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SAUDIA Cabin Crew Recruitment Experience

SAUDIA Cabin Crew Recruitment Experience

Before I am happily employed with my current airline right now, I tried my luck in getting in the SAUDIA Cabin Crew Recruitment Day. It was of course my goal to get in because I love their destinations, benefits (Maternity Leave) and the compensation of course. However this is another sad story because I just made it until the Final interview. Anywhoooo.. I would like to share my experience here in the blog because maybe my failure of a story be a way to become a success story for some of you.
Here I would just share what happened on the recruitment process.
 

Initial Interview:

February 14, 2014
Even though its Valentines Day, A lot of pretty ladies lined up in front of IPAMS office instead of going on a date with their boyfriends or the firing squad.
I arrived at around 9am with my resume and pictures and we were instructed to wait outside before we were accepted inside the office.
Once we were allowed in, we waited in the ground floor interview area for a while and then we were called to go to the 2nd floor room which is filled with chairs. We waited in a lined fashion once again. after about 1 hour we were instructed to go to the top level of the building (i think its the 4th floor) where in more chairs are waiting for us!
The room was much bigger, more like a big event place, like a ballroom of a hotel but less fancier but can hold about 200-300 people I guess.
Again we waited in line, sitting in a chair in an orderly manner, there is a point in the chair line where in, one by one we were asked to go to a corner and they would check our height and weight. And after that they will let you know right away of you are qualified or not. Those who are qualified will be going back to the line and others were sent home.
 
Once you are asked to go back in line you will be waiting to be interviewed by the 3 recruiters in front. They have a line of tables and a recruiter from IPAMS will be on one side and the applicant on the other side of the table. It was a one on one interview. However when it was almost my turn, my name was called together with 10 other applicants. We were asked to go to a room with a recruiter and she explained that she will be doing a group interview. I think this is because they want to save time.
On the group interview, each one of us were asked to stand in front of the group,  introduce ourselves, state our work experience or educational background, what is our edge compared to other candidates and why should saudia airlines hire us.
 
So each and everyone of us went. and after that we were instructed to wait for the email to let us know if we passed and the schedule of Final Interview with the SAUDIA Recruitment Team.
 
 
After about 1 week,  on February 21, 2014 I received the email. Screenshot shown below.
My invitation letter for the final interview on SAUDIA just this year. It was scheduled on my birthday! You would think that is a good sign! 

I was so excited because the date of my interview is on my birthday! Which totally means it is meant to be because my current work at that time gives us Birthday OFF. Which means I can totally make it on the interview. Even if it means I travel from 4am from Cebu to Manila and be back to Cebu by 10pm that same night.

So that is exactly what I did. 🙂
 
 

FINAL Interview

I arrived early on IPAMS office.
We were asked to wait in the waiting room which is filled with sofas.
There I met Noelle from *PEX and also a colleague of mine from Manila named Steph.
noelle, me and steph 🙂 selfie time!
photo credits to sis noelle!! 🙂
We were first instructed to meet the SAUDIA Recruiters as a group.There were 4 of them, 1 female 3 males.
We lined up in a half moon fashion all 20 of us. 
 
They introduced themselves. Gave instructions for the interview. Like we were instructed to walk across the big room forming a square and finally walk across the middle of the room towards them and back.
After the walk we will then be seating in a chair and be interviewed by the panel of judges, este recruiters.
 
After that we were asked to come forward as they will take our height and weight measurements once again.
Once measurements of all 20 girls are done we were instructed to go back to the waiting room. Then one by one we all went in the room for the interview.
 
Some interviews were shorter than the others.
 
For me they asked a bunch of questions.
First of all they asked me how am i doing today? (I said I am doing great! its my birthday today! :))
then they asked me to introduce myself. From what I have said they will then build on to ask other questions.
 
Example; so you say you are passionate about this career of flying, I just like to ask if we don’t hire you today, what do you think you will be doing with your life?
 
They also asked me about my current job and why I would like to apply with them.
What is your worst experience in flying?
Why you want to be a flight attendant?
Why did you choose to apply in SAUDIA?
What do you know about our company?
What do you know about Saudi?
What would be my reaction if a passenger was rude to me?
So you are Pisces, you and me are mnot going to get along with each other because I am Virgo? What do you think about that?
 
