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Interview Tips and Tricks

Posted February 10th, 2013 in Applying by Judith Howe

Once you’ve scheduled an interview, you’ve officially got your foot in the door.  All the hard work and diligence you put into creating your resume and cover letter has landed you an interview, which you now need to figure out how to NAIL IT!

The best way to impress at an interview is to show up prepared.  How to do this?  Know every interview question, and have an answer prepared, before the interview even starts.  Create a list of every possible question they could ask you.  Then prepare a solid answer for each question.interview-tips-tricks

The trick, however, is to prepare the RIGHT answers.  When determining the best answer, you need to prepare an answer that has the airline/employers best interest in mind.  You don’t want to tell them something that obviously benefits your interests while potentially putting the airline at risk.  For example:  Why Should We Hire You?

  • BAD – “Because I really need a job”, “Because I will be able to travel the county all of the time”, “Because nobody else will”.
  • BETTER – “Because I provide a distinguished skill set that will allow your customers to have the flight experience they deserve.  This is supported by my experience doing …”

I hope you would never think about providing those answer in the first bullet, but you should be able to notice to contrast between answers.  Think of it this way, you are selling them an investment…they are investing in you to fulfill their business model.  How are you going to fill in that gap that is needed for them to make their business complete?

Okay, here is a little tip that I have been using for all types of personal engagements…particularly with business.  Attempt to build or further develop a personal connection with your interviewers before getting into the meat and potatoes of your interview.  Build report.  Become likeable.  Try to become friends.  If they like you, they will do everything they can to find a way to hire you.  They will find an excuse to hire you.  If you couple that concept with a great resume and cover letter, then you’ve got the job.  Go in there with a funny story, or dig for a topic that you can both relate to.

Show up to the interview with several copies of your cover letter and resume, in case you need to hand out additional copies.  I also like to make a personal business card and hand these out to everybody I talk to while in the facility.  You are advertising your brand and you’re creating brand recognition, your name.  I’ve even seen some people put a picture of their face on their business card.  I don’t know if I would do that, but it could certainly be effective.

A few more small things to remember:

  • Eye contact
  • Breath
  • Try to have fun
  • Attitude
  • Avoid negativity
  • Please and Thank you
  • Posture
  • Cleanliness
  • Timeliness

Once you’ve finished your interview, I want you to immediately debrief yourself.  Not every interview goes perfectly, and a lot of interviews don’t go as well as you may think they do.  Make a note of things that you think went well, and make note of things that need improvement or more attention.  Don’t let a bad interview destroy your self-confidence.  By channeling your after-interview thoughts onto paper you will be able to look at the bigger picture and avoid getting lost in your own chaotic cloud of thoughts.  Turn it into a learning experience.

As soon as you sit down at your computer after your interview, e-mail your interviewers.  Thank them for their time.  This really goes a long way.  When I see people do this, it sticks out.  In about a week (or after the time frame they had communicated to you about when they would make their decision) CALL them.  Don’t inquire as to whether they have made a decision, but simply ask if there is anything more they need to help them through their process.  Maybe give them an update on yourself.

I appreciate you taking the time to read this post. If you are serious about starting a career as Commercial Airline Flight Attendant, then read The Essential Guide To Becoming A Flight Attendant - Kiki Ward explains it all! If becoming a corporate flight attendant jives with you check out Beyond the Red Carpet.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below, of contact me here.


 

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