How To Become Flight Attendant
Hey, hey my traveling divas and dudes I have to say I’m super excited because there are a lot of airlines hiring for flight attendants, the big guys such as American, Delta, and U.S. Airways! Your “SoloTravelMuse” is also a flight attendant and I actually love what I do and especially the perks! But the question I get all the time is, “how do I become a flight attendant?”. As a flight attendant for a major carrier myself and having endured some no’s and some yes’ before I was hired, I know a thing or two about how to become a flight attendant.
1. Look The Part
You’d be surprised how many people show up to an interview inappropriately dressed, hair looking like they just woke up or they’re competing in a Bronner Brothers Hair Show. Ladies please leave the skin tight dresses at home and fellas a sloppy button down and wrinkled slacks is just not going to cut it. When you walk through the door at an interview you want interviewers to visualize what you would look like wearing their uniform representing their company. I highly recommend to ladies and guys to wear a dark colored suit such as navy, black, or grey. Ladies accessorize your suit with a pearl necklace or even a neck scarf (an airline favorite). Purple highlights and rainbow streaks may be cute when you’re out with your girls or at the club but it is not what the ailrline is looking for! If your hair is highlighted make sure they are natural colors that compliment your skin tone. If your hair is past your shoulders pull it back into a bun or better yet have your hair trimmed in a style that compliments your face shape. Guys should have neatly trimmed beards and if you wear an earring that’s fine if it’s a single stud. Ladies your makeup should be natural, no heavily colored eyeshadows, and bright hot pink lipstick again that’s great for the club, but not a professional look for a flight attendant. Tattoos are also a definite no! If you have tattoos that are visible, cover them completely! You will not be hired for sure with a tattoo that is visible. When pulling your look together think classic and professional! When you look in the mirror ask yourself would you hire you or ask a friend for their honest opinion.
2. Smile and Let Your Personality Shine
Of course we will all feel a little nervous during an interview but no excuse not to smile and let your personality radiate. Greet interviewers and also other candidates. Go into the interview with a positive attitude. Stand talk and look confident. Don’t slump in your chair, sit with posture that your grandmother would be proud of. Interviewers are watching your every move!
3. Have A Passport
Many airlines will require that you have a passport. We all know that it is always best to come prepared. I remember one airline that I interviewed with, which was an open house, turned away those that didn’t own a passport. You’ll have better chances at becoming a flight attendant with a passport than not having a passport or at least having documents showing that you have applied for a passport.
4. Interact With Other Candidates
One of the main things interviewers will be looking at is how you interact with strangers. As a flight attendant you will always work with unfamiliar faces and different personalities. You will be working and traveling the world with people you’ve just met and you have to be able to communicate professionally with them immediately. Interviewers must see that you’ll be comfortable with interacting and communicating with people that you’ve just met. Communication between pilots and flight attendants is imperative for the safety of crew members and our passengers. So don’t be afraid to chat up the person seated next to you. Work the room…speak to everyone, ask their name, where they’re from. Have fun with it!
5. Know Your Company
I can’t say how ridiculous some look when they come to these interviews, not knowing one thing about the company they are interviewing for. Know the company’s history, know about company awards, know who the C.E.O of the company is and know the company’s mission statment. If you really want to wow them as I did memorize the company’s mission statement. Knowing the company mission statement will give you great insight on the company’s values as far as morals and ethics. You want to impress, there are thousands of candidates trying out for the same position.
6. How Some Wow Factor
I guarantee you’ll be asked the most simple and the hardest question to most candidates, “Why should I hire you as a flight attendant?” Please don’t answer with “I love to travel the world and I love people.” Granted that is the reason why we all want to become flight attendants, but airline interviewers hear that answer all the time and it’s boring! Moreover it tells them nothing about you, your character, and what makes you different and more special than the next person. Dig deeper and try to incorporate something you are passionate about into your answer. Before my interview I had previously organized a weight loss program within my church. Through my previous dedication and passion in helping others to lose weight, battle stress and depression; I convinced the airline interviewers that I would have that same dedication and passion in assisting and making sure their passengers would have an amazing experience flying their airline. But more than anything they could hear the passion in my voice.
7. Believe In Yourself
I can’t tell you how many people talk themselves out of becoming a flight attendant before they even set foot into the door. Negative thoughts and not believing in yourself will be your number one reason why you will not become a flight attendant. Many people worry and say oh there are thousands trying to become a flight attendant, they won’t pick me. Trust me if they like you, it doesn’t matter how little they’re hiring, if you walk into that room confident, knowing about the company, looking the part…you will become a flight attendant. But it starts with you first, you have to know that you deserve and have what it takes to become a flight attendant!
8. Try, Try, and Try Again
You can ask any flight attendant it usually took them several interviews with different airlines to become a flight attendant. Just because one airline tells you no, doesn’t mean the next one will. Don’t let that first or even second no persuade you to believe that you don’t have what it takes to become a flight attendant. You have to look at yourself as the prize, hey that airline doesn’t know what they’re missing. Take your greatness to the next ailrline. Keep trying!
And just to make it a bit easier for you guys, I’ve listed a few of the airlines that are hiring. So get to it, fill out as many applications as you can and be patient. You can be called in one week or maybe in six months. Don’t stress and stay positive! Also if you have family or friends that work for an airline, ask for a referral. That always helps to get your foot into the door a little sooner. Good luck guys and please don’t hesitate to ask me questions! It would be my pleasure to help all of you become flight attendants! See you in the skies!
Delta Airlines Flight Attendant
American Airlines Flight Attendant
U.S. Airways Flight Attendant
Omni Air Flight Attendant
Republic Airways Flight Attendant
As always thanks for reading!
Pamilla The SoloTravelMuse