Have you been dreaming of becoming a flight attendant since you were old enough to spot a plane in the sky?
Or maybe you just love to travel and want to see the world without paying a penny for the plane tickets or the hotels.
Do you want to meet and talk to people from many exotic places?
Or do you just desire all eyes on you while strolling through the airport wearing red lipstick and high heels? But how do you get there? Where should you start?

Whether this is the first time you consider applying for this job, or you have been trying but failing to get into the glamorous airline world, you are in the right place! Here at Flight Attendant Central, you will learn exactly how to start the process of becoming a flight attendant for some of the most significant, competitive airlines in the world.

The selection process the airlines have for recruiting new crew is not the simplest.
Typically, out of 1000 applications, only 100 are called for an interview. Through a series of complex assessments to establish the ideal candidates, only ten people are offered the job.

You will be one of those ten people if know what to expect, but also what is expected from you.

I talked to many people who have tried their luck without researching what the specific companies were looking for and failed. I also listened to the ones who went in there just to ‘give it a try’ and were sent home after the first round of interviews. They were surprised.

By knowing beforehand what to expect, preparing for success and showing the best version of yourself on that day of the assessment, you will be one of the selected candidates!

Let us start with the specific steps for turning your dream into reality.

There are some prerequisites for doing this job, and to qualify for an interview, you will need to meet every single one of them. If you have other concerns about what might be relevant or not, read through the 11 common worries and questions.

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 of your parents or guardians. You will be required to handle the onboard consumption bars, as well as take decisions regarding your bank account, insurance policy, and other paperwork.

If you are younger, you will need to wait for your 21st birthday to submit your application online. Use this time wisely and prepare as much as possible for the complex assessment process that follows.

2. Arm-reach

When working as a cabin crew, you will need to close the overhead compartments in the larger planes and be able to access the emergency equipment that is sometimes located in there.

Emirates and Qatar Airways require their candidates to be able to reach 212 cm (6’11.4’’).
For Etihad, the arm-reach is 210 cm (6’10.7’’).

Take a measuring tape and put a mark on the wall next to the required height. Without shoes (you may get on your tip toes if necessary), you will need to touch the mark comfortably. No jumping to reach it is permitted.

***Emirates has a height minimum requirement as well: you must be at least 160 cm in height.

3. High school certificate

This minimum educational requirement is in place to ensure the candidates have some general knowledge and ability to learn to be able to pass the safety and emergency training that needs to be completed once an offer of employment is made. The training is intense.
If you don’t yet have your diploma, study hard and pass those final exams. If you dropped out of school, contact your last high school and ask for the necessary classes to attend to obtain your certificate. For this job or any other one, having a minimum education is extremely important.

4. No visible tattoos

No tattoo should be visible while wearing the uniform. Putting a bandage or concealer on it is not acceptable.
Stay clear of ink on your hands and arms, as well as your legs and your neck area. The female uniform is usually a short sleeve blouse and a skirt, while the male one is a long sleeve shirt and long pants.

If you have tattoos and are considering laser removal, don’t participate in an interview while it is still visible. You will be automatically disqualified regardless of your potential. Be patient and work on skills that can be polished until the tattoo removal procedure is done.
*** Qatar Airways has a strict no-tattoo policy regardless of location.

5. Medically fit

This job is associated with glamour, and for many people being a flight attendant means looking fabulous all the time and offering tea or coffee on the plane. The truth is very far from that. You will need to work long hours (day or night), on high heels, with different cabin pressures and sometimes lifting bulky items – while continuing to look fabulous.
Also, being in contact with so many people, you will need to be clear of transmittable diseases such as TBC, Hepatitis or HIV.

You will be able to pass this stage if you keep a healthy lifestyle, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly and attend your medical check-ups. Medical clearance must be provided after your successful interview. Once you join the airline, you will have to pass the aviation specific medical test that will be done at the airline clinic.

6. Fluent in English

English is the most extensively used official language of aviation and the one used for all emergency related commands and training. It is also the language to communicate with colleagues and passengers.

If English is not your first language, you will need to make sure that you can read, understand, speak and write correctly in English. If you want to check your levels, you can test yourself online here.

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

7. Customer service experience

***This is a minimum requirement from Emirates. Applicants for the cabin crew position must have at least one year experience in customer service or hospitality industry.
Regardless of the airline you wish to apply for, having customer service experience is always viewed as an advantage.

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

Browse the companies that hire

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 to the official careers website.

