Sunday, April 22, 2018

30+ Is it possible to get a Cabin Crew job with Etihad, Emirates or Qatar?

There are a lot of people out there that are wondering if Etihad, Qatar or Emirates hire people over the age of 30? I get this question a lot as well. Before i share my personal opinion on this lets check the age requirements that a couple of the Middle eastern airlines have right now. This is what they have mentioned in their job ads::::

Gulf Air:

Age: 23 - 30 years

Oman Air:

Omani Male 18 – 35 years

Omani Female 18 – 35 years

Expatriate Female 21 – 31 years

Kuwait Airways:

Between 20 to 32 years of age at the time of joining
Royal Jet VIP Cabin Crew:

Between 21 years of age (min hiring age) up to 31 years of age (maximum hiring age) before reaching 31st birthday
Air Arabia:

Must be within the age band of 21 years and 30 years.

Minimum age is 20 years - Maximum age is 30 years.

(For those who have flying experience of 1 year or more with other airlines, maximum age is 35 years)

I believe 100% that Etihad, Emirates and Qatar have a max age limit when it comes to their Cabin Crew positions. Some airlines openly advertise this and some don't.

Anyhow said this the ''oldest'' person i know that joined Qatar and she joined last year 2017, she was 33 years old.
The ''oldest'' person i know that joined Etihad was 34 years old. But that was many years ago. When it comes to Emirates, emirates is known for hiring young candidates. They are known to prefer to hire below the age of 30. The ''oldest'' person i know that joined Emirates was 2 years ago and she was 32 years old. I actually don't know 1 person that joined recently with these 3 ME airlines (Qatar, Emirates and Etihad) that were 35+.

Most of the folks been below the age of 33. I have also heard Emirates max age today is 32. But again that they prefer to hire below the age of 30. But 100% Emirates have a max age limit. But i believe Qatar and Etihad is more open to hire folks in the ages of 30-35 then what Emirates is.

Yes Emirates were more open to hire a lot of 30+ many many many years ago, 5+ years ago. But today 2018 it seems they prefer to hire folks below the age of 32.

Also as you seen with the other Middle Eastern airlines all of them do not hire folks above the age of 35.

As of today 2018 and 2017 i do not know anyone that joined Emirates being 33+. But again i believe Qatar is OK with hiring up to 33.

But said this i still think folks between the ages of 33-35 should apply and see how it goes. Who knows....

But it is really sad/disappointing that these airlines in ME have a max age limit. For example USA/EU/AUS airlines don't have a max age limit. Of course their max age limit is 65 years old. Anyhow it is really disappointing.
If anyone out there that joined Etihad, Qatar or Emirates being above the age of 34 during the years of 2016/2017/2018 PLEASE comment below and let me know. If you rather want to pm me please do so.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Emirates Cabin Crew Application Process 2018

Emirates Cabin Crew Application Process 2018

Emirates Cabin Crew requirements are:

  • At least 21 years of age at the time of joining
  • Arm reach of 212 cm while standing on tiptoes
  • Minimum height of 160 cm
  • High school graduate (Grade 12)
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)
  • No visible tattoos while you’re in Emirates cabin crew uniform (cosmetic and bandage coverings aren’t allowed)
  • Can adapt to new people, new places and new situations
  • Physically fit for this demanding role

Before you apply make sure you have these documents and photos ready:::

  • Resume in English

  • Educational certificate (Their minimum requirements is the applicants has to have a completed high school)

  • 1 Formal full length photo

  • 1 Formal passport size photo (they mention that if you don’t have this during the application process, it is ok and that you can add this before your assessment)

  • 1 Casual full length photo

  • 1 Casual half-length photo


If you need tips about a great resume check this:

The resume sample they show in this page is great, but i advice to keep it short and sweet. Remove the summary, highlights, accomplishments and keep the rest. 

It is also important to have a resume that have various ''action words'' in it to catch the attention of the recruiter and their applicant tracking system. Check this useful site for more info in regards to ''action words''::


The Emirates photo guidelines :::::::::::

The link above tells you exactly what Emirates want in photos, and below are some photo examples i added so you get an idea of how the photos should look like.

