is, though, did you already have a 10/23 interview scheduled before 9/11, or was it scheduled after 9/11? I ask because I got my type on 8/25, applied a few days later and got a scheduled interview for 10/10. On 9/18, I was told by Leslie that my interview has been temporarily postponed. I recently spoke with her regarding a new interview date and she said "...sometime after the first of the year..." She also said that they have just started recalling for interviews those scheduled for interviews but postponed, due to 9/11, and that those interviews would happen in Jan, etc.. So, Brother, how did you manage an interview on 10/23? Thanks for the info. and Happy Holidays!
 

hiflier

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I was originally scheduled for an interview on 18 Sept, got a call on the 13th postponing it until mid Oct, followed by a call a week later postponing it indefinitely. Two weeks after than call, Jennifer called to reschedule it for 23 Oct. Took drug test yesterday and still waiting for National Driving Record. Patiently waiting for more news.
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InHot

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SMT4SWA,

I was in the same boat as you. I called Lindsey this week and got an interview date in Jan. Get on the phone.
 

SMT4SWA

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New Year Interviews!

Thanks for the replies! I called and hour ago and got an interview this January, 2002. Lindsey said that my call to her pre-empted her call to me by a day or two. The weeks of the 7th, 14th, and the 21st are still wide open. Thanks again, "InHot"-- do well and have a great Holiday!:D
 

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Same routine here.

Originally scheduled for Sept 18th. Postponed and then canx after 9/11.

No Type Rating.

Called this week, talked to LL and was given an early Jan interview date.

Things are looking better.

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A few questions......... 1) What is the best way to update info to SWA (i.e. address changes, phone number, etc)? 2) I submitted my app. in October. I know this is kind of a "wide open" question, but when should one expect a call for an interview? 3) How do I go about getting the phone number to Linsey and who is she? I'm new to this game, so hang with me boys and girls! Thanks much.
 

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DLFLYR,

If you need to update contact information, I'd suggest calling the People Department directly, then follow up with a letter. As long as you meet their minimums, no need to update flying time, etc -- unless you went out and bought a type.

Linsey is Lindsey Lang, one of the folks in the people Dept. I've been talking to Linsey ever since I got the first interview call from SWA. Either Linsey or Jennifer will "own" your file during the process.

My story: Military (ret in Nov 02, avail Aug 02), 3000-ish hours, no 737 type (yet), applied March 01, Called in Aug 01 for a Sept interview, scheduled for Sept 17th, rescheduled for Oct 17th (when everything hit the fan), interview cancelled a few days later. Lindsey called me back last Thursday. Now scheduled for Jan 14th, 8AM.

An unsolicited plug: Shell out $250 to Rob Beaks for prep. Although I haven't been through the interview yet, he certainly made me more comfortable about what to expect -- exactly what I needed, since I've never had to interview for a position in my life.

Good luck to all and Happy holidays
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Great news guys!

To all heading to SWA! I am glad to hear that they are in the hiring mode and hopefully they will continue this trend. It is good to see you all share information and discuss your future at a great carrier. I just wish this kind of news was being shared among more majors. Maybe oneday soon the sun will shine on the rest of us. Good luck guys!

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Herkdvr

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January Interview

Dudes,
Just set up my interview with SWA for the 14th (pm) of Jan. I was previously scheduled for 24 Sept but had it cancelled. I submitted my app back in Mar 01 and got the call for initial interview in Aug 01. No 737 type and will probably wait until getting the thumbs up call from SWA to get it. Still in the military and can't separate until at least Jul 02. Best of Luck to all!
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Congrats to all!!

Since a lot of you done you interviews, could you fill us wantabe's in what was all involved in the interview? Any info would be greatful.
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Hi Mense,

The interview for SWA was very friendly and pleasant. The whole thing takes about half a day, and includes three individual interviews and a logbook check. No sim evaluation in conducted. The interviews are usually conducted by two pilots and one People Department rep. The questions tend to be situational and generally non-technical. The best way to prepare (in my humble opinion), is to use your logbook as a memory-jog, and think about "out of the ordinary" situations, and how you handled them.

They truly went out of their way to make me feel comfortable, Just relax and be yourself.

Best of luck,

VeeOneRot8:)

P.S. -Reading "NUTS" (if you haven't already) would definitely help in becoming educated about SWA and their unique culture.
 

xhercdriver

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Go back through your logbook. Try to remember the times you:

--Screwed something up or made an error in judgement. What happened and how did you deal with it?

--Had a conflict with a crewmember, superior, or subordinate.

--Failed a checkride. What happened, what did you learn, did you agree with the check pilot?

--Diverted to another field. What circumstances?

--Had an emergency situation. What circumstances?

--Used crew resource management. Ever had your mind changed by the crew? Ever had to make a "team" decision inflight? Ever had to try to convince the Captain to do something different?

--Broke a rule on purpose. What circumstances would make you do this?

Don't "over-prepare." They aren't going to want to hear the same answer some guy from your company or squadron gave them two weeks ago, and they aren't going to want to feel like you've memorized some monologue about your stories. Think about the situation and what points you think are important, and then move on to the next one. You can use the same situation to answer more than one question, and you can use the same situation with more than one of the interview team.

They're probably going to ask you about failed checkrides, but they are doing this to see how you handled it and what you learned, not to compare you to someone who hasn't failed one. Their approach seems to be that it's happened to everyone, and your attitude about it is more important than the fact that it happened.

They're also going to ask why you want to work there, and why you're a good "fit." If you haven't read "Nuts," read it. It's a good read, and you'll learn some things about the way the company "ticks." If you can't find some things you like in there, it may NOT be the place for you, but I think most guys will find enough things that appeal to them that you can come up with a good sincere answer about what you like and why you'd be a good addition.

Don't get nervous about it at all. If an interview can be "fun," this one is. It's totally non-adversarial, and you shouldn't feel like you're having to "prove your worth." Know your record, your strengths, and your weaknesses, and just act like a "normal person."
 

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mense,
First of all, this is a plug all my own, Rob ain't payin me a dime! That being said, I would HIGHLY reccomend you give Rob Beeks a call for an interview prep. He is a pilot for SWA and does an excellent phone prep. What helped me the most wasn't trying to memorize 100 different situations, but trying to get across the fact that I am a proficient pilot who makes sound decisions and won't get sideways with the Captain after a 4 day trip. They don't really care that you got in a tiff with the f/a about the dust on the galley, but how you handled that situation. Anyway, the $250 for a prep with Rob was money well spent, IMHO. I got hired so I am a fan, and I believe his success rate for guys he helps out is above 90%. Any more ??s, let me know.
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DLFLYR

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# for Rob Beeks?

You gotta number or e-mail address for Rob Beeks?
 
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