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Ready 4 Pushback

Jan 26, 2023

As we kick things off, we’ll start by discussing the three traits airlines look for in a pilot with Spitfire Elite Consulting co-founder Bill Sims, the first of which is authenticity. Learn how to escape the interviewer’s fatigue through authenticity in your demeanor and, eventually, in how you articulate your answers. Follow this conversation to set yourself up for a successful interview!




  • A throwback to the 2013 year-end airways mass hiring
  • Effects of pilots’ exodus on major airlines
  • How authenticity helps you in an interview
  • Why interviewers want vulnerability 
  • The value of preparation in an interview






Bill Sims’ love for interviewing began when he graduated from Florida State University landing 7 job offers including top consulting firms such as PWC, Arthur Andersen, and KPMG. He used his experience to teach the art of the interview to underclassmen at FSU and coached several students through the interview process. After 2 years with PWC, Bill served in the Marines Corps for 12 years flying the F/A-18 Hornet. After receiving CJOs from 3 major airlines in 2014, he began teaching his techniques and sharing them with fellow pilots on the base. Bill has several years of experience teaching interviewing at live seminars, virtual webinars and 1 on 1 environments. He has individually helped thousands of job seekers land their dream jobs. In addition, he has trained dozens of others to teach the art of interviewing. Bill has a genuine passion for helping people succeed in anything they do.



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