Example of formal full length photo::


Example of passport size photo:

Example of casual full length photo:

Example of casual half-length photo:


Before applying check Emirates Cabin Crew career site for more info about the company/the role/salary etc:

Application questions

During the application job question section they will ask these 2 questions: 

1 Are you willing to wear a company uniform? 
2 Are you able to work shift duties?

Video interview
 (EDIT: It seems that Emirates have removed their video interviews and candidates no longer have to complete a video interview as a part of their online application)

At the end of the application process there is this video interview that needs to be completed:

More info about the video interview :

Tips about the video interview:

  • Make sure to have natural light around you, better to do this video interview during morning/day time where you get the most natural light.

  • Dress professional and dont forget to smile

  • Try to keep your answers short and sweet and dont talk too fast

  • Dont forget to have excellent grooming

  • Have a warm body language
  • Make sure your webcam/voice works  
  • Make sure to look into the camera as much as possible

More info about the video software Emirates uses Hirvue:

Video interview questions

The questions asked during the video interview:

During the video interview everyone get asked 3 questions. These 3 questions can be pretty much about ANYTHING. Every applicant get different questions and it is difficult to prepare what exactly they will ask. You get 30 seconds to prepare each question and 3 minutes to answer. 

Here is a list of example questions that other applicants have received during their video interview:::::::::.

What is it that makes your hometown special to you
What activities make your eyes light up with joy
What experiences do you expect to gain while working with Emirates
What was your favorite flight experience
What do you expect from living in Dubai
What do you do in your spare time
Why do you believe that your experience in customer service suitable for such a role
What do you expect of the role if you get successful
What is a good customer service
Do you feel comfortable in new environments
What challenges do you expect if you get cabin crew job
What do you know about life in Dubai
Can you give us an example of when you have provided excellent customer service
Why do you want to join emirates airline
Why do you want to be a cabin crew
How would you handle a very anxious passenger who is afraid of flying
What are your strengths and weaknesses

Be prepared that random questions will be asked, and not only these that is listed above!!!

After you are done with the video interview the system will bring you back to the Emirates page so you can submit your application. After it is done you should get 2 emails from Emirates. 1st email is about thanking you for submitting your Cabin Crew application and 2nd email should be about that you completed the video interview.

Submission status

Now all you can do is wait and see if you get shortlisted or not for the assessment. Below is a submission status ''dictionary'', so you know what each status mean:

  • Application Received – You’ve submitted your application and it has passed the initial ATS screening.  It will now be shortlisted for review.
  • Completed – Nothing else is going to happen to your application.  You have not been successful on this occasion.  In the past, this status sometimes showed when the applicant had been invited to attend an Open Day.

  • Application Under Review – Your application is being reviewed by the recruitment team.  A recruiter will evaluate your resume, skills, photos and consider other factors to decide if your application should be progressed.

  • Application in Progress – As above.

  • Interview Complete – The recruitment team has simply marked on your file that you have been interviewed for the position.  There is no indication of when a final decision will be made but this status denotes that your file is open and the recruiter is actively considering you for the role.

  • Application Unsuccessful – Unfortunately, you haven’t been successful on this occasion.  This status normally triggers an automatically generated email to inform you of the recruitment teams decision.

  • Approval in Progress – Congratulations!  You’ve been conditionally offered the job.  This status means that the company now has to approve all of your paperwork and medical information.

  • Joining Formalities in Progress – You’ve pretty much got the job!  Now the onboarding process starts.

