When Pilot Recruiter Captain James Douvier meets with pilot applicants, he’s looking for more than just technical know-how. He’s looking for pilots with positive personalities who are going to come to GoJet and make a difference.
Being a great aviator is certainly a requirement to become a GoJet pilot, but there’s more to it than that. Crews spend a lot of time together, so having an outgoing and positive attitude is important. James says that during the interview process, he asks himself, “Is this someone that I would want to fly a four-day trip with?”
When James interviews pilots, he’s also looking at what they’ve accomplished outside of the cockpit. “We’re looking for pilots who are going to do more than just fly their shift, make their money, and go home,” James explains. “We want to hire people who are going to be involved and engaged in the airline. If you’ve been involved in your school, community, or at your previous airline, it’s a pretty good indication that you’re going to make a positive impact at GoJet.”
However, the interview process is also about pilot candidates making sure that GoJet is the right fit for them. That’s why James sets aside a portion of each interview to answer any questions that applicants may have. One of the most common things that pilot applicants want to know is what their life will be like when they become a GoJet pilot.
In addition to emphasizing the quality of life benefits that GoJet offers, including high pay, minimal reserve time, and fast Captain upgrades, James also tells candidates about GoJet’s unique, family-like culture. For example, unlike “slam-clickers,” or pilots who stay in their hotel rooms after they finish a day of flying, GoJet crews frequently go out to dinner together or rent a car and sightsee during overnight trips. “I have friends at other airlines, and the level of camaraderie that you see at GoJet is just different,” he remarks. “All of our crews are interactive teams who just genuinely enjoy each other’s company.”
When asked if he had any advice for new GoJet pilots, James encouraged them to take advantage of every opportunity to get involved with the company, as it will benefit their careers down the road. “Many of our pilots aspire to fly for mainline carriers one day, and all airlines, including mainlines, want to hire pilots who have made the effort to progress professionally as much as they can,” he stressed. “Do as much as you can while you have the opportunity, and it will pay off for you later.”
Professional development opportunities that James suggests include:
- Becoming a Check Airman
- Getting involved in the union
- Offering to be a committee chair, such as for hotels
- Helping out with recruiting
- Taking advantage of the Pilot Mentor Program – in addition to earning $5,000 for every pilot you mentor, you’re paying it forward by passing on your wisdom and experience to new pilots
Being a pilot recruiter means that James doesn’t get to fly the line as much as he’d like, but he loves what he does. “I get to help make people’s dreams come true. Seeing someone’s face light up when they are offered a job as a GoJet First Officer, then seeing that person become a Captain, and then watching them move on to mainline, that’s just really special.”
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