Cathay Pacific-Cathay Pacific Pilot Interview and Assessment

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Subject:Cathay Pacific Pilot Interview and Assessment

Update Time:2015-02-17 16:40:58

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Currently Cathay Pacific is currently recruiting cadets, advanced entry and transition programm pilots and the assessment consist of:
Initial A Compass Test
- Technical multiple - choice Questionnaire (45mins)
- Compass Test (90mins)
Initial B (Upon passing initial A you are called back for Initial B)
- Interview with both Personal (HR) and Technical Questions (45mins)
- Abstract Reasoning (IQ) Test - (Raven Test) (45mins)
- Personality / Psychometric test
- Group Exercise (For Advanced Entry and Transition Programme)
- Simulator Assessment (For Advanced Entry and Transition Programme)
Cathay Pacific Pilot Interview was last updated on 17 February, 2015
The information on this page has been submitted to us by pilots attending Cathay Pacific pilot interview and sharing their expereince with us. The content and computerized pilot tests on this page should only be used for preparation purposes.

Initial A

Technical Multiplie Choice Questionnaire


Technical Questions:


At what altitude does predictive wind shear work? 
Answer: Windshear prediction is radar based and is available below 1500’ AGL

Indication of warm front approaching?
Answer: Generally, prior to the passage of a warm front, cirriform or stratiform clouds, along with fog, can be expected to form along the frontal boundary.

What happens to Mach number if you climb in a constant IAS?
Answer: Mach number increases

Can EGPWS work without GPS?
Answer: yes

What do vortex generators do in low speed?
Answer: Vortex generators delay flow separation and aerodynamic stalling; they improve the effectiveness of control surfaces.


How many turbines in each stage of the engine? Compressors? (RB211 Engine)


  • The RB211-524 family are three-shaft high-bypass-ratio engines.
  • Single-stage wide-chord fan.
  • Seven-stage IP compressor.
  • Six-stage HP compressor.
  • Single annular combustor with 18 fuel burners (24 on the RB211-524G/H-T).
  • Single-stage HP turbine, single-stage IP turbine and a three-stage LP turbine.


Compass Test


Math Test:


This basic test in applied mathematics screens your understanding of the basics: multiplication, division, subtraction as well as speed, distance and time calculations. By taking this test, you can assess your mathematical skills according to the very same standards used in the industry and be thoroughly prepared when applying for a job in aviation.


The math test features a practice section with over 100 questions, each with a detailed explanation of the answer. The test section itself consists of 24 random, time-limited questions with answers.


Physics Test:


This test measures your grasp on the natural sciences in general, and the concepts of motion, space, time, energy and force in particular. It consists of two software modules: a practice module, comprising 100 questions and their answers, and the actual test module.


The physics test features a practice section with over 100 questions, each with a detailed explanation of the answer. The test itself consists of 15 random, time-limited questions. A PDF file with all the important  formulas to memorize will be provided.


Short Term Memory:


Both short-term memory and tolerance for stress will be assessed in this simulation. You will constantly be confronted with new information about altitude, heading, airspeed and radio frequencies and asked to memorize and reproduce this information.


Short Term Memory features 3 different levels (easy, medium and hard). Each level has time-limited rounds in which you have to memorize the information and answer each question correctly. At the end of the test, a score will be calculated. 


Spatial Awareness:


This is a test to assess your spatial awareness and ability to read instruments. In other words, you need to understand the aircraft's attitude and position in physical space. You will be asked to pick the correct aircraft on the basis of the readings on the cockpit instruments.


The Spatial Awareness test features a practice section with 20 questions, each with a detailed explanation of the answer. The test section features 3 different levels (easy, medium and hard). Each level will have a 10 random, time-limited questions and a exact score will be calculated afterwards.


Tracking Test:


The purpose of this test is to measure your hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness. The goal is to keep the airplane on track at all times. The track itself will constantly be changing direction, so you should always be anticipating the next turn.


