Emirates Pilot Recruitment Process

Emirates has a multi-step hiring and recruiting pilot process comprised of interviews, assessment tests, group exercises, and more. Learn about the process below with JobTestPrep's detailed information, and start practising with our resources to ensure your success.


Emirates Application

If you apply online, you will receive an immediate response acknowledging your application submission. After this, your application will be reviewed. If you meet the initial criteria (professional background, experience, and suitability), you will be contacted and asked to start the assessment process. 

If you are waitlisted, be sure to consistently update your application (in 3–6 month intervals) to ensure your information is up-to-date.


Emirates Video Interview

The first step after the application is a video interview. Emirates will email an invitation with a link to complete its five-question video interview. You are able to complete these questions at your convenience, but remember that every delay will only set your potential hiring date back further. Be sure to ace your video interview by practising with JobTestPrep's interview resources.


Emirates Ability Assessment & Advanced Compass Assessment

If you pass the video interview, you will sent an email with an invitation to sit the Ability Assessment. Once you complete and pass the Ability Assessment, you will be sent another email asking you to to complete the Advanced Compass Assessment.

The Ability Assessment consists of logical reasoning questions that require you to identify rules and draw logical conclusions based on a series of shapes and symbols. Typically, the test presents you with a sequence of shapes and then asks you to pick the next shape to fit the sequence. 

The Advanced Compass assessment covers math, verbal reasoning, physics, multi-tasking, short-term memory, spatial awareness, flight control, and pilot licensing questions. The assessment is administered by Airways Aviation, a partner of Emirates. 

This test requires you to schedule your test time at a local Compass Testing location. However, if there is no convenient location for you, you may contact the Emirates recruitment team to let them know. There is a chance you could be invited to Dubai for the full assessment process.


Emirates Assessment Centre - Day One

The first day of the assessment centre consists of:

  • Welcoming brief (this outlines the Dubai schedule, an HR brief, and information about Emirates)
  • Assessment centre exercises 

    The Emirates group exercise is one of the exercises you may encounter.

    During this exercise, the candidates are split up into groups and given a scenario to work out together. 

    A common scenario is where you are stranded on a desert island with a few objects and have to decide which object/s to discard. The key to this exercise is creating a balance between your teamwork and leadership skills. Make sure your voice is heard but that you don’t overdo it or exclude others from the discussion.

  • Simulator brief and assessment
  • Compassing test – only if needed

You will be notified at the end of the first day if you were successful or not. If so, you will move on to the second day.


Emirates Assessment Centre - Day Two & Three

Following successful testing, you will be invited to days two and three of the Emirates assessment centre in Dubai. The assessment centre consists of the following:

Emirates Psychometric Test

If you are selected to continue, you may be asked to complete psychometric tests. Listed below are the exams you may encounter.

Non-Verbal Reasoning

Non-verbal reasoning tests require you to understand the logic behind shape sequences, in addition to assessing your spatial orientation or spatial reasoning abilities. It's important to note that there are many types and names given to these tests, such as abstract, inductive, and diagrammatic reasoning.

Emirates Personality Test

Personality tests are used to examine key areas of your personality in order to determine how well you fit the position. Although this test is solely based on your own personality, it is still possible and important to prepare. Learn how to understand the questions being asked and to give answers that correctly reflect your personality with our practice personality tests.

Emirates Pilot Interviews

The Emirates assessment day will include a panel interview. Here you will be asked competency-based interview questions and pilot/flight questions.

Emirates Medical Exams

Interviews are followed by two medical exams. The GCAA medical exam is conducted on the second day, whilst the Emirates medical exam is conducted on the third day.


Prepare for Emirates

Emirates offers graduate positions for a range of professions, attracting a large number of applicants for each position. The recruitment process is challenging, with the assessment centre particularly so. The key to success in this process is to prepare for each stage thoroughly. JobTestPrep's preparation resources include practice tests, detailed answer explanations, and helpful score reports. Start practising today to ensure your success and obtain the job you're after.