Apply online or go to the open day

If there are open days organized in your country or in a location you can travel to at your own expense, prepare your documents and start the interview research.
If the events are invitation only assessments, you must apply online first. If your profile is shortlisted, you will receive an invitation with the details.
Apply online for Emirates Airlines
Apply online for Etihad Airways
Apply online for Qatar Airways

Start preparing for the interview

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    789 replies to "Becoming a Flight Attendant – Where to Start"

    • Anne

      Hi Kara,

      I plan to attend the OD of Qatar Airways this coming weekend. But I have a bit of mosquito bites on both of my legs and they turned into black spots. I’m applying an ointment, it gradually lightens but still visible. Do you think I can pass the interviews with these? Can I cover them with makeup?

      Thank you.

      • Kara

        Yes Anne, makeup and pantyhose should do the trick. Good luck!

    • sarah

      hay so i have a question so im 20 and im planning to apply next year, i had a jaw and cheekbone surgery 2 years ago because my face was a little unnsymmetrical, now everything healed perfectly i dont feel anything anymore even when i fly its like i never had surgery BUT i have some screws in my jaw/head (i dont feel them at all) which makes me really scared of not being able to apply bc of that, my face looks waay better than before but its still a LITTLE unsymmetrical, but i am a very confident person and an emirates crews member alredy told me its not about the teeth or face but your personality and the way you present yourself but im still kinda worried, what do you think?

      thanks in advance 🙂

      • Kara

        Hi, Sarah,
        Your friend is right. It’s only about your skills and attitude!
        If this procedure is not affecting your daily life and you don’t experience any pain or consequences, you should be fine. I, however, am not an aviation doctor. You should consult one first and seek their advice. I hope this helps.

    • Komal

      Hello Kara mam.
      How to subscribe to your newsletter?
      Are the assessment days kept in our country? I am from India.
      Do regular teeth are required?

    • Mimi

      Hi Kara,

      I’m wearing dentures, but i think is it not obvious when I smile. Can I still apply?
      I really want to be a cabin crew 🙁

      • Kara

        Yes Mimi, you can.

    • Sanjeev Saini

      Hii Kara,

      You’re helping so many people who are willing to become a cabin crew and you’re getting lots of blessings as well.

      Have a Happiest Life Ahead!

      My question is …. I’m wearing spectacles, Will I be able to apply for a cabin crew If I get a Laser Eye Surgery.

      Already subscribed & joined Facebook Group. A bit busy in office. Want to get a Paper book not E-Book, If any option just let me know for that also.

      Many Many Thanks Kara! 🙂
      Sanjeev Saini

      • Kara

        Hi, Sanjeev. You can have your vision corrected by contact lenses. If you want to go ahead with the surgery, that is fine as well.
        The book is currently only available in electronic format, which you can print by yourself, but we will have it available in paperback through Amazon in the next couple of weeks. We will keep you posted.

    • Funto

      Hi Kara, thanks so much for this platform. It has been really helpful. I applied to Etihad airline in May but I got a mail that they won’t continue with my application and I should reapply in 6months time (November). I have the knowledge of 3 languages and I was wondering why it was rejected until I read in one of your articles that customer care service experience is required to boost your CV.
      I am new to the labour market and I decided to apply to a local airline in my country which I am presently working on.
      I want to know if this will increase my chances to get to work with Etihad or Emirate?
      And also the 6 months “re-apply rule”, should I wait 6 months or should I try applying again before that time?

      • Kara

        Hi Funto,

        Your attitude is excellent. You should seek as much customer service experience as possible. It will certainly boost your chances of being selected.
        I am a big believer in following rules, especially right now as they are not advertising any recruitment events, but just gathering CVs. Wait until November, improve your profile and re-apply. I hope this helps 🙂

      • Mariam

        Hi Kara.
        I was wondering, what happens if all aspiring flight attendants read this and follow all the instructions? How will the recruitment team be able to select 10 people out of a thousand when they all have what it takes to be a flight attendant?

        • Kara

          Mariam, you see, Open Days are highly competitive events and only the best of the best will be selected. The recruiters will consider not only your CV, but also your ability to make a good first impression and perform well in all the stages of the event. So the more you prepare and understand what is required from you, the best you will perform. I hope this helps you 🙂

    • sara

      hello kara.
      first of all, amazing website. I find it incredibly helpful.
      I am 22 years old and i am from pakistan. I wanted to know if emirates have open days in pakistan? and when do they start hiring ? like which month would it be? and i don’t have any job experience right now but i’ve done two internships and i’ve volunteered a lot so would that improve my chances of selection? and how do i apply online? i have created an account on their careers page and they didn’t even ask for my CV?
      I would really appreciate your help. thank you 🙂

      • Kara

        Hi Sara,

        Emirates is currently not recruiting cabin crew, anywhere in the world. They also do not accept online applications. We don’t have any details in regards to when they will restart, however, we will keep you posted as soon as we know something if you sign up for our newsletter. I hope this is helpful 🙂

    • Ijaz Ahammad

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

      • Kara
        • Jrel

          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

            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

      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

        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

      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

        10cmx15cm Charlotte.