It was a combination of random out of the blue questions and the basic big guns type of interview questions that they asked me.
 
After the interview you are free to go home and wait for the text if you made it. If you don’t receive a text that night, it means the inevitable has happened. LOL
 
So that is how I spent my 27th birthday this year. I was kind of depressed because of my age adding-up and well you already know I did not get a text that night.However, as I would always do, i picked myself up and prepared for the next challenge life has to offer me.
 
 
On hindsight: I think the more you talk the more mistakes you can make, I was just too happy on this day that I think I blabbered a lot on my interview. I was also too casual with them that I think i did not come off as professional to them. 
All in all i think it comes down to the preparation. I truly believe that I was not prepared on this interview, because the stress of travelling from cebu to manila as well as working on my tight schedule in my job at that time is a little bit stressful for me. 
 
My all time advice to everyone that I know really works is that:
You have to  “Prepare prepare prepare”.
I believe that there are 3 levels of preparation one has to go through so that you can truly get the job on that day! 
 
No matter how pretty,  experienced,charming or perfect your resume is on that day if you are not prepared; you still will not get the job. 
 
Bottom line is you are being judged on your performance on that day and on that day only.(period)

P.S.
If you are wondering: My colleague Steph made it and is now training with Saudia. She said that it was just a short interview with her and she was asked common questions about her educational background. She graduated BS Nursing.

*PinoyExchange.com —> there is an  FA wannabe thread

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Air Asia Cabin Crew Recruitment Experience

This post is about my experience in applying for Air Asia, way back 2 years ago in 2011. This was the first time Air Asia is hiring in the Philippines. I saw their ad in the newspaper and since I am already planning on going to Manila on the recruitment days I said to myself why not give it a try?

The newspaper ad specifically instructed the following:

  1. bring the original and photocopy of the ff:( TOR diploma nbi clearancepolice clearance 2 valid IDs, 4R and 2×2  pictures.                                                                                               
  2.  wear business attire with the ladies’ hair down. 
  3. height requirement is 160cms for females and 170 cms for males.

Day 1
Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Makati City

I arrived at the location around 9am, there is already a huge crowd at the hotel. The recruiters are mostly Malaysians and some are Filipinos. I lined up for the registration.

The first step is the height and weight check. some who did not reach the height were sent home.

Second step is the document check, you really have to have a complete set of documents or else you will not be allowed to go in. I remember some even went out to get an nbi clearance or police clearance and came back to the hotel. After you are verified with a complete set of documents you are given a number and will be seated in a waiting room. While waiting a slideshow about Air Asia is playing in the big projector in the room. It showed that their uniforms (back then) were pants and polo shirt, the crews have their hair down and some are singing and dancing. The atmosphere is just really fun and upbeat.

Third step is the one on one interview. After a very long wait I was finally up. I was assigned to a Malaysian male recruiter and another female is standing in the room observing. Going in the interview area is a long walk so I walked like I was doing the ramp modelling (that’s what I heard from my fellow candidates so I did) The first thing the recruiter told me is: ” I am very tired right now, can you sing for me?” and I said yes, even though I am not prepared with a song. I did sing a Rhianna song and I even got lost with the lyrics at the last part (so embarrassing!) after that  the female recruiter asked for a tagalog song and suggested I sing bahay kubo, and so I did (with a shaking voice! shucks!) After that I was asked to do a catwalk around the room. Then I was asked questions like tell me about your self and what is my previous work experience. That was it and I was asked to wait for the results in the waiting area.

Waiting for another hour or so my number was then called and the guy holding a clipboard ushered me to the testing area. I heard from a new found friend on the waiting area that the rest of them who were not called were sent home. 🙁

Fourth Step: Written Exams
We were given a written exam. 25 items english grammar test to be answered in 30 minutes.
Now after this stage, I cant remember  exactly if we were asked to wait and then we were given a piece of paper with instructions to go back to hotel the next day or I was sent a text to inform that I passed and asked to return to the hotel the next day. My memory is quite blurry on this detail but I am sure I made it to the next day and returned back to the hotel. 🙂

Day 2
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Makati City
I arrived at the hotel and I saw so many other candidates that the hall was almost filled with people. I did not know anybody so I just keep to myself. After waiting for a while the organizers tried to divide the group into 2 batches of (i think) 500 candidates. We are still using the candidate number from the previous day. I do know my number is 4 digits so there must have been thousands of applicants on the previous day. Finally when our group was called we were then seated in the room.

