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Top 35 Air Traffic Controllers Interview Questions

Question 1 of 35
Do you enjoy working in a challenging environment?
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"I have purposefully sought out a challenging work environment because I thrive most when I am put to the test. I crave a fast pace and good challenge."
Being an ATC is one of the most challenging careers you can seek out. Talk to the hiring manager a bit about why you like working in a challenging environment.
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Question 2 of 35
Can you provide an example of when you have worked effectively under pressure?
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"Having recently graduated from the ATC program, I can say that the entire program created significant pressure for me. This is a very competitive job with incredibly stringent requirements. Despite all of this, I managed to graduate top of my class."
Give the hiring manager a clear example of a time that you have worked effectively under pressure.
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Question 3 of 35
When have you demonstrated the ability at work to handle stress for long periods of time?
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When have you instructed others before, and how well was your communication received?
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Question 5 of 35
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?
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Question 6 of 35
Give me an example of when you worked in a situation that required very great attention to detail.
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Question 7 of 35
Do you have a character trait of being well-organized? Give me an example of this.
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Question 8 of 35
Why did you choose to become an Air Traffic Controller?
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Question 9 of 35
What are the two of your proudest achievements?
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Question 10 of 35
What qualities do you have that would make you a good ATC?
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Question 11 of 35
What was the most challenging problem you have faced in your career and how did you overcome it?
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Question 12 of 35
How did you become interested in ATC?
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Question 13 of 35
What was your greatest success?
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Question 14 of 35
Where do you see your career going in ATC?
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Question 15 of 35
Tell me about a time when you were personally involved in a stressful situation and how you handled it.
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Question 16 of 35
Tell me when you have worked in a setting that required very effective communication. How did you handle the situation?
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Question 17 of 35
What is your greatest weakness?
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Question 18 of 35
What are your career goals as an Air Traffic Controller?
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Question 19 of 35
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 20 of 35
Why should we hire you?
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Question 21 of 35
Why do you want to be an ATC?
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Question 22 of 35
Do you have any coping mechanisms?
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Question 23 of 35
Do you have any ATC experience outside of CTI school?
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Question 24 of 35
What negative thing would your last boss say about you?
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Question 25 of 35
Why do you want to be an air traffic controller?
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Question 26 of 35
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 27 of 35
What do you like least about being an Air Traffic Controller?
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Question 28 of 35
What do you like most about being an Air Traffic Controller?
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Question 29 of 35
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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Question 30 of 35
Have you had to deal with an emergency situation in the tower before? How did you handle the situation?
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Question 31 of 35
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 32 of 35
Have you witnessed an emergency situation before?
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Question 33 of 35
Do you manage your time well?
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Question 34 of 35
This is your first job as an ATC. How do you think you'll succeed?
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Question 35 of 35
Have you been involved in an emergency setting before? Did you remain calm, and think clearly?
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Question 1 of 35
Do you enjoy working in a challenging environment?
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Yes. I like having challenges to rise to, as then the sense of achievement and satisfaction you get from overcoming obstacles and challenges help you strive forward to the next challenge and achievement.
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I thrive in a challenging environment. I want to be questioned and I want to be able to question. I am thirsty for knowledge and I want to be the best I can be at my job. I am always looking to improve and I think this happens to its fullest potential in a challenging environment. Nothing grows in a comfort zone.
Question 2 of 35
Can you provide an example of when you have worked effectively under pressure?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I feel no pressure because I want to work where one finds it difficult to work.
2.
Preparing the mitigation letters for the defendant in the sentence hearing.
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Working for an Airline can be stressful as you encounter delays and have to talk on the frequency all the time.
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When my sister slept walked.
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As a teacher, working with pressure is a part of the job. Based from this, I can say that pressure doesn't bother me too much.
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Set my timelines of the sequences, find out deadline, related urgency to the case.
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When I was looking after 23 different classes of purchase due to transfer of few executives from department.
