You just stepped out of your Cabin Crew Final Interview. Your heartbeat is back to normal for the first time in weeks and you dare to start dreaming that indeed, 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.
In this article we will explain step by step what to expect after the assessment day in terms of communication with your future employer.
Most flight attendants agree that the very hard work started after the interview, when all the paperwork and medical exams had to be put together.
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 websites, forums or Facebook pages, to the assessment day with the nervousness of making it through every single stage. Finally, when all of that is over, something else comes up: waiting for an answer.
I have to be honest with you – the waiting time after your interview is absolutely excruciating! It can take anything from one to six weeks to receive an answer. During this time, try to not overthink every single 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 that you wore, nor think of comparing yourself with the other candidates.
Try to keep as calm as possible and continue with your life and your daily activities as normal as you can.
Here is what will be happening:
The first step of success is a call from the airline – also knows as The Golden Call, telling you that you have been successful at the selection process and you will be given more information the following days via email.
This call is highly emotional! You might get it at odd hours – time difference, or on Sunday – a working day in the Middle East. When on your phone screen appears that foreign number, an array of happiness mixed with tears of joy and excitement of finally reaching your dream will overcome you.
I remember when I received my Golden Call, I couldn’t stop giggling and asking them ‘is this for real?’ and saying ‘thank you, thank you, I am so happy’ more times than I can remember.
Some airlines, such as Emirates, will give you a clue that you were successful at your interview even before you receive a phone call from them. In your online application page, your status will change from ‘application under review’ to ‘approval in progress’ followed shortly by ‘joining formalities’.
2. Confirmation Email
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 of you being able to obtain all the required medical tests, security clearances and being granted a work permit.
This is when the real work begins.
3. Medical tests
For the next couple of weeks, the only thing that you will be doing is making doctor appointments, being scanned, checked and measured. This is the time when you realize that you need to be very healthy to do this job.
A standard list of medical tests include:
• 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 by no means you should start these tests before the airline tells you to do so.
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.
4. 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 you will be offered a final employment contract.
It is normally a 3 year contract, with a probationary period of 6 months.
You are also expected to clear the National Civil Aviation Authority medical tests and pass the required training to obtain a flight attendant license.
5. Travel arrangements
Once all the paperwork is arranged, you will receive your e-ticket from the airline together with a copy of your entry visa. You will be advised on your travel dates, initial accommodation and what to expect next.
From here onward you can start packing. You will be allowed 60kg of checked baggage, so think really well what you want to take along to your new home. Consider having couple of things that will remind you of home and of your loved ones.
Some other documents you will need to take with you:
1. All the original medical forms, reports and X-rays.
2. Photos – you will be told by the airline exactly how many, what background and size.
3. Your highest diploma and other educational certificates in original and copies.
4. Passport copies of all your family members.
5. 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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