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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Why did you choose a career as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician?
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The interviewer would like to know what brought you to be an aircraft maintenance technician. Talk to the hiring manager about what has influenced you to become an AMT. You can make the answer a touch personal but be sure to keep it concise.
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  1. Why did you choose a career as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician?
  2. What subject, during your maintenance training, was the strongest?
  3. Are you comfortable with heights?
  4. What do you excel at as an aircraft maintenance technician?
  5. How active are you in your job search?
  6. Do you have your own tools?
  7. If you fail to do your job correctly, what are the consequences? Are you able to work under that kind of pressure?
  8. Tell me about your education and training.
  9. What do you enjoy most about working on aircraft?
  10. How well do you know your ATA codes?
  11. What aircraft inspections do you dislike doing?
  12. What is the latest news you've heard about our airline?
  13. What is your aircraft maintenance specialty?
  14. When would you be available to start?
  15. By this time in your career, you should have advanced further, what has slowed down your career progression?
  16. How would you describe your work ethic?
  17. Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
  18. When have you worked with a diverse group of people?
  19. How many days were you absent from work last year?
  20. When have you shown great integrity at work?
  21. What is your current salary?
  22. When have you had to adapt your workload due to increasing demand from your supervisors?
  23. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  24. Are you able to work outside in extreme weather conditions, if required?
  25. What protective gear are you accustomed to wearing on the job?
  26. Have you always had a strong mechanical aptitude?
  27. Would you rather work for a commercial or private airline? Explain your answer.
  28. How important is safety to you?
  29. In what situation would you would work on an airplane without proper engineers authorization?
  30. Would you ever consider skipping an inspection?
15 Aircraft Maintenance Technician Answer Examples
1.
Why did you choose a career as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician?
The interviewer would like to know what brought you to be an aircraft maintenance technician. Talk to the hiring manager about what has influenced you to become an AMT. You can make the answer a touch personal but be sure to keep it concise.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"From a young age, I have always had a strong interest in airplanes. My father was a mechanic and saw the aptitude in me at a young age. The moment I realized that I could mix my love of aircraft and maintenance into one career, that became my goal. I love what I do and have never looked back."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I initially enrolled in vocational school to become a computer scientist. After a couple of semesters, my admissions officer suggested that I specialize in aircraft electrical systems. This career path sounded fascinating to me. I am happy airline maintenance is the direction I chose to take."
2.
What subject, during your maintenance training, was the strongest?
The interviewer would like to know what your primary strengths were during your aircraft maintenance training. Your most successful subject will likely still be where your most significant aptitude is. Tie these education-based strengths in with your current strengths on the job.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"During my AMT training, my strongest subject was mechanical drafting. I have a great knack for drafting and still find it to be my strongest suit on the job."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"During my training, my strongest subject was pneumatic systems. I look forward to bringing my skills and knowledge in this area to you."
3.
Are you comfortable with heights?
The interviewer would like to know that you are comfortable working with heights. As an aircraft maintenance technician, you will be required to work in tight and high spaces quite frequently. Assure the hiring manager that you have no problem managing heights.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am very accustomed to heights and have no problem working in high spaces. In my current position, I am working in very high spaces at least 50% of the time."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"During my aircraft maintenance technician training, I spent a great deal of hands-on time in tight spaces and high spaces. I did not encounter any issues with either task."
4.
What do you excel at as an aircraft maintenance technician?
The interviewer would like to know what you do best on the job. Highlight your best skill(s) to the hiring manager and let them know how you plan to take these skills and use them to benefit their company.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"As an aircraft maintenance technician, I feel that I excel most when it comes to my organization and documentation. I am very strict with myself when it comes to documenting everything that I do. This creates a safer and more productive work environment."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"During my training, it was often brought up that my math skills are very sharp. This helps me to make quick calculations which keeps the maintenance schedule speedy and accurate."
5.
How active are you in your job search?
The interviewer would like to know the specifics surrounding your job search. Help the hiring manager to understand the competitive landscape surrounding your candidacy.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am actively seeking a new position; however, your organization is my top choice. I like that your company puts their employees and safety at the forefront of everything you do. If offered a position here, I would be thrilled."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"This is my first interview since completing my education. It is important to me that my first position as an aircraft maintenance technician is in a company that will help me create a solid foundation for my career."
6.
Do you have your own tools?
The interviewer would like to know if you come with your tools for the job. If you do not, that is okay, too. How you answer this questions will help the interviewer to prepare the right tools for your first day.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Yes, I have collected a really good range of applicable trade tools over time. If you require, I can absolutely come prepared with my own."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you do not have tools: "I have always worked in roles where the tools are supplied. Do you prefer for me to have my own tools?"
7.
If you fail to do your job correctly, what are the consequences? Are you able to work under that kind of pressure?
