Interview with former Qatar Cabin Crew, Zaheer Alvi

When did you first know that you want to be a cabin crew?

Since I was born, I was interested in aviation. My mother told me that whenever I use to see an aircraft, I use to call it ‘My Plane’. However, during my high-school, I always wanted to do something to get into the aircraft business and honestly, to see the world. I think the best idea was either as a pilot or being a cabin crew . When I started looking up aviation jobs, some of my friends and family discouraged me into becoming a pilot. They thought so many people have this job and they can not find a job for themselves. So, I started thinking about other ways of travelling around the world and that was the time I thought of becoming cabin crew.

 

How would you describe yourself before getting into aviation?

It might shock you that I was a very shy person before getting into the airline business. I didn’t talked to strangers and it was very difficult for me to trust other persons. I was mostly quiet and mostly misunderstood due to my quiet behavior in new places. I was so quiet that when I joined the airline business, many people use to think that I don’t like to work with them due to my behavior. But in time I managed to overcome my emotions, and to be more openly and friendly.

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For how many airlines did you work and for how long?

I have worked only for Qatar Airways for 14 years, because I was born in Doha and I never wanted to leave the place.

 

Which was the highest position that you had in the airline?

I had reached the position of CSD and the reason I never applied for a higher one (for an office job) was because I didn’t wanted to quit flying.

 

Did your private life have to suffer because of traveling so much?

Not really. The reason is that when you enjoy doing something, it will not affect your life or in other word you don’t have to suffer due to the things you are enjoying. No matter what kind of job you have, there are always cons and pros to it. We should remember that a good life is not about WHAT you are doing, it is always about HOW you are doing it. No matter which profession you are working in, if you are not satisfied or you do not enjoy doing it, you are going to suffer not only professionally, but also personally. As I was enjoying flying and always having new people around me, my private life was never affected by my work.

 

Were you sad when you had to stop flying?

Yes, it was a big change. For me, I think flying gets in your blood; once you get used to it, you have to really prepare yourself psychologically to quit.

 

Do you still keep in touch with your friends that you made around the world?

Always! The best thing that happened to me while flying was meeting new people around the world, working with them, travelling with them, getting to know about their cultures, religions etc. It gives you the feeling that you can just meet anyone and you know what they are expecting from you.

 

What are you doing at the moment?

After quitting I finished my studies and right now I have my own business.

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Can you describe in details a happy/unhappy situation that took place in your flight?

As I spend 11 years of flying in supervisor position, most of the times I have tried my best to make every flight a ‘Happy flight’ and I hope I succeeded. I think the most uncomfortable situations for me where when I had to report someone for not being up to the standards of the company. Luckily for me, I never experienced a fight with passengers or had to intervene in disagreement between cabin crew and passengers. The reason is that our crew was trained to follow the standards of the company strictly, and they always tried to make the flight as pleasant as possible.

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I attended the last Qatar Airways interview? When can I apply again?

This is the question we receive almost daily from you. What do you do if at failed the last Qatar Airways interview and now you want to apply again? Do you have to wait for 6 months or not?

Usually, Qatar Airways does not apply the famous “6 months rule” used by the Arabic airline companies such as Emirates or Etihad Airways. This rules says that if you failed an interview with these airlines you are banned from applying again for 6 months.

At Qatar Airways this rule of 6 months does NOT apply. This means that you can reapply anytime, if you didn’t succeed on the first time.

By example, it happened that Qatar Airways came to recruit in a certain weekend in one city in Italu and the following weekend in another city. We had students that went to the recruitment day in Rome, and didn’t pass the CV drop, but the next weekend went to Milan and managed to reach the final interview.

You can go in any country that you prefer for an interview. We had students that passed the final interview in Sofia, München or Milan. It is up to you where do you choose to go for an interview and what you think it suits you best.

I will give a hint: in Germany there arențy so many candidates for the Cabin Crew position. In addition, the English language is a strong point in this country. You can be lucky and go for an interview in Germany and see that, despite other coutries in Europe such as Italy, Serbia or Romania, where the applications are around some hundreds, there the competition to be maximum 20-40 persons. It can be a plus for you.

Therefore, there is NO 6 months rule at Qatar Airways. You can go anytime, the important thing is to be very well prepared, to have confidence in yourself and a pinch of luck.

Fingers crossed!

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