British Airways pilot Interview question gouge! Please Note: The information in this page should only be used for Direct Entry Pilots, NO CADETS!


British Airways Pilot Assessment consist of:
(1) Group Exercise
(2) Personal Interview
(3) Numerical Reasoning 
(4) Verbal Reasoning (Following InstructionsNEW!
(5) Computerized Pilot Tests
(6) Simulator Assessment

British Airways Pilot Interview Gouge was last updated on 26 February, 2019


The information on this website has been submitted to us by candidates attending British Airways assessment and sharing their experience with us. The content and computerized pilot tests on this page should only be used for preparation purposes.


Group Exercise (1)


Group Exercise:


You will be managing a cruise ship company that is meeting to decide what to do with the launch of the ships the following day. The situation is that there is a severe storm rolling in around launch time. You as a group will have to decide weather or not you want to launch, delay or cancel. You need to come to a decision as a group and when you think you are finished, one of the assessors will put something on the table that will alter the situation, ie the storm has changed course of is more intense.


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Personal Interview (2)


Interview Questions:


We have created a question bank based on the questions we have received from candidate’s attending the assessment and sharing their experience with us. The questions are split into two sections. Competency based questions and flying based questions. Few examples below:


Tell me about a time when someone didn't agree with you?

Whats your decision making process, do you follow a set pattern?

What challenges are British Airways facing both now and in the near future?


Question bank features 40 questions.

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



Math Test (Numerical Reasoning 3)


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.



Verbal Reasoning (4)


Following Instructions:

This test measures the ability to follow written instructions. The topics covered are relevant to a technical environment and draw on the kind of material often associated with equipment manuals or operating instructions. No prior knowledge of technical words is assumed.


For the Verbal Reasoning Test you will have to read and interpret 9 short texts. You will be presented with 4 questions related to each text. It is your task to answer each question based of the given information. The time allowed to finish the test is 20 minutes. Your score and the correct answers will be provided at the end of test.



Computerized Pilot Test (5) Aptitude tests!


Flight Director:


The Flight Director test assesses your ability to maintain an object as close a possible to a specific reference point. The scenario of is quite similar to flying an ILS approach. The pink horizontal and vertical lines will be constantly moving in different directions and it is your task to the keep them centered at all time.


The Flight Director test features 3 or 5 minute test runs with the horizontal and vertical lines constantly changing directions. A score will be calculated afterwards. We strongly recommend joystick for best result.

Shape Test:


The purpose of this test is to assess your short term memory and reaction speed. You will hear an audio message mentioning a shape and a color. You will then see several shapes with different colors. When the correct shape with the correct color appears, you should press a key on your keyboard and enter information inside the shape.


The Shape test features 3 different levels (easy, medium and hard). All these levels have a time limit and your score will be calculated afterwards.



Flight Director + 2things:


This test assesses your advanced multi-tasking abilities. During this test, you will have to combine your listening skill with visual monitoring skills as well as manual coordination. You will have to keep the vertical and horizontal lines centered, recognize shapes and keep track of numbers.


Flight Director +2things features 3 different levels (easy, medium and hard). All these levels have a time limit and your score will be calculated afterwards. We strongly recommend the use of a joystick for this test and we will give detailed information how to use it for this test.


Flight Crew Test:



This test assesses various pilot aptitudes, ranging from short term memory, visual and aural attention, and situational awareness to cognitive abilities, multi-tasking and stress tolerance.


Flight Crew Test features 3 different levels (easy, medium and hard). During this test you will need to operate TCAS, Systems and navigation display at the same time.


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Simulator Assesssment (6)


Simulator Assessment:


The simulator British Airways use for their simulator assessment is a Boeing 747-400. Therefore it would be worth exploring the cockpit of a Boeing 747-400 to familiarise yourself with the location of switches and panels. Before entering the sim you and your partner will have one hour briefing before with assessor, including going through layout of cockpit etc. You will act as PF (Pilot Flying) for about 45 minutes and PNF (Pilot Not Flying)  for 45 minutes. Please Note: Both roles are important!!


Each pilot will have a 10 minutes non-assessed handling practice before your PF turn. This includes climb, descent, turns and maybe repositioning you for an ILS to get the feel of the simulator. Then it's real, you will be repositioned to the departure runway and given a slot, giving you just 5 mins to set up your aids and give a brief.


The scenario is that one person flies from ,,,Subscribe to see the rest of the sim assessment in details and  Instrument approach plates used during your assessment.


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