Originally posted on October 8, 2016 by Monica Blaset
My AD (Assessment Day) was in Amsterdam on the 15th of March and there were about 90 people. We had three recruiters: 2 females and 1 male. The recruitment day started at 8:00 sharp and if you want any chance to get the job, you are required to be there at least 15 minutes early. During the assessment day and the training they have stressed a lot how important on time performance (OTP) is for cabin crew, so if you are late at the AD this is a very bad first impression. The AD took place in the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam and we were all guided to a big meeting room for our CV drop off and height measure. To work for Etihad you must reach 210 cm without your shoes on, however you are aloud to stretch as far as you can. During the CV drop off two of the recruiters took their time with their applicants, while one of the recruiters kept it very brief. I went to the woman that kept it very brief and she asked me one question about my recent experience and its fit with being cabin crew. After the CV drop off there was no cut, so I did not worry about my short chat too much.
After the CV drop off all applicants were sent to the hall and we were all called back in one by one to ask us a random question. E.g. If you could change anything to better the world what would it be? What would you do if you were invisible? If you could choose one superpower, what would it be? If you could choose one woman in history to have dinner with, who would it be? The questions are very random and impossible to prepare. My question was: Do you think lying is OK? I was kind of relieved because it was such a straightforward question. I guess they just want to see your confidence in handling an unexpected situation and your posture.
Then there was the first cut. We were with about 90 and about 30 of us were sent home.
After the cut, there was the group assignment. These were also very different. We were in a group of 5 and they asked us what 5 items we would bring to a deserted island. Within a few minutes we agreed and went back to the hall. We were kind of worried about finishing so quickly, but only one of us did not make it to the final interviews. Other questions are hard for me to remember, but this assignment is all about how you cooperate with your group members.
Then there was another cut and again about 30 of us were sent home.
During the assessment day I noticed that appearance is very important. Your outfit is of course the most important because you have to make the effort to look the part, but also the way you sit and interact are important. Show them you are listening and above all they look for eye contact!!! If you want to do something extra, make sure your CV stands out and this will differentiate you from the rest.
My application timeline
March 3th 2016: Application sent
March 7th 2016: Invitation to the assessment day
March 15th 2016: Assessment day
March 16th 2016: Final Interview
March 17th 2016: Successful e-mail
March 31st 2016: First date of joining offer (3rd of july)
April 3rd 2016: Second date of joining offer (24th of july)
April 4th 2016: Received the contract
June 6th 2016: All required approvals completed e-mail
July 10th 2016: Ticket receipt
July 14th 2016: Visa receipt
July 21st 2016: Flight to Abu Dhabi
July 24th 2016: Date of joining!