Ask the Recruiter
I have had interviews with two airlines and followed all of the advice on your website. Although I thought I was well prepared and felt confident at both interviews, I was not offered a position at either airline. Can you help me understand what possibly could have gone wrong? I thank you for your time and response.
Determining the exact reason(s) for your rejection is often difficult. After all, the selection process is not an exact science, and there are numerous variables involved. Final selection for flight attendant positions is very subjective and depends on, among other things, the particular interviewer. Perhaps you did not have good "chemistry" with the interviewer, you reminded the interviewer of someone he or she dislikes, or you did not "fit" the company profile. Another possibility is you might have been in a pool of very competitive applicants and only a few positions were available.
The bottom line is that on any given day, depending on the forces working for or against you, you may or may not get hired. Perhaps on a different day the outcome would have been completely different; there would have been different interviewers, different questions, different applicants, etc. That is why it is so important to re-apply!
Whatever you do, do not call or write to an airline inquiring about a recent rejection. Although you may get a response, you will never find out the real reason(s) for your rejection.
Although it is virtually impossible for you to pinpoint the exact reason(s) for your rejection, you can do a bit of self-analysis to determine whether something you did or did not do might have disqualified you. Ask yourself the following questions:
-Was my resume well prepared?
-Did I include a cover letter with my resume?
-Was my application filled out honestly and completely?
-How was my appearance at the interviews?
-Did I show enthusiasm when meeting my interviewer?
-Did I act cocky or egotistical?
-How was my handshake?
-Did I show poise and confidence in answering interview questions?
-Did I show concern over relocation issues?
-Was I overly interested in pay?
-Did I have gaps in my employment history that I could not account for?
-How did I do, in all likelihood, on the aptitude tests?
-Was I late for any interviews?
-Did I appear to be nervous?
-Did I ask intelligent questions about the company and the position?
-Was I well prepared for any type of interview?
-Was I able to relate specific stories about my experiences to questions asked?
-Did I try to hide anything throughout the application process?
-Was I a good listener?
-Was I able to relate my interview answers to the desirable qualities of a flight attendant?
-Did I thank interviewers for their time?
-Did I send thank you letters to interviewers?
Most airlines will allow you to re-apply after 6 to 12 months. The re-application process should be easy for you: you know what to expect; you know what questions will be asked; how many interviews will be conducted, etc. Your confidence level should be high for the re-application process. Good Luck!
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Who's Hiring Flight Attendants?
This is a current listing from our website of just a few of the 35 airlines now hiring flight attendants or Inflight Managers. Note: If you are an AirlineCareer.com member, you will receive this information before it is published in the ezine.
The following airlines are conducting upcoming Flight Attendant Open House Interview(s) in January 2012 or are accepting online applications and/or resumes for flight at
tendant or inflight management positions.
Airlines with asterisks (*) have posted Open House Interview dates.
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We have recently added five international airlines to our database including those listed below. Multi-national carriers hire flight attendants from most countries.
- Air Wisconsin
- Atlantic SE
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific (Multinational)
- Colgan Air
- Compass Airlines
- Gulf Air (Multinational)
- Omni Air*
- Qantas UK (International)
- Qatar* (Multinational)
- Ryanair (International)
- Shuttle America*
- Singapore (International)
- Virgin America
Where in the World Photo Quiz
Last week's photo quiz answer (right): Kauai, HI.
This week, we are posting a photo (below) of a destination you may visit as a flight attendant. Do you know where it is? The answer will be posted in the next issue.