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  1. Do you enjoy working in a challenging environment?
  2. Can you provide an example of when you have worked effectively under pressure?
  3. When have you demonstrated the ability at work to handle stress for long periods of time?
  4. When have you instructed others before, and how well was your communication received?
  5. An air traffic controller is one of the most stressful jobs in the world, why do you believe you are capable of handling this job?
  6. Give me an example of when you worked in a situation that required very great attention to detail.
  7. Do you have a character trait of being well-organized? Give me an example of this.
  8. Why did you choose to become an Air Traffic Controller?
  9. What are the two of your proudest achievements?
  10. What qualities do you have that would make you a good ATC?
  11. What was the most challenging problem you have faced in your career and how did you overcome it?
  12. How did you become interested in ATC?
  13. What was your greatest success?
  14. Where do you see your career going in ATC?
  15. Tell me about a time when you were personally involved in a stressful situation and how you handled it.
  16. Tell me when you have worked in a setting that required very effective communication. How did you handle the situation?
  17. What is your greatest weakness?
  18. What are your career goals as an Air Traffic Controller?
  19. How do you handle stressful situations?
  20. Why should we hire you?
  21. Why do you want to be an ATC?
  22. Do you have any coping mechanisms?
  23. Do you have any ATC experience outside of CTI school?
  24. What negative thing would your last boss say about you?
  25. Why do you want to be an air traffic controller?
  26. What is your greatest strength?
  27. What do you like least about being an Air Traffic Controller?
  28. What do you like most about being an Air Traffic Controller?
  29. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  30. Have you had to deal with an emergency situation in the tower before? How did you handle the situation?
  31. Do you enjoy shift work? Are there certain hours of the day during which you would prefer not to work?
  32. Have you witnessed an emergency situation before?
  33. Do you manage your time well?
  34. This is your first job as an ATC. How do you think you'll succeed?
  35. Have you been involved in an emergency setting before? Did you remain calm, and think clearly?
Contributing Author
Rachelle Enns
Air Traffic Controllers Information
November 14th, 2014

Air traffic controllers are the people who operate the air traffic control systems to expedite and maintain a safe and orderly flow of air traffic. They apply separation rules to keep aircraft apart from each other in their area of responsibility and move all aircraft safely and efficiently through their assigned sector of airspace. Because controllers have an incredibly large responsibility while on duty, the ATC profession is regarded around the world as one of the most difficult jobs today, and can be notoriously stressful depending on many variables (equipment, configurations, weather, traffic volume, human factors, etc.). Having said this, many controllers would cite high salary, very good employee benefits, autonomy, and flexible hours as major advantages of their job.
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