“I think the key is the smile”

We met Ana Maria in April 2016, at our How to be Cabin Crew course. She won the How to be Cabin Crew scholarship and she had the opportunity to join our students who catch their wings. Ana Maria came with a big smile on her face and ready to learn as much as possible, from the first day. We loved her attitude and we knew from that moment that she will receive her wings very quickly. This is what happened after a short time after our course has ended, because at the end of April she came to Bucharest to attend an airline interview and she passed all the stages.

When did you think about the idea of becoming a Cabin Crew and what was hidden behind this decision?

Over a year I read daily each amazing article you are posting on your website. For me it seemed always an amazing job. I saw myself in this posture and easily, I started to wish to make a real step towards becoming a Flight Attendant. My life seemed to have a different path, but as always, things clear up and my steps took me to the first airline interview a few months later.

How was for you the interview? How many candidates were there, how many remained for the final interview?

The interview was very well organized, strict, and the company’s expectations were very high. There were almost 150 candidates. It lasted two days, and we remained only 13 people for the final interview. I can say that were two days full of emotions and beautiful feelings, which seemed to have been very productive.

Have you applied for another airline company?

My first interview was the successful one. I waited for the positive answer a few months. During this time, I continued to apply to other companies from the Middle East. Even if the interviews have almost the same structure, the companies are always looking for different typologies. I can surely say that from each interview you are learning new things, and these experiences are always helpful.

You received a How to be Cabin Crew scholarship. How do you think our course has helped you?

The scholarship received from you was the best thing that could’ve happened to me. I learned a lot of useful things, I understood more clearly what this job meant, and the most important thing is that your feedback has helped me to feel more confident in myself. Thank you very much.

In your opinion, which is the biggest challenge for a Flight Attendant?

I think the most difficult thing is to be far away from your family and the loved ones. It is not easy to miss all the important things that happen in their lives.

Tell me what are the 3 most important qualities a candidate should display at the interview, based on your experience?

I think a friendly attitude is extremely important, but also to have confidence in you. As well, a big pleasant and warm smile is a must. Anyway, I think the key is the smile.

How will you spend your last days in Romania? Do you have some special plans? You will work during this period?

I wish to spend my last days in Romania with my family, to see my friends and to relax. I have a few more days at work, after that, I will start easily to pack my bags. Now I see each day different and I wish to profit as much as I can of these days.

A message for How to be Cabin Crew team

I wish with all my heart that you will continue to do the same amazing job you are doing at every course, to make every student happy with everything they are learning and also to show them your beautiful attitude and smiles. You are truly an amazing team. The 4 days spent with you were an incredible experience for which I will always be grateful. A big kiss from me!

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How do flight attendants manage to always look flawless?

Have you always wondered what is the secret by which cabin crew look so fresh and flawless even after a long flight? The answer is simple: because beauty is part of the job. Of course, every woman has a set of beauty secrets that they use but flight attendants stand among a thousand women through perfect makeup, hairstyle, and finally because of their elegant outfits.

They are admired every time they put on their uniforms and step into the airport. They are loved and many women want to be like them. They are beautiful and remain so for 10-20 years. Flight attendants look great every time and every day, even after 15 hours of flight. How do they do that? Especially when a cabin crew’s schedule includes night flights, little rest and irregular meals? These ladies are distinguished by flawless makeup, enviable outfits, surprising attitude, a wide smile and a gentle gaze that will conquer millions of passengers. Below, you can find some beauty tricks directly from flight attendants.

FLAWLESS OUTFIT

Makeup is extremely important for a flight attendant. Always, while flying, you need to look your best, even after long flying hours. This is the main reason why high quality makeup products are in high demand. It seems like these women don’t ever age and this is true, mainly because they follow the steps below for a close to perfection appearance.

  • Skin care is essential for cabin crew

Flight attendants use very hydrating creams during flights in order to prevent skin dehydration while they are up in the clouds. The makeup products that are mandatory in the aviation industry are: foundation, eyeshadow, eyeliner or eye pencil, mascara, blush, lipstick (the color depends on the company you’re working for) and nail polish. They keep their lips perfect with an intensely moisturizing conditioner, over which they apply the contour and their lipstick. They always apply it after a layer of gloss because they say that it looks much better.

  • Stewardesses keep their makeup intact with thermal water spray

When flying on long routes, cabin crew refresh their look with a thermal water spray. In addition, they can hold cold bottles, a method that calms the skin and reduces inflammation around the eyes.

  • The hair, which must always be caught in a bun, should never be fixed with hair spray (because in the dry environment of the plane, after 2 hours it will be full of dry peels), but with hair oil in order to keep it moisturized. The most recommended hair oil is argan, as it helps hydrating and nourishing in the depth of hair, while also being a natural product. The color of the hair must be natural or with two shades darker or lighter than the natural shade.
  • Tattoos or piercings should not be visible while wearing the uniform.
  • If the flight attendant is wearing glasses, they must have a thin, black, brown, silver or golden frame and have no stones or other attached accessories (each airline imposes its own rules on the accepted spectacle model). Wearing a watch is mandatory when flying, but stones or very large dials are not acceptable. Only one single ring is allowed on each hand. Recommended earrings should not exceed the earlobe and dental appliances of any kind are strictly forbidden.
  • The uniform is always business. Most of the outfits both from large airlines and from low-cost airlines require the presentation of a stewardess / steward’s business image. Color differs from one company to another. The shirt is impeccable, and the skirt offers an allure of the flight attendant’s femininity. The steward’s costume communicates a sense of security and professionalism to the passengers.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH!

