Contributed by Miss Kaykrizz
So you were called for an interview for a cabin crew position in an airline. Here are five things you should avoid during your cabin crew interview.
Showing up at the interview without Preparation or not enough Preparation.
It has been a habit for Filipinos to have that “Bahala Na” attitude. Although it has its place, this is not the Cabin Crew Interview Day. Another popular quote is “If its for me, It will be given to me.” Truly I say to you, This is not the best way to start your career.
Some people who make the mistake of not preparing enough for the interview shows up with an incomplete requirements , some Open Days are very strict and won’t let you in unless you have brought with you all the requirements. So your effort to go to the venue will all be wasted.
Not enough Preparation means that you are not fully prepared, even if you have your hair and make-up done, practiced the answers to common interview questions and your all your requirements with you it is still not enough. Maybe you will be able to get in the screenings but not enough to stand out and be the clear choice for the recruiters.
You have to get yourself Psychologically, Emotionally, Mentally, Physically and Spiritually Prepared for the Open Day to ensure your success. This means you have to have the reasons behind your actions clear. Emotionally nothing is holding you back. Physically fit and prepared to demonstrate the qualities of a Flight Attendant. Mentally you have researched the Role well, the Airline and the Culture of the specific company you have applied for and Spiritually you need to give off the Right Vibe to the recruiters for you to leave a lasting impression on them. I have a detailed Step by Step Process which I personally used on my applications and I written it all out on my book. Ready for Take-Off: 8 Proven Steps to Get your Dream Job as a Flight Attendant.
There is truth to that saying that goes: Preparation is the Key to Success.
Getting caught up on Judging other applicants during the recruitment day.
A recruitment day for any airline attracts hundreds of applicants and whether we are conscious of it or not what most applicants do is look at the other candidate from head to foot, scrutinize their make-up, hair and outfit. Next we compare ourselves to them, we try to convince ourselves that we are as good looking or more perhaps sometimes in your mind we give up and think, “ I can never compete with that!”. We also start to act as if we are the recruiters and judge each one passing by us saying “this is girl is in” or “this girl is definitely out, what is she wearing?”.
This might sound silly to you but whether we admit it or not this is how our minds get pre occupied while waiting for our turn for the interview. What the other candidates are doing or how their application goes is None of your Business. During that day it is best to focus on What you have power and control over. That is You. I encourage you guys to stop this self-defeating habit. Comparing yourself to other can only leave you proud or depressed and you ain’t got time for that! You have a Dream Career to Catch! Let’s leave the judging to the recruiters and hustle up and take care of our own business.
During the interview, you might encounter questions like: Why do you want to leave your current employer? Or what happened to your last interview with us, why are you not successful?
Common mistakes that applicants do is they answer this question with a hint of negativity followed by a frown, sad face or embarrassment.
Talking negative about your past applications, or current employers or about anything will be a big RED FLAG for the recruiters. Nobody wants to have a negative person in their team and influence the others and bring the whole team down right? So it is best to keep your answers in a positive light even if you are telling a not so ideal story and always end your answer in a positive tone and a smile!
Failing to realize that you are being observed ALL the time
It is normal to assume that the judgement will start only while you are being interviewed. This is a big misconception. The reality is the moment you enter the room you are being observed by the recruiters. The way you walk to the line, the way you sit, are you friendly to other candidates? During a company movie presentation, are you looking at your phone? Not paying attention to the presentation? Yawning? Looking Sleepy? Once you are in the recruitment day, (specially the 2nd day / group discussion day) be mindful of how you act because actions speaks louder than words and the recruiters eyes are watching EVERYTHING.
Letting your nerves get the best of you.
Yes. It is understandable that you will be nervous and scared. But you have to push through it. Breathing exercises help, and accepting the fact that you are feeling nervous. When you feel nervous think of it as a Good Sign. It means you are doing something that is important to you and that’s it. Try to keep yourself in a Mind over Matter state. Any sign of crumbling under pressure is not good not only generally but specially for Cabin Crew Applicants. You need to understand that the recruiters need people who can handle pressure well. Because the nature of the job itself is highly pressurized. You will have a time pressure to do your security checks, time pressure to do the service before you land, and so on and so forth. Demonstrating that you can handle the pressure of the interview is one of the best qualities that you can have to give your application an edge among other applicants.
I hope that this article helped you out on your journey of getting your Wings!
Let me know in the comments if you have noticed any other top mistakes that cabin crew applicants do, I am very interested in knowing what you think.
Fly with you soon!
Miss Kaykrizz is an Author, Flight Attendant Interview Coach, Flight Attendant, Blogger, and YouTuber. Her message is to inspire, teach and encourage people all around the world to achieve their dream career by being the best version of themselves that have the skills, knowledge and right mindset to become a Flight Attendant.
Find more about her book “Ready for Take-Off: 8 Proven Steps to Get your Dream Job as a Flight Attendant”, Coaching Sessions, Online FA School and Free Cabin Crew Interview advice on her website: www.misskaykrizz.com or youtube channel at www.youtube.com/misskaykrizz