Day one starts with a little explanation about Emirates and Dubai. Imagine a room full of protential colleagues where you exchange your interest in one company; Emirates. In this room you do a ‘Initial Assessment exercise’ which is a small checkup if you meet the Emirates Cabin Crew requirments:
- At least 21 years of age at the time of joining
- Arm reach of 212 cm while standing on tiptoes
- Minimum height of 160 cm
- High school graduate (Grade 12)
- Fluency in English (Written and Spoken)
- No visible tattoos while in Emirates Cabin Crew uniform (cosmetic and bandage coverings not permitted)
- Physically fit to meet the Emirates Cabin Crew requirements
After this you drop your cv and get a number, when you get called in you are one of the lucky ones who made the first round. The second round basically tests you on your English skills. Don’t worry it’s not to hard but you do need to speak/listen/write english. Again when you are called back into the room, you made it to the next round.
The third round is based on the ‘Psychometric Assessment’ which is a group assessment where they see how you work with others. Are you a leader? Are you silent etc. When you get called back means you made it to the last round of the day: ‘Individual Competency Based Interview’. Either you meet them right away or the next day but be prepared.
These are a few of the questions they can ask you:
- What major challenges and problems did you face in your job? How did you handle them?
- What did you like or dislike about your previous job?What was the biggest accomplishment / failure in this position?
- What was it like working for your supervisor?
- Who was your best boss and who was the worst?
- Why are you leaving your job?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- What is your greatest strength?
- How would you describe yourself?
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
- Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a co-worker who wasn’t doing his/her fair share of the work. What did you do and what was the outcome?
- Tell me about a time that you helped someone.
- Are you a team player or a team leader?
- What motivates you?
- When was the last time you were angry? What happened?
- Why do you want to be a flight attendant?
- Why should we hire you?
- What can you contribute to this company?
- How long do you expect to remain employed with this company?
Emirates just changed their open day procedure into creating a online profile which includes an online video interview. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to attend assessment days compromising the above mentioned activities. Finally, those identified as having potential will be called for a final interview.
Just a small reminder: candidates who fail to make it through the process may reapply after six months; those who are not successful after the interview may reapply after one year.
- Be yourself, if you make it to the interview they will ask you all personal questions so better be honest than to act like someone else.
- Be well suited, I think that fact that I was dressed in a skirt suit, wore my hair up and wore lipstick helped with the selection since they can imagine you already in their uniform. But remember to keep your outfit very neutral such as brown, black, dark blue etc.
- Do not wear to much makeup - very natural with of course the ‘red lipstick’.
- Don’t forget the heels, not only will they give you a good posture, they also make you feel confident.
- Do a little research on United Arab Emirates, Dubai, what is Emirates etc.
- If you are not living close to the assessment days location, book a hotel in case you are asked for the final interview.
- Interact with the other candidates, show how social you are.
- Switch off your phone and don’t you dare to get it out of the bag, in case of a emergency let the Emirates recruiters know.
- Don’t forget to smile, A positive, smiley face will make the person you talk to immediately perceive you as friendly, helpful, positive and a person easy to work with. Just show your enthusiasm and everything will be fine.
- Copy of your CV.
- Application photos (full body, face smiling/normal, casual)
- Copies of your highest diploma and any recommendation letters.
- Extra documents can be uploaded later.
GOOD LUCK! Don’t forget to smile a lot!
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