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During a pipeline construction project, I was asked to recalculate the location of the buried pipe while the crew was on their lunch break. The pressure of the multiple calculations to relocate the pipe, not only horizontally, but, vertically was intense. If I was too slow in my calculations, the crew would be sitting, costing thousands of dollars. If I was incorrect in my calculations, the job would have to be re-done, costing tens of thousands of dollars.
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Working parallel runways in Afghanistan I had a DHC-08 from the north, right traffic to land runway 16R to the north in addition to a foreign pilot operating a rotary aircraft inbound from the west left traffic to land on 16L to the north. The rotary pilot proceeded past his landing instructions on the south end of 16L with a modified landing and flew directly toward the approach end of 16R after numerous clearance instructions to hold his position. With the DHC-08 on final I gave an immediate climbing left turn out preventing a mid air collision.
10.
Working as the G20 Coordinator I had many responsibilities, deadlines and targets. It was a fast paced high pressure environment.
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Yes, it is when I was working in TCS. In the phase of post production, developer has to give support to the application when testing is being done.I experienced the pressure when issues started coming in production environment.Each and every issue was critical as it was affecting real time data.So we had to solve the issue within an hour or two.This phase went for 20 days and each and every day was effectively critical.
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In my previous project, there came a new assignment of incorporating the new Line Operator in all the existing applications. There were strict timelines for the completion of this project. Als, we were to liaise with the third parties to get the correct data and codes configured in the system.
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We had delivery that was about to be missed within a matter of few hours. As the pressure was mounting high we stayed back till we finished the work and delivered it right on time.
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GCSE exams, all through to my first year of uni exams, I was under pressure at every exam to work to my absolute best. Particularly at GCSE and Alevel, as my grades affected my college and university of choice.
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Working in an airline, we are constantly under the pressure of time and people. For example, and aircraft comes in 10 mins later than sked, you have to offload, there are gsts requiring assistance, there is a crew change, and it is a full boat with a carry on. As a competent agent and a leader, you step up and make the right decisions. You take down times as they happen, so you can be aware of what is left and when it needs to be done by. You delegate tasks to other people, such as having someone groom, ensuring people are ready for the gsts needing assistance. You get everyone ready to board before the a/c is fully offloaded. You start boarding as soon as the new crew steps on and have them wait at the halfway point on the bridge. While the boarding is taking place, all the paperwork to go down at the end is being prepared. You get everyone on as safely and efficiently as possible. 9/10 this a/c goes on time if not early.
Question 3 of 35
When have you demonstrated the ability at work to handle stress for long periods of time?
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I demonstrated it in my sales job, when there was a really slow day and there was no traffic. Keeping positivity in your worklife will bring you results. I always tend to keep myself busy during my stress hours to elimiate fear of stress.
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When I had examinations at high school.
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During my career in surveying, I have worked anywhere from 1 to 7 weeks straight, 12 hours a day, in order to bring a project to fruition; always under time constraints, and always safely.
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Working Afghanistan present numerous mentally challenging scenarios involving gun target lines, vertical separation requirements, troops in contact, and urgent MEDEVAC missions. Normally these shifts lasted 12 hours long. I have worked the highest traffic density shift to date at FOB Shank ATCT alongside a trainee PQ'd on Flight data, maintaining safe operations in a class D airspace for 12 hours, more than 900 aircraft movements, and zero hazards with no rest.
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Always. It's like you work you go home you have the work you were assigned that you have to do at your home and then there's work at home as well. Balancing both of them becomes a tough task.
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At my work at Primark, particularly at Christmas, when the increased volume of customers results in increased pressure from managers to successfully meet customer demands and maintaining service standards as well as stock levels on the shop floor, and maintaining shop floor standards of recovery even during the busy times.
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During severe IROPS (irregular operations e. G.. Ice storms in YYZ), you can be stuck at the checkin counter dealing with gsts who have been misplaced for a 10-12 hour shift. Or you can be placed at the gate of an a/c that has maintenance with no real answers for the flying public as to when the a/c will be going. I've done that for the last 8 years.
