Did you know that many flight schools use profile tests in the selection process? Have you been asking yourself what the purpose of it is? We are here to help you better understand the importance of your profile and personal traits needed if you choose a pilot‘s profession.
How does it relate to aviation and a flight training school?
You may ask how an individual profile is related to a flight school. The answer is simple: every profession has a specific set of personal qualities needed. A pilot‘s profession is not an exception. To be precise, a pilot‘s career is where a very exact set of traits could either help or make it more difficult for the individual to achieve a successful career starting with the training stage. Why does a flight school want to know your profile? It’s simple: your profile is a very important factor in your training, both theoretical and flying phases. Every flight academy wants its students to succeed and to be sure that this is a career path they really want to pursue.
Moreover, becoming a pilot is a decision of a lifetime. It is much more than just attending flight classes, passing exams at Aviation Authority, doing your flight training and passing practical tests. A pilot‘s seat requires the perfect harmony between attitude and skills needed. But how can a person determine that they have what it takes to become a successful pilot? This is where the test helps.
Profile test – what is it?
To begin with, let’s clarify what a profile test is. A profile test is a multi-purpose whole-personality assessment that measures many performance indicators. A test itself works as an assessment tool that helps to understand the person better and identifies their abilities, willingness predicting a person‘s satisfaction in the position they are applying for. The results give an awareness of which career path is the most suitable for the character.
Let’s take Profile XT (PXT) test as an example. It is widely used by human resource managers in order to screen job applicants and select the best candidates. A profile test might be used for various purposes: selection, development, training or managing and succession planning. 20 performance indicators highlight the strengths and indicate the areas in which a person is not that strong. Its design allows to adjust the profile to a specific position.
Do not get it wrong. The purpose of this test is not to get some secret insights. On the contrary, it helps to match the strongest personal traits based on the core behaviours with the selected job or training. Moreover, it helps to understand a person‘s learning style and approaches that will work best when working or learning.
What does it measure and give?
The PXT test examines three key areas and evaluates individual fit for the position they are applying for in accordance with them. Each personality is unique, therefore, by knowing and understanding the exact type of personality you have, can be a huge advantage in your work.
The thinking style or in other words learning index reveals verbal skill and reasoning as well as numerical ability and reasoning.
The behavioural traits or scales show a person‘s character that has an influence on working environment. The energy level, assertiveness, sociability, manageability, attitude, decisiveness, accommodation, independence and objective judgement are these attributes.
The occupational interests analyse the candidate‘s entrepreneurial, financial and administrative, people focus, technical, mechanical and creative skills.
The results of the test reveal the person‘s matching for the certain position and the individual profile. Not only it helps to decide whether a candidate is suitable for the job but is a tremendous benefit for the person himself/herself to know their strongest side and the areas where they might need to improve their skills.
What traits does a good pilot have?
As mentioned before, a good pilot has a certain set of skills needed for the job. They are expected to be physically and mentally healthy in the first place. Here is a list of the main qualities a good pilot usually needs to possess:
Authority. He knows how and when to take the lead and control. He is confident in his skills and abilities and does not hesitate to take a responsibility for the safety of each flight.
Self-evaluation. He knows how to resolve problems or weaknesses on his own. He does not step back but takes responsibility for actions and improvement of his skills.
Respect. He knows how to respect his colleagues, flight regulations and procedures. His top priority is a safe behaviour and respect for those on-board and the aircraft he flies.
Lifelong learning. He knows how important training and recurrent training are even if he has 40,000 hours on his logbook. He never stops learning and improving his skills.
Humility. He values others with more experience and seeks for their advice. He learns from others in order to fly safer and perform tasks better.
Planning. First, he carefully makes the plan for the flight, and then he follows it and checks the performance and values safety. He re-plans if there is a need and analyses his flight after landing so that he can perform better next time. Actually, he performs a plan-do-check-analyse circle.
Precision and determination. He is precise when it comes to safety and planning. He pays attention to detail and is determined to fly frequently and to conduct a high-quality performance.
What is in it for me?
As specific personal traits a pilot has to possess are quite clear, it is good to know before starting your training whether you have them or not. The test is a handy tool for you as an individual to understand if you are suitable for the career path you have a desire to follow. It helps to determine: CAN you do the job? WILL you do the job? WILL YOU BE HAPPY doing the job?
Do you possess the right skills and attitude, the required enthusiasm and motivation? Do you really have what it takes to become a pilot?