Tips from T: ⬇ Below⬇
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Get Hired! Tips from T
- Focus your resume. Make your resume fit the airline you’re applying for. For example if the airline you’ve chosen is all business, then make sure your resume is straight forward and reflects strength, control etc. If the airline is more fun and bubbly, add a lighter and fun air to your resume.
- Amp up the hospitality/customer service experience you have on your resume and during your interviews. You must show that you’re a people person and enjoy interacting with others.
- Smile during ALL interviews, even over the phone.
- Answer with stories. When asked interview questions, try to answer them using a true story of your experience. Everyone enjoys stories, and its a great way to be memorable.
- Study ahead. Research the company you are applying for. Read the mission statement and find out what they stand for. If you receive the conditional job offer, be proactive and start learning what you can, like which cities the airline flies to and learn the city codes.
- Utilize your resources. If you know someone who works for the airline, see if they can give you some tips or a heads up on some of the material that is the hardest to learn at training.
- Be humble – there’s nothing glamorous or high and mighty about clean up other people’s vomit, so show that you’re the type that is willing to do that.
- BE YOURSELF – If you don’t get hired because you were trying to be what you thought they wanted, you’ll be mad at yourself.
- Relax, enjoy the ride & don’t give up. If at first you don’t succeed, TRY AGAIN. Many applicants have had to apply more than once or twice before they got hired by their dream airline.
Sample Interview Questions (Just a Few)
“Tell us about your hospitality experience”
“How do you handle not getting along with a co-worker?”
“If you saw a co-worker doing something wrong, what would you do?”
“Have you ever been in an emergency situation? What happened?”
“Would you be willing to re-locate/move to a base?”
“Why do you want to work for __(insert airline)__?”
“How do you handle stressful situations?”
“Do you have volunteer experience?”
“Why do you want to be a flight attendant?” (For the love of God, please DO NOT say, “Because I love to travel!” – that would be a DENIED)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do I need to attend flight attendant school?
No. All of the training will be done in house by the company you are applying for so paying for flight attendant school is not required. Airlines differ in fleet types, and procedures. Applicants will have to learn everything over anyway, and unlearning something could actually hurt the applicant during test time.. Because of this, the main benefit of flight attendant school is that it helps C.J.O applicants learn emergency equipment, and some of the more basic and easier to learn airline needs ahead of time. BUT, for the most part, those flight attendant schools don’t make you look like a better hire, and basically, they just take your money.
What education do I need?
Flight attendant applicants must have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
How will I know when the application process opens?
Many airlines have an alert system that will tell you when positions are open. It is encouraged that you go into the website for the company you’d like to work for and sign up for these alerts. You can also ask any airline friends you have. Flight attendants are some of the first to know when their company is hiring and generally stay in the know of what is going on at other airlines too, so they are a great resource.
What are the age requirements?
The starting age range for flight attendants ranges from 18-21 depending on the airline
What information do I need to have handy?
For those who get further in the process, you will need to have all of your past work history and living history for the past TEN (10) years. This includes addresses, names and phone numbers etc.
If I have a criminal record can I still apply?
Applicants with a criminal record should not be afraid of applying necessarily. Acceptance depends on the airline you are applying to and what is in your criminal background. It is best to be completely honest when filling out your application since, some charges may be overlooked if you’re honest about them. This opportunity is not limited to persons with minor chargers either. Although it will be very difficult, some airlines may hire people with a felony in their background depending on the airline, what it was for and when the felony took place.
What are physical requirements needed?
Work requirements differ from airline to airline, but in general, flight attendants must:
- Be able to reach the overhead bins
- Fit into the uniform
- Be able to open an emergency door
- walk down the aisle without bumping into the seats
- and more
Additionally, applicants must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986.
Aren’t airline jobs unionized?
Some flight attendant work groups are unionized while others are not, so make sure you research the airline you’re applying to and see how that job structure might effect you.
Have more questions? Leave comment below & I’ll be sure to reply! Fly safe!
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