goflygirl

Globetrotting

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!!

About goflygirl

  1. virassibiJune 20, 2012, 7:26 PM

    hello.. I love your blog btw, so many information and funny stories.. :)) and guess what, I will attend in assessment day on 30th June at Jakarta, Indonesia.. wish me luck ya.. getting nervous from now *sigh because im already attend in QR recruitment but failed in english test, hehe so im scared will fail again in english test in EK assessment,..and I think, just do and try my best! may my God do the rest.. :) nice to know you blog.. love it :* xoxo

    Reply
    • goflygirlJune 21, 2012, 1:49 PM

      hey :) thank you!!! yes go for it! maybe QR was not meant to be… the english test wasn’t that hard, so best of luck to you! let me know how it went… xx

      Reply
      • virassibiJune 21, 2012, 2:54 PM

        Hehe i will tell you later, but some people said EK english test is more difficult than QR that’s why can make me down.. And the recruiter came from Dubai also.. Haha nervous! And honestly i still confused in first group discussion in your assessment day! 1 to 1 interview ?

        Reply
        • goflygirlJune 30, 2012, 10:06 PM

          well not interview. just a quick question while you do the reach test ;) best of luck!!

          Reply
      • RebeccaJuly 1, 2012, 8:12 PM

        What kinds of questions do they ask you is it best to attend an open day first? I want to work for emirates so bad! My nearest open day isn’t until August!

        Reply
  2. goflygirlJuly 7, 2012, 8:36 PM

    hey Rebecca :) they ask mostly about your own work experience. well in my case we had to attend an open day to get invited to attend the assessment day… so I guess if you can go straight to an assessment day first, why not :) good luck for August!! go search some chat groups, there is a lot on the internet and they talk about everything!

    Reply
    • RebeccaJuly 7, 2012, 9:49 PM

      Thank you

      Well I applied about 2 weeks ago now so I’m
      Just waiting, the assesment days are in August and I’m hoping I get invited soon :)

      Reply
  3. nanaSeptember 5, 2012, 5:46 PM

    hello goflygirl!i will go to athens for the open day)i am greeκ:)i am very nervous because i dont have many customer servise experience and all the questions are about experience…if you don’t have any experiene what are the questions that they do?do you know sth?thank you very much:)

    Reply
    • goflygirlSeptember 5, 2012, 7:43 PM

      hey nana
      i have two wonderful greek friends here! ;) good luck with the open day and don’t stress too much as the questions they ask you are all about things that you have done. so if you don’t have any service experience they will ask you about your job and the things you’ve done there, or your studies. the questions are all about you, so you don’t really have to prepare anything. I don’t know how the open day in athens will be but in South Africa they only asked you to do the reach test, hand in your cv, and they asked you one question about something on your cv. then they called you back the next day for the assessment day. if you want you can email me at anemari.vdw@gmail.com and I will sent you the details of my greek friends then you can chat to them :)

      Reply
      • nanaSeptember 6, 2012, 11:37 AM

        Goflygirl,I sent you pm!thanks!

        Reply
  4. merilyOctober 5, 2012, 11:48 AM

    hi Goflygirl! i am so happy reading about your travels and wonderful experiences… I had my FI just a week before and i would like to know about the status changes. I have heard that it is not so good for the application to go to uner review. What about yours? Do you remember if it went immediately AIP or from under review to AIP?? thanks so much! I am really so nervous about all this! Have a good time!

    Reply
    • goflygirlOctober 9, 2012, 2:17 PM

      thanks Merily! From what I can remember it took quite a while to turn into AIP, so dont be too nervous ;) best of luck!! the waiting game is always the hardest…

      Reply
    • goflygirlNovember 22, 2012, 8:55 PM

      Hey Merily, so sorry for only getting back to you now… mine took quite a while to change, its the worst waiting game ever!! haha. have you heard anything yet??

      Reply
  5. MarinetteOctober 16, 2012, 8:59 AM

    helloo goflygirl :D
    Thanks God i got the Golden Call but the problem that i can bearly heared the lady talking :(( so can u tell me what should i do next because i heared her saying that she will send me an e-mail within 2 days & i haven’t recieved anything !!!

    Reply
    • goflygirlNovember 22, 2012, 8:51 PM

      so sorry for the late reply but Im sure you managed to get the info :) whens your doj? best of luck!!

