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May 22, 2023

We learn best when we experience things firsthand. So, for today's episode, we will harness lessons from Spitfire client Derek Mills as he prepares his application for UPS with a mock interview. Tap in and enjoy some effective advice on how to stay composed and collected even when asked tough questions!




  • Useful tips to keep your introduction firm and within 5 mins 

  • An example of the power of knowing your WHY in an interview

  • The value of being well-informed on standard operating procedures 

  • Some questions to expect in a UPS interview for pilots 

  • The point of “conflicts with a co-worker” questions







Derek Mills graduated and was commissioned in May 2006 from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He completed basic school in December 2006 and reported to NAS Pensacola, FL, for flight training. He was designated a Naval Aviator after completion of advanced training at NAS Kingsville, TX. Derek’s decorations include the Air Medal (3rd strike flight award), Navy Commendation Medal (2), and various campaign and service awards. He has flown the T-34C Turbo Mentor, T-45C Goshawk, AV-8B Harrier, and Hawk T2.




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