Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer

Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment (Test)

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Candidates typically need about 45 minutes to complete our full-length job-specific assessments. Our short versions take less than half that time. Like our standard assessments, these tests are based on the U.S. Government Occupational Information Network (O*Net). They do not contain the animated simulation module, however, though they still provide valuable information about all critical performance-related dimensions. Additionally, the short versions optionally include 1-2 virtual video interview questions! Click below for more information:

Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer (Short)

Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, national, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Work as part of a flight team with other crew members, especially during takeoffs and landings.
  • Use instrumentation to guide flights when visibility is poor.
  • Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight, adhering to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - flight test new or altered aircraft
  • Contact control towers for takeoff clearances, arrival instructions, and other information, using radio equipment.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - use two-way radio or mobile phone
  • Getting Information - read maps
  • Monitor gauges, warning devices, and control panels to verify aircraft performance and to regulate engine speed.

About the test (Full Version)

The HR Avatar Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking and Attention to Detail
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
  • Adaptability
  • Drive
  • Integrity
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Empathy and Emotional Self-Control

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:53-2011.00
Simulation Context:Medium-Level General Business/Office
O*Net Context:Transportation and Material Moving
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2020)
Bottom 10%:
$80,920 or less
Bottom 25%:
$106,530 or less
$160,970 (Average)
Top 25%:
$208,000 or more
Top 10%:
$208,000 or more

US Employment Statistics
2030 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:9,600

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Transportation
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Psychology
Top Skills
  • Operation and Control
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Judgment and Decision Making
Top Abilities
  • Control Precision
  • Response Orientation
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Written Comprehension
  • Depth Perception
  • Far Vision
  • Near Vision
Education Requirements
Post-Secondary Certificate:
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Associate's Degree (2 yr):
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Master's Degree:
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Related Work Experience Requirements
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