Air Traffic Controller Interview Questions

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Being an air traffic controller is a unique occupation that can be both rewarding and stressful.  You are responsible for hundreds of airplanes both landing at your airport and traveling through your air space. Your potential employer will be looking for a candidate who can show their knowledge in the field as well as their ability to keep their composure and focus, even when under stress. 

A job interview is an ideal time to see how someone handles stress, and it is critical for you to do your best to demonstrate your ability to stay calm and not freeze up during the interview.

They will also want to hear about your previous experiences in difficult situations.  Be prepared to share examples of demanding situations you have been in, and how you handled them. 

Air Traffic Controller Interview Questions

Describe a time in the tower when you saw a potential conflict or issue. How did you help to prevent the issue from becoming an actual problem?

Have you had to deal with an emergency situation in the tower before? How did you handle the situation?

If you were to witness a major injury or accident in your daily life, what would be your first action?

Describe a time when you had a conflict with a coworker. How did you handle the conflict?

Tell me about the most stressful situation you have had at work. What did you do in the situation? Is there anything you would have done differently?

Describe a time you worked with your coworkers to solve a problem.

How do you deal with stress in your daily life?

Do you prefer to work alone or with colleagues? Why?

Do you enjoy shift work? Are there certain hours of the day during which you would prefer not to work?

What kind of supervisor do you prefer to work with?

General Job Interview Questions
In addition to job specific interview questions, you will also be asked more general questions about your employment history, education, strengths, weaknesses, achievements, goals and plans.

Here's a list of the most common interview questions and examples of answers.

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