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Top 30 Air Traffic Controllers Interview Questions

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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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"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."
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.
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"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"
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"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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"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."
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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"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."
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"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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"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."
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.
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"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."
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"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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Question 6 of 30
Being an air traffic controller is a stressful job. How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 7 of 30
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 8 of 30
Why do you want to be an air traffic controller?
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Question 9 of 30
Do you have any air traffic control experience outside of CTI school?
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Question 10 of 30
ATC's must remain calm at all times. What are your coping mechanisms in times of distress?
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Question 11 of 30
What do you like least about being an Air Traffic Controller?
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Question 12 of 30
How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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Question 13 of 30
How many days were you absent from work last year?
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Question 14 of 30
We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
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Question 15 of 30
As an air traffic controller, you will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
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Question 16 of 30
Tell me about your leadership qualities.
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Question 17 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 18 of 30
Have you ever worked in a cross-functional environment?
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Question 19 of 30
When would you be available to start?
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Question 20 of 30
When have you worked with a diverse group of people?
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Question 21 of 30
What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
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Question 22 of 30
Have you had to deal with an emergency situation in the tower before? How did you handle the situation?
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Question 23 of 30
Do you enjoy shift work? Are there certain hours of the day during which you would prefer not to work?
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Question 24 of 30
Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?
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Question 25 of 30
This is your first job as an air traffic controller. How do you think you'll succeed?
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Question 26 of 30
As an air traffic controller, what are your strengths?
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Question 27 of 30
Have you ever been involved in an emergency situation? How did you react?
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Question 28 of 30
With the ongoing changes in the airline and air traffic industries, how do you keep your knowledge current?
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Question 29 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 30 of 30
Rate your communication skills from 1-10.
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Question 1 of 30
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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In my 2 semester only 8 members where passed out of 48 in differential equation I am very proud to say I am also one among that 8 members in my college training I played a lead for 6 members and successfully complete it and give good report yo my college.
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Silver winner in football.
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Distinguished pass Avionics techs course Buying my first investment property at a young age.
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1.My name was listed in the top 5 students in the 10th board achievers list. 2. I won the merit scholarship in B. Tech.
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Becoming an Eagle Scout and graduating from college.
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1 . To qualify JCECE with a good rank of 215 in general and 75 in obc 2. Getting well versed in programmimg after TCS training.
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Supervisor and instructor.
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Become a US citizen and graduate college.
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Attaining 300+ marks in both Year12 & Year13 External Examinations.
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Getting my University's degree and my Private Pilot Licence.
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Getting my PPL and graduated from the HKU
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Graduated from HKU and obtained my PPL
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When I achieved my companies goals.
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To be a top mathematical student at high school my hard work.
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To make my dad quit smoking.
Question 2 of 30
What qualities do you have that would make you a good air traffic controller?
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I enjoy solving probleme, I'm efficient and highly organized, I love to work in a team,I pay atention to all details and like to be sure that everything is just right.
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I possess good mental ability, quick decision making power as well as intonation in voice.
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Working well with others, follow instructions and rules, calm demeanor.