First Stage:
We were given pairs and we were given 2 minutes to get to know our pair and try to introduce our partner in the most creative way possible in a minute. After that we have to wait in the room and wait for the announcement of the results. What the recruiters do is that they will first announce the candidate numbers, ask them to go to the next room with them and then will tell that batch if they made it or not. For those who are left in the room can either be the one who gets in the next stage or the ones who go home. It was excruciating!

Second Stage:
Luckily I made it on the next round of selections, we went out for a quick lunch break and we were asked to come back at a certain time. Once we were back on we were then grouped to a group of 6 and given 15 minutes to prepare a 5-minute presentation for the panel. Some did funny skits, sing and dance, drama presentation and airline scenarios. Our group did a combination of acting singing and dancing.

Unfortunately our group did not make it to the next round, it was heartbreaking but overall a great experience for me.

Third Stage:
For those who made it on the group presentations moved on to the final interview. Here some of my new found friends said that they were asked a lot of questions as if this time they would like to know you as a person. Sample questions were why do you want to be a cabin crew?, what makes you think you are a good fit in this company?,
Results were given 2 weeks after via call or email.

xoxo,
kaykrizz

Ootd on the day: hair down and business attire

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Oman Air Recruitment Experience

This post is about my personal experience on applying for Oman Air here in the Philippines. It is my first time to apply on this airline but I have tried cooutless of times for other airlines. My hope is my story provides information and inspiration for aspiring applicants.

Pre-screening:

I went to the STBDJL Humanlink Agency for the pre-screening, wearing corporate attire and full make-up also bringing all my documents with me photocopied in an A4 sized bond paper. The agency is in malate located at the corner of Remedios St. and Modesto St. I brought in a copy of my TOR, diploma, Certificate of employments, NBI Clearance, Passport copy and my resume, together with my 1 whole body picture and 2×2 picture in light blue background.

2nd week of september
I received a text informing me of the employers interview that will be scheduled on October.

Day-1 October 3, 2013

Call time 7:00am
Location: Hyatt Hotel, Manila
I showed up with my friend, we both wore corporate attire skirt and coat, closed shoes, hair neatly tied in a bun, full make-up, smokey eyes and red matte lipstick. (all of these instructions were texted to us by the agency). We were staying in Makati and we took a cab at around 6:30am. the taxi ride was Php120 and it took us 15 minutes of travel time.

Upon arrival at the venue, the hall was filled with about 50 ladies. We took our seat and in a few minutes the agency representative informed us that we will have to follow a new procedure. We will be interviewed alphabetically instead of the usual first come first serve basis. Having my last name in the rear end on the alphabet, I knew then that I am in for a long wait. Ladies who had last names from J up to Z were then asked to stay at the 6th floor hall.

I spent the day fidgeting, reviewing my answer to the possible questions and waiting. My friend and I took a leave in around 11am to take our first meal of the day. We ate at pancake house, located one block away from the hotel, to the direction of roxas boulevard. We had a hearty meal because I was lacking 1 kg in my BMI and still cramming up tp get that ideal weight.

At. around 5pm, we were called in to stay at the main hall on the 3rd floor. we were organized by numbers and we sat in chairs of around 200 we were called one by one and as some vacant chairs are available we have to sit on them still maintaining our arrangement. so you will start sitting at the very back and work your way to the fron row. I hope my description makes sense.

At 7:30pm I am finally at the other end of those chairs and I am up for my interview.
I was assigned to an Omani lady, from HR department. She asked me to tell her about my self. I stated my name, age, my qualities and my work experience. She interrupted me twice because she was distracted by my lower tooth that is misaligned. I informed her that I am very willing to do everything to correct that. And that was it. I was not very confident after this interview!!

