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Air Traffic Controllers Interview Questions

30 Air Traffic Controllers Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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We all want recognition in some way for our accomplishments in the workplace. Share with the interviewer how you want credit for your hard work. Through gifts? Financial perks? Public recognition? Kind words? Title promotions?

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"I am very much an over-achiever and find that the best way for me to be recognized for a job well done is by words of kindness and recognition. I am easily encouraged, and the best reward for me is to know that my hard work is noticed."
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"I love accolades given, in sincerity, by those whom I respect. I love the shout-out in the company-all meeting. The atta-girl in a private setting is fantastic, too, but honestly, it's even better when others know that my hard work is not only noticed but appreciated and commended."
Entry Level Example
"I am very simple. I do not require any formal recognition, but kind words from my coworkers and superiors will keep me motivated and working hard."
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Question 2 of 30
What qualities do you have that would make you a good air traffic controller?
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The interviewer would like to know what you think makes you a suitable air traffic controller. Be confident in your great qualities and be sure to tell the hiring manager that you are the best fit for the job.

Answer Example
"Some of the qualities that I possess which would make a great air traffic controller include my ability to think quick, be patient and my ability to be decisive. All of these qualities and my ability to handle pressure are just some things that would help me to be successful in this position."
Entry Level Example
"Here are some qualities that could make you a great air traffic controller: - Ability to give concise instructions - Careful listening skills - Quick decision-making skills - Ability to quickly compute speed, time, and distance - Above average organization skills "
Experienced Example
"I am a great air traffic controller because I am a very careful listener with the ability to make fast decisions based on the information given to me. I can make calculations very quickly which is always helpful to the pilot and team."
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Question 3 of 30
How did you become interested in a career as an air traffic controller?
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The interviewer would like to know what initially piqued your interest in becoming an air traffic controller. You can answer this question with a bit of a personal touch. When did you first hear of air traffic controllers and what drew your interest?

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"Growing up, my father was an air traffic controller. He would come home with some fascinating stories, and he took incredible pride in his work. This is what initially piqued my interest in becoming an ATC."
Entry Level Example
"I ended up stumbling on this line of work while training in the military. My first time shadowing an experienced ATC was exhilarating. I just knew it's what I wanted to do for the remainder of my career."
Experienced Example
"I have always been interested in being an air traffic controller because I am drawn to jobs that are competitive, and require an acute sense of self. I want to make an impact in this world, and I find this type of work very rewarding because I ensure the safety of hundreds of people per day."
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Question 4 of 30
Where do you see your career going as an air traffic controller?
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It's essential to the hiring manager that you have a realistic view of where your career as an air traffic controller could go. Talk to the interviewer a bit about what you are picturing in your job. It's impossible to know where you will be many years down the road but do assure the interviewer that, given all possible circumstances, you could see yourself as a long-term fit for this position.

Answer Example
"I would love to see my career as an air traffic controller grow into a leadership role over time. I am willing to do the work that it takes, attend additional coursework and take any required training to be a leader in this industry."
Entry Level Example
"Over time, I would like to be supervising or managing a team of my own. I feel like I am progressing at a rate that will make this a possibility."
Experienced Example
"I would like to be seen as an authority in the air traffic industry. I would like to be well-connected and trusted when it comes to my work here."
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Question 5 of 30
As an air traffic controller, what is your greatest weakness?
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Pick a weakness that is not a core skill for this position. You can be candid in your answer; recognizing that you aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure to have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness.

Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center. We are all human with our weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

Answer Example
"I believe I could improve on some technical skills including Excel and PowerPoint. Currently I am at a beginner to intermediate level; however, I would be more comfortable at an advanced level. I have enrolled myself in an evening/weekend workshop for the next six weeks. We will see how stellar my skills are after that course!"
Entry Level Example
"I tend to work too hard. I am always striving to be, and do better, that I forget sometimes it is best to embrace the chaos! Despite that, I make a point to have fun with it."
Experienced Example
"This is super cliche, but it's also true. I am not good at delegating to others. When I become submerged in a situation, I don't like to give away any of the control. While this can be good, it can also inhibit the outcome of the project and my growth as a team player and individual. I am currently working on this, as I know it is a deficit."
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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 08/27/2010
Last modified on: 08/21/2018

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About Air Traffic Controllers

August 4th, 2018

Air traffic controllers work at airports, specifically in the air traffic control tower. This is a highly responsible job as it involves coordinating the movement of air traffic. An air traffic controller's main responsibility is to ensure that all aircrafts stay within a safe distance from each other. Other responsibilities include issuing takeoff and landing instructions to pilots, monitoring and guiding traffic on the runway and in the air and providing vital information to pilots regarding runway and weather conditions at their takeoff and landing destinations.
A bachelor's degree will provide you with an entry into this field but it is by no means enough. Prospective employers will consider your application only if you have at least 3 years experience in this field as an intern or in a junior role. You will also have to pass stringent medical and background checks as well the Air Traffic Standardized Aptitude Test and the Federal Aviation Administration pre-employment test. Keen observational skills and the ability to think quickly on your feet are crucial attributes for this role.
Be prepared to undergo a rigorous interview. Prospective interviewers will want to be 100% sure that you have the skills, experience, and aptitude necessary to do this job as there are lives at stake. Answering all questions confidently is the key to convincing the interviewer that you are the best person for the job. To see the kind of questions that you are likely to be asked at your interview, go to Mock Questions.