8 conditions a future cabin crew must meet

The conditions that a future cabin crew must meet are:

Age

  • Minimum 18 years old for most European airlines
  • Minimum 21 years old for the airlines from the Orient (Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Oman Air, Flydubai)

Height

Accepted minimum height of each airline varies based on policy:

  • Minimum 1.57m -1.58 m (for ex: for Ryanair, Easyjet or British Airways)
  • 1.65 m for girls and 1.75 m for boys for Wiz Air

For the Middle East airlines usually you must reach 2.10m or 2.12m vertically, with your arm, barefooted, you may stand on your toes. Etihad Airways requires 2.10m whereas Emirates and Qatar Airways 2.12m. For Emirates you need to have also a minimum of 1.60m.

Be able to swim

Swimming is compulsory for this profession, so if you are not able to swim, you should begin taking swimming classes.

Highschool graduation diploma

This document is mandatory. However, there are some European airline companies that don’t ask for a diploma (Ryanair, Easyjet, Vueling)

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No visible tattoos

Airline companies accept tattoos as long as they are not visible when wearing the uniform. But bear in mind that there are companies like Qatar Airways, which does not accept any tattoos, even if they are not seen when wearing the uniform.

English language skills

All airlines require fluency in English for their flight attendants, both written and oral. You must have a good level of English to be able to pass the interview.

Good health

As a future flight attendant, you will be the subject of a series of tests and medical examinations. Their purpose is to detect any possible disease or illness that could aggravate during flights.

Vision requirements

The only accepted diopters are +/- 4, provided you wear both glasses and contact lenses. These are the minimum requirements that a flight attendant should meet. In addition, each airline may impose its own rules on employment, so read the recruitment ads thoroughly.

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What’s the height a cabin crew must have?

The questions regarding the height of a flight attendant are very common. Height limits vary from company to company and it represents an elimination criteria.

What height should I reach to be hired as cabin crew?

Generally, a future cabin crew needs to be at least 157 cm tall. Here are some guidelines for the height required by companies that frequently recruit:

Etihad Airways – minimum 210 cm – must reach this height with your arm, barefoot; you can stand on your toes.

Qatar Airways – minimum 212 cm – must reach this height with your arm, barefoot; you can stand on your toes.

Emirates – minimum 212 cm – must reach this height with your arm, barefoot; you can stand on your toes.

Ryanair – minimum 157 cm, 188 cm maximum.

Wizz Air – minimum 165 cm for women and at least 175 cm for men.

British Airways – minimum 158 cm , 186 cm maximum .

Virgin Atlantic – at least 158 cm.

Easyjet – minimum 158 cm , 190 cm maximum

“My height is 187 cm. Could this be a problem?”

If the conditions of employment specify maximum limit and you exceed it you will be disqualified. In general, unless specified, the upper limit is considered to be 190 cm.

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What is an Open Day?

When it comes to the recruiting process, the airlines – especially the Arabic ones – organize both Assessment Days and Open Days. Which are the differences between them and which ones should you attend in order to boost your chances of getting a job as a flight attendant? We will try to clear away the misunderstandings and make it easier for you to make your dream come true.

Open Days

These are informing sessions which you can attend in order to get acquainted with the background of the company, with the work environment and, also, with the specific expectations of the company. Not only will you learn more about the city where the company’s headquarter is, their destinations and their long-term development plans, but you will also find out what the flight attendant position implies, what staying in that city is all about, all these first-hand, from one of the company’s employees.

Who can attend the Open Day event?

Anyone can attend the Open Day event, with or without an official invitation from the airline. Registration before the event might be available, but this does not mean that you must register.

Dress-code: business attire

The ladies should be wearing a skirt suit, nude stockings, high heels and natural make-up. As for the haircut, if the hair is shoulder-length or longer, you should pull it in a bun. Otherwise, it should be as neat as possible. The gentleman should also wear a business suit, a shirt and a tie, a black, polished pair of shoes and short, neat hair.

How long will the Open Day event be?

The time the Open Day starts will be announced on the company’s website. If you want to be on the safe side, try to arrive at least 30 minutes earlier. Word is, if you are late you will be asked to leave, which is kind off understandable. If you are late for the interview, you will surely be late for the flights also.

What will happen at an Open Day, exactly?

