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Why do you want to be a pilot?

• give back to Australia by contributing to its defence and safety
• to be a leader
• to fly


Why do you want to fly?

• challenging as well as liberating… but flying in the ADF offers even more
• lead a 4-ship of Super Hornets on a mission
• highly specific mission profile to achieve, at the same time you have to be flexible and adaptable in case of unplanned influences
• The responsibility, the challenge do to it “just right” and the feeling of accomplishment after a successful debrief
• best part is the purpose behind it
• working to protect our country


Why do you want to protect Australia?

• worthy of protection
• I think of our population of 23 million and the culture we have here
• give back to the country that has given so much to me


How will you cope living away from home?

• Moved out when I was 17
• for much of my life I have lived away from some of my immediate family and close friends.
• used to keeping in contact


How do you respond to criticism?

• team sports have taught me to deal with criticism well
• take ego out of the situation and listen to improve for team & self
• Every man is my superior in some way, in that I learn from him (Ralph Emerson)


What do you do after you have failed something?

• The fact that I failed means I have something to learn
• I find out what that is and try again


Give an example of when you have responded to failure in this way.

• tried out for the premier soccer side in high school but didn’t get in
• looked up the fitness and ball skill requirements for people to get into the Brisbane Roar and used it as a goal
• trained non-stop for the three weeks until I met my goal
• By the time I tried out again, I had gone from juggling the ball 10 times to over 500 times
• not only got into the premier league team, but got player of the year and went on to captain team next season


Will you go to war?

• Yes
• hope to never have to fire a weapon but I am willing to do so for my country
• more prepared after training


How long have you wanted to be a pilot and what started your ambition?

• been fascinated with flying ever since my Grandad gave me a model spitfire as a kid. However, I have a very creative family and I was heavily influenced to follow in similar footsteps.
• In the past few years I’ve done a lot of reflection on what I want to do with the rest of my life; this is it
• here for a career where I wake up each day excited to go to work because it is a job I believe in and value


Will you want to remain in the service if you fail the pilots course?

• confident I’ll pass
• If not, I will be disappointed, but flying is only one part of my ambition.
• want to be a leader as well, and the ADF offers an opportunity to recognise this goal at the highest level
• So, although disappointed, I would go away and give it serious consideration


How do you handle discipline?

• best teachers have always used the right balance of discipline and I respect their use of it
• it is something essential in many areas of life


How do you cope with pressure situations?

• one of my best attributes
• Despite the pressure I am calm but decisive
• able to think quickly


Give an example of your handling of a pressure situation.

• one of my room mates came home with his friend really drunk
• He started complaining about his heart before passing out
• I was calm and immediately started initial medical care while someone rang an ambulance


What are your greatest achievements to date?

• My continued and unwavering support of my siblings.
• I have never failed them in a difficult time
• always there, positive and supportive


Describe your own personality.

• Doggedly determined
• Competitive
• Progressive
• Optimistic


How do you perform working with a team?

• very well
• enjoy teamwork
• helps that I have a-lot of teamwork experience, from group assignments at Uni to many hours on the sporting field


What can you tell me to prove that you have the motivation to pass the pilots course?

• year from now I want to have been trained to be an exceptional leader at IOC, learned basic flying at BFTS, learned the medical care I’ll use over my whole career at AVMED and survival techniques at COMSURV.
• 2 years and I’d like to have my wings from completing 2FTS
• 4 years and successfully operationally converted onto the FA-18 Super Hornet or the Joint Strike Fighter
• 8 years and completion of my first tour
• 11 years and the completion of my second tour
• 12 years and id like to be working as an FCI
• 15 years and i'd like to be working at CFS
• This is my dream. The pilots course is a small but crucial part of it.


What would you like to do after working as a FCI or QFI?

• Eventually I’d like to be an instructor at CFS.
• I think I would really enjoy teaching and it would be just as fulfilling


Why would you want to work as an FCI?

• I would really enjoy teaching and it would be fulfilling
• get to fly and be a leader


What do you consider to be your greatest weakness?

• remembering peoples names when I meet them
• since learned a lot about leadership
• making people feel important and valuable is part of being a good leader
• I’m a lot better than I used to be but not yet at the stage where I can instantly remember multiple names upon meeting people
• That is my goal and I practice regularly


What is another weakness?

• I am not an incredibly strong swimmer
• used to be terrible
• recognised it as a weakness and joined volunteer SLS to get trained up while doing something valuable for the community at the same time
• been doing some training recently to get back into the swimming groove for the SPT at OTS


What is a third weakness?

