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 hairstyles 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 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 1:28 PM.

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?”, “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 – one of the chosen candidates who will have the opportunity to show more of their personality.

So how can you stand out on this day of the cabin crew CV drop off?

1. Confidence

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

3. CV

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 being fluent:
-you can understand most of what is communicate to you at a reasonable speed by both native and non-native English speakers
-you can express your opinions, thoughts, and feelings in simple sentences
-you can answer questions in a correct way
-most of the people listening to you can 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:
-complicated grammar
-your native accent
-the 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 possess before the interview.
These skills are:
-positive attitude

Think about how you can practice these attributes in your life.

6. Dress for success

It’s no secret that a polished image is an essential 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 (such as a colorful scarf). Be flexible, but focus on being elegant and confident in your 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 most profound 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 do you want to work for 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 crucial one. It’s the door opener. Much more complex stages will follow. Prepare thoroughly and this dream will become a reality very soon.

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    62 replies to "7 Ways to Stand Out during the Cabin Crew CV Drop Off Day"

    • Mohamed

      Hello Kara, i would like firstly to thank you for your sharing thoughts , advice and useful tips in order to follow..and i have one question i hope you can advise me for it..the assessment day is only 1 day?
      Thanks in advance.
      Best Regards.

      • Kara

        Hi Mohamed. The assessment is usually 1 day. Very few airlines schedule the final interview the next day.

    • Bianca

      Hie kara. Thanks for all this helpful information. I want to ask something. Why do recruiters ask if its your first time applying to their company .is it bad to say 5th time? And is it advisable to give the recruiters a handshake upon CV drop?

      • Kara

        Hi, Bianca. You shouldn’t initiate a hand shake with a recruiter. Unless they extend their hand as they meet you, you shouldn’t do it.
        They ask if it’s the first time so they can tailor their follow-up questions. If it’s the fifth time, they will very likely ask what do you think happened last time you didn’t make it, so they can find out if you are actually reflecting on your previous performance and address your areas of weakness or simply show up over and over again, doing the same thing but expecting a different result.

    • Deepak

      Sorry , I have 220 CM reach.

      • Kara

        Then you’re fine with that 🙂

    • Deepak

      Hello Kara,
      Greetings of the day!

      I Must say that the job you’re doing here is highly appreciated.
      You are helping lot of people by clearing out their doubts.

      I am 24 years by age and have 210 CM reach Tip to toe.
      I have applied for an airline interview once before and learned lot of things when i got rejected.

      This time I am applying for Qatar open day this weekend.
      I am very much confident this time and prepared than last time.

      Its my dream job and I want to leave a mark their this time.
      Also, traveling very far to appear for this open day.

      It will be great help if you can share few major points Qatar looks in their candidates?

      I really want to crack this out, this time.


      • Kara

        Hi Deepak,

        Qatar, just like all the major airlines in the Middle East want to see in the candidates that they are living and breathing a customer-service mindset. They are recognized worldwide for their service, and the cabin crew should be able to display empathy, cultural awareness and team-spirit. This is about the skills.
        Your arm-reach, however, must be minimum 212cm, so you should stretch every single day to improve your existing one. Good luck!

    • Abongile

      Hey Kara,

      I was invited to an open day tomorrow and they email said it’s between 9am till 5pm. Does that mean I can come anytime between 9am and 5pm, or does it mean I should be there from 9am?

      Please help!

      • Kara

        You can go anytime between 9 and 5 Abongile.

    • Chanel Georgiou

      HI KARA.

      I have completed my ” clean ” CV for emirates. your advise said “one page”. i have 3 pages (with out the refrences). mostly because of my previous work experiance. Which i think will all be relevant to make my application successful. (is it a problem having 3 pages)? shall i take some employment history out?

      • Kara

        Chanel, having 3 pages of CV is a bit too long. If you can’t fit on one page, two is fine, but whatever it is that’s you’ve done, for the cabin crew position (entry level job), 2 pages should suffice.
        Do you have no more than 3 bullet points for each job description?
        Could you maybe group similar positions in one listing?

    • Nimo

      Hi kara i want to be flight attendant and i m trying also but not yet.Actually my accent is little different then others so this reason could be?

