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User currently offlineEI A330-200 From Sweden, joined Apr 2001, 409 posts, RR: 5
Posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2474 times:

All,

I just applied for a Flight Attendant Position with United and was invited to schedule an interview. I've made the appointment for June 6, 2007. It will be conducted in Chicago. The website said that United would be paying for my flight from Los Angeles to Chicago for the interview. Is this normal? Since my interview is at 2:30pm, I assume that they'll be flying me out the day/night before, if so, will I have to pay for hotel accommodation? Also, what should I expect from the interview? I plan on wearing a full suit to the interview, and depending on flight times, on the flight as well. Last, what bases are they hiring for? Will this be for UA mainline or a regional carrier? I'm really excited. I just graduated with my BA in Political Science, but have always wanted to get involved in the biz. Thanks for any help you guys have.

Brian


Long live Aer Lingus, the Flying Shamrock!
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User currently offlineEI A330-200 From Sweden, joined Apr 2001, 409 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2350 times:

No help available? Please?


Long live Aer Lingus, the Flying Shamrock!
User currently offlineBridogger6 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 710 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2321 times:

The interview will not be conducted by United. It is conducted by a contracted company, it's kind of a screening method. If you pass, you'll be invited back for a real interview with UA. Yes, you probably should fly out the day before, and the hotel expense is up to you. Good luck!

User currently offlineIflyswa From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 154 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2240 times:

Quoting Bridogger6 (Reply 2):
...the hotel expense is up to you.

Is this how HP treats their potential new-hires coming in for an interview? My interview with Southwest Airlines was at 9:00am in Dallas, and I was flying in from Detroit. Southwest flew me to Dallas the day before the interview and paid for the hotel stay. Have you asked about this being a possibility?

Good luck with the interview!

Best,

iflyswa



Opinions expressed by "iflyswa" are not those of Southwest Airlines Officers, Directors, or Employees.
User currently offlineDsa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2186 times:

Good luck have you seen the United Careers website?

http://www.united.com/page/article/0,6722,51394,00.html

Take a look at what they want in a FA, focus on the qualities you should have in your interview.

DSA


User currently offlineCOEI2007 From Vanuatu, joined Jan 2007, 1912 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2141 times:

Quoting EI A330-200 (Thread starter):
All,

I just applied for a Flight Attendant Position with United and was invited to schedule an interview. I've made the appointment for June 6, 2007. It will be conducted in Chicago. The website said that United would be paying for my flight from Los Angeles to Chicago for the interview. Is this normal? Since my interview is at 2:30pm, I assume that they'll be flying me out the day/night before, if so, will I have to pay for hotel accommodation? Also, what should I expect from the interview? I plan on wearing a full suit to the interview, and depending on flight times, on the flight as well. Last, what bases are they hiring for? Will this be for UA mainline or a regional carrier? I'm really excited. I just graduated with my BA in Political Science, but have always wanted to get involved in the biz. Thanks for any help you guys have.

Brian

By the name, I would have expected you to go for a job with EI!!!!!!!!!!


User currently offlineBigAppleCoder From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

My wife interviewed with UA last year for a F/A position and I can tell you some about her experience. She had to call a few days ahead to schedule the flight out to Chicago O'Hare. Since we live in NYC so she flew out the morning of the interview and came back in the evening. Once there she caught the shuttle to HQ (it's around a 45 min ride). As far as dress goes for interviews, you can't go wrong with a suit.

Since your interview is at 2:30pm it seems you could catch flight 944 at 6:00am and get there at 12:05pm. Otherwise, you would have to fly out the night before and get a room. I'm not sure if UA pays for candidate's hotel room, but you should be able to get their contract rate.

I can't remember the details of the interview my wife told me...so no help there. If hired you're expected to live in Chicago during training (which seems to be at least 6 weeks). If I remember more I'll let you know.

Good luck!


User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2069 times:

Read up on their history, know UA's biz plan too.


Go big or go home
User currently offlineYULYMX From Canada, joined May 2006, 977 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2054 times:

UA was known to fly to Hawaii UA #1 is ORD HNL if not mistaken...

Major hub are: ORD, IAH, SFO, DEN,

Good luck


User currently offlineDsa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

Major hubs: ORD, DEN, SFO, IAD, LAX

IAH isn't a hub, just a typo

DSA


User currently offlineTu154 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 375 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2025 times:

Quoting YULYMX (Reply 8):
UA was known to fly to Hawaii UA #1 is ORD HNL if not mistaken...

Major hub are: ORD, IAH, SFO, DEN,

When did IAH become a UA hub?

ORD, DEN, SFO, LAX, IAD, NRT....................



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User currently offlinePhelpsie87 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 498 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2017 times:

Quoting YULYMX (Reply 8):
UA was known to fly to Hawaii UA #1 is ORD HNL if not mistaken...

Major hub are: ORD, IAH, SFO, DEN

Well done, you are correct for the most part. United does not have a hub in IAH however...your thinking of IAD.

Quoting EI A330-200 (Thread starter):
Is this normal? Since my interview is at 2:30pm, I assume that they'll be flying me out the day/night before, if so, will I have to pay for hotel accommodation? Also, what should I expect from the interview? I plan on wearing a full suit to the interview, and depending on flight times, on the flight as well. Last, what bases are they hiring for? Will this be for UA mainline or a regional carrier? I'm really excited. I just graduated with my BA in Political Science, but have always wanted to get involved in the biz. Thanks for any help you guys have.