    • Lukia

      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

        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

      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

        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

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

    • Pooja Bhagchandani

      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

        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

      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

        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

          Many tnx for your kind advise Kara

    • priyanka

      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

        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

      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

        Nov 18th not june

      • Kara

        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

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

          • Kara

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

            • Sephora

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

    • Roy

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

      • Kara

        There is no official upper age to be selected Roy.

    • V

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

      • Kara

        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

      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

        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

          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

            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

      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

      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

        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

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

          • Kara

            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

      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

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

        • Step

          Thank you Kara! 🙂

    • Bea

      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

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

    • Megha

      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

        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

          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

            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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

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

      • Kara

        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

      Do airline companies check your grades?

      • Kara

        No Jan, they do not.

    • Preeti Gupta

      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

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

      • Jan

        Is it okay if you have veins on your hands?

        • Kara

          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

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

      • Kara

        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

      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

        Yes Maria, they do,

    • Beatrice

      Do airline companies accept bow legged people? 😖

      • Kara

        Are you diagnosed for this condition Beatrice?

        • Beatrice

          Yes 😭

          • Kara

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

    • Roxanne

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

      • Kara

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

    • Maxine

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        What’s your arm reach Nidhi?

        • Nidhi

          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

            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

      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

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

    • van

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

      • Kara

        Yes, if you can conceal them with makeup.

        • Annie

          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

            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

      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

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

    • Akshat jain

      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

        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

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

      • Kara

        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

          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

            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

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

    • Meghan

      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

        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

          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

            Well done Meghan! So proud of you!!!

            • Meghan

              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

              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

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

      • Kara

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        Nitika, for which airline are you planning to apply?

    • Paul

      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

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

        • Paul

          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

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

            • Paul

              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

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

    • John

      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

        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

      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

        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

          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

            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

            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

              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

              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

              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

        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

          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

            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

      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

        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

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

        • Kara

          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

      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

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

        • Liyana Eddie

          Thank you so much Kara.U r an angel!

    • Priyanka

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

          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

            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

            Hi Tigist,

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

            Greets,
            Chaima

    • Mauna

      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

        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

      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

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

    • Kim

      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

        Yes Kim, you should be fine.

      • Kim

        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

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

    • peter

      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

        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

      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

        Depends on the airline. White is accepted by all.

    • abhijith

      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

        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

      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

      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

        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

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

      • Kara

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

    • lyn

      hi kara,

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

      thanks.

      • Kara

        That’s fine Lyn.

      • rena

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

        • Kara

          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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        🙂

    • Anh

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

      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

        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

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

      • Kara

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

    • jacnaza

      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

        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

      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

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

    • Kridiboop

      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

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

    • nitiejean nora davis

      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

        Just submit your online application Nora.

    • Mercy

      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

        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

      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

      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

        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

      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

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

    • Lorraine

      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

      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

        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

      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

        For which airline Lorraine?

    • khush

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

    • Umar

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        I am so happy to hear that Joyce!

    • Joyce Delos Reyes

      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

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

    • Hussam

      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

        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

      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

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

    • Hedaya

      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

        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

      qatar airline is the best airline in the world to fly

      • Kara

        🙂

    • nitu

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

      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

        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

      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

        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

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

      • Kara

        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

      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

        Did you try stretching Airam?

    • John

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

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

    • riddhi

      Hi,

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

      • Kara

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

    • ANINDITA GHOSH

      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

        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

      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

        It’s fine 🙂

    • FerPR

      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

        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

      I mean the emirates accommodation sorry.

    • Sarah

      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

        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

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

    • Hassan khan

      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

        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

      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

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

    • jovi

      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

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

    • Esther

      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

        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

      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

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

    • Jhoy

      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

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

    • Radheeka

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        There is no upper age limit Marie.

    • Nola

      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

      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

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

    • Setty

      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

        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

      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

        You should be fine Moniq.

    • Mukesh Kumar

      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

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

    • jasmine

      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

        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

      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

        Yes Lisa, you can apply.

    • Kay

      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

        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

      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

        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

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

      • Kara

        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

      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

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

    • chrystel

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

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

    • G

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

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

    • leah

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

      • Kara

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

    • Ahmed Mohamed

      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

        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

      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

        Yes Maddie, you should.

    • rhona villalba

      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

        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

      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

      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

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

    • Ricky

      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

        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

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

      • Kara

        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

      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

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

    • Viktoria

      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

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

    • Nour

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

      • Kara

        Only Saudi Arabian Airlines and some other airlines in Iran.

    • Dominic

      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

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

    • Psyche

      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

        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

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

      • Kara

        No Akim, you can’t.

    • Roy

      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

        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

      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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        Yes, you should be fine Muriel.

    • kaye

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

      • Kara

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

    • Nik

      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

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

    • Aprameya

      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

        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

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

    • Paulo

      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

        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

      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

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

    • Del

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        No Kemmy, that is not necessary.