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I worked effectively when emergency position.
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There was delivery deadline which was already got over, we were stuck with some No Show issue, to solve that issue we need to fix asap. At the same time I was also handling CSR activity of my company it was stressfull days for me in my life. But I delivered well both of assigned job.
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In my life daily I handle the stress easily.
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When I was working as an interpreter at a camp.
Question 4 of 35
When have you instructed others before, and how well was your communication received?
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I have been the primary training instructor for 10 air traffic controllers, including 1 Korean national ATC, within CTO training programs with zero failures in testing, evaluations, or certifications.
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Many a times during matches, in exams, team games, team projects. The result was pretty good.
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My job as a gymnastics coach involves the teaching of gym to young children through my personal instructions. The children respond very well and progress quite quickly through our badge system which indicates the skill levels and abilities of our gymnasts.
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I was chosen to be a guide for our CSA program. I am more of an operational type so sometimes I can be a tad abrasive when it comes to people doing things properly. I have a respect for the equipment we are dealing with and what it is we actually are in charge of, which is moving people from a to b in a timely manner while following the laws of Transport Canada. However I have been incredibly lucky and I have heard nothing but positive feedback on the way I articulate my instructions. They are precise and to the point which helps people learn in an ever changing environment.
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Mostly in directions for roads and traffic jam and they have received very well.
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Yes with my danish client.
Question 5 of 35
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?
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Because it is the family jobs they used to be atc in baghdad, my brother, my cousin and my uncle used to be atc . acc( area control center tower.
2.
I value my ability to make quick, thought out, decisive decisions with large impacts to aircraft safety and lives. The reward of creating hazardless, expeditious traffic scenarios for passengers of all capacities in civilian and military situations is something few members of society can achieve or are qualified to do. I believe in and have tested my abilities to make the countless high stake decisions needed for every passenger willing to give me the opportunity to ensure their safety through airspace.
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Having a job that requires your full and dedicated attention is way better than a job where you just need to sit for 8 hours.
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I have the required qualifications for the job.Besides I am able to manage the pressure very well.
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Because I've handled stress throughout my entire life; I respond well to pressure eg exam results, and consistently achieve high grades in my exams. I have currently been balancing two jobs and a f/t university degree.
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I believe I have been preparing for this job everyday for 8 years. By getting different glimpses of the airline industry and doing many different roles, I have seen a lot. I think that my attention to detail and my passion for the industry says a lot about the kind of controller I would be. I think I do a better job and think a little bit quicker when I am under stress and with proper training I think I would be more than capable.
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Because I can handle stress very well.
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I have habbit to get busy in some task. Which give me satisfaction end of day.
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I have big back I mean I love to carry heavy stress all the time.
Question 6 of 35
Give me an example of when you worked in a situation that required very great attention to detail.
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During a field rotation to Fort Polk, LA, I was selected by my command to serve as the ATC Safety manager for a 70+ simultaneous air assault mission during day and night operations. The makeshift facility I worked out of was not equipped with radar and NVG'S were the primary source for identifying aircraft flying blackout. I meticulously tracked aircraft location, flight time, personnel and equipment, and unconventional movement area occupation with a notepad, ensuring no damage, loss, or hazards over a 12 hour period.
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We needed to submit a document to the client. It was like an 8000 word document which needed to be reviewed for grammar punctuation, words used . I did it within the given time frame and was praised for the quality that I had delivered.
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In my job as a cashier at Primark, I maintain a great attention to detail in ensuring the accuracy of the assets of the cash desk. My hobby of art requires a great attention to detail, especially as I like to focus on portrait drawing where the finer details can help bring out the personality of the subject.
