Becoming a Flight Attendant – Where to start



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 you just like all eyes on you while you prettily stroll 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 largest, most 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 10 people are offered the job.

You will be one of those 10 people if you are prepared to show what is required from you and if you know how to present yourself to maximize your true potential.


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 is a number of 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.


1. Age

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 from your parents or guardians. You will be required to handle the on-board 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 in order to be able to submit your application online. Some airlines accept applications as early as 3 months prior to your birthday. Use this time wisely and prepare as much as possible for the complex assessment process that will follow.


2. Arm reach

When working as a cabin crew, you will need to close the over-head compartments in the bigger 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 allowed.

***Emirates has an extra minimum requirement: 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 in order 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 to say the least.
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 in order to obtain your certificate. For this job or any other one, having a minimum education is extremely important.


4. No visible tattoos

While your rose tattoo might mean purity and beauty for a culture, it might mean death or sorrow for another.
Stay clear of ink on your hands and arms, as well as you 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.
No tattoo should be visible while wearing the uniform. Putting a bandage or concealer on it is not acceptable.

If you have tattoos and are considering laser removal, don’t participate in an interview while the tattoo 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.


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 in the plane. The truth is actually very far from that. You will need to work long hours (day or night), on high heels, with different cabin pressures and sometimes lifting heavy 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. A 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 widest 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 are able to read, understand, speak correctly and write correctly in English. If you want to check your levels, you can test yourself online here.

Here are 10 tips to prepare for the Cabin Crew English Test.

If you fulfill these minimum requirements, you can take the next steps:


Browse the companies that hire


Here at Flight Attendant Central we focus on the selection process for these three airlines:
Emirates Airlines Recruitment Events

Etihad Airways Recruitment Events

Qatar Airways
 Recruitment Events

For any other airlines, go directly on 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


Start preparing for the interview


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773 Comments

  • Ijaz Ahammad

    Reply Reply January 25, 2017

    Hi Kara,
    Can I get some regular interview questions of open day interview of Qatar Airways?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 25, 2017

      You can download them here Ijaz
      https://www.flightattendantcentral.com/free-report

      • Jrel

        Reply Reply February 20, 2017

        Hi Kara. I would just like to ask if they will still consider my application since my vision is 2.25 for both eyes. But I’m wearing clear lenses. Will they notice it just in case I’ll reach their medical exam? Thanks in advance

        • Kara

          Reply Reply February 21, 2017

          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

  • gul

    Reply Reply January 24, 2017

    hi kara
    if i want do a cabin crew course so there is a option in amrites aviation college for this course and whats its charged for it thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 25, 2017

      Hi Gul,
      Cabin crew courses in Emirates Training Academy are offered for employees only. You can’t do the course without passing the cabin crew interview first.

  • Charlotte

    Reply Reply January 12, 2017

    Hi Kara

    I will be going for an open day event for Etihad airlines on the 16th of January, what size should the full photo be?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 13, 2017

      10cmx15cm Charlotte.

  • Lukia

    Reply Reply December 22, 2016

    Hi Kara, i have always wanted to be a flight attendant but i have not studied any Diploma …Am inquiring if i can study online Cabin crew course …Am i able to use that as my high school certificate to apply for Cabin crew or i cant

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 22, 2016

      For the airlines in the Middle East, the only diploma you need is the high school diploma. Don’t waste your money on Cabin Crew courses. Focus instead on getting hands-on experience in the customer service field. Good luck Lukia!

  • Amazy

    Reply Reply December 17, 2016

    Greetings Kara.
    I would like to ask some questions about the cabin crew’s job because I’m so confused about few things.

    First: I know that the minimum age of this job is 21 years old, Is there a maximum age or preferred age for this job? and what about the ages like 28,29,30,and 31 could be any chance for these ages not to be hired?

    Second:I already know that he/she must reach arm 212cm on tip toes but I would like to know the minimum height for both of them? and what about the male’s height like 169 cm or 168 cm, could be any problem for these heights not to be hired?
    I’m sorry for all these questions, but these questions really mean a lot to me
    Thank you kara

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 17, 2016

      Hi Amazy. There is no upper age limit to be hired. I had readers in their late 30s getting the job, with the oldest being 42 when hired by Etihad.
      The only minimum height restriction is imposed by Emirates and they ask you are at least 160cm. There is no gender specification for this requirement.

      • Amazy

        Reply Reply December 18, 2016

        Thank you kara, your answer was really helpful for me and I appreciate your time for answering me.

  • Pooja Bhagchandani

    Reply Reply December 12, 2016

    Hi Kara,

    I just wanted to ask a small question, how do you apply for emirates if you live in Dubai only as i noticed there were no open or assesment days in UAE.
    Please let me know, really appreciate it.

    Regards,
    Pooja Bhagchandani

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 12, 2016

      Hi Pooja, Emirates is in the process of changing the cabin crew selection process. For the moment, you will need to wait until we have more news.

  • Ash

    Reply Reply October 20, 2016

    Hi Kara,

    I am actually born 20/09/1982 and I just wondering if you letting me know am I old to become cabin crew as I failed on open days both for EK and Qatar? however I worked 5 years in hotel and have enough experience. Also does it matter if I attend to another country open days as I live in Australia in case of local preference?

    Kind Regards,

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 22, 2016

      There is no official upper age limit, and I’ve had readers in their late 30s being hired by all three airlines.
      It doesn’t matter where you attend recruitment events, however, priority might be given to people speaking the local language.

      • Ash

        Reply Reply October 22, 2016

        Many tnx for your kind advise Kara

  • priyanka

    Reply Reply October 20, 2016

    Hi Kara, greetings from India!
    My query is that I’m having a centimeter-wide oval black birthmark on wrist of my right hand. I’m not willing to go for cosmetic surgery. So I want to know will it work for me if I conceal it? Also,if they ask if I have anything concealled-Should I show it honestly or not? Thanks in advance.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 22, 2016

      Hi Priyanka,

      The best policy is to be open, of course.
      It really depends on the airline. Qatar Airways is very particular when it comes to grooming, scars and birthmarks. Etihad and Emirates are more relaxed. I hope this helps you.

  • Sephora

    Reply Reply September 20, 2016

    Hello 🙂 I just got my golden call and the lady asked me if I could join June 18th then i asked if i could join in December and she said she doesn’t have the dates yet for the december batch ans she will call me back when they have the dates. I’m getting stressed now in case they forget to call me back for the december dates 🙁 should i try to contact them for nov dates or should i wait for the dates ?

    • Sephora

      Reply Reply September 20, 2016

      Nov 18th not june

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 21, 2016

      Sephora, first of all, congratulations. You’ve made it!
      Second of all, this is the time to relax. Everything went well, you’ve got your golden call, nobody will forget about you. If you want to join in November, go ahead and call them. If you want to join in December, then tell them that in an email or in a phone call. Either way, the hard part is done.

      • Sephora

        Reply Reply September 26, 2016

        Thank you ! Do you have the email adress to join them ?

        • Kara

          Reply Reply September 27, 2016

          No, I don’t. Use the email of your recruitment coordinator.

          • Sephora

            September 28, 2016

            I don’t have any email adress to contact them :/

  • Roy

    Reply Reply September 18, 2016

    Is there any maximum age to apply for joining those middle east airline?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 20, 2016

      There is no official upper age to be selected Roy.

  • V

    Reply Reply September 13, 2016

    Hi! I had Tuberculosis 2 years ago. And now I am clear. Will it hinder my cabin crew application?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 14, 2016

      Hi V, here is the information I found for you: if the scars are still visible on the x-ray or there are still signs of active TB you will not be able to clear the mandatory legal requirements for a work permit.
      TB is acceptable if treated and a chest x-ray is clear and free of scarring, however, documentation must be presented showing a course of treatment has been completed.
      This, however, is not coming from an official source. Flight Attendant Central is not an airline and we are not medical professionals. You can only know this for sure once you discuss your situation directly with an airline medical representative.

  • Carrie

    Reply Reply September 4, 2016

    Hi Kara!

    Good day! I would like to ask, I have a natural black hair and 3 mos. ago I dyed my hair, Actually I bleached it. So now, my hair color is blonde. I found out that Qatar Airways will have an OD here in my country at the end of this month and I’m planning to apply. Do you think it’s inappropriate to have an inch long with black hair and the rest is ash blonde, it’s like an ombre style? Or is it better for me to dye it back to black! Thanks in advance. More power!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 6, 2016

      Hi Carrie. The airlines normally prefer a more natural look. So if you are a platinum blond with black roots, that isn’t the best look for a cabin crew. If your hair however is elegant and nice, then you should be fine.

      • Carrie

        Reply Reply September 10, 2016

        Hello again Kara!

        Thank you so much for your response. I really appreciate your kindness for reading and taking time to answerbeach and every questions here in your blog. You’re such an inspiration. God bless!!

        • Kara

          Reply Reply September 14, 2016

          It’ s a great pleasure to be in the fortunate position where I can help and inspire others. Thank you for your kind words.

  • Regina

    Reply Reply August 24, 2016

    Hi Kara!
    First of. Awesome website!

    I’m currently still abroad and will be back at home end of September. Alteady preparing for applications. One question though.

    I’m said to have a pretty smile but one of my upper teeth is turned sidewards. I believe this is very hard to fix if at all and it is like that by birth. Fir myself i say it gives me character but would it be a problem for an airline? I am aiming on emirates.

    I do not believe i have other (physical) big deal breakers but could this be one?

    I had a surgery last year (tumor removal). Everything went very well i only have small scars on my stomach and am physically fitter and healthier than ever. Should i mention that since it would come out in health checks at some point or just wing it?

    Currently I am traveling abroad (a year) without working but i did spanish classes and had a lot of personal growth this year. Will i have a chance to explain that or will they look badly at something like this?

    Thanks and best regards from Peru (for now :))

  • Sephora

    Reply Reply August 22, 2016

    Hi 🙂 I got a mail from Emirates saying there are no places available until end of the year for training courses and that they will contact me again when they have places to see if I’m still interested. But it didn’t say the word successful so I don’t what it means “on hold” lol does it mean I’m successful ?

    Thank you for your reply

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 24, 2016

      Sephora, they send that email to many people. It means you made it so far, but they can’t guarantee your spot yet. So it’s a hopeful communication, but not a certainty that you will get hired. You can only be hopeful. I know this may not be the answer you were expecting, but it’s the only one that is realistic right now.

      • Sephora

        Reply Reply August 24, 2016

        Thank you so much for your reply 🙂 When do you think I will hear back from them ?

        • Kara

          Reply Reply August 31, 2016

          I really can’t answer this question Sephora. They will let you know as soon as they have the planning ready for next year’s training.

  • step

    Reply Reply August 19, 2016

    Hi Kara!
    I have a bridge/crown in front of my teeth, the crown is silver in the back of my front teeth, it’s not visible when I smile but you’ll see it if I open my mouth wide (lol), is it still possible for me to qualify? TIA

    Regards,
    Step

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 21, 2016

      You should be fine Step. Just don’t open your mouth very wide during the interview 🙂

      • Step

        Reply Reply August 22, 2016

        Thank you Kara! 🙂

  • Bea

    Reply Reply August 1, 2016

    Hi Kara. What if I have stretchmarks near my underarm and also what if I don’t have a light underarm is that ok?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 3, 2016

      Yes Bea, that is fine. Your underarm is not visible through the uniform. Do not bring this up during the interview.

  • Megha

    Reply Reply July 26, 2016

    hi
    I desperately wanna become a member of cabin crew but I am not ready for interview and my height is also exactly 5’2″ .I am an Indian so do I have possible chances to grab the job . And please help me by guiding how to prepare for all kinds of interviews, which kind of classes should I join?
    thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 30, 2016

      Megha, start by reading all these articles
      https://www.flightattendantcentral.com/advice
      As for your height, you must be able to reach 212cm on your tip toes for Qatar Airways and Emirates and 210cm for Etihad. Emirates however, requires a minimum height of 160cm.
      Previous cabin crew courses are not required. If you are interested in a course that prepares you in detail for the different stages of the interview, see this page
      https://www.flightattendantcentral.com/course

      Good luck 🙂

      • Irish Nicole

        Reply Reply August 2, 2016

        Hi kara! I hope your doing good today. I just want to ask if a chicken pox scar on my cheeks would disqualify me on becoming an fa? Im having a hard time covering it with concealer. Hoping you’ll leave a reply. Thanks!

        • Kara

          Reply Reply August 3, 2016

          If it’s really visible Irish Nicole then yes, it might be a problem. If it’s just something mild, then no worries. You have nothing to lose by just going to the interview.

  • Miki

    Reply Reply July 24, 2016

    Hi,
    There is an open day for Emirates near me and I would like to attend but I just have one question. My family own hotels and I have worked there since I was a child. I also had customer service jobs throughout university. I finished university 3 years ago but for only 6 months after I worked at my family’s hotel. After that I have been travelling/backpacking and not working. The only work I have done is help with graphic design for my family while travelling. Do you think this will hinder my application???

    Thank you!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 26, 2016

      It all depends on how you choose to write this in the CV Miki. You want your resume to show your achievements and how whatever you did may contribute to the success of the airline.

  • Ana

    Reply Reply July 22, 2016

    Hi kara, do you know someone who was shy and an introvert who changed just to become a flight attendant? When you were interviewed did you smile and laugh while answering?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 26, 2016

      Hi Ana,

      This is such an awesome and interesting question.
      Being an introvert is not something you can or should aim to change.
      Please watch this talk, it is a fantastic reminder to celebrate your true introvert nature
      https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts
      As for being shy, you should become curious about this. Is it shyness or lack or confidence? When does it seem to take over how you feel? Can you trace that back? Are you stuck in past events that shaped your personality?
      I’m an introvert and found the cabin crew career to be the most fulfilling choice, as I could balance moments to service and customer interaction with stretches of solitude in layovers.
      I wasn’t laughing during the interview. I was smiling when appropriate and made a conscious effort to maintain a positive body language. This has nothing to do with your personality type.
      I hope this helps you.

  • Anne

    Reply Reply July 20, 2016

    Hello Kara,

    Do you think if I work as a designer, I have a chance to be in the short list on CV?

    I often have a various situation with troublesome customer. But I was not working in the service.

    Thank you for your answer)

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 22, 2016

      Many people from different walk of life get accepted as cabin crew Anne. As long as you can contribute to the team and the organization with your unique skills, you stand a chance.

  • Mariia

    Reply Reply July 15, 2016

    Hello, Kara)
    Thank you again for your blog and knowledge))
    Could you give me an advice, please?) I got an invetation from Etihad for AD. They invite me to Abu Dhabi in August, however, I would like to reschedule it and make it a bit later( and may be in different location, but I don’t see autumn days now). Are they ok with it, it won’t reduce my chances?..
    And another question: Dates for the ADs are published only till the end of August, does it mean that there are no days in September etc? of they just open this info later?
    Thank you in advance)!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 15, 2016

      Yes Mariia, you can reschedule without being afraid that this will affect how the perceive you. People do this all the time.
      The schedule is published only one months, maximum two in advance.

  • Linda

    Reply Reply July 13, 2016

    Hi Kara

    if you apply online for a cabin crew job at fly emirates or any other airline do they send you a rejection email/text if you are not accepted by them or they dont reply at all?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 13, 2016

      Linda, if you haven’t heard from them within 6 weeks from the date of application, you should assume you were not successful this time. They do not send personal rejection letters unless you reached the final interview.

  • Frances

    Reply Reply July 1, 2016

    Will they accept you if you have veins on your hands?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 2, 2016

      Frances, there is no official regulation in terms of grooming of the hands and neither a medical mention about this. If they don’t affect your life, it shouldn’t be a problem.

  • Jan

    Reply Reply June 23, 2016

    Do airline companies check your grades?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 25, 2016

      No Jan, they do not.

  • Preeti Gupta

    Reply Reply June 14, 2016

    My name is preeti Gupta from Delhi India devli gavo 568 new delhi I,m 12th stander only mujhe air hostess ki reqirmant deni h or mujhe job argent hi krni h plz

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 14, 2016

      You must apply online on the careers webpage of the airline you are interested in working for Preeti.

    • Jan

      Reply Reply June 25, 2016

      Is it okay if you have veins on your hands?

      • Kara

        Reply Reply June 28, 2016

        There is no official regulation in terms of grooming and neither a medical mention about this. If they don’t affect your life, it shouldn’t be a problem.

  • Alfaiz memon

    Reply Reply June 5, 2016

    Hi,i am having hepatitis b..so can i apply

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 7, 2016

      Unfortunately not Alfaiz. You will not be able to clear both the medical clearance for the airline and for the work permit. I’m sorry.

  • Maria

    Reply Reply June 4, 2016

    Hello Kara, I’ve been checking your suggestions, as I want to attend to an OpenDay in my country; and I do have a tatoo in my forearm, these companies have exclusive requirement about it, don’t they?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 4, 2016

      Yes Maria, they do,

  • Beatrice

    Reply Reply June 2, 2016

    Do airline companies accept bow legged people? 😖

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 3, 2016

      Are you diagnosed for this condition Beatrice?

      • Beatrice

        Reply Reply June 3, 2016

        Yes 😭

        • Kara

          Reply Reply June 3, 2016

          I can’t give you a definite answer Beatrice. I suggest you approach an aviation doctor and ask for their advice.

  • Roxanne

    Reply Reply June 2, 2016

    Hi Kara, will I still be accepted if I have a crooked teeth below? if I smile it can’t be seen.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 3, 2016

      If it’s not visible while you smile and it is not a medical issue Roxanne, you should be fine.

  • Maxine

    Reply Reply May 31, 2016

    Hi,Kara
    I was wondering if any of the three airline companies would accept me if my height was 158 cm and can reach the 212 cm arm reach? If I convert 160 cm to feet it’s around 5’2, and if I convert 158 cm to feet it’s also around 5’2.😢

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 2, 2016

      Maxine, only Emirates has the minimum height requirement. You can apply for Etihad and Qatar if you have the vertical arm reach. Good luck 🙂

  • Kim

    Reply Reply May 31, 2016

    I have a tattoo on my right rib part. Can I still be a part of the cabin crew? What airline doesn’t accept applicants who has not-visible tattoo? Thanks mate

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 2, 2016

      Kim, Emirates and Etihad have no issues with tattoos not visible while wearing the uniform. Qatar Airways seem to prefer applicants without any tattoos.

  • virginia

    Reply Reply May 25, 2016

    Hi Ms.Kara
    i am Virginia from Cameroon 25 years old, currently i am working as a customer service / sales in a company based in Dubai and i really want to transfer my skills and strengths to the skies however,i have been applying for the position of Cabin crew for almost 6 months but i have never been called for an assessment day.my greatest desire is to land that opportunity and i think you can be very helpful to be with some ideas or advice…(the other way were i can apply kindly help me please.)

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 28, 2016

      Virginia, if your online application is not being shortlisted, then your only chance is to participate in an Open Day or CV drop off, however don’t expect a different result when you do the same thing.
      Try to adjust your CV, redo the photos, enhance skills, start learning Arabic or any other language in demand.

      I hope this helps you.

  • Nidhi

    Reply Reply May 12, 2016

    Hi kara. My height is 153 cm without slippers. I am 20 years old. I am and Indian. The only problem is my height that is 153 cm barefooted. Please help me out. I need this Job. Which airline should i go for?????

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 14, 2016

      What’s your arm reach Nidhi?

      • Nidhi

        Reply Reply May 14, 2016

        Hi kara, My arm reach is 205 cm. My height is 153 cm. If i stand on my toes little bit easier then i can easily reach till 205 cm.
        so tell me know which airline suits best with this kara?

        • Kara

          Reply Reply May 16, 2016

          Unfortunately Nidhi, you will not be accepted by any of the airlines in the Middle East. The minimum arm reach requirement is 210cm (Etihad) or 212cm ( Qatar). These airlines are my area of expertise, for others, you must look for the answer on their official careers website. Good luck!

  • Vishal maansingh

    Reply Reply April 27, 2016

    I hav applied online for emirates cabin crew..it is a invitation only interview. The interview is on 30th but stil i havnt got any email from emirates..usually hw many days befre they ll send us the confrimin mail..??

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 28, 2016

      It takes approximately 6 weeks for your application to be reviewed Vishal.

  • van

    Reply Reply April 12, 2016

    hello kara 🙂 i really want to be a flight attendant but i have acne scars on my face. will they consider me? 🙁

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 12, 2016

      Yes, if you can conceal them with makeup.

      • Annie

        Reply Reply April 27, 2016

        Hi kara!! Hope you’re doing good!
        I just wanted to ask one question that i have stretch marks on my legs. Is it okay to use concealer to hide’em? Thank you in advance.

        • Kara

          Reply Reply April 28, 2016

          Of course it is Annie. Remember also that if the marks are not visible through skin colored pantyhose, you should have no issues with it.

  • sonia

    Reply Reply April 7, 2016

    Hi kara i am from malaysia. I want to double confirm my height is 153cm but i am able to reach 212cm? Can i still apply for emirates ??

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 8, 2016

      Unfortunately not Sonia. You must be minimum 160cm to be considered.

  • Akshat jain

    Reply Reply March 27, 2016

    Hi Kara,
    I applied for Qatar airways.
    On the CV submission day, they rejected me. I don’t know what went wrong. Can you please suggest me where I went wrong and how can I improve myself.
    Thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 29, 2016

      Akshat, I am obviously unable to tell you the exact reason for being rejected. Cv drop off days are highly competitive events and only the best of the best will be selected. There are many factors that are taken into consideration such as language abilities, soft skills, customer service experience as well as impeccable first impressions. This is all measured against the rest of the candidates.
      I can only advise you to keep on trying and apply for all airlines hiring, even if it’s just to gain experience.
      Focus on improving yourself and your skills, as well as broaden your experience.
      The fact that you are looking for answers and ways to improve yourself is a very good sign.

  • Rizwan White

    Reply Reply March 12, 2016

    I’m 29 year old male with height of 165 cm and Im able to reach 212 cm. Is that ok?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 14, 2016

      You can apply Rizwan. Good luck!
      Please be aware that age height and the ability to meet the minimum requirements is not all it takes to become a flight attendant.
      Read about the skills you need here
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/advice/

      • Rizwan White

        Reply Reply March 30, 2016

        Hi Kara, thanks for the advice. But is it true that guy cannot tiptoes for the arm reach? and is it true that there are range of age emirates, qatar & etihad are looking for? Thank you in advance.

        • Kara

          Reply Reply April 2, 2016

          None of it is true Rizwan.

          I had readers in their late 30s hired by Emirates, Etihad and Qatar with the oldest being 42 when hired by Etihad.

          As for the arm reach, you can be on your tiptoes.

  • nora

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    hi kara i am married i wander if that will affect my opportunity to be accepted by emirates airline.

  • Meghan

    Reply Reply March 3, 2016

    Hi Kara,

    So I got my invitation letter today. YAY!! It’s only 4 days too late for the Johannesburg interview, so now I’m driving to Durban! Roadtrip. Haha.
    So anyway, I just wanna tell you, I bought your book about a month ago to prepare for the interview, even though I hadn’t even been invited yet, and I’m hoping and hoping that I get through. It’s been extremely valuable so far.

    What documents should I bring with to the interview though? On the invitation it only says “please bring an updated CV, a photograph, and a copy of this letter” but I remember seeing somewhere that I should bring a lot more with than that?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 4, 2016

      Hi Meghan, so exciting!!!!
      The CV, photograph and the copy of the invitation letter are the first step.
      You should take with you some more copies of the passport photo (6), one full length photo in business attire and a copy of your highest educational certificate. They will probably ask as well for two full length casual photos, but you can always provide these at a later stage.
      Make sure to answer the 101 Questions and Answers from the book so you are not surprised at any of the questions coming your way.
      Smile and be friendly with everybody.
      And lastly, think positive. I can’t wait to hear how it went 🙂

      • Meghan

        Reply Reply March 29, 2016

        I got through all the assessment rounds, and through to the final interview! Now I just wait for the call. It’s all so exciting!

        • Kara

          Reply Reply March 29, 2016

          Well done Meghan! So proud of you!!!

          • Meghan

            April 11, 2016

            I got my golden phone call today!! My gosh I’m so excited. DOJ is 10 June. Thank you so much for your wonderful book Kara, it helped so much. It really made me feel so comfortable knowing what was expected of me, and that I’m MADE for this job. You’ve really helped my dreams come true. Thank you.

          • Kara

            April 12, 2016

            Meghan, I am so SO HAPPY for you! Congratulations! You’ve done a great job. I wish you a wonderful new life working in the sky 🙂

  • Shameera

    Reply Reply February 18, 2016

    Hello Kara, I have my gallblader removed. would that be a problem?. could i still hope to pass the medical Tests?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 24, 2016

      Shameera, I’m not an aviation doctor, so I am unable to answer this question for you. Please look for a professional who will be able to clarify this issue.

  • parth

    Reply Reply February 16, 2016

    I am really worried about my teeth. 2 of my upper jaw teeth in front are bit outside so when i smile you can see its not in align with others. Also my lower jaw teeth are crowdy but not visible when i smile. Would it be problem if i apply for emirates would they select me. If i have clear braces would they consider my application for interview. I am 25yrs living in Australia. So i am worried about getting braces or not and how would it affect my application in emirates.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 17, 2016

      Hi Parth,
      Your teeth must be clean and cavity free and your smile pleasant. Dental perfection is not one of the minimum requirements.
      Don’t forget that confidence is an inner state.
      Braces of any kind are not permitted.
      Good luck!

