You just stepped out of your Cabin Crew Final Interview. Your heartbeat is normal for the first time in weeks, and you dare to start dreaming that this job might soon be yours.
You plan on the best way to tell your family and friends that you will be moving to a different country. You think about what kind of weather is there and what you need to pack.
Mostly, you wonder what else can happen after such an intense selection process.
This article will explain what to expect after the assessment day regarding communication with your future employer.
Most flight attendants agree that the challenging work started after the interview when all the paperwork and medical exams had to be completed.
The entire process of becoming a cabin crew is nerve-wracking. From the time you submit your online application to your preparation for the assessment day, research and review of interview stages, to the assessment day with the nervousness of making it through every single step. Finally, when all that is over, something else arises: waiting for an answer.
Waiting after your interview is hard! It can take at least six weeks to receive an answer. During this time, try not to overthink every step of the interview or worry that one of your answers might have been wrong and would cost you the job. Don't start doubting that yellow scarf you wore, nor think of comparing yourself with the other candidates.
Try to stay positive and hopeful for the future that is in front of you.
Here is what will be happening:
The first step to success is a call from the airline - also known as The Golden Call, telling you that you have been successful in the selection process and will be given more information in the following days via email.
This call is highly emotional. When on your phone screen appears that unknown number, an array of happiness mixed with tears of joy and excitement of finally reaching your dream will overcome you.
When I received my Golden Call, I couldn't stop giggling and asking my recruiter, "is this for real?" and saying, "thank you, thank you, I am so happy" more times than I can remember
After the initial call from the airline, you will receive an email stating that your application was successful and you are offered an employment contract. At this stage, the employment contract is not final, but it is subject to you being able to obtain all the required medical tests and security clearances to be granted a work permit.
This is when the real work begins.
For the next couple of weeks, the only thing that you will be doing is making doctor appointments and being scanned, checked, and measured. This is when you realize that you must be very healthy to do this job.
A standard list of cabin crew medical tests includes:
- HIV test
- Full blood count
- Hepatitis C test
- Chest X-ray
- Audiogram report
- Eye test
- Dental X-rays and certificate
- Vaccination card
This list varies from airline to airline, and you should not start these tests before the airline instructs you to do so and provides a complete list of medical test requirements.
You are expected to support all the costs of these tests. In some countries, you may claim a refund from the government if you were referred by your family doctor, while in others, you will have to pay in full all the costs.
Final offer of employment
After you submit all the required paperwork to the airline, your file will be processed by the Ministry of Interior, and your work permit will be issued. Only after this will you be offered a final employment contract.
It is usually a three-year contract with a six-month probationary period of 6 months.
You must also clear the National Civil Aviation Authority medical tests and pass the required training to obtain a flight attendant license.
When the paperwork is arranged, you will receive your e-ticket from the airline and a copy of your entry visa. The airline will advise you on your travel dates, initial accommodation, and what to expect next.
From here onwards, you can start packing. You will be given a checked baggage allowance, so consider what you want to take to your new home. Consider having a few things that will remind you of the loved ones you leave behind.
Some other documents you will need to take with you:
- All the original medical forms, reports, and X-rays.
- Photos - you will be told by the airline exactly how many, what background, and what size.
- Your highest diploma and other educational certificates in original and copies.
- Passport copies of all your family members.
- Birth certificate copy.
Now you know what to expect after the final interview and, more importantly, how long you have to wait to get to this point.
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