Flight Attendant Job FAQ

Q21: Will I have to relocate if I become a flight attendant?

At most airlines, relocation is a condition of employment. This does not necessarily mean that you will have to leave your family or sell your home and all of your belongings to become a flight attendant! You will need to recognise thouight that you could be initially posted where the airline needs you immediately, not necessarily where you want to go.

Opportunities to transfer are then considered on an evaluation or merit bases normally after the first year. However, many flight attendants fly from a particular base, but commute to live wherever they choose.

This gives you freedom and is a part of the fabulous lifestyle afforded to you when you become a flight attendant.

Here’s a tip:
Personally I have lived in 5 Capital cities due to airline jobs and this has provided me some fantastic experiences and new friends. If you get posted to a new city, suck it in and go with the right attitude and you will enjoy. It may just be the move you needed in your life.

I know the every one of my shifts (while not being perfect at the time) have been fantastic in the end.

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Q22: How do I know if my past work history is good enough to get a flight attendant job?

Certainly the airlines are after a particular type of person with experience in appropriate areas. This could be you and is covered in great detail in The Secrets of Flight Attendant Interviews however, initially be guided by experience gained in customer service industries. Airlines want people who can relate favorably to passengers and other crew and are able to work in a team. Further, they will require people who can give a standard of service and comfort to passengers and who have a positive, outgoing personality.

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Q23: I am not a citizen of the country that the airline I want to work for is from, am I eligible to become a flight attendant?

All applicants must have in place the legal authorization (green card, work visa country specific requirements) to work within the country of choice and to make multiple entries and exits to and from the that country before applying to that airline. Specific details are available from the HR department of the individual airlines or sometimes it is stated in the careers section of the airline web sites. If you check out the airline tabs on this web site I have provided some of that information for you already where I have been able to find it.

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Q24: I have already had an interview for a flight attendant position and have not been selected, what am I doing wrong?

The selection criteria are exacting and the position is very competitive however you do need to know the keys and hidden secrets to your success like…

  • Interview application basics covering your personalised cover letter and resume
  • Presentation
  • Dress standards
  • Interview techniques
  • How to answer interview questions
  • The rules for group interviews
  • Industry terminology and background aviation knowledge can also show a degree of interest to the interviewer also

While each of these topics are individual with some classed as extremely important and others being good to know, they all tie together. Clearly there are so many factors at work in an airline interview and clearly there is a lot of competition for flight attendant jobs.

However, you may just be answering questions the wrong way or not providing a complete answer, or filling your answer with superfluous information or perhaps you’re not presenting in a way the airline interviewing representative expects. Bear in mind and I say again, that presentation is paramount and if this is you Achilles heel then there is something you can do about it if you know how, but honestly there are just so many points that you must be aware of.

Remember, it is a highly competitive process and you have only one chance to make a great first impression amongst an incredible number of applicants. Unfortunately for you if you don’t know, you put yourself at a disadvantage. I can help you here though as I’ve covered the standards expected in the AIRLINES Be a Flight Attendant today program. Remember; airlines can be and are selective. Knowing what is required can only be positive.

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Q25: Do airlines look more favourably on an applicant who is bilingual?

Major airlines certainly do need and actively seek applicants who speak a second or third language due the large international operations, however there will always be people who present with excellent qualifications to be a flight attendant and these applicants may very well be short listed for an appropriate non-bilingual intake.

Therefore each applicant is given the same consideration for their merit and suitability to meet with the flight attendant job description but bilingual or greater is certainly favorably looked upon. 

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Q26: What is the schedule of a Flight Attendant like?

Normally flight attendants work on monthly or bimonthly rosters. Depending on rostering in a non seniority system or bidding seniority in a seniority system. A bidding system enables you to elect to work primarily when you want subject to your seniority.

This could see you work about 12-15 days a month if you wanted to but would require you to elect to work predominantly long hours for the first half of the month. And yes, have the next half of the month off. This is fantastic if you want to get a month off or close to it in every two. To do this you’d bid the days to get your require hours up in the first half of the 1st month and then bid the last half of the second month in the same manner.

Here’s a tip:
I have done this and let me say the first block of working days is OK because you know that you are going to have 28 to 30 or so days off at the end. But here’s the part to remember, you have to work the second working block and the gloss quickly wears off because as soon as you finish that block you’re into the next month.

Doing it twice in a row sounds good but not too many people ever did because you’ll feel pretty tired (absolutely knackered is another way of putting it) with so many working days together.

Here’s a tip:
Flying is pretty taxing on the body because your operating in a pressurised work place at an altitude of about 7500 feet. Basically you have less oxygen in your system at altitude and after awhile it can be like running on 3 cylinders of a 6 cylinder car. It’s a condition of hypoxia and is exacerbated by tiredness – (Late nights), smoking, poor diet, lack of fitness, etc. It’s one very good reason to keep yourself in shape and physically fit to fly or at least be able to run 5 or 10 km.

