I will leave my home town for the huge sandpit called Dubai … in 20 HOURS !!!
- Occupation: Emirates Cabin Crew
- Experience: none
- Qualification: BCom (Hons) Marketing Management …. for what its worth
- Expectation: Absolute awesomeness !!!
So to give a brief summary on how it all started for those hopeful future cabin crew, I will try and keep it short. If you have any questions feel free to contact me…
I applied on the emiratesgroupcareers website by uploading my CV on their site. After completing this procedure it took about two months before an independent recruiter contacted me via email inviting me to an open day. There were about 600 people at the openday, after a brief session about being cabin crew and life in Dubai the recruiters invited us to come hand in our CV one by one, do the reach test (212cm) and answer a quick question (something like where do you work currently or why you want to work for emirates) after which you leave…. yes, that’s right, you have about 30seconds to make an impression. The next day you will receive an email (if you are successful) inviting you to an assessment day.
The assessment day’s main focus was to see how well you work in a group. It started off with dividing everyone into groups where you have to tell your group something about the person sitting next to you (their name, job, qualities that will benefit emirates). While this was going on you had to go to the recruiter one by one doing the (dreadful) reach test again, and she looks at your CV asking you a few questions as well as if you have any tattoos or scars. This concludes round 1. Some people unfortunately did not make it through to round 2.
Round 2: If your mother tongue is not English you have to write an english exam. This exam consists of a comprehension test, matching definitions to words, understanding phrases and a short essay. English is my 2nd language and the test was quite easy for me… no one in our group failed the test.
Round 3: They divided us in groups again, and told us to build a monument that symbolises something about Dubai with paper, elastic bands and paper clips. This was quite challenging and some people got a bit carried away trying to take charge of the group (not recommended). The recruiters observed the situation the whole time and made notes. This was the final round. Unfortunately again, people got sent home. The remaining ones got through to the final interview stage.
Final interview: You get a lot of paperwork to complete to bring with to the interview as well as completing an online pshycometric test. In my case it was a 45minute interview with two recruiters sitting in. They try their best to make you feel comfortable during te interview. They mostly ask questions about info on your CV, previous work experience and situational questions (not much to prepare for the interview cause you know yourself the best).
I waited for about 3weeks for my online application to turn to AIP, after a week it turned to ‘your HR coordinator will contact you’ which is a good sign… and then a few days after that I received my Golden call !!
After that it was all about the medical tests… TIP: DO NOT get all your vaccinations on one day!! FAIL!! I got so sick and nearly fainted…
As soon as they approved my medical tests I simply had to wait for the good part…. E-ticket, Visa and Accommodation!!! (about a week before doj)
So here I am…
I will try my best to keep you all updated on what I’m up to… I will be living in the Millenium Tower and what I’ve heard so far is that I’m damn lucky, hehe, so its all good
If you are wondering how I’m feeling about all of this, well, I am SUPER excited but at the same time I feel sad to leave behind my amazing family and friends… they just have to come and visit!!