💗 If you have any questions in regards to the application process, either comment below or send me a email via the contact me form. 💗



Wednesday, November 22, 2017

After 22 rejections finally she got her dream job - Cabin Crew

Love stories such as hers, and stories about people who never ever ever ever give up their dreams/wishes

Written by Mary Clare Inonog

​I had always dreamt of riding on a plane, going to my dream destinations, seeing the places I only see in the movies, while reaching my dream job and having a successful career for my family and my future. I never experienced riding one until I got accepted as a flight attendant. Needless to say, I never knew that I will face tons of depressing moments in those 6 years of chasing my dream. Please be ready folks with the story of my journey towards my dream a dream that started when I was 18.  
After graduating college, I started applying as a cabin crew at different airlines. I can still remember my 1st attempt and my 1st rejection at the first airline I applied.  I went there with my Dad, praying and hoping I will be accepted so I can make him proud! I will never forget what happened in that interview because I didn’t have the chance to talk and to prove myself to them. I got rejected. I never thought it would hurt so bad, I went  home crying with my dad but it didn’t stop me. So I tried my luck at a second airline and, for the 2nd time, I got rejected again. It made me think why they didn't like me. Third attempt was with the very first airline I applied for, then a third airline. I never knew they would accept me for the interview. I learned a lot from that interview that day. It tested my ability to be confident in front of other applicants and the panel, to talk about myself wholeheartedly, to talk about my job experience and it tested my communication skills that time. It was scary. They had a lot of questions. Unfortunately, I again did not make it.
As time passed by, I said to myself that I need to gain work experience, I need to improve my skills, my personality, etc. I promised to myself I will not stop until I get it. I landed a job at a reputable company in Manila. I worked for 6 years in the hospitality industry but I still wanted my dream job which was to be a flight attendant. I tried again, this time at a fourth airline. That application for me was the funniest yet insulting one. The interviewer told me she cannot accept me because I was overweight. The funny thing about it is that time I was 54kgs only and my height is 5’4, hence, another rejection, another failure.
It didn’t stop me. I still had my job to keep me going on, but while working, I was still pursuing my dreams to be a cabin crew. Due to all the rejections though, there came a point that I stopped applying for months because I needed the time to make sure that I am better, that I would have enough courage and strength to face new rejections again.
I researched and made my own interview Q&A, practiced every now and then how to interact, sell myself to the panel, improve on my grooming for the interview, and practiced my communication skills. My training ground that time was my work with my alma mater, STI College Taft. It honed my communication skills and had me speak in front of hundreds of students. That made me somehow confident to talk in front of an audience.
At 21 years of age, I started to apply once again at different airlines. I can still remember that I tried eight times for this certain international airline. I always ask my mom to come with me during the interview but during my third attempt at that particular airline, I did not invite her to come because I felt so ashamed. I always fail them. I never reached the final interview for that particular airline. It was so heartbreaking! Maybe it’s still not the right time for me to be a cabin crew. Maybe God is preparing me for something else. Despite all the setbacks, I told myself to never stop and never give up even if it seems like I am being broken down to pieces.
I started applying without telling my parents because I don’t want to fail them again. I only shared my secret to my boyfriend. I gained my courage again to apply.
Sometimes God will test you and you will never know when that time will come. I can still remember hearing bad things from other people that I you are not qualified to be a flight attendant, I don’t have what it takes to be one. I am not that tall. I am not good looking. Quite depressing, right?
I prayed to God and he answered my prayer. I was always with my boyfriend in every application. I can still remember crying in the parking lot where I had my exam for one of those airlines I applied at and I didn’t pass. I even questioned God if he still wanted me to continue because I felt hopeless. I came prepared at every application. I improved everything from head to toe. I even asked myself should I change my dream job? I wanted to give up but then came Qatar Airways.
My first attempt, I only reached the second part of the interview. After that interview, on the same day i had an interview with one of those airlines I applied at before again. As always I got rejected. That time I prayed to God whatever airline it is, I will be the happiest. I tried again to Qatar airways for the 2nd and 3rd time but I only reached the 2nd to 3rd stage of the interview. Then came my 4th and last attempt at Qatar Airways, that was September 2016. I can still remember that time I was sick and suffering from a trauma in my legs. Again, I felt God was testing me so all the more I pushed myself. I never knew I will reach up to the final interview for the first time. Every stage I was praying to Him. I said, “God whatever your plans are, I will follow your lead”. After my final interview with QR, one of the airlines I formerly applied at asked me to have my interview a week after. That nerve wracking interview almost gave me a heart attack, out of 20 applicants, only 2 of us passed the interview.
The time came when I had my final interview for an airline and medical for Qatar Airways. It happened on the same month but received a bad news, the other airline I was going for suddenly called me and said they will need to reschedule my interview to 2017 (the following year that time) because there was a conflict.
I then continued with my QR medical process and finally got the golden mail in December 2016! I almost fainted when I received the text message and the email. I immediately said the news to my boyfriend and we both surprised my family that I passed!  
After all the failure, the stressful interviews, the negative things people, the trials and the challenges, I finally made it! Finally, I got accepted.
​That same day I tried summarizing all my applications & rejections. After 24 attempts, 22 rejections, twice at airline 1, eight times at airline 2, three times at airline 3, six times at airline 4, once at airline 5, and four times at Qatar Airways, it made me realize that God really made things so hard for me because He wanted me to improve my skills, my personality, my weight, to prove myself to the people around me, and to learn in LIFE as well.
Sometimes, failure can be your partner but for as long as you do not give up, it will break up with you and you will meet success.
God has a reason why all of these things are happening, and for me, it made me realize that there is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve, the fear of FAILURE.
Don’t ever be afraid to fail, because it is always a part of the process of success. God will always guide you in every way. For my experience, I realized that God has a deep reason why I failed a lot of times before I landed my dream job as a flight attendant. He has prepared me for the Best Airline in the World!
It is true that someday, everything will fall into place. Don’t ever rush, when the time is right, it’ll happen. Just be super patient, always have faith and believe in yourself. 



