easyJet is the UK’s largest airline and a FTSE 100 company, focused on the purpose of ‘seamlessly connecting Europe with the warmest welcome in the sky’. The aviation company was established in 1995 to offer low fare flights to consumers across Europe.
It operates a fleet of 342 aircraft and services routes between 154 airports, serving 48 million customers across 35 countries – making it the seventh largest airline in the world. easyJet has a workforce of over 14,000 employees, including over 4,000 pilots and 8,000 members of cabin crew. As a short haul airline, working for easyJet involves variety, with short flights, quick turnarounds and multiple take-offs and landings in a day.
The easyJet fleet consists of modern Airbus A320 family aircraft. These planes are able to fly regular, in-demand routes thanks to easyJet’s valuable slot portfolio – covering many slot-constrained primary airports.
The airline has five core values which support its internal strategy and offering to the public. easyJet is:
- Safe and responsible
- On our customers’ side
- In it together
- Always efficient
- Forward thinking
Its operating priorities are to:
- Be number 1 or 2 at primary airports
- Win customers’ loyalty
- Increase value by efficiency
- Employ the right people
- Innovate with data
easyJet was awarded Best Short Haul Airline 2020 by the Business Travel Awards and judged the Best Low Cost Airline 2020 by Business Traveller Magazine.
easyJet Application Process
The easyJet application process is multi-stage and involves an initial online application, online psychometric testing and an assessment centre involving non-technical group exercises, a technical assessment and a competency-based interview. Entry requirements vary according to whether you are applying for a easyJet Captain or Co-Pilot position. The minimum criteria are as follows:
Type Rated Captains: Minimum 4000 flying hours with 1000 pilot-in-command (PIC) hours. Non-Type Rated Captains: Minimum 4000 flying hours with 1000 PIC hours on jet aircraft over 30T maximum take-off weight (MTOW). Type Rated Co Pilots: Minimum 500 hours on A320. Non-Type Rated Co Pilots: Minimum 1000 flying hours with 500 hours on aircraft over 10T MTOW.
Specific job adverts will contain a run down of all necessary requirements for each position. You must meet all the criteria, and be currently operating, in order to apply.
The easyJet online application involves uploading your CV and answering a series of questions. Make sure your CV is up to date and clearly conveys your experience and skills. When answering the application questions, keep the easyJet core values and business priorities in mind, as well as the responsibilities of the role outlined in the job description. It is important to convey early on that you possess the key competencies sought and are aligned with the easyJet culture.
Once you have submitted your online application, if you are applying for a co-pilot role, you will receive a link to complete two online psychometric assessments.
If you are expressing interest in joining as an easyJet captain, you will be invited straight to an assessment centre session.
Online Psychometric Tests
To evaluate their suitability for easyJet, co-pilot candidates are required to sit psychometric ability assessments, which test numerical and verbal reasoning skills. These tests are timed and in multiple choice format. No aids, such as a calculator or dictionary, are permitted.
To achieve a high score, candidates will need to answer the questions quickly and accurately. Adequate preparation, through taking practise papers and familiarising yourself with the format, style and content of the questions, is recommended.
Numerical Reasoning Test
The numerical reasoning test assesses your ability to interpret numerical data. You will be presented with information in the form of graphs, charts and tables, and be required to use this to solve written math problems.
You will need to be able to deal with mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, sequences and basic algebra, and use general arithmetic.
The publisher of the test is Cut-e/AON. The test will have a duration of 12 minutes, with candidates required to answer as many of the 37 questions as possible.
Before the test begins, you will be able to answer a few practise questions to become accustomed to the testing interface.
In preparation for the test, check that your internet connection is stable and your browser has been updated to the latest version – this will reduce the likelihood of any technical difficulties.
Verbal Reasoning Test
The verbal reasoning test assesses your ability to understand and interpret written information. You will be presented with questions centred around word analogies, word meanings and the potential inferences from given statements.
As with the numerical reasoning test, the test publisher is Cut-e/AON. The test is multiple choice and has a time limit of 12 minutes. It is 49 questions long, but candidates are not expected to complete all the questions posed. Work as quickly as you can through the questions, but don’t sacrifice focus and accuracy in order to complete the test in its entirety.
Again, before the test begins, there will be a few practise questions to answer.
The best way to comprehensively prepare for the reasoning assessments – so you feel confident when sitting the tests – is to complete practise Cut-e/AON assessments. You will need to achieve a high score in both ability tests in order to secure a place in the next stage of the recruitment process, so invest time in honing your numerical and verbal skills.
Once you have completed the online ability tests, your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum requirements. If you satisfy the experience requirements and pass the psychometric tests, you will receive an invite to an assessment centre day.
Pilots are invited to attend an assessment centre day in groups of up to 12. The assessment centre session will comprise both technical and non-technical tasks.
During the assessment centre, pilots will be required to take part in group exercises and attend a competency-based interview. The day will also feature a series of presentations, providing information about working life at easyJet and details about easyJet’s contracts. There will be ample opportunity to ask any outstanding questions you may have about joining easyJet’s ranks.
The group exercises aim to explore your team working skills and behavioural interactions. Ensure you are actively participating in the task and making a valuable contribution but remember the importance of listening to the opinions of others in a group scenario. The best team players are unafraid to sit back, listen and analyse multiple views in order to ascertain the most effective course of action.
The interview will be your first opportunity to directly converse with members of the recruitment team. The interview is competency-based, so will explore the non-technical skills that make you a great fit for the easyJet community. It is important to evidence your competencies and skills using concrete examples. If you suffer from nerves or struggle to keep your answers concise during an interview, keep the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) in mind when structuring your responses.
Remember it is okay to ask for a moment to gather your thoughts if you need it. A considered response, using a strong example from your experience, is much better than a rushed answer lacking in detail.
To gain insight into the technical standard of your flying skills, you will be required to complete a flight simulator assessment. It will also test skills such as spatial orientation, hand-eye coordination and the ability to multi-task. You will be fully briefed before the task, with the opportunity to ask any questions that may arise.
Online Testing for Captains
If you are applying to easyJet as a captain, you will need to complete an additional step. This will be an online psychometric questionnaire, followed by a video interview. The questionnaire will be a personality test – looking for insight into your behavioural traits, drivers and temperament – to judge whether you have the approach required to excel as a captain. Answer honestly, keeping the easyJet core values in mind.
Although personality questionnaires do not require any previous knowledge, it is sensible to take a few practise tests in preparation. This will ensure you convey an accurate reflection of yourself when completing the assessed questionnaire.