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The list of requirements for a good atc is a bit more than the qualities I have.. But then the best thing is I have some of them and also I am ardent to aquire all the remaining qualities into me. Now that the qualities I have is a good communication skills, good inter-personal skill, a good listener and a good and willing lerner.
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Full concentration and quick learner.
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Good English communication skills. Good Instructing skills. Systematic and punctual. Essential Aviation Knowledge. Remain calm when facing stress or difficulties (obtaining experience in attending hearings in courts)
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Good English communication skills. Team Work. Leadership. Instructing skills. Aviation knowledge and flying experience. Diligent. Calm.
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I'm a tactical person who like to solve problems.
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Good vocubulary and ability to do hard work.
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I am dependable, proactive, dedicated, and stubborn.
Question 3 of 30
How did you become interested in a career as an air traffic controller?
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I have always been curious about how is it that planes do not crash in the sky.
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After I cleared the written exam.
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Visiting towers during flight training made it clear to me that ATC would be a challenging and interesting career.
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I had qualified aai JE in 2012 and was interviewed by AAI professionals. after meeting them I was really inspired to get into AAI job and even my parents are willing to get me into a core engg job and so I am striving for it.
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I was interested in being an ATC thanks to a friedn who wanted to be a pilot.
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Passion in aviation industry. Full of self-satisfaction and accomplishment after giving instructions to help other people achieve their goals (eg landing an aircraft)
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Very passionate in aviation industry, aviation training centre instructor and private pilot training.
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By visiting career expo and working at an airline.
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By seeing chalange in it.
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A family member has worked for the company for 12 years, however it wasn't until about 5 years ago that I really started thinking it was something I wanted to do. I was inflight and I loved talking about the weather plans, and hearing the pilots talking to the ATC. It peeked my interest and I shadowed a couple specialites and it has been on my mind ever since.
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I have dream about plans and thats zhy im nterested.
Question 4 of 30
Where do you see your career going as an air traffic controller?
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As the CMD of Airport Authority.
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Learning new systems, doing my part to keep the skies safe, advancing in grade.
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First I want to get into atc and then will take to qualify all the 8 modules of the training. Succeding in every step will let me move through as a skilled atc.
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I see my career further more thsn being an ATC, I see myself as maybe a supervisor or airport manager.
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Aerodrome Control Trainee Aerodrome Control officer Air Traffic Controller.
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Being the best on what I do.
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MY career just started to take off like a plane and ready touch new sky.
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I am 25, but I plan on making this my final career. I see myself controlling for a very long time if I am successful. Maybe some day teaching a couple people the things I know !
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I am vigilant person who undergoes the circumstances.
Question 5 of 30
As an air traffic controller, what is your greatest weakness?
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Although I dont think that this is my weakness but people say that it is. it is that I can not let things go unsolved untill and unless I put my every possible effort to solve it.
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A little bit shy when I was young. Through voluntary works in scout activities, and meeting with different clients in my current career, I have been continously improving.
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My greatest weakness is sometimes I do not believe in myself as much as I should or need to. I am all about being realistic and understanding that in life things don't work out. But sometimes I think a little bit more optimism paired with my work ethic would go a long way.
Question 6 of 30
Being an air traffic controller is a stressful job. How do you handle stressful situations?
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By sorting everything out clearly.
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In stressful situations, I think of the best thing that can be done at that time which will commence the work and in turn relieve the tension.
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Stay calm which can allow me to think of possible solutions. If I am possible to change or control the outcome, I will try my best to cope with the problem. If that is out of my control, I will simply tell myself no need to worry, as I could not do anything on it.
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I always take a mental reset, which is literally a 2 second stop in my mind to assess the situation at hand. Again, I think very realistically, so I know that it is not the end of the world. I take the situation moment by moment, while always safely preforming the task at hand. If I need to ask for help, I am by no means above that.
Question 7 of 30
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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I am eligible and qualified.
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After I read the aai website, I found myself suitable for this atc job requirements.
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I am very right candidate with the skills and knowledge essential to become an ATC
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I'm a very energetic person who like to work and have respect for fellow team mates/colleagues.
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Because if not I will tell your mum.