      Reply
      • MarinetteNovember 23, 2012, 7:25 AM

        no problem i finished my medicals and all the paperwork and i got my FA :D and my Doj is 28 of December can’t wait :D :D
        can u tell me what i have to know by heart in the work book ? i know that i don’t have to memorize the airport codes , is that right ?

        Reply
        • goflygirlNovember 28, 2012, 10:27 PM

          congrats!!! :D well complete the workbook and just read through everything to get yourself familiarised with the terms. you have plenty of time during training to learn all the terms and airport codes. Only in the last week will you get tested on the airport codes with a few questions on a multiple choice test… all the best and enjoy your last month at home!! xx

          Reply
          • MarinetteNovember 28, 2012, 10:44 PM

            Thank You so much u helped me alot , actually i was nervous but i feel better now after ur words :D

          • goflygirlNovember 28, 2012, 10:50 PM

            you’re welcome :) if there’s more questions let me know…

          • MarinetteNovember 28, 2012, 10:56 PM

            sure :D i hope i can meet u when i go to Dubai ;)

          • goflygirlNovember 28, 2012, 10:58 PM

            well we can make a plan ;) see you soon then!

  6. DaphneOctober 23, 2012, 8:14 AM

    Hi goflygirl! I just wanted to give you props for sharing your experiences, from the open day all the way to the lay-overs. I just wanted to ask you for anything you can tell me about what to and what not to do on the open day. Im going to an open day here in California at San Jose on the 27th and I jut wanted any input from your personal experience and anything to add to my CV just to make it more pop. Thanks in advance and best of luck:)

    Reply
    • goflygirlNovember 22, 2012, 8:50 PM

      Hey Daphne
      So sorry I missed your open day date… hope it went well? let me know if you need any more tips for the rest of the process. take care!

      Reply
  7. ThaliaOctober 25, 2012, 1:27 PM

    Hello there goflygirl! First of all, let me say it’s a great thing that you’re sharing your experience, for the rest of us it’s very helpful.

    I’d like to ask you what the psychometric test consisted of, if it was difficult etc.

    Also, can you please explain what the reach test is?

    Thank you so much!

    Cristha

    Reply
    • goflygirlNovember 22, 2012, 8:48 PM

      Hey Cristha
      sorry for the late reply. the reach test is about reaching a mark against the wall which is 212cm high. you are allowed to stand on tip toes though. I am only 1.58cm and luckily I managed to reach it ;)
      The psychometric test is like any other type of test like that. It asks you different scenarios and you have to select the one option of the multiple answers you associate yourself with the most… its nothing to stress about, they are just trying to learn a bit more about your personality :)
      Hope Im not too late with the info
      Annemarie

      Reply
      • CristhaNovember 23, 2012, 2:07 PM

        Hi Goflygirl!

        Thank you very much for the information. I took the assessment and now I’m waiting for the reply, going on to the third week as I’m writing this… You know how that feels… :)

        Thank you once again and wish you the best!

        Reply
        • goflygirlNovember 28, 2012, 11:04 PM

          you’re welcome :) yes i do… nervewrecking!! the days go by so slowly, haha. I checked that profile almost every 30mins, lol. good luck and let me know how it went…

          Reply
      • ThaliaNovember 29, 2012, 12:57 PM

        Thank you! I’ll definitely let you know! :)

        Reply
      • AngieJanuary 2, 2013, 3:20 PM

        Just curious… do you have to reach 212cm with both hands or just one? I’m 1.6m and I can reach to 212 with one hand and on tip toes, but 2 hands are much more difficult for me! Thanks for all this info:)

        Reply
    • CristhaJanuary 4, 2013, 4:07 PM

      Hi there Goflygirl!

      First of all, let me wish you a Happy New Year to be enjoyed with health, love, serenity, prosperity and anything else you wish for!

      As promised, just wanted to let you know that I didn’t get the job after all.

      Have a great year and keep sharing your experiences with us!

      Reply
  8. endriuNovember 17, 2012, 10:34 PM

    thnx for information!!! :]

    Reply
  9. endriuNovember 17, 2012, 10:36 PM

    maby someone can tell about english tests in AD?
    and whats about language, if my language is not very expanded?it is possible what i have a chanse?
    thnx a lot friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!hug

    Reply
    • goflygirlNovember 22, 2012, 9:22 PM

      hey hey. well you wont know unless you try ;) the test is very basic just testing your understanding of the language. i wrote a bit about it in one of my blog posts under my ‘application process posts’. good luck!!

