The cabin crew CV drop off day is sometimes viewed as one of the most mysterious parts of the recruitment process. You prepare for weeks or months, you spend hours carefully choosing your outfit and rehearsing hair styles or makeup. You read books, articles, join Facebook groups and run sample English tests. When the day finally comes, you get to the venue with your documents. You go in, say hello, hand over your CV, smile and answer one or two questions. Then go home. That’s it! Wait a minute… THAT’S IT?!?
Technically, yes, this is exactly what happens during the cabin crew CV drop off day. You can arrive there anytime during the published time-frame. If they say anytime between 9:00 AM and 05:00 PM, nobody will judge you or disqualify your application if you arrive at 1:28PM.
The encounter with the recruiters is very brief, most of the times under 5 minutes.
Some of the most popular questions asked are “Why do you want to become a cabin crew?” or “Why do you want to work for our airline?” or “What are you currently doing?”
After you hand over your CV, photos and whatever other documents the airline requires at this stage, the recruiter will confirm your best contact number and will tell you the expected waiting time until they communicate with the successful candidates.
Not only this will feel like the fastest decision making, but it will bring you face to face with another hard to comprehend reality of the cabin crew recruitment process: you are now one of the many candidates in the same line - they are all beautifully dressed, perfectly groomed, polite, smiling and friendly.
Those minutes in front of the recruiter will decide if you move into another line, the one of the chosen candidates, the ones who are given the opportunity to show more of their personality.
So how can you stand out on this day of the cabin crew CV drop off?
While two people can dress the same and have similar education and experience, what sets them apart is how they perceive themselves.
The way you carry yourself, attitude and drive to succeed, these are some of the components of what makes a confident person.
Confidence is dictated by many factors, such as childhood experiences, role models, success and failure perception as well as inner dialogue. There is no magical potion to take and become confident overnight. But confidence is a muscle and the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.
2. First impression
While the initial encounter with the recruiter lasts only 5 minutes, humans take under 30 seconds to form an opinion about a new person. We gather information from what we see and hear: posture, gestures, facial expressions and tone of voice. We make up our minds even before somebody starts speaking. So here is how to achieve positive first impressions:
-a genuine, warm smile
-stand tall and proud with your back straight and shoulders
-move your body in a harmonious way
-be aware of how your voice sounds and adjust the volume and pitch
Especially in a busy location where hundreds of candidates come to present their documents, your CV will not be read. During the CV drop off day, CVs are scanned.
The more pages of irrelevant information you present, the less likely you are to be invited for an interview.
So your job is to present a relevant, concise, simple and clean CV. It shouldn’t be longer than 1 page. Include only Personal Information, Career History, Education and Skills. Nothing else. Learn here how to make the Perfect Cabin Crew CV.
4. English Fluency
While this is one of the minimum requirements, there are many degrees of fluency. This may be the only negotiable part.
If English is not your first language, here is what you should consider to be fluent:
-you can understand most of what is communicate to you at a normal speed by a non-native English speaker
-you can communicate your opinions, thoughts and feelings in simple sentences
-you can answer questions in a correct way
-most of the people listening to you are able to understand what you say
-you can read and understand most of this article
-you can summarize this article in 10 sentences
-you can write and read correctly (remember, perfect shouldn’t stand in your way of achieving good enough)
Here are the things you shouldn’t worry about:
-your native accent
-speed of talking
5. Cabin Crew Personality
While many skills required to perform the cabin crew job can be learned, there are many personality traits you should ideally be possessing prior to the interview.
These skills are:
Think about how you can practice these attributes in your life.
6. Dress for success
It’s no secret that a polished image is a very important aspect of this industry. The flight attendants don’t go to work in jeans and sandals. Especially when trying to impress the recruiters and hopefully influence their decision to invite you for an interview, your appearance must be spotless. But more importantly than having the standard business attire of suit, collared shirt and polished shoes, you must wear something that makes you feel good about yourself.
It doesn’t always have to be a black suit. You can take a grey one if it fits you. You can have a formal business dress and a blazer instead of a skirt suit. You can play with color, take comfortable stylish shoes, add a dramatic element to your outfit (the most dramatic would be a scarf). Be flexible, but focus on being elegant and confident in your own skin.
7. Know the airline
The other day I asked my daughter (who has been raving about her friend from school Nicole) why does she like her. She replied “I like her because she likes me.”
The simplicity of this argument stroked me as probably the deepest reason for an alliance.
We tend to like people who like us. The same is true for organizations.
Show them you are a true fan by knowing the airline’s trivia, plans, expansions or even latest social media feed. Go online and research. If the question “Why our airline?” ever comes up, give them a unique answer.
While the CV drop off day might be one of the first steps you take in the journey of becoming a cabin crew, it is a very important one. It’s the door opener. Much more complex stages will follow. Prepare thoroughly and this dream will become a reality very soon.