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There was what we call a through flight coming from Vancouver, landing in Edmonton and going on to Yellowknife. The aircraft stops and lets some people off and lets some people on. There are what we call through gsts. These gsts have a boarding pass that says YVR-YZF. These gsts have the option to stay onboard or to get off the a/c and board with their zone. When dealing with these flights, a person has to pay perfect attention to the computer when scanning boarding passes. When you scan a gst that has already been on board it will come up with an error and you will cross of their name on a piece of paper. The reason this is done is so that when we go to do our final count, if it is not, we go through the cabin to figure out which through gsts reboarded the a/c. This makes finding the missing gsts a lot easier than printing an entire manifest and going through the a/c person by person. On this particular YZF flight, we had 4 gsts get off and not reboard, and because we were paying close attention and communicating effectively, we found the gsts names quickly and were able to page them and have them on their way in no time.
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It was data update in recently migrated project. Where due to some.
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I use to be a teacher and I handle everytime the stress.
Question 7 of 35
Do you have a character trait of being well-organized? Give me an example of this.
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Absolutely! I am very well organised, I plan each day meticulously; I make to do lists for what I need to get done for the day. Because of the fact I enjoy leading a healthy lifestyle, I prepare multiple meals for every day. I like to make revision tables, cards and colour co-ordinate specific sections.
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My definition of well organized is if another person has to for example go and sit at your desk for a week, could they find the things they needed to complete your job. Currently my desk has a file for everything specifically labelled. Everything on my desktop is within folders, again specifically labelled. I have lists of sites and codes in plain view so that I am never scrambling to look for one. On top of that my calendar is precise and detailed. Everything is colour coded and every appointment has an address attached.
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Yes I am well organized I like to put every thing in plan.
Question 8 of 35
Why did you choose to become an Air Traffic Controller?
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I think it is very interesting job.
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Because I wanted to do something unusual, something that not most people would choose to do, and because I want to be the first one in the family involved with the aviation industry.
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I'm interested in being an ATC because it's such a drem.
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First of all, ATC is an aviation related job. I am very passionate to enter the aviation industry. Second, ATC is a challenging but rewarding career. Through continuous learning and training, I can further enrich the knowledge and skills relating to the job, which can give me a great self-accomplishment. Apart from that, I can fully utilize all the knowledge and skills learnt into the real job practice, which can give me self-actualization. As mentioned earlier, I like to instruct other people to accomplish tasks through systematic manner. Being an ATC can allow me to guide pilots to take-off or land aircrafts by giving them insturctions or clearnance.
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I chose to be an air traffic controller as would like to instruct the flights and make sure that am fully responsible for the passengers safety.
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My goldfish was in my dream and it told me to.
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My passion for aviation led me to this. I have worked for 2 different airlines for 8 years, and while I have enjoyed every minute, I knew I needed something else. I feel like if I were to be successful, being an ATC would give me real purpose. I like the behind the scenes part of aviation and the operational part. This encompasses both and it would be a dream come true.
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It's one of challenging and well paid govt job.
Question 9 of 35
What are the two of your proudest achievements?
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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 10 of 35
What qualities do you have that would make you a good ATC?
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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 11 of 35
What was the most challenging problem you have faced in your career and how did you overcome it?
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While training for an instructor position I encountered a physical problem that hampered my ability to study and focus. I was however determined to succeed and that Idid. It was extremely difficult but I learnt an invaluable lesson. Let others underestimate you but do not underestimate yourself.Never quit you do not know how you will do if you do not follow through something to the end.
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Introduction of seaplane operation adjacent to the main runway. Introduction of arrival and departure routes, mandatory to carry mode A/C transponder.
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The time when I was doing my final year project and there was a situation when regardless of all my efforts my presentation did not went well and my supervisor went exhausted by me. At that time I did not loose hope and did my best to make her happy and satisfied with my project and results, and evenutally I was awarded the gold medal.
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In my final year project the circuit failed 2 times,Thereafter I studied the whole tutorial of microcontroller through internet and interchanged the pin ports thus the circuit functioned well.
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Overcoming nervousness when landing an airplane. I spent many hours practicing landings to feel more comfortable.
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I can not say this as most challenging but that I found it difficult to crack engineering competitions after investing my amount kept for dowry and finally I went through JCECE with good rank with a sigh of relief.