The interviewer would like to know if you understand the consequences of shortcuts in the industry and if you can handle the pressure associated with being in a career with zero room for error. Tell the hiring manager that you understand how imperative it is that you do not perform shortcuts in your industry. Express to them that you are a very thorough and devout employee.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that as an aircraft maintenance technician, there is zero room for error. Every time I sign my name on any documentation, I am 110% sure that the job was completed fully and correctly. People's lives are in my hands, and I take that responsibility very seriously."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If I fail to do my job correctly, a lot of people can get hurt or even die. I fully understand that working as an aircraft maintenance technician is a high-pressure position, but at the same time I am confident in my abilities and attention to detail."
8.
Tell me about your education and training.
Tell the hiring manager about your educational path thus far. Your resume will outline your education so use that as a guide, but expand on it. Discuss any awards, scholarships, and recognition that you have achieved as well.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I love to learn, and I did well during my post-secondary education. My primary education in aircraft maintenance comes from the military. I am now FAA certified. If there are any additional courses that you feel I should take, I would be happy to do so."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I recently graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Mechanics, finishing top of the class. I am proud of this accomplishment and, because of my excellent grades, I was able to land a great practicum with Air Canada."
9.
What do you enjoy most about working on aircraft?
The interviewer would like to know your favorite part of being an aircraft maintenance technician. Tell the hiring manager what you enjoy the most when it comes to your job as an ATC, and why that particular aspect is so enjoyable for you.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"What I enjoy most about working on aircraft is that I have the unique experience of working on some very rare and unusual planes. I have had some unique experiences in my time as a maintenance technician with the military."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"So far, the most enjoyable aspect of being an ATC has been learning the fundamentals of aircraft hydraulics. I find it fascinating."
10.
How well do you know your ATA codes?
ATA is a numbering system standard for aircraft documentation. It is in place to help maintenance technicians, engineers, and pilots to communicate through a standard code. Tell the hiring manager about your level of knowledge in ATA codes. You can display your understanding by comparing your experience against others in the same role.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have an above-average knowledge of ATA codes. In my most recent review, my supervisor commented on that strength of mine. I continue to study the ATA codes so that I am always up to date on them."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I learned the basics of ATA while attending vocational school. At this point, I would rate myself as a basic user in ATA, but I am studying these codes on a regular basis."
11.
What aircraft inspections do you dislike doing?
The interviewer would like to know what you dislike the most as an aircraft maintenance technician. Tell the hiring manager if there are any areas of aircraft maintenance that you do not enjoy doing. Talk about why you dislike it as well and what you are doing to improve/change.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I dislike working with navigation systems the most. It isn't my strongest suit, and I much prefer working on the electrical components. I can still perform these tasks but would benefit from additional training in the future."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"As I am newer with aircraft inspections, I have not yet found an area in which I dislike. With that said, some areas are more challenging. Those areas include electrical writing and anti-friction bearings."
12.
What is the latest news you've heard about our airline?
Assure the interviewer that you are up to date on the public image of their airline. Before attending an interview always be sure to research the company and their public perception. Tell the hiring manager the positive press or reviews that you have come across. Avoid mentioning any bad media if you can.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have researched your organization a great deal and see that you were recently featured in the news for your charitable efforts this past holiday season. I enjoyed what I saw and would be proud to work for a company who puts philanthropic efforts at the forefront of what they do."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Your airline is often in the news regarding your growth and community efforts. The last I heard about your company was the fact that you had another hiring spree in January 2018."
13.
What is your aircraft maintenance specialty?
The interviewer would like to know what specialty you would bring to their organization.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My maintenance specialty is within rigging and turbines. I have spent the past three years focusing primarily on these areas. With that said, I am strong in many other areas as well including marking and preparation of equipment for shipping."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you do not have a specialty: "At this point in my career, I consider myself a 'generalist' when it comes to my mechanical knowledge. I have a firm basis of training in test, measurement, and diagnostic equipment. Is there a particular specialty that you are looking for?"
14.
When would you be available to start?
Before your interview, make sure you have a start date in mind for the new employer. Whether you need to give two weeks to your previous position, or are unemployed and can start right away, be prepared with an affirmative answer.

If you are currently working, you should always show professionalism by offering two weeks' notice to your current employer. No hiring manager is ever impressed when they hear "I can quit my job today and start tomorrow!" Show that you are professional and reliable in all situations.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I can quit my job today and start tomorrow!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would need to give a customary two weeks' notice to my current company so that they could choose if they want me to stay and transition accounts or make it my last day. But, out of courtesy to them, I need to let them make the decision."
15.
By this time in your career, you should have advanced further, what has slowed down your career progression?
When an interviewer sees slow career progression on your resume, they will immediately want to determine whether this is by your own choice, any outside circumstances, or if you just are not motivated to create growth in your career. If your job has progressed slower than you wish, you must be honest with the interviewer when discussing this.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I agree with you that my career progression has been slower than some. You will see that between 2001 - 2009 I worked for the same company without an increase in my job title. The company was too small to offer a promotion to me as the next level was ownership and the business wasn't for sale. After this, from 2009-2012 I was on leave as I needed to care for my ailing parents. The growth since returning to work has been steady but those years were a bit of a standstill for me. I am ready to spring into action now, and forge ahead in my career."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have progressed comfortably in my career. Although it may not seem as advanced as some, I am content with my progression as it has offered me a manageable pace."
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