  • Val

    Reply Reply January 14, 2016

    Hi,

    I have a mild color blindness problem. I can’t see some shades of red or green in a way that I can’t say sometimes if something is red or orange, or if something is dark green or light.
    Is that a problem?

    Thank you!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 15, 2016

      Val, when at the aviation medical center, your vision will be tested and part of the eye exam is this test:
      http://colorvisiontesting.com/ishihara.htm
      You won’t need a perfect score to pass, but you should be able to read most of the cards.
      Ask your eye doctor to give you this test and see how you do.

  • Melwin Samuel

    Reply Reply December 26, 2015

    Hi Kara,

    How are you?

    Well, my name is melwin samuel and i’m from india. Currently, im working in Doha, Qatar in Qatar airways as a customer service agent.

    Is it possible that i can be join and work as a cabin crew??????

    My details,

    Age-31 years
    martial status – Single
    Height- 5.10 incs/ 176 Cms
    Body- fit and healthy. Athetic body.
    Work experince- 3 years in customer service agent
    education- Bachelors.
    Extra activties- Swimming.
    languages- English, Hindi, kannada, arabic and Spainsh.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 27, 2015

      Melwin, you will need to take this up with your employer. Try to find out what is the policy in regards to in-house promotions and cross department personnel migration and then follow up with your line manager.

  • Irahhhh

    Reply Reply December 7, 2015

    Hi Ms. Kara,

    It’s been 3 months since I received an on-hold successful email from emirates. Since then, I have not received any email from them.. I already made a follow up regarding my application to the agency and I already emailed the emirates group but still they have not responded .. Will I still be able to get the job? I am very worried. Thank you in advance for your help Ms. Kara. It means a lot to me.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 8, 2015

      Irahhhh, you must be losing your patience. There is no definite time line, it all has to do with the available training spots as well as accommodation. I’ve had readers who had to wait up to 6 months to receive a DOJ, but others got theirs after 3 months. It can be anytime, but set yourself to 6 months so you don’t get disappointed. I’m sorry I can’t be more specific.

  • Nitika

    Reply Reply December 6, 2015

    Hi Kara,

    I’am planning to try for a flight attendant and i’am very curious to get through. The issue is that I’am 155 cms and my weight is 44 kgs.. According to the requirements my height should be 157 cms and weight accordingly.
    Also I have a tattoo on my left wrist.
    I have excellent communication skills in Hindi and English. I’am planning to apply since a long time but have the fear of rejection. Please suggest.
    Your advise would be appreciated
    Thanks in advance.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 8, 2015

      Nitika, for which airline are you planning to apply?

  • Paul

    Reply Reply October 19, 2015

    Hi Kara,

    For male applicants, is 212 or 210cms arm reach test on tip toes is applicable also? Or i have to do it on barefoot without doing tip toes?

    Thanks in advance for the reply..

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 20, 2015

      212 for Emirates and Qatar Airways, 210 for Etihad regardless of gender.

      • Paul

        Reply Reply October 20, 2015

        Hi Kara again,
        Thank you for your swift response.
        But male applicants can do tip toes as well for arm reach or you have to do it on a barefoot without tip toes?

        Thank you again..

        • Kara

          Reply Reply October 20, 2015

          The process is all the same Paul. You can be on your tip toes as well.

          • Paul

            January 24, 2016

            Hi Kara,
            It’s me again.. 🙂
            Just want to ask if the 212cm arm reach test standard is different for male and female?
            I mean does arm reach test varies whether you are male or female? Because a lady who is 163cm has no problem in reaching 212cm, but how about for boys?

            Thanks 🙂

          • Kara

            January 26, 2016

            It’s all the same Paul. Without shoes, on your tip toes, you must reach the mark.

  • John

    Reply Reply October 9, 2015

    Hi Kara,

    I am John, my origin is Melbourne, Australia! My BMI is 28, is that acceptable level? At the moment I am doing Bachelor of Aviation Management. Which will finish by May, 2016 only. Though I got a chance to go for Cabin Crew Assessment with Qatar this month in my city. I am super thrilled about working as Qatar Cabin Crew! From early childhood my ambition was to become a cabin crew for elite airline, I always used to check out sky when Aeroplane zooms past by. And it still is.
    However, I don’t know what to include for work experience in resume. I have not worked that long in 1 place because it were all casual positions and temporary.

    I have had experience of being a kitchen hand/delivery driver – preparation of pizza, packing and delivering to customers and taking their feedback and or complaints at Crust Pizza store (6 months), Kitchen assistant – preparing and serving food for residents at Aged Care (2 places, one of them i am doing currently only 2 weeks since started this), Cashier at Convenience store (6 months temporary) – sales, face to face customer service, experience with Eftpos machine, Public transport survey officer (temporary) – survey passengers – fast paced work, auditing, answering commuters questions and providing information accurately. This is all my work experience I have had till now. Would this be good for cabin crew position? Also should I include all of this in resume or just 2-3 will be enough. Should I include my Interest/Hobbies in resume or is it better not to?
    Does resume have to exact 1 page, is it alright if it goes over a page or so, Kara?
    This is my first at applying for a cabin crew role. I am bit tensed although I am euphoric about this opportunity of being a Qatar cabin crew. Moreover, could you describe what to expect on the assessment day processes as well as on the job like moving to Doha? I am bit naive on this.
    Many many Thanks Kara, you have such a helping heart and wonderful person! Hope your living a happy life!
    Kind Regards

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 9, 2015

      Hi John,

      In your case, you can group your work experiences in time batches. If you worked over summer break, you should write exactly what you did with a brief descriptions.
      Such as
      December 2014-February 2015
      During summer break I worked as a…(Company A), … (Company B) and…. (Company C)
      I was responsible for… and …. and …..
      In these roles I acquired the following skills: working under pressure, processing sales and dealing with customer demands in an efficient manner(examples of skills).

      For more about the assessment stages you can read these articles
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/advice/

      Good luck 🙂

  • priya

    Reply Reply October 7, 2015

    hello Kara Ma’m.. im frm india. i hav many questions puzld in my mind, bt strting with two nly. Upto wat age one can go fr open day minimum is 21 n maximum is? N abt height fr 212cm arm reach 5ft hw mch inch is to be required exctly?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 8, 2015

      Priya, the airlines do not advertise any upper age limit. This being said, in your country candidates are recruited by an agency and they set age limits. You will have to check with them. Etihad doesn’t use an agency and I had a reader in her early 40s hired by them. Qatar seem to prefer younger candidates in their 20s, max 30.
      212cm is 6ft9in. That’s on your tip toes.

      • priya

        Reply Reply October 8, 2015

        frst of all thanks a ton ma’m fr rplyng.. 1.anyone wit a height of 5’4 could arm reach 212cm isn’t? 2.if i couldnt hit da require cm difrnce of 2-3 cm,could i still hope fr qualifyn? 3n how frequent recruitmnet evnt comes out? once in a year,twicw or thrice? ot it does hav a fixed tym? 4.hw many days one can get leave in a year? lyk one has to gohome town or may be for any importnt wrk aftr joining.

        • Kara

          Reply Reply October 8, 2015

          You have to put a mark on the wall at that height and see if you can reach it. Your height is irrelevant. You will be disqualified if you are unable to do it.
          The recruitment frequency depends on your location. Visit the recruitment events here
          https://flightattendantcentral.com/recruiting-now/qatar-airways/
          https://flightattendantcentral.com/recruiting-now/etihad-airways/
          https://flightattendantcentral.com/recruiting-now/emirates-assessment-days/
          The annual leave is usually 30 days.

        • priya

          Reply Reply October 9, 2015

          Thnks again fr all yr answers.. M preparing my self fr airline OD n pursuing my graduation simultaneously. what im much worried abt is, i have a born extra skin on my right ear near ear hole lyk a capsule shape. will that be a issue? m helpless to do anything with that stuff.. in this case what do u do u advice me?

          • Kara

            October 9, 2015

            Priya, I can’t even imagine how that looks like. If it’s something that is extremely visible, you should take it up with a doctor to see if removal is an option.

          • priya

            October 11, 2015

            Thnks again kara ma’m.. one more question, i actually reach 212cm fulling my feet up standing on toes is it ok? usually wat happen is if i raise both of my hand to measure then i cnt reach 212cm bt if i try to do wit one hand thn i reach, so is it ok to reach wit one hand? n having mole around lips is ok or? i hav two…..?

          • Kara

            October 11, 2015

            Keep on practicing Priya, you might be asked to reach with two hands. Moles are fine as long as they are not too obvious. Also, your spelling is not correct. Try to write correctly no matter what, so you can practice for the English test.

    • Irah Tugob

      Reply Reply October 8, 2015

      Hi Kara, I already pass the final interview for Emirates. however, they are waiting for additional training course before they can send me a formal letter of employment. It’s been a month already since the last time I received an email from them. frown emoticon Is it normal to wait for a couple of months. I am worried. Can you please help me what to do? would it be okay if I will follow up on them? I am hoping for your reply.Thank you..

      • Kara

        Reply Reply October 9, 2015

        Of course Irah, you should follow up, however you must do this yourself. Short and sweet email to your recruitment coordinator. Something like “Hi, I was wondering if there was any updates on my file. I’m very eager and excited to join your team.” I hope this helps.

        • Irah Tugob

          Reply Reply October 9, 2015

          Thank you so much Kara for your respond and for giving me an idea. I really appreciate it. Godblessyou and I hope you will help more aspiring Cabin crew soon to be like me. 🙂

  • Alexa

    Reply Reply September 28, 2015

    Hi kara. I have a not so light underarm, will it affect my qualifications to become a flight attendant? And I have a poor eye sight, will they allow me to have a laser treatment for my eye if it’s only the problem to be qualified?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 29, 2015

      Alexa, I’m afraid I don’t understand what you refer to when you say “not so light underarm”. As for your eyesight, how poor is it? You can of course do the laser before the interview, this will not affect your chances of obtaining the medical clearance.

    • Alexa

      Reply Reply September 29, 2015

      Not so white or fair I mean. 😬 50/75 for my eyesight.

      • Kara

        Reply Reply September 30, 2015

        Are you still referring to your underarm Alexa?
        Here are the requirements for your eyesight:
        -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

  • Liyana Eddie

    Reply Reply September 23, 2015

    Hi kara, i would really appreciate your reply. 🙂
    I have a scar on my leg,but it can be covered with make up and wont be visible when wearing skin colored panty hose. Is it okay? will emirates consider me?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 23, 2015

      Yes Liyana, you should be fine in this case. 🙂

      • Liyana Eddie

        Reply Reply September 25, 2015

        Thank you so much Kara.U r an angel!

  • Priyanka

    Reply Reply September 20, 2015

    Hi kara, i’m priyanka,23. My weight happens to be in propertion with my height. My height is 5.5.
    but i’m kinda worried about the chicken pox scar on my cheek. Would that be a problem? and my teeth are quite fine to look at, from the outer part.. but inside there are cavities. But it doesn’t appear when i’m smiling. Plz help..

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 20, 2015

      That is all fine Priyanka. As long as your scars are not visible while wearing makeup. And as long as your teeth look clean and smile pleasant.

  • Michelle

    Reply Reply September 15, 2015

    Hi Kara,
    Do you think I’m qualify to be a flight attendant since I have a rather big scar (around 10cm) on my leg just right above the ankle but its not very dark. Currently doing A level and wanted to be a pilot but it’s too expensive to afford , do you think it’s possible for a flight attendant to be a pilot in the future?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 17, 2015

      Michelle, it really depends how obvious the scar is while wearing skin colored pantyhose. It also depends on the airline. Qatar Airways has very strict grooming regulations, so it is quite unlikely you will be selected, but Emirates and Etihad are more permissive.
      And yes, it is possible for flight attendants to become pilots.

  • Lyka

    Reply Reply September 9, 2015

    Hi Kara, I want to apply as a cabin crew in Dubai Emirates
    I have submitted my CV and photo’s online. You think they’ll accept my application even if i’m married and have one child living here in Dubai?
    I’m currently on husband’s visa my husband works here in Dubai ..
    Just wondering if i have any chance to join airline industry. I am 21 years old with a height of 160cm, i have test if i can reach 212cm and i can reach it, birthmark is not visible also, we have our own accommodation here so i have no problem with that, i understand the rule that i have to stay 6months if they put me on training. My only concern is my status and i have a one child, i really want to be a flight attendant its my dream since i was kid so you think i have chance? I feel bit hopeless on the blog i’ve read about Qatar and Emirates Contract marrying and having child, i wasn’t really sure what to do..

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 11, 2015

      Lyka, you can be married and have kids, however the contract is being offered on a single base. That means the benefits you receive from the company (medical insurance, accommodation, visa sponsorship, etc) are only applicable for you and not for the members of your family. But this is not an issue for you as you are already there under your husband’s visa. So be confident, be positive and start thinking of the arrangements you must do for your baby to be taken care of while you are flying.

  • tigist

    Reply Reply August 20, 2015

    Hi Kara, i want to thank you for all the informations you are giving everyone with a dream to be a cabin crew, i am one of them and i can’t even explain how much u have helped me, i have already bought your book and i applied for Emirates also for Etihad airways online, both sent me an invitation and i went for Emirates before two days. It was very good but also intense situation during all the eliminations in all the stages, i passed all the stages and i have now appointment for final interview. With your guidance i have prepared very well for the assesment day and it really did helped me, and now i am already preparing for the final and i have a very good vibe about it, as you say ” the key is preparation ”!!! I have one problem though, i am worried about my eye sight, i don’t have same power in each eye, one of my eye is 6/6 but the other eye is not really good with out correction, i found out that even with correction one of my eyes can not be 6/9, the other eye is with out correction 6/6, so i am wondering if this would be a problem for me, i honestly belive i can prepare well by your book and i can win the job but my eye sight is not really something i can change , so plz tell me what are my chances in this case? it is bothering me a lot. Thank you really for your time.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 20, 2015

      Hi Tigist. First of ll congratulations for making it. Well done!
      As for your medical question, your vision is acceptable if distant visual acuity with or without correction is 6/9 or better in the better eye.

      • tigist

        Reply Reply September 15, 2015

        Dear Kara,

        wow, where to start, i got successful with Etihad airways, we were more than 250 people on the assessment day and very scary,it was very good i can say but a lot of elimination took place, we were about 40 people remaining for the final interview and it was actually pretty good interview, the recruiters were so friendly and that definitely was so comforting, on third date i got mail which says i am successful, it is sooo amazing and great feeling, now i am on the process of submitting documents which they have asked me to provide, in the mean time my final interview with Emirates were very intense, was not as comforting as Etihad, they contacted me to send a casual picture after my final interview and i hope that is a good sign as well so i can see which one fits me best to join so i just wanna thank God first and then you of course,i have your book and i have red all posts u released with out any cost, i can 100% say it helped me a lot, because i prepared my cv according to yr guidance and every action i did or show at the assessment day was also according to your book and believe me i saw many of the candidates making simple mistakes because they were not prepared at all and i would have done the same mistake have i not red your book or your other posts, so i finally want to say Thank you for all your guidances and your priceless book and posts and i really recommend every one who wants to be a cabin crew must read it, my time has come, soon to fly…. and Fyi, it is my first try.

        • Kara

          Reply Reply September 17, 2015

          Tigist, this is fantastic news! Well done!!! And thank you for taking the time to write to me. Your success story makes my work even more meaningful and fulfilling. I wish you the very best in your new chapter.

        • Chaima

          Reply Reply February 22, 2016

          Hi Tigist,

          I would like to ask you a few questions. Could you please contact me?

          Greets,
          Chaima

  • Mauna

    Reply Reply August 19, 2015

    Hi Kara,

    I applied online to Qatar airways and they invited me to join an open day recruitment. The matter is I’m wearing hijab and I already attached my picture wearing hijab on my online application. Is there any new policy or they were making a mistake by inviting me.

    Thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 20, 2015

      They might consider you for a different position Mauna, however for the cabin crew job you must be willing to remove your hijab when working.

  • pujasinha09@gmail.com

    Reply Reply August 16, 2015

    Hi,

    I got a invitation from emirates.i know its a prerequisite to touch a maximum of 212 cm with hand and with tip toes and i am reaching only to 208-209 cm.:( just wanted to know they will consider me for further tests or not .

    Regards
    puja

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 16, 2015

      They will not Puja, I’m sorry. It is one of the minimum requirements.

  • Kim

    Reply Reply August 15, 2015

    Hi kara,im kim my height is 5’1 but i reach 212 cm but only hand one. Do i have any chance to passed?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 15, 2015

      Yes Kim, you should be fine.

    • Kim

      Reply Reply August 15, 2015

      If ever i passed the initial screening is it mean i passed for being fA? Or i need to passed also the final interview?

      • Kara

        Reply Reply August 16, 2015

        You need to pass all the stages of the assessment, including the final interview, security screening and pre-employment medical tests.

  • peter

    Reply Reply August 12, 2015

    hi kara I’m peter and I would like to know is there any chance for me to get a job as a cabin crew member , I read the requirements to be eligible to join the crew . but the draw back is tat my height is only 5’5 and I only can speak Hindi at a basic level , but I’m good in my English , can u please help me and let me know if there is any chances of me joining the cabin crew field please let me know thanks .

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 15, 2015

      For the airlines in the Middle East, you must be able to have a vertical arm reach of 212cm on your tip toes. Your height is irrelevant. Also, there is no other language requirement except English.

  • Dinara

    Reply Reply June 30, 2015

    Dear Kara,
    Do I necessarily have to attach white background photos while applying online for any of the airlines or light backgrond photos are acceptable too?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 7, 2015

      Depends on the airline. White is accepted by all.

  • abhijith

    Reply Reply June 26, 2015

    Hi Kara,

    i just wanted to know if I, being an Indian citizen,can go to Dubai and attend open days for emirates Qatar or Ethihad.Will i be allowed to do so or do i have to get an invite from the airline in order to attend the interviews in UAE?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 29, 2015

      You can go Abhijith, however you must receive an invitation for them. Both Emirates and Etihad have only invitation only assessment days in Abu Dhabi or Dubai. For Qatar Airways, it is usually a CV drop off day for which it is not required you have an invitation.

  • anna

    Reply Reply June 24, 2015

    Hello, Kara!

    First of all, thank you for amazing job! For what you’ve done for the girls and guys, who are dreaming about becoming flight attendant.

    And what about my question – I’m from Georgia (Country in Caucasus, not state of USA). I’m going to send my resume online just today. The AD-s in nearest locations are on 13th July(Russia) and 25th July (Lebanon). No matter the vacancy is still on going, how you think, is there left enought time until the AD, to get invitation on my resume? (if it ever happens)

    Have a nice day!
    Thank you so much!

  • Angel

    Reply Reply June 22, 2015

    Hi kara. I have tried a lot of times in india recruitment for emirates but did not get through.I am an experienced crew with domestic airline and even learned urdu and german.I have no scars or tattoos. I fill up all the criteria what emirates is looking for.even I gave the best interview as I can communicate really well.just telling u all these to take advice from u that wat shud I do nw.I really want to get through with emirates. Please need ur help.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 22, 2015

      Angel, I can’t give you a reason for your results, however Emirates is a highly competitive airline. On top of that, in your country they only recruit through an agency, so you must pass the pre-screening. I can only advise you to apply for any other airline recruiting in your area and then reconsider your options.

  • rena

    Reply Reply June 3, 2015

    hi kara. I have missing teeth but they’re not visible. is it still accepted? thanks.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 4, 2015

      That’s fine as long as they are not visible while you smile or they do not affect your dental health (insurance liability).

  • lyn

    Reply Reply May 31, 2015

    hi kara,

    i have a question..
    is it okay that i have dental bridge? am i still qualified?

    thanks.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 1, 2015

      That’s fine Lyn.

    • rena

      Reply Reply June 4, 2015

      thanks for the response kara. what u mean by dental health liability…

      • Kara

        Reply Reply June 6, 2015

        By Insurance liability I mean that you will not be entitled to be reimbursed by the medical insurance company for any dental work resulted from previous conditions.

  • Andrea

    Reply Reply May 7, 2015

    Hi Kara! Is it really that important to pass the Ishihara test? Is there a chance that I wont be qualified if I don’t pass it? What is it’s significance to us as cabin crew? 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 10, 2015

      Andrea, Ishihara test is given during your medical examination to establish you are not color blind. This is quite an important aspect when you are a cabin crew, as differing signaling in the plane can be color coded. So, yes, you should be able to pass this test to obtain the cabin crew license.

  • Javiera

    Reply Reply May 5, 2015

    Hi Kara!
    I just want to know if the arm reach test is with one arm or both :/
    I’m a little bit worry about that
    Thank you very much!!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 10, 2015

      It’s usually only one arm Javiera, however I had readers who were quite short and they were asked to try with both arms. Make sure you stretch every day on both sides and all should be good. Arm reach improves with time.

  • hossam hares

    Reply Reply April 29, 2015

    Hello kara my name is hossam I went to the emirates open days a couple of times now but isn’t I didn’t receive any messages or phone call still that’s ok as I think iam not ready for a final interview yet so Iam just trying to get prepared more and more iam always working on my English and improving it with the time right now iam just wondering what can I do to improve my customer service and communication skills as like what courses should I take what books should I read I already work in the hospitality industry in sharm el shiekh in egypt thanks for taking the time to read my comment kara .

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 2, 2015

      Hossam, what a great attitude!
      Your customer service is something you experience regularly when working in the hospitality industry. Make it your daily goal to have one customer absolutely amazed by your work. Go the extra mile, do more than what you are supposed to. This will teach you some outstanding customer care.
      As for your communication skills, start by asking for feedback from your manager, colleagues and customers. Then take it from there.
      I always recommend the book “How to win friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie. It’s a great read for all of us working with people.
      All the best!

  • Viren V

    Reply Reply April 17, 2015

    Hi all,
    I’ve worked in the Finance sector for 17 months after my graduation. But now Im pretty sure that Cabin Crew is what I need as Im absolutely passionate about it. Please can you let me know what are the courses that I should be going ahead with in order to enhance my CV for a cabin crew role? Will MBA in hospitality be a good option? Many thanks.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 19, 2015

      Viren V, the only educational requirement is a high school diploma. You should not worry about courses but focus instead on hands on experience in customer service, maybe add a new language and improve your soft skills. And apply already. What do you have to lose?

  • Anh

    Reply Reply April 6, 2015

    Thank you Kara, you give me hope:) i ‘m going to try stretching everyday, also swimming to improve my arm reach and to keep fit too.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 6, 2015

      🙂

  • Anh

    Reply Reply March 31, 2015

    Hello, you run just so wonderful website for cabin crew-wannabe like me. Thank you for all awesome information that you share with us.
    Can you please help me just one thing? Do you have any recommend sport, or something like that to improve arm reach test? I try everyday, i’m just 158cm so i have to struggle so much to do arm-reach. Now , it’s only 208cm. I have a lot of times, but i’m still worry. I’m Vietnamese, can speak English, Korean, i have some experience in customer service ,but it’only part time , or seasonal job, also volunteering. Is it enough to attending assesment day of Emirate or Etihad?
    Thank you so much. Hope you all the best!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 4, 2015

      Anh, you can try stretching every day. Put a mark on your wall at the 210cm and 212cm and try to reach it 5-10 times per day with both arms. Arm reach usually improves in time, so don’t lose hope 🙂

  • Anne

    Reply Reply March 28, 2015

    Hi,

    i just recently found your website as i am very interested in applying as a cabin crew. i am currently working as a passenger service agent in a UK airport but i am very keen in being one of emirate’s cabin crew. i have graduated in college with BTEC level 3 diploma in travel and tourism and i have 2 gcse’s. i am also a high school graduate. i am 5’3 but i am just a bit worried because im turning 23 soon and i think airlines usually hires 21-22 applicants. i also have a birthmark covering the back of my palm on my right hand, will that be a disadvantage? can you give me any tips for the interview please. i also am not confident about swimming and i am short sighted. thank you so much!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 28, 2015

      There is no maximum age Anne. There is only a minimum requirement of 21 years old.
      You need a high school diploma as well.
      Your birthmark, it really depends how big it is. If it’s small and most people don’t notice it, you should be fine.
      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
      As far as swimming is concerned, you should be confident enough to swim with the aid of a floatation device (life jacket).
      Read more about the interview here
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/advice/
      if you can afford it, get the book “How to become a flight attendant for airlines in the Middle East”
      https://gumroad.com/l/ODRt

  • Mackie

    Reply Reply March 22, 2015

    Hello kara.. Regarding my weight, i am underweight. I am weighing 106 pounds and my height is 5 8.. Will they reject me because of it?

  • Grace

    Reply Reply March 10, 2015

    hi kara. I applied for Emirates cabin crew on January 15th this year. the assessment day was on 8th feb and I was not invited. it’s been more than six weeks now and still no email from them. could they have rejected my application? when I check my application status it reads ‘application received’. should I consider myself rejected?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 11, 2015

      If you haven’t received an answer within 6 weeks Grace, you need to assume your application was not considered at this point. Sorry I can’t give you better news.

  • maricon

    Reply Reply March 1, 2015

    Hi Kara. I’m turning 25 this year and i have 2 kids. would that be an issue? thanks!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 1, 2015

      It is not an issue Maricon, however you must understand that your kids can’t join you when relocating.

  • jacnaza

    Reply Reply February 27, 2015

    Hello,
    I am planning to apply in emirates airlines online or qatar airways. I am wondering if I will still pass or be consider if I have scars coz I have 5 medium scars on both of my legs that are visible. It can be less visible with stockings.

