Interview tips to help you land your dream job

After months of deliberation, you’ve finally spruced up your resume and hit that ‘apply now’ button on the Emirates Group Careers website to -hopefully- become Emirates Cabin Crew. You’ve received an invitation to the Assessment Day nearest to you, and it’s only a few weeks away. Now what?!

Last week, I answered your questions about Emirates recruitment process and how to go about applying for the position of Cabin Crew. It was well received, and you told me that you would like to know more about the selection process. How does the recruitment team select the best candidates for the job?

I can’t give all those secrets away, but what I can do is share some interview tips I’ve acquired over the years that have helped me to be successful. Without saying too much about the Emirates recruitment process, I will try to use examples from when I attended an Emirates Assessment Day to best explain these tips to you.

**Please be advised that I am speaking from my personal experience and not on behalf of the company itself**

Let’s get started!

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Prior to attending an Emirates Assessment Day, it is important to do your research and understand the Emirates brand. This image was taken at the training college, where the Emirates slogan, Hello Tomorrow, is displayed on the wall.

Tip #1. Always do your research!

When applying for any job, it is important to familiarize yourself with the company and incorporate this knowledge into your interview. It shows that you are generally interested in the position being offered. It is also a good idea to review the job description of the opportunity again prior to your interview so you are able to prove to the potential employer that you are what they’re looking for.

For example, on the Emirates Group Careers website it states that Cabin Crew must posses the following qualities: professional, empathetic, progressive, visionary, cosmopolitan. If you are successful in the Emirates recruitment process, this is what you will be required to represent.

Tip #2. Look the part. First impressions matter!

In any interview, before you get the chance to introduce yourself, you are being judged. From your appearance to your body language, it is important to be professional the second you walk through the doors.

For example, Emirates is a prestigious airline. Therefore, you need to be able to prove that you can represent the brand well. Simple things like showing up on time, being well groomed and dressed appropriately will leave a good impression with any employer.

Tip #3. As Drake says, ‘know yourself’

Reviewing your résumé and previous work experience (if you have any) prior meeting with a potential employer is always a good idea. I’m not saying try to prepare your answers ahead of time, but you should always know what is on your application in case it is referenced during your interview.

You may not be able to mention your previous work experience directly to a recruiter at an Emirates Assessment Day, but the activities you complete as a part of the selection programme may require certain skills that you’ve used in the past.

Tip #4. Ask questions!

I was always told it is important to ask questions at the end of any interview to show you are interested in the position. During an Emirates Assessment Day, you will have the opportunity to ask plenty. NO, this is not the opportunity to ask about how much money you will make. Consider using this time to ask the recruitment team more information about the job, the culture and the goals of the company. Keep in mind that as much as you may want the position you have applied for, you need to figure out if it is right for you.

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Always believe in yourself. I have been through the Emirates Cabin Crew recruitment process twice and here I am, a year after I first applied, walking across the stage at the Emirates training college having successfully completed all of the required courses.

To sum it all up…

The best thing you can really do in any interview is to be yourself. I’m a huge believer in “if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be”. Having gone through the Emirates recruitment process twice, I know that it can be disheartening if you aren’t successful. The important thing is that you learn from the experience, and if you are truly passionate about the position, believe in yourself and try again!

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Got a question for me? I’m always happy to try and answer it for you! Feel free to “leave a reply” to this blog post or reach out to me on social media:

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

7 Comments

  1. Yvonne
    February 20, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    Hi lovely! Congrats on landing the job!! Looking amazing! 😀
    Well, I have my OD on 5th of March.. Fingers crossed and doin’ the research of course.. 😉
    So, I read soooo much about everything so far, but I still can’t get a reply about “visits” – I know that family can come visit you, but only your mom/sister can stay with you in the apartments, right? What about fiancé/husband? I read another blog (LadyMarion) where her brother came to visit and he stayed with her for the time being, but roommates had to agree. And then another one (LisaSingle) who applied for Emirates together with her husband and they both got accepted, but I can’t figure out whether they lived together or apart.. I hope you can help me with this one. And everything else.. “if it’s meant to be, it will be”, right? 😉 Blue skies! Xx

    • February 20, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      From my experience, your brothers, friends and “extended family” can come stay in your accommodation as long as your roommate agrees. You have to get them to sign a form, and there is a process to it, but it doesn’t take long. I’m not sure about fiances/husbands though. I believe- don’t quote me on this- that they are able to live together only out of Emirates accommodation. (We are given an allowance to live “off base” if we so choose). Like I said, that’s what I’ve heard but I’m not 100% sure! Sorry!

  2. February 21, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    Thank you so much for this post, it’s my dream to become a Emirates cabin crew member, and I’m going to an open day in a few months, so this is really helpful. Also, I love the way it’s written and I love your blog :). Hope I’ll meet you in Dubai or on an Emirates plane someday.

    • February 21, 2016 / 4:28 pm

      Thanks so much for reading my blog. It means a lot to hear that! Please let me know how your open day goes and if you have any questions about it- don’t hesitate to ask. 🙂

  3. June 15, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    Hi Kelsey,

    How are you?

    I’m very interested in applying for Emirates Cabin Crew as I had a friend doing it and he has been trying to convince me to join. After doing some research for a couple of weeks I am not very excited to do this and apply for the adventure of a lifetime.

    I’m from Cape Town city and been living and studying abroad. I studied a BA in Language and Culture and I am now busy with my MA in Linguistics (3rd degree) in language use and differences across different cultures (pragmatics). My few Q’s (they might sound a bit silly):

    1. Would a degree in language and culture help an application for this position in anyway (a plus) or would it not matter at all?

    2. How strict are they when it comes to the AD / interview about things like birth marks, because I have a small birthmark on my right cheek/neck? I’m so very worried about this because I read about tattoos and scars etc. 🙁

    3. I read somewhere that fluency in more than one language is good, but would like to get a current cabin crew’s opinion? I’m fluent in English, Afrikaans, French and Mandarin.

    4. (another silly) Do you have to have a very pearly white smile? I believe I have beautiful teeth, but they are not as white as a sheet (I do modeling in CPT, so I feel confident about my smile, but again, still want to make sure and ask away).

    I’m so nervous for the AD & interview! That’s just normal I guess 🙂

    Last Q: Why is a photo(s) required of me in my casual clothes? Can I just use a modeling photo or is a social setting photo preferred?

    Thank you so much for writing this blog, it amazing and really helps. I enjoy it so much. And you are a great writer 🙂

    Hugs xx

    • June 25, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      Hello Marlon,

      To answer your questions:

      (1) No experience is required for a Cabin Crew position with Emirates so long as you are a high school graduate (grade 12).

      (2) I cannot comment on the other requirements with regards to birthmarks/scars, but don’t let that stop you from applying.

      (3) Fluency in another language is great, but only fluency in english is required. Make sure to include all your languages on your application though!

      (4) I like to think I have a pearly white smile, but you can be the judge of that lol They don’t hire based on the whiteness of your teeth, so be confident with what you’ve got!

      (5) I can’t speak as to why they ask for photos of us in casual clothes, but I would assume it is to get a better idea of who we are outside of the uniform.

      Lastly, I’m glad that you enjoy my blog! Wishing you the best of luck with your application. 🙂

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