Have you been dreaming of becoming a flight attendant since you were old enough to spot a plane in the sky?
Or maybe you just love to travel and want to see the world without paying a penny for the plane tickets or the hotels.
Do you want to meet and talk to people from many exotic places?
Or do you just desire all eyes on you while strolling through the airport wearing red lipstick and high heels? But how do you get there? Where should you start?
Whether this is the first time you consider applying for this job, or you have been trying but failing to get into the glamorous airline world, you are in the right place! Here at Flight Attendant Central, you will learn exactly how to start the process of becoming a flight attendant for some of the most significant, competitive airlines in the world.
The selection process the airlines have for recruiting new crew is not the simplest.
Typically, out of 1000 applications, only 100 are called for an interview. Through a series of complex assessments to establish the ideal candidates, only ten people are offered the job.
You will be one of those ten people if know what to expect, but also what is expected from you.
I talked to many people who have tried their luck without researching what the specific companies were looking for and failed. I also listened to the ones who went in there just to ‘give it a try’ and were sent home after the first round of interviews. They were surprised.
By knowing beforehand what to expect, preparing for success and showing the best version of yourself on that day of the assessment, you will be one of the selected candidates!
Let us start with the specific steps for turning your dream into reality.
There are some prerequisites for doing this job, and to qualify for an interview, you will need to meet every single one of them. If you have other concerns about what might be relevant or not, read through the 11 common worries and questions.
You must be minimum 21 years old to start working as a cabin crew. This is the legal age in many states to be able to serve alcohol and be independent of your parents or guardians. You will be required to handle the onboard consumption bars, as well as take decisions regarding your bank account, insurance policy, and other paperwork.
If you are younger, you will need to wait for your 21st birthday to submit your application online. Use this time wisely and prepare as much as possible for the complex assessment process that follows.
When working as a cabin crew, you will need to close the overhead compartments in the larger planes and be able to access the emergency equipment that is sometimes located in there.
Emirates and Qatar Airways require their candidates to be able to reach 212 cm (6’11.4’’).
For Etihad, the arm-reach is 210 cm (6’10.7’’).
Take a measuring tape and put a mark on the wall next to the required height. Without shoes (you may get on your tip toes if necessary), you will need to touch the mark comfortably. No jumping to reach it is permitted.
***Emirates has a height minimum requirement as well: you must be at least 160 cm in height.
3. High school certificate
This minimum educational requirement is in place to ensure the candidates have some general knowledge and ability to learn to be able to pass the safety and emergency training that needs to be completed once an offer of employment is made. The training is intense.
If you don’t yet have your diploma, study hard and pass those final exams. If you dropped out of school, contact your last high school and ask for the necessary classes to attend to obtain your certificate. For this job or any other one, having a minimum education is extremely important.
4. No visible tattoos
No tattoo should be visible while wearing the uniform. Putting a bandage or concealer on it is not acceptable.
Stay clear of ink on your hands and arms, as well as your legs and your neck area. The female uniform is usually a short sleeve blouse and a skirt, while the male one is a long sleeve shirt and long pants.
If you have tattoos and are considering laser removal, don’t participate in an interview while it is still visible. You will be automatically disqualified regardless of your potential. Be patient and work on skills that can be polished until the tattoo removal procedure is done.
*** Qatar Airways has a strict no-tattoo policy regardless of location.
5. Medically fit
This job is associated with glamour, and for many people being a flight attendant means looking fabulous all the time and offering tea or coffee on the plane. The truth is very far from that. You will need to work long hours (day or night), on high heels, with different cabin pressures and sometimes lifting bulky items – while continuing to look fabulous.
Also, being in contact with so many people, you will need to be clear of transmittable diseases such as TBC, Hepatitis or HIV.
You will be able to pass this stage if you keep a healthy lifestyle, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly and attend your medical check-ups. Medical clearance must be provided after your successful interview. Once you join the airline, you will have to pass the aviation specific medical test that will be done at the airline clinic.
6. Fluent in English
English is the most extensively used official language of aviation and the one used for all emergency related commands and training. It is also the language to communicate with colleagues and passengers.
If English is not your first language, you will need to make sure that you can read, understand, speak and write correctly in English. If you want to check your levels, you can test yourself online here.
7. Customer service experience
***This is a minimum requirement from Emirates. Applicants for the cabin crew position must have at least one year experience in customer service or hospitality industry.
Regardless of the airline you wish to apply for, having customer service experience is always viewed as an advantage.
If you fulfill these minimum requirements, you can take the next steps:
Browse the companies that hire
For any other airlines, go directly to the official careers website.
Apply online or go to the open day
If there are open days organized in your country or in a location you can travel to at your own expense, prepare your documents and start the interview research.
If the events are invitation only assessments, you must apply online first. If your profile is shortlisted, you will receive an invitation with the details.
Apply online for Emirates Airlines
Apply online for Etihad Airways
Apply online for Qatar Airways