    If however I get through the online application and get invited on assessment day, will airline shoulder the expenses to get to the assessment day even out of the country?
    How about swimming? Is it a must to swim like 200 meters in how many minutes? Is knowing how to swim required? Thank u for your reply in advance.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 27, 2015

      Hi Jacnaza. Your scars shouldn’t be visible while wearing stockings.
      All the expenses with your interviewing should be supported fully by you, the airline will not reimburse any costs.
      You should know how to swim, minimum acceptable being with the aid of a floatation device. Speed and distance are not being tested.

  • eve gangte

    Reply Reply February 5, 2015

    hi kaara,my two front teeth overlap habit. Can i still be consider a valid candidate. for qatar??? and i hate a scar on ma wrist.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 13, 2015

      Qatar is very strict in terms of grooming. It really depends on how visible these things are.

  • Kridiboop

    Reply Reply January 26, 2015

    Hi! does dental fixed bridges and jackets are allowed in Qatar Airways? Im scheduled for medicals this coming wednesday, I just want to be prepared and im kinda nervous about my teeth. answer please…

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 1, 2015

      As long as your smile is pleasant, your teeth clean and cavity free, everything should be fine Kridiboop.

  • nitiejean nora davis

    Reply Reply January 23, 2015

    At present im working as a casino card dealer at solaire resort world casino manila .i want to apply as flight attendant united arab emirates

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 1, 2015

      Just submit your online application Nora.

  • Mercy

    Reply Reply January 20, 2015

    hi Kara i have a question i am from Nairobi Kenya and i want to apply as a cabin crew with Qatar but i have difficulties in applying online so i would like your help in applying online using their website thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 21, 2015

      I can’t do the application on your behalf if that’s what you’re asking. You can read more articles here on how to handle the online application and other tips here
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/advice/
      As for the Qatar Airways online application, you must wait for an event to be advertised in your country or in another location you are willing and able to travel to at your own expense. Only then you can apply specifically for it.
      I hope this helps.

  • Binita Ghalan

    Reply Reply January 12, 2015

    hi, kara i have a question i am from nepal and i want to apply as a F/A on Etihad but i dont know how to apply from online. and i didnt find any online website to apply from online please can you advice me…

  • emjhey

    Reply Reply January 11, 2015

    hello kara! this is emjhey. i’ve read all the questions and ur replies to the needful like me. just want to ask you something and i would be very thankful if you can share to me ur ideas. I applied more than 1 month ago in Qatar airways, they sent me an email that i need to pass asap the result of my medical exams. i’ve done it today and everything was OK except for my eye test because my distance vision for both eyes is 6/9 UNCORRECTED, i don’t have color blindness and i read 38 plates in ishihara’s chart correctly… i can’t sleep and i’m so worried about this… i don’t know if i will pass or fail the medical exam just because of my eye test.,,, do u have any idea about the standard eye grade for qatar airways cabin crew? please…. ur reply would be greatly appreciated. thank u kara….

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 12, 2015

      Emjhey, as far as I know the limit is 6/9, however I am not 100% sure. I guess you will need to wait a bit longer. I am sorry I can’t help you more.

  • Martin

    Reply Reply January 11, 2015

    Dear Kara,
    thank you for sharing your advices, its great! Your book is awesome, it is helping me a lot!

    Just one more question for you. Does the rule- No tattoo on the hands apply for men as well?
    If I understood properly its all about visibility of tattoo and men have long sleeve uniform as far as i know. I have small tattoo near my elbow. Should I go for laser?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 12, 2015

      Martin, for men they consider short sleeved shirts as limits for tattoos. You will not be accepted with one on your elbow.

  • Lorraine

    Reply Reply January 9, 2015

    I have one more question… if I decide to go to an open day and bring my resume, should I use the online application as a guideline for my portfolio. in other words, I have a lot of gaps on my cv and left jobs due to travel, is that something I should mention on my cv. I am afraid it will look bad and the recruitment team will think I got fired or show commitment problems. thank you so much for your time 🙂

  • Lorraine

    Reply Reply January 9, 2015

    oopse I should have specified, for Emirates. I have not applied yet, but there seems to be some confusion around this topic. when is it necessary to have to wait six months? if your online application has been denied? if you go to an open day and don’t get shortlisted? thank you for messaging back 🙂 I love this website 😀

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 12, 2015

      Lorraine, the official rule is wait 6 months if you’ve failed at any stage during the initial assessment and 1 year if you failed during the final interview. This rule however seems to be disregarded, with recruiters verbally inviting the candidates to reapply at any point if they failed at any stage and reapply after 6 months if the final interview was not successful. I guess you have absolutely nothing to lose when you show up again. Good luck!

  • Lorraine

    Reply Reply January 7, 2015

    Hi Kara,
    can I attend another open day asap if my online application has been denied, or do I have to wait six months? 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 9, 2015

      For which airline Lorraine?

  • khush

    Reply Reply January 6, 2015

    Hi kara! I want to be a flight attendent . Plz tell me if any airlines is conducting recruitment in india

  • Umar

    Reply Reply December 29, 2014

    Hello Kara,
    How are you? I recently attended AD for fly dubai but I got knocked out in role play, my questions are
    1- is there any possibilty that I can apply before 6 months
    2- how can I imporve the role play stage because that is the only part where I got confused otherwise I’m good with all other stages
    Please help
    Thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 30, 2014

      Umar, here we only discuss the recruitment process for Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. I can’t help you with advice for any other airline. For more articles on handling the various assessment stages, go here
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/advice/

  • Tamer

    Reply Reply December 23, 2014

    Hi Kara I’m Tamer from Egypt and I would like to let you know that there’s an open day for Emirates in Egypt Dec 27th and Jan 32th and I will be ready ( weight issue ) on Jan open day but my question is can I attend the upcoming open day and if I got rejected opened the next one or I have to wait six month to apply again??????????? and what if I’m over weight but I’m dieting and doing my best to make my BMI 25 ASAP so I need your advice. Thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 24, 2014

      Tamer, you BMI is required when you do your medicals. The recruiters won’t ask you about your exact weight, but they will judge on your overall appearance. For Emirates, you can participate in another open day at any time provided you did not reach the final interview. This information however is not official.

  • Joyce

    Reply Reply December 22, 2014

    Thank you so much Kara…. I totally love everything about your book. It is very detailed and it did answer so much of my question. Thank you again and God bless.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 24, 2014

      I am so happy to hear that Joyce!

  • Joyce Delos Reyes

    Reply Reply December 21, 2014

    Hi Kara! I bought your book online. It did help me a lot. I now know what to expect in an assessment day. I am now preparing for my assessment and I just have one concern though. I want to know if porcelain crown is acceptable in emirates airline. I hope you can answer me. Thank you so much.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 22, 2014

      I am happy to hear that Joyce. Porcelain crowns are acceptable by Emirates. 🙂

  • Hussam

    Reply Reply December 17, 2014

    Hello Kara!
    Good day.
    I’m syrian and living in the UAE currently, I want to apply for Emirates and Etihad and try my luck in one of them. However, my worry is about my passport, It’s valid for one year and I have to renew it every year.
    Will this reduce my chances of getting the job?
    I would appreciate it if you can explain a bit for me regarding Passport requirements and the validity of it.
    Thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 20, 2014

      Hussam, I am unable to answer your question. This has more to do with the internal affairs of your country. As a general rule of thumb, your passport need to be valid for at least 6 months to travel in the network of the airline. I am sorry I cant help more.

  • malko

    Reply Reply December 16, 2014

    hello Kara, instead of High school diploma, if i give my university diploma ? is that good or bad ? cause i had applied 3 times to Qatar airways and 1 to emirates noone cared.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 17, 2014

      Yes Malko, that is fine. Your highest education diploma is what needs to be provided.

  • Hedaya

    Reply Reply December 13, 2014

    Hi kara
    Now there is two open days for emirates in my country one on 27 dec and the other on jan and they send me an invitation on 27 dec . should I go on 27 dec or I can go to any one ?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 15, 2014

      It depends what the invitation says Hedaya, If they invited you for the event in December, that’s when you should go. If it’s an open invitation, it is up to you.

  • champa

    Reply Reply December 12, 2014

    qatar airline is the best airline in the world to fly

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 15, 2014

      🙂

  • nitu

    Reply Reply December 12, 2014

    Hey kara
    I’m nepali girl age 26 years old with e height of 165 cm but my weight is 72 kg do u think it would be possible for me to apply for cabin crew regarding my education iv passed my 10th 12th was incomplete bt hav e diploma certificate in hotel management n has max 5 years of experience at 5 star hotel like the Taj Group and Radisson properties including the reputed fast food restaurant KFC right now m in kuwait currently working at Radisson Blu hotel and soon there is a recruitment goin on for the qatar airways which is on this 26th of dec what do think my chances are your advice would be of great help

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 12, 2014

      Nitu, 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
      https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm
      As for your education, you must have minimum a high school diploma. The certificate is not a valid document unless it is from an accredited university.
      I hope this helps. All the best!

  • Jawad

    Reply Reply December 10, 2014

    Hy kara I have a curious question ; When I receive the golden call are the medical tests on ym expense plus If my teeth are well straight but have some dental cavities is it okay to accept me or I need to fix them before leaving cause they really take about 3 months…

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 12, 2014

      Hi Jawad, you will not be accepted until your cavities are taken care of. All the medical tests done in your country will be your own expense.

  • Airam

    Reply Reply December 10, 2014

    Thanks, Kara.
    That’s what I meant. To improve my arm reach. Not grown. I’m sure that window is close 😉
    But yeah, I’ve definitely been stretching a lot lately to see if I can reach the goal.
    Thank you so much for your advise!!

  • Ahmed

    Reply Reply December 9, 2014

    Thanks Kara what i meant is i’m already bald from the upper head so it’s preferred to shave my head or let the hair in the sides grow, you know you may look younger when you will be totally shaved, y know what i mean??

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 12, 2014

      I would say go for the totally shaved. If the recruiters have any comments, they will ask you to send them photos with your hair in a different style. Good luck!

  • Ahmed

    Reply Reply December 4, 2014

    Hi Kara, first off i would like to thank you for everything you’re so helpful and i want to know if Emirates hire a bald cabin crew as i’m totally bald but kinda handsome i’m not tall 172 CM but kinda handsome i’m Egyptian and can speak English fluently and Arabic my mother tongue how you see my chances and i need your advice as i’m afraid that they don’t accept bald people ????

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 9, 2014

      Ahmed, the only grooming regulation states that cabin crew should not be completely bold (as in shaved). The ones who need to fully shave their head due to medical reasons need to provide a certificate. Go for it! Good luck!

  • Airam

    Reply Reply December 3, 2014

    Hello Kara.
    What do you mean stretching?
    As in stretching exercises to see if i can grow a little bit?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 8, 2014

      I really doubt you can still grow Airam, but your arm reach can improve when you do stretching exercises, so maybe you will be able to reach 212 or 210cm required by the airlines.

  • Airam

    Reply Reply December 3, 2014

    You run an amazing site…
    It brakes my heart that I might be too short to be a flight attendant. (155 cm)
    Is my absolute dream.
    It’s heart breaking 🙁

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 3, 2014

      Did you try stretching Airam?

  • John

    Reply Reply December 1, 2014

    Hi Kara,

    I am 6’4′, am I too tall for working as a cabin crew? What is the maximum height requirement? I was trying to find the answer but I couldn’t.. Thank you.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 2, 2014

      There is no official maximum height John. These airlines operate mostly wide body aircraft where the door is quite wide and high, so as long as you fit through the door, you should be fine.

  • Stefy Chea

    Reply Reply November 28, 2014

    Hi, i since been dreaming of becoming a cabin crew member , especially with Qatar airways but my country right now is effected by the ebola virus .I have all the qualifications you listed and moreover i speak and write both English and french.Therefore i wanted to know if i eligible to apply.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 2, 2014

      Stefy, it all depends on the regulation employed by Qatar’s Ministry of Interior in regards to work permits. Unfortunately I have no information on this topic, but you could approach the Embassy of Qatar in your country with the inquiry. All the best!

  • rouba

    Reply Reply November 26, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    i have an assessment day with Etihad air lines and my English level is B1 is’t ok ?
    thank you very much

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 2, 2014

      You must be fluent Rouba. B1 or other similar levels are not guiding lines for the airlines.

  • riddhi

    Reply Reply November 25, 2014

    Hi,

    Just curious to know how long does Qatar and Emirates takes to reply to an online applciation??

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 2, 2014

      it can take 2-3 months, depending on your location and availability of recruitment events.

  • ANINDITA GHOSH

    Reply Reply November 25, 2014

    hi,
    i have power of -.75 in left and -.5 in ryt eye.
    i wear spects. i dnt have any contact lenses. do u think i can wear spects during my interview or do i have to wear contact lenses?
    plz reply. its kinda urgent.
    thanks.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 2, 2014

      To be considered for this position you must be comfortable wearing contact lenses at work. It is recommended you do not wear glasses during the interview.

  • FerPR

    Reply Reply November 24, 2014

    BTW, I forgot to mention that I’m almost glued to the wall when trying the reach test. Is that also OK or do I have to keep some distance between my feet and the wall?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 24, 2014

      It’s fine 🙂

  • FerPR

    Reply Reply November 24, 2014

    Hey Kara!!

    Thank you for your reply, it is encouraging!!!!

    However, I forgot to mention that I can reach the 212 cm only with my fingers, all of them but my thumb doesn’t cross the line. Is it OK or do I have to reach the mark with my palms?? I’m a bit worried since I’ve read that there are different standards for men and women about how to pass the reach test. Not to mention the fear that I still may get rejected due to purely aesthetical reasons associated with muy height.

    I guess my safest bet is with Etihad, the problem is they rarely come to South America, let alone my country (Bolivia).

    Thanks again for your time!!!! You really do a great job!!!!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 24, 2014

      I strongly suggest you keep on practicing and stretch every day. Arm reach improves with time and you will be able to reach higher. As for everything else, confidence is a state of mind and not a height issue. Try focusing on that FerPR and I am sure success will come your way soon enough 🙂

  • Sarah

    Reply Reply November 24, 2014

    I mean the emirates accommodation sorry.

  • Sarah

    Reply Reply November 24, 2014

    Hey Kara. I got the golden call from emirates but I need to know something. If I am married and my husband is also going to work in Dubai can we live together in the Dubai accommodation? Or do you we need to find a place ourselves? Thanks so much.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 24, 2014

      Congratulations Sarah. You can’t live together with your husband in the company provided accommodation. After the probational 6 months, you can apply for a housing allowance and move out to something you find yourself.

  • Hassan khan

    Reply Reply November 23, 2014

    Sorry again I forgot to mention im male and my teeth are fine?

  • Hassan khan

    Reply Reply November 23, 2014

    Hi kara
    I have 8 years of customerserive experince in front ends of the copmany and Im working a customer service coordinator at the moment with one of uk’s big 4 banks where I mange staff for customerservice though i got lots of experince my age is 35 and beside that I m badly lossing hair.
    My question is am I still be able to apply even im 35 and will other candidates will have advantage over me because im too older?
    Thankx alot and keep the great work up.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 23, 2014

      Hassan, there is no upper age requirement for the cabin crew position, however it is a direct entry career level. Your performance during the interview must be stellar. You have the same chances as anybody else. Confidence is in the mind.

  • FerPR

    Reply Reply November 23, 2014

    Hi Kara!

    I’m a 23 yr old guy, and I want to apply for one of these airlines. However, I’m only 165 cm tall. Do you honestly think I stand a chance??? I can reach 212 cm without tiptoeing but only with my fingers. Is it true that for the reach test, men can leave their shoes on?? If true, it would help me a lot!!!

    Thank you!!!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 23, 2014

      Yes FerPR, you can keep your shoes on. As long as you can reach the required mark, you should be fine. Good luck!

  • jovi

    Reply Reply November 21, 2014

    hi miss kara thank you for helping us … Qatar Airways will having a cv drop off tomorrow , what are the requirements for that ..? thank you …

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 23, 2014

      All the requirements are listed in the above article and on the official website of Qatar Airways. Good luck!

  • Esther

    Reply Reply November 19, 2014

    Hi Kara! Im Esther, 23 years old, ive been dreaming of becoming a cabin crew member since i was a young girl. I’ve applied for Qatar airways last month, i really did my best to be prepared, done my researches, I was able to get into the Final Interview, had a very good feeling about it and was really excited, but I received an email two weeks after telling me that I was not selected. So I’ve been thinking about what could have weakened my application, I remember my friend who happened to be working for Qatar that told me not to mention that I have two children at first. So I was now thinking that it could have been one of the reasons why I wasn’t selected. Do you think she’s right? And also, I know that everyone who are aspiring to become a cabin crew need to be physically fit, I am very healthy now, I’m practicing a very healthy lifestyle, but I had previous PTB that was treated two years ago, do you think it would be a problem? Do you think my past could harm my future in becoming a cabin crew?
    Sorry I have so many questions, I figured this could also help the readers who are into the comments as well as the other comments have helped me. Thank you Kara!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 23, 2014

      Hi Esther. Your children are probably not the reason why you were rejected, as long as you understand that they will not be able to benefit from any of the company benefits. Try going through how you answered the interview questions and focus on improving them.
      To answer your other question, you need to give me more details. Start with explaining what PTB stands for.

  • krisha

    Reply Reply November 12, 2014

    Dear kara,

    Hi! I was wondering, if the some airlines accept cabin crew if they have birth make on their body.

    I have two birth one is in my lower left hip and the other is in my ankle and it’s very visible. but it will be cover with stocking.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 15, 2014

      Only the visible ones Krisha. If yours is not visible while wearing skin colored stockings you should be fine.

  • Jhoy

    Reply Reply November 11, 2014

    Hi kara,

    i really enjoyed reading your blog, and its really helpful specially for those people whos dreaming to be a cabin crew, and for the beginners,just want to ask a question from you as well because i wanted to apply in any airlines but i have a big problem with my legs i have a big old scar from my childhood it was just a mosquito bite and it became really worst and i tried all the possible treatment at home like scar gel and lime jc but still visible, would that be ok for any airline with a visible scar since all the airlines is allowed to wear stockings, coz, if i will wear stocking it doesnt really show my scar.

    hope you can help. Thank You!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 11, 2014

      As long as it is not too visible while wearing stockings, you should be fine Jhoy 🙂

  • Radheeka

    Reply Reply November 6, 2014

    Hi there, i have a tattoo of a lizard on the top of my wrist. its a little one and was done to cover a scar. if i wear long sleeves it cannot be noticed. i also have a tattoo on the back on my neck, which would be covered with my hair as well as the collars of my clothes. Finally.. i can just make it 211cm barefoot and tip-toes…. what are my chances?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 7, 2014

      Radheeka, you must have no visible tattoos when in uniform. Both yours are in problematic areas. The size is irrelevant.
      Also, you must be able to reach 212cm on your tip toes. None of these aspects are negotiable. All the best!

  • Supriya

    Reply Reply November 6, 2014

    Hello
    they say good eye sight.. My eye sight is -2.75 for both eyes. Can i apply for emirates. Plz reply . I really want to join emirates.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 7, 2014

      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

      I hope this helps.

  • Marie

    Reply Reply October 29, 2014

    HI Kara,

    thanks a lot for your precious advices. I have one question though : is there an age limit to become a cabin crew? My brother who is 33 years of age, good looking, extensive working experience in the service industry, has applied to the assessment day of Emirates Airline. But unfortunately he has been unsuccessful!!! so I was wondering if ever it could have been because of his age.

    Thanks again.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 1, 2014

      There is no upper age limit Marie.

  • Nola

    Reply Reply October 29, 2014

    Hi Kara..
    Im doing my BA 2nd yr..my height is 5.5 feet and im 19 yrs old…i want to join Qatar airways after my graduation in 2016 .I have good eyesight,clean and straight teeths,clear from scares and blemishes,black hair,chinky eyes :p.
    But my only proplem is that my weight is 79..will they take me? If not im planning to join Sky international academy aftr graduation for cabin crew training ,one year.

  • Malika

    Reply Reply October 27, 2014

    My problem is am married i have ababy who is 2yrs ols and i want to join flydubaiairline and get visa fvisa for family and settled in dubai to earn money

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 1, 2014

      I am sorry Malika, I can’t help you with advice for fly dubai. Here we only discuss Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.

  • Setty

    Reply Reply October 27, 2014

    Hello, I really afraid of water and don’t know how to swim. Would they still consider me if I declare that I don’t know how to swim? thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 1, 2014

      You must be able to be comfortable in water and swim with the aid of a floatation device (life jacket). If you declare you don’t know how to swim, you will not be considered.

  • moniq

    Reply Reply October 26, 2014

    Hi Kara..would appreciate for your help…i worked in dubai beforei resigned to joining qatar airways ground services. ..i applied cabin crew with emirates and i was invited to nairobi 28th may 2014 assessment day which was invites only…unluckly they postponed the dates and sent email that they hold my application until they reschedule….now they have opened the assessment again and sent me invite again..which im planning to attend…nut now im fearing coz iv started working with qatar airways. ..is their any restrictions? ?? Will they disregard me since im with qatar airways?? Thanks in advance…

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 1, 2014

      You should be fine Moniq.

  • Mukesh Kumar

    Reply Reply October 25, 2014

    Hi Kara! I have an assesment with air arabia next month. Please give me some advises about there process of assesment day. Hoping to hear from you soon. Thank you…

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 26, 2014

      Mukesh, here we only discuss the assessment process for Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. I can’t help you for any other airlines.

  • jasmine

    Reply Reply October 25, 2014

    Hi Kara! I’ll very thankful if you can give me some advises. I have assessment day in two week for EK. I wonder if i married and have a daughter fifteen months, do you think they will accept that? Should i tell them that i have a baby?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 26, 2014

      Jasmine, it should be ok, however you must understand you will not be able to take your daughter with you to Dubai for at lest the first 6 months.

  • lisa

    Reply Reply October 24, 2014

    Hi, Kara

    I really want to apply as a flight attendant in QR but I have a visible mole on my face.. Do they accept applicants with such ?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 24, 2014

      Yes Lisa, you can apply.

  • Kay

    Reply Reply October 18, 2014

    Hey Kara.

    I’m really interested in this job, however, I am uncertain concerning how
    I go about applying to the available posts… any advice please? Also,
    I am still awaiting my passport.

    Thank you.

    Kay.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 21, 2014

      As you can see in the above article Kay, you need to go to the official careers website of the airline and apply there.

  • BASPIE

    Reply Reply October 18, 2014

    DEAR KARA, THANKS FOR YOUR SHARING.
    I HAVE NO TATTOO BUT I HAVE SOME LITTLE PIMPLES IN MY BODY AND I AM WEARING GLASSES TOO. IS THAT A PROBLEM AT ALL 🙁 FOR EMIRATES AIRLINE

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 21, 2014

      Your pimples must not be visible while wearing makeup. Glasses are not permitted, but if you can wear contact lenses you should be fine.

  • michelle lee pei yan

    Reply Reply October 16, 2014

    Hi ! May I ask if my English is not credit , can I get interview ?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 16, 2014

      Michelle, I am not sure I am getting this right from your inquiry. If you are asking about the English test, everybody must pass the airline’s test if English is not their first language regardless of the level they passed they in college or high school.

  • oshin kimberly d'cruze

    Reply Reply October 16, 2014

    Hey. Im 19 years old pursing my final year in bachelor of commerce and my dream was always to become an airhostess and also wanted a degree. I want to attend interviews probably as soon as i complete this year. Is it possible without a trained degree for becoming an airhostess

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 16, 2014

      Oshin, you must be minimum 21 years old to apply for this position. The only education requirement is a high school diploma.

  • chrystel

    Reply Reply October 14, 2014

    Hi kara, how are you? i applied for a cabin crew position a while back (march of this year) shortly after i submitted my application, got an email stating that they well received it and that i if was shortlisted they would be in contact with during the next 6 weeks.
    6 weeks passed and i didn’t hear from them so i took it that my application was unsuccessful. About a week ago, i was really surprised when checking my email, i realized that i had an email from emirates in.
    The email said that they “have reviewed my application and would like me to attend a recruitment event” which is taking place in 2 weeks in my home country. As pleased as i am to be given this opportunity, i did find it a bit strange that they would contact me after that long. Does that usually happens? funny how i was waiting for the 6 months period to pass before giving it another shot. Does that mean someone else had a look at my resume and liked it? lol
    i bought your book by the way, it’s helped me understand what is expected from us let’s hope i make it to the assessment day. Thanks kara 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 14, 2014

      Chrystel, it is possible they went through the previous applications and considered yours suitable, and it is also possible this was the first available assessment in your country.
      Either way, consider yourself blessed and prepare as much as possible to nail this interview 🙂

  • Fiona

    Reply Reply October 12, 2014

    Hi Kara. I have my assessment day in two weeks by Emirates Airline.
    Well to be honest I am very excited. But I am actually in a dilemma. I have a tattoo on my feet and I think it is one the red area. I just got the invitation this week and the AD is in two weeks which means that I won’t have enough time to remove it. Working as cabin crew is my dream.
    During my interview, I am definitely sure that they gonna ask me whether I have a tattoo and at no time I want to lie to them that I don’t have.
    I think that I we have the Golden Call, you can leave your country in the delay of six months.
    Do you think that I can tell the interviewer that I am aware that I have this big opportunity to work for their company and I am planning to do a laser treatment to remove it? In the delay of six months, the tattoo will completely disappear. Also, I want to say that I did a trial with some foundation and the tattoo can’t be seen and with the stocking it is just perfect.
    Thank you if you can please advise me?
    Fiona

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 13, 2014

      Fiona, the rules about tattoos are pretty simple: you have one visible while wearing uniform, you are automatically disqualified.
      From this point, you have two options to consider. First is to delay your participation in the recruitment event until the tattoo is removed. Second is to proceed with the tattoo removal, conceal it during the interview and don’t declare it in the forms.
      Either way, the tattoo must be completely removed by the time you reach your medical tests in Dubai, otherwise your contract will be considered invalid and you will be sent home.
      I hope this helps 🙂

  • norbert

    Reply Reply October 12, 2014

    Hi kara…this is very urgent..thank you for your attention…do you think ethiad take married people?
    Thank you so much for your honesty.
    Norbert
    Ps. We know that others doesn t take couple..

