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Airbus Interview Questions

To help you prepare for an Airbus job interview, here are 40 interview questions and answer examples.

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How do you define success?

How to Answer

Think about Airbus and what their culture looks like. Airbus (and aerospace in general) is known for innovation and trying out new things to be the best in class. Think about how, when you look at success, you can be the best in class and innovative. Break down examples of the success you've had in other roles and how you measured that success.

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40 Airbus Interview Questions & Answers

  • Accomplishment

    1. How do you define success?

      How to Answer

      Think about Airbus and what their culture looks like. Airbus (and aerospace in general) is known for innovation and trying out new things to be the best in class. Think about how, when you look at success, you can be the best in class and innovative. Break down examples of the success you've had in other roles and how you measured that success.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I define success by my ability to reach the goals that are set out for me. In 2021, I made a goal to complete my B.S in Mechanical Engineering degree and graduate with honors. I ended up achieving that goal by studying 3 hours a night, 7 days a week, and graduated at the top of my class."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I define success as the ability to go above what is known and discover and learn the unknown. For example, I found that I was interested in learning more about zero-emission jet engines. For my graduate thesis, I wrote my entire thesis on zero-emission jet engines, ideas on how to mass produce them by 2050, and how it can impact the global climate over the next 50 years if every aerospace company mass produced them."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I define success as the ability for one to identify a problem, work to formulate a solution, and complete the task at hand in the most efficient way. Some jobs are a lot more complicated than others, and some people may have many different responsibilities, but in the end, success is a result of hard work and struggle."

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      It seems you have a well-organized and methodical approach to reaching your successes. What has been the most exciting success in your life recently? It may be nice to include a personal story.

  • Adaptability

    2. How would you become the Subject Matter Expert in your role?

      How to Answer

      There will be roles at Airbus that require you to not only have many years of experience coming in, but also be able to hit the ground running right away. This question serves to identify how you would be able to step in and start taking charge in your role using the knowledge and experience you currently possess. The idea is to focus on the job description, what you know about the role, your experience, and explain (from your point of view) how you can hit the ground running on Day 1.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Looking at the job description, coupled with my knowledge and expertise, I would first sit down and identify top priorities that need to be done. If I need to learn who my customers are and start communicating with them on a particular aircraft or system, I would start there. If I am coming in and there is a pain point I would need to solve, I would utilize my skills and expertise to start tackling that challenge. It's important that I remain adaptable and flexible, as I know priorities will change quickly."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I would first take the time to understand what my job duties are and where I would need to start addressing first. I would make a list of top priorities, key team members, and key customers/clients/vendors that I would need to develop relationships with and start there. I would also take the initiative to hop into any meetings or hop onto calls that I could to learn the business. From there I would start working on tasks and getting familiar with the way Airbus does their operations/business."

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  • Adaptability

    3. Your workload will be large at Airbus. How do you balance life and work?

      How to Answer

      You might be required to work extended hours or even weekends depending on your role at Airbus. Assess how you would be able to balance those expectations with what you value in your home life. Make sure that you are able to meet the scheduling requirements of the position, and assure the interviewer that you are able to. Then, talk about how you are able to balance those expectations.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I find that with the right company, it's pretty simple to balance life and work. I know that Airbus has high-profile clients and customers and deadlines that need to be met. When I enjoy what I do, it doesn't feel like a chore, and will work the hours necessary to give them my all. I am always sure that when at home, my family gets my attention first. I take time on the weekends to do things for myself and ensure that I regenerate before the work week begins."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "Not every day will be balanced, and I understand that. I know that adapting to shifting schedules at Airbus may be a requirement for the role, so in my personal life, I find ways to do something for myself. That often looks like a quick workout, or cooking a delicious meal when I get home."

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  • Adaptability

    4. Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?

      How to Answer

      Inspect the way you view change. You can answer this question by first outlining how you view change, then how you adapt to change. This question asks more specifically which part of the change you tend to focus on. A great answer can consist of a positive, overall generic response. At Airbus, change should be expected and is often frequent. The interviewer would like to see how you would fit into the ever-changing culture.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I believe, especially in the aerospace industry, that companies are always adapting to innovations and research. Although adjusting to some changes may be extremely tough, you, as a company, must understand and take risks to determine whether such a change will be detrimental or positive. Therefore I am not a pessimist and always look at the positive aspect of change."

