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Cabin crew interviews: Do's and Don't's

Updated on August 22, 2011

tips to qualify flight attendant interviews

You don't need an airline school diploma or some specialisation in studies, being a flight attendant seems pretty easy isn't it? Trust me it ain't. If you have attended many airline interviews , and still struggling to land a job, you know what I'm talking about.

Pleasing personality, good diction of English and local languages, proper height & weight and make-up skills;these are few basic and easy criteria for selecting a cabin attendant. But many airlines look for many other qualities which I'm going to list down; from my personal experience of having faced a number of airline interviews and working with one.

1.Here's the first thing; don't choose your preferred airline to interview. You must have a dream airline you want to work for and a favourite uniform you're dying to wear. But remember, airlines have much more options than you do. Grab every opportunity, you never know which one is made for you. Airlines look for a particular type of people, some prefer smart girls/boys with an overall personality and some may want their cabin attendants to be striking looking. When they take interviews, they know how many flight attendants are required. So,even if you are good you may be rejected or wait-listed because they already fulfilled the vacant positions so, give as many interviews possible and bag a job. After you have an experience of flights for few years, your dream airline may call you on their own.

2. Let them see the best portfolio:

Never ignore the pictures you send while applying. You may have submitted the picture personally and the interviewer may have interacted with you during your CV submissions, but after you are gone, they are left only with your picture. So,find the best professional photographer in town and let them see your best face. Remember, after the final rounds some company heads/owners prefer to see the picture of the candidate and then approve. Don't let a bad picture come in your way.

3. Resume:

Some airlines screen resume's and then call the candidates for personal interviews. You may be judged simply by a few words and a picture. Invest time in your resume, point out every detail that makes you suitable for the job. My suggestion:Get a professional resume made by experts in exchange of a small fee. These professional CV's guarantee a call back from the employer.

4. Group Discussion/Public speaking:

Many airlines conduct a group discussion during the first round of interview. Or they may give you a topic and a minute to speak about it. They don't judge you by your knowledge of the subject but the way you speak,your body language, and the way you communicate with your fellow candidates. Be confident, but not adamant. In group discussions, make your point and try not be involved in an argument; it may work against you.

5. Grooming:

Dress for the occasion. Look smart,tidy and walk with confidence. Always keep a smile on your face; a natural one, not forced. Greet the interviewer appropriately, gain permission before entering a room or taking seat.

You don't need a professional diploma by an airline institute, all you need is confidence in yourself and a desire to work, Even those with a diploma are considered freshers. So, you are as good as them. Every airline trains you for 2-3 months before you start flying.So don't worry, even if you've never been on a plane before, you'll know what to do after you are trained.

I've had many funny and excellent interview experiences. All the contents I've shared over here are completely based on my personal experience. I will be delighted to share more, if requested.

Best of luck !!!!!


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      blessedp 4 years ago

      Pointers appreciated and taken, thanks much excellent hub.

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      Suzz 4 years ago

      This is really helpful!! Thankyou for sharing.

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      hummingbird211 6 years ago from Delhi,India

      Hey oballesansano, Thank you so much :D

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      oballesansano 6 years ago

      Very useful and interesting hub here dear...voted up +1

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      hummingbird211 6 years ago from Delhi,India

      I'm glad to hear that ! thank you for the feedback !

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 6 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Good hub and many of the points would be true for any type of job interview. Thanks for sharing!