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 12, 2014

      Yes Norbert, they do accept you even when you are married.

  • G

    Reply Reply October 11, 2014

    hey friend.
    i invited to Etihad Assessment day . the only thing which i worry is my high, im 158 cm that can reach to 209.5 cm, do it any problem to fail me???? im soooo worry
    and also is it possible to wear 10 cm high heel instead of 8 cm ?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 11, 2014

      G, the minimum requirement is being able to reach 210cm on your tip toes, without shoes. If you are unable to do this, your interview will not continue. Keep on stretching and practicing every day, arm reach is supposed to improve with time.

  • Richa

    Reply Reply October 7, 2014

    Hi kara, im from India with the height of 5’2″ nd having spectacles too? If i do eye operation than am i eligible to apply? Please reply through email..:)

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 7, 2014

      Hi Richa, your height is irrelevant as long as you have a vertical arm reach 212cm on your tip toes.
      Your vision doesn’t need to be perfect. You can wear contact lenses, but not spectacles.

  • AM

    Reply Reply October 1, 2014

    Hi Kara,

    Do Qatar (or any others) consider married women, who can not have any more children, of age 40, with dark complexion, with about 15 years of other work exp, including customer service ?

    Too much to ask, i guess 😉

    btw, do keep up the good work…god bless!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 1, 2014

      AM, you can only try applying, as long as you understand that none of your family will be entitled to receive the benefits. That means you need to relocate to the new base all by yourself.

  • jenn

    Reply Reply September 28, 2014

    Hi Kara, I’ve attended one of Emirates Open day and didn’t pass for the next invitation. However, I have also submitted my application online on the same day which they only replied with my applicant reference number on the next day asking me to wait for their call within 6 weeks time. In coming October and November, they are going to have an Open day again. Should I attend or should I withdraw my online application and reapply after 6 months? Thanks for your help.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 29, 2014

      You can go again Jenn. The 6 months rule only applies if you reached the final interview.

  • leah

    Reply Reply September 27, 2014

    Hi kara. Is it an invitaion even only or you can walk in for the screening day of qatar airways this sept 27 ?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 28, 2014

      The event in Manila is a CV drop off day. No previous online registration is required.

  • Ahmed Mohamed

    Reply Reply September 26, 2014

    Hi Kara, i am going to the next Emirates open day, i do have a scar on my face, do you think that i should save myself the time and dont apply for the job with this scar ?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 28, 2014

      It really depends how visible it is Ahmed. You should just give it a try and see how things go, otherwise you will have to live with the eternal “What if…?” All the best!

  • Maddie

    Reply Reply September 26, 2014

    Hi kara, there is an open day tom. Sept 27 i have my braces my dad is a dentist. Ive got an invite thru email. Should i remove my braces for the open day?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 26, 2014

      Yes Maddie, you should.

  • rhona villalba

    Reply Reply September 25, 2014

    i kara have a scar on my left neck just above my colar bone and missing one molar should i still be qualified for being a flight attendant?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 26, 2014

      Your missing tooth is fine as long as it is not visible when smiling and does not cause any medical issues. Your scar might be a problem if it is too large or too visible.

  • Leopoldo

    Reply Reply September 24, 2014

    You can certainly see your enthusiasm within the
    work you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they
    believe. Always go after your heart.

  • Natasha Mwila

    Reply Reply September 23, 2014

    hi. am Natasha Mwila i would love to be an attendent for emmirates just for a few months because i want to do my attachments as i will want to become a pilot later on. am 17 turning 18 next year. hope to hear from you soon

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 24, 2014

      You must be minimum 21 years old to apply for the cabin crew position Natasha. Few more years….

  • Ricky

    Reply Reply September 20, 2014

    Hi Kara! I would like to know if the reach test will be done using a single arm or both arms?.. And based on what I have read, for guys the reach test will be done not on tiptoes but with shoes on. Is that right?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 20, 2014

      Ricky, the reach test is the same regardless of your gender: remove your shoes, reach the mark. If you are really at the limit and struggling, they might ask you to attempt with both arms (more difficult).
      This is done to endure you will be able to access certain safety equipment in the aircraft which is located at the arm reach requirement.
      Good news is that arm reach improves with time, so you should be practicing stretching every day.

  • rizka

    Reply Reply September 18, 2014

    hi..i am 35 this year..will i get the chance to join Qatar air ways

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 20, 2014

      Rizka, there is no official upper age limit, however being a cabin crew is an entry level career. Your background must be relevant and your performance during the assessment stellar.

  • Pierra

    Reply Reply September 18, 2014

    Kara, hi! I was wondering, there’s a recruitment for QATAR AIRWAYS next week. And I’m planning to wear pantyhose during the Open Day till the Final interview (hopefully, I make it till the last day) would that be okay? Will the recruiters let me take them off any part of the recruitment process? 🙂 Thanks!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 20, 2014

      Pantyhose is highly recommended as part of the female business attire. They must be skin colored though.
      All the best 🙂

  • Viktoria

    Reply Reply September 17, 2014

    Hi Kara! I just wanted to thank you for all your helpful advice here on the page and in your book. It was a really good decision to buy your book, it helped me sooo much. I made it to the final interview first try and now my status is “Joining formalities in progress”. As far as I know it means I should get my golden call in a few days. Whish me luck and keep up the amazing work! Thanks again! 🙂 Viktoria

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 20, 2014

      You will get very good news very soon Viktoria. Well done!
      Thank you for taking the time to write to me here 🙂

  • Nour

    Reply Reply September 15, 2014

    Hello,
    I’m a muslim female so my question is, what airlines allow hijab as part of the uniform on flights?
    thanks 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 20, 2014

      Only Saudi Arabian Airlines and some other airlines in Iran.

  • Dominic

    Reply Reply September 15, 2014

    Hi everyone. How about my small moles over my face?? I have 2 small moles. Does this small moles can affect my chance not to be hired of being shortlisted???

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 20, 2014

      You should be fine Dominic. Skin perfection is not one of the minimum requirements.

  • Psyche

    Reply Reply September 13, 2014

    Hi Kara! I’ve applied online for Qatar Airways just this Friday (Sept. 12) and today I received an email saying that my application did not match their requirements. This was really hard to take in and I really cried hard. But there’s an Open Day in Manila on Sept. 27. Should I go or not? Does my online application matter if I show up on their Open Day? And if I show up, what should I do for them to reconsider my application? Thanks! 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 14, 2014

      I suggest you withdraw your application and just go to the event in person. There is no need to apply online before an open day or CV drop off day.

  • akim

    Reply Reply September 13, 2014

    Hello ,can you re-apply to the same position before 6 months if you don’t pass the interview?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 14, 2014

      No Akim, you can’t.

  • Roy

    Reply Reply September 11, 2014

    Hi I’m 28 years old boy. I have met all the requirement for emirates cabin crew. But only One problem I’m facing currently. I have small pimples scars on my face. Please be kind enough to advice on this. Awaiting for your quick reply. Thank you.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 12, 2014

      Roy, there isn’t much you can you about it. As a male candidate, you shouldn’t be wearing makeup t conceal them. Try perhaps to see a dermatologist who can recommend a treatment to reduce the appearance of your scars.

  • Maria

    Reply Reply September 11, 2014

    Hi Nik, I am near 5’2 in height but about 156cm, I practice everyday to reach the 212cm mark but as the day goes by, I can only reach max 211cm as of now, can I ask what did u do to be able to reach the 212cm? Did you do some exercise to stretch? Thanks.

  • Nik

    Reply Reply September 10, 2014

    Hi kara, thanks for the reply. I tried to adjust the measurements and i was able to reach 212cm also in tip toes. Guess thats a relief 😀 now my only concerns are my weight (under weight for my height) and my complexion (i usually get pimples on the chin or sometimes on my nose). Will this affect my application in qatar airways?i hope not 😐 any advice or tips if ever this might affect my appliction? Thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 11, 2014

      Nik, you are supposed to have a full makeup on during the interview. If your imperfections can be concealed, you should be fine. If you are extremely underweight, you will not be able to pass the medical clearance tests. You can already contact a nutritionist or another doctor who can help you increase your BMI.
      Calculate yours here
      https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm

  • Maria

    Reply Reply September 10, 2014

    Hi Kara. I bought your book and I read that as long as you can conceal your scar, there will be no problem, My question is, Will it still be okay if it is on the side of my foreleg near my toes? It is outside the uniform but can be covered by stockings.If I can conceal it with special camouflage makeup, does this means can I not declare it? because Im afraid that I may not be accepted because of this scar. Also, if I dont declare it, Wouldn’t it be seen during the medical examination? But considering I will still conceal it until medical, do they place a spotlight or wash your body during medical so They can check if you have any scars concealed? Pleasw please please answer me. I am applying for qatar airways.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 11, 2014

      Hi Maria, Qatar has very high grooming standards. They prefer people with no scars and no tattoos regardless of their location or visibility. If you can conceal it, then do so. You will not be checked with a spotlight during the medical. They check for your eye sight, BMI, blood pressure, etc, not hunting for scars.

  • Muriel

    Reply Reply September 9, 2014

    Hi Kara, do they consider without passport yet? I mean I can get my passport after 15 working days and the screening is on 27th of Sept. Do you think they would consider that? thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 11, 2014

      Yes, you should be fine Muriel.

  • kaye

    Reply Reply September 8, 2014

    hi kara. i’d like to ask if they consider having a braces on teeth? thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 9, 2014

      No Kaye, you must remove them ideally before the interview.

  • Nik

    Reply Reply September 7, 2014

    Hi. This is nik. My height is about 5″1 but i can reach the 210cm arm reach requirement in tip toes. i am under weight. I also have couple of pimples usually on the chin. Will this affect my application in qatar airways? Thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 8, 2014

      Nik, for Qatar Airways you must be able to reach 212cm. It is one of the minimum requirements.

  • Aprameya

    Reply Reply September 6, 2014

    hi, i am almost 18 years old, height 5.11, weight 62 kgs, have couple of pimples and marks on my face am i eligible. Thank you in advance.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 8, 2014

      Aprameya, as you can read in the article above, you must be minimum 21 years old to be considered for the cabin crew position.

  • Paulo

    Reply Reply September 5, 2014

    What a relief! Thank you Kara for the reassurance. I was already expecting the worst. 🙂

  • Paulo

    Reply Reply September 5, 2014

    Hi Kara! Please help me clear my thoughts. I have recently submitted an online application for Qatar airways but i have just learned that its not necessary since its an Open Day/CV drop off in Kuala Lumpur. Just now, i received an email saying that my application was unsuccessful. Prior to getting this email, i have already purchased an air ticket and booked my hotel accomodation. *sigh* Can i still show up on the open day? What are my chances? Thanks Kara!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 5, 2014

      Paulo, you can still go even though you were rejected online. I suggest however you provide a new contact email address in your CV. All the best!

  • Ana

    Reply Reply September 4, 2014

    My vision is not 20/20 already i am wearing dentures, can i use contact lenses and my dentures will perfectly fit , can you give me some advice on this , i wanted to become a flight attendant

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 5, 2014

      Ana, your vision must be corrected with contact lenses(not spectacles). Dentures are fine as long as they look natural.

  • Del

    Reply Reply September 3, 2014

    Kara, do airline companies consider applicants who undergone orthodontic procedures, I don’t really have good set of teeth so I’m thinking if I can fix my teeth first like having porcelain crowns or dental veneers.. Problem is I’m not sure if this is just a waste of time if ever they are strict and won’t consider ‘facade’ teeth anyway. I just don’t want to get false hope or waste time, money etc if ever..

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 3, 2014

      Del, you can go through this procedure if you think it would help you. The airlines are not banning porcelain crowns or veneers. It is however very expensive and dental perfection is not a minimum requirement. As long as your smile is pleasant and your teeth are clean, everything should be fine.

  • Akash

    Reply Reply September 1, 2014

    Hi Kara, I am 5.7 inches toll, 27 years old boy and have been in HR back end process from last 5 years with US based MNC. I am good looking and have good communication skills. Am I eligible for flight attendant profile? Thanks!!!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 1, 2014

      Akash, to be eligible for the flight attendant profile, you must posses certain skills such as team player, customer service mindset, empathy, cultural awareness and problem solving. As the above article mentions, the minimum requirements are 21 years old and 212cm vertical arm reach. Any customer service experience is an asset. All the best!

  • Prateek Agarwal

    Reply Reply August 25, 2014

    Hi kara , I am from delhi , 23 years of age . Have been working in customer service industry for more than 2 years. I have not done any specific course to become a flight attendant from frankfinn or any other institute . Can i apply online to airlines like Qatar or Emirates ??

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 26, 2014

      You can apply online for Qatar Prateek, however for Emirates you must contact Frankfinn Management Consultants. They handle the pre-screening. As far as I am aware, they should not consider only their students for interviews with Emirates.

  • Michael kaintz

    Reply Reply August 21, 2014

    Hello i apply online and i was just invited to a recruitment day in Vienna i have work in customer service and in a few hotels too i speak 3 languages i im 1.82cm. I have long hair and im a man should i cut my hair for this dream job opportunity and how often do they hire 22 years old guy! I’ve been reading a lot and mostly girls are around…any tips for me please :))

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 25, 2014

      Your hair should be cut Michael. A nice clean cut will do. The age requirement is minimum 21 years old. The more experience you have in the customer service field, the better. Be yourself, polite, courteous and a team player and you should be fine. Good luck!

  • kemmy

    Reply Reply August 20, 2014

    hi kara, am attending the cv submission for emirate, do i need to attach covering letter or supporting statement to my cv. thanks hoping to hear from you soon.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 20, 2014

      No Kemmy, that is not necessary.

  • alyssa

    Reply Reply August 18, 2014

    Hi there Kara! I am very interested in this book and going to buy this so I can start reading this!

    Im getting mixed emotions soooo much! 🙂

    I am planning to take a flight attendant course here in my country (PH). Just to get a background info and to get a hands on on being a FA. Plus confidence upgrade! Hahaha.. I would like to ask if is thats gonna be helpful? Ive read one of your answer on the comments and you said that its a waste of money? Better to take a course of costumer service? If I understood it right… Can you please enlighten me on what to do…the reason i wanna take a FA course is bcoz i wanna have an advantage and they will teach you there also some self grooming, confidence etc. I wanna know if what youll learn from there is gonna be handy? Thank you 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 20, 2014

      Hi Alyssa. Before you commit for a course, you need to see what they offer in the course. If they promise you a cabin crew diploma or any sort of technical knowledge, it is indeed a waste of time and money. The companies in the Middle East do not require you to have a cabin crew certificate or knowledge about aviation. You will not have an advantage over the other candidates who did not participate in such courses. What you need is information on how to be successful through the interview, how to prepare your CV so that it gets selected and how to behave during the various tasks you will undertake during the assessment. You need something that will give you the confidence to go to the interviews and know for sure that you are exactly what they need for their future cabin crew.
      The course we are offering starts on September 5th and you can read more about it here
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/faq-course/
      If you find something similar in your country, then go for it.

  • Sapna

    Reply Reply August 2, 2014

    Hi Kara,

    Thank you so much for your reply!
    The problem is that I do have a credit card with me. Can’t I make a payment via a debit card? I really want to buy this book. And I would also like to know if any of the Arabian airline is coming to Delhi(India) in next 4 months? Where Can I know all this information? I confident about my communication skills but what are the other things I need to practice? I have never appeared for any Cabin Crew(Air hostess) interview before. But I will try to attend any of the Indian airline’s Interview to get an idea about it. Kindly guide me Kara, as I really want to become an air hostess and I have started grooming and preparing myself for the same. I will be waiting for your response.

    Thanks!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 3, 2014

      Hi Sapna, yes, you can pay with a debit card as well. Emirates is conducting assessments in conjunction with Frankfinn Management Consultants agency, so you will need to talk to them first. As for Qatar and Etihad, they publish their recruitment schedule 1 month in advance. There are regular assessments in India, however they are not monthly occurrences.

  • Sapna

    Reply Reply July 27, 2014

    Hi, my height is 5 feet 6 inches. I have good communication skills and m confident. I have one and a half years of customer service experience in US process. I have stretch marks on the upper part of my knees. Will it be a peoblem??? I am in India, how can I get your book here???

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 29, 2014

      Your stretch marks should be ok as long as they are not visible through skin colored pantyhose Sapna.
      The book is available worldwide in electronic format. 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.
      Here is the link to the book order page
      https://gumroad.com/l/ODRt

  • Muhammad

    Reply Reply July 23, 2014

    Hi Kara, i m from durban and next week m going for an open day. Kindly help me out. I have more than 4 years of sales experience with customer relations.

  • Sagar shaha

    Reply Reply July 22, 2014

    I my height is 165.5 cm,, I m able to reach 220cm on tip of toes…can i apply for emirates, etihad, qatar, fly dubai, air arabia, saudia, yemnia…thanx

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 22, 2014

      Yes, you should be able to.

  • Madel

    Reply Reply July 21, 2014

    This is my very final question, I am sorry if I have so much in mind. I just feel blessed that someone so kind to entertain these stuffs to clarify these questions. Do Arline companies consider training school like ICATS? I’ve searched this training school in the internet and found out that they legitimate, I’ve heard it beforehand that most airline companies don’t consider most training schools for cabin crew because they consider it as scam. Now, I read some positive feed backs regarding ICATS even written in the newspapers.. Would it help if I consider enrolling myself to a cabin crew training school like this or it just wouldn’t help? Kara, thank you.. I promise you, this will be my very final question..sorry if my curiousness annoys you somehow.. god bless!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 22, 2014

      Madel, the airlines don’t require you to undergo any sort of cabin crew training. It is not considered an advantage over the other applicants who didn’t attend these courses. If you have money to spare, it is a better investment to take a language course or a customer service related course.
      Most cabin crew courses are useless as they are teaching you about procedures and aircraft types that the airlines in the Middle East don’t follow. You will need to learn new procedures as you join the airline. Their training is free.
      If you find something to prepare you for the interview, then that is a better use of your money.

  • Madel

    Reply Reply July 21, 2014

    What is the chance for an applicant who doesn’t also have experience related to being a cabin crew? And if there are related working experience, which job would they consider for you to get the possibility of penetrating as an airline attendant, Kara? Thank you so much for my first question has been enlightened..

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 22, 2014

      There is no need to have previous cabin crew experience. Any job dealing with customers is an advantage, however it is not compulsory to have experience to be considered for this position.

  • jyoti

    Reply Reply July 20, 2014

    from where should I take my coaching???
    and wats the cost of it

  • jyoti

    Reply Reply July 20, 2014

    I m in class 12 wat should I do to become air hostess???my ht is 5 feet 🙁

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 21, 2014

      You must be minimum 21 years old to be able to apply for the job. As for your height, you must be able to reach 212cm on your tip toes.

  • vivian

    Reply Reply July 19, 2014

    hi kara pls i would like to know how many times quatar airways hold open days in a particular country within year. i missed them when they came to my country in april. i want if its possible for them to come back agsin this year. thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 21, 2014

      There is no set times they come to a certain country Vivian. It is not something we can predict, it is an internal decision.

  • Madel

    Reply Reply July 18, 2014

    Hello Kara! Ive just turned 28 this month of July. I am so interested of becoming one of the cabin crews but unfortunately I fell short to their educational requirement and if I’m able to pass at least the minimum educational attainment, I am a little worried that the airline companies won’t favor someone who doesn’t really have completed college degree.. I was on my 3rd year as a student nurse but wasn’t able to finish my course unfortunately.. I already have Qatar airways in mind but I’m not sure about my chances when I’m already in my late 20’s and doesn’t have college degree.. I hope you can respond! Thank you..

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 21, 2014

      Madel, as you can see from the above article and the official information published by the airlines, the only education requirement is a high school diploma. Weaknesses are in your mind and when you find a way to overcome them, you will find your way to success.

  • manisha

    Reply Reply July 17, 2014

    hello kara,
    i wear spectacles but i am planning to go for an eye correction i have a good hieght, good complexion and i am very calm and patient i am 20
    can i still apply for air hostess after my eye correction

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 18, 2014

      You need to be comfortable enough wearing contact lenses Manisha. I am not sure what you mean by eye correction, but if you mean surgery, that is not necessary.
      The minimum age is 21 years old. You can only apply after that.

  • Stell

    Reply Reply July 15, 2014

    Hi kara
    I am 158 cm tall. my weight is 50 .Can I still become a cabin crew?
    just idea

    Regards

  • zara

    Reply Reply July 14, 2014

    hi Kara, I’m 22 years of age, my height is 5’6 tall and my weight is 63kgs. I’m planning to apply in different airways as a flight crew, my concern is i have scars in my left wrist. Kara do you think i can pass the required qualifications? Please advise.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 15, 2014

      If your scars are not too visible or if you can mask them with a watch, you should be fine Zara.

  • sam

    Reply Reply July 12, 2014

    hello im 14 and is 5’5 tall. do you think i will be able to reach the minimum height of a Flight Attendant when i reach 21?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 14, 2014

      I am not expert in growth calculations Sam. You will need to wait until your growing ends then you can measure. Couple of more years to go 🙂

  • EK

    Reply Reply July 4, 2014

    Hello Kara 🙂

    I just wanna say THANK YOU!
    I had never tried any airline recruitments prior my Emirates OD. I went to Emirates OD for the first time; and passed all the Assessments and had my FI. Only after 2 weeks of my FI, I received my both JFIP and GC on same day! Recently, I’ve just got my FA. 🙂

    Your book was my best friend and advisor to me when I went through all the stages. Thank you so much for writing this amazing book and making it available to dreamers like me! 🙂 *HUGS and KISSES*!!!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 6, 2014

      Congratulations EK! Well done!!!

  • sabra

    Reply Reply June 30, 2014

    Kara i am applying for Emirates. i wanted to ask about my complexion i have mild acne now and then. Also i have few stretch marks behind my knee. Is it ok or not?

    And where the assessment is conducted in Dubai or in my country?

  • sabra

    Reply Reply June 30, 2014

    hey kara! my name is sabra and i am 26 years old. I am from Karachi Pakistan. My Queries are:

    1) Do emirates recruit Pakistanis?
    2) My height is 5’7 and i do not know if i will reach 212 cm?
    3) How should i prepare for my interview?
    4) What important tips can you give me?

  • Rute Martins

    Reply Reply June 25, 2014

    Hi Kara!

    Sorry about bothering you but I am 1,63 m and my weight is 67kg, my BMI is just a little bit over the normal values (something like 25,2) do u think that at Emirates they can eliminate me? thank you 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 25, 2014

      Rute, your BMI must be in normal ranges. Even if they accept you through the assessment and you are successful through all the stages, you will be asked to adjust your weight in order to pass the medical examination prior to joining the airline. This means that your date of joining will be delayed until you provide a doctor note stating your BMI is within normal ranges.

  • aira traves

    Reply Reply June 22, 2014

    Hi kara, it’s me again, aira i’m sorry, i just want to clarify that 100 grade is 20/100 vision, and i’ve just read on the some comments that 20/20 and 20/40 is applicable, so it means that i’m not applicable ?eventhough i’m already wearing contacts? hope you’ll reply again. thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 23, 2014

      Aira, you need to take the requirements I just gave you and give it to your eye doctor for further information. I really don’t know what 20/100 translates into based on the airline requirements I sent you.

  • aira traves

    Reply Reply June 21, 2014

    Hi kara, thankyousomuch for this useful post, my height is 5’4 and i’m only 17, and i’m deciding to have a training in gscabincrew when i become18. but my problem is my eyes had a 100 grade, and i’m wearing contact lense, would that be ok? hoping for you responce. thankyousomuch.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 22, 2014

      Aira, I am not a doctor, so I don’t know what 100 grade in one eye means. Here are the medical requirements related to cabin crew medical checks in regards to vision:
      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

      I hope this helps.

  • Nur

    Reply Reply June 18, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    I just pass qatar interview and still waiting the medical result.but the problem is my bmi just 15.24 which is underweight is it will get problem in doha then?thank you Kara.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 20, 2014

      Nur, if your medical is accepted, they might only ask you to monitor your weight and try to put on some more, but you will not be sent home once you are already there.

  • Mory

    Reply Reply June 18, 2014

    Hi kara

    Thanks for your reply, actually, this time i prepared for it bery well more than the time i passed it and thats why im surprised, i spoke un a prof. way and gave her a perfect solution and she was satisfied, i remind my group about the time remaining , i didnt interrupt anyone of them, i listen actively and agreed on my group options about the 2 customers.

    Thats what i did wen i passed and when i didnt 🙁
    I will read the links, but how to buy the book if i cant pay by credit cards? Can i make a wire transfer ?

    Thanks
    Mory

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 20, 2014

      Well Mory, practice eventually makes perfection 🙂 Think positive and use self awareness as a tool in your assessment process.
      The book can be purchased by credit or debit card only.

      All the best 🙂

  • Mory

    Reply Reply June 17, 2014

    Hi kara
    I want to share my exp with emirates, i attend the assessment day on november 2013 in Dubai, was the first time, i didnt make it at the stage of the group exercises which is before the final interview, then on december i attend the assessment again and i had the final interview but unfortunately after 2 months they sent me the unsuccessful email. I waited for 6 months and applied again this month and again i failed at the stage of group scenario exercise which i failed on november and passes on december! Its a lilttle bit weird.

