Hello, everyone! I’m Sergiu, currently working for a distribution company as legal adviser and sales coordinator. I graduated from law school last year and during my college years, I worked as a reporter for a TV station in Romania. This helped me a lot because I learned how to communicate with people, understand them and most importantly how to respect them.
I know quite a few people who work in aviation and, listening to their stories, I thought that my interview experience will also help you to get acquainted with this domain. I can say that I have always been fascinated by this “world”, seeing it through other people’s eyes, but now I have finally decided to live my own adventure. At first, I was a bit skeptical of this job, because it seemed impossible to pass those interviews. Some friends got disappointed after bad experiences and I was never sure if I could ever do it. But luck was on my side, as I attended only two interviews, the second time being lucky.
Many would say that you just go and attend the interview, but don’t think it’s that easy. Everyone should prepare a bit before. In fact, I prepared pretty much in order to get this far. I invested in a training course, I read a lot about this job, I took some tests and I think that all these helped me very much. I approached Nicoleta Gherman online, World-class NG Cabin Crew trainer, considering her vast experience very important. She helped me a lot with various tips before interviews and shortly after that, I managed to pass the second interview. So I owe her special thanks for all the constant advice and support over the past 6 months. Even if I call her weekly, she is always ready to help not only me but also my other colleagues selected with various information or a professional advice.
I cannot compare my Qatar Airways experience with anything else. The interviews are quite harsh, the recruiters can “surprise” you with complicated subjects and my opinion is that only strong characters can succeed. I think it’s the best airline in the world and, of course, I recommend you all join it. I am sure that this experience will help me see things otherwise and appreciate other values too.
From my point of view, you must be very confident in yourself, always have a smile on your face, be well prepared and very brave, if you want to pass any interview. It is very important to know what you want because in this way you can get where you want to be! Leave your emotions at the door, before you enter the “Open Day” room and look at the recruiters as if they are your old friends you haven’t seen in a long time. They are not there to reject you, but to choose the best persons. Always keep in mind that the only person you should be in competition with is yourself!
I attended an Open Day in March 2017, but I did not manage to get that desired invitation for the Assessment Day. What’s important is that I was not discouraged by this; it just wasn’t my lucky day. Mrs. Nicoleta motivated me to try again. It is very important to move on; don’t let failure stop you from trying again and again. Not everyone can succeed from the start, that’s why you need to prepare yourself better the next time, do not let anyone change your mood, have faith that everything will work out for the best.
After the final interview, the waiting is the hardest part, getting great news yesterday: I passed the online process, but I am still waiting for the working visa and the DOJ (Date of Joining). I somehow see a change in me thanks to this: I realize that I am more patient and calm. I just keep on thinking positively that it’s worth waiting for this job, as it brings many benefits. I want to see the world and make new friends because memories stay forever. At the end of my cabin crew career, I just want to be able to settle in a country that would impress me the most while flying from one country to another.
So I advise you all potential flight attendants to be brave, optimistic, do not let any failure break your wings and fight for your dream. Courage, ambition and thorough preparation are all necessary for this job. I definitely recommend that you attend any World-class NG Cabin Crew workshops or training and I assure you that this will help you a lot. My daily inspiration quote is: “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it!” (Arthur L. Williams, Jr.) Good luck!
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