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Have to work late nights shifts and going to school in the morning, I had to intellingently manage my time.
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Finding difficulties in paying school fees since I come from a single parent family therefore my mother, sister and I had to sell snacks & sweets to earn money and pay school fees.
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Not sufficient legal knowledge to answer client's question. Taking a LLB to enhance my legal knowledge.
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Insufficient legal knowledge to answer questions from clients. Taking a part time law degree.
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Dealing with difficult collegues. I had a discussion on why we are having conflict only to realise it was a misunderstaing.
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The 1st day on an VHF radio talking to aircraft, I learned I should be come on the radio not to be nervous.
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To make the decision of baking my self for the perfect job after rejecting a well setled job.
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Fell over and I told my mum.
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Eating 78 donoughts and I slept through it.
Question 12 of 35
How did you become interested in ATC?
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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 13 of 35
What was your greatest success?
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Whenever I fail, I consider it as to start from the begining in order to achieve my aspirations and goal..I find my habit of getting inspired from my failure is the great success to me and I wish that at any point I should not loose this quality of mine.
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Scoring straight A's for one semester in college.
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At the moment nothing as I'm creating a profession for myself.
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Finishing 98th in a 100 man race.
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I believe my greatest success would be coming away from my last job with the lessons and tools under my belt to succeed here. It prepped me an grew me into the young woman I am today and I am very grateful for that.
Question 14 of 35
Where do you see your career going in ATC?
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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 15 of 35
Tell me about a time when you were personally involved in a stressful situation and how you handled it.
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In a love lock up.I cleared out the thing by initiating myself thereafter I felt better.
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The most stressfull situation was :- I was instd 12th and had my 12th board exam on that day but when I was ready to go to take my exams, we had a quarrell with my neighbour and it was so violent that my papa was hospitalised and I was about to leave my board exams but then a police officer took me to my centre there some how I appeared for the exam (although exam was good) and I returned home and found that the quarrell was still going on by fits and start. this situation was like a challenge to me as to how I handle my stress.
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Could not enter university. Stay calm and think positively to analyze the possible pathways. Hard-working in doing associate program and then entered HKU
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As I said earlier I was nervous on the radio but I manage to get used to it by been come en listen.
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Waking up on monday and I went to the zoo.
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One day we had 4 flights cancel all at the same time due to mechanics. We have an agent that is meant to deal with these kinds of situations directly. Unfortunately they were not available at the time. I took the cancellations into my own hands. I delegated which agent would deal with which flight, I made announcements regarding the status of the flights, I coordinated with the office to make arrangements for hotels, and then I made a list of connections and which gsts flights were higher priority. We dealt with it calmly, as a team and in a timely manner. 95% of our gsts walked away from that scenario thankful. The rest were just gsts you wouldn't have pleased either way.
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My biggest stressfull situatin is when I graduate becchelor I love to continue my education but I didnt find the chance it was stressfull situation and I take decision decision to look for a job.
Question 16 of 35
Tell me when you have worked in a setting that required very effective communication. How did you handle the situation?
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As facility chief of yongsan vip ATCT, our mission was to ensure the safe arrival, transition, and departure for dignitaries visiting the capitol. These VIP's included the President of the US, the Secretary of Defense, and ROK officials. Two way communication was detrimental in ensuring DE confliction, traffic advisories, along with Capitol Defense Command permission for further operations.
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Everyday in the airline requires effective communication. Specifically would be when dealing with a gst that was intox. It was a flight later in the evening, the gate was at the far end of the airport. A gst boarded the a/c and started getting rowdy onboard. The flight attendant immediately asked me to remove the gst. I called the agent I was working with at the top of the gate so we could start pulling the gsts bag. I then called the communication centre so they knew the status of our flight and why we were not closing doors yet and then I called a manager. When I stepped ob to ask the gst to come to the top, the gst immediately started to become belligerent and starting cursing and flailing his arms around. After removing gsts from the immediate area, I let the flight attendant know that the RCMP needed to be called and that I would be stepping off the a/c for that. When I got onto the bridge, my manager was headed down. I briefed the manager. The manager stepped onboard to chat with the gst and hopefully cool things down while I made the call. The gst came off the a/c and was still very upset. When we got to the top of the bridge the RCMP were waiting. After having a discussion, the gst became more irritated and eventually ended up being arrested. But with proactive communication, I believe a more serious situation was avoided.