    I will apply on july again for the 4th time, i want your advice how to pass the group exercise , what the mistakes i did to fail for the 3rd time (which i already passed one day!)

    Thanks

  • audrey

    Reply Reply June 13, 2014

    Dear Kara,

    this coming sunday, there’ll be an Qatar airway OD at my country. i fill up my online form yesterday. but today i received a regret email. said i did not pass. my height is 163(barefoot) 47kg. education background is ok. no visible scar.(my full body photo is scan version because i dont have the softcopy). can you point out the mistake i might have done.?
    and,, can i just go to the OD this sunday even though the online application says i fail? (this is my first time apply and i never go to QA OD) . looking forward to ur response..

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 16, 2014

      Audrey, I am obviously unable to tell you why your application was rejected. It can be a multitude of factors, from language skills, soft skills, previous experience, how you answered their online questionnaire as well as missing documents or other technical errors.
      Good news though is that you can still show up for the Open Day regardless of the online application status. All the best!

  • Marta

    Reply Reply June 6, 2014

    Sorry to keep writing here. It’s just that I tried everything to find out about this alleged pre screening. On the Emirates web page there is no official email, and for some reason I’m unable to send my request in ”contact us” section. I found out somewhere about live chat, but it seems that’s not operating until Sunday. I called the local agency in Zagreb, but they only give info about flight arrangements. It seems impossible to find out any info… but the Emirates published the location of the event, so if this was and ”invitation only” or the assessment day, they would not have done so.
    I guess I can only hope nothing will go wrong at this first stage, since I already booked the ticket for the capital.

    Thank you.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 9, 2014

      I can just assume it’s a typo Marta. Just got to the advertised location and treat this as a regular Open Day. Good luck 🙂

  • Marta

    Reply Reply June 6, 2014

    Thank you for the reply. I’m coming from Croatia actually. I’ve found 3 different resources online saying the Open Day is being held in Zagreb ( the capital) on the 10th. Even the Emirates official web page says it’s an open day even, but with this remark: ”Please note that pre screening will be conducted by our appointed agency FASCO. ; the link: ” http://www.emiratesgroupcareers.com/english/Careers_Overview/cabin_crew/CabinCrewAssessmentDays.aspx
    I already tried to find this agency in Croatia, but the only existing company going by this name is company with tools and equipment, so I’m highly confused and wondering if this is an mistake…

  • Safati

    Reply Reply June 5, 2014

    Hi Kara, I am overweight but fit enough to stand for long hours and push heavy objects. do i stand a chance?

  • Marta

    Reply Reply June 5, 2014

    Hi Kara! I just found out that the Open Day in my country will have pre screening that is going to be conducted by the appointed agency ( FASCO). Does that change anything about how open days usually look? Thank you.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 6, 2014

      Marta, in this case you must contact Fasco Agency first. Here is the link
      http://www.fasco.com.cn/new/index_en.php
      They will screen your resume before the day. You might want to double check the information though, as per the events that I have, there is no Open Day organized in China this month and usually the events there are Assessment Days, not Open Days.

  • solenne

    Reply Reply May 21, 2014

    hi kara,
    i just wanted to ask if braices is allowed. but dont worry im still a student taking up BST. (2nd year)
    and about wearing contacts, can you explain it more with details?
    thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 22, 2014

      Braces are not permitted Solenne.
      What exactly do you want to know about contacts?

  • tiffany

    Reply Reply May 21, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    im 2nd year college student and will shift to Tourism. I wanted to be a flight attendant/cabin crew but the thing is i have a crooked teeth. but i will fix it by the end of the semester. i just dont know if they will allow me. i just wanted to ask if its okay.
    and about wearing contacts, it okay right? but, can you tell me more details about it?
    thank you. please reply

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 22, 2014

      Yes Tiffany, perfect teeth are not a minimum requirement. Your smile however must be pleasant and your teeth clean. Contacts are also fine.

  • Lora

    Reply Reply May 19, 2014

    Hi Kara and thanks for all your info!!!
    I red all the comment below to see if there is a similar question but i didn’t find one.. there were many about tattoos but not like mine… So I want to go to an open day for emirates this sunday but I have a small tattoo on my wrist which I am covering it with my watch. Do you think I stand a chance?? I am also willing to remove it but you think I can go for the open day and tell them that? because I can’t remove it before sunday as you can imagine..Thanks again!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 20, 2014

      Lora, any sort of tattoo that is visible (and that includes your wrist, even if you wear a watch to hide it) will disqualify you immediately. It is one of the minimum requirements. Sorry I can’t give you better news.

  • Anna

    Reply Reply May 18, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    I’m soon attending Etihad assessment day but there is a problem. The thing is that I suffer from palm sweating. I don’t have it all the time, just wheni it’s too hot or I get stressed. I tried to google this problem but I haven’t found out anything. Could I be employed or considered unfit? In the past I had some botox injections in my palms and for some time it helped to block the sweating so in case of necessity I could repeat it again. Do you think I still have a chance? What shall I do?
    Thanks so much in advance

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 20, 2014

      Hi Anna, this is not a condition that is considered an impediment in becoming a cabin crew.

  • Medhat

    Reply Reply May 17, 2014

    Hi Kara ! can you tell me please if i have tattoo on my hand (cross) it’s so small . is it a problem for me ? and if i’m wearing a glass as well ?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 20, 2014

      Medhat, any sort of tattoo that is visible (and that includes your hand or wrist, even if you wear a watch to hide it) will disqualify you immediately. It is one of the minimum requirements.
      Glasses are not acceptable either, you must be comfortable wearing contact lenses to correct your vision.

  • Asha

    Reply Reply May 16, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    I would like to clarify my recent experience with Emirates for my assessment.I was shortlisted and attend the assessment day in Dubai.The recruiter asked me on arrival if i was here recently and I agreed.We were required to go through an English test and a Geography test which I was pretty sure I have past, but I was not considered, as the recruiter said I have attended the same process before 6 months.I want to know why the recruiter asked me to go through the assessment
    if the person is aware that I was there before and finally did not accept me.

    Thank you.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 17, 2014

      The question Asha is why did you apply for a new event knowing very well that if you participate in an assessment in the past 6 months you can’t go again.

  • elie

    Reply Reply May 7, 2014

    Dear Kara,
    thank you so much for the clarification.

  • elie

    Reply Reply May 6, 2014

    Hello Kara,
    here is elie again. I just have one question and I am really thankful for every approach you did and you still doing in order to make our dream realities.
    I still have 20 years old but in 5 months I will reach the emirates airline required age. If I attend they open day this month, will they give a chance to attend their assessment day if I passed the first screening? I am asking this since I heard that many people was far at least 6 months from their 21 and they received the Golden Call and meanwhile this period the company kept them on its waiting list in order to join the company once reaching the requested age, but I got a little bit confused cause I thought that a CV will be automatically eliminated once the minimum requirements aren’t available even it was only about age matter before the assessment process take place. please advice thank you so much

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 7, 2014

      Elie, you must be 21 years old at the time you attend the Open Day. For Etihad, your online application can be created 3 months before your 21st birthday, but you will not be eligible until your 21st birthday.

  • Aura

    Reply Reply May 3, 2014

    Dear Kara
    I’ve been invited to participate to the Open days Emirates which is an Open day for everybody. The thing is that I don’t know if I am medically fitted for cabin crew member because I wear glasses (and there aren’t any contact lenses invented yet for my case), I have diastema and I am a little overweight (not obese and I am well proportioned).
    I want to try it because I speak 5 languages and I have experience as customer service.
    What chances would you give me?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 3, 2014

      Hi Aura, I am afraid that you must be able to wear contact lenses if your vision needs correction. Glasses are not acceptable. I am sorry I couldn’t give you better news.

  • Leanna

    Reply Reply May 2, 2014

    Hi, I attended an Emirates open day about a month ago and I got through to assessment, but didnt go any further. I received an email the other day telling me there was another open day and that i could attend but it then stated that if you have already attended an open day you should wait 6 months before attending another one. What should I do. Any help appreciated 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 3, 2014

      Hi Leanna, the official info is still 6 months, however there are strong rumors that you no longer need to wait in between your open days if you were not successful. Candidates were accepted before without the 6 months waiting period.

  • Angel

    Reply Reply April 30, 2014

    Hey ,how u doin ? i was working for QR for 8 years and recently left the job. Is it true that ex QR crew can apply for emirates after one year and etihad after six months? Would appericiate ur answer. Thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 3, 2014

      Hi Angel, there is a period you must wait in between your leaving QR and your date of joining for EK or EY, however I can’t provide you with the exact time.

  • Katy

    Reply Reply April 29, 2014

    Dear Kara,
    Its me Katy once again.
    I am planning to apply in etihad,will the surgical scar on my knee create a problem. Its very concealable . n does not fall in birthmark,tattoo or piercing category like they have mentioned on their site. Its not at all visible under skin color pantyhose post concealing with make up.
    What are my chances like.
    Suggestion n advice appreciated.
    Regards,
    Katy.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 3, 2014

      It should be fine Katy. There is no reason to bring it up if it’s not visible.

  • nowoczesne meble łazienkowe

    Reply Reply April 25, 2014

    Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful post.
    Thanks for supplying this info.

  • Jap Gatus

    Reply Reply April 21, 2014

    What if I’m wearing braces? Does it mean I have to take them off?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 22, 2014

      If accepted to work as a flight attendant you must not be wearing any braces. If you feel comfortable wearing them, it is fine to go to the interview, however they might tell you to come back when they are removed. You can also come with a letter from your doctor stating the date when they will be permanently removed.

  • naveeda

    Reply Reply April 21, 2014

    I want to be a flight attendant. I can speak nearly 5 languages and I have perfect health and the problem is I’m 5 feet and 2 inches please help me is the height good for Emirates or Qatar and I live in USA.

  • nellie

    Reply Reply April 21, 2014

    Hi Kara!
    I have visible tatoos on my wrists.can I qualify if I cover them up with makeup? Thanks.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 21, 2014

      Sorry Nellie, cosmetic coverings and makeup to conceal your tattoos is not acceptable.

  • crislaines

    Reply Reply April 19, 2014

    Hi Dear
    First of all l really love your page, its very helpful for me and other dreamers. I am brazilan and l am looking for a course to prepare myself for my AD next months to Emirates. I need to improve my English little more. Do u have any course that l can do by skype? My lnterview will be 31 of May here in Brazil.
    Thank u

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 21, 2014

      Crislaines, this is not an English course. This course is specifically design to teach you how to prepare for the cabin crew interview.
      Read more about it here
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/faq-course/
      If you are looking for a language course you better contact the British Council or whatever other reputable language schools are available in your country. In order to be able to go through our course, you level of English must be fluent.

  • Dinara

    Reply Reply April 18, 2014

    Hi Kara!
    I am 24 and i applied for Etihad airways….in a day i got a letter that says that i was invited for an assessment day! I wear braces now but in few months it will be removed but just wondering if it is ok to wear braces in the assessment day????Tho I was with braces on the picture which I sent to them. And it was too noticibale on the pic! What`s your advice? How can I prove them that i`ll remove it soon?
    Thank you for your answer in advance! 😉

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 19, 2014

      Hi Dinara, you can go to the assessment with braces, however have a letter from your doctor stating the date when the braces will be removed. When the assessors ask you about this you can show them the letter.
      When hired to work as a flight attendant you will not be permitted to wear braces.

  • Katy

    Reply Reply April 14, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    I am 24 year old girl.I have applied in QR.I am little tensed about a surgical scar on the left side of my right knee. It is easily concealable and I have also declared it. Would that be a problem in my selection?
    Your reply would be appreciated.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 15, 2014

      Katy, Qatar is pretty strict about grooming. They will probably want to take a look at it during you assessment and then decide if it’s acceptable or not.

  • Nafisa

    Reply Reply April 4, 2014

    Hi, Kara,
    I’m so happy that I ran into your website with all your useful advices 🙂
    As far as I’m going to apply for Etihad airlines I do really need your advice. I have bad eyesight (myopia -8.0), but i’m going through the laser surgery next month. Will I fit to medical requirements after laser correstion? or are there a chance to be hired with -8.0 with lense correction???

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 7, 2014

      Hi Nafisa, you should be fine with the surgery. There are a lot of crew who undergo this procedure event after they are hired.

  • monica

    Reply Reply April 4, 2014

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    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 7, 2014

      Monica, if you have a question related to becoming a cabin crew, you must ask it in English.

  • Danica Isakov

    Reply Reply March 31, 2014

    There is a low measure for age, what about upper one? I’m 32, and I was just wondering, should I try? Thank you,
    Danica

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 1, 2014

      There is no upper age limit Danica. You should definitely try 🙂

  • Kathryn

    Reply Reply March 29, 2014

    Does Emirates require a one or two year working experience? I already checked their site but I haven’t read any about it but I heard from my friend that they do.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 30, 2014

      No Kathryn, work experience is not required, however it is appreciated.

  • Abegail Zhenia

    Reply Reply March 29, 2014

    Hello, Is complete set of teeth necessary? I also have a misaligned set of teeth but it doesn’t look that bad. Will it be a hindrance for me?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 30, 2014

      Hi Abegail. As long as your smile is pleasant, your teeth clean and without cavities, you should be fine.

  • Sian

    Reply Reply March 28, 2014

    Hi,

    I have been invited to an assesment day with Etihad. I have been to 2 with Emirates and not made it past the group stages. Do you know what they look for in this stage?

    Since then I have complated an online Cabin Crew Diploma and scored 98% in the final exam.

    However, on documents from Etihad they say that Asthma is not acceptable. I have asthma but it is well controlled and doesn’t cause me any problems. I am currently a dancer and have studied dance for years with no problems from my asthma. Is it still worth me going to the assesment day?

    Thanks.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 30, 2014

      Hi Sian,

      Here is an article to help with the group exercise
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/how-to-pass-the-cabin-crew-assessment-day-group-exercise/
      Your cabin crew diploma is irrelevant for the airlines in the Middle East. At this point of the interview, they are looking for interpersonal skills that will make you a great addition to the team and a great ambassador to their customer, and not aviation knowledge.
      If on the medical documents they mention asthma not being acceptable, then you will probably be rejected during your medical. Emirates however accepts candidates having well controlled asthma, so you may want to look into improving yourself more and try again with Emirates in the future. Either way, I think that participating in an assessment day will give you great insight and it will be a fantastic chance to practice the skills that are needed.

  • Dey

    Reply Reply March 27, 2014

    I meant acne scars like pot holes on my face.

  • Dey

    Reply Reply March 27, 2014

    If i have acene scars. does that make me an impossible cabin crew candidate?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 30, 2014

      Hi Dey, I am sorry I can’t tell if you are a woman or a man from your name. If you are a woman, you should be ok as long as you can conceal the scars with makeup. If you are a man, you might look into some laser treatments to remove the scars. Appearance is important and a clear complexion is appreciated.

  • Dianne

    Reply Reply March 23, 2014

    Which course is better for being a flight attendant in the future. BS in Tourism or BS in Tourism Management? And when we’re going to have the OJT. Are we the one who will choose the training just like flight attendant training or travel agency training or ground crew training etc.?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 24, 2014

      Dianne, the airlines in the Middle East do not require a specific diploma. The minimum requirement is high school diploma. Any extra studies are considered an advantage, so just go for something you feel passionate about. Flight attendants are coming from various backgrounds, some in tourism, some in economics and some are even engineers and doctors.
      As for the training, the airlines in the Middle East offer you a spot in their training program only after you’ve been successful through the interview and medical examination and you are offered a job.

  • Divya Pathak

    Reply Reply March 23, 2014

    Hello..mam..being an airhostess its not only my dream but its my requirement because i have invest lots of money to taking a diploma in aviation managment..but i have a very little strech mark on my left eye but it is soo small…..can its creat a problem in my interview??? Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz give me a reply…this job is like my workship.
    Thank u

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 24, 2014

      Hi Divya, if your mark is not too big and can be concealed with makeup you should be ok.

  • Susan

    Reply Reply March 22, 2014

    I have teeth that are kinda rotten, is this okay? How does the company check my teeth if I’m going to apply as a FA? Are they strict about this?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 24, 2014

      Yes Susan, they will be checking your teeth. They must be taken care of, all cavities treated and all infections addressed. Your smile also must be pleasant. They require you to pass a medical examination after the final interview and your success depends on it.

  • Julhayna Perez

    Reply Reply March 22, 2014

    Hi Kara? Your post is really heplful. I just would like to ask if will I be able to qualify as a Flight Attendant if Im an underbite,? considering that a good set of teeth is required? Will this affect my prospects of getting hired? Thank you so much. Looking forward to your response.
    By the way Im studying BS Tourism in the premier and the most prestigious university here in the Philippines. Im 5feet and 3 inches tall. I really want to become a flight attendant. please help me.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 22, 2014

      Julhayna, as long as your smile is pleasant and your lower teeth are not too visible, it shouldn’t be a problem. Your height is also not an issue as long as you can reach the vertical mark of 212 or 210cm.
      Good luck 🙂

  • aria

    Reply Reply March 21, 2014

    Hi Kara,
    How are you? First of all I want to congratulate you on this great website. It’s very informative and useful. So far the one I came across. 🙂 I am going for Qatar Open Day and I have 2 questions for you. 1) I’m 160 cms in height (bare foot) and my weight is 47 Kgs. Is that acceptable? 2) I have a birthmark on my leg which is can be concealed properly and hardly visible. Is that going to be a problem? Does Qatar generally ask if we have birthmark and stuff? Can I keep quiet about it till they notice it ? :p Sorry this is my first time applying for FA and i want to be sure of everything. 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 22, 2014

      Aria, your BMI is 18. Normal ranges are 18.5-25, so you might be asked to gain 1 kg or so, but I don’t think that is a big problem.
      Qatar is very strict about scars, tattoos and birthmarks. If the mark is not too big and can be overlooked, don’t tell them about it. If it’s visible, better declare it and they will decide if it is an acceptable size or not.

  • Angela Sarembock

    Reply Reply March 18, 2014

    Thanks for the info… applications in my area close in 4 days time… So able to apply just in time… Will be holding thumbs 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 18, 2014

      Good luck Angela!

  • Maria-Louisa

    Reply Reply March 18, 2014

    Hi Kara. I was wondering if you could help me and clear up a few queries I have about applying for Middle Eastern airlines.

    I am in my 20’s and currently completing a university degree in travel and aviation management. I have studied this field since leaving school and also work as a team manager in a fast-paced customer facing environment.

    I have the knowledge, enthusiasm and the mental and physical ability to become a flight attendant, however i have ONE BIG PROBLEM!! When i was 16, I got small script tattooed on each wrist and now i am coming to seriously regret them. I am currently spending thousands of pounds on getting these removed as working as an FA for one of these airlines has been my dream for quite a few years now. It is not guarenteed that there will be no trace of the tattoo left and there may be some faint scarring. If I got into an AD, would I have to declare the scarring? Even if there was no trace if covered by makeup? And with the education and experience behind me, would I really not be considered at all?

    I hope you can shed a bit of light on this situation. Many thanks.

    Maria-Louisa

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 18, 2014

      Hi Maria Louisa, I have to tell you that you are not alone in this. If the tattoo removal is successful and all you have left is some small scars, you should be fine. Try to use bio oil after the removal treatment to minimize their appearance. You need however to be ink free.
      If the scars are not too visible, you can get away with it (without declaring). If they are big, you need to declare them and the airline representative will make a decision about it.

  • Gabriel

    Reply Reply March 16, 2014

    I have a missing tooth at the back and it will never grow back. Is this a problem of not getting hired being a flight attendant? And is it okay to have some of pasta filling in teeth? Do they really check my teeth if they are complete? And if they are not complete. Will this affect my prospects of getting hired?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 17, 2014

      Hi Gabriel. Missing teeth are fine as long as your visible teeth are complete, clean and your smile is pleasant. Fillings are also acceptable, as long as the visible ones are the same color as the teeth (no gold or metal front teeth allowed)

  • tracy wu

    Reply Reply March 15, 2014

    i have a long scar on my leg .is it possible to be fight attandent.the high

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 17, 2014

      Tracy, if the scar is visible while wearing skin colored pantyhose, you might have a problem. If not, it will all be fine.

  • rose

    Reply Reply March 15, 2014

    Hi kara,
    I am 28 years old and i have no experience in airline industry.but i want to be a flight attendant . can u tell me what is the max age limit criteria for this job.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 17, 2014

      Rose, there is no upper age limit. 28 is definitely not too old to become a first time flight attendant.

  • Jiawen

    Reply Reply March 14, 2014

    How not having straight teeth?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 14, 2014

      Jiawen, if your overall appearance is pleasant, perfectly straight teeth is not a requirement.

  • lorna levorl

    Reply Reply March 12, 2014

    Hi..thank you so much for your great advice,can you kindly help me am 20yrs old from Kenya my passion has always been to be come a superb air hostess,but i come from a very poor family and i got an accident when i was 6yrs old, am now heart broken but have not given up yet, can you kindly help me out i need to help my family.i will be glad if i get your feedback…please reply through my email lots of love dear Kara..

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 13, 2014

      Lorna, you must apply directly on the airline’s website. If your application is shortlisted you will be invited for an interview when they come next to your country. You must however be minimum 21 years old to apply.
      We only offer advice on how to be successful at the interview. Read through the articles here to get a better understanding on how the interview is structured.
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/advice/

  • hanan

    Reply Reply March 12, 2014

    i want to ask if i want to apply for emirates : is it ok to be married an also for males is it ok to be married ?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 13, 2014

      Yes Hanan, your marital status is not relevant when applying for Emirates. They accept both single and married cabin crew candidates.

  • Tanja

    Reply Reply March 9, 2014

    Dear Kara,

    I just wanted to thank you for your help. your site helped me a lot with your advices. I started to work for my national airline of which almost half of the shares has Etihad Airways.
    Very useful site!

    Best Regards

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 13, 2014

      Congratulations Tanja 🙂

  • Daniel

    Reply Reply March 8, 2014

    Hello Kara,
    I have to say thank you to you for sharing of very interesting information with all of us.
    I´m about to apply for Emirates CC vacancy. I´ve been working in aviation since being out of school ten years ago. I worked as check in agent, check in dispatch supervisor and my current job is Duty Manager in Centralised Load Control company. Shall I have an advantage having some experience in airline business? Thank you D.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 13, 2014

      Daniel, any customer service experience is an advantage, but even more so when the environment is aviation.

  • joanna

    Reply Reply March 7, 2014

    we’ll try our luck soon when everything is perfect for the two of us.=).hoping that me and my friend will make it!a lot of thanks to you kara!v(*-*)v

  • joanna

    Reply Reply March 5, 2014

    hi kara,i have another question.=)what if the applicant was invited for an assessment day,but was not able to attend on the said day.Is there a possibility that they will ignore your next application due to not appearing/attending your past AD?And also I have read that it is not permitted for cabin crew to wear braces,My friend also dreamed of becoming FA,but she has crooked tooth,and she couldn’t smile a lot cause it’s now very obvious.She wanted to wear braces,but it would only frustrate her since it is not allowed for FA.please help her too with your advice.BIG thanks to you kara!=)

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 5, 2014

      If you are unable to attend you can reapply at a later date when they come next to your country. You will not be rejected just because you were unable to make it once. No braces are allowed, so your friend might look into getting braces now, solve the problems she has with her teeth and apply when it is all done. Good luck to both of you girls 🙂

  • joanna

    Reply Reply March 4, 2014

    hi kara,does having stretchmark on the back of the legs can affect job application?though it’s not visible when skin-toned stocking is being used.but still,i have that feeling that they are very particular when it comes to the fairness of the skin.And from research,FA undergo on some swimming training?I’m afraid that they would see it since it’s visible without the use of stocking and visible also against the light.Im living near Jeddah KSA and there will be an assessment day of qatar airways this coming March 31.I want to have the opportunity to join their cabin crew team.If I am not lucky to be one of them,can I still re-apply?thank you very much.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 5, 2014

      Joanna, Qatar is very particular about grooming. They will be checking for scars, birthmarks or tattoos during the initial assessment. If there is anything visible while wearing uniform (knee length skirt, short sleeve blouse), you will not be accepted. If your marks however are not very visible, you will be fine. If you don’t pass this time, you can reapply any time in the future.

  • Danielle

    Reply Reply February 25, 2014

    Hi Kara

    I am attending an open day for emirates next month.
    I am unfortunately only 5ft and started with an arm reach of 206cm, i am now reaching 209.5cm.
    This is still not 212cm ! will I still be rejected even if its just a 2cm and bit difference. I have honestly seen some girls my height on a few emirates flights.

    This is my dream and would hate to be cut because of 2cm 🙁 what to do ?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 28, 2014

      Danielle, I am sorry to say that the arm reach part of the assessment is non-negotiable. They require this to be able to reach safety equipment located in higher areas of the aircraft. This is one of the first stages and you will not be able to continue to assessment process if you fail this part.
      You can keep on stretching and hopefully improve your reach. You may also want to consider Etihad Airways. Their arm reach requirement is 210cm.

  • orille

    Reply Reply February 25, 2014

    hi Kara! is your book available in the Philippines ?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 25, 2014

      Hi Orille, 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, I will send you a separate link for that.
      Here is the book order page
      https://gumroad.com/products/ODRt

      Let me know if you need more help.

