What you need to be ready to apply to be Cabin Crew

Want to apply for a Cabin Crew Job?
We’re here to show you how to be ready to apply for a position as soon as recruitment opens for the airline of your dreams!

A few things to consider before you apply for a Cabin Crew Job

Make sure you meet the requirements – both in general and for the specific airline you want to apply to!

The most basic requirements are:

  • You must be over the age of 18
  • You must be eligible to work and live in the country in which you’ll be based
  • You’ll need to be physically fit enough to pass the medical tests

Certain airlines have stricter requirements however.
The most common of these are:

  • You might need to be over 21 for certain airlines
  • You’ll have to meet the height and reach requirements for your chosen airline
  • You must not have any visible tattoos whilst in uniform
  • You’ll need to be physically fit to pass the medical tests
Now might be the time to see about booking those tattoo removal sessions, or doing a course of swimming lessons, if this is where you’re failing to meet the requirements!

Your appearance is also important, especially to some of the Middle East airlines. You might need to think about correcting certain dental issues, or adjusting your hair colour (if it’s dyes) or style.

Make sure you’re realistic about the airlines you apply to. For example, if you don’t meet the height requirements for a certain airline, then unfortunately there’s not much pain in applying as you will only be asked to leave the process during the height check at the Assessment Day.

Similarly with tattoos there will generally be a check performed in the assessment process – don’t try to be dishonest or hide them. Some airlines have a clause giving them the right to dismiss you instantly if you’re found to have lied about this, or tried hide the tattoos with makeup.

Do I have the right qualifications to apply for a Cabin Crew Job?!

Airlines don’t generally ask for formal, or ‘paper’ qualifications. However most will state that they expect you to have the ability to pass the verbal and numerical psychometric ability tests – the level of education they expect is GCSE Maths and English or equivalent.

If you’re concerned then check out your local college (or look online at distance learning or eLearning options) to bring your qualifications up to speed!

In general your personality, character and attitude are what’s important however!

You could consider a cabin crew course – the skills you’ll learn could really make you stand out in the application and assessment process!

True it’s a small financial investment, but a course like our Get a Cabin Crew Job 2Day Course has a proven success rate when it comes to helping applicants get their wings.

Also it’s better than spending six months to a year potentially applying and training then realising you’re not cut out for the job.

Practical Things to Do!

Here are our top tips for making sure you’re prepared:

  • Have all of your documents together ready and prepared, and know where they are! Don’t leave it til the last minute and scramble about in a panic the day before the assessment centre or interview! This includes things like your ID, passport, right to work paperwork if relevant, and any educational certificates.
  • Update your CV and write out a cover letter – not all airlines will ask for this but it’s best to be prepared!
  • Sort out the details for your referees – and CHECK with them that they’re happy to provide references!
  • Clean up your social media! It’s becoming more and more common for employers to ‘screen’ promising candidates online, so get into the habit of making sure that there’s nothing posted online that could go against your application.
  • Get a head start with knowing the role requirements inside out, practicing answers to the ability tests, and knowing what to expect at the assessment day and interview! It’s never too early to prepare.
  • Look into some volunteer work to gain experience of customer service, challenging situations and teamwork. Some great examples include being a volunteer fo the Red Cross, or helping at local events, or charity work.
  • Think about getting some professional photos taken for your application (headshots and full-body), particularly if you’re intending to apply to a Middle East airline.

Doing something positive and taking real, measurable steps towards your dream career can also be great for your mental wellbeing, giving you a renewed sense of purpose and confidence!</strong

And remember, we’re here to help you along the way at Cabin Crew Wings!

Contact us for advice on applying, the Cabin Crew role or on any of our products!

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Our team of experts have the many years as Cabin Crew plus HR experience and are up to date with the latest selection news.

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