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      Looking for the positive inside of change is a very important quality, and you are right - especially in the aerospace industry! Great response.

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  • Behavioral

    5. How do you work under tight deadlines?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is asking this question to get a feel for how you respond to shifting priorities throughout a workday. At Airbus, priorities shift at any given moment, and being able to adapt and show by example how you have adapted to situations in the past is helpful to give them insight into your ability to prioritize. Using an approach similar to S.T.A.R when providing your answer (Situation, Task, Action, Result) often makes for a response that can be adapted to any situation you have encountered.

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  • Capability

    6. Your resume is missing certain skills that are necessary for this position. How would you gain the needed missing skills?

      How to Answer

      Most job descriptions will have a long list of requirements. Hiring managers at Airbus are aware that finding a candidate that checks ALL of the boxes, can sometimes be impossible, often called a "unicorn". If you are missing some of the "nice to have" or even the "must have" skills listed in the job description, most managers at Airbus know that these skills can be taught. Be open about your shortcomings and discuss with the interviewer how you plan to compensate for those with a plan. A great way to approach this question is to ask the interviewer which skills you are missing. Once the interviewer responds, you can overcome that objection by better highlighting that specific experience, or discussing a related skill that you DO have.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "What I believe makes me stand out is my initiative and drive. Whenever I face difficulty or lack skills in some areas, I devote much extra time outside of studies and work to develop these skills further and ensure I am the most capable candidate for this job. In this aspect, could you please point out which skills I am missing for this position?"

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      Very well done! You put a spotlight on your top skills and then ask the interviewer for further clarification. This will prevent you from guessing what the interviewer is thinking.

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  • Career Goals

    7. The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At Airbus we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on aerospace related current events?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to confirm that you have a genuine interest in the aerospace and defense industry. Perhaps you read aerospace-related books, follow particular engineering journals or subscribe to a blog related to this industry. Briefly share with the interviewer how you stay up to date on current events related to Airbus and the industry specifically.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I tend to keep up with trends in information transfer through social media. Thus, I follow several of Airbus' divisions, including commercial, helicopters, and space on platforms such as Instagram and Twitter. I also read Airbus' regular newsletter postings and listen to the "Make It Fly" podcast. Outside of Airbus, I tend to read online newsletters and magazines that keep up with today's aviation news such as AviationWeekly.com and the Aviation Herald."

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      These are fantastic resources, and your answer is highly complementary to the interviewing company. Excellent answer!

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  • Career Goals

    8. How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?

      How to Answer

      Think about where you started in your career. Perhaps you have held some tough jobs earlier in your career that required long hours. Many hiring managers agree that the best employees are ones with 'grit' and who have held a 'dirty job' or two in their lives. Talk to the interviewer about your early work experience. Airbus likes to see that you have aspirations and how you have measured up to your own goals and aspirations as it may translate into who you are while you are working in one of their roles.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "My early career in both university and customer service has allowed me to develop my skills significantly. My ability to work in a team, my time management, organization and communication skills, or my practical knowledge gained while taking part in university projects have all developed me into a person that embodies the same six core values that represent Airbus."

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      Way to go! Bringing in the six core values of Airbus is a great way to finish off this question. Be sure to list these when you are in your real-life interview. You could also dive deeper by expressing how you embody each core value in your professional life.

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  • Career Goals

    9. Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?

      How to Answer

      Sometimes a great achievement is completing a difficult task and overcoming the obstacles that come up along the way. When faced with an impossible deadline and regular interruptions that cause you to have to switch gears every thirty minutes, completing a simple project can seem like climbing a mountain! Airbus really wants to see how you have grown and any challenges you overcame to get there. They look for self-starters. You have a couple of options for how to approach this: Discuss an example of when you overcame obstacles to achieve something great, or share a significant accomplishment or award you received and talk about what was challenging about it. Either way, you are showing your determination and focus on reaching your goal. Think of a situation that highlights your strengths and qualities that will be helpful for the job for which you are interviewing. Try to keep it as career-relevant as possible.