First, you will watch some short movies which will help you familiarize yourself with the company’s atmosphere and with the city where you’re about to relocate to. There will also be a Q&A session, which will give you the opportunity to show yourself interested and motivated by asking questions – through which you will try to find out as many things as possible about the company/the position/the city etc. All these information can also help you in your final interview with the recruiters, when they may ask you what do you know about the company.

Documents

In most cases, you will have to prepare the resume, one passport-type photograph and a full-length one. Qatar Airways will also ask you to scan the first page of your passport and Etihad Airways will ask you to present your registration form, together with the other documents we have already mentioned.

You will be asked to hand in the resume, the photographs and the registration form. Afterwards, you will take the height test – you must reach 2.12 m (for Emirates and Qatar Airways) or 2.1 m (for Etihad Airways), barefoot, raising your hand. The employer might ask you some questions regarding the information written in your resume and you will be given a reference number.

What happens next?

After this, you might be asked to wait patiently until they call you in, or you might as well be sent home to wait for an invitation to the Assessment Day. Rest assured, both these options imply you having made the short list. Good job!

!Be aware of the fact that an Open Day might bring together as many as 1000 candidates. The ample perspective might not be that great, since there will always be candidates unaware of the dress code or the application requirements. Therefore, it will be difficult to stand out from the crowd – all of you will have the same amount of chances of getting the job. Your resume should, therefore, be outstanding!

Furthermore, you might find yourself waiting in line for 10 or more hours until you can file in your portfolio. So be pacient, stay positive and smile a lot! 🙂

What is an Assessment Day?

An Assessment Day is a very complex process. It can last one or two days, and has many levels you need to pass through in order to reach the final interview. After each level, there is an elimination round. The ground rule is: succeed and go further in the process; fail and go home.

Who can attend an Assessment Day?

Anyone who has filled in the on-line application and has been shortlisted by the company can attend an Assessment Day. Also, successful candidates from the Open Day will be invited for the AD.

What to wear for Assessment Day?

Each time you go to an interview your attire should be flawless. In this specific case, you should make sure you match the company’s concept. By correlating your outfit with the airline’s uniform, you will make it easier for the employer to see you as a part of their team.

How long will it last?

In most cases, the Assessment Day starts at 9 am and is over by 6 pm. Try to arrive on time, if not some minutes earlier. Do not let the anxiety and nervousness take control. You should remember it’s only you who can prove you are the best candidate for the position. So, pull yourself together and show the recruiters you deserve the job.

Also, it is advised you eat and sleep well before the interview. You can bring some snacks with you and you can eat during the breaks, if you feel like it. 

The recruiting process

First, all the candidates will be gathered in a room where the recruiters will make a short presentation of the company. Pay attention, be interested and courious. Don’t talk, text or look bored!

Afterwards you will be asked to hand in your resume and other documents. The recruiter may ask you 1 or 2 questions like “How do you feel”, “Why did you choose this airline”, Why do you want to be a flight attendant?”

English Test

You will be given a Basic English Test. It can come with multiple choice questions and possibly an essay. If you have a medium level of English, you won’t have a problem.

Reach test

You will be asked to remove your shoes, raise yout arm to maximum while on tip-toes. You need to reach 2,12 m (for Emirates & Qatar Airways) and 2.1 (for Etihad Airways). You can take off your jacket if you need more room to stretch.

An elimination round can take place after this part. Keep your smile with you 🙂

Group exercise

As remaining candidates, you will be divided in groups and will be assigned with a task. You will have a certain amount of time (5-10 minutes), and afterwards you will be asked to present the solution you came up with as a team. There are no wrong or correct answers. The recruiters want to know if you are a team player, especially with people that you have just met.

Another round of elimination will follow. Remain relaxed and smile a lot!

Final interview

Remaining candidates will be invited to attend the final interview, which can take place that day or the day after. This final step might take the form of a classic one-on-one interview or a two-on-one interview – i.e. 2 recruiters, 1 candidate.

Possible Final Interview Questions at Assessment Day:

  • How long were you employed with your last employer?
  • Do you enjoy flying?
  • How do you handle stress well on the job?
  • How long are you willing to work with us?
  • Describe a time when you had a conflict with a coworker – how did you handle it?
  • Do you enjoy serving people?

Good luck!

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