After the initial interview, the results will be posted in a white board after a few minutes. I waited around 30 minutes which seemed like forever!
And finally the moment came, the agency representative went over the board and started writing the candidate numbers who made it.
Thank God my number was in it!

Written Exam

Every batch of 20 passers of the initial interview will have to take a 50-item English Proficiency exam in 60 minutes.
The exam seems to look simple but it is very tricky, it is a multiple choice exam but all choices  seems right. You have to choose the best answer.
After the exam we are free to go and we will just be texted if we passed.

1:00am
I was asleep at my friend’s house when I woke up in the middle of the night to pee and I saw the text message. I woke my friend up and she also got a text. We squeeled and cheered like girls do and went back to sleep.

Day-2 October 4, 2013

Location: Hyatt Hotel
Call time: 8:30am
We were all seated and the agency representative made a little speech, congratulating us and how disappointed they were on how many failed the exam. She said they had about 200 ladies who passed the initial and took the exam but only 129 of us passed and they needed 150 cabin crews for Oman Air so she told us that we better all make it after this round or else all their efforts will be wasted.
We are happy that they are all looking to hire us all but again it will all depend on the employers. The agency representatives are all encouraging, giving us tips and advice on how to go about the group dynamics even put spraynet on some girls whose hairs are sticking out. Kudos to this agency! they really made us feel they want us to get the job.

Once again we were arranged alphabetically, oh boy! another waiting day for me, but I did not mind because this time we were arranged into group of 6 ladies. I get to know my groupmates and we even praticed the group dynamics activity,

At 3pm, the groups were shuffled and our group had 2 more new members than the original one that we had. We went inside the panel area. There were 3 panel interviewers, 2 ladies and 1 gentleman. We were asked to take a seat. the seats were arranged in a half moon arrangement. We were asked to stand in front one by one and tell the panel the following details: name, age, if you had any child, current work. After all six of us were done, we were instructed to  ignore the interviewers and discuss among ourselves the top 3 characteristics of a cabin crew and that we have 3 minutes to do it. We right away started discussing with ourselves, we talked one by one and by the end of the time, we were asked to have a representative to present the group’s ideas to the judges.

After that they thanked us for our time and said we will just be informed of the results.

We waited 2 days for the result and all successful candidates were sent a text message. As for the moment all who passed the recruitment will have to wait for the job offer to proceed to the medical exams and the visa processing.

Taking a break from waiting and having our first meal of the day.

I thank my lucky stars and most of all God for blessing me  and my close friend on those two days!! Now, we just have to pass that medical exams and God-willing the dream of flying international skies will become a reality!

xoxo,
kaykrizz

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Applying for Qatar Airways Cabin Crew Position – The Process

The 5-star airline.

For as long as I can remenber, Qatar Airways recruitment in the Philippines has been a regular thing, they are always in Manila and in Cebu almost every 3 months and there was even a time that they recruited every month.

What are the processes that one should expect when applying for this prestigious airline?

Let me share to you my personal experience of applying for this airline 7 times in a span of 3 years. The process is pretty much consistent and they rarely change.

DAY 1- Open day

This open day is where one can walk in and pass their CV or curriculum vitae. In the Philippines more known as the resume. The recruiters will normally accept CVs from 9am to 12 nn. In manila where it is usually swarming with applicants, it is advisable to be at the hotel by 7am, or else you would be lining up for hours for your turn.

Before you can even enter the room, the agency representative will measure your reach test. You must reach at least 212cms. without shoes on. there will be a white tape marked on a wall and your fingers must at least touch that tape on your tiptoes for the girls, for males feet flat on the floor.

The passing of the CV will usually take you 2-3 minutes and if your initial interview goes well you will receive a text message or a phone call informing you that you are invited on the Assessment Day or Day 2.