Alternatively to trying to get a month off in every two you may like to bid to work around having a long weekend every weekend! Your work hours and days may even be constructed around a second business, taking advantage of the incredible travel benefits or spending time with your family. As you will read as you browse this website for this reason among so many others, this really is the most amazing career path for both women and men.

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Q27: Are flight attendants ever allowed to work overtime?

Yes, depending on operational work requirements of course. Further, flight attendants with most airlines are able to swap and change flying blocks and part schedules and also bid for available work. This will further allow you to customize your work life to suit you.

NOTE: Not all airlines allow for such flexibility particularly LCC and rostering in a non seniority system.
Many flight attendants pick up extra flying however in order to earn additional income or be able to substitute their pay for time taken off. This is just one more reason why I keep saying that (with the right airline) this really is a corker of a career to have.

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Q28: Does the airline pay for the hotel accommodation for flight attendants on stopovers?

Yes. The airline pays for a hotel room (predominately 5 Star) for each crewmember and while not often I have stayed in a 3 star before. Guess who I was flying with at the time. If you guessed a LCC you’re right!

NOTE: I should stop making special mention of LCC because I hope you have read through enough of this web site to now realise or make the judgement call that a LCC is not a career for your future. If you do fly with any of these by all means enjoy it but have an exit plan. Get the experience you perhaps might need, hone your skills, get the education or do whatever it is you have to do when your there and move on when you can.

So back to the hotel...

You will also be picked up and dropped off to and from the airport and hotel. Stop-overs can be anywhere between a minimum of 10 hrs up to 3 or 4 days. Although international flights can be 2 weeks or more!
If you’re with a Charter airline you might even tack another week onto that. As I write this I am currently into my 5th day of a 7 day trip. Each trip could be likened to a mini holiday! (Are you starting to sense why this job is just so good)?

Although I might add that I’ve done nothing but write since I’ve been away for this web site so it’s not all holiday. I did take some time out this arvo to play cricket with the crew in the park though.

NOTE: I can say this however, I believe I’ve been on holiday for the best part of the 18 years that I’ve been involved with aviation because while you do work when you work I wouldn’t or I should say I don’t want to do anything else. I tried it during the 8 years or so I was out of it and shouldn’t have waited so long to get back in. So yes in my eyes this job is better than good.

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Q29: But how good is the job of flight attendant really?

Having been around now for as long as I have, I’m here to say yet again that this is one hell of an incredible job… and sure like any job you will have your down moments and you will say that you get ticked off with some passengers and you will grumble about some early starts and you will be annoyed at not always being able to go to birthday parties or Christmas lunches etc.

But when I hear any of this I try to stay out of the conversation because I remind myself of what it was like when I was driving trucks. The conditions were poor and the pay was just as bad.

Come to think of it, driving coaches (as I did for some six months) paid even less than driving cement trucks. Do the maths for me here: 20 to 22 hours duty driving two-up for $250 a day. About $12:50 an hour if my maths is correct. Let me not touch on any comparisons with job conditions either.

Even as a Police Officer I didn’t earn 50,000 per year in what was my 3rd year! Now let me not be complaining here but this job required that I carry a gun – which by-the-way was too heavy and killed your back and your hips by the end of the day. You deal with mostly undesirable people, no-one is your friend especially when you give then a ticket. And the worst part was you were always a copper – 24/7.

I’m sorry, but I have had enough ‘other’ jobs in my time to realise the value of what I do now. And I promise you that is you can do the same you will make it your life-long career.
Simply because…

  • Where else can you travel the world and get paid handsomely for doing it?
  • What other industry gives you down time to spend as you please in fantastic hotels and exotic (and sometimes not so exotic) locations?
  • Where else can you meet with the rich and famous, travelling mums and dads or interesting holiday makers up close and personal?
  • Where else can you travel to Italy, Greece, Australia, London, South Africa, The Maldives, America, New Zealand, India, Egypt or Paris and call it a job?

No-where else is the answer.

That’s right; this is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your benefits that you will get as a flight attendant. I guarantee that you will have to
pinch yourself about how good you’ll have it!

By the way did I mention ….

What other industry will give you the unbelievable lifestyle that you will enjoy as a Flight Attendant?

Sounds fantastic doesn’t it? That’s because it is. As I’ve already said, I’ve enjoyed it for the better part of my working life and the truth of it is that if you really want this fantastic career it’s there for the taking.
With the uptake in air travel and predicted 4% growth in aviation through to 2020 there has effectively never been a better time to apply. If you have the passion and the determination to follow your dream or career goal then turn your life around with a brand new start.

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