elcableguy77
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ASA F/A Open House Invite: Advice?

Wed May 10, 2006 7:08 am

Well, I got an interesting piece of mail today. I submitted a resume via monster.com to Atlantic Southeast Airlines (a Delta Connection airline) to be a flight attendant. Well, they have invited me down to Atlanta for an open interview in a couple of weeks. They even gave me a travel voucher (SOP, I'm sure) to get there and back. Thankfully, I have family in the Atlanta area, so I will at least have lodging for the night before, and possibly the evening after the interview. I'll do my best to bring a camera with me and take a few of photos if I get the time. It's been almost five years since I've flown, so I'm rather looking forward to it.
Anyhow, are there any F/As for EV or DL or anyone else that can offer any advice as to what to and what not to do (and/or say) that will assure me of my best chance of getting on with them?
Now, whilst I await the advice, I need to account for myself for the past ten years. Gotta love those FAA regs.  Smile
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RE: ASA F/A Open House Invite: Advice?

Wed May 10, 2006 8:29 am

Congrats to you!

It's a good idea to do some research on ASA, go to their website and look around. Dress sharply, suit if possible. Smile and make conversation with as many people as possible, especially the recruiters. Sit in the dead front center and ask a GOOD question during the Q&A portion. Don't ask any questions about pay, hours, your base/ relocation, length of reserve..etc. Those are things they will eventually cover. I'm told that nowadays you will have to stand in front of the class and say your name and tell a little about yourself and why you chose ASA. Don't say " Hi, my name is John Doe and I want to work for ASA because:
a) I love traveling and I love people.
b) I heard its a good company.
c) I would LOVE being a Delta flight attendant.

I'm told that now after they speak about the company and you do your spiel, they make the first round of eliminations. They tell you immediately who was chosen to continue. Then they'll go into the job description. Usually a few more people are lost after this portion. Then you will break up into groups of 4 or 5 and have the group interview. If you are successful they'll call you and invite you for the one-on-one interview which means you pretty much have the job.

Quoting Elcableguy77 (Thread starter):
They even gave me a travel voucher (SOP, I'm sure) to get there and back

If memory serves me right, you can travel up to 2 days prior and after the interview date. If possible take advantage of that and have a little mini vacation in Atlanta!

Quoting Elcableguy77 (Thread starter):
It's been almost five years since I've flown, so I'm rather looking forward to it.

I was in your same situation. I was on cloud nine flying a Delta 767-200 MSY-ATL in BusinessElite.
 
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RE: ASA F/A Open House Invite: Advice?

Wed May 10, 2006 9:42 am

Quoting SKYYBLUE (Reply 1):
ask a GOOD question during the Q&A portion

Given that I know a good bit about the industry (I've been around it all my life), what would be a good question to ask?

As for the "tell us a little about yourself" spiel, I was thinking of saying that I have a passion for people and customer service, and a love and appreciation for aviation.

Quoting SKYYBLUE (Reply 1):
I was on cloud nine flying a Delta 767-200 MSY-ATL

I flew the reverse flight back in 1999 when I was returning from Christmas break during my Air Force tech school training. If memory serves, it had continuing service to LAS.
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RE: ASA F/A Open House Invite: Advice?

Thu May 11, 2006 10:50 am

Any further advice?
Anyone?
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RE: ASA F/A Open House Invite: Advice?

Thu May 11, 2006 11:13 am

Quoting Elcableguy77 (Reply 2):
I have a passion for people and customer service

Hmmm, anyone can say that and turn out to be uncompassionate and ego-centric, or just plain rude. I'd think of a quick story ("Well, when I was younger I pushed my Grandma in a wheelchair and it really made an impression, now I want to help people")

It's a tricky balance, but my rule of thumb is this: Two or three sentences, only one begins with I, use the word I only ~about~ three times- tell a story where you are not the main subject, but still keep the topic on yourself (how the story affected you). This avoids the two extremes that are rather useless:

A) "I want to do this because I am the kind of person who wants to do this and the qualities I have are the qualities needed to do this." (No substance)

B) "A CSR should be helpful and friendly and outgoing but not too intrusive and work hard and have fun." (No connection to who you are)

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RE: ASA F/A Open House Invite: Advice?

Thu May 11, 2006 9:15 pm

Quoting Elcableguy77 (Reply 3):
Any further advice?
Anyone?

I would try flightattendants.org, they have much more detailed information.
 
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RE: ASA F/A Open House Invite: Advice?

Thu May 11, 2006 9:38 pm

I've registered with them just now, but for some reason, it won't let me look at very many forums. What in the world is this? Do I actually have to pay just to look around on their forum?

Edit: It does appear as though I DO have to pay to get full functionality. Hmm.

[Edited 2006-05-11 14:50:58]
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elcableguy77
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RE: ASA F/A Open House Invite: Advice?

Sat May 20, 2006 9:42 am

Update:
I have my itinerary set, leaving next Wednesday evening, and returning Friday morning, hopefully with a new job!
I get to ride MDs both ways Big grin
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RE: ASA F/A Open House Invite: Advice?

Sat May 20, 2006 12:57 pm

Quoting Elcableguy77 (Reply 2):
Given that I know a good bit about the industry (I've been around it all my life), what would be a good question to ask?

As for the "tell us a little about yourself" spiel, I was thinking of saying that I have a passion for people and customer service, and a love and appreciation for aviation.

They like to look for candidates that have long term goals. A good question to ask:

1. How difficult would it be to become a Delta Airlines Flight Attendant in the future?

2. What kinds of progressive opportunities does ASA have for Flight Attendants?

3. How is the training? Can you run me through the training process? (Even though you may already know, you are sounding like a serious candidate now!)

I don't have too much more advice to give on that end. But, they do like questions. You have plenty of time to be creative, and put them down on a list. Then choose the best, and fire away.

Good luck! That sounds awesome!
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