Becoming Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew

This post provides details of becoming Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew.

Application Process

Virgin Atlantic advertises all of their current openings on their website. Once you find an opening that you are interested in, an online application is filled out along with the submission of your resume to the airline. Now, this may seem very simple but don’t get too comfortable! Included in the application are questions aimed to learn more about your personality and some motivational questions to decide if you meet the criteria that Virgin Atlantic is looking for.

Now, if you move on to the next step in the process, you will be asked to submit a video interview where you will be asked to answer questions that center around Virgin Atlantic’s brand. If they feel you have what it takes to become a member of their team, you will be asked to attend an assessment day.

These assessment days consist of group activities to demonstrate your teamwork skills and problem solving skills as well as sitting on a crew seat and reaching the overhead bin. Being a certain height is actually very important when becoming a cabin crew member! There will also be a short test on your assessment day followed by an interview. After this full day, everyone will be sent home and the successful candidates will be chosen!

Training

For a very intense few weeks, the newest members of the cabin crew will be put through rigorous training. Some people won’t make it through these weeks but if you are determined, focused and study for the multitude of tests, you will do it!

The training will take about 6 weeks and includes exams everyday, emergency landings, fire training and security and ditching in water. The training is very physically demanding and can be emotionally draining but so worth it! You will learn all about the different Virgin Atlantic aircraft types, where everything is on the aircraft and you will also be tested on life support protocols.

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Working Life

Unlike some airlines, such as British Airways, there is only one fleet at Virgin Atlantic, so you are all one big team!  Your rosters will differ every month but your flights will generally consist of long haul flights with a day or two stopover in the destination. Virgin Atlantic does the occasional charter flight which might be short haul, but otherwise all of their flights are long haul.

Working for Virgin Atlantic is great because they fly to some amazing destinations which you can explore during your stop overs. They fly to many holiday destinations as well as cities. Some destinations do not have regular flights, which means an extra long stay for you as crew too!

Salary

Virgin Atlantic cabin crew are paid industry average in terms of wages. Their salary is made up of base pay (around £13,000 per annum), trip pay (£25 per sector) and an overnight allowance. The overnight allowance varies depending on how long the trip is and the destination. This money is loaded onto a a debit card, known as the ‘little red card’, and you get to keep the money that you don’t spend. You are also entitled to generous staff travel benefits.

Accommodation 

There is no need for accommodation when working for Virgin Atlantic as you will be based at either London Gatwick or London Heathrow, where you will be expected to have your own accommodation. High quality hotels are provided down-route.

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For more like this visit www.becomingcabincrew.com, a Cabin Crew blog written by Hayley Stainton, a Dr in Aviation and Tourism Research.

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How to dress for the flight attendant interview?

At the flight attendant interview, airlines ask candidates to present themselves in business attire. Recruiters pay very much attention to the physical appearance of each candidate, especially since we are talking about a job based largely on your look.

The flight attendants are the company’s image. Their attire must always be impeccable, from top to bottom: hairstyle, makeup, uniform, shoes. Another key issue that you must take in consideration is the attitude. You must have the proper attitude when you’re up in the clouds or back at the airport with your team. Passengers expect, in addition to a perfect look, that you show empathy, kindness, hospitality, sense of humor and generally that you are opened and always ready to crack a smile.

Recruiters seek all the things mentioned above in the candidates they interview. It’s easy for a recruiter, only at first sight, to determine whether or not you’re up for such a job. Therefore the first impression is crucial at the interview. Until you can charm them with your attitude, or impress them with your knowledge and English skills you must pass the “visual”. The way you look is what recruiters evaluate first. Therefore, all the information you can find on our website and at our preparatory courses (where we talk about “grooming”) highlights the interview attire. It has to be perfect!

Flight attendant interview attire for women

Blazer

A plain blazer (without patterns or stripes), in the same color as the skirt. Make sure the blazer is not too tight or outsized, so it appears as if you had borrowed it from your best friend. Find one that fits you well and compliments your appearance.

Shirt

Choose a shirt matching the outfit you wear: white, beige or blue, depending on the color of the skirt and blazer. If your shirt is see-through, make sure you wear a top underneath, so that the bra is not visible. Also, regarding the bra, wear white or nude and avoid the ones in electric or strong colors. Low necklines or unbuttoned shirts more than 1.2 buttons are not accepted.

Skirt

Our recommendation is to wear a knee length skirt (optimum length to mid-knee, right above the knee, not over the knee). The skirt should be just a bit loose (avoid pencil skirt style) in a neutral color: black, navy, gray or brown. Before the interview you should test how the skirt looks like when you sit down so as not to wrinkle too much or show too much skin.

Stockings / tights

If you go to the interview, you really need to wear tights, even if it is summer. It’s very important to choose nude tights, not black or other colors. Also in the day of the interview, it’s good to have an extra pair with you, in case you need it.

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Makeup

Search online for the best source of inspiration – flight attendants’ photos. Start your makeup with concealer and foundation to even out your skin tone and texture. As a final touch, you can choose a blush and red or nude lipstick.It is advisable to choose a lipstick rather than a lipgloss. It gives you a more serious and professional look.

It’s advisable to avoid “smokey eyes” or cosmetics in metallic colors, as well as too much blush and mascara.

Do not forget about your manicure and pedicure also. Nails should be of medium size, covered with nail polish in neutral colors. Avoid harsh, false nails or strong colors.

The golden rule “less is more” is what you must remember particularly when it comes to make up!

Hair

The rule is like this: if hair length exceeds shoulder line, you should style it in a bun or in a French twist. If you hair is shorter than your shoulder line, then make sure you style it as neatly as possible, eventually use some simple hairclips if it comes into your face. If wearing bangs, then it must not exceed your eyebrow line.

Accessories

A chic scarf matching your outfit can bring a “flight attendant” touch to your look. You can wear the scarf around the neck, with a single or double knot. Also, be careful regarding jewelry, not more than one ring per hand, without chains or bracelets. In terms of earrings, choose some small, not exceeding earlobe, stones or pearls. Your watch must be small, with leather strap or metal. Avoid rhinestones or other applications, and plastic accessories.

Shoes

Must be stilettos, not very high, rather a pair of comfortable ones that are classy, in which you can easily walk and stand. Heads Up! Do not wear heels higher than 7-8 cm. NOT recommend: sandals, platformsm peep-toe shoes with straps or dancers shoes. Also, choose neutral colors like black, gray or navy.

Purse

A purse will complete your entire look. Choose one that’s simple, medium size (no envelope, no oversize bag), elegant (with handles or strap) without other applications, chains or stones.

Flight attendant interview attire for men

Suit

The interview, men can wear a navy blue suit, black or dark gray. The suit should be good quality fabric that will not wrinkle too easily.

Shirt

White or a light color, perfectly ironed. If you wear cufflinks, you can wear them for the interview, they are classy and elegant.

Tie

Wear a simple, plain or colored, but not too strident or with patterns.

Accessories

Black belt, black shoes (highly polished) and black socks.

Necessarily to be shaved and to have a fresh, bright and neat attire.

A classic timeless piece would be welcome to complete your look.

No other jewelry in addition to wedding ring, if necessary.

An elegant suitcase for your documents would also be a plus for the overall outfit.

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