• nervous before performing speeches in-front of large crowds.
• used to be terrified but I felt like it was something I could be good at so I joined Toastmasters.
• still get slightly nervous beforehand but once going, I have a load of confidence in delivering or even improvising speeches in-front of large groups of people


Why should the ADF hire you over some of the other applicants that are being interviewed today?

• dogged and hard worker
• passionate about flying
• serious about protecting Australia and leading to the best of my ability


What was your study routine like at Uni? How could you have improved it?

• go to every lecture and just listen (no notes)
• go home and watch the online recording where I would make my notes
• this allows you to pause and research some points
• if it was something complex next make flashcards
• With hindsight, something I could improve upon is definitely getting things done earlier, I wasn’t a person who would start the day before, but I could have been better


Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

• I’d like to be at CFS after having recently done a few years as a FCI
• While joining the roulettes is alluring, I’d rather spend my time teaching
• something I see myself being good at, while it also being fulfilling and worthwhile


What makes a good leader?

• Confident
• Optimistic
• Reliable
• Lead by example
• Go above and beyond what is necessary


Give an example of a good leader.

• Cathy Freeman
• her determination in training to get to that athletic standard
• the way she represented her people, as well as Australia as a whole
• her sense of community and charity work
• she is working to close the education gap between indigenous and non indigenous Australians


What are some examples of your leadership qualities?

• Confident
• Optimistic
• Lead by example
• Above and beyond what is necceessary


In leadership exercises, such as the one you did here yesterday, what would you do if you thought a leader was doing something wrong?

• If I was a subordinate:
o speak to the leader and make sure they were aware of the information I had
o follow orders from subsequent decision

• If they were my subordinate:
o I would ask them to explain what they are doing to see if I was missing something, then if needed, explain the problem and correct their course of action


What would you do if your captain in an aircraft was about to break a safety rule?

• complicated situation and depends on the context
• If the rule is about to be broken for responsible reasons, like the safety rule actually adversely affects the teams safety in that particular situation, then I would have no problem with it
• However, if the safety rule was about to be broken out of laziness or something inappropriate, I would let the captain know I was uncomfortable with the breach in protocol and ask them to reconsider


How would you react if you were offered a position in a service other than the one that you are applying for?

• Disappointed as it is my dream to be a pilot in the RAAF
• However the Army also has what I am looking for. I would accept an army offer with open arms
• A career in the RAN would not be for me, something about the isolation of the ocean does not appeal to me


Do you want to become a Airline Pilot? Why or why not?

• No way
• commercial pilots can’t compete with what the ADF offers
• The main three that you can’t get commercially are:
o leadership opportunities
o fulfilment in giving back to/protecting Australia
o most advanced aircraft/flying

• Not to mention the
o best training in Australia and potentially the world
o camaraderie


Do you have a role model? If so, who and why?

• My high-school maths teacher
• Strict but fair and professional
• Expected and inspired us to do our best
• Would give up her weekends and lunch breaks without hesitation for students that needed extra tutoring


What would your parents say is your biggest fault? Why?

• can be a little bit too engrossed in things
• skip lunch etc. and just work on project 24/7
• they would say I need to be more balanced


What is the biggest mistake you have ever made? What did you learn from it?

• Hard to describe
• Lost my parents when I was young and made the mistake of thinking I had lost everything
• soon realised how much I had to live for and what was important in life
• like my siblings or having a family of my own one day
• also learnt ideals like protecting those who can't protect themselves


If you were ordered to do something you considered wrong, would you do it?

• I trust those in command to make the right decisions
• I understand what I am signing on for
• It is my responsibility to follow orders and my personal feelings about them are irrelevant
• I'm not saying i'll be mindless, I can be unhappy about it privately and professionally, but I’ll will always see out my responsibilities


How will you handle the loss of privacy?

• I don’t have anything to hide
• lived with other people for years now and haven’t had a problem with it


What is the difference between leadership and management?

• Management is very practical, it focuses on things like organisation and administration
• Leadership is more about vision, motivation and inspiration
• People choose to follow leaders, where as they are obliged to follow managers
• The important thing is their combination creates a powerful tool


What is one time you have let down a friend? Why did you do it?

• I said I would pick up a friend from the airport the other day, but the day before I realised I had also committed myself to a 21st where I was supposed to be making a speech
• I had made a commitment to both people, so I there was no way I couldn’t let someone down