Friday, July 21, 2017

Ex Emirates Cabin Crew – This Is Her Story

By: Anna Genevieve Louise

When I was growing up, I never dreamed of becoming a member of a cabin crew. However, I always dreamed of traveling to faraway places all over the world — and that is what led me to join Emirates Airline in 2012. When I got my confirmation call, I was ecstatic; I was going to live in Dubai and get to travel the world for free! I also had major travel anxiety about moving 7,000 miles away from everything I knew. But after a couple reassuring talks with my friends and family, I realized nothing was going to stop me from seeing the world. So, in October 2012, I headed to JFK Airport in New York City with a one-way ticket to Dubai.
As I said goodbye to my family, I could feel tears welling up in my eyes. I took a deep breath, quickly said goodbye, and headed toward security. The next hours were a complete whirlwind. I boarded the A380 double-decker plane, which was by far the largest aircraft I had ever been on in my life. After I told one of the crew I was a new joiner, he showed me all around the plane and introduced me to the other crew. All my fears disappeared; I immediately felt like being part of a family. After landing, I was brought to my furnished, paid apartment right in the heart of downtown Dubai.
Just three days later, my six-week training course with new joiners from all around the world started. My training covered everything from safety and emergency procedures to image standards. After those intense six weeks, I finally received what I was waiting for: my very first roster. It consisted of different layover destinations (where we stayed in a hotel), as well as turnaround destinations (a one-day round trip from Dubai). My first roster was full of places I could not wait to explore. 

