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Top 25 Aircastle Interview Questions

Question 1 of 29
At Aircastle we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?
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Question 2 of 29
The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At Aircastle we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on aerospace related current events?
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"I am always interested in learning more about this industry and the changes that are taking place. It's truly fascinating. Most frequently, I read the International Journal of Aerospace Engineering. There are also a couple of blogs that I follow including www.aviationweek.com."
"Staying up to date on aerospace related events is quite easy with a couple of phone applications I have downloaded, and a few blogs that I subscribe to. I would love some fresh suggestions as well! Do you have any strong recommendations?"
The interviewer would like to confirm that you have a true 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 the ways in which you stay up to date on current events related to Aircastle.
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Question 3 of 29
In your opinion, what is the biggest breakthrough in the aerospace and defense industry in the past decade?
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"There have been endless breakthroughs in our industry; however, I would say the one that excited me the most was the Falcon 9 Full Thrust. It's absolutely amazing to me that a partially-reusable launch system has been successfully created."
"The biggest recent breakthrough in our industry, in my opinion, was the Falcon 9 Full Thrust; however, there are so many to choose from! May I ask which was your favorite breakthrough as of late?"
The interviewer wants to ensure that you hold strong knowledge, and a true interest, in the aerospace and defense industry. If you are familiar with the industry you will know about some of the latest industry breakthroughs. Briefly discuss which one has caught your interest the most.
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Question 4 of 29
There are numerous career avenues you can take with Aircastle. Which career path interests you the most?
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"I saw on your website that you are looking for an Engineering lead. I am not yet qualified for that level of leadership role; however, it really interests me. I would love to be considered for a role like that with Aircastle in the future."
"My primary goal is to become a (insert position title/goal) within the next 5 years. I am taking additional coursework to gain the required skills. Do you feel this is an achievable goal with your company?"
It is important that you fully research Aircastle before your interview. Be sure to research their careers section, any additional locations, and the variety of departments or business units they may have. You can then accurately assess the potential growth opportunities with Aircastle. Discuss your career growth and desires with the interviewer.
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Question 5 of 29
Because of the nature of business at Aircastle we conduct background checks on employees. This includes criminal background, credit, and education verification checks. Are you willing to comply?
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"I am happy to comply with any background check required. My record is clean and I have a strong credit history. I do not participate in drug use, either. You can be assured that if you hire me for this role with Aircastle, I will maintain a clean record."
"Yes, I am willing to comply with any background checks that you require. I understand the importance of background checks."
Most companies in the aerospace and defense industry need to be very cautious on who they hire. 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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Question 6 of 29
At Aircastle we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?
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Question 7 of 29
Our goal is to be the top rated company in our industry. After researching Aircastle, what do you think we could improve on?
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Question 8 of 29
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 Aircastle.
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Question 9 of 29
Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at Aircastle. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?
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Question 10 of 29
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?
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Question 11 of 29
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 12 of 29
Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?
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Question 13 of 29
Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
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Question 14 of 29
Who would you say inspires you?
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Question 15 of 29
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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Question 16 of 29
Looking at your resume, it seems there are certain skills necessary for this position that do not stand out. How do you think you will be able to compensate for these missing skills?
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Question 17 of 29
Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?
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Question 18 of 29
How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
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Question 19 of 29
If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
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Question 20 of 29
How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
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Question 21 of 29
How do you define success?
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Question 22 of 29
How have you demonstrated leadership ability when you were not in a leadership role?
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Question 23 of 29
Your workload will be large at Aircastle. How do you balance life and work?
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Question 24 of 29
How often do you think of innovations that will improve your work performance?
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Question 25 of 29
What is your current salary?
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Question 26 of 29
Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?
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Question 27 of 29
Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?
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Question 28 of 29
Are you actively interviewing with other companies, and are you close to offer stage with anyone?
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Question 29 of 29
How do you manage your time?
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About Aircastle

Aircastle is a global company that acquires and leases high-utility commercial jet aircraft to customers throughout the world. High-utility aircraft are generally modern, operationally efficient jets with a large operator base and long useful lives.

It has its headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, with offices in Dublin and Singapore. Aircastle was incorporated on October 29, 2004 and now owns about 164 jet airliners, both narrow-body and wide-body types, which are leased to over 65 airlines around the world. The company specialises in operating leasing of aircraft.

Since August 8, 2006, Aircastle has been traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol AYR.

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