I saw this 40-question cabin crew post going around on some blogs I followed years ago, when I was still reading up about how to pass the interview! Now I’d love to think my blog helps out anyone who’s looking for some tips on the recruitment 🙂
Good news for anyone who’s looking to join the company – recruitment will be starting again soon! We don’t have any more specific information or dates, but keep an eye out online. In the meantime, enjoy a few questions and answers from me.
1.Which airline is lucky enough to employ you?
2.What city(ies) are you based in?
Dubai, UAE – the only base we have.
3. If you could choose any city, what would be your dream base?
Tough question – I’m pretty happy in Dubai at the moment!
4. How long would you like to be based there?
I plan on staying for the foreseeable future.
5.Have you ever done the nasty with a passenger you met on a plane?
6.Have you ever wanted to?
Now that would be telling 😛
7.What is your favourite city thus far to layover in?
Cape Town, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro…the list goes on!
8.Have you had famous people as passengers?
Yes, a couple, the most famous being Pelé, the footballer (not that I know anything about football!)
9.If so, who was your favourite?
Considering Pelé was lovely, invited us all to come and take a picture with him and gave a personalised signed autograph, he takes first place.
10.Who was your least favorite?
I haven’t really had anybody else particularly memorable.
11.Who would you love to have on your flight?
Anybody who closes their suite doors and doesn’t open them til landing 😉
12.Are you a language speaker for your airline?
Yes, German and Spanish.
13.What is your least favorite flight to work?
Any night turnaround (usually departing around midnight and getting back at lunchtime…horrible!).
14.Do you have a flight you actually enjoy working?
Yes, most of them since working in first class! Also, any new destination I haven’t been to before.
15.Have you ever done the nasty with a crew member?
I’m fairly sure my mum reads my blog …
16.What do you watch on TV when you are getting ready for work on a layover?
I never really turn on the TV in hotels, instead I tend to watch YouTube videos.
17.Have you ever dropped a passenger meal and served it?
Only if the lid was still on and it didn’t come into contact with anything I wouldn’t eat myself!
18.Do you prefer working coach, business class or first class?
No question, first class!
19.What is your favourite airplane to work?
We only fly 777 and A380, and both have their positives and negatives, but probably 777.
20.Do you know what crop-dusting inflight is?
Of course, we learn about it on the first week of training! 😉
21.Do you prefer working early flights or late ones?
I like afternoon departures, I’m not an early riser.
22.Do you like the uniform your airline gives you?
It’s fine, certainly not the most flattering outfit I’ve ever worn, but I do love our red hat!
23.Do you take your laptop on a layover?
Sometimes, if it’s a longer layover and I know I plan to write a blog post, otherwise I just take my iPad.
24.What is your LEAST favourite part of every flight?
Probably boarding, it’s usually pretty hectic and we have a lot of pre-departure duties.
25.What is the BEST hotel you have ever had a layover at?
The Langham in Auckland was pretty nice, and had the best dinner and breakfast buffet! Sadly we don’t stay there any more.
26.Where did you interview for your job?
In Munich. I was living in Austria and that was the closest place an open day was being held.
27.What other cities have you been based in?
Dubai is the only one we have a base at.
29.Why did you become a flight attendant?
To travel the world and get paid for it! Are there any cabin crew that have a different answer to this question?!
30.Did you apply at other airlines that didn’t want you?
I applied for Qatar, but was halfway through the interview when Emirates called me, so I didn’t bother to stay!
31.Do you like the airline you work for?
Yes, most of the time!
32.Have you ever had the CEO of your airline onboard as a passenger?
33.Have you ever dated a passenger you met?
34.Have you ever gotten into a disagreement with a fellow crew member?
Yes, although I’m usually pretty easy-going. It can be tough working with a lot of different nationalities and personalities sometimes!
35.Has a pilot ever hit on you?
Well…considering I have to take care of them on every 777 flight, I’d say yes, haha!
36.Do you dislike passengers or pilots more?
Depends who orders more cappuccinos (one of the most annoying drinks to make onboard!)
37.Passengers ask annoying questions when they see you in uniform. What is your least favourite question?
There are plenty….where is the lounge (in the airport, when it’s my first time there!), why are we delayed…etc.
38.What is the stupidest request a passenger has made of you?
Can I have a free upgrade to first class? Sure…
39.Is being a hostess with the mostess your only job?
Yep! I can barely keep up with writing my blog these days, not sure how I’d manage another job on the side!
40.Have you ever gotten any long lasting relationships out of your job?
I’ve been with my boyfriend for almost 3 years, and we met onboard on a flight. Not to mention my 2 best girlfriends in Dubai, who I met on the first day of training!