This is one question where most cabin crew applicants fail to answer properly, the question "why do you want to be a flight attendant". So we now ask you, why do you want to be a flight attendant? We can guess that most will answer with a "I want to explore new places" or "I want to travel the world" or "I want to make my family travel for free." Yes? Well did you know that that answer will cost you your chance to be a cabin crew?
Recruiters will then think that you are just there for the benefits, and not the job per se. It would make them feel that you are just serving your passengers for the sake of travelling for free. They might even see you as a security risk.
So how then do you answer that question? First and foremost, you have to really be committed to the job of a flight attendant by knowing what they do. The primary duty of flight attendants is to ensure the safety and security of all passengers on board an aircraft. They have to get from point A to point B in one piece, safely and alive. Their secondary duty is to attend to all the needs of passengers on board and to ensure their comfort. So basically, you will be in a service and hospitality industry, similar to our nurses.
What does these all mean? You have to be ready to do the following:
Now, if you are aware of what a flight attendant does and you are ready to take on this very vital role inside the cabin, then it is time to know how to answer "why do you want to be a flight attendant" during your interview.
Your recruiters want to know if you are there for the job, and not for the benefits as previously mentioned. They have to see that you are ready to give yourself to the flying public in the name of service. They want to see that you want to become a flight attendant because you want to serve and help your passengers. They want to see that you are ready to put your life in danger because you want to save your passengers's lives in the unlikely event of an emergency situation. They have to see that you want to be a cabin crew because of the job.
So how to answer this?
First and foremost, state that you want to be a flight attendant because of the nature of the job which is what we basically described above. Then later on describe your key traits and your "whys" in relation to what is expected from you by the job.
Secondly, be confident, enthusiastic, and smile. Do not sound scripted or do not make it come out that you are memorized a certain script.
Third, please follow the K.I.S.S. principle or Keep It Short and Straightforward. Remember that in this part, what your recruiters want to know is why do you want to be a flight attendant. They do not care about your favorite food, if your uncle was a pilot, or if your dog is named "Boeing" or "Airbus". They just want to know why you want to be a cabin crew.
Our suggested way of answering this question would be, "I have always wanted to be a cabin crew since (state when, and also state if it had been a childhood dream). I am the type of person who (state your traits that perfectly fits what is required of the job of a flight attendant) and being of service to our flying public (or state the job description of a flight attendant to show your recruiters that you know what you are getting into) gives me (state why the job of a cabin crew perfectly fits your life goals)." If you have your own words, please do use them but as much as possible, your answer should contain the following above.
At the end of the day, you have to convince your recruiters that you will be a great asset to the airline and that are ready to work hard and be a better version of yourself everyday as a cabin crew. They want to see that you have the passion and drive to be a cabin crew. They want to see that you are there for the job, and not the benefits.