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I think that I encompass what it means to be an ATC. I am dedicated to the safe movement of aircrafts. I have a passion for the industry and a thirst for knowledge. I am ready to be part of the team.
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I am effective english commuuncator and love to take stresses.
Question 8 of 30
Why do you want to be an air traffic controller?
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I love aeroplan and aviation.
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Because i'm awesome.
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I want a job that mentally challenges me and gives me the feeling that I am a part of something bigger than myself and working to help secure the lives of people everyday. Also because I want a job that is about exactly what I got my degree for, I want those years of learning to serve a purpose for my career as an air traffic controller.
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A royal and respected job with good skills requirement which will add to my personality.
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ATC is an aviation related job. I am very passionate to enter the aviation industry. ATC is full of challenges but rewarding. Through continuous working and training, I can further enrich my skills and knowledge in the job, and I can fully utilize them in the real job practice, which can give me great self-accomplishment and self-actualization. Apart from that, I like to instruct other people to complete tasks through systematic manners. Working as an ATC allows me to instruct pilots to take off/land the aircrafts through instructions and clearance.
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Is the most challenging job as before at school we where told that airport Marshall are ATC
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Again, my passion for the industry. I do not see myself anywhere but aviation. I could not think of a better way to spend my life seeing as I am operationally minded and I enjoy the behind the scenes work.
Question 9 of 30
Do you have any air traffic control experience outside of CTI school?
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No... I don't have...
Question 10 of 30
ATC's must remain calm at all times. What are your coping mechanisms in times of distress?
Question 11 of 30
What do you like least about being an Air Traffic Controller?
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I feel finding fault is a weakness.. And I avoid it. since this is my dream job, so I have not yet been able to finding anything of least interest.
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Working location is a bit remote, but it is not a big problem.
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Being able to control the airspace and the airport when it comes to landing.
Question 12 of 30
How do you handle a larger than average workload?
Question 13 of 30
How many days were you absent from work last year?
Question 14 of 30
We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
Question 15 of 30
As an air traffic controller, you will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
Question 16 of 30
Tell me about your leadership qualities.
Question 17 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
Question 18 of 30
Have you ever worked in a cross-functional environment?
Question 19 of 30
When would you be available to start?
Question 20 of 30
When have you worked with a diverse group of people?
Question 21 of 30
What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
Question 22 of 30
Have you had to deal with an emergency situation in the tower before? How did you handle the situation?
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Have not found. But if in case it comes I believe that with patience, calmness and right decision can pacify the situation.
Question 23 of 30
Do you enjoy shift work? Are there certain hours of the day during which you would prefer not to work?
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I can work in shifts but do not prefer night shift.
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Yes, I don't like having holidays with lots of people in the street.
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I Enjoy shift work as I said earlier I was working for an airline.
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I prefer shift work. I have never HAD to work midnights before. Although it may be a challenge at first, I am certain it will be normal to me in no time.
Question 24 of 30
Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?
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Yes. I prepare diary and arrange the order according to the importance.
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Very well. I have two jobs, I train in boxing almost full time, I have a hectic social life and I manage to find an almost perfect balance. In a day to day world, I prioritize my duties and I give myself deadlines, even for the things that have no end date. I hold myself accountable.
Question 25 of 30
This is your first job as an air traffic controller. How do you think you'll succeed?
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I will succeed coz am a fast and willing learner am passionate and fascinated by atc that will be a key drive for me to succeed in atc i love team work and I will work hand in hand with the experienced atcas and take responsible roles that will challenge me and gain experience from them hence grow fast and improve my self as a controller.
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I will succeed with my strong determination .
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Make my airspace be a save place.
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Hard work and perseverance. An unwillingness to fail. The ability to ask questions and take hard criticism and really learn from it. The passion for aviation is.
Question 26 of 30
As an air traffic controller, what are your strengths?
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Good at learning and working hard.
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Analytical to all problems.
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My greatest strength would probably be my stubbornness. I am not willing to fail. If I want it, I will do anything to get it. Blood, sweat, tears.
Question 27 of 30
Have you ever been involved in an emergency situation? How did you react?
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Yes. I remained calm, followed procedure, delegated properly and made sure communication lines were kept open and clear. Not once did we have to stop and think. It was emergency mode and thats what we were trained to handle.
Question 28 of 30
With the ongoing changes in the airline and air traffic industries, how do you keep your knowledge current?
Question 29 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
Question 30 of 30
Rate your communication skills from 1-10.

About Air Traffic Controllers

October 25th, 2017

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.

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