The iconic Emirates have a tough selection process with high standards expected of their crew.
Emirates are at the moment using a lot of recruitment events, or open days as they are sometimes called.
In this case you would skip the online application and video interview section and simply turn up at the event with your CV and the relevant paperwork – we would always advise registering for the event online where possible though!
Are you up to the challenge?
Before you start
When working for Emirates you’ll have to relocate to their base in Dubai. This means that you’ll have to be able to meet UAE visa requirements.
The airline will provide accommodation but there are regulations in place you must adhere to, especially regarding staying out late or having guests visit you. You’ll have to be sure that this would be an environment you’d be happy living in.
There are a few things you’ll need. First is a copy of your updated CV.
You’ll also need head and full-body photographs.
Step 1 – Register Online
At the moment Emirates are recruiting by means of Recruitment Days.
You’ll receive an email inviting you to the open day, with all the details you’ll need to find your way there.
Step 2 – The Open Day
The Emirates open day is a lot more in-depth than most. Try to get a good night of sleep beforehand, arrive early, and give yourself a chance to settle in before the day begins.
The open recruitment events follow a similar format to the traditional assessment day. You’ll be advised at these events whether you are suitable to stay and attend the process upon registration when you present your documents.
Candidates will be shortlisted and removed from the process throughout the day, with activities including:
- A presentation about the airline
- A Q&A session with Emirates crew
- Group exercises, role plays and discussions
- A reach and height check
- A tattoo check (remember with Emirates you are not allowed to cover tattoos with concealer or bandages, they must be covered by the regulation uniform)
- An English language test (reading, comprehension and vocabulary)
- A personality questionnaire, similar to the psychometric tests
You’ll have to arrange your own transport (and accommodation if necessary).
Step 3 – The Interview
The final interview may take place on the same day as the assessment day, at some locations, or you may be called back at another date and time.
If you’ve made it through to this stage then very well done – this is a big accomplishment!
This is perhaps your best chance to show the recruiters that YOU are the right kind of person to be part of Emirates cabin crew. It’s never too early to prepare – see our guide here.
After the interview, recruitment will send your entire file to HQ in Dubai to be carefully considered. Should you be successful you’ll receive a telephone call advising you of the next steps in the process.
Hold tight, you’re nearly there!
Step 4 – Final Steps
There are some background and medical checks that the airline will need to make before your offer of employment can be finalised.
The standard is stricter than with some other airlines, as it has to meet the UAE working visa requirements too, so if there is anything at all you are worried about it’s best to check this with recruitment at the interview stage.
You’ll have to provide a police report confirming that you have no previous convictions due to updated visa policies.
You’ll also need to have a dental report completed, to check that there are no issues that might affect your health at a later date.
If the checks are successful you will be given details enabling you to log in to a restricted section of the Emirates career portal. This will be updated with all the details you’ll need regarding your training and the start of your employment!