What happens at an Etihad open day?

Sep 30, 2019 | Cabin Crew

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(Last updated on: 28/10/2020)

Firstly, to get a place at an Etihad open day you need to submit an application on their website. In this post, I will explain exactly what happens at an Etihad open day!

Etihad will screen all of the applications it receives, and the shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an open day. It is therefore essential your CV stands out.

Hand in forms

The first step at an Etihad open day is the CV drop off. You will need to drop off both your CV and application form. A recruiter will take in both forms and look at them. You will then be asked a number of questions based on your CV. For example, they could ask you about the job you are currently at.

The recruiters will then check over your body. They will be looking to see if you have any scars or tattoos.

Reach test

You are then required to pass the reach test. Etihad Cabin Crew are required to reach a height of 210cm when standing on tiptoes. This is to ensure that you can safely and quickly reach the overhead lockers and any emergency equipment that is stowed on the aircraft. If you cannot reach this height, then you will be unsuccessful.


The recruiters will then give you a presentation about the company. They will mainly be explaining the history of Etihad and what the company stands for. They will also explain what they are looking for in their crew and the values their crew hold.

English test

All candidates are required to pass a basic English test. This is generally quite easy, and ensures that all potential crew have at least a basic understanding of English.

Verbal test

You will then be asked to carry out a verbal test. During this you will stand in front of two recruiters. One will ask you a question, while the other takes notes. You will then be given the option of 3 cards which have a word on them. You have to choose a card and talk for around 1 minute about the word on the card and why you chose it.

After this round, many candidates are eliminated. In the past, around 1/4 got through to the next round.

Group excercise

The next stage of the Etihad open day is the group activity. In a group, you will be given a map and a collection of cards. You are asked to chose 15 different cards and place them on the map. You are then asked to remove 3 cards and replace them with airport cards. The group have to work together and decide which cards should be removed.

After a short break the recruiters discuss and decide who to take to the final interview.

Final interview

Before the final interview, there is one final presentation about Etihad Cabin Crew salary and benefits.

The final interview lasts between 20 – 40 minutes. You will be asked a number of questions based on your CV and what Etihad are looking for in their crew. Take a look at the post ‘10 Cabin Crew interview question examples‘ for tips and advice on what could be asked.

Candidates find out Etihads response via email.

Have you ever attended an Etihad open day? Or are you hoping to become Etihad Cabin Crew? I’d love to hear from you, please leave your comments down below!


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