      • Kara

        What do you mean by that Nimo?

    • Lima Caroline

      Hi i am really interested to work in emirates cabin crew but I need to learn how to apply. Please help me

      • Kara

        Hi Caroline,
        Emirates is currently not recruiting cabin crew. We don’t have any details in regards to when they will restart, however, we will keep you posted as soon as we know something.

    • Gen

      Hi, Kara!

      I’m looking forward to attending a Recruitment Day fro Qatar Airways this Saturday, however , I did not apply online. Are walk ins allowed to go to the recruitment day? Also, can you give me some tips to nail this interview? Thank you, Kara!

      • Kara

        Hi Gen,

        The event organized by Qatar is an Open Day. Anyone can participate without previously applying online.
        Here are some articles to help you succeed:

        Good luck!

    • Jrel

      Hi. I’m planning to apply this weekend for Qatar. My worries is that my vision is 2.25+ for both eyes but I’m wearing clear lenses. Will it be a hindrance or a deciding factor for my success? Or will they notice it just in case I’ll pass until medical? Thank you in advance.

      • Kara

        Hi Jrel,

        Here is the official information.

        Your vision is acceptable if
        -Distant visual acuity with or without correction is 6/9 or better in the better eye
        -Near visual acuity with or without correction is at least N5 at 30-50cm and N14 at 100cm
        It is unacceptable if you have
        -spectacles for visual correction (only contact lenses are accepted)
        -visual field defects
        -functionally monocular vision

        • Kiki

          Hi Kara

          I will attend an open day on Saturday i do not currently own contact lenses as I cannot afford them at the moment, will it be a problem to attend the open day with glasses.?

          • Kara

            No Kiki, that is fine. It would be preferable if you went without glasses or with lenses, however, if there is no other way, just go wearing glasses.

    • Nora

      Hi Kara I hope you are well I I’ve a fringe bangs hair cut style I don’t know how can I brush it neatly can you give me some tips. Thank you very much for your useful information.

      • Kara

        Nora, unfortunately, I am not a hairdresser. You can run a google search for fringe professional styling or something similar and see what looks good and more importantly what can look good on you.

    • Nora

      Hi Kara I just receive an invitation to attend an open day I wanna ask you what chances do a married candidate have to succeed thank you alot

      • Kara

        A married candidate has the same chances as a single candidate. Your marital status is irrelevant. Your ability to work well in a team, serve with warmth and respect and adjust to a new culture, team, and environment, are the essential skills the recruiter will be looking for Nora.

    • Jodie

      Hi kara. Your blog is very helpful to us aspiring cabin crew. Can you pls help me, I only weigh 45 kls. a little skinny and what if I can’t reach the 212 cm? I’m applying for qatar airways.

      • Kara

        Hi Jodie,
        Your weight and height must be in proportion. This is measured using a BMI calculator. Your BMI must fall between normal ranges. Calculate yours here
        As for your arm-reach, unfortunately, you will not be able to pass to the next stages of the interview if you don’t clean this minimum requirement. I’m sorry I can’t give you better news.

    • Bianca

      Hie kara . i just want to thank you for what you do. i would like to ask somethimg. i have a mole just above my upper lip. like what some peopl call “beauty spot” its a small black dot above my upper lip. can i get rejected because of it?. also i saw somewhere peopl talkimg about the free ebook where can i get it as i cant afford the payment(college student problems). thanks in advance

    • Allison

      Hi! My name is Allison. Am I going to be accepted? because I am only 19 yrs. old and I really wanted to pursue this field. Would that be possible?

      • Kara

        Hi Allison. You must be minimum 21 years old when applying. Your application will not be considered valid before that time.

    • Antonella Xhaferri

      Hi Kara. I bough your book and I read it in 2 days. Amazing and helpful. I have a question, I’ve never seen fligh attendant with short hair working for Emirates, can that be a reason why someone with shorts hair won’t be selected? Thanks

      • Kara

        Hi Antonella. There are cabin crew with short hair, there is no requirement regarding the minimum length of hair. Just make sure your hair is styled professionally and everything will be fine. 🙂

    • katekani

      Hi Kara,

      thanks for the very informative articles that you write,on Saturday i was invited for the Qatar open day, well i got a chance to be asked a question of which i beleive went well, what i would like to know is do you get invited for the assessment based on your cv or your appearance at the open day?


