We’ve all seen it at one point in our lives: the person who maybe didn’t have as much experience or education, but had a magical aura of confidence. Without saying a word, they would walk into an interview room and just own it. How did they do it? What’s the secret? Can you do it too? How does a person become confident?

Confidence is a state of existence. It’s the point where doubts disappear from the mind and more importantly from the heart.

We can control how confident we feel by embracing some simple beliefs.

1. Wear an outfit that makes you feel amazing

This may sound shallow, but it’s very true. Women especially tend to behave more confidently when they feel good about their appearance.
So do your best when choosing your interview outfit. It needs to be formal business attire, but you can play with color, length, and comfort as much as you want.
Practice your makeup before the day, stroll around in your outfit and see how you feel. If it’s an instant mood lifter and it makes you feel beautiful, that’s it!

2. Research the interview steps

Knowing what to expect is crucial when going for a cabin crew interview. You shouldn’t be surprised by any part of the assessment.

Have a plan for how you are going to tackle each stage.

What will you say when you are asked to introduce yourself? How do you want to act during the group exercise regardless of your colleagues? What will you do to connect with your teammates? What will you answer when asked “Why do you want to become a cabin crew?” or “Why are you considering our airline?”.

3. Prepare your answers

None of the questions asked during the Final Interview, which is the last step before your dream comes true (or crashes down) should be questions you hear for the first time from the interviewer.
Answering a question on the spot can’t be an option.
Instead, prepare your answers when you are not under pressure. Then go through them, ask your friends to give you their feedback, polish and refine what you want to communicate.
You can even create the opportunities to put yourself in the scenarios, so you can experience in real life what is the best reaction in that particular situation.
This step also makes you aware of what is a “trick question” and how you need to approach answering it. To be very well prepared read through 101 Questions and Answers for the Final Interview

4. Imagine the interviewer when they were just like you

We are all intimidated by authority figures. And during the job interview, it feels as if the assessor is holding the absolute power over our fate and the key to our future. This, of course, is an illusion. The person interviewing you is representing the best interest of the airline. They need to make sure they hire the candidates with a great attitude and highest odds of being an excellent contributor to the success of their business.

It’s not personal, even though it feels like it is.

But that doesn’t help your nerves, does it? How about doing a little game? When you have a moment, such as waiting in line to hand over the CV, or listening to the company presentation, look at the interviewer and imagine them years ago when they were just like you: a hopeful candidate waiting in line to hand over their CV and become cabin crew. How they must have felt, their nervousness and a deep desire to succeed. Just like you. Just like the candidate sitting next to you. We all desire to make our dreams a reality.

5. Silence the mental chatter that puts you down

How often do we catch ourselves thinking:
How dare I dream I can be a flight attendant?
I’m not beautiful enough.
My teeth are not straight enough.
I’m not worthy of this extraordinary lifestyle.
I only went to high school.
I’m not good enough.
I’m from….. I should just make my peace that my place is in my town.
I’m not smart enough.
I don’t deserve this.

And so we get caught up in negative thinking. It will not be long before our thoughts become our reality.
When you find yourself having these thoughts, just as they appear, say to yourself Hmmm… look… this is just another thought. No judgment, no dwelling deeper into the meaning of it. It will soon disappear and leave room for another thought and then another. Our beautiful minds!

6. Use positive affirmations

To produce positive thoughts, we sometimes need to start by verbalizing them. If they don’t come naturally, scripting them out may be the easiest way to realign our mind.
I will be a flight attendant
I am beautiful.
My smile helps people.
This lifestyle is a perfect match for who I want to become.
The world is my school. Learning never ends.
I am good. I do good.
I am a citizen of the world.
I am smart.
I deserve a good life.

It may feel odd at first, but conviction comes with repetition. Write these affirmations on paper. Put them on your mirror, desk, inside the lunch box or on your pillow. Force yourself to say it.

7. Visualize your success

Create a mental movie of how the interview will go. How you will walk into the room, participate in the tasks, smile, and chat with your colleagues. Then imagine the end of the interview followed by the call from the airline telling you the good news. Visualize packing for your relocation, arriving at your new home, wearing the uniform, serving people, going to Paris, Tokyo and Rio. Go deep into it.

See yourself succeeding. Allow yourself to dream. Everything, really EVERYTHING starts this way.

8. Do your best then let it go

Obsessing over the tiny details after the event has passed is counter-productive, yet it is what most people do. Instead, consider coming up with a plan about the exact steps to take so you can feel you did your absolute best during the day: great CV, beautiful photos, catchy and relevant introduction, ethical-curious-honest-helpful attitude. Vow to yourself to perform like this during the assessment day. Once the assessment is done, go through what happened during the day. Note what you did, what you could have done better and what you were very proud of. Then let go. Mentally and emotionally, there is nothing really that you can still do.

The part where you had to show up and do your best has passed. The outcome is no longer under your control.

If it is the moment to have this job, the airline for you, your path, best possible match, you will get it. If it isn’t, then it must be a lesson you needed to learn to get closer to whatever you need to do next.

These eight steps will work wonders, but only when they are put together. You can’t make positive affirmations but not prepare your answers. Just as much as you can’t prepare your answers to perfection but think yourself unworthy of living a good life.