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  • Career Goals

    10. Who would you say inspires you?

      How to Answer

      Show your preparedness for the interview by thinking about this question ahead of time and writing down ideas. This is a very thought-provoking question, and you do not want to be caught off guard trying to think this through on the spot. You want to be able to articulate yourself well, and respond politely and even passionately when appropriate. An excellent way to respond to this question is by sharing a story about a person who has been a positive influence on you and your career. If your dad motivated you to push through to finish your education, talk about how that impacted you. Talk about who showed you that it was possible to overcome even the most significant obstacles. Or perhaps who taught you the skills that brought you where you are today. Motivation is key at Airbus, and the interviewer wants to see how you were able to seek intrinsic and extrinsic motivation to grow.

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  • Career Goals

    11. How would you measure your satisfaction with your career progression thus far?

      How to Answer

      Airbus is big on career progression and self-directed learning and education. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future. It is also a great idea to provide what steps you have taken to get to where you are. This shows that you plan ahead.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "Thankfully, in my time at the university, I developed practical and theoretical skills significantly. I initially participated as a structure member for one of the student projects. Due to my success in that field and the level of collaboration amongst other students, I achieved a structure lead position for another project. I hope to apply the skills gained throughout my experience to this job."

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      It sounds as though you are very pleased with your progress. You work hard, and it pays off!

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  • Career Goals

    12. There are numerous career avenues you can take with Airbus. Which career path interests you the most?

      How to Answer

      Make sure that you research Airbus before your interview. Examining the careers page, and doing research on the business and locations is a great way to start your research. If you start on their careers page, you can find current employee testimonials that showcase what each of them loves about the company and how their growth and development was assisted while working there. Using these testimonials, you can craft your response based on the opportunities they were exposed to. Airbus is also known for advocating for self-directed learning for its employees and utilizes an online learning platform to assist its employees in their learning and development goals.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I have a great desire and interest in the field of structures, specifically the 'Wing Structures Engineer' role you are currently advertising. My interest in Aero-structures stemmed overtime through the participation in university student-led aerospace projects as a structures member where the design, analysis, and testing of components was my role."

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      You offer precise specifics on your interest and desires, showing the interviewer that you have a deep interest and passion for this career path "” very strong answer.

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  • Communication

    13. Many of our industry competitors have their employees under a non-compete contract. Are you bound by any non-compete contract with your current employer?

      How to Answer

      It is more than likely that Airbus will have you sign a non-compete form in your role at the organization, as they work with confidential and privileged information. The interviewer would like to avoid any hurdles during the offer and negotiations stage that would prevent you from being successfully onboarded. If Airbus is a direct competitor to your current or most recent employer, then you should carefully review your employment contract to ensure nothing is hindering you. Be prepared to present the agreement in your late-stage interview.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "No, I am currently under no such contract with my employer."

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      To the point, which is perfect.

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  • Communication

    14. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

      How to Answer

      On a scale of 1-10, identify how skilled are you in communication, and where your communication level is. Be able to explain and provide examples of why you rated yourself as such. Ensure you are not simply listing the numerical value on your communication level, but do find a way to find examples to really hit home how well you communicate. You will be expected to frequently communicate with clients, customers, peers, and managers at Airbus, and they want to make sure you know this and if you can do it by the way you answer this question.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I rate my communication skills 8/10 as I believe there is always room for improving and nobody is perfect. During my years in customer service, I have been able to develop excellent relationships with customers and colleagues. I have also been able to use my skills to successfully defuse many tense situations with customers and find satisfying and quick solutions to their issues."

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      Good! You left room for improvement while still giving a very confident answer. Customer service jobs often bring powerful lessons in communication, so it's great that you drew this experience into your response.

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  • Compatibility

    15. Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at Airbus. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?

      How to Answer

      Airbus, as well as many companies involved in the Aerospace and Defense industry, have strict confidentiality agreements with their clients and work with sensitive information. Assure the interviewer that you are trustworthy and can adhere to a confidentiality agreement with Airbus if hired.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "Yes, I intend to learn from my stay at Airbus and develop my skills to remain a crucial part of Airbus' team. I am willing to sign this confidentiality agreement as I respect Airbus' values and do not intend to harm the company."

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  • Compatibility

    16. Which do prefer working in, the private or public aerospace sector?

      How to Answer

      Having done your research on Airbus, you will see they are a public aerospace company. This question is to assess where you might work best in the organization and if you are a good fit. This question also will test to see if you've done your homework on the organization.

