Q: I don’t have a passport, will recruiters allow me to participate in the OD/AD?
A: You can carry an alternate photo ID during the interview day but we encourage you to apply for a passport as soon as possible. You aspire to a job that involves traveling the world so the passport should be a default task in your thorough preparation for this job. If your passport has very little validity or is under renewal, tell the recruiters you are changing your passport and make sure to have it ready long before your Final Interview or Golden Email/Call.
Q: I wear spectacles, can I still become a cabin crew?
A: Many active cabin crew wear lenses or glasses and the general accepted diopter limit for most airlines is +/- 4. For the interview, we would recommend lenses instead of glasses.
Q: I’m a girl and have very short hair. Is that a problem?
A: It depends on how short your hair is. If it can be beautifully styled to give you a feminine appearance, you shouldn’t have any problem. However do mention to the recruiters that you intend to grow it to a more lady-like length, especially if they ask or say anything about your hair length.
Q: I am naturally brunette but now my hair colour is blonde. Is it true I have to go back to my natural colour?
A: The general grooming guidelines of all airlines in the Middle East require their cabin crew to have their hair in the natural colour or maximum 1-2 shades lighter or darker. If recruiters make any remark about your hair colour, make sure you convincingly explain you have no problem bringing your colour back to its natural colour or as close to it as possible.
Q: I am a male, do I have any chance at becoming a cabin crew?
A: Airlines recruit both ladies and gents, however it is a fact that the ratio of male to female candidates accepted for the job is significantly lower. You do have a chance, just prepare thoroughly and go for it!
Q: I’m from Africa, do the airlines in the Middle East recruit African nationals?
A: The airlines in the Middle East recruit candidates of all colour and creeds, making the cabin crew population one of the most diverse community out there.
Q: I wear a hijab (head scarf). Can I still apply for a cabin crew position?
A: At the moment, the only airline that accepts the wearing of hijab while in uniform is the national carrier of Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabian Airlines. The carrier is also a dry airline, meaning there is no alcohol service on bard any of their aircraft. All other major airlines in the Middle East require that female cabin crew don’t wear their hijab while in uniform and they also expect all cabin crew to serve alcohol to the passengers.
Q: I have scoliosis. Can I be disqualified for this?
A: It depends on how severe it is and how much it would affect your ability to perform your job once hired. Although most airlines don’t specify an official degree for scoliosis, the generally accepted limit is up to 30 degrees.
Q: I wear dental braces, can I apply?
A: Braces are unfortunately not acceptable for either Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad or Fly Dubai. If you are close to the end of your treatment and about to remove your braces soon after a scheduled interview you wish to attend, politely explain to the recruiter that your treatment is almost over and the braces are coming off shortly. They MIGHT allow you to attend and ask you to submit photos of your teeth once the braces have been removed.