What to Expect at your Cabin Crew Assessment Day with Qatar Airways

Feb 19, 2019 | Cabin Crew

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(Last updated on: 28/10/2020)

Qatar Airways have massively increased the number of Cabin Crew they are looking to recruit. As one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, Cabin Crew jobs with Qatar are highly sought after. They have several different recruitment days planned every month, all over the world. You can attend any open day you wish, even if you don’t live in that country – but beware that they are likely in that country for a reason!

To attend the open day you must match all of the airline’s requirements. You can register for one of the open days on their careers website or you can just turn up on the day. You can apply for a role on this website, but this isn’t required. If you apply online you may be invited to attend an open day, but you will be treated the same as those who just turn up! The open day usually lasts for 2 days and it has been known for being surprising, confusing and harsh!

If you are unsure about the Assessment Day, my new course ‘How to pass the Cabin Crew recruitment process’ has everything you need to help you through the process.b

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Minimum Requirements

As mentioned above, to attend an open day you must meet the minimum requirements of the airline. If you don’t, you will just be turned away instantly.

You must be at least 21 years old with minimum High School education and excellent health and fitness. Fluency in written and spoken English is essential and a second language, especially Arabic, is desirable. You must also be able to reach 212cm, which can be achieved on tip toes. Since you’ll be based in Doha, you must be willing to relocate and live in Qatar.

What to bring with you

If you attend one of Qatar’s open days, you will need to bring a copy of your CV, a photocopy of your passport and highest level of education certificate, and 2 photos. You will need one passport sized photo and one full-length photo. In the photos you should be wearing business attire and standing in front of a light blue backdrop. You should be posed standing straight with your hands down by your side and smiling. You should also be wearing formal business attire to the open day.

What will happen during the open day

You should arrive to the open day smartly dressed and in plenty of time. Some candidates will arrive hours before the day starts and start queuing outside. There will be thousands of applicants so any late comers may be refused entry.

The open day will take place in a conference room. Candidates will be asked to queue up and recruiters will sit behind a desk to meet each person individually. When it’s your time to be called up your documents and CV will be checked. You may be asked a few, short questions such as ‘Why do you want to become Cabin Crew?’ or ‘Why do you want to work for this airline?’ You may also be asked to perform the reach test as this helps to filter out candidates.

Once this has been completed, two things could happen:

You may be handed a piece of paper containing details of the Assessment Day. If so, congratulations! This is your invitation.

Alternatively, you may be told to wait for an email or phone call telling you whether you have been shortlisted. Unfortunately, it is very unlikely that you will hear back from them and this usually means you have been unsuccessful.

The Assessment Day

The assessment day usually take place the day after the open day, so make sure you’re free both days! You will be given details of what documents you need to bring with you when you receive your invitation. You should also dress in formal business attire, the same dress standards apply. Between each round of the assessment day there are usually a round of eliminations.

The day will begin with a presentation of the company and life in Qatar and you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions you might have. After this, you will be asked to complete an English test which lasts 45 minutes. The test involves text-dependent questions, multiple choice and fill in the blanks with the appropriate word. You will also need to complete 5 maths questions and write an essay on a given subject. This test is designed to measure your ability to understand the English language, including your fluency.

After the written test, you will need to complete an oral test. You will be asked to pick a word from a bowl and then speak about this word for as long as possible. While this is taking place you may be asked to perform the reach test again and you may be asked whether you have any distinctive marks or tattoos.

Those who qualify will be asked to join the group activities. This part of the day follows what you would usually expect from an assessment day. My post ’10 things you MUST master to Pass the Cabin Crew Assessment Day’, explains what you should do to ensure the best possible results at your assessment day! LINK For example, you may be put into a team and given a task that you need to solve in 15 minutes. You may also be asked to discuss a given topic with your group.

Those who have been selected will be invited to the final interview. Before this takes place, you will be told about the payroll and benefit package that Qatar Cabin Crew recieve.

The Final Interview

The final interview usually takes place on the same day as the assessment day. The interview only takes around 5 to 10 minutes and is based on a number of questions using your CV, experience, and readiness to relocate.

After the Assessment Day

After the assessment day, the recruiters will assess your CV and performance during the day. You should be informed within a few weeks whether you have been successful or not.

If you haven’t already you will need to create an online account on the Qatar careers website, which will give you access to the advanced candidate zone where you can manage your application. You will also need to upload photos of yourself that will be reviewed by recruiters.

What happens if you’re successful?

If you’re successful then well done! To complete your application you will need to undertake medical and background checks. You will be told which tests you need to have and you will need to pay for the costs of these tests yourself! Once these have been done you will need to upload the results onto your account.

You will also be allocated a recruitment coordinator who will tell you what you need to do and who will be able to answer any questions you may have.

If everything is alright you will be sent a formal employment offer! You will also be given the dates for your pre-employment training and you will be told the details for your relocation to Doha.

Are you hoping to become Qatar Airways Cabin Crew? I’d love to hear from you, leave your comments in the box below!

  1. Ndemaze Chrispine Achanyang

    Yes madam I really wish to be one

    • Atumanya Leonidas Larenda

      Yes I would love to join Qatar cabin crew.

  2. Ndemaze Chrispine Achanyang

    Am in Cameroon madam how do I carry out my own assessment to be admitted into the school

  3. Colleen

    This is really informative. Qatar is coming to my country this year and I would really love a one-on-one with someone like you for help with my CV. Fo you offer those service or know anyone that does?

    • Hayley Stainton

      Hi Colleen, I’m glad you have found it helpful! I would be happy to help you, drop me an e-mail at hayley@lifeasabutterfly.com and we can discuss further.

  4. Anam

    Hi Mam!
    Yes, I want to be a cabin crew. I received an invitation from Qatar to attend an open day. I applied in Feb and yesterday they sent me an invitation along with an applicant ID number. My question is.. Is it worth going to attend that open day or not? Thankyou in advance.

    • Hayley Stainton

      Yes absolutely! Good luck!

  5. Nanaama Joycelyn

    Yes I wanna become one and been invited for the open day which is in four days


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