CABIN CREW LIFE
Life of a flight attendant and flight steward in general. Advices, stories, and know-its.
Contributed by FA Kristine Agcopra
Graduation season is drawing near.
Are you already decided on which career path to take?
Whatever it is, make sure you are passionate about it- for if you love what you are doing, you will never have to work a day in your life.
Here is my story and (through this) I am hoping you welcome yourself too to all the wonderful possibilities that this awesome life may lead you.
Never think you are dreaming too big.
There is nothing you can't achieve if you work hard for it.
Having been able to realize my dream job and start supporting myself and help my family financially at the age of 20 is a proud moment not just for me but also to my parents.
I may not have practiced my Nursing profession after I passed the board exam, I still have proven to myself that I have been living the life that I have always been dreaming of.
And my mantra since then? "NEVER LET A DREAM BE JUST ANOTHER DREAM. WAKE UP AND WORK HARD FOR IT."
So before I start sharing with you all some of the tips I have mastered?(based on my own experiences?)- ready yourself for (some possible) rejection, prepare for minor and major heartbreaks and just aim for success!
For nothing worth having comes easy, believe me.
Little background about Myself before I started flying (internationally)
✨Became RN at 19yo ( I guess I was kinda in a hurry to start workin and finance for myself already?)
✨First employed by Cebpac (20yo) as a CabinCrew, worked there for 3years.
✨Business-minded/ practical ( Being a Flight Attendant actually requires you to be one, or else you'll end up resigning/retiring without any savings!) I have come to learn that being a Flight Attendant gives you a lot of opportunities. You just gotta find it yourself how to utilize those properly.
✨Why do I want to become a Flight Attendant?
-I guess I have always had this in mind-
"Why do I have to pay for my plane ticket to see places when I can travel the world for free and get paid?"??
(of course I didn't answer that way when I was asked this question on the interview?)
Prior to starting and building your Flight Attendant career-
YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS:
- Is this the kind of Job I see myself doing for years? ?
- Can I stand being away from my family and friends? ?
- Am I capable of being independent? ?
- Am I confident enough? ?
- I will have to deal with different kinds of people everyday. Am I friendly enough??
- Can I stand not being able to attend/celebrate most (all) of the special occasions in my life? ?
- Can I hold my temper to different kinds of annoying people? ?
- AM I READY FOR THIS!???
If you say YES/ (or even NEGOTIABLE at some points) then you're UP FOR THE NEXT ROUND! ?
PERSONALITY is of great importance!
(if you have observed) It is one of the criteria to have that PLEASING PERSONALITY, for basically and literally speaking- YOU NEED (mostly) to PLEASE EVERYONE! (Ain't kidding; even if it's against your will!) ?
Especially the passengers (no matter how annoying they are, you have to smile at them! ??
✨You need to have GOOD INTERPERSONAL SKILLS!
✨BUBBLY Personality is a Major (MAJOR!!) Plus! ?
✨The employer should see your positivity in everything! Show your enthusiasm and desire to get the job! They will know if you're only faking it. So my advice if you're not like that but is dying to get this job-
FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT!!
Be the BEST VERSION of YOU on the Day of Recruitment!
Though being a Flight Attendant is not all about the glamour- oh come on, YOU HAVE TO BE "BEAUTIFUL" on the day of recruitment. ?
("Be ugly on other dates, but please not on the very day of the screening!!??)
In fact, in all of the CabinCrew Screenings I've had, the first round is always the Physical Assessment.
(Don't let this hinder you from advancing to the next phase of screening!)?
✨Days prior to your application- practice on how you will do your hair and makeup.
You can book for a good Makeup artist if you want to.
Come prepared. Better come ready than go home sorry.
What to expect on the Phyical Screening (Based on Experience)
✨Will be checked one by one.
✨Arm-reach test/ height check (without heels on)
✨Arms and hands will be checked for visible scars and tattoos. (Blazers will be asked to remove)
✨Face (for any visible scars, tattoos, piercing- i may be frank by saying this but you might have the least chance of passing this stage if you have any of these visible; so girl- you gotta have those removed or else-you will have to go home dismayed ?)
