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Questions For Cabin Crew - Mainly VS/BA  
User currently offlineBritannia25 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 72 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 5 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3898 times:

Hi

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.

Thanks
BY25

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User currently offlineIcLCY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3804 times:

Check out www.cabincrew.com there are huge forums for both BA & VS & every other major carrier.

User currently offlineBHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3788 times:



Quoting Britannia25 (Thread starter):
I do wear it quite messy/spiky

You trying to join an airline or a band?

Save the "individual statements" until after you have the job. I speak as an employer here.



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User currently offlineLINATE From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3737 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.


User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6347 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3728 times:



Quoting Britannia25 (Thread starter):
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?

Why would you want to show up for an interview with any company, wearing messy/spikey hair. If you were running BA/VS would you want your employees to give that image? How about the pilots?


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3722 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.


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User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3615 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  Smile
wrighbrothers



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User currently offlineBritannia25 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3537 times:

You trying to join an airline or a band?

Save the "individual statements" until after you have the job. I speak as an employer here.

Not trying to join a band. True, I should not have mentioned this  Smile

Otherwise thanks for the tips - I will make sure I do further research and be well prepared on the day.

BY25


User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3265 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.

Good luck!


User currently offlineB6MoneyGuyJFK From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3223 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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