      Reply
  10. MartaNovember 27, 2012, 11:31 PM

    Hello! ;)
    I have just been invited to the assessment day in Manchester, but it doesn’t say exactly what should I bring with me. It only mention the dress code.
    Do I have to bring the Cv with me then? Anything else? I did google it but everybody say a diffreent thing so I’m quite confused.
    Thanks a lot!!
    x

    Reply
    • goflygirlNovember 28, 2012, 11:00 PM

      hey :) well from what I can remember I took my cv, cover letter and 2photos (close-up and full body). have a look under my posts of ‘application process’. Ive heard that it helps looking the part, so tie your hair back and slap on that red lipstick ;) all the best!!

      Reply
  11. FaseegahNovember 29, 2012, 11:26 PM

    Hello
    Thank you for taking time to do this informative blog.
    I’d like to know what expenses you incurred during your application process. eg: the cost of the medicals prior to employment.
    I hope you’re still having fun!

    Reply
    • goflygirlDecember 8, 2012, 3:19 PM

      hey :) thank you for taking the time to read my blog ;) I cant remember the exact amount but it was quite costly… I had a medical aid so could claim back most of it… good luck with the madicals, just dont get all the vaccinations on one day (very bad idea!! i got so ill from it!) all the best xx

      Reply
  12. Nicole AugustDecember 14, 2012, 7:37 PM

    Hey goflygirl. Hope all is well with you and that you enjoying Dubai. Your story really inspired me. Aaaaaaah you are so Lucky!!! That is my dream job. Im Nicole btw, 22 years old from SA. Would love to become a flight attendan. Flew with Emirites 2 months ago to Dubai and Thailand, LOVED Every minute of it . Please HELP!!!! How do I apply, if you dont mind me asking?
    Thanks so much.

    Reply
  13. DavidApril 11, 2013, 8:32 AM

    Hi Golfygirl…

    im about to attend an OD in Melbourne next week but ive heard that EK have put male applicants on hold… do you think its still woth going?
    i dont want to go and then they dont pick me (coz theyre not taking any male applicants) then i have to wait for 6months

    reading your blog has gotten me excited … ive always wanted to be cabin crew but was scared what my friends and family think coz im a guy etc…
    but now i dont care and really want to try

    Reply
    • Shariffah nabihaApril 16, 2013, 3:56 PM

      Hi David!

      I’m attending an OD in Melbourne this weekend too. I suggest you should just go for your dream and try this Saturday :)

      Reply
      • goflygirlMay 19, 2013, 2:34 PM

        heya. sorry Ive been so busy, hope your OD went well :)

        Reply
    • goflygirlMay 19, 2013, 2:37 PM

      sorry for the late reply, Ive been so busy lately!! hope that you went to that interview and that it went well :) always follow your dreams, listen to what you want, not other people, they’re not living our life. best of luck!

      Reply
  14. fatiApril 23, 2013, 3:29 AM

    Hey … Thanks posting informations , it will help me …..can you tell me which questions they asked you , and all the rest ! Thank you

    Reply
  15. Ika GlamariaMay 6, 2013, 4:20 PM

    Hi ! I am from Malaysia . I loved to read your blog . Such a useful information you shared . I have few questions to ask to you . I hope you don’t mind to answer it . It would be such an appreciation .

    i. Do I really need to apply the job through Emirates Group only ? Because on June 1st , there will be an interview for Emirates here in Malaysia .
    ii. What do you suggest / recommend for outfit to wear during the interview ? Ladies office wear with blazer ? And what about the makeup . Light natural makeup ?
    iii. Seems like you’ve made it to get the job . The ticket fee to Dubai is it under you or under Emirates ?
    iv. And do Emirates really want a flawless skin ? Because I saw all stewardess have a flawless skin . *crying* .

    Looking forward for your reply ! Xoxo .