✨If you have braces on, just tell the recruiter that it is already due for removal anytime soon. (Visible Braces aren't allowed, sorry to say)
✨They will also check on how you did your makeup- So be careful not to put toooo much of everything. ?
✨Teeth (I could not forget all of the physical screenings Ive had - they always wrote "Lower teeth not aligned" on my CV and I really thought I failed it already. Thank God, it's not about all that.??)
✨By the way, you will be asked if you have hidden tattoos / scars/ piercing-
My Advice? Sabihin mo WALA!!
(Kahit Meron. Meron. MERON!!) ??
(just make sure it is really not visible when you're in uniform?)
I am not asking you to lie ?
I am just saving you from a major rejection! ??
Trust me on that?
(Sorry for the Irrelevant Picture??
I usually don't take/upload pictures during my application process because I don't wanna get too much excited about something unless I am ?% sure of getting in.?)
So Done with the Physical, let's move on to the Interview part!!
My Friendly/ Sisterly Advice-
✨FOCUS on your "TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF" Speech! ?
During my interviews, I always (ALWAYS!) make that part very long and interesting!?That is actually (ALWAYS!) the first part of every job Interview.
✨SELL YOUR SELF! Make yourself really interesting to the recruiters.
Emphasize your outstanding/strong points.
For example: (as in my case)
✨Basic Infos- Name/ Age/ Residence/ Family Background
✨If you are asked to give a sample of inflight greeting/goodbye spiels, do it confidently.?
(learn the basic Arabic words if you're planning to apply on middle east airlines)
✨Hobbies/ Talents (I could still remember, I was asked to sing, dance and host since I said I could do all those!??
They will just test your self confidence. ?
✨Isali mo na Motto mo or Mantra mo sa buhay tapos expound! ?
✨Educational Background (If you graduated with flying colors, have College awards etc- you can mention those), Profession, Degree, Job experiences, etc
✨Take note!! Be CONFIDENT but NEVER sound ARROGANT. ?
✨Always remember- it's not what you say, IT'S HOW YOU SAY IT!
There are actually many phases/kinds of Interview that you will go through.
✨inital interview (one on one)
✨group discussion (you will be asked to talk in front of your co-applicants) so make sure you feel confident talking in public
✨final interview (panel of recruiters will ask you set of questions about (most likely) what you wrote on your resume and their own set of questions to test your competence. )
In every phase of interview, they will already start choosing girls who can join them in the next round/interview and those girls who have not been chosen will be asked to try their luck next time ?. So make sure you do your best in each stage.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
✨Why do you want to be a Flight Attendant?
(My advice? Answer wholeheartedly.)
✨Why do you choose this Airline among others? (Know the best strength of the airline and mention it)
✨What motivated you to be a F.A.? (You could honestly say your LOVE FOR TRAVEL and tell more about it)
✨What is your greatest asset? (Wag yung coca cola body mo ah! Hahaha. You could say- you get along with people easily, or you have good interaction skills, or you are friendly, anything that suits an IDEAL Flight Attendant personality ?
(kahit di naman ikaw yun, they will never know ??)
✨Describe yourself in 3 adjectives.
(You could say any of these- Optimistic, Enthusiastic, Outgoing, Friendly, Bubbly, God-fearing, etc. Just avoid using deep adjectives that the interviewer would seem to need a dictionary to translate your words?)
✨(If you're an ex-crew) What was your most challenging flight and how did you deal with it as a crew?/ Why did you resign? / Why will you leave your current airline for this airline? / What is(was) your Most memorable flight?
✨Are you willing to relocate? (Of course you gotta say YES! You honestly have no other choice Haha!)
✨What do you know about this Airline? (So prior to your interview, do some pretty good research about the airline?)
✨They will give you random flight scenarios and ask you how you will deal with it.
(If there is a drunk passenger, unruly or annoying passenger, abusive passenger, flight delay, flight cancelled, etc.)
(If you don't have any idea since you have no flight experience, it's safe to say you will have to deal with it in a CALM MANNER and if it goes beyond/out of your hand, you will have to call your purser.)
