Thank you very much! While a college degree is not required to apply, it will certainly help in being selected for the in-person interviews. The bachelors degree is a qualification that will help you stand out, but after you are selected for the interview it won’t be a major factor after that point. I think if you are a college student in a flight program like Embry Riddle you will be in a good position to be selected. I know Aviate has partnerships with Embry Riddle, and UND and many other college flight programs. Once you are selected for the in-person interviews they will be looking at the quality of your responses and performance in the 2 interviews. Behavioral panel interview and Technical interview.
To prepare for the behavioral interview I would recommend keeping a journal of your flight experiences and anytime something unusual happens, something unexpected, or if you make a mistake - be sure to write a paragraph of what happened in your journal and what you learned from the experience. These can be an unlimited number of things like weather, maintenance, ATC delays, traffic, parachuters, your student getting sick/tired, etc. - keep a journal. In this Behaorial interview you’ll be asked questions like “Tell me about a time when…” - you made a mistake, when something unexpected happened, when you received criticism from a superior etc. So having a handful of these experiences ready to tell will really help you answer these difficult interview questions. The format for answering behavioral questions is the STAR format - Situation, Task, Action, and Results - read this article -How to Use the STAR Method to Ace Your Job Interview | The Muse.
Take your experiences from your journal and format those stories into the STAR method - practice with a friend, and have about 5-10 ready to present to answer any potential question they may ask.
I would recommend this for any future interview you do for any job that you are applying to.
The technical interview will be tailored to your level of aviation experience. AVIATE conducts interviews at the Pilot Pilot experience level all the way to Regional Airline Pilot level. Since I am a CFI it was conducted at the Commercial Pilot level of experience. This was similar to an oral portion of a checkride but a little more laid back. The key here is to apply Risk Management and Mitigation (be familiar with the FAA Risk Management Handbook). There were some additional preparation that I had to do (confidential information), but it was not difficult.
Some valuable advice that was given to me a few years ago was - “Think about what major airline you want to work for, then pursue it aggressively”. So if you want to one day work for United - this is the most direct path. Don’t necessarily concern yourself with which regional or which aircraft you want to fly because those are temporary, instead think about the end game.