Flight attendants take care of their health through the following rituals:

Antioxidant regime is beneficial to beauty. Even if they are tired, cabin crew revive their skin instantly by including antioxidants in their diet. The first face-lift foods are peppers, thanks to their high content of vitamin C. Also, currants, salmon and avocados can do wonders for your skin.

The importance of hydration during flight: the secret of fresh skin doesn’t consist much in an effective cream, but in a proper hydration. But you have to be careful of what you drink! Cabin crew avoid drinking carbonated drinks that only bloom instead of mitigating the thirst. They instead choose lemon water and natural herbal teas.

Health and skin care routine countines after landing: Flight attendants continue their beauty ritual even when they are on the ground. Once you get to the hotel, it’s important that you never skip the cleansing ritual and take care of your body and complexion with serums and hydrating oils.

The outfit combines perfectly with the attitude towards their beloved job. The makeup, uniform, hairstyle, but especially the attitude outlines what we call today “Flight attendant, a perfect lady.” And do not forget: your smile opens doors and fulfills the desires up in the clouds.

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Emirates-CabinCrew

The cabin crew job interview. How do you impress the recruiters?

Most candidates complain that they do not know exactly what recruiters are looking for, when selecting new employees. True, there is no standard profile or recipe for success when it comes to the interview, but there are some tips that any future cabin crew should consider when applying for this job.

How does a future cabin crew persuade recruiters?

1. Appearance

Details make a difference, and the image of a cabin crew is extremely important because it mirrors the company’s image. So, make sure that for the interview your look flawless ,you respect the dress code and feel comfortable in your clothes. We have already thoroughly described, in one of our articles, the way you should dress for the interview, so you may get your inspiration from there.

2. CV

Your CV should represent you, speak for you and not be too long. During our How to be cabin crew courses, we are reviewing each candidate’s CV so that they don’t encounter any problems at the interview. A well structured, consistent, businesslike CV will make a difference to the recruiters.

3. You already know what answers to give

Questions are somewhat standardised at the interview, so, it’s a good idea to have some ready-made answers, not to be forced to formulate them on the spot, when emotions are already playing tricks on you and make you go out of words. Make a list of potential questions and answers and do not let the recruiters surprise you.

4. Enthusiasm

It’s what you shouldn’t miss for the interview. It’s your main weapon, the one that proves the recruiters how much you want this job. Show them your enthusiasm, be blithe during the interview and no matter how tired you are, do not let that show.

5. Humour and a contagious smile

It is advisable to have humour and a detached approach, without taking it to the extreme. Don’t make bad jokes, but know when to make those around you smile, recruiters included. Smile from the heart and do not forget that “a smile brings a smile”

6. Ask intelligent questions

At the cabin crew final interview, recruiters might request you should ask them something. Make sure you know what you want to ask. Some examples might be:

  • What advice would you give a future cabin crew?
  • What would be, in their opinion, the biggest challenge for a flight attendant?
  • What is the company’s development strategy? (unless they have already been mentioned in the initial presentation of the company)

Good luck, and see you among the clouds!

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Qatar Cabin crew

My experience as Qatar Airways cabin crew

Interview with Niamh Byrne from Irland – former flight attendant

First of all, how did you hear about the cabin crew recruitment and which airlines did you work for?

It was actually a friend’s suggestion, and because I’ve always wanted to travel, I thought why not? I started as cabin crew for Qatar Airways. After 4 years I decide to return home, to Ireland, where I worked as cabin crew for Air Lingus for another 2 years.

How was your life in Qatar as an expat?

Life was very different. I was lucky to be part of a great expat community, which helped. But you need to be very adaptable; to change and understand that you can’t do everything you normally would do at home, in Europe.

How did you feel when you had to stop flying?

I decided to stop flying, because I wanted to get married and be closer to what I called home. At that time I was excited to live a “normal life”, but I really miss flying and all the amazing places I got to see, and I guess regret that decision a bit.

Which was the best part of the cabin crew job?

Flying to all those amazing places that totally surprise you with their beauty! I always thought the best destinations were cities or remote islands, but one of my favorite places to go was Trivandrum (in India). I loved their traditional food and the hotel. It was one of those layovers where I could totally relax.

Was your health affected by all the traveling?

No not so much, you have to get used to working on little sleep, as the hours are a bit hectic. However, I found it easy to adapt and once I did, there were no problems.

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

Yes! I keep in touch with a lot of friends from when I work “in the skies” and it’s amazing to see where we have all ended up. Living away from home, your friends become your family and only those flying really understand the lifestyle and experiences. So, it’s great to still have them in my life. I’m very grateful!

What are you doing at the moment, are you still in the Customer Service field?

I work as the merchandising manager at a John Deere dealership in Canada at the moment. All my experience in Customer service and sales from flying have opened many doors for me and given me great experience.

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