✨How do you see yourself 5/10/20 years from now? (Syempre di mo sasabihin I could see myself in your position years from now, patay! Hahaha)
✨Why should we hire you? (Sabihin mo- Why not! Haha!)
(Seriously, this is the best time for you to sell yourself more. Mention your strengths, mention the Ideal FA traits that you possess, tell them you are confident enough, willing to learn to the best of your ability all you need to know to become an effective and professional flight attendant, etc.)
Always be prepared. You should be spontaneous. Be mindful of your hand gestures. Your posture (even when you're sitting, please never slouch). The placement of your legs and feet (utang na loob walang mag nanumber 4! Haha!) They will observe the way you talk, the transition from standing to sitting down and vise versa, the tone of your voice- EVERYTHING.
They should see CLASS, not TRASH.
After the Final Interview (which is the last phase of your application) you will be asked to wait for a text message within the day.
You will be asked to go back to the office/agency for the FINAL BRIEFING! Yaay?
However, if you don't receive that text message, you should know what it means. ?BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME, GIRL. ?
Never give up though. I myself have had rejected twice by an international airline. On the third try, had luckily got in (in that same airline). Luckily I also had the chance to choose between 2 international airlines. Chose the second one; had my own reasons. ?
Last but definitely not the least- you should be able to pass your Medical exams too.
Listed below are the following points/tips that (I believe) had helped me a lot during my application.
1. During the recruitment day, come early.
2. Make your own checklist on what to bring and what to do.
2. Prepare all your requirements, day ahead so you won't be forgetting anything on the day of your application. Always have an extra copy of everything. You will never know if they will ask you for an extra cv or extra picture.
4. Put on your best makeup! (And by best means you don't have to look like a trying-hard-superstar!??? Make it simple but appealing. You dont have to wear so much because in some cases, you will be asked to remove it. It's their way of seeing your Natural beauty.)
5. Never go there with smokey eyes???
6. Believe in the power of eye liner and red or pink lipstick. ??
7. Tie your hair neatly.
8. If the dress code is "knee-level or below the knee skirt", then you have to obey.
9. Bring water and biscuits. The recruitment may take longer than you expected.
10. Always mind your posture and composure. Even when you are taking the exam. You are being observed ALL THE TIME.
11. Days prior the recruitment, review or practice talking in front of the mirror- how you would greet them, how youd answer those possible questions, how you walk, how you sit and stand, and eliminate the unnecessary hand gestures. Believe me it will really help if you come prepared.
12. ALWAYS- always put that beautiful SMILE on your face. Try your best to look really charming and confident. Don't let them know you are freaking nervous.?
13. And LASTLY, seek for HIS guidance.
After passing the long process of Medical exams, you are on your way to a Beautiful Adventure!
Make sure to pass your Flight Attendant Training (which will take for more or less two months of INTENSIVE training!) trust me, it's never easy.
Just think of these as your motivation-
✨Big Salary (depends on how hardworking you are; the more you fly, the more money you get) ???
✨FREEEEEE TICKETS!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
✨5-star hotel accommodation ?
.....and a lot more??
Allow me to end this post by sharing this-
DREAM. SUCCEED. ENJOY.
When I was younger, I had a long list of the places that I have always imagined of visiting. Years passed, It all just became but a dream. ?
Despite my thinking of improbability, I finally realized one day- I had to work on it. It wasn't easy. You will somehow (at any time) lose drive on your goals, fail to meet your expectations, and all that. But once you'll get there- it will all be WORTH IT!
Literally, started from the bottom and now I AM HERE (and everywhere else!!!) ???
It's only been a year and every single day I thank Him for allowing me to see how unbelievably beautiful this World is. Ticked off many places from my bucketlist and I couldn't just stop it. The world is still so big to just stop dreaming. ?
So to all the young girls out there- DON'T LET A DREAM BE JUST ANOTHER DREAM.
Being an International Flight Attendant is one of the best jobs that gets you paid to see the world!?
REMEMBER- Not everyone will be given the chance, so NEVER GIVE UP ON THAT DREAM and take a Chance.