    • alyssa

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

      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

        Yes, you should be able to.

    • Madel

      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

        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

      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

        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

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

    • jyoti

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

      • Kara

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

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

      Regards

    • zara

      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

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

    • sam

      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

        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

      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

        Congratulations EK! Well done!!!

    • sabra

      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

      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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

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

    • Marta

      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

        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

      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

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

    • tiffany

      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

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

    • Lora

      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

        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

      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

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

    • Medhat

      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

        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

      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

        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

      Dear Kara,
      thank you so much for the clarification.

    • elie

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

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

    • nowoczesne meble łazienkowe

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

    • Jap Gatus

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

      • Kara

        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

      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

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

      • Kara

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

    • crislaines

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      BUENOS DIAS. TENGO UNA PREGUNTA , SOY UNA CHICA DE NACIONALIDAD RUMANA Y ESTOY REZIDENTA DEL ANO 1999 EN ESPANA HE TRABAJADO EN HOSTELERIA MUCHOS ANOS ATENCION AL CLIENTE . TENGO DIPLOMAS QUE LO HE SACADO EN ESPANA DE RECEPCIONISTA PROFESIONAL DE PROTOCOLO INTERNATIONAL TENGO TAMBIEN EL CARNET DE MANIPULADOR DE ALIMENTOS Y HE TRABAJADO SIEMPRE DE CAMARERA Y ENCARGADA DE HOSTELERIA RELACIONES CON PUBLICO ……Y ME GUSTARIA TRABAJAR PARA EMIRATES …Y ESTOY HABLANDO 3 IDIOMAS MUY BIEN ESCRITO Y HABLANDO QUE SON ESPANOL Y RUMANO Y INGLISH BASIC NIVEL CONVERSACION TENGO 1.75 ALTURA NO TENGO PROBLEMAS CON DIENTES NI ENFERMEDADES ESTOY APTA DE TRABAJAR ..MY PREGUNTA ES —–CON 38 ANOS TENGO SUERTE DE TRABAJAR PARA FLY EMIRATES?Y OTRA PREGUNTA A VISTO QUE EL DIA 12 ABRIL HACE ENTREVISTAS EN BARCELONA YO PUEDO PREZENTARME SIN INSCRIBIRME …..O DONDE PUEDO INSCRIBIRME ? ….MUCHAS GRACIAS Y UN SALUDO

      • Kara

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

    • Danica Isakov

      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

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

    • Kathryn

      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

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

    • Abegail Zhenia

      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

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

    • Sian

      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

        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

      I meant acne scars like pot holes on my face.

    • Dey

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

      • Kara

        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

      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

        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

      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

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

    • Susan

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        Good luck Angela!

    • Maria-Louisa

      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

        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

      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

        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

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

      • Kara

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

    • rose

      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

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

    • Jiawen

      How not having straight teeth?

      • Kara

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

    • lorna levorl

      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

        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

      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

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

    • Tanja

      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

        Congratulations Tanja 🙂

    • Daniel

      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

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

    • joanna

      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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      hi Kara! is your book available in the Philippines ?

      • Kara

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

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

      • Kara

        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

      it is okay for short-sightedness??

      • Kara

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

    • Syazwan

      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

        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

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

      • Kara

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

    • Mariam

      Are yoy going to check on hair?

      • Kara

        What do you mean Mariam?

    • margie

      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

        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

      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

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

    • syed

      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

        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

      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

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

    • Maria

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

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

    • nour

      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

        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

      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

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

    • Thereza

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

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

    • eleni

      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

        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

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

      • Kara

        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

      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

        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

      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

      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

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

    • jasmine

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

    • jasmine

      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

        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

      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

        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

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

      • Kara

        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

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

    • nora

      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

        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

      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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

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

    • Sheila

      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

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

    • Katrina05

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

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

    • Raja

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

      • Kara

        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

      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

      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

        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

      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

        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

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

    • Valentine

      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

        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

      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

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

    • Nermin

      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

        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

      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

      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

        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

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

      • Kara

        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

      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

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

    • Miruna

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

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

    • Yasmin

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

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

    • Maria Hirotonov

      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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        Hi Michi,

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

    • Cyrus

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        Heena, where is your area?

    • Cyrus

      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

        Hi Cyrus,

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

    • Titi

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      thank you very much for your answer Kara 🙂

    • rehana

      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

        All the best Rehana 🙂

        -Kara

    • Yayra

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      niece and very good thankxxx

    • Rehana

      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

        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

      Thank you for your answer Kara. 🙂

    • Maria Hirotonov

      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

        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

      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

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

        -Kara

    • Pham Van Cuong

      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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      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

        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

      hi kara i m aymen from tunisia 28years old i star