My First Ultralong-Haul Flight: Dubai — Melbourne — Auckland

I was so happy to see a six-day Melbourne-Auckland trip show up on my first roster. This trip was broken down into smaller segments: Dubai to Melbourne (24-hour layover in Melbourne), Melbourne to Auckland (24-hour layover in Auckland), Auckland to Melbourne (24-hour layover in Melbourne), and Melbourne to Dubai.
On the day of my flight, I woke up at 6 a.m. (for a 10 a.m. departure) and started my routine. Since the flight to Melbourne was so long, I made sure to apply everything as perfectly as I could. I put on my full face of makeup and tied my hair into a neat doughnut bun. I then grabbed my suitcase and headed to the shuttle that brought me to Emirates headquarters.
On the way to the airport, I felt a mixture of emotions; on one hand, I was so nervous because I was still completely new, but on the other hand, I was so excited about traveling to countries I always dreamed of going to. "Fake it till you make it," I told myself and went to my preflight briefing room.
The preflight briefing room was buzzing with energy. We were flying on the A380 plane, so there were over 20 crew members in the room. I got my documents checked by one of the senior crew members. After this came the moment I was dreading: a "Safe Talk" question. This is a question asked by the purser (the manager) of the plane and it's required to be answered by each cabin crew member. Not answering the question correctly could lead to getting offloaded (which meant getting taken off the flight and reported to your manager), a fate no new cabin crew member wanted. These questions were directly related to what we learned in our training, but there was still so much to remember. On that day, I answered the question correctly and felt a weight off my shoulders disappear.
Finally, I went to get my image and uniform checked by another one of the senior cabin crew member. This part of the process always made me feel a bit uncomfortable.
I felt like a doll on display for someone as they went through their checklist looking for the following: that my nails were of the right length and color (either clear or red), that my hair and makeup were up to standards, that my uniform was in perfect condition, and my tights were of the right opacity and color. The standards were meticulous; even the slightest difference meant getting a note about it on your flight review. That's why on my first few flights I always made sure to take extra time getting ready.
After all my fellow crew went through this process, we sat down and were briefed on our upcoming flight. Once finished, we got into a shuttle that brought us to the aircraft.
Seeing the A380 without passengers made me realize how huge the plane was. There were over 400 seats in economy and two galleys (kitchen and storage area) for us to use. I went to my station, dropped off my carry-on bag, and got straight to work. First came doing safety and security checks in my designated area. Then I had to prepare the cabin and hot towels for when our passengers got on board.
At 9 a.m., it was showtime. All the passengers started rushing onto the plane. I was happy to be in the back of the plane, where it was calmer than in the front. Once everyone was on board, we handed out towels to our passengers. Then we prepared the cabin by conducting our final safety and security check. I sat down on my jump seat and prepared for takeoff.
The flight to Melbourne was hectic; it was over 13 hours with nonstop work. There were three different services, and since I was still so new I was confused half the time. I barely had time to breathe. Even after we finished our service, the call bells were ringing every other second. I must have walked several miles on that flight going back and forth from the front of the aircraft to the back. We had a short break of about three hours, but I had so many thoughts rushing through my mind I couldn't sleep.
Before I knew it, I could see Australia from outside the window. I couldn't believe that those 13 hours had passed so quickly. After landing and getting to the hotel, my adrenaline kicked in. I had been up for almost 20 hours but it didn't feel like it. I rushed out of the hotel with some of the other new crew and explored Melbourne. The next day my wake-up call came and I repeated my same routine. Then it was off to Auckland.
My first months of flying were amazing — nothing I had done previously in my life could compare. All the new experiences outweighed any negative side of the job. But, eventually for me, that scale tipped the other way.

Saying Goodbye to Emirates

Whenever I posted photos to Facebook of all my amazing trips, my friends would comment telling me how envious they were of me or how glamorous my life looked. While it was true that I lived an exciting life, it was far from being nearly as glamorous as people thought.
There were so many advantages of working for Emirates: living in Dubai for free, staying in amazing hotels across the world, traveling on your days off while only having to pay 10 percent of the airfare, having friends from all over the world, and having a tax-free salary.
But there were also so many disadvantages: being away from family and friends, missing holidays, feeling lonely, dealing with jet lag and health issues, having passengers yell at you for things out of your control, being looked at all the time for your appearance, dealing with delays on flights, waking up at any hour during the day or night for flights, and so much more.
There came a day when the disadvantages outweighed the advantages for me, and that's when I decided to leave Emirates. When I first left, I felt so happy to be on ground all the time and sleep normal hours again. Eventually, I did start to miss many things about being crew. It wasn't really the travel I missed; it was the sense of camaraderie I felt with the crew. I missed being so tired on long-haul flights that we'd all sit around in the galley deliriously giggling and telling jokes to stay awake. I missed hearing stories about the life and culture in different places around the world. Most of all I missed the sense of family I felt with crew.
I'm so glad that I took the chance to work as cabin crew. It changed my life in so many ways and gave me a new sense of confidence in myself. I'm happier being on ground now, but whenever I see a plane flying above me, I always wonder what kind of interesting things are happening at 38,000 feet.

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