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  • Compatibility

    17. In your opinion, what is the biggest breakthrough in the aerospace and defense industry in the past decade?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to see if you are keeping up to date with not only industry trends, but also with Airbus and how they fit into the current industry trends that are taking place. A great place to find out this information is looking for recent news articles on what is going on in current news. As of 2020, a great industry trend for aerospace (and where Airbus fits in) is replacing combustion jet engines with a zero-emission alternative. It is worth noting that Airbus has an Innovation page on their website.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I think the biggest breakthrough would have to be the introduction of complex manufacturing methods that have allowed the implementation of carbon composites in aircraft to improve significantly. The A350, for example, possesses a structure with over 50% carbon composites. It has allowed for the increase of fuel efficiency and performance, meeting today's strict carbon emissions regulations and, thus, extending the life of aircraft."

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  • Creative Thinking

    18. If hired, how would you learn your new role at Airbus?

      How to Answer

      There are two things that the interviewer will be looking for in this question. The first item will be the core values and if you know them (Respect, Teamwork, Customer Focus, Reliability, Creativity, and Integrity). The second item they will be curious about is how you would apply those values (if hired) to your new role. Thirdly, they will be looking at how proactive you are at learning your new role overall.

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  • Creative Thinking

    19. How do you ensure accuracy of a product or project you're working on?

      How to Answer

      Staying organized is important. At Airbus, this skill is critical no matter the job title or role. There will be opportunities where you will be called on to ask about project status, parts status, staff updates, etc, and you will need to have that information ready to go at a moment's notice. Knowing your recent job duties and being able to relate how you kept track of them/provided status updates will be crucial on this question.

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  • Creative Thinking

    20. At Airbus we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?

      How to Answer

      Understanding and researching Airbus's competition is a great start to answering this question. Some competitors you can research are Gulfstream Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Boeing, and Bombardier. Understand what sets Airbus apart from these companies. Some of Airbus's accomplishments that you can research compared to competitors include: where they rank in Diversity and Inclusion, customer service ratings, crash test ratings, and accomplishments (the Airbus A320 was the first airliner to introduce the fly-by-wire flight control system).

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  • Creative Thinking

    21. How do you manage your time?

      How to Answer

      Think about the tools you use to stay on task and meet deadlines. This should include how you prioritize your tasks, projects, and demands when multiple items need your attention. Think about the ways you manage your projects and tasks on a daily basis. Focus on providing examples of how you do so: calendars, reminders, and a to-do list are a few examples. Paying attention to how you allocate time to each and explaining how you set priority levels on tasks is helpful. With rigorous client and customer schedules, Airbus will challenge the way you manage your time and you will be expected to know how to do it.

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  • Customer Service

    22. How do you like to communicate?

      How to Answer

      Communication is important in any role. Make sure you know what your communication style is before answering this question. The best way to answer this question would be to identify what your communication style is and provide examples of how you communicate. An add-on to this question could also be ways you have communicated on various tasks or projects in the past. Airbus employees are expected to be able to communicate and communicate effectively.

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  • Diligence

    23. Because of the nature of business at Airbus we conduct background checks on employees. This includes criminal background, credit, and education verification checks. Are you willing to comply?

      How to Answer

      Most companies in the aerospace and defense industry need to be very cautious about who they hire, and this will include Airbus. In addition to non-competes and a confidentiality agreement, a background check will be run as well. There is a chance that much of the information you are going to access could be confidential and dangerous if put into the wrong hands. Assure the interviewer that you are most willing to comply with any form of background check they require.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "Yes, absolutely, I am more than happy to comply with these checks. I am fortunate to have a clean record and will most definitely maintain this record while working with Airbus."

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  • Diligence

    24. If you were given a choice, which work related task do you dislike doing the most?

      How to Answer

      There will always be tasks in any role you undertake where you will not like doing them. At Airbus, there will be small tasks that are required to be done but may not be the most exciting. This question aims to identify if you are a team player and willing to get things done, or if you are not. Responding to this question positively is key. Outline a task that you have done in the past that you didn't particularly like, but did it anyway and how you put a positive spin on it.

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  • Direct

    25. Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps in employment. Can you shed some light on those gaps?

