Starburst From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 12034 times:
I recently attended the Group Information Session for Southwest Airlines for the Flight Attendant Position. I have been invited back to the SWA People Department for a Second Interview in 1 week. I have a few questions that hopefully someone can answer here for me to give me a little help! Thanks.
First off, (and this is a rather embarrassing question), what things would disqualify you from the FA position in terms of the Pre-Hire background Investigation? I am rather embarrassed to say that I have 2 misdemeanor convictions on my record (neither were for anything serious, just stupid mistakes). I also do not have the cleanest driving record. I am not a bad person or anything, it is just that I made some bad decisions when I was younger. Should I be worried about this?
Second, what should I expect from the Second Interview? They told me that I will be meeting with 2 people, one whom is a FA, the other whom is Recruiter. What kind of questions will they be asking?
Third and Final, does anybody have any advice for the Second Interview? I have heard things like: be yourself, be friendly, outgoing, speak clearly, dress nice and all the usual Interview Advice. Is there anything I should AVOID doing or saying?
Aa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3350 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 11957 times:
Welcome to A.net.
As MidnightMike said, FlightAttendants.org may be a better choice for this question, but there are quite a few SWA flight attendants floating around here, so monitor this board too. Do you mind telling us what the misdemeanor was. As far as I know, the only way you get disqualified is because you have a felony - then you cannot work at an airport per FAA directives.
Also, I hear its recommended that you have at least one (clean) joke. I can't remember where I read that, but I'm pretty sure I did. Double check that.
PS - I just saw you were an America West ramper. I think the checks are the same for any airport position, so I honestly do think you will be OK. Is there any reason you didn't apply to America West In-Flight Services?
Starburst From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 11909 times:
Thanks for the links to those who posted. Aa757first, I'd rather not disclose what is on my record, but ill give you an idea; I have 2 misdemeanor convictions. Neither one involved any kind of violence or drugs. Both were just stupid, youthful mistakes, regrettably. Hopefully they wont come back to haunt me.
I have looked into applying for the FA Position with HP. They are currently hosting Group Interview Sessions in PHX this month and next. Im planning on seeing how my Interview with WN goes first, then maybe flying to PHX to attend the HP Interview. Why do I choose WN first over HP? Honestly, WN is a much better airline.
FLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1204 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 11801 times:
As someone who works teaching the youth of America, I hope your situation teaches other people out there not make "stupid mistakes", like getting two misdemeanors on your record.
My opinion is that you should definitely be worried about it. I am going to assume that WN has a fairly high number of applicants for their positions, especially given that they are one of the few airlines that currently hires new flight attendants. If it comes between you and another person with a clean record, I think you would lose every time. The driving record doesn't help either. No, you ARE NOT A BAD PERSON, that much we all agree on. However, you have shown that you have been a fairly irresponsible person. It's fair to say that you have learned your lesson and I'm certain you will be more careful about how you go about your business.
Other than that, I would tell you to be yourself. It works every time. Answer questions directly and look at the people in the eyes when talking to them. Don't forget to learn how to shake a person's hand. If I am interviewing you and you give me a soft handshake, I promise you that I will vote against you. It's a "thing" I have, and most people on an interview panel will have their own "things" to consider.
Good luck, I think you'll need it.