Pilot Test

Pilot tests can be administered early in the recruitment process to assess candidates on the essential skills and aptitudes required to become a successful pilot.

  • What is a pilot test?

    A pilot test helps to assess a candidate's suitability for this demanding profession. It focuses on the core competencies and skills required to pilot an aircraft with appropriate attention to safety and procedure.

    Through a series of multiple-choice questions, candidates are measured on various aspects of cognitive ability including numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, spatial awareness and logical reasoning, as well as mechanical aptitude, memory recall, and their ability to work under pressure.

    A high score on the pilot test shows an individual is able to apply essential skills to the required standard, and so may be considered a strong candidate to progress to the next stage of recruitment.

About the Pilot Test

The role of a pilot comes with a high level of responsibility, and it’s vital that responsibility is left only in the most capable hands. It’s also a highly sought after position, and high-volume applications add extra weight to the recruitment process.

Picked’s pilot test brings efficiency to selection, giving you an effective method of quickly identifying top talent, and eliminating those without the fundamental skills required.

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  • Why should you use a pilot test for recruiting?

    As an employer in the aviation industry, you need to ensure that anyone working for your organisation has the capacity to do so with the greatest attention to care and detail – no one more so than your pilots.

    While flight experience and simulation exams cover the practical side of an applicant’s skill set, they give little indication of essential soft skills like problem-solving, decision-making and communication.

    Picked’s pilot test measures a candidate’s abilities in these job critical areas through a combination of verbal and non-verbal multiple choice questions. Since the assessment is timed, it also gives evidence of their ability to apply these skills under pressure. No prior knowledge is required to complete the test; it focuses solely on natural aptitude.

    Results are compiled into a detailed report, giving you objective and comparable data on your applicant pool. This allows you to shortlist the best candidates for progression with confidence.

    Picked’s pilot test is reliable, cost-effective and efficient, and will help to ensure that each new hire has what it takes to pilot an aircraft to the highest possible standard.

Picked Sample Report

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Results for the Pilot Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses pilot skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable, soft skills (e.g. leadership), aptitude (e.g. mechanical reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. detail orientation). The results present a holistic view of how well suited each candidate is for the job at hand, using a data-driven approach.

The format varies by type of question, including multiple-choice for aptitude and technical skills, situational judgement for soft skills and agreement on a Likert scale for the personality dimensions. This approach ensures candidates are being assessed in an accurate and fair manner, and that results reflect the true underlying qualities of each candidate.

The characteristics, abilities and knowledge necessary to be a pilot were identified using the US Department of Labor's comprehensive O*NET database. O*NET is the leading source of occupational information that is constantly updated by collecting data from employees in specific job roles.

During the development process, test questions were rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. They were created by our team of I/O psychologists and psychometricians – who collaborated with subject-matter-experts – and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of expertise.

Our pilot test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.


Predictor of job success

Picked provides evidence-based recommendations for tests to use for over 750 jobs. Our recommendation engine leverages data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).


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    All our Pilot tests are written by accredited psychologists and fully validated.

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    We offer Pilot tests for all levels so you can assess all roles within your organisation.


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    Simple, easy-to-use candidate comparison reports mean you don’t need to be a psychologist to interpret them.

“We used Picked as part of our Finance Graduate Scheme recruitment and it was just what we needed – really simple to send candidates the link to complete and clear to see how they all compared. And great value for money!”
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
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Written by a Pilot Test expert

Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists and psychometricians who are dedicated to making all of our tests as reliable, valid and fair as possible. They strictly adhere to best practices in the industry and stay on top of the latest innovations to ensure job candidates’ unique profiles of characteristics, abilities and knowledge are being measured accurately while minimising bias. They leverage decades of research and advanced predictive analytics to build assessments that link to outcomes that matter, such as job performance, turnover, engagement, culture fit and more.

“Personality profiling allowed us to perform lookalike modelling of our most successful employees and use this as a blueprint for new hires.”
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

Pilot Test FAQs

Is the pilot aptitude test hard?

Picked’s pilot test is designed to challenge candidates to the full, by asking them to apply essential skills under considerable pressure. That said, if an applicant is suited to the profession, they should find the test well within their capabilities.

What are the skills a pilot needs?

The skill set of an effective pilot is diverse. Along with advanced cognitive ability, they must be able to multitask, have good psychomotor skills, and keen situational awareness. They must of course have aviation knowledge, and maintain professional standards at all times.

What is the cost for Picked's pilot test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have several plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can check out here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to discuss a custom plan.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we'll give you unlimited access for 7 seven days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won't be charged a penny.

“Focusing on data reduced the subjective decision making from our hiring process and allowed us to reduce bias and make better hiring decisions.”
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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