Day 2 – Assessment Day 

If you got the golden text, you must be feeling like you are on cloud 9! Congratulations! out of thousands of applicants you made it! What to expect on this day?
1. You need to register and you will be given a sticker with your first name and candidate number.
2. The Assessment day will commence with a little introduction from the recruiters. This will be about Qatar as a country, the Qatar Airways company, and the salary and benefits of cabin crew. After the presentation there will be an English test while you will be called one by one for a reach test and the recruiters will be looking at your face and will be asking if you have any scars, tatoos or moles.
3. After the exams and the one on one reach test, the first cut will be done. All will be asked to leave the room and once the recruiters are ready all will be back for the announcement of the names and candidate numbers that made it to the next round.
4. If your name and number is called, lucky you! you are in! The next step will be the group discussions.
On the group discussions, it can either be:
A. you will be divided into 2 groups and given 2 minutes to solve a problem or situation.
B. you will be given a partner and you will be given 2minutes to get to know your partner and you have to introduce him or her to the whole group.
5. after the activity, the second cut will be made. Once again the names and candidate numbers of the lucky candidates will be called.
6. If you got in you will be scheduled for a one on one interview the next day. You will be filling up application forms and may also be asked to take another set of photos with a set of guidelines on how to take the photo.

Day 3 – Interview Day

On this day the room will have natural light, and the 2 recruiters will be having a 30-minute one on one interview with the candidate.  After the interview the results will be given 2 weeks after through email.

Now the waiting game begins….
for some it may be a breeze and may only take 2 months or less but for others, it can take as much as 6 months to a year if you have pending results, or documents.

The Golden Email

Ideally after two weeks, if you have done all the novenas and prayers that there is in the book and if your prayers were answered by a big YES. Time to celebrate for a little bit. And its time for your Medical Examinations.

Medical Exams

Depending on what city you are in, manila or cebu, you will be given a clinic where you will have to undergo all the medical exams. You will cover the expenses. Usually the first part of the exams will cost about PHP 3,000.00 – PHP 4,000.00 depending on the clinic. You may incur additional expenses like (wisdom tooth extraction, scar removal, etc.) After the medical exams the ideal waiting time is 2 weeks but for some it may take months. 

Visa Processing

Once cleared with the medicals, you will be then given another Congratulatory email, with instructions to proceed with your VISA processing and your tentative date of joining (or travel date)

Once your visa is processed and all is well, the next email that you will receive will have your VISA number and eTicket!!!

Time to pack your bags and prepare for a brand new life as an international flight attendant!

Be sure to check my tips / interview hacks for your coming interview!
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Another heartbreak from Qatar Airways

This post is to give an update on what happened in my last Qatar Airways Application.

I have personally applied about 7 times to this company already. The first couple of times I got far enough in the process that it made me want to go all the way and I just did not stop (stubborn me!). Finally all my efforts and research had paid off.  The last time I applied November 2012, I successfully have passed the grueling selection process and was all set for the medicals when suddenly all of my batch mates who had pending documents (including me) were all sent regret emails. The next thing we knew they are freeze hiring, giving their current cabin crews forced leave ( no flights for 7-10 days) and finding fault in their crews to send them home(fire them).

The most logical explanation would be the 787 incident, wherein supposedly these aircraft can go straight 8 hours flying without the need of stopovers. Qatar had made an order of these aircraft and planned numerous destinations and had anticipated for need of cabin crews to run these destinations. However, due to the 787 incident in JAL, (see this the Boeing company (makers of the aircraft) had to make an investigation (lasted about 5 months, so as our waiting time) and ultimately have come to a conclusion that these aircraft are now only to fly 3 hours instead of the original 8hour straight flight.

This had affected many airlines that have made orders of this kind of aircraft and Qatar airways was one of them. Sadly, we have become a part of the casualties.. many hearts were broken and knowing that we on our part have not done anything to influence that decision is just very frustrating. I am lucky that I had not gone through the medicals yet or I could have spent money and still get the regret email from Qatar. I know some people have spent as much as Php20,000.00 just on the medicals alone and still got the regret email.

Some of my batch mates did get in, and now done with the training and flying to our dream destinations.  If it really is for you, I guess the universe will make a way. For me, I guess God is still saying Not yet.. However, I am now getting ready for the next opportunity, and I will surely have another go at it if that door opens once again!

How did I get through all the stages of the selection process? I am giving out all the details that had worked for me and have not worked for me through all my 7 application attempts in Qatar Airways and other airlines as well!

Here on my multiple post about the topic. I decided to make a series out of it to fully explain everything because one article is just not enough.