      How to Answer

      In today's day and age, it is common to have gaps in employment. There are often various reasons why someone may have a gap including becoming a stay-at-home parent, job loss, redundancy, and many other reasons. The honest approach is the best approach. Airbus interviewers will more than likely ask a question similar to this if they identify any gaps in employment. You can simply let the interviewer know the reason (if you feel comfortable) and why depending on what the situation was.

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  • Discovery

    26. How do you identify with Airbus' Core Values?

      How to Answer

      This is a fantastic question that is meant to figure out if you've done your homework on researching Airbus and what its core values are. Extra point to the interviewer as they are also trying to see if you are a good fit for the organization. They would like you to explain in your own words how you fit in with their values. Make sure to research their core values. Provide examples of how you fit with each one.

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  • Diversity

    27. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

      How to Answer

      It's all about teamwork at Airbus. If you haven't researched Airbus's core values at this point - you should. Their core values are Customer focus, integrity, respect, creativity, reliability, and teamwork and they are asking this question to essentially see if you are compatible with their core values. Answer this question by giving the interviewer examples of how you have encouraged ideas in others using the Airbus core values as a framework for your answer.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I always seek to encourage someone that has a desire to learn to share their ideas on specific problems and what can be done in their opinion to fix them. Many people are often too shy or not confident and thus refuse to share their ideas. I was once facing the same problem due to shyness. However, we must input confidence into every one to make them understand that their input is valuable."

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  • Education

    28. How do you stay up-to-date on legal and airworthiness regulatory requirements?

      How to Answer

      This question is similar to another question listed about industry knowledge but geared toward Airbus. This one is more specifically geared toward quality and inspection. Engineers, mechanics, and quality associates alike should have a good understanding of what is going to pass through quality inspections and what requirements are needed. Focus on answering this question with what you know about quality standards and how you stay up to date on the changing requirements.

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  • Education

    29. What ways do you stay updated on aerospace industry knowledge?

      How to Answer

      As common in the aerospace industry, it is important that you are staying up-to-date on standards in your industry. Many times at Airbus, you will be given opportunities for training and education, however, you will also be responsible for self-development and education on your own. This question seeks to assess your proactiveness with learning new industry standards and staying up to date on ones that change frequently.

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  • Education

    30. We are looking for specific post-secondary education for this role. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it will help you in this position with Airbus.

      How to Answer

      Airbus is huge on education, whether that is self-directed or formal education. The organization is also big on intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and being motivated to go above and beyond. While you may not have the "nice to have" educational background, you can gauge where education is required and "nice to have" by glancing at the job description. Oftentimes on their job descriptions, you will see "Required Qualifications" clearly identified and "other" qualifications listed, but not required. Pay close attention to which is which. If you're missing any education for the role, that does not automatically disqualify you, especially if you landed an interview. Let the Airbus interviewer know of any self-directed or continuing education you are currently pursuing including a degree being in progress and certifications that relate to the role.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I am a 4th-year, aerospace engineering student at a renowned university. During my time here, through undertaking aeronautical and structures based subjects, my theoretical understanding of aircraft structures has increased significantly. This was solidified with hands-on experience as structures lead for one of the student-led projects, which served as a great experience and seemed to be what Airbus desires for this specific job posting."

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      Very good work tying in your experience with what Airbus is looking for in their job posting. You give a nice overview here. In your interview, be prepared to dive deeper into some of your school projects, what they have taught you, and how you will apply that to this role.

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  • EQ

    31. Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?

      How to Answer

      Being diplomatic in the workplace is an impressive skill to have. With the clients, customers, and employees that Airbus has - this is a crucial skill. There will be times that a decision is made by a leader that you do not agree with. Those times could include adjusting operational schedules, delivery times to customers and so much more. The key to this question is explaining how well you handle this situation and if you go with the flow or not. Articulate that there WILL be disagreements in the workplace, however, you handle them well and respect others' opinions and keep your work moving. The important thing to showcase is that disagreements will not interrupt your work/work schedules and others' work schedules.

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      "Absolutely. When you are working for a company alongside a team, you must only focus on the task at hand. Even though you may disagree with someone, you must show them respect and professionally communicate your thoughts."

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      Respect and clear communication are of utmost importance. It's also important that you would feel comfortable bringing any concern or ideas to your leader. Solid response.