Spatial Awareness features 3 different levels (easy, medium and hard). Each level has a time limit. At the end of the test, a score will be provided based on your accuracy in the airplane on track.


Flight Control:


This is a test that measures your hand-eye-foot coordination. During this test you will need to keep the vertical speed indicator needle (VSI) at zero at all times. At the same time, you must keep the white ball centered inside the two white lines.


The Flight Control has a 5 minute time limit. A score, based on your accuracy in keeping the needle at zero and the ball in the center, will be given in percentages. For optimum results, we recommend the use of a joystick and rudder pedals for this test.




This test measures your multitasking skills. You will constantly be receiving information (digits) and you will be asked to enter them in the primary flight display by using the arrows and numbers on your keyboard. At the same time, alert signs will be displayed that need to be eliminated.


The Multitasking test features 3 different levels (easy, medium and hard). Each level is time limited. At the end of the test, a score will be calculated based on how accurately you entered the numbers in the primary flight display and eliminated the alert signs.


For more information about Compass Tests Click Here!




Initial B

Interview with both Personl (HR) and Technical Qustions (Stage 1)

Interview Questions:


What does you wife think about Hong Kong?

Where does Cathay fly in North America?

What recent cargo aircraft acquisitions has Cathay Pacific made?

Did Cathay make a profit last year? How Much?

Tell us about Cathay pacific destinations?


Question bank features 70 questions.

Please Note: Since most of these questions are based on your past experience no answers will be provided.



Abstract Reasoning (IQ) Test


Abstract Reasoning (IQ) Test:


Abstract reasoning involves the ability to understand and analyze visual information and solve problems using visual reasoning. You will be asked to identify relationships, similarities and differences between shapes and patterns, to recognize visual sequences and to remember relationships between objects.


The IQ Test features a practice section with 20 questions, each with a detailed visual explanation of the answer. The test section features 3 different levels (easy, medium and hard). Each level will have a 20 random, time-limited questions. At the end of the test, a score will be calculated to show each individual how many correct and wrong answers they got.


Psychometric / Personality Test


Personality Test:


It is almost impossible to prepare for personality test. Best way to answer these questions is to BE YOURSELF and BE HONEST!


Before you answer a personality questionnaire, find out about the organization and decide whether you like its culture and it’s the kind of place you will thrive in. If it is, then apply confident in that knowledge, take time over each question and answer it in a way that shows you as the ideal candidate for the role and company.

Few sample questions below for personality test
Which statements best describes you? (leader, selfish, friendly, etc, etc)
Would you rather (example: clean a room or work within a group)



Group Exercise

(For Advanced Entry and Transition Programme)


Group Exercise:


A group exercise is an assessed discussion exercise that involves a small group of candidates (usually 8-10 people), following a question posed by a member of a firm’s recruitment team.


Group Exercise Stage 2
Your group will be given a scenario where you will have to come to a decision within a certain time-limit. The actual task has nothing to do with flying,  the idea is to demonstrate that you are all able to work as a team.
Flight Planing (Group Exercise) stage 2
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Simulator Assessment


(For Advanced Entry and Transition Programme)


Simulator Assessment:

Please Note: At this time we can only provide a simulator profile for B747. We are hoping that in few weeks we will receive more feedback and we can post more detailed simulator scenario (including approach plates).


Discusssion Board


Discussion Baord:


Our discussion board is a great way to get advice, find information, and meet other community members who share your interest and passion.


Here you have the chance to ask questions and find valuable information about Cathay Pacific pilot selection. Candidates that have passed the selection will share their interview experience with you.


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"Your gouge was helpful during the first interview: I had many of the questions listed during the technical test and interview, and I think I did very well on the reasoning test as well". Sebastian - France

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"Did stage 1 on February 2012 and many of the questions from this websiete was asked, I was well prepared". Rajesh - India

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