The kaykrizz Interview Tips series

I would love to hear from you, do leave a comment if you have questions and will answer them as soon as possible! Hope to hear from you soon!

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Applying for Airphil Express a.k.a. PAL Express

The 2p Experience (a.k.a PAL express)

(note: as of aug 2013 pal express HR is no longer conducting recruitment. PAL HR is now the recruiting body. Please refer to my PAL experience)

Airphilexpress Ticketing Office, Mactan Cebu International Airport

First Step:

I passed my resume and pictures to the 2p ticketing office. The guards were just the ones who received my application and I was told that they will just give us a call for the interview. After a month I received a text with a schedule for Impact Interview.

Second Step: 

Impact Interview, it was held at the ticketing office of 2p. Sir jojo was the cebu manager then, he measured my height and weight, asked permission to look at my face closely, left and right profile, teeth, arms and legs. Then we had a short Q&A, standard tell me about yourself question. After that we waited outside until everybody was done for the results. After that my name was called and we were the ones who passed for the next step. Sir jojo asked me to take care of my skin breakouts in preparation for the panel interview. The panel interview will be held at cebu. (Good news for me!)

Third Step: 

The Panel Interview. The head of inflight services and sir jojo were the ones who interviewed us. On the day we were again measured height, weight, face scrutiny, teeth check, arms and legs. After that a series of questions regarding myself, things on my resume, my opinion about politics, previous application experience and my salary expectations. Once again, after that we waited outside until everybody was done for the results. After that my name was called and we were the ones who passed for the next step, which is the IQ test. We were given a schedule of the exams.

Fourth step: 

IQ test. It was held in the 2p operations office inside the airport. We used a computer for the test, it was online and time-pressured.Subjects are about english, math and logic. You will have 1.5 minutes for every question and if you dont answer it by that time it will automatically left blank and you will be given the next question. After all of us was done we were told that all of us passed and at this point we are hired and will be endorsed to join the next batch of trainees!

Conclusion: 

At the 2p application process a lot of details were not divulged until the training proper. Details like the training bond, salary and benefits. All I know is that I would be based in Cebu after the training and it was enough for me at that time. I cant wait for training to start for me to finally have a reason to leave home. =)

IN A NUTSHELL: 

I still wonder about my career choices back then. Thinking about it Careerwise, it would have been a lot better to choose PAL. However, Personal Life-wise, it was the best decision to choose Airphilexpress. My support system was here and I just love living in Cebu City.

I guess it all comes down to what is one’s priority in life. And in the end, being happy with whatever choice you make in life.
XOXO
kaykrizz
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Philippine Airlines Recruitment Experience

The PR (pal) Experience
Pal Medical Building, Mactan Cebu International Airport

First Step: Passing of resume, then measuring of height and weight and eyesight test.
Second Step: Impact interview. I entered a small room. One male interviewer asked me to stand straight, walk, look to the left, right and back. Then i was asked one question: tell me about yourself? After that i was asked to leave the room and wait for the result outside.
Then my name was called, I was given a piece of paper saying congratulations you made it to the next step. With the paper was a schedule for the orientation.
Third Step: The Orientation. It was held at the Days Hotel. On that day the hotel was very crowded, there were about 150 to 200 applicants. The Orientation had to be done in 2 batches. On the orientation itself they discussed the company’s mission, vision, salary and benefits and there was a mention of the training bond (50k).
After the discussion we were then asked to introduce ourselves in front of everybody within 30 seconds.
Next, we were asked one by one to go at the back, they will then look at your arms palms up then palms down, the face, teeth, mouth open, then the legs front view and back view.
After the assessment, a group of people were called and they were for ‘conditional’ status. This means they have a condition that they need to meet first before they can continue their application process. It can either be the weight or the eyesight.
For the rest of us we were given papers with either thank you for coming or a schedule for the IQ exam.
Fourth Step: IQ exam, english exams, math and IQ exams. Time pressured and quite difficult.
Fifth Step: Panel Interview. After exam we were asked to call the pal office in 2 weeks time. I was one of the passers, we were then briefed that the Panel Interview will be held in manila. Airfare and hotel will be shouldered by us. (this kind of turned me off for a bit, I can’t afford it at that time) We will then be informed of the schedule of the interview. It took me about 2 months in waiting.
Conclusion: While waiting I was hired by Airphilexpress/ PAL Express and I decided to withdraw my application with PAL.

