How To Manage Airline Group Exercises

written by Kirsty Ferguson | January 23, 2019
Pilot recruitment involves group exercises.
Pilot recruitment involves group exercises.

In response to your requests, we have just amended our most popular product, the Aviation Interview Success Workbook, to include seven pages covering airline group exercises in much more detail.

Most airlines will present pilot candidates with one or two “group exercises” during their recruitment assessment day.  So what are they and how is a candidate supposed to navigate them?

That’s what we go into in detail, but here is a snapshot to get you started in understanding this phase of the pilot and cabin crew assessment.


In current airline recruitment more emphasis has been placed on candidates’:

  1. Ability to communicate
  2. Self knowledge
  3. The way in which they operate within a team.

One of the ways the airlines assess your natural style and demeanour, your thinking and how you participate is via a group exercise, often more than one.

As a pilot or cabin crew operating in a multi-crew environment you will have to navigate an ever-changing rotation of team members. Some days you will be flying with colleagues you know, other days with colleagues you have never met, and other days again pilots or crew who have just started with the airline.

It is important for the airline to know your style when interacting within these different professional relationships.  They often have a “framework” that outlines the variety of attributes and capabilities candidates should exhibit in order to function well within the code of the airline.


You may have heard of some of those capabilities such as:

  • Broad Mindset
  • Adaptable
  • Self Management
  • Mature Ego
  • Customer Service Focus

They are more, but those are the most common.

Each airline will have a slightly different take on these.

While psychometric testing covers these areas to some extent in the first phase of the airline assessment process, seeing how you act in real time and within real interpersonal relationships has become much more commonplace.

How to manage the group exercise is something we cover during interview coaching in more detail.

Get in touch for more info, we are always happy to help.

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