Britannia25 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 77 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4141 times:
Just have a question or two regarding interviews for cabin crew. I have an interview coming up for a large uk airline (not sure if i'm allowed to mention names here or not so I wont). Anyway, I already had an interview for this same airline earlier this year, got to the final interview and then lost my nerve completely and knew I had made a mess of the whole thing!! Anway, hopefully I wont do that again - I have wanted to do this for ages so any other crew members got any tips on how to get through - what to say, not to say etc!!!
I also have a question about appearance. I had another interview for another (overseas) carrier earlier this year and they were very strict on appearance - before my final interview they told me to flatten my hair. I don't have crazy hair or anything but I do wear it quite messy/spiky so I was wondering what I should do in this case - would a uk airline be strict on this?
Sorry if these seem daft questions but any tips would help beacause I really want this job.
LINATE From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3980 times:
Quoting Britannia25 (Thread starter): I also have a question about appearance. I had another interview for another (overseas) carrier earlier this year and they were very strict on appearance - before my final interview they told me to flatten my hair. I don't have crazy hair or anything but I do wear it quite messy/spiky so I was wondering what I should do in this case - would a uk airline be strict on this?
?????? You answered your own question. Wake up and get with the program if you want that job.
Luv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3965 times:
Follow the advise on what others have said about the hair. Also listen carefully before you speak and answer the question directly, do not talk aimlessly and look into the eye when you answer, smile and be pleasant to everyone you meet, as you never know.
Wrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3858 times:
Hi, as a guy who has to have short hair, I'd say they will 'prefer' you to have flat, short(ish) hair. Don't got for a skin head type hair cut but nothing too long and ideally shouldn't cover the ears. The UK airlines will be as strict on personal appearance since they're the face of the airline, so they won't allow things like face piercings, visable tattoos etc.
Quoting Britannia25 (Thread starter): I have wanted to do this for ages so any other crew members got any tips on how to get through - what to say, not to say etc!!!
Not cabin crew, but from interview experiance, I'd say be well turned out, wear a standard suit and tie (no wearing your all orange suit etc hehe), have well polished black shoes, short smart hair cut etc.
Look the interviewers straight in the eye when being asked and answering questions, if there's more than one of them, remember to look occasionaly to the other(s) even if they aren't the ones you're talking to. Be polite, listen to the questions, think them through (so don't just to conclusions and answer the question you THINK they asked, you may laugh but you'd be surprised how often this can happen). Go in prepared ! think what they WANT to hear when they ask the question, if they ask what type of person you are, you don't want to come across as a non-team player or someone who has a problem authority or when they ask what your veiws are, they don't want to hear you're a member of the neo-nazi party and want the downfall of society etc !.
Make sure you're happy working with everyone and don't have prejudeces etc, never a good thing to have and try not to hold grudge.
All in all, try and relax, get up early on the morning, have a good breakfast, take time and pride in your appearance, go in prepared and showing you really want the job, and go for it !
Good luck and even if you aren't succesful, it just means you're better prepared for next time
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Englandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3508 times:
Have you ever seen the Virgin boys?! They say at VS that your hair is your hat and it goes for the boys too. VS seem to encourage crew to have trendy cuts/ styles. I'm not saying get a red mohican but VS don't expect you to be too conservative.
At my BA interview I went with my hair spiked up (as I, and most men my age in the UK usually wear it) and I got the job. I'd say its still fairly smart though. Have never been pulled up for it by a CSD/ Purser either. Looking back though I wouldn't risk it again just incase I was lucky on the day with who I was interviewed by. Just don't go over the top and don't put too much product in and I think you'll be ok.
B6MoneyGuyJFK From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3466 times:
Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 5): Follow the advise on what others have said about the hair. Also listen carefully before you speak and answer the question directly, do not talk aimlessly and look into the eye when you answer, smile and be pleasant to everyone you meet, as you never know.
This is an absolutely true statement. After passing a telephone and initial interview, I was sent to the airport to be interviewed by my potential supervisor. Because I was worried about traffic, parking, looking rushed, etc, I arrived about an hour early for my interview. This was no problem for me because I love airports, and I figured I could loose myself in the crowd until my scheduled appointment. While walking around, I passed someone, and we caught each others eye. I smiled, and she smiled back. I went on to get a cup of coffee. About 40 minutes later I arrived relaxed and ready for my interview. Who should great me? The woman who I exchanged smiles with!! The first thing she said was "didn't we pass each other in the lobby?". I am sure my initial interaction helped. I was offered the position shortly thereafter.
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