But my friends who went through the panel interview shared with me their experience.

Airfare was shouldered by PAL, you have a roundtrip ticket to cebu for free on the same day.

The Panel Interview
It was held on PLC (Pal Learning Center)
Upon arrival at the building you will have to register, and wait in line to be called. Once called you will enter a room where in there will be a panel of Company executives, trainers and HR executives to interview you. You will stand in front you will see a line up of tables and chairs, it is exactly like an audition.  Then you will be questioned from simple and easy to unexpected and uncommon questions. And after that the verdict is given right away and some comments on how they find you in the interview.

*note this happened 2 years ago (feb 2010), now the company is owned by another entity and there is an additional step for the new recruitment process:  The Mr. Ramon Ang interview, wherein there is a one on one interview with the President of the company.

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Cebu Pacific Air Recruitment Experience (one day hiring process)

They say passing a recruitment for FA here in the Philippines is waaaaay more difficult than international FA recruitment. There can be some truth to this statement, since for some international FA companies(qatar airways) the minimum educational requirement is a Highschool Diploma. For most Philippine’s Airline companies its a minimum of undergraduate (2 years in college) and some require a degree. For the hiring process, let me share to you some of my adventures.

I tried applying for PAL (pr), Cebu Pacific (5j), and Airphilexpress (2p).

The 5J / Cebu Pacific Air Recruitment Experience

Oneday recruitment process, Rajah Park Hotel

First step: there was 5 of us, we were asked to stand near a wall, on the wall there is a line at 5 ft. 3 inches. Then we are asked to smile our biggest smile. Right there and then if you did not reach the line you are asked to leave. Saying thank you for your time but sadly you did not meet our requirements.

Second Step: We were assesed one by one, a lady will stare at you and scrutinize your face. I was asked to look to the left and to the right. After this point I was told sadly I did not make it. Maybe it is not yet the time for me.

Third Step: A group interview. You will be placed in a group setting and you are to be asked a question one by one. The successful candidate will now then proceed to the final step.

Fourth and final step: the one on one interview. There was a panel of 3 interviewers and they ask you random questions. You have to show your quick thinking and spontaneous personality during this stage because interviewers will ask uncommon questions, the ones that you most likely have not prepared for.

If you pass, you will then be given an ID tag that says “cabin crew trainee”

This one day process is very convenient and then and there you will know i you are in or out. No more agonizing weeks to suffer from waiting.

Conclusion: As for me, I only made it to the second stage of the Cebu Pacific Air Recruitment Experience . I admit my skin is in bad shape at that time, due to all the stress from work and home, I was having breakouts on my face. I guess it is a must for Cebu Pacific to have flawless skin and that is one of their must haves. But my journey does not end here, I went to apply for PAL and Airphilexpress as well.

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Qatar Airways Application timeline

Applying is not an easy feat!

After I was able to see a glimpse of the world of flying, i was never turning back, i was decided to get my self in. In short I was hooked and i was as stubborn as a 3 year old kid.

I know my list does not compare to the lists shown in some forums at pex ( ) , however this is my history so far.

Nov 2009 -group dynamics
May 2010 -group dynamics
Aug 2010 – no call
Nov 2010 -group dynamics
Jan 2011 – group dynamics
Feb 2011 accepted in airphilexpress (this will be another post)
July 2012 – no call
Aug 2012 – english exams
Nov 2012 – fi

For those who are not familiar with the words i used here is a directory:

no call -i did not receive an invitation to participate in the 2nd day recruitment process. Which is called the ASSESSMENT DAY.

During the assessment day there will be 2 eliminations. One right after english exams and the second is right after group dynamics.

fi means final interview, this is the last step of the whole process. Some still gets eliminated after this step but for those who passed they are one step more closer to the position!

No matter what the results will be i know i will never give up, maybe i will rest for a little bit but this little light of desire in my heart will never burn down. ^-^

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