For Australian pilots - or would-be pilots - Qantas Group is a great place to develop and grow with the most successful airline in Australia.
About Qantas Airways
Qantas is the flag-carrying airline of Australia and is a founding member of the Oneworld airline alliance that also includes British Airways and American Airways. As the most popular - and largest by fleet size - airline in Australia, Qantas has been taking commercial passengers around the world since 1935, and continues to grow, taking 50 million people in the air every year.
Originally founded in 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited (QANTAS), a hundred years of development and a group that covers both long-haul and short-haul flights to and from Australia and New Zealand to the most international destinations of any Australian airline has made Qantas a real destination for pilots, cabin crew and ground support professionals who are looking to make a real difference.
If you want to work at Qantas, you need to be exceptional, able to rise to the challenge, and be ready to achieve the impossible with the support of an inclusive and diverse team. 30,000 people are employed by Qantas, with 93% based in Australia, in a range of different positions.
Business areas include:
- Pilots and Flight Operations
- Cabin Crew
- Customer Service
- Brand Marketing and Communications
- Ground Operations
- Finance Strategy and Commercial Planning
- Administration, Support and Services
- Environment and Quality Assurance
- Property Management
- International Careers
A flexible, competitive salary package with bonuses and benefits is available to all staff, with remuneration commensurate with experience and job level. The high flying culture of Qantas has an eye on the future while offering world-class customer experience, maintaining high standards of safety and integrity and making a positive impact on the broader community - so passionate, driven and competitive people will love the fast-paced atmosphere.
Qantas Airways Pilot Application Process
To become a pilot with Qantas there are two main routes - to become a cadet or a trainee, or go in as a qualified pilot.
TheQantas Group Future Pilot Programme is for Aviation students who are studying in one of the partner universities. Through mentoring by experienced Qantas pilots, students are able to complete an airline pathway program that culminates in qualification as a First Officer for the Dash 8 200 or 300, or the Q400 fleet in Australia.
Jetstar (a subsidiary of Qantas) has a pilot cadet scheme too, following the ab-initio cadet training syllabus and offering Australian graduates the skills, qualifications and experience they need to become a commercial airline pilot
For qualified pilots, the application process for flying with Qantas is rigorous and thorough.
Online Application Form
For all experienced pilots, an Australian Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) or an Australian Commercial Pilot Licence (ACPL) is needed, alongside current instrument proficiency and at least 500 hours in the air (this might be more, depending on the role).
The initial application form will be screened by the recruitment team, and if you are successful at this stage you will be invited to complete some psychometric assessments.
The Pilot psychometric assessments are published by SHL and TalentQ, and include the following timed tests:
- Numerical Reasoning
- Verbal Reasoning
- Inductive Reasoning
- Deductive Reasoning
- Checking Tests.
The numerical and verbal reasoning tests are similar in question style to the ones taken for other roles, looking for aptitude in understanding information in written and numerical formats.
Inductive reasoning assessments are based on pattern recognition and finding the missing shape in a series, while deductive reasoning assesses your ability to reach a logical decision based on deductions made from information given.
The checking test is an assessment of your ability to spot mistakes when comparing two nearly identical sets of data, specifically your speed and accuracy.
This is a 'getting to know you' interview, where you can expect questions about your previous flight experience and a check of your qualifications.
It is often the first time you will have a proper conversation with a member of the recruitment team so it is vital to make a good impression - even Pilots need to meet the requirements of Qantas in terms of employee behaviour and personality.
Be prepared for some behavioural questions too, so that you can demonstrate that you are the perfect candidate.
In the assessment centre, would-be pilots are put through their paces with a series of exercises designed to test teamwork, communication and leadership. In a similar way to other staff applications, you can expect to take part in group exercises, create presentations, and take part in role plays.
There are also likely to be behavioural interviews at the assessment centre, as well as any physical tests (including looking at your Pilots Licence and Log Book).
In the assessment centre, or in a following assessment, you will also need to undergo medical tests.
The simulator assessment is based on the Boeing 747 and is used to assess your in-flight abilities.
This is based on a 'normal' flight, with simple maneuvers and no emergencies to deal with. You will be with a Qantas pilot while you undertake the simulation, and it is CASA authorised and regulated.
This should be a simple demonstration of your altitude flying and pre-flight checks.
There will also be background checks completed at all levels, including criminal background, financial history and references from previous employers.