Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Air Asia cabin crew interview process and stages - ( Updated Version - 2014 )

Hey guys, I am going to write about my experience regarding the Air Asia interview for cabin crew on June 2014. I would like to start by giving a brief background about myself.

As cliché as it may sound, I always wanted to become an air stewardess since young. I don’t know why but I have a thing for flying! Being an air stewardess has always been my dream for 15 years (yes, 15 years!)

 I remember very clearly because one day I was flipping my primary school report card where we had to write our ambition in it. Without fail, standard 1- standard 6, the ambition column was written pramugari  (air stewardess). 

It has never changed after I carried on with my secondary school. So right after my SPM, I told my mom that I wanted achieve my dream to become an air stewardess, but what saddens me was my mom asked me to get a degree first before I can reach for my dream. Hence, here am I 4 years later after my degree, finally able to fulfil a dream of my own.

Moving on, one day when I was browsing FlyGosh, I saw an opportunity which is the Air Asia cabin crew walk in interview in Penang. 

When I saw the post, I have mixed feelings. One hand I was really happy that there was a walk in interview open for everyone, on the other hand, I doubted myself if I have the qualifications to join Air Asia. 

From what I heard from my friends who went to the Air Asia interview before, they have failed a numerous times as Air Asia is kinda picky, and they always look for petite (I have a huge body frame compared to other girls), and good looking (I am just an average looking girl) girls. These are some of the reason and fears that discouraged me to go for the interview. But at last I thought, why not give it a go, I will not lose anything if I really fail the interview. 

Here are the things to you need to prepare for the interview:

1.       Flight Attendant application form (http://www.airasia.com/FA-application/form.html)
2.       Latest CV/Resume
3.       Original and copies of NRIC & Passport
4.       Original and copies of SPM or higher education certificates
5.       1 copy of recent passport size photograph
6.       1 copy of recent full body photograph 

*tip: for ladies, wear something red, if you don’t have red blouse like me, paint your nails red, touch up your hair roots if you have coloured hair, do not wear black pantyhose*

As I am from Ipoh, it takes 2 hours to travel from Ipoh to Penang. On the side note, I do not want to travel the day before to Penang, because I do not want to spend on hotel. So for those who are staying in KL or even further would like to attend the interview held in Penang, I encourage you to travel a day before and spend a night in Penang, so you will get enough rest and energy to impress the panels! It is important 

 After 2 hours of driving with my mom, I reached Air Asia office at about 8.40am. The documents checking starts from 9am-11am, if you reach later than 11am, you will be asked to leave and come for the next interview. Even though I reached 20 minutes early, the queue for the documents checking was already quite long. 

You will be given the Flight Attendant application form if you didn’t print it out. After filling up the form, use paper clip/stapler to attach it together with the documents that you’ve prepared. During the documents check, the staff will measure your height and weight, if you are under the required height, you will be asked to try again on the next walk in interview. 

After the documents check, you will be given a number, advancing to the next stage. *tip: smile your way through, be courteous to anyone who is handling the checks!*

After the documents check, you will notice the crowd has reduced drastically. During my interview session, only 110+ candidates made it to the second which is also the final round. Queue up according to the number given, and wait patiently to meet the interviewers. 

From time to time, the staff will remind the candidates to touch up your make-up and hair do. There were 2 tables with 2 interviewers each set up in the room. When it reaches my turn, I slowly walked to towards one of the tables, shake hands with the interviewers. 

Some of the questions that were thrown to me are, a brief introduction about yourself, why do you want to become a flight attendant, why choose Air Asia, if you have any friends working in Air Asia. Basically they will look at your appearance and comment about it, for example some negative ones, they will say that you need to watch your body weight, and some positive ones, they like your make-up and hair. 

So be prepared if you are shot with some negative comments. Finally, after less than 10 minutes intimidating interaction with the interviewers, you will be asked to go home and if you are successful, you will receive an email requesting you to fill up the consent form and job application form. 

After a few working days, you will be asked to go for the medical check-up at the assigned location. Some of the tests are X-Ray, Physical test that includes eyesight test, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, flatfoot, sinus. I got called up after 2 working days and asked if I could join the next training intake. 

In summary, the interview process is:

1.       Height and weight check
2.       Documents check
3.       Two-to-one interview (2 interviewers and 1 candidate)

If you pass the final stage:

1.       Filling up Job Application form
2.       Go for medical check up
3.       Fill up the documents required 

And get yourself prepared for the flight attendant training!

Hereby I would like to encourage everyone to go for your dreams no matter how many failure stories you’ve heard in the past. It might be your lucky day! If I did not make it to the interview, I wouldn’t have made it today! FYI, this is not my first flight attendant interview, I’ve failed some of the interview but hey, look! I’ve made it to the World’s Best Low Cost Airline! 

Overcome your fear, have confidence in yourself and shine bright during the interview. All the best to everyone who wants to give it a try! 

Click here for the earlier version of the Air Asia Cabin Crew interview process and stages 

You can view the cabin crew interview process of other airlines by clicking here 

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