Indian Airlines Selection Procedure
Posted Date: 02-Jun-2008
Short Listing of Resume
Q. Does company uses its own form or uses standard placement form?
A. Standard placement form is used by the company for the campus recruitment.
Q. Is it a company practice to apply the shortlist to the resumes submitted?
A. Yes, the shortlist is activated by the company.
Q. What comprises that shortlist?
A. Shortlist is qualifying in nature. It is primarily based on the academics & extra-currics.
Q. What is normally the ratio of shortlisted candidates to the total applicants at the Institute.
A. Generally majority(read every one) who submits resume gets through, at least in the IIMs.
Q. Is there advantage for people with work experience?
A. For people with relevant proven work experience, there is a higher pay packet and reduced probation period but other than that there is no advantage to enter the company. Generally there is no person with airlines experience at MBA institutes.
Q. Does the company looks towards any preference for any particular background of students in the shortlist?
A. There is no preference.
Q. What's the importance of the academic performance in making it to the shortlist?
A. Academic performance is not an important aspect.
Q. Does extra-curricular activities play any role in the shortlist process?
A. Extra-curricular activities play a crucial role in shortlisting.
Q. Should the resume highlight on certain aspects? What qualities should a candidate highlight in his/her resume to make the cut?
A. Resume should be strong in extra-currics showcasing you to be outgoing and meeting people. The resume should be succint, but detailed enough to convey our warm personality & ability top manage people.
Q. What is the biggest mistake a candidate can make in his/her resume?
A. Candidates should not focus on academics only. Besides extra-currics should not be avoided.
Company does not administer a written test.
GD is not a part of recruitment process.
The company does not conduct any case studies.
The company does not conduct any group situations.
Q. Does the company conduct any preliminary interviews before the final interview?
A. The Interview process usually comprises of two or three stages. You might call the initial stage as preliminary interview but the first and second/third stages are usually integrated stages. The interviews are conducted by a senior team from personnel department.
Q. Are these initial rounds qualifying or eliminatory in nature?
A. These initial rounds are usually eliminatory in nature. Generally one in three candidates are selected.
Q. What is the duration of interview/ number of panelists?
A. Generally the interview lasts from 25-35 minutes. Similarly, the second & final interview was around for 20 minutes. There are generally three-four people in the interview panel. The senior-most person in the Interview panel is a very senior person in the personnel department.
Q. How does the interview start?
A. You are asked to start by telling "something about yourself" or "something about the background" or "something about self & family".
Q. What types of questions are asked in the interview?
A. The communication skills are important. The aim of the interview is to see whether the candidate is capable of dealing with job requirements. One frequent question is the candidate sharp enough to calm down an irate passenger and so on. The questions are more or less across whole issues. Another question is how would you motivate your employees who has worked hard.
In case of people with work experience, you will have to articulate how your work experience will be helpful to the company.
Also your interests and achievements should be clear.
Q. Does company create situations akin to 'stress interview'? Describe some?
A. Stress Interviews are generally not there but in some cases, yes it might be there.
Q. Is integrity important? Does company try to test the candidate's integrity( give a sample question if possible)?
A. Yes, integrity is important & there might be some questions asked to check your attitude.
Q. What do you think the company is trying to assess in the candidate during the interview?
A. Company tries to identify the people who are people's man & leaders in their own right, people who would be able to deal with the customers and as well as the airlines personnel. They are looking for street smart guys, "people's man" rather than people who have high fundamentals or grades.
Q. What type of environment is there during the interview?
A. You should be formal, because the culture at IA is like that only.
Q. What type of dress code is suitable for the company? (formal /semi formal /informal)?
A. Be formal
Q. How does the interview end?
A. The panel gives you options and asks you in which option you are interested in.
Q. Does the company repeat interview questions?
A. Yes, the chances that the interview questions might be repeated are more than industry average.
Q. How can a candidate better prepare himself for the interview?
A. Prepare by focusing on leadership questions related to working in groups, motivating the group members and colleagues etc.
You would do well to prepare yourself by knowing your resume inside out. Do prepare the standard questions about self, about company, about interests etc.
Q. Does company make spot offer during the interview?
A. No, spot offers are not made during the interview.
Q. What is the biggest mistake a candidate can make during the interview?
A. You should avoid presenting yourself as being reclusive and not being a people's man even if you are.
Q. Does company consider higher entry for the candidates with work ex?
A. There is no lateral entry for the people with work experience but they do get a higher compensation depending on work experience and its relevance to the company. But again, people working in airlines do not go for MBA.
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