  • kena

    Reply Reply February 24, 2014

    hi Kara 🙂

    I really want to apply for cabin crew in one of the three flight companies that you have listed ,but I live in Albania…is this a problem? Do i need to just apply online or I have to fly there to do my interview…coz i don’t live in abu dabi,or in the emirates
    this is what is concerning me right now
    thank a lot for your help! 🙂 have a good day

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 25, 2014

      Kena, as you can see from the recruitment events listed, there are open days or assessment days organized all over the world. Albania is also visited sometimes, but not too often, so your best bet is to travel to a nearby country where recruitment events are organized more regularly. Take a look here
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/recruiting-now
      For Emirates and Etihad you can create a general application and if shortlisted you can participate in the event closest to your country.

      Good luck 🙂

  • Gabriel

    Reply Reply February 22, 2014

    Is it necessary to have clear complexion all over the body? Well, i have a skin condition(keratosis pilaris) at my back and shoulders but it’s not that visible though. And to be a flight attendant, should i really have a complete set of teeth? Well, sad to say that i remove my tooth at the back part of it but i don’t have a problem when smiling because at the front part is fine. Will this affect my prospects of getting selected or hired? I’m a male by the way.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 24, 2014

      Gabriel, as long as you skin condition is not visible through the uniform and as long as it is not transmittable, you should be fine. Missing teeth are also ok, as long as you have a pleasant smile and clean teeth.

  • Mandy

    Reply Reply February 19, 2014

    Hi, is having visible birthmarks on face and hands acceptable?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 24, 2014

      Many, it really depends on the birthmarks. How big are they, what color, etc. If they are very visible you might have a problem with it. If it’s just small moles, you should be fine.

  • nuyu

    Reply Reply February 18, 2014

    it is okay for short-sightedness??

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 24, 2014

      Yes Nuyu, as long as your vision is corrected to 20/20 with contact lenses (glasses are not accepted).

  • Syazwan

    Reply Reply February 15, 2014

    Hi kara. I’ll be attending an open day in kuala lumpur on 26th, i got some inquiry to ask ya if you don’t mind. My height is around 165, 166 barefoot. You stated that 160cm wouldn’t be a problem for the arm reach test right? 1 more thing do they check on bMi?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 16, 2014

      Syazwan, you need to practice the reach test before you actually go to the assessment. BMI is only required during the medical tests submission. All the best on the 26th 🙂

  • Alex

    Reply Reply February 15, 2014

    Would having braces be an issue when getting a job as an air flight attendant?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 16, 2014

      Alex, braces are not permitted when working as a cabin crew.

  • Mariam

    Reply Reply February 13, 2014

    Are yoy going to check on hair?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 15, 2014

      What do you mean Mariam?

  • margie

    Reply Reply February 8, 2014

    hi kara!
    I am Margie, since elementary, I am a big fan of flight attendants.
    When I experienced riding on a plane,(that was November 3,2014) my dream of becoming a cabin crew was built. I am a 5 feet 4 inches stunner, and a graduate of hotel and restaurant management.
    But I don’t know how to swim, is swimming one the requirements to become a cabin crew?
    Thanks 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 10, 2014

      Hi Margie, most airlines in the Middle East require you to be comfortable enough in water and be able to swim with the aid of a flotation device (life-jacket). You could however take some swimming lessons to make you more confident. It is a skill that can easily be learned.

  • maria

    Reply Reply February 3, 2014

    hey kara!

    just had my AD with etihad. I did my Final interview and then got an email that they couldn’t proceed. They said that I could reapply after 6 months but I was under the impression that if you fail the Final Interview you can only apply after a year.

    What do you think?

    Yours,
    Maria

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 4, 2014

      Maria, that is the rule for Emirates. Etihad allows 6 months before reapplying.

  • syed

    Reply Reply January 31, 2014

    Hi Kara & all,

    I was selected for the position of cabin crew among 450 candidates fortunately we are four of them. after this the formality begins and they ask me for a medical i sent my medical reports to them which is also cleared but after a day or two i got a reply from them in a form of regret mail.

    (Remember the selection process tooks two days in which i went through 2 to 3 interviews,Test Essay writing and all and after passes all, i am waiting for Golden Call and so hopefull and fully sured that i got the job but i got a regret email. i didnt understand their Recruitment Policies after selection unselected how is that possible but it is 🙂 .Feel so Bad & disappoint but not loose the hope i will again try and get the job)

    what he wrote in his regret mail is mention below Please have a look on this and guide me accordingly !!

    We Regret to inform you that you have Unfortunately not been selected for the position of cabin crew on this occassion.We have However noted that Your Skills and experience may be a potential match for other opportunities across qatar airways group & There fore you may be contacted at a later time for other opportunities if you are Contacted and dont wish to be consider ed Please note that you can withdraw from the process at any time.

    We wish you ever success in your job Search

    Qatar Recruitment Team

    I was Shock !! How they dont select me after full filling all the requirement infact i have done my medical & all and waiting for the offer letter. i am still Confused is still there is a chance for me ????

    Appreciate all your answere.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply February 3, 2014

      Syed, I am really sorry you didn’t make it this time. What the email says is that you will not be considered for the Cabin Crew position, however they may consider you in the future for other positions such as airport or other ground positions. If that sounds good to you, then you just need to wait for them to get back to you. If you only want to be a cabin crew reply to the email and tell them you are not interested in other positions.

  • Maria

    Reply Reply January 28, 2014

    Thanks for the reply Ms. Kara! One more thing, (re: extending DOJ), if ever I get to have the same period of Golden call from people of the same FI, will I be given the go signal to have my medicals too? Since the medicals will be valid until 6 months, that will be okay right? For example, my GC is March and my requested DOJ is August, that is still valid right? Thank you very much!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 29, 2014

      Maria, that depends from case to case. They will tell you exactly what you need to do when they offer you a contract.

  • Maria

    Reply Reply January 25, 2014

    Hello Ms. Kara, its me again. I would like to ask if during the FI in Emirates, the recruiter will ask you of your preferred DOJ? If yes, will they find it odd (to the point of hurting my chances) if I choose a date that is six months away from the FI? I will be enrolled in a course that will last for six months and I was wondering if Emirates will be understanding of that? Or will that mean that they will put me in the last priority during the Golden Call? Thank you!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 27, 2014

      Maria, it is not odd to give them a date of joining further down the line. There are many candidates with ongoing personal or professional commitments. Your Golden Call will probably be in the same time with the rest of the candidates participating in the assessment, however they will not proceed with your visa and security clearance until you are closer to your preferred date of joining.

  • nour

    Reply Reply January 24, 2014

    kara actually the invitation and the unsuccessful status are about the same application i haven’t applied since last july and it was rejected once

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 27, 2014

      Nour, I really can’t explain this. It may be a system error since they changed their careers portal. Go to the assessment day with a copy of the invitation email. You have nothing to lose. Good luck 🙂

  • Shovana thapa

    Reply Reply January 24, 2014

    Hi there

    I got a email for open day recruitment very soon from emirates .but I have a problem with teeth .i have a huge gap between my teeth .does that matter for cabin crew position???

    Thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 24, 2014

      Shovana, what is important is that your overall appearance is pleasant.

  • nour

    Reply Reply January 24, 2014

    hi kara h r u? Can i ask you a question i went to an OD for EK and i received an invitation to the AD i look at my application status online i found my application is still (application received) but there is another one that i didn’t see it before (unsuccessful) i am really confused now cause they already send me an invitation email is is an mistake or what?!!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 24, 2014

      Nour, on your invitation to the Assessment Day it also says that if you applied for any recruitment event in the past 6 months and failed, you can’t participate again. Was your OD earlier than 6 months ago? If you, your application to the AD is void. Sorry about this.

  • Thereza

    Reply Reply January 20, 2014

    Alright thanks then. But this braces will be removed pretty soon and I am just asking if it is possible but good thing you informed me. How long will it take for them to call potential candidates?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 22, 2014

      It will be 6 weeks from the final interview. I suggest you wait until your braces are removed.

  • Thereza

    Reply Reply January 20, 2014

    Hi kara,

    I have braces. will it affect my application on emirates? and I just went to their open day but I didn’t know that it is only for ARABIC SPEAKERS only. May I know when will be the open day for all nationalities? Hoping for your response.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 20, 2014

      Thereza, cabin crew are not permitted to wear braces, so if you decide to participate in the recruitment event, you must remove them or be able to advise them when the braces will be removed.
      There are no open days organized in Dubai for non-arabic speakers. There are only assessment days for which you will be invited if your online application is shortlisted. So that is your first step: apply online.

  • nour

    Reply Reply January 19, 2014

    hi kara hope u r well i went to the OD with fly emirates in dubai but the requireter didn’t ask me about the tattoo or if i applied before for cabin crew with them she only asked me how long i have been here in dubai and why ?is it means that iam rejected or what ?and when will they contact me? PLease kara can you enlighten me!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 20, 2014

      Hi Nour,

      Different candidates receive different questions. It is not always the same question. You will receive an answer if your CV is shortlisted. Otherwise, you can re-apply after 6 months.

  • Burjor

    Reply Reply January 18, 2014

    Hello Kara,
    My daughter has just turned 21 and is planning to attend the next open day for emirates in NZ where she resides. I would like to know that since we (her parents) are residing in Dubai, will this affect her prospects of getting selected. She also has some acne problem which can be concealed by makeup, however will this affect her chances?
    Thank you and best wishes
    Burjor

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 20, 2014

      Burjor, a candidate’s parents country of residence is an irrelevant detail for the recruiters. This topic doesn’t really come up in an interview. They care more about whether your daughter has the skills required for this position: team player, customer focused, empathetic and kind.
      Her acne is also not a problem as long as it is not visible under the makeup.
      Good luck 🙂

  • Mathew

    Reply Reply January 15, 2014

    Hello Kara.
    Your website is real good for those desiring to get into cabin crew. I see you’ve put much effort into guiding people and sharing all that you know and I appreciate it.

    Well, I have a few doubts and need your views and advice. I’m based and working in Muscat,Oman. Keeping the minimum requirements for a flight attendant job in mind, I have applied in all the 3 Airlines in their respective websites submitting my CV.
    How long do they generally take to get back to us and also do they hold recruiting events here in Oman too or just selected places in the Middle East?.
    I’m certain that i am a perfect candidate for the job but i need to meet them personally at such events because i can’t completely rely on waiting for a reply by email if I’m correct and so the reason for me asking you about recruitment in Oman.

    Also i plan on visiting UAE sometime in April this year and taking part in any of the events held during the month. What do you think about it?..

    I believe that you will provide me the necessary info and many thanks Kara!

    Cheers!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 16, 2014

      Hi Mathew,

      All 3 airlines have regular assessment days organized in their base city. Recruitments in Muscat are not scheduled often, so it is good that you are willing to travel.
      Etihad and Qatar Airways take 2 weeks – 1 month to answer on your application, Emirates is taking slightly longer, 6 weeks-3 months.
      Wishing you the very best 🙂

  • nour

    Reply Reply January 15, 2014

    hi kara h r u?i want to ask u something i an here in dubai and iread there is an event for fly emirates on 18/jan but after their site has changed i really don’t know is it an AD or an OD ihave already applied online but there is no even a confirmation email from them as usual and the job status is (active) and the submission status is (application received) WHAT DOSE IT MEAN?! Please tell me

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 15, 2014

      Ho Nour. Here are the details from Emirates new website
      When: Saturday 18th January 2014, 1400hrs – 1700hrs

      Where: CV DROP OFF – ARABIC SPEAKERS ONLY, Auditorium, Second floor from Entrance, New Emirates Head Quarters, Al Rashidiya, Dubai.
      You can go ahead with your CV. If you are successful, they will call you for an assessment day. If however your online status changes to ‘Not shortlisted’ , you need to wait for another 6 months.

  • mj

    Reply Reply January 15, 2014

    Hi, Kara! 🙂
    i have an extra piercing on my left ear… right at the top of the anti helix (the little crease right in the middle of the ear)… would it be a big problem? i mean, the piercing itself is small (a 2mm round stud)… i would very much appreciate your advise! 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 15, 2014

      Hi MJ. The piercing is not a problem as long as you are willing to remove the earring from it.

  • eleni

    Reply Reply January 14, 2014

    Hey kara!

    I applied for etihad and had my assessment day in July 2013. I passed the final interview and got my acceptance email but then something went wrong and got an email that my clearances werent ok and i couldnt join

    I want to apply again, should I? Its been almost six months.

    What do you suggest? I also noticed that If i want to apply again I should sing up with a different email account.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 14, 2014

      Hi Eleni,

      You need to contact them to change your application status so you can reapply. Also, make sure that whatever caused you to not obtain the clearances is solved now. Good luck! 🙂

  • nora

    Reply Reply January 8, 2014

    Hi,kara I want to apply for emirates cabin crew OD on 18/jan is it too late now ?or what!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 12, 2014

      Nora, no previous online application is need for your participation in an Open Day. Just go to the advertised location with the required documents. Good luck 🙂

  • Mariana

    Reply Reply January 4, 2014

    Hi, Kara! 🙂
    I would like to ask a question about body marks… I do not have tattoos or piercings, and I don’t have birthmarks – not that I know of, at least. However, some time ago I discovered a little mark in my arm, like a hyperpigmentation mark, which is a rather small circle, and you have to pay a lot of attention to be able to see it. But it’s not a scar and it’s not something I came with when I was born, so I suppose it’s not considered a birthmark? Another question is: do I have to mention that at the interview? And finally: Would that prevent me from getting the job? (it’s not very visible and it depends on the light you see it with. I will go to the doctor to see if I can use some kind of cream to remove it, but anyway in the meantime I will go to interviews, so that’s why I’m a bit worried).
    Thanks a million! 😀

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 6, 2014

      Mariana, you shouldn’t worry about that. If it is not visible, don’t bring it up. Have it checked however and ask your doctor how to manage this.

  • jasmine

    Reply Reply January 1, 2014

    Thank you for ur reply i really appreciated it but im not that familiar with websitea where i cn apply online. Could you pls suggest me some. I will be really thankful. Happy new kara. 🙂

  • Sk

    Reply Reply December 31, 2013

    Hi, I do not have a perfect teeth, not even a nice teeth. What I mean is that, I do not have a nice set of straight teeth. Will this gonna affect my interview??!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 6, 2014

      Hi Sk, as long as your appearance is overall pleasant, you should be fine.

  • jasmine

    Reply Reply December 29, 2013

    Pls kara reply on my msg. I really want to know.

  • jasmine

    Reply Reply December 28, 2013

    Hello there. I just want to know that i’ve gain a chef diploma but wanted to become a flight attendant. I’ve also done 2 years of course in hospitality management but sad to say couldnt finish it because basically hospitality course is a 4 yr course. And i also dont dont know how to swim. And no work experience yet. So is it possible to apply for flight attendant job? Pls reply. Tnx

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 30, 2013

      Jasmine, you must look at the minimum requirements for the flight attendant position. Every airline is different. Etihad, Emirates and Qatar do not require previous experience nor any studies except a high school diploma. You need however to be comfortable enough in water and be able to swim with the aid of a flotation device (life jacket). The surest way to know is by applying online. Good luck!

  • Srj

    Reply Reply December 18, 2013

    Hi kara .. I didnt passed my grade 12 .. But im second years university as freshman .. Would they accept me ? I have my final interview tomorrow .. I passed the open day plz rply

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 18, 2013

      Srj,

      If you are accepted, you will need to provide a copy of your diploma, or the highest education certificate or diploma you obtained.

  • jenni

    Reply Reply December 13, 2013

    kara, i have attended spicejet crew interviews twice .But they rejected the reason tey said was spoken hindi.Is it mandatory?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 18, 2013

      Jenni, here at Flight Attendant Central we only discuss the 3 major airlines in the Middle East: Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. I can’t help you with any other airline. The minimum requirements should be public on their career page though.

  • jenni

    Reply Reply December 13, 2013

    hi kara,, tis is my dream job.and i found nobody to guid me.how could i get knowing about walk in?

  • nora

    Reply Reply December 13, 2013

    hi kara I read your site and I found it so useful I ask you again that I went to emirates AD twice but I didn’t get through the fist stage and I thought because I am not experienced in any work what do you think and thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 18, 2013

      Hi Nora, there is no minimum requirement for previous work experience, however it is appreciated and it a criteria to select the candidates who will be shortlisted for the assessment, on top of the languages spoken. If getting as job is not possible, try to volunteer to gain some experience.

  • Abeer

    Reply Reply December 11, 2013

    Hi Dear Kara,
    I want to know how important it is to have any job experience in customer care service & to be graduate for Flight Attendant job ? Plus i want to know is having a slightly twisted middle right hand finger which was injured badly in my chilhood,if it’d be a problem to be a FA?? Thanks 🙂

  • Double k

    Reply Reply December 7, 2013

    Hey….am just curious,what happens if you have a pending passport,in short…u don’t have a passport at the Open day because you have just applied for it at Home Affairs…

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 11, 2013

      Double K, just let them know that and provide them with a time frame for when your passport will be ready. It should not be an issue.

  • Christine

    Reply Reply December 5, 2013

    Ello there! so grateful for all the info & guidelines .Just wondering how i can start getting the online notifications on the open days…Currently living & working in AD and all my friends keep telling me to apply. apparently i look the part. oh and how i can apply online to be invited for assessment days and such….

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 6, 2013

      Hi Christine, you must go online to the careers webpage of the airline you are interested in and create an online application. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to participate in an assessment day. If you are interested in Etihad, there are 3-4 assessment days organized every month in Abu Dhabi. All the best 🙂

  • Honey

    Reply Reply December 4, 2013

    Hey,

    Was wondering if it’d be a problem to apply for flight attendant if I’m short sighted.
    Specifically etihad or Swiss international.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 6, 2013

      It is no problem Honey as long as your vision is corrected by contact lenses.

  • Sheila

    Reply Reply December 1, 2013

    Hi kara! It’s my dream to be a flight attendant but my problem is i am only 5 feet. Is there any way for me to have a chance to become a flight attendant? I have tried arm reach but i reached the required cm with my heels on.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 2, 2013

      Sheila, you must be able to reach the mark on bare feet (tip toes). Keep on stretching and you will get there 🙂

  • Katrina05

    Reply Reply November 24, 2013

    Hi kara your site is really helpful to me. I am a filipino who’s dreaming to become a flight attendant someday. But the only problem is i have 1 front tooth that has been restored i believe that all of the airlines are very strict when it comes to teeth, and it really breaks my heart and cant help but cry. I am really afriad to apply even though i have the looks the height and the knowledge to became a flight attendent since i took up Tourism Management couse and had an OJT to some airlines. I hope you could help me.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 25, 2013

      Hi Katrina, You don’t need to have absolutely perfect teeth to be considered for this job. As long as your appearance is pleasant and natural, all is fine. Confidence is a state of mind. Whats the worse that can happen? And more importantly, what is the best that can happen?

  • Mary

    Reply Reply November 22, 2013

    Hi Kara,

    With the arm reach, I can only touch the mark with 1 fingertip.. is that ok or does it have to be 4 fingertips?

    Hope you can help as I am getting confused on what is required exactly for the arm reach.

    Thank you,
    Mary

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 22, 2013

      Mary, it is really up to the recruiters. Some will insist you reach over the mark with all your fingers and sometimes both arms, while others will be more permitting. Keep on stretching and I hope you will pass this stage.

  • marilena

    Reply Reply November 19, 2013

    Hey Kara! Thank you for your amazing advice!
    I have a question for you.

    In July 2013 I attended and AD day for Etihad. I was succesful(got the email and and all) but something went wrong with my clearances. I was brutally honest on my Medical form and I guess it was that. So, my question is, should I bother applying again? Do they keep records of all succesful candidates? If I can apply again, when should I?

    Looking forward to your answer.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 21, 2013

      HI Marilena. It all really depends on what was the cause of your rejection. If there was something you cant receive medical treatment for, or a pre-existing condition that will stand in your way of safely and efficiently perform the cabin crew duties, it will not be possible for you to join the airline. They do keep a record of all candidates. I am sorry about that!

  • Raja

    Reply Reply November 14, 2013

    Hey Kara, its Raja again.
    I am asthmatic but it is not severe and it is just an allergy according to the doctor. Would it be a problem during the selection process?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 15, 2013

      Hi Raja. Asthma is not a problem as long as it is well controlled with medication approved by an aviation doctor.

  • Raja

    Reply Reply November 11, 2013

    hey Kara.
    I was wondering why does airline do not hire anyone with scars on their bodies? what about the less visible ones?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 12, 2013

      Raja, it really depends on the airline. Qatar Airways has very high grooming standards and you will not be accepted with any scars or birthmarks, while for Emirates and Etihad you will accepted if they are not too visible.

  • Miruna

    Reply Reply October 30, 2013

    Dear Kara, can you please help me with some information regarding the service letters?
    I have 2 service letters from the same company with the same official letterhead because I have worked in different positions in different departments but in the same company: in Food & Beverage and in Tourism Agency. One service letter is signed by the Director of Human Resources and the other one is signed by the General Manager. Is this ok? Or should I bring two service letters from two different companies? Because in this case I should bring another service letter from University where I have made my internship as a trainer.
    The second question: The two employers from the service letters should be the same with the ones mentioned in the Reference Contacts point 1.4 from the Registration form? Thank you very much for your help.

  • Aster

    Reply Reply October 23, 2013

    Hey Kara
    Thank for your helpful advices. I am ethiopian I have applied for emirates global assesement day. The emirates recruitement group have held one on saturday and sunday. They havent replied to meyet and i applied one week ago. If ever they dont reply until saturday should i go anyways?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 25, 2013

      Hey Aster. The assessment day has limited participants. When the planned number of candidates is achieved, no more applications will be accepted. For such as popular location as Ethiopia, try to apply online in time, usually 1 or 2 months before the event, or create a general application to be considered for the future events organized in your country. You can not participate in the assessment day without having an invitation to attend.

  • alex

    Reply Reply October 7, 2013

    hi there, do you know if it is ok to just show up to one of the Emirates or Qatar Airways in Europe? Or do i have to apply on line first? I am from Romania and i see there are plenty of interviews here nearby.
    Thanks for help!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 8, 2013

      Hi Alex. If there are Open Days with locations that are advertised, you can go ahead. However if the event is an assessment day, you must register online and be shortlisted before you go.

  • Valentine

    Reply Reply October 7, 2013

    Btw, sorry just realise a typo, bloody Autocorrect. My name is Valentina, not Valentine! Haahaa 🙂

  • Valentine

    Reply Reply October 7, 2013

    Hi Kara,

    I have an OD here in Australia next few weeks and is currently doing up an online registration for Emirates. I was wondering if i can somehow contact you about my resume? Its 3 pages long!! I just want you to have a lil look to see if its ok and appealing.

    I have been researching alot about FA-ing but nothing came close to your page. I give ya two thumbs up for all your helpful information and indepth responses you give. I am so very grateful to have came across this page. Keep up the good work, and as us Aussies like to say, “bloody fair dinkum sheila you are mate” 🙂

    Vee xo

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 8, 2013

      Hi Valentina (e) 🙂 Three pages is very long, especially for applying for the cabin crew position which is an entry level job. Check out this article about building a great CV. As a general rule of thumb, it should never be longer than 1 page. There is simply no time during the Open Day to go through all the info. The recruiters spend max 2 minutes per candidate.
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/5-simple-steps-to-create-your-perfect-cabin-crew-cv/
      You can also get the book ‘How to Become a Flight Attendant in the Middle East’ where you will find 3 sample CVs as well as sample job descriptions and guidelines on how to build a great application and how to ensure that your participation in the recruitment event is a success from the first try.
      https://gumroad.com/l/ODRt

  • Soliman

    Reply Reply October 3, 2013

    hi Kara !!

    i was already in assessment day with Emirates the last month but i didnt pass,,iwant to know if ican try with them the next month or i have to wait 6 months,,thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 6, 2013

      Soliman, you will need to wait 6 months before your next try with Emirates.

  • Nermin

    Reply Reply October 3, 2013

    HI Kara!I’m 18years old, I’m moroccan but I’ve always lived in Italy, I’m in my last year of a linguistic high schol and I would like to become a flight attendant…I can spak Italian, French, German, English and arabic and I want to know what I have to do to do that, thank you anyway for this precious information. Nermin

    • Kara

      Reply Reply October 6, 2013

      Nermin, all the information is available in the article above. You must be 21 years old to be able to apply for the airlines in the Middle East. SO for the moment, you can either consider going to college, get a customer service job, or ideally both. USe these years wisely. If you have a dream, nothing will stand in your way 🙂

  • Laura

    Reply Reply October 1, 2013

    Hi Kara,
    First of all I want to thank you and congratulate you for the great job you did on writing the Flight Attendant Guide, I fould it to be very useful.
    I wanted to ask you if there is a way to contact the girls from Romania that posted here (Miruna or Alina) or give them my email to share information on the AD.
    Thank you so much!

  • Nissy

    Reply Reply September 25, 2013

    Hi Kara,
    I am a final year Law student. I am passionate about being an airhostess. My studies in law will get over by April’14. I have few doubts.Please help.

    1) How early shall I apply so as to be at work soon after my studies(April ’14)?
    2) I possess a resident visa of Saudi Arabia. Will it be of any help if i mention it in my CV when I apply for any airline in the Middle East?

    Thank you 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 26, 2013

      Hi Nissy, You should start applying just when your studies are finished or just couple of months before that. It can take a while for the recruitment process and I am assuming you will be busy with your final thesis. Your Saudi Arabia resident visa makes no difference when you apply to work in UAE or Qatar. If it comes up during the interview, having experience living in the Middle East is great, but it is not something that should be mentioned on your CV. Good luck!