No matter where you are in life, working on becoming confident is a continuous process.

Some days you will feel it, some days you won’t. Embrace this reality and use these tips to achieve a confident state of mind more often. It’s within reach.
Become Confident NOW

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    28 replies to "8 Tips to Become Confident for the Cabin Crew Interview"

    • farahshafika

      Hi kara ! I am farah . So i will go an OD at KL. Btw i wanna ask. I got some problem . How about scar because of acne . Like visible pore . Can it be accepted ? Tq kara

      • Kara

        Yes, Farah, as long as you can conceal your imperfections with makeup, you should be fine. Don’t forget that confidence is an inner state.

    • sneha

      Hi kara this is sneha… Also please tell me how to get updates about the cabin crew walking interviews in mumbai…

    • sneha

      HI kara this is sneha… M not fair… I have brownish skin tone… Would that be a problem.. becoming a cabin crew is more than a dream to me.. i tried giving interview but couldn’t crack it i can’t figure why… M feeling helpless…. I have a nice smile but my teeth i mean i have rabbit like teeth… M not good in makeup… My makeup fades away bcoz i get too sweaty wen i travel through local train… M also collecting money to do laser treatment by doing part time job as i have got specs… Help me kara… What should i do…

      • Kara


        You should read all the articles here
        But mostly you should work on your inner dialogue and confidence levels. What you say to yourself is what other people see in you as well, so you might as well make it positive.
        As for the question about your skin tone, cabin crew come from over 120 nationalities, various colors, shapes and various talents, so anybody can become a cabin crew.

    • Asma

      I think girls with hijab are welcomed in quatarairways ? May u answer my question please

      • Kara

        Hi Asma, Qatar Airways Cabin Crew are not permitted to hear the hijab at work. You are welcome to apply for any other ground position, for which you are permitted to wear it. I hope this helps you.

    • Bornali Hainary

      Hii kara I want to work any airline I want to be a cabin crew it’s my dream can help me for the interviews please you are so helpful you helped everyone .

    • Arbee

      Hi Ms Kara, I have a questions on how I can pursue my FA dream job. As listed on the schedule of assessment or open days, the Philippines has for female applicants only for Qatar airways. Even at Emirates. However I saw some Filipino male cabin crew who are flying already. Sad thing is that I can’t get any information from them, as maybe they don’t want too share. I’m willing to go to other countries for the assessment or open days, where should I go? Btw, I’m purchasing your book end if this month. Hope yiu can help me.

      • Kara

        Hi Arbee,

        You can participate in any recruitment event in the world, provided they don’t specify a gender requirement. This is, of course, risky. However, there are people hired from different nationalities from different countries. It is up to you to decide how far you are willing to go to see your dream a reality.

    • Anine

      Hi there Kara, is there perhaps an alternative database to the official emirates website if I want to keep myself updated on upcoming assessment days??

      Thanks so much, Anine

      • Kara

        What do you mean by that Anine? An alert to receive emails from them when they publish a new recruitment location?

    • Joshua

      Thanks to God that I met you here on this platform….An aspiring Cabin crew/flight Attendant, hope purchasing the ebook in due course wount be a problem and I believe it contains all I need to know

      • Kara

        Welcome to our community Joshua 🙂

    • Rita

      Hi Kara, I gave my final interview for Emirates on may3rd,2016. Unfortunately I didn’t get through and how many months you think I should wait and re apply ?

      • Kara

        What did they say in the email they sent? Usually it is 12 months, however they make exceptions and communicate to certain candidates they can reapply after only 6 months.

    • Francisca

      Hello Kara am trying to purchase the book ,please assist

      • Kara

        Yes Francisca, the book is available in electronic format (eBook). As soon as your payment is processed (usually a matter of seconds), you will receive an email with a unique link. The book is ready for you to read right away on your computer, smart phone or tablet. The price of the book is USD 29.97 and you can use your credit card to process the transaction.
        If you prefer to use PayPal, you can click on the PayPal button on the checkout form which will redirect you to your PayPal account.

    • ruvimbo

      Hi Kara

      i have got a small problem wth my front teeth they are decaying but i am yet to go see the dentist.Do you think its gonna be a disadvantage for me?

      • Kara

        Hi Ruvimbo,

        I highly recommend you address this issue before going for an interview. An impeccable smile is very important.

    • Nelly Tietie

      Hallo Kara,

      How long does it take to have the video assessment after the online one.Praying for the best on my end:)

      • Kara

        For which airline in this Nelly?

    • Sharon

      Hi Kara! Im sharon from Uganda .first of all thank you so much for taking the time. I read your book and the comments on this site, both have been very helpful . however I have trouble finishing the application process,in the ‘height and weight’ fields it says in centimeters and kilogrammes (without decimals ) respectively. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I really would like to finish this process. I need your help, please advise.

      • Kara

        Decimal means a fraction of a whole. So if your weight is 64,5 kg, you must round it up to either 64 or 65. Same with the height. Write it in centimeters. 168, not 1,68.

      • elisha

        Also Sharon, write only the figures. Don’t add cm eg. 175 not 175cm. All the best

    • […] 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. […]

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