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How to Make Your SkyWest Application Stand Out

Rachelle Kolb
Hiring & Compliance Specialist

Applying and interviewing for a new job can be a challenge. To make things easier, members of the SkyWest recruiting team put together seven simple tips that will help a candidate stand out:

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  1. Clear, Specific Resume: A resume should be catered for a specific job; a pilot resume is going to look different from a ramp agent resume. Keep things short and ONLY include applicable information. Recruiters often screen hundreds of resumes and those that are the most successful include current contact information, work history (with an explanation of any gaps), education (college degrees are preferred) and current flight hours for pilot applications.
  2. Assessment Questions ARE Important: Specific assessment questions attached to the application are an important tool used to screen and find the best candidates for a position. Take time to think through any answers and always be specific. Recruiters tend to lose interest when questions are answered broadly.
  3. Professional One-Way Video Interviews: SkyWest, like many companies, uses one-way video interviews to learn more about candidates during the screening process. They should be treated like a face-to-face interview. Here are some tips to make a one-way video interview a good experience.
  4. Be Timely: When a candidate follows instructions and pays attention to detail, it tells the recruiter that they are motivated. Completing tasks like a video interview or homework assignment soon after being asked is a high indicator of an applicant’s work ethic and can help them have a leg up on the competition.
  5. Prepare for Face-to-Face Interviews: After making it through the initial screening and being invited to a face-to-face interview, applicants should take some time to study the duties and qualifications of the job, as well as information about SkyWest. Recruiters are assessing whether a candidate is a good fit for the position and doing some research about the position and the company will help. For the interview itself, dress appropriately and make eye contact when answering questions. Candidates should also be specific with any answers and take time, when needed, to provide an answer that will show the recruiters more of who they really are.
  6. Be Genuine: Talking around a question in an interview or stuffing a resume with fluff words and sentences will not help candidates stand out or show our recruiters who they really are. Being genuine and specific in each stage of the screening and interview process will help applicants be more successful.
  7. Be Positive, Approachable and Friendly: These qualities can help an applicant connect with a recruiter and also ties in with SkyWest’s culture, which focuses on working together. Hiring those who exemplify these qualities continues to strengthen SkyWest teams across the country and overflows to the millions of passengers who are boarding SkyWest flights every month.

To start putting these tips into practice, check out all of the positions that are currently available at SkyWest by visiting www.skywest.com.

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8 Tips to Succeed at One-Way Video Interviews

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Rachelle Kolb
Hiring & Compliance Specialist

After finding the perfect job at SkyWest and nailing the initial steps of the application process, some potential new employees may be asked to complete a short, one-way video interview. These interviews are often used in place of a phone interview and can be nerve racking for someone who hasn’t done a video interview before.

To help, here are eight tips that can help first-time interviewees succeed:

  1. Dress the part.
    The one-way video interview is a part of the application process and candidates should dress professionally, just like they would for an in-person interview.
  2. Find a place that’s free from background noises and distractions.
    The goal of the one-way interview is to hear and learn about the applicant. Background noise and other distractions can make it difficult to focus on what they’re saying.
  3. When recording an interview on a mobile device, film in landscape orientation (not portrait) and try using a tripod to keep the video steady.
    Smartphones and tablets make it easy to capture video almost anywhere, but a little preparation will help improve the quality of the video.
  4. Keep the camera at eye level.
    Not only is this the best view angle but it helps eliminate distractions.
  5. Look directly at the camera lens.
    This can feel strange at first but allows the person reviewing the video interviews to feel like they are actually talking to the applicant.
  6. Practice responding to the questions but don’t worry about memorizing every answer perfectly.
    It’s important to know what to say before hitting record, but memorized responses can sound boring or robotic on video.
  7. Speak clearly.
    Speaking too quickly or quietly are common errors when recording video interviews. To be successful, the person watching the video needs to be able to easily understand what the candidate is saying.
  8. Be natural!
    SkyWest hiring managers want to see the real person who may be joining their team.