  • EMMA

    Reply Reply September 18, 2013

    Hi Kara, Thanks for the information provided. Would to happen to know the height requirement for Flydubai?
    Thanks again
    Emma

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 20, 2013

      Emma, all the minimum requirements are listed on the specific airline’s careers webpage. Here we only focus on Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.

  • Arif

    Reply Reply September 16, 2013

    Dear Kara,

    Thanks so much for everything 🙂 Just another question- during the open day will I get time to have my lunch or some snacks outside in some cafe near by? Or I should pack my lunch/coffee and some chocolates with me to eat while waiting in the hotel ?

    CHeers!
    Razee

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 18, 2013

      Razee, you will have a lunch break. It is usually 1 hour.

  • Miruna

    Reply Reply September 16, 2013

    Dear Kara, I have received today the invitation for Assesment Day from Etihad but the last available interview date is on 23 of October in Abu Dhabi but I can go to Abu Dhabi only in November. If I will wait until next month they will introduce on my careers account the new available dates in Abu Dhabi for November or what should I do to book an interview for November in Abu Dhabi? Thank you very much.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 16, 2013

      Hi Miruna, congratulations on being shortlisted 🙂 They publish the assessment dates by the middle of the current month for the next month. So by middle of October you will have the dates for November. Every month there are 3 assessment days in Abu Dhabi for the cabin crew position. Just wait until then. Good luck!

  • Alina Niculae

    Reply Reply September 14, 2013

    Dear Kara, thank you so much for your response! I am more than grateful…Are you sure that I don’t need to swim like a lifeguard?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 16, 2013

      Alina, you are applying to work in the air, not to save people from drowning. In the unlikely case of emergency landing on water (ditching), you will be able to show your excellent swimming skills. On a daily basis however you just need to smile and serve your customers.

  • Arif

    Reply Reply September 14, 2013

    Dear Kara,

    Thanks so much for taking time to give me a prompt reply !! You are the BEST 🙂 I will follow your advises. Just another 2 questions-

    1. I will appear the open day for emirates in 21st Sep in Geneva. Usually who comes for the recruitment, the local Emirates staff from Geneva/ Zurich office or they can be recruiters from any European locations and different nationality.

    2. If a candidate gets selected in the final interview and passes the Medical test- how long does it take from the day of the final interview till landing up in Dubai for the training?

    Best regards
    Arif

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 16, 2013

      You are very welcome Arif. For the Open Day in Geneva there will be HR Representatives from Dubai. They are from all over the world. As for the waiting period, it can be anything from 1-4 months depending on many factors: next available training, security clearance, available accommodation, etc

  • Arif

    Reply Reply September 13, 2013

    Dear Kara 🙂

    Please accept my best wishes and reverence from Switzerland. I intend to make use of this note in an exceptionally humble manner. I would modestly like to appear my sincere and deepest gratitude to you for the superb job you are doing!! Hats off !! I have a few questions. I will be much obliged if you could kindly clarify my queries 🙂

    1. I am 35 years old male, possess 185 cm height, Swiss permanent resident and Bangladeshi National. I will be appearing the Open day in 21st September 2013 in Geneva for Emirates. I have 12 years of working experience in customer service (Event management, national level Cultural program anchor and customer service manager in state owned resort where only Head of states and diplomatic delegations are entertained. I was also a physical fitness instructor and did some modeling for fashion industry) . For my good performance I was promoted to Hospitality and protocol officer for the Prime minister’s office. I came across 34 different head of States and countless diplomatic delegations. As an incentive from the government, Prime Minister’s Office sent me to United Nations as volunteer for Humanitarian affairs and medical support in Côte d’Ivoire where I worked in a multinational team. Currently I am working in a Swiss company as Client acquisition management officer.

    2. MY question – is there any such thing called OVER QUALIFICATION for being a FA in Emirates or Etihad or Qatar airways? MY friends think that I am over qualified and I may not be short listed as a cabin crew.

    3. I feel sad to hear that I am over qualified because I really want to be a Cabin crew and I believe that I have all the qualities to meet the requirement. What is your suggestion for me? Should I hide my qualifications and make a low profile cv if you think that over qualification is a problem ?

    4. To learn the best of etiquette, I was sent to Military officers School. Do you think that my military background could be a problem? I have a clean disciplinary record in all respect and always served in customer service and humanitarian affairs, never a war.

    5. My highest education level is MBA. I also have a Diploma (1 year) in Human rights. If over qualification is a problem, should I just mention the Diploma only?

    6. Out of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar air, which one is the best for flourishing professional career and has the best working environment. I have no obligations and I am open to extensive travels and long haul flights. I speak English, French , Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and Basic Arabic. I have ambition to work with the best organization.

    7. As a male candidate what should be the preferred haircut for the open day? I will wear a complete suit and tie.

    Thanks so much for your patience and hope to hearing from you soon 🙂

    Best regards
    Arif

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 14, 2013

      Hi Arif,

      Please see my answers below

      2. MY question – is there any such thing called OVER QUALIFICATION for being a FA in Emirates or Etihad or Qatar airways? MY friends think that I am over qualified and I may not be short listed as a cabin crew.
      A cabin crew is an entry level position in an airline. You might consider it due to the perks of the job, however you must be prepared with a very good answer to the question ‘Why somebody with your level of experience is considering this job? Why didn’t you apply for a higher position within the airline, etc?’

      3. I feel sad to hear that I am over qualified because I really want to be a Cabin crew and I believe that I have all the qualities to meet the requirement. What is your suggestion for me? Should I hide my qualifications and make a low profile cv if you think that over qualification is a problem ?
      Absolutely not. You need to be honest and truthful in what you do.

      4. To learn the best of etiquette, I was sent to Military officers School. Do you think that my military background could be a problem? I have a clean disciplinary record in all respect and always served in customer service and humanitarian affairs, never a war.
      I can not answer this question for you. There will be a security clearance that you must pass in order to be granted the right to live and work in the UAE. Only the local authorities can answer this question.

      5. My highest education level is MBA. I also have a Diploma (1 year) in Human rights. If over qualification is a problem, should I just mention the Diploma only?
      Mention them all. Worst case scenario they will advise you to apply for a different (higher) position.

      6. Out of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar air, which one is the best for flourishing professional career and has the best working environment. I have no obligations and I am open to extensive travels and long haul flights. I speak English, French , Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and Basic Arabic. I have ambition to work with the best organization.
      All three airlines are excellent both for their customers as well as their employees. YOu will have equal opportunities regardless which airline you choose to apply for.

      7. As a male candidate what should be the preferred haircut for the open day? I will wear a complete suit and tie.
      Short and neat is always the best.

  • Alina Niculae

    Reply Reply September 13, 2013

    I’ve been selected for an AD for Etihad Airlines. Can anybody tell more about the swimming test? On their site it is written ” Must be confident in water and be able to swim with the aid of a flotation device.”, but in their invitation they wrote “able to swim 25 m without any flotation device”…so which is which? I want to know, because I just learned how to swim and I don’t have the strength to swim 25 m, 15 maybe…but not 25…That’s the only thing that is bothering me.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 14, 2013

      Hi Alina, there will be no swimming test. During the initial training you will have one day of ditching practice in which you will need to be in water, wearing a life jacket and practicing water survival skills.

  • EMMA

    Reply Reply September 11, 2013

    Hi Kara, I hope you are doing good.
    Just a quick question
    Do you think i would be rejected if i am 2 cms less for the cabin crew requirement.

    Thanks for your help,
    Emma

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 14, 2013

      Hi Emma, the only height requirement refers to your arm reach. As long as you can reach 212 cm (Emirates and Qatar Airways) or 210 cm (Etihad) on your tip toes, you will be accepted for an interview.

  • saba

    Reply Reply September 6, 2013

    hi….how r u
    i am interested in this job i want to to help me please

  • Yasmin

    Reply Reply August 30, 2013

    Hi Kara, I have finally received my invitation for the assessment with emirates airline 🙂 Am I supposed to bring any documents on that day, e.g. my diploma, passport pictures or something like that? And in case of employment, will I be regularly registered by the airline company through the local employment office in my home country or…? Thank u for your response 😉

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 1, 2013

      Hi Yasmin, congratulations for getting shortlisted. You need to be prepared with all documents for the last stages of the assessment.
      Have with you:
      -Copies of your CV – 2
      -Passport photos -6
      -Full length photo in business attire – 2
      -Full length photo in casual attire – 1
      -Copies of your highest educational diploma and other certificates
      -Copy of your passport
      For the initial stage you only need your CV and the photos, but it is always better to be prepared 🙂
      As for the employment, you will be registered in Dubai and no longer with your local employment office. Look for information if your country has tax agreements with United Arab Emirates or you will need to declare and pay taxes for your salary in your country.
      Good luck!

  • Yasmin

    Reply Reply August 28, 2013

    Hi Kara, thank you for your response. I have one more 🙂 I worry about the english test… Are the recruiter very strict at this stage? I mean, how many mistakes you can make to pass the test successful, or must it be without faults? I’m talking about an AD with emirates airline 🙂 Thank u ….

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 28, 2013

      Yes Yasmin, they are pretty strict about it. You are required to be fluent in your language. I can’t give you a single number of mistakes that you are allowed to do. Just try your best to improve your level by reading and writing English regularly and practicing your speaking skills as well.

  • Alexandra

    Reply Reply August 26, 2013

    Hi Kara, i want to go to Emirates Open Day in Milan, but i am from Romania. Do you think it might be a problem that i am going if i am not Italian. Thank You!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 26, 2013

      It is no problem Alexandra. Anybody is welcome to participate in the Open Days regardless which country they come from. Good luck 🙂

  • Maria Hirotonov

    Reply Reply August 26, 2013

    I forgot to ask if the letters should be written by hand or typed…
    Thank you once again and have a nice day!

  • Maria Hirotonov

    Reply Reply August 26, 2013

    Hi Kara, I was invited to an AD with Etihad Airways and I need some help 🙂 I have to bring two service letters from current or previous employers.I am currently working for my family’s company, which means that the letter should be written by my mother or father, and that would make them my referees. Is that a problem? And besides, do the letters have to be written necessarily in English ? Because the employers might not know this language.
    Thank you!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 26, 2013

      Hi Maria, the service letter should be typed on a letterhead paper and it should be in English. If it’s not, the airline might not be able to read it. The letter should be signed by your direct manager or supervisor. If that person is one of your family members that is ok.

  • rachid machite

    Reply Reply August 26, 2013

    hi everyone!
    tommorro is the assessement day and i would like to know how to get a invitation pleas help me i want this job
    thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 26, 2013

      Rachid, the invitation to the assessment day is received after the airline screens your application. It can take anything between couple of weeks to couple of months. First step, you need to apply online. It is not possible to apply today for an assessment that happens tomorrow. Create the online application in time, and you might receive an invitation for the next recruitment drive in your area.

  • Yasmin

    Reply Reply August 26, 2013

    Hi everyone ! I would like to know how many days it takes to get an invitation for an assessment day ? I have applied online about 2 weeks ago and still waiting for an invite 🙁 The assessment is on sept 14th. Thank u 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 26, 2013

      Yasmin, it really depends on the airline. Etihad can take up to 2 months, Emirates up to 3 months, while Qatar Airways usually responds a bit faster.

  • Michi

    Reply Reply August 25, 2013

    hi kara,
    I just wanna ask if they accept applicants with dentures,jackets or pasta? I have the prerequisites but I have problems with my teeth.. Are those airlines strict about that? Im afraid they might reject me because of this problem., I really need your advice.

    Thank you!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 25, 2013

      Hi Michi,

      Your overall appearance must be pleasant, the smile natural, kind and welcoming. If you have that, it will be ok.

  • Cyrus

    Reply Reply August 24, 2013

    Hi Kara
    It’s me again, Cyrus.
    Im just wondering if i can reapply for Qatar Airway again if they failed me after the medical checkup?
    i do really love the cabin crew job. so pls give me some hints.
    thanks again
    Cyrus

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 25, 2013

      Yes Cyrus,

      You can reapply, however please remember that if they failed you once due to your medical test results, they might do it again unless your situation is improved.

  • Tariq

    Reply Reply August 19, 2013

    Hello Kara,
    I have an open day interview in Cologne, Germany by the 31st of August. How many days does it take from the recruitment process until we’re called for the selection process? Because I am supposed to travel by the 1st of Sept for a few days. What do you advise in this case?
    Thank you

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 19, 2013

      Tariq, it really depends on how many people show up for the Open Day. If there aren’t that many, the assessment day may be in continuation of the Open Day (right after you drop off your CV, you will wait in the hotel to be notified if your CV was shortlisted). If there are a lot of people present, you will be notified by the end of the day for the assessment day that will take place the next day. So it will be either August 31st or September 1st and the final interview 1 day after.

  • Cyrus

    Reply Reply August 14, 2013

    Hi Kara.
    left u a msg few days ago about medical result for Qatar Airways
    well…to b honest..there’s nothing much r that bad in my medical result
    BUT i do have short sight…is that possible for them to fail me ?
    seriously…this bad experience do really upset me and do stop me trying other airlines
    pls gimme some advice..
    Cyrus

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 15, 2013

      Cyrus, having a corrected vision should not have been a problem. I can’t understand what happened. All I can advise you is to not lose hope and try again until you are able to reach your dream.

  • Heena

    Reply Reply August 11, 2013

    Hi Kara..I have been looking since a long time but no interviews are taking place for the cabin crew in my area. What should I do ?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 14, 2013

      Heena, where is your area?

  • Cyrus

    Reply Reply August 10, 2013

    Hi Kara
    Thanks for ur lovely and useful information here.
    but do u have any idea what medical requirement they do need in Qatar Airline?
    I have gone thur ALL of their screening and interview…but til i sent for the medical check-up upon their request. they send me an upset and heartbreaking news. :(((((
    im sooo upset as that’s actually a last straw and i dont know what is the reason..
    pls give me some hints so i will pass in the next airline.

    Cyrus

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 10, 2013

      Hi Cyrus,

      I am sorry to hear this. You must feel very disappointed. Was there anything unusual regarding your medical test results?

  • Titi

    Reply Reply August 7, 2013

    Dear Kara, what do they mean If they ask when I had to break the rules. Do they mean the situation when I didn´t act according to supervsor´s orders for example? thank you 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 9, 2013

      Titi, breaking the rules means a time when you did not follow the company’s regulations or supervisor’s orders(when they were according to the company’s regulations).

  • Shiva

    Reply Reply August 7, 2013

    Hi Kara, I just have a question. I have applied for Emirates Cabin Crew, and noticed that there is a Open Day in my area coming up later this month. I have applied for it on their website, but I am not sure if you need to be invited to the Open Day or you can simply go?
    I absolutely LOVED your 25 Questions and Answers guide, has helped so much!
    If you could get back to me that would be great 🙂

    Thanks

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 7, 2013

      Hey Shiva,

      For the Open Days you do not need an invitation prior the event. Just go to the advertised location with the required documents.

  • Titi

    Reply Reply August 5, 2013

    Dear Kara, I would like to ask if it is worth bringing my certificate about working as a volunteer for a non-profit organization, can I really have bold red lipstick?? thank you 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 7, 2013

      Of course Titi, any certificate is great, especially the volunteer work. Red lipstick is also alright. Once you are a cabin crew you have to wear it every day anyway 🙂

  • Titi

    Reply Reply August 5, 2013

    thank you very much for your answer Kara 🙂

  • rehana

    Reply Reply August 3, 2013

    sure kara…..and one more tink am going to attend the jetairways interview on aug 05th….I prepared well…let us see what will hapn.thanks kara……

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 5, 2013

      All the best Rehana 🙂

      -Kara

  • Yayra

    Reply Reply August 1, 2013

    Hi Kara

    Visible tattoos are not accepted, what about visible burnt scar. I have one at the side of leg can i still apply? Thanks a lot.

    Best regards.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 5, 2013

      Yayra,

      It all depends if it is visible through skin colored pantyhose. If it is, that might be a problem during the initial recruitment.

      -Kara

  • Titi

    Reply Reply July 31, 2013

    Hello Kara, nice to hear from you, thank you for your support 🙂 I have already read a lot of articles and discussions about it so I am sometimes confused for what kind of reasons they send people away, they said that those active people were sent away and quiet people passed and maybe its only subjective feeling. Yes, I will apply for Etihad and Qatar too, I am afraid of their question if I have applied for another airline, why I have applied, what airline etc….I know that I can apply but I don´t want to show myself in bad light. And psychometric test.. my nightmare, I am stressed out from it. When I have found your website tt was like I have found a treasure! Have a nice day 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply August 5, 2013

      Titi,

      Your answers are exactly what you choose to share with your potential employer. I am not encouraging you to lie, however if your want to avoid this question (did you apply for any other airlines) you can always say no.
      The psychometric test is the easiest part of the assessment. It targets your personality and that is something you can’t change or learn. If you are not convinced that you are a perfect fit for this job, it will show during the interview, and the result will not be positive. Try to work a bit on your mindset and confidence.

      -Kara

  • Titi

    Reply Reply July 30, 2013

    Hello Kara, how are you doing? I am preparing for Open Day in Emirates But every single day I am less and less self – confident in achieving this great goal. Could you recommend other good airlines in the Middle East? Thanks a lot!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 31, 2013

      Hey Titi,

      Can I ask why are you becoming less confident? It is supposed to be the other way around. The more you learn what to expect and what is expected from you, the more confident you should become. 🙂
      You can also try applying for Etihad and Qatar Airways.
      Don’t forget that your confidence and attitude will be what makes the difference during the recruitment process.

      -Kara

  • navodya

    Reply Reply July 30, 2013

    Hi i’ve been trying to join Etihad Airlines as Cabin Crew. I was born and brought up in the U.A.E, Abu Dhabi, so i don’t think there will be a problem joining Etihad. I’m just worried about one thing. i don’t reach 210 without shoes. Is it okay if i am an inch shorter? is it acceptable or will there be a problem?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 31, 2013

      Dear Navodya,

      The arm reach requirement is very strict. It is part of the initial assessment. If you are unable to pass this stage, your application will be rejected. Arm reach can improve with time. Practice stretching, yoga and you will see results.

      -Kara

  • Ramadan

    Reply Reply July 25, 2013

    niece and very good thankxxx

  • Rehana

    Reply Reply July 24, 2013

    Hi kara,
    How are you?
    My name is Rehana…….. Am completed my diploma in frankfinn institute of hostess training on June 2012. trying to get cabin crew job but i don’t know where we need to apply for that interview….well communication skills…………have passport….Please help me to get cabin crew job. Thank You….

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 25, 2013

      Hi Rehana,

      From your diploma, I am assuming that you are in India. All recruitment in India is organized in conjunction with a local agency (same company that handled your training) called Frankfinn Management Consultants. You will need to contact them to get more details about the upcoming interviews.

      -Kara

  • Maria Hirotonov

    Reply Reply July 19, 2013

    Thank you for your answer Kara. 🙂

  • Maria Hirotonov

    Reply Reply July 18, 2013

    Hi Kara,

    I attended a Cambridge English Advanced class for a while at a Cambridge examination center in my town and then took the exam to obtain the CAE certificate.I successfully passed it, but at grade B. Should I mention it in my resume when applying for a FA position or not ? I must say that the advanced English course for Cambridge did help me interact more with others, work in a team and so on.I was exceptional at Speaking-the assessors said so-which was an important part of the exam.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 19, 2013

      Hey Maria, of course you should mention it. Mention the certificate you got without putting there the grade. That is irrelevant. You passed, you gained the knowledge and experience, that is the most important.

      -Kara 🙂

  • Rj

    Reply Reply July 17, 2013

    Hello kara,
    I’ am a nurse and i resigned from my job 2 weeks ago because i was planning to pursue my long lost dream of becoming a flight attendant.i don’t have any idea at first of what to do before applying in different airline companies. But as I came through your website and read your articles I was enlightened and I’m thankful for sharing your wisdom about this promising career that most people are aiming for.I know it will not be easy but I will always remember all the helpful tips that you shared to all aspiring Flight Attendants.

    Thank you and Godbless

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 18, 2013

      Rj, I wish you the very best in your pursue of flying happiness.

      -Kara

  • Pham Van Cuong

    Reply Reply July 7, 2013

    Dear Kara,
    It”s great to have a reply from you, thanks so much for your encouragement, definitely I will try..
    Wish you all the best.

  • Pham Van Cuong

    Reply Reply July 6, 2013

    Dear Kara,
    By chance I found this website, it is truly very interesting and helpful to the one who are seeking for the job as a flight attendant. Thank you so much for all the useful information and guidelines you have provided to us.
    I am a male Vietnamese national, currently working for Qatar Airways as a Airport Service Agent. I have a dream of becoming a FA for long time now, but I have never think I could meet the requirements as I am only 164 cm tall and I am already 35 year old now.
    However I can reach comfortably to the overhead cabin and other positions where the FA were required to do while perform their duty (but sometimes I still need to stand on my tiptoe – with B777-300.)
    Except from the above weakness. I have good experience in customer services (5 years in Dubai for a famous five star Hotel) and 03 years working for Qatar Airways as a Ground Staff…I have a good health and I also a Bachelor of Tourism Culture.
    With some of the above information I dont know if I am qualified for the job as I am still thinking that, the appearance of the FA is a big asset. The recruiters from Qatar Airways is going to my home town soon for selecting new staff, should I try to apply? and It would be an advantage or disadvantage for me when they know that I am moving from one to an other position in the same company?
    Kindly give me your advise!..
    Thank you so much Kara !!!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 7, 2013

      Hi Pham,

      It sounds that you have amazing experience. The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the mental barriers you are creating. If you meet the minimum requirements (21 years old, fluent in English, high school graduate, no tattoos, physically fit), you should by all means give it a try. If you make it, it will be wonderful. If you don’t, you will at least gain a great experience and you will not live your life wondering what would have happened if you only tried.
      During the interview however try not to appear dissatisfied with your current role within the company. Formulate an answer as in why are you considering a career change.

      Wishing you the very best,

      -Kara

  • Alexis

    Reply Reply July 3, 2013

    Dear Kara,

    I am preparing for the upcoming Open Day in Canada and had a few questions:

    -How should the casual photo look like? What is allowed to wear? I was thinking of a knee length dress. Is color allowed here?
    -What is a service letter and what should it contain?
    -Should we also bring a cover letter with us to the Open Day and hand it in together with the CV?
    -Are the photos submitted with the CV or only during the final interview stage?

    Thanks so much!!!!! 🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply July 3, 2013

      Hi Alexis, here are the answers to your questions.

      -How should the casual photo look like? What is allowed to wear? I was thinking of a knee length dress. Is color allowed here?
      Absolutely. Color is great. Rule of thumb is to provide a photo is a more relaxed setting, but never forget that you are giving it to your potential employer. No smoking, drinking or revealing clothing should be displayed in this photo.
      -What is a service letter and what should it contain?
      This is provided by your current or previous employer and it should state the position you held within the company and the period of time you spent doing that job. It should have the details of the company, as well as an official seal.
      -Should we also bring a cover letter with us to the Open Day and hand it in together with the CV?
      It is not necessary. For the Open Day you only need a latest copy of your CV and 2 passport photos. Have with you the full length business attire photos as well. Sometimes the recruiters ask for it.
      -Are the photos submitted with the CV or only during the final interview stage?
      The passport photos are required during the first stage. For the Final Interview stage you will receive the specific documents you need to provide the next day. This is when you will need the rest.

      Fingers crossed for you, I am sure you will do great 🙂

      -Kara

  • Anie

    Reply Reply June 26, 2013

    Hi, dear Kara.
    Thank you for all your advices, you do amazing job explaining us how to make our dream to become flight attendants come true!
    I am very worried because I`m 159 cm tall and I can reach 212 cm but I`ve been told that sometimes they put the mark higher than 212 cm and I really can`t reach it in that case. Are they going to send me home if I can`t reach more than 212 cm? My second question is about eyesight , I have – 5,25 diopters, that`s much and maybe I`ll fail the medical exam, what do you think? I really want this job but I have to wait until 2015 before applying because I`m not 21 yet. I have no idea if they are going to recruit so much after 4 years! If you have some information about that , please help me :)) Thank you so much! Annie

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 30, 2013

      Hi Anie,

      The height requirement is 212cm. They will not put the mark higher than that.
      As for your eye sight, as long as your vision is corrected and you are comfortable wearing contact lenses, it will not be a problem.

      The expansion plans will continue for the years to come. Prepare and make sure that by the time you can go to the interview you will be the best possible candidate: learn a new language, enhance customer service skills by doing part time jobs or volunteer work.

      -Kara

  • aymen troudi

    Reply Reply June 20, 2013

    hi kara i m aymen from tunisia 28years old i start this month working as flight attendant in pullmantur air spanich company and i have CFS with this company my qualif machine in 747,now i would like to continue my dream with find job with qatar airways really i like a lot this company,can you help me to find;)

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 20, 2013

      Hi Aymen,

      You can start by reading the advice section here
      http://FlightAttendantCentral.com/advice
      Then go online and search the recruitment events organized by the airlines. Once there is something in your area, you can apply for that event.

      Good luck 🙂

      -Kara

  • Aaru

    Reply Reply June 20, 2013

    Iam 25yrs old,Iam married and a mother of 03yr old baby….But still maintain the look……..I had completed BBA and Diploma in Avation…I had not treid for any airlines yet but have 05yrs of experience in hotel field as well as Customer service Field………..Can I try for Airlines….Its my dream job………but have a doubt since iam married.Please help me

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 20, 2013

      @Aaru,

      Marital status is not something that makes you a better or a worse performer. Marital status comes into equation only when dealing with the irregular schedule and long time away from home. Also for the Middle Eastern airlines, you will be offered a single status contract, meaning that your spouse and child can’t come to live with you in the (shared) company provided accommodation. You can apply for the allowance to live outside the accommodation after the first 6 months of probation. So… Can you try for the airlines? It is really up to you to decide.