Its actually very normal. I am not sure about mainline, but when I got hired by OO, they flew me positive space to training. I would give UA a phone call or e-mail asking the questions you asked here as far as travel is concerned. Expect to answer a lot of questions. The interview is normally an hour long, but a friend of mines lasted 2 hours. You will not be interviewing for a regional carrier, United Express is operated by different airlines with their own crews. You are interviewing with Mainline UA. Good Luck!! Any other questions, let us know. Keep everyone posted.


User currently offlineDsa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2007 times:

Quoting Dsa (Reply 9):

Funny I said the exact same thing 4 minutes earlier  Yeah sure

DSA


User currently offlineYULYMX From Canada, joined May 2006, 977 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

i know my typo mistake, even NRT is a mini hub?

User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4940 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1957 times:

Another tip:

Please remove any piercing jewlery you may have inserted (nose rings, earrings, etc) and use heavy cover to hide any tatoos you may have. Rememeber, as a F/A you will be the "public face" of UA!



Fly North Central Airlines..The route of the Northliners!
User currently offlineSpaceshipone From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1954 times:

I have been through the interview process with United for the flight attendant position. The most important part of this interview is to emphasize that you really enjoy working with people and customer service. If you emphasize this I believe you will be hired.

Do not mention that you enjoy travelling as that may automatically disqualify you. Please do not make this mistake. Some here will tell you otherwise but do not fall for this trap. This is a customer service/I love people position.

They also want to hear that you enjoy sports/staying in shape etc. Speaking a foreign language was a big plus.

Finally, when I interviewed most flew in and out the same day. It was a long time ago but I spent several days there to visit family. The ticket was flexible. I wore a suit on both flights, and on the return flight the CSR asked if I would like to fly first class. That was the best part of the interview process.

Good Luck!


User currently offlineMIASkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1343 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1880 times:

I am interviewing with United as well!!! On Thurs June 7th, 2007. I am very excited, flying out of RDU.


Nothing better than making love at 35K Feet!
User currently offlineShane From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1857 times:

I had one of those screening interviews several years ago in a cheap hotel conference room near SFO. At that time I was disqualified for being over 6 feet tall. Is that still a policy? Also, your language skills will be important...

User currently offlineMIASkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1343 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

I hope not! I am 6'1 ! and fully bilingual (english/spanish). It did ask in online interview if you are over 6'4.


Nothing better than making love at 35K Feet!
User currently offlineEI A330-200 From Sweden, joined Apr 2001, 409 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1712 times:

Well, I can speak and understand some Spanish (by no means fluent). I am definitely not over 6 foot, but I'm also not a gym body. I have a B.A. in Political Science, and can communicate quite clearly and effectively both verbally and in written communications. I have extensive job experience in Customer Service (exclusively) and I also have some "Loss Prevention" experience, which I hope will help show the moral fortitude and my history of protecting company assets.

Brian



Long live Aer Lingus, the Flying Shamrock!
User currently offlineRDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1455 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1691 times:

Quoting EI A330-200 (Thread starter):
Since my interview is at 2:30pm, I assume that they'll be flying me out the day/night before

I wouldn't assume that... Plus you can take their first flight of the day out of LAX and still arrive ORD at noon CT. The shuttle to WHQ (which will shortly be referred to as OPC) runs every hour (at :30 past the hour from the airport). It's a 30 minute ride to WHQ.

Quoting MIASkies (Reply 16):
I am interviewing with United as well!!! On Thurs June 7th, 2007. I am very excited, flying out of RDU.

Sweet, at least I'll have seniority over one RDU commuter...Just Kidding

Quoting Shane (Reply 17):
At that time I was disqualified for being over 6 feet tall. Is that still a policy?

It's (or was) a policy on UAX (due to interior heights), I am not aware of it ever being a policy on mainline...

Good Luck on your interview. I'd say stop by my office, but I'm rarely there...



Sometimes we don't realize the good times when we're in them
User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1476 times:

At UAX the only one that has a height reqirement that I know of is OO. There is no restricion at mainline.


I Don't know where I am anymore
User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 22, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1462 times:

Quoting EI A330-200 (Reply 19):
my history of protecting company assets

So you won't be stealing any mini liquor bottles?  Wink



Go big or go home
User currently offlineJunction From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 766 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1449 times:

Quoting EI A330-200 (Thread starter):
Will this be for UA mainline or a regional carrier?

If the interview is at UA headquarters the job will be strictly for UA mainline. The regional carriers have their own separate hiring process where you would be talking with those carriers directly at their own headquarters.

Quoting Bridogger6 (Reply 2):
The interview will not be conducted by United. It is conducted by a contracted company, it's kind of a screening method.

The contract screening interviews are normally when you go to a large group interview in your own city at some hotel. If UA is paying to fly you to their headquarters in ORD, I would imagine this is the real deal.


User currently offlineFlyua From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 315 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1375 times:

Brian,

Take a look at www.airlinecrew.net for some good United interview tips. Scroll down on the website to the "Airline Specific" section, and click on United's chat room. Quite a few fellow job applicants have posted comments about their initial interview.

Best of luck to you, and to MIASkies, as well! I've been a United flight attendant for about eleven years now, and I am hopelessly hooked on this job. If you join us, I am sure you will soon feel the same way. By the by-- the new hires we have taken aboard over the past two years have been truly wonderful! Just about all I've worked with have been excellent workers who've shown a genuine desire to be decent to our customers. If you can show you have this same desire, I am sure you will be offered a position. At the initial interview, which is conducted by an outside firm, be ready to talk about your customer service background. Have at the ready some examples of challenging situations in which you feel you were able to provide good "recovery" service, and be ready to explain why being able to help your customers and coworkers in stressful situations is important and worthwhile to you. For me, a sign of a great flight attendant is someone who works and lives by the "Golden Rule." Again, good luck!

I hope this helps. Take a look at the above website link, and get ready to join us at United!


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