    Reply
    • goflygirlMay 19, 2013, 2:29 PM

      hey :)

      i. yes you can apply on groupworld, but theres also independent recruiting companies that help with interviews. as far as i remember you can attend open days without an invitation, so go for it!
      ii. yes office wear would be perfect. maybe a pencil skirt and blazer and stockings!! yes wear make-up, if you feel brave enough wear the red lip, otherwise just perfect grooming from make-up to hair!
      iii. no emirates takes care of the travelling costs
      iv. well no, they’re just good at covering their flaws, haha. but they do look at your appearance. you have to be well groomed and healthy.

      best of luck for the 1st of june!!! :) just be yourself, look good and have confidence. let me know how it went xx

      Reply
      • Nadia J.May 28, 2013, 10:13 AM

        Hi! I was wondering, do they accept people with tattoos on ther wrists? Or can I throw my dream out the window! loooooooool Tell us more about your amazing experience! ***

        Reply
  16. DaniJune 22, 2013, 3:58 AM

    Hi goflygirl! Thanks for the blog really interesting and useful:)

    I was thinking when applying, can you just go for the open day with your CV? or you first have to submit your CV online? and then they will invite you for the open day?

    Thank you

    Reply
  17. lynnAugust 30, 2013, 8:06 PM

    Hi! I am from Singapore and I am actually studying my tourism diploma right now, I really wanted to fly with emirates as their crew,and I came across your blog!!
    It will be great if you could help me answer a few burning question that I have in mind now.
    -Do they test you about the time(ie,when you are flying from singapore at 11pm,what time will you reach in dubai?), country codes,the routing of emirates flight or any other industry jar-goons during the interview?
    -I am actually 165cm but unfortunately, my weight is 65kg. May I ask about the average weight of emirates crew?
    -Must you be really breathtakingly beautiful to be in emirates?(Its sounds ridiculous and dramatic,but I almost forgot to breathe every time I see the emirates girls, SOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL,POISE AND DEFINITELY CLASSY)
    -any idea what is the “exact” character that emirates is really looking for? (like team work/leadership/any other)
    -Does emirates takes in intern ship students?
    -Last but not least, most emirate’s cabin crew that I see don’t look asian…..Do I even stand a chance?

    Reply
    • goflygirlSeptember 3, 2013, 11:11 PM

      hey lynn :)
      -no only in training do you learn about time and special codes and so on, so dont worry about that for the interview
      - your BMI (body mass index – google it) can be calculated, and if you fall into the right category, you’re fine
      - haha no, you should just take good care of yourself and carry the brand well :)
      - they’ve got their criteria that they look for, but Im not sure what that is… but defnitely teamwork!
      - no internships
      - there’s a lot of asians in emirates! so apply and take a chance :)
      best of luck!!

      Reply
      • lynnSeptember 15, 2013, 4:09 PM

        OMG!! Didn’t expect you to really reply me and answer my questions. Thank you so much!! <3

        Reply
        • setarehOctober 15, 2013, 12:59 AM

          hello.thank you .i have 2 question ,i’m 22 years old and i have no work experience .is it a big problem for emirates airline because i really want to be cabin crew…….. i have iranian passport and italian residential permit,in two years also i will have italian passport too.do they accept iranian passport????,because most of countries don’t accept it :( again thanks for your help .
          kind regards

          Reply
  18. RufaidaSeptember 14, 2013, 6:54 PM

    Hi, is there a course one can do before attending the assessment day in becoming a cabin crew?
    It would be nice to familiarize oneself in this area and do well at the test…
    Your assistance would be highly appreciated..

    Reply
    • GRACIAJune 12, 2014, 4:23 PM

      Hi GoFlyGirl, let me ask you something ’bout the requirement of becoming EK cabin crews? I’ve applied for assesment day on june this 2014,. I’m worry about how do they’ll respect to my application as I have more than one experience as a cabin crew on my previous airlines. I heard that they’ll be more appreciate to a fresh graduate candidates, instead they treated easier as they may not influenced by the company yet. I speak english, dutch, spanish, and a lot of france, do you think it would be a special requirement they may preffered so it would be nice for me then? I decide to keep it up and see how is it goes but to be very honest when I think about that, they got me wornout jaja
      I’m awaiting for your advice, best regards….

      Reply
      • goflygirlJune 16, 2014, 4:25 PM

        Best of luck with your open day! no, there’s plenty of crew that worked in other airlines before, so dont worry :) and all the languages will definitely be an advantage! Go show them what you’ve got!! :)

        Reply