      -Kara

  • Meryem

    Reply Reply June 17, 2013

    Hi Kara

    my name is Meryem JAWHAR, and I hold the moroccan nationality , I got a message on my phone from qatar airways ,that I will attend the Open Day interview on the 23Th June 2013, at SHERATON Hotel Casablanca;
    Can I ask you the specific document that I must bring for the Open Day because the told me that they have been sent to my email but i don’t get it can you send me the time exact and documents? Tks u

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 18, 2013

      @Meryem,

      For the Open Day you need to bring
      1. Resume / CV
      2. Passport-size photograph
      3. Full Length Photograph
      4. Passport Copy (details/photograph page only)

      Good luck
      🙂

      -Kara

  • bouchrit

    Reply Reply June 14, 2013

    Hi
    Kara, thank you for all the infos. I’m already 26 years old.I’m so
    motivated to work as a flight attendant but the problem that I haven’t a
    passeport 🙁
    Can I still try the cabin crew application?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 16, 2013

      @Bouchrit,

      Of course you can start applying, but eventually you will need to start the application process for a passport as well. Being a flight attendant will require some international travel after all.

      🙂

  • Sandra

    Reply Reply June 12, 2013

    Hi Kara,
    I have a one question for you.. In my country Assessment day will be on 15.06. and I still have a 20 years, i’ll full 21 in august so can I apply now or i need to wait to full 21 and then to apply?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 16, 2013

      @Sandra,

      You can start your application with the airline only when you are 21 years old. For ETihad, if you are 3 months before your 21st birthday you can apply online already.

      -Kara

  • Najmo Aden

    Reply Reply June 10, 2013

    Hi Kara !

    I love your site, it is very informativ. And i am delighted to know that i have basic requirement to bacome a flight attendent but i have one problem. You see i am muslim and i wear a hijab (not on the face only the hair) so i was wondering if i have a chance to work in Emirates, Etihad or Qatar Airways?. I heard i can work in Saudiarabien Airlines with my hijab but i am not interested in there. So do i have a chance?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 11, 2013

      Hi Najmo,

      It’s great you want to be a flight attendant, but Emirates, Etihad or Qatar Airways’ uniform for the flight crew does not include the hijab. The only airline that accepts the hijab is Saudi Airlines. There are a lot of girls who remove the hijab when going to work. If this is something you might consider, then you can apply.

      -Kara

  • GHada Mounir

    Reply Reply June 6, 2013

    Dear ,

    my name is Ghada Mounir, and I hold the Greek nationality , and I am currently in Sydney , therefore I will attend the Open Day interview on the 15th June 2013, at Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney;
    Can I ask you the specific document that I must bring for the Open Day , and the Photos, kindly specify how the photos should be. and How many photos?
    should I apply online before the open day? as I tried so many times trough the website but I couldn’t.

    I Do speak many languages: Arabic, Greek, Spanish and French and I am 170cm , but I am 35 years old

    thank you
    Ghada

    • Kara

      Reply Reply June 6, 2013

      @Ghada, you can go to the Open Day without prior registration. All you need is an updated copy of your CV and a color passport photograph (4.5 x 3.5cm) on white, grey or blue background.

      Your age is not an issue. The only requirement is minimum 21 years old.

      Best of luck,

      -Kara

  • Suraj

    Reply Reply May 28, 2013

    Hi kara…
    This is suraj from india.
    Basically kara i just wanted to know some basic tackling questions for the recruitment process
    Does a person may get a break into emirates as a cabin crew if he/she is

    1.currently running in 21 years of years?
    2.height for boys 5’6 is fair enough?
    3.weight between 55-60kgs in good?
    4.does excluding english other languages also we have to speak?
    5.the person who is totally fresher in any job they can also get a break?
    6. Does after the selection some donation or charges the airlines may ask us ??

    Kara there are many more questions running in my mind.
    It would be gratefull if u answer some of my questions and give me some basic tips for get into aviation.
    🙂

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 30, 2013

      @Suraj, great questions. Please see the answers below 🙂
      1.currently running in 21 years of years?
      You must be 21 years old at the time of your application.
      2.height for boys 5’6 is fair enough?
      As long as you can reach 212cm on your tip toes, you are fine.
      3.weight between 55-60kgs in good?
      You weight must be proportionate to your height: a normal Body Mass Index. You can calculate it here http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm
      4.does excluding english other languages also we have to speak?
      For recruitment in India, Emirates expects the candidates to speak Bengali or Persian.
      5.the person who is totally fresher in any job they can also get a break?
      Yes
      6. Does after the selection some donation or charges the airlines may ask us ??
      No. You work for the airline. They are paying you a salary. It is not the other way around.

      Good luck!

      -Kara

  • Kremena

    Reply Reply May 17, 2013

    Hi Kara,

    during the health examinations do they make drug tests?

    Regards,

    Kremena

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 17, 2013

      @Kremena, yes they do test for drug usage during the initial medical test, as well as random tests throughout your service.

      -Kara

  • Claudia

    Reply Reply May 16, 2013

    Dear Kara,

    Thank you very muh for your answer. Next week I have programmed to remove the tattoo. It is my dream job :).
    Best regards for you :).

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 16, 2013

      Well done Claudia 🙂 I hope it won’t hurt too much.

      -Kara

  • Maria

    Reply Reply May 14, 2013

    Hello Kara,

    I really want to become a flight attendant for the Emirates Airline and I know that having some working experience is important, altough it is not a mandatory requirement.I have some working experience, not much, but it is essential, as I worked all day long five days a week.Now I don’t have the same job because it was in a different city and I had to move back to my home town.Here, I’ve really tried to find a job but unfortunately I didn’t.There are a few job offers as iti is a small town and it really is difficult to find a place to work.Because I don’t want to stay at home and do nothing, I decided to work for my family’s small firm.The problem is that I am not actually employed, I am kind of an intern and I want to know what papers will I need to show the recruitors in case of a FI.Will a service letter/recommendation letter be enough? I must add I also do some tutoring and, as I don’t have an actual employer, how can I prove I am tutor?
    Thank you, Kara, for taking your time to read my comment.You are an amazing person, so helpful and kind-hearted!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 16, 2013

      Hi Maria,

      Any work experience is great, even for your family, volunteer work or internships. It shows initiative and desire to do your best to succeed. A service letter is enough from your family’s firm. Also, for your tutoring, you can ask the parents to write you a recommendation letter, including a description of your tasks and their assessment of your performance. All of this is great support to your application.

      -Kara

  • Yonela Myataza

    Reply Reply May 9, 2013

    Hi Kara,my name is Yonela Myataza and I’m 23 years old,I want to become a flight attendant ,I did the medical test and I’m healthy, in february this year i went for a training to a Aviation school but the problem is I did not write the big exams at CAA due to the finance,I would like to know if do you guys train someone and then work for you guys..thank you

  • mina

    Reply Reply May 8, 2013

    hello kara
    I can’t find the words to show you how greatfull i am to you… thanks for helping people everyday.
    I have been to Emirates AD almost two years ago and i survived until the final interview but unfortunatly ”NO GOLDEN CALL”.
    Now i want to try again but not in my home coutry but am scared so my questions are:

    1::: during my final interview i was asked to bring documents and since I won’t attend it in my home country i will have to prepare everything before going so if i am successfull can you please remind me what documents do i have to bring to my final interview??? Can i be penalized if one is missing???

    2:::at the biggening of my final interview the lady told me that i have a ”baby voice” wich is true. At that moment i was left in a weakened condition. Know i still wonder if it was the reason why i was unsuccessfull… Is it a problem for me to be hired??? and if i have to face this situation again how do i have to behave and what to say???
    Thank once again kara.
    looking forward for your answer.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 12, 2013

      @Mina,

      It is really great that you are ready and willing to try again. This time very prepared 🙂
      For the final interview, you will need to bring:
      DOCUMENTS
      Copy of your highest diploma and other training certificates (if you have any)
      Copy of your passport
      A service letter from your current or last employer, stating your position and length of service
      PHOTOS
      6 passport photographs (make sure you are smiling)
      1 full length photographs in business attire (skirt suit, skin colored pantyhose), facing the camera with the arms on your side
      2 casual photographs (in a non compromising setting)

      You should have them all prepared before you go.

      Fingers crossed,

      -Kara

  • vanessa

    Reply Reply May 8, 2013

    Hello Kara,

    What can you say about weight requiremnts? I am not skinny but I am willing to apply to Emirates that is gonna hels an OP in Brazil next week. How they deal with it? I dont wanna waste my time going there to hear that I should loose weight and them apply again.
    Thank you so much

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 12, 2013

      @Vanessa,

      Your weight should fall between the normal BMI ranges of 18-25. You can calculate your BMI online here http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm

      If you have a pleasant appearance, you are a qualified candidate and you make a good impression during the interview, you will be fine.

      -Kara

  • Shaheen

    Reply Reply May 5, 2013

    Dear Kara,

    I’ve been invited for an Assessment day by Etihad, I’m weak in swimming and may I know if it can be the reason for rejecting my application. They’ve asked if I can swim for 25 metres. I think it’s hard to do the task. Will they ask us to swim during the assessment ?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 5, 2013

      Hi Shaheen,you won’t be asked to swim during the assessment day, however it will be part of the training during the initial phase. You will have to perform some ditching scenarios while wearing a life jacket. Good luck with your interview 🙂

      -Kara

  • Irish

    Reply Reply May 3, 2013

    Hi Kara, thank you for all the infos. I’m already 32 years old, single, no child, knows how to swim, 155 cm only. Can I still try the cabin crew application? Would appreciate your reply. Thank you.(“,)

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 3, 2013

      @Irish,

      Your age is not a problem, but your height is. You must be able to reach 212cm on your tip toes. I am not sure if that is possible with your height. If it is, then go ahead and start applying.

      🙂

      -Kara

  • Claudia

    Reply Reply April 30, 2013

    Hey Kara,
    First of all, congratulation for your promptitude :).
    I am from Romania, I was today at the Assessment Day. We had the English test and in the same we had the arm reach test and we were asked about birth signs tattoos etc.
    As you probably know, after that we waited half for the results to find out who will move on to the next step of the Assessment Day. Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of the lucky ones.
    My English test was good, I am very sure of that, the problem I think was that I have a small (very small) tattoo on my leg down – it is a personal sign. At the first interview, nobody asked me about any tattoo.
    In conclusion, if I am very sure that the English test was good, do you think the problem might be the tattoo? If yes, this means I could never candidate for this job again, only if I remove my tattoo?
    I would really need your feedback, to know what to do further.
    Thank you in advance :).

    • Kara

      Reply Reply May 2, 2013

      Hi Claudia,

      One of the minimum requirements for the cabin crew position is no visible tattoos while wearing the cabin crew uniform. That is knee length skirt and short sleeve blouse. Because of the tattoo on your leg, you will not be accepted for an interview. I am sorry. If this job is truly your dream, your only chance is to consider removal.

      -Kara

  • Alex owuor

    Reply Reply April 10, 2013

    hello.am graduate looking to study cabin crew.am looking for college supported by etihad and l have not found one.please help me find one in Kenya,Nairobi.please am looking forward to work with you.please help me.thank you.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 15, 2013

      Alex,

      The only training supported by Etihad Airways is in their Etihad Training Academy in Abu Dhabi. You must apply online for the cabin crew position. If your CV is selected, you will be invited to participate in a recruitment event. If you are successful through all the stages of the interview and also pass the medical tests, you will be offered a contract to become a cabin crew. The cost of training will be supported by the airline. There is no other way to become a cabin crew for Etihad.

      -Kara

  • lavinia

    Reply Reply April 3, 2013

    Hi Kara!
    I want to become a FA and work for the Emirates airline.I worked in a shop for seven months where I had to deal with customers from my country and all over the world 12 hours a day. The question is : are 7 months of working experience enough in order to be successful at the final interview ?
    Thank you for your time and I am looking forward to receiving your answer !

    • Kara

      Reply Reply April 4, 2013

      Lavinia,

      Are you still working in this job? If you are not, you should find something in the same(or similar) field, for continuation. If you can’t find a job, look into volunteer work. The point is to show that you are active and willing to work and improve your skills.

      -Kara

  • Ivana

    Reply Reply March 22, 2013

    Hello Kara,

    I would like to know more about those medical tests that need to be done. I would be grateful if you can give me a list of them.
    I am interested in what condition your teeth need to be. One of my first two teeth is like 2 millimeters slightly above the other one. Is that a huge problem? And I had to remove 2 of my back teeth, it is not something you see when I smile but will sure be in the dental chart.
    One more thing, I sent and e-mail because I wanted to receive those 25 questions but even after confirming on the link below they weren’t sent to me.

    Thank you.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 22, 2013

      Hi Ivana,

      You can read more about what comes after the assessment day, including what medical tests you must pass here
      https://flightattendantcentral.com/%20/what-to-expect-after-the-assessment-day/

      Your teeth need to be in general good condition, meaning you should not have any untreated infections or dental restoration that must be treated after you start your employment. This is strictly an insurance aspect, as the insurance will not cover pre-existing conditions. Small dental defects are not an issue and this will not stand in your way to be successful at passing the medical tests.
      A new link with the 25 questions and answers was sent to your personal email. I hope it works now.

      🙂

      -Kara

  • vida

    Reply Reply February 6, 2013

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  • Diana

    Reply Reply January 29, 2013

    Hi Kara,thanks for your help!!i would like to ask you !!
    i went 2 days ago OD of Emirates!!there was lot of people about 1000!!
    so they didn’t call me!! :((
    but in 10 days they have another open days in other city,in Athens 9/2
    if i will try there again,what you think?
    because i have no idea why they didn’t call me,that’s why,i even have no idea what i have to prove on myself!!
    i gived them my cv,but from the 1000 cv’s.i don’t belive they will remember me!!only if the AD wil come the same cabin crew staff..!!that’s bad news!!but who knows!!so tell me,do i have to try to follow my dream,is it so bad to go again there???

  • Siham

    Reply Reply December 21, 2012

    Hi kara,

    I am planing to apply for etihad airways soon ,but I have tow questions:

    -How the English test looke like?
    -I am 28 years old, married and I have five years experience with Qatar airways, do you think I can make it?
    The reson why i am asking is that I got terminated from my Companny six months ago

    Thank you

  • kammi

    Reply Reply December 5, 2012

    Hi Kara!

    First of all, I would like to thank you for all the useful informations you have put up here for us.

    It’s really detailed and simple to understand.

    By the way, do Qatar Airlines allow arm reach test of 212cm with one arm or both arms?

    I can only reach with one hand but if I stretched out with both hands, I can’t.

    Have a nice day 😉

    Thank you so much.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply December 5, 2012

      Dear Kammi,

      I am glad that I can be of help to you. As far as the arm reach goes, it really depends on each assessor. Sometimes, when they see you can barely make it with one arm, they will ask you to try with both arms. Some other times they just let you try with one arm and if you can reach it, you pass. 🙂
      Keep on stretching though, the arm reach is something that can be improved with exercise.

      Good luck at the interview,

      -Kara

  • Niko

    Reply Reply November 26, 2012

    Hi Kara

    I’ll get straight to the point. I have a question – I’ve been recently accepted to become a cabin crew on an international airline. Now, my medical is on Tuesday (tomorrow on the 27th) and I was wondering what’d it’d be like. I have a VSD but successfully closed because of my open heart surgery when I was 2 months old (I’m 23 now). I lead a healthy lifestyle and have had no major problems with my life. I do regular check ups, but the last one was almost last year! So… if you cane be kind enough to give a friendly (or proffesional) advice on my current situation, I’d be very happy! Basically I’m just asking whether it would be ideal for me to continue to be a Flight Attendant? Do you know anyone else with my condition and is working as a cabin crew? Many thanks in advance!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 28, 2012

      Dear Niko,

      First of all congratulations for passing your interview! That is a great accomplishment.
      As for your medical condition, the only qualified individual to assess your situation is an aviation doctor. You say that your VSD was solved and it did not impact your adult life and normal development, so that should not stop you from performing this job. However, the honest thing is that this work puts a strain on your body: from the long hours spent standing, different cabin pressure, lower levels of oxygen and humidity than on the ground and the hectic schedule of day and night flying. For all the benefits and incredible perks of a job, there will always be a downside, and this is the one here.
      It is ultimately your decision, and I strongly recommend you see an aviation doctor and ask all your questions.

      All the best,

      -Kara

  • Lindelwa

    Reply Reply November 22, 2012

    Hi Kara

    Thanks for all the information you have provided. Please may you assist, I can’t seem to access the 25 Question and answers. What should I do?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 23, 2012

      Hey Lindelwa,

      I just sent you an email with a new link to the 25 Questions and Answers booklet.

      🙂

      May you use it at its fullest for the interview,

      -Kara

  • Luba

    Reply Reply November 14, 2012

    Thanks again Kara!

    I’ll learn as much as i can!
    I want to specify again about the recruitment process – if i go to an Open day and i am not asked for the Assesment day at all, do i have to wait again 6 months or not? otherwise i absolutely agree that u have to improve yourself and this requires time ( although 6 months are a lot of time:( but it’s their rule and there is nothing to be done ).

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 14, 2012

      @Luba,

      If you just hand over your CV and it is not accepted, you can of course try again whenever you wish. That is provided you did not apply online. Once you do that, you application dates will be monitored. When you participate in the assessment day, even if you fail the first stage, there is a 6 months waiting period.

      🙂

      -Kara

  • Luba

    Reply Reply November 14, 2012

    Hi Kara,

    Thanks again – i did the test and i am very hopeful now because the result was advanced:)

    I have two more questions:

    Is it true that if u r not asked for AD by Emirates u don’t have to wait 6 months and u can go to the next OD earlier?

    I have silicone in my lips and couple of people told me that this might a problem, is this true? I mean i know that it’s not very goob,but i was asked for QR AD so i hope that if i am good enough and they like they will take me and this won’t be an obstacle?

    Thank u for ur answers in advance!

    Luba

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 14, 2012

      Luba, to answer your questions, yes, it is true that if your are not successful in any of the stages of the Assessment Day you can not reapply within 6 months. This makes sense, because if you need to improve any skills, you will not be able to do so in couple of weeks. Use the time wisely and learn about what does it take to be successful in the interview process.
      As for your lips, if your appearance is overall pleasant, there should not be any issues with it.

      And well done with your English test 🙂

      -Kara

  • Lyubomira

    Reply Reply November 12, 2012

    Hi,

    I’ve been dreaming about this job for maybe a year nad a half and after two unsuccessful attempts i’ve realised that you have to be really well prepared for this companies ( and they definetely the places where i want to go ).
    I am very glad that i’ve discovered this site and i am sure it will be very useful!
    One of my biggest concerns is my english level ( i am working on this and i will do what is necessary so that i improve it to the requested levels. I saw in the article above that i can check my level somewhere here but i can’t find exactly where. Can u help me with this?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 14, 2012

      Dear Lyubomira,

      You can check your English level by clicking here

      Good luck,

      -Kara

  • Vanessa

    Reply Reply November 9, 2012

    Hi Kara! I just can’t believe I found this page, first I want to thank you this is a very completed site!… My dream is to become a FA, i’m from Colombia and I’m really interested to apply for Fly Emirates, I’m a little short, my question is if i have to reach 212cms with both arms or just one, because with both arms i only get to 209cms, but we one i get 213cm… and God bless you girl, you’re helping so many people!!!…

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 9, 2012

      Hi Vanessa 🙂

      At the Emirates interview they will ask you to reach with one arm or with both (if you can). Minimum requirement is at least one arm and at least one finger. Just make sure though that your finger reaches over the mark on the wall.
      Qatar Airways and Etihad might ask you to reach with one arm and then with both to see if you can do it.
      Keep on stretching every day, it really is possible to improve your arm-reach.

      Good luck and keep up posted on how it goes at the interview,

      -Kara

  • diana

    Reply Reply October 4, 2012

    hi,
    i had applied online for the airlines but there is no rerponse.y so.what is the oher way were i can apply kindly help me please.

  • Maddie

    Reply Reply September 26, 2012

    Hi Kara, I truly enjoy reading your blog and you have provided a thorough information with regards to becoming a flight attendant. Before I ask you a few questions, I would like to thank you for putting so much effort into formulating various articles in this blog that have benefited everyone in succeeding their goals.

    My questions:

    1) Have you met any short FA girls at Emirates or any Middle Eastern Airlines? I understand that most middle eastern airlines would require you to reach 212 cm (on tip toes). I am only 5’0 and that is (150-152.4 cm, I think). I haven’t tried marking the wall and reaching 212 cm yet as I don’t want to disappoint myself and which would only stop me from applying or attending the OD in my home country. I was watching some videos on youtube (flight attendants on different airlines) I have seen some short girls that are about my height.

    2) Do all Middle Eastern Airlines require you to swim? I am particularly interested to join Emirates Airlines – do they test your swimming skills? I asked one of my friends who works as FA with Emirates Airlines re if swimming is a must skill. She told me that 4 years ago during her DOJ there was no swimming test and she also said that Emirates does not require you to be able to swim at all. I also checked Emirates website under requirements it does not specify that you must be able to swim. So what do you think Kara?

    3) Kara, I would like to know if you are still working as FA until now? If yes, which Airline?

    That’s all for now, I hope you can answer all my questions and thank you once again for taking the time to read my comments and questions. I look forward to read your answers.

    • Kara

      Reply Reply September 28, 2012

      Dear Maddie,

      To answer your questions:
      1. Your height is not really that important. What is crucial however is your arm reach. When interviewing for a flight attendant position, you will be tested for an arm reach of 212cm for Emirates and Qatar Airways and 210cm for Etihad. The reason for this is purely safety related: you must be able to reach the safety equipment located in the upper storages, as well as being able to close all the over-head compartments where passengers store their luggage.
      2. In terms of the initial requirement, only Etihad requires its cabin crew to be able to swim 25m. Emirates and Qatar Airways do not, however you will have to show that you are comfortable in water during the initial training as you will need to do a simulation of evacuation on water. It will all be in a pool and you will be wearing a life jacket.
      3. I worked in aviation for 7 years, and now FlightAttendantCentral website is my full time job.

      I hope this helped and I wish you good luck 🙂

      -Kara

  • salaheddin

    Reply Reply April 6, 2012

    Dear Miss.Kara;

    I want every information about cabin crew that will help me to improve my English language.

  • Ann

    Reply Reply March 23, 2012

    Is it any age restrictions? From 21 till … ?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 25, 2012

      No, there is no age restriction except the minimum age of 21 years old. It depends on your experience and your willingness to do this job with dedication and great energy.

      🙂

      Good luck!

      -Kara

  • tussybecky

    Reply Reply March 19, 2012

    this is just what i need
    have been living in the state of worries and confusion,
    thousands of questions like how do i get there,
    what do i need to get there and so on keep my heart burning day by day
    now i think i can start from somewhere
    thanks to who so ever has brought this up.
    keep it good work going.
    regards

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 19, 2012

      Thank you tussybecky,

      I am glad that you find this info useful. Wishing you all the best in your plans!

      -Kara

  • Vanessa

    Reply Reply March 12, 2012

    HI, I’m originally from Eastern Europe, but I live and study in the US. I’m studying general business, but I’m not enjoying it as much as I was thinking I would. I started daydreaming about becoming a flight attendant. Since I was a little girl it was my dream,however I convinced myself that my chances of getting in were really low, so I put my dream aside and started college. After talking to few friends who recently became flight attendants I became interested in becoming one too. However, my friends are flight attendants for Emirates Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines. They both love and enjoy it. Since I’m in the states and not in the same position as my friends were I’m wondering if American Airlines hire international crew, or do I have to be a citizen to be eligible to apply for position?

    • Kara

      Reply Reply March 15, 2012

      Dear Vanessa,

      Here at Flight Attendant Central we are only talking about the airlines in the Middle East, such as Emirates, Etihad or Qatar Airways. I did some research for you however and I found that US carriers accept applicants that possess and maintain a valid United States passport or foreign passport. Applicants must have the right to travel freely in and out of the United States, to and from all cities served by the airline.
      American Airlines is not currently hiring cabin crew and your best chance is either with a regional airline or with a foreign airline, but that assumes that you relocate.

      Wishing you good luck!

      -Kara

  • mazharul hoque

    Reply Reply January 30, 2012

    i think this is a smart job…………thats why i wana be a cabin crew, its my dream and i want dream to reality

    • Kara

      Reply Reply January 30, 2012

      Follow your dream! 🙂

      -Kara

  • Chartric

    Reply Reply January 20, 2012

    The forum is a brighter place thanks to your posts. Thanks!

  • Amber

    Reply Reply November 19, 2011

    Hi,

    I have a tattoo on my lover back. Is that a problem? Would they not accept my application? Can I tell them I dont have any tattoos? Because it is not visible at all…

    • Kara

      Reply Reply November 21, 2011

      Hi Amber,

      A tattoo on your lower back should not be a problem. Airlines have a problem with tattoos showing out of the uniform, meaning:
      – tattoo is located above your neck
      – on your arms (visible when wearing a short-sleeved blouse)
      – on your legs (visible when wearing a skirt)

      The question comes at the first interview. You will have to be honest about it, tell them if you have tattoos and where are they located on your body. There have been incidents when people have been sent home during their training and medical tests because they had tattoos that were visible while wearing the uniform and they never said a word about it.

      Better be honest!

      Good luck!

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