Thinking of going for the Emirates interview in Singapore to be an air stewardess? Whether you’re thinking about making a career switch or are just starting your first job, an interview to be an air stewardess is not easy and entails a few rounds of interviews – most of which are on the same day. But before you panic and give up all together, here are some tips from Singaporean Emirates air stewardess Amelia Wong to help you pass your interview.
Be prepared for basic questions
Like any interview, Amelia says one of the questions she was asked is, why she wanted the job. So instead of going in blind, at least prepare answers for basic interview questions.
But don’t over-prepare
While you should at least come a bit prepared, that doesn’t mean you have to stress yourself over getting ready for the interview. Amelia says that some people who over-prepare would have a meltdown during the interview or let their nerves get the better of them.
Don’t worry about not having experience
Being an air stewardess entails more than just customer service. Amelia says, “You don’t have to have prior experience in customer service. It’s more about showing your character.” She reckons it’s important to demonstrate how you interact with others and that you’re able to think on your feet.
According to Amelia, one of the rounds entails you having to talk about a topic for one minute based on a randomly selected placard. You would have to present to a small group and the interviewers would also go around asking questions. She says, “It’s very random topics, like Singapore. [For example,] ‘Tell me about Singapore in one minute.’” You obviously can’t anticipate what would be asked – or even what topic you’ll get – but looking confident can help you get to the next round.
Don’t just be a public speaker
While public speaking is important, it’s just as important to be able to communicate effectively in a private setting. After the group interview, shortlisted candidates would have to go to the Emirates office separately for a one-on-one interview.
Don’t give up
The company might have various reasons for not contacting you immediately. For Amelia, it was her age. The 25-year-old, who has been with Emirates for three-and-a-half years, had not turned 21 – the legal age to work in Dubai – when she went for the interview. They only contacted her after her birthday – six months later – to ask if she could move to Dubai, where all Emirates cabin crew are based – within the given time period.
Emirates is having their Open Day in Singapore on September 18 at Hilton Singapore! If you’re interested to apply, bring along your updated resume and a photo to try your luck (yes, there will be a height test). Good luck!