Emirates Assessment, Recruitment and Selection Process

Stage 1 Pre Selection Phase PSP 1 in Amsterdam.

The offical 2-stage (actually 3-stages) Emirates selection programme follows a fixed format and starts for european applicants with Pre Selection Phase PSP 1 in Amsterdam.
It consists of a Simulator Assessment at B737 or A320 (basic rough data flying incl. single engine procedure) and a standardised test to assess capacity skills and aptitude.


Emirates with its currently 3000 pilots is looking for 320 new pilots worldwide

After an early briefing, the candidates are split into groups of 4, of which 2 pilots per group must take the capacity test or the SimulatorScreening in the morning or afternoon. With the capacity test, some typical operational tasks from the pilots' area of work are simulated; the following is tested, amongst other things:
2-dimensional imagination (i.e. interpretation of instrument displays in relation to aircraft positions)
Multiple resilience by entering data in a virtual FMS with simultaneous monitoring of visual alarm displays
Multiple resilience by a computer-based simulation module
Retentiveness by calling up data issued previously and their input in a control field
Mathematics consisting of text tasks, rule of three, conversion tasks as well as interpretation of charts
ATPL knowledge (primarily questions with a flight operational background)
Capacity of the candidate in the working environment in a simulator screening on B737 or A320.

At the end of day 1, the decision is taken which candidates are invited to the Assessment Part on stage 2.

Stage 2 PSP 2 in Dubai and and stage 3 Assessment Centre

PSP 2 (PSP 1 continues) contains the psychometric testing with the Advanced Control Test plus some guided tours of Emirates accommodations, Medical Clinics and schools etc.
Last step (exception of the medical of course) in the selection process is the Assessment Centre with group exercises and panel interview.

During the Assessment Part, the candidates undergo various test phases that must be passed by the candidates as individual or group tasks. In addition to a first profile analysis with a psychological questionnaire, presenting oneself on a flip chart as well as group games and individual interviews are part of the programme. As part of the group task, decision-making competence, social behaviour and potentials for target implementation, amongst other things, are analysed; the aim is to take the correct decisions during the test phase under time pressure.

Preparation at ATTC® in cooperation with SkyTest®

To prepare for the test at Emirates, our tried-and-tested 3-level concept is used:

  1. Software training with the very latest modules already before the seminar.
  2. 3-day intensive seminar training in one of the ATTC centres.
  3. Post-processing with an individual training plan and optional free repetition of seminar content.

Capacity Sector

The performance is increased for the capacity requirements on the basis of an individual training schedule, which is created in accordance with a detailed performance record already before starting the seminar phase. In addition to the in-depth instruction in the exercises of the Emirates Screening, the trainers also provide tried-and-tested and targeted strategies to improve the personal performance balance.


For the area of mathematics, the EK training schedule plans for the participation in specialist courses and, in addition, an online training module with exercises as well as coursework for subsequent work at home. The ATTC technical instructors for mathematics are also available for support online outside the seminar.

Group Exercises and Flip Chart

The group role-plays are performed in a variety of versions so that all possibilities and eventualities can be experienced during a role play. ATTC trainers show the best approaches appropriate to the situation; individual weaknesses are eliminated by repetition of specific aspects or by comprehensive repetition.

Pilot Interview

The "script" for the InterviewTraining (psycholog. and techn.), as in the real test, also incorporates individual insights gained over the course of the seminar in addition to profile data from the psychological questions.

The ATTC trainers and psychologists are also available online outside the seminar to provide individual help and support until the date of the test.

Supervised Remote Training SRT®

Besides the 3-day courses aiming remote trainings available, SRTs can be started 24/7


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