      • Kara

        Both Katekani. You must have a strong CV, but also be able to make a good first impression.

    • Chiedza

      Hie kara..l want to thank you for your information.your answers are so straight forward and helpful..I’m attending an od for Qatar on Saturday and I’m going to use all that l have learnt from your website…thank you so much so grateful
      Lots of love

      • Kara

        Sending you good vibes Chiedza. Thank you for taking the time to write to me. Good luck!

    • Shadab Rajput

      Kra i am a boy 24 yrs old. but i want cabin crew but my on my forehead a dark spot, so what i do…

      • Kara

        Is it very visible Shadab?

    • Anna

      Hi Kara ,

      Do you think the wide hips can be a problem? In my normal life I usually do not wear tight skirts.I ashamed of my thighs. But in general I’m tall (178 sm) and thin (68 kg). My bmi is normal.Just such have a body structure that my body wide hips of wide bone.

      • Kara

        Anna, every single one if us is different. We all come in various shapes, sizes, and colors and the size of your hips is not a deciding factor in getting a job as a flight attendant. Other more important aspects are, such as your empathy, communication skills, ability to offer personalized service with warmth and respect, teamwork and an open heart to bridging cultural differences.
        I suggest you start digging into the much deeper feelings of unworthiness, which I suspect have nothing to do with the size of your hips. Do you think you are deserving of the wonderful life of a flight attendant? Do you think you are good enough? If not, why not?

        • Anna


          You’re right. I believe that I have an open mind and curiosity about life.But at the same time it is necessary to work on myself to overcome lack of confidence.

          • Kara

            Confidence is key Anna. 🙂

    • Mariia

      Hello, Kara!
      Thank you for your articles! )
      May I ask you a question about Etihad online application?
      What can you say about the Cover letter and answers they ask to provide about my desire to become a cabin crew and etc. Should I answer like for the interview, telling my own story?)and how long my letter should be ( do they read it?…)
      Thank you in advance! )

      • Kara

        Yes, Mariia, make it as personal as possible. Talk about what you can do for them, and not the other way around. Use your first stories of encountering this career. Be respectful of their time.

    • Zizipo

      Hi Kara please help. Im 155 cm tall should I go to the Emirates open day or will I be wasting my time?

      • Kara

        Zizipo, they require you are minimum 160cm. You will not be selected to proceed if you don’t meet the minimum requirements. I’m sorry.

    • Zizipo

      Hi Kara I’m 155cm tall, should I take chances and go to the Emirates open day or will I just be wasting my time?

    • Lara

      Hi cara! Thanks for guidance. My English accent is more like French accent since my country is bilingual and I speak French the most. Is Accent an issue??

      • Kara

        It’s not Lara if the majority of non-English speakers can understand what you say.

        • Lara

          Thanks. What about the background colour of the passport photo for Qatar Airways?? Should all UAE countries be in white or there is specific recommendation? It is not specified in any website also.

          • Kara

            Lara, for Qatar the background must be blue. For Emirates and Etihad it should be white.

    • nora

      dear Kara can i asked about how i apply for the invitation only days held by fly emirates. thank you dear

    • nora

      i forgot to tell you that the air line that i will go to their openday is emirates

    • nora

      i went to 4 assessments days and got rejected at the first round i thought cause that i was so terrified but i will try not to be this time i will go wearing a trousers because it isn’t preferable in my country to wear a knee-length shirt so if i do so will i get rejected at that point.thank you for your respond.

      • Kara

        You will not be rejected because you wear pants, however they will ask you to wear a skirt for the final interview. The photos you provide should also be in a skirt. Good luck!

    • nora

      and can i wear a tight jeans more like a formal trousers

      • Kara

        Absolutely not. The interview attire is formal business. Jeans are not included in this category Nora.

    • nora

      hi kara can i wear a trousers instead for a skirt

      • Kara

        You could, however it depends on the airline. It’s more recommended to wear a skirt or a dress.

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