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WestJet Mainline/Encore Hiring pool

Post by JetAjunkie » Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:53 pm

Quick questions for those in the know:

How long do candidates stay in the pool for each respective airline?

How often do people drop out of pool due to time expiring? Are they mostly taken on?

Thanks!

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Re: WestJet Mainline/Encore Hiring pool

Post by Gate Go » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:50 am

1000 views and not one answer? Throw a dog a bone! :wink:
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Re: WestJet Mainline/Encore Hiring pool

Post by KK7 » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:30 pm

JetAjunkie wrote: How long do candidates stay in the pool for each respective airline?
I can answer one of your questions, 12 months, then you must reapply.
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Re: WestJet Mainline/Encore Hiring pool

Post by ihavecontrol » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:34 pm

At mainline you are normally kept in the pool for one year, at which point you have to reinterview. Most get picked up, as long as there are groundschools and you stay out of trouble. This is what I've been told anyway, and I'm pretty sure it would be similar at Encore. Hope that helps.
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Post by jazzyboy » Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:41 am

I interviewed in April, put in the pool in May, and got a GS in October. This was all 3 years ago. I'm not too sure what the pace of it all is right now, but I'm guessing with hiring going full tilt for the next year that it will be a short swim.
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Re: WestJet Mainline/Encore Hiring pool

Post by chinglish » Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:47 am

I spent one week in the pool.
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Post by lowlevel » Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:36 am

Ching, how long ago was that?
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Post by chinglish » Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:31 pm

During the spring.
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Re: WestJet Mainline/Encore Hiring pool

Post by BE20 Driver » Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:18 pm

I didn't think there was a pool for Encore. If you have two feet and a heartbeat and you want to fly a Q, you're in. This may have changed a little since WJ announced the wide body deal. I suspect there are a few people out there attracted by the shiney new jets (that belong to WJ and not Encore).
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Post by sstaurus » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:24 am

I think things have slowed a little. I've heard they want 705 time for quicker upgrades, probably a bit trickier finding people with that experience who want to work for 38$ an hr.
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Post by BE20 Driver » Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:11 pm

True. With the matrix in place, direct entry captains require a minimum of 500 hours of 705 time. Anyone coming in with only 704/703 time will require a combo of total time and hours on the Q.
I heard there was a bump in hiring after the announcement of the wide body aircraft at WS. I don't know if that is being sustained for the upcoming fall ground schools.
Lately, there are some substantial rumours of us going back to a 70 hour guarantee at the end of the year. That would represent a 13% decrease in pay for everyone involved. I've heard this from several of the crews I've worked with over the last month.
Oh, and flow is staying at 25% for the foreseeable future.
I guess we'll catch up on recruiting next year when the aircraft deliveries slow down.
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Re: WestJet Mainline/Encore Hiring pool

Post by DaveP » Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:08 pm

Hi Guys
I'll take a stab at a quick update. First, it's mostly opposite of what they said above.
Recruiting for Wj encore has been considerably easier. We are finally getting ahead of the curve and experience is getting up around 3-5k hours now. As for the length of time in the pool - who knows. It could be a variety of reasons why someone is in for a while. Anything from maybe giving them a little more time say as a captain or we have a lot of candidates in there or maybe just had a weaker interview.
I have personally never heard of the lowered min guarantee to 70 but even if it does go back it's a min guarantee with a much more mature route structure now. Which means you will likely never be blocked under it to trigger that pay. As for expansion - it will likely progress to the East.
Projections for next years encore hiring is north of 100 and WestJet I suspect will be slightly lower. The marketing hours are still being finalized.
WestJet did add an extra ground school in November that wasn't planned.(8)
The manager of training at Encore is planning on a 50percent flow as well.
I hope that helps! (And takes care of a few rumours)

Take care,

Dave

Sorry for all the edits. Bad grammar, spelling and added info!
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Re: WestJet Mainline/Encore Hiring pool

Post by flea » Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:56 pm

Hi Dave,

Just curious how strict the 500 mpic minimum is when looking at potential candidates for Encore / Wj. Is it really a deal breaker?

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Re: WestJet Mainline/Encore Hiring pool

Post by DaveP » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:12 pm

Hi
It's still required in the matrix. We use the 500 as a base for simply building your decision making skills.
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Post by racer-pilot-rob » Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:12 am

I have been waiting for months just for a call back for WestJet Encore. I have had friends with less experience than myself already online there. Not sure what it takes to actually get noticed. Must be a huge pool of candidates. I even asked if there was a problem with my application, and they had a very hard time just to find my application... Is this normal??
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Post by brooks » Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:46 am

When you say a "call back" are you referring to an interview you have had previously but never received a yes or a no? Or are you waiting for a call for an interview?
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Post by racer-pilot-rob » Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:29 am

I think I would settle for any acknolodgement its even been looked at. I have not had any contact from them and I am sure there are interviews happening by what has been said on here. It could be a matter of new applicants piling up on top of mine and they just have not seen it yet, but would like to log in and see something other than "under review" that has been there from day one. It could even be applying through pcc canada does not work, or overwelmed with applicants, who knows. Just wish mine would get noticed....
so in short, no interview, no replies, no call backs of any sort to date....
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Post by JoeyBarton » Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:04 pm

racer-pilot-rob wrote:I think I would settle for any acknolodgement its even been looked at. I have not had any contact from them and I am sure there are interviews happening by what has been said on here. It could be a matter of new applicants piling up on top of mine and they just have not seen it yet, but would like to log in and see something other than "under review" that has been there from day one. It could even be applying through pcc canada does not work, or overwelmed with applicants, who knows. Just wish mine would get noticed....
so in short, no interview, no replies, no call backs of any sort to date....
Hey I'm in the same boat. What's your experience?
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Post by racer-pilot-rob » Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:14 am

Over 7000 hours, over half turbine and nearly all PIC.
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Post by mbav8r » Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:08 am

Just speculating, but perhaps they feel you would not accept a F/O spot as I'm pretty sure there are no more direct entry captain spots.
Have you thought about reapplying?
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Post by racer-pilot-rob » Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:01 am

Maybe that might have something to do with it. I will try to re apply. Although I am sure I did not specify which seat the first time I applied. Would like to talk to an actual person one of these days lol.
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Post by racer-pilot-rob » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:03 am

I tried your suggestion to re apply. I apparently did it wrong, It just goes back to the same old application and status. Think I will try again with a new email and see what happens. I was talking to one of my former students (who will remain nameless) and he informed me he got an interview and it went well. He has a fraction of what I have so I know something is going wrong for me and its not the company or my qualifications. :?:
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Post by JoeyBarton » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:49 am

Is an internal recommendation still mandatory to get on?
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Post by racer-pilot-rob » Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:11 pm

I should hope not. This is not a frat house. Should be hiring good pilots, not your buddies. Although if they happen to be the same, bonus. I don't seem to know what it takes to get onboard, but you may very well be right.
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Re: WestJet Mainline/Encore Hiring pool

Post by Bede » Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:21 pm

Racer pilot,

Do you have 500 mpic? That requirement tripped up a couple of friends of mine who had lots of time on the pc12
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