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  • Experience

    32. At Airbus we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?

      How to Answer

      Knowing what you know about Airbus, you know that they are a public aerospace entity. If you have experience in the private sector and public sector, make sure to call that out during the interview. If you have experience in private over public, explain how that experience can translate over into the public sector and vice versa. The two industries are not 100% the same, but there are transferrable skills and knowledge that you can outline from either that will show you can fit into the public sector.

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      "I did not notice your job posting request a specific form of experience. I possess roughly two years of experience within University-based projects, which is in the private sector."

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      Try to lead with your experience rather than with an 'I did not' statement. I have offered a revision, below.

      "My experience is primarily in university-based projects, which is the private sector. I am confident that I could meet the needs of your industry."

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  • Job Satisfaction

    33. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?

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      Managers are very supportive at Airbus, especially with their overall cultural mindset of growth and development (they showcase this on their careers page). The interviewer is trying to get a feel for how you like to be recognized for your accomplishments. It is helpful here to state how you want credit for your work and how you want to be recognized. Some options can be through bonuses or financial perks, public recognition, kind words, or promotion opportunities.

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      "I do put in a lot of effort into my work. However, although we may achieve individual accomplishments, no job is complete without the input of the entire team. Thus, simple words of kindness and further encouragement for my team, and I would motivate us all to continue excelling in our work."

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      Very nicely said! You sound like an incredibly thoughtful team player.

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  • Leadership

    34. How have you demonstrated leadership ability when you were not in a leadership role?

      How to Answer

      One of Airbus's core values is creativity and when thinking about this question, the interviewer wants to see how you have been able to be creative even if you haven't held a leadership or management role. If you think through all of the positions you've held, ask yourself how you have gone above and beyond and taken the lead on something. This could be: stepping up as a lead on a project when no one else would, helping to resolve scheduling or customer issues, or just plain taking charge of something. Be prepared to provide a scenario or two on where you've done this.

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  • Problem Solving

    35. How often do you think of innovations that will improve your work performance?

      How to Answer

      Airbus is a key innovator in the public aerospace sector. Their innovations section on their website is worth a read to understand just how they lead the pack in innovation and what they strive to do over the next several years. After reviewing the innovations page, try to think about ways you innovate in your everyday work. Try to align those innovations with the company and what they are trying to do. Ask yourself what they are trying to find by innovation and align your answer.

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  • Salary

    36. What is your current salary? What are you looking for salary wise?

      How to Answer

      The interviewers at Airbus will ask you this to get a feel for what you are looking for in your salary. There are a couple of ways you could approach this question. One way to approach this would be to list out exactly what you are making as a base salary plus any bonus and stock options you receive as part of your overall benefits package. Another way to approach this would be to ask the interviewer what their budget is for the role. It is ideal to let the interviewer give you a number first or put them on the spot with an answer.

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  • Situational

    37. Tell me about a time you were in charge of driving performance for a team or project?

      How to Answer

      Regardless of your job title at Airbus, there will be times that you will be asked to lead a project, team, or initiative. Breaking down a team task or project that you have done in the past helps the interviewer understand how your thought process works when you tackle a task given to you. Use specific examples of how you broke the tasks down into manageable pieces and outline how that brought you to the end result.

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  • Situational

    38. Tell me about a time you had to communicate bad news?

      How to Answer

      Juggling many projects, tasks, customers, and expectations, there will be a time at Airbus that bad news will have to be communicated. This bad news, even though you may not be in a leadership or management role, may have to come from you. Make sure to stick to a work-related scenario. In every role, there will be a time when bad news on project status, work status, or assignments has to be communicated. This question looks for one, are you a communicator, and two, how you handle these situations.

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  • Technical

    39. What aerospace applications and software are you familiar with or have used before?

      How to Answer

      Whether you are an entry-level applicant or an experienced applicant, this would be a good question to be prepared for. This question seeks to evaluate what experience and exposure you have to different applications and systems commonly used in the Aerospace industry and which ones relate to Airbus. The answers should be kept straightforward, answering with systems you have used or done research on and are familiar with.

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  • Tough

    40. Our goal is to be the top rated company in our industry. After researching Airbus, what do you think we could improve on?

      How to Answer

      If Airbus asks for your feedback on what they could improve on it is best to keep your answer positive and light. Be sure to start, and finish, your suggestion with a compliment on what they are doing right.

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