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I used to be a teacher and as teacher everytime you need to be effective communicator.
Question 17 of 35
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 18 of 35
What are your career goals as an Air Traffic Controller?
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Grow in the company and share what I've learned and experienced as ATC controller.
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As I have read that ATC is one of the most challenging job in this world and it is also a job of pride, so I would like to start my career as an ATC.I
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Again, at this point I will be happy to excel in training and make it onto the floor. I don't think I will be thinking of anything else for a little bit. However in a couple years, I would be very interested in the training aspect of things.
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My goal is to be air traffic controller.
Question 19 of 35
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 20 of 35
Why should we hire you?
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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 21 of 35
Why do you want to be an ATC?
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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 22 of 35
Do you have any coping mechanisms?
Question 23 of 35
Do you have any ATC experience outside of CTI school?
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No... I don't have...
Question 24 of 35
What negative thing would your last boss say about you?
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Nothing he was just begging me not to leave he said the company need people like you (me)
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I am very operational, but when it comes to the people side of things, I am almost too passionate. I have had to be reminded more than once that certain things were not my hill to die on. I love fighting for the people that work the front lines, even if it means getting me into trouble sometimes. I believe if there is a problem, you bring a solution and together it can be fixed.
Question 25 of 35
Why do you want to be an air traffic controller?
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Because I want to use my skills and knowledge through out with the organization and improve myself working within.
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I feel that I have all the qualities that an atc should possess and hence I am interested.
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Is a good place where to work at.
4.
Whats with the qeustions.
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I want to make a fulfilling career for myself in aviation.
Question 26 of 35
What is your greatest strength?
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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 35
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 28 of 35
What do you like most about being an Air Traffic Controller?
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Aviation related job. Chance to learn different aspects of skills and knowledge. Continous learning and improvment. (push back to approach)
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I think I would enjoy the fact that it is meaningful. Meaningful in a way that only certain people can appreciate. As someone from an airline, I appreciate that I was safely moved across the skies by capable individuals behind the scenes. I think also I enjoy that it is every changing and evolving and I am excited to be a part of the future of ATC.
Question 29 of 35
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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At the highest possible designation with all the skills aquired.
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Fully qualified air traffic controller.
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Being the greatest in what I do as an ATC controller.
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I see myself controlling and maybe taking a course to teach others about whatever speciality I might be in!
Question 30 of 35
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 31 of 35
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 32 of 35
Have you witnessed an emergency situation before?
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Not really. Emergency landing, Airspeed Best Field Communication.
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As a flight attendant. A gst passed out in the front galley and did not come to. I was the lead and I had to delegate and follow procedure. I didn't skip a beat and the team came together. With fa1 ensuring the rest of our gsts were taken care of and not panicked, fa2 had the chance to call our medical service using our sat phone, all while I kept lines of communication open and called the flight deck. After ensuring everyone was on the same page, I made an announcement assuring everyone everything was being taken care of, and called for a nurse or doctor. A nurse made herself know and came to the front to assist. While she was being looked over (and coming to) I filled out the paperwork as per the nurse and the doctor on the line and it was suggested we divert even though the young woman was awake. I immediately called the captain and he set forth the plans to divert. The gst was escorted back to her seat where the nurse sat with her for the duration until landing where the a/c was met by EMS and the rest of the gsts were taken care of and comfortable.
Question 33 of 35
Do you manage your time well?
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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 34 of 35
This is your first job as an ATC. 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 35 of 35
Have you been involved in an emergency setting before? Did you remain calm, and think clearly?
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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.

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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