My Assessment Day

Hi guys! Through my social media I am getting a lot of questions about the assessment day and which documents to deliver etc. I remember myself scrolling through google hoping to find other people's experiences, so I decided to write a post about mine.

My AD 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.  

Approximately 30 of us made it to the final interview, which is quite a lot. People that came from far had the final interview the same day and others had their final interview the day after. The questions I got at the final interview were very standard but I did not get a lot of them. I had the final interview with a really nice recruiter and she asked me how I would think living in a country like Abu Dhabi would be like. Then she asked me a lot about my internship in Mexico, because she would love to visit the country and we talked about this for 10 minutes. Furthermore, she asked me questions about a challenging situation in my job and how I handled it. Also, she asked me a time where I went above and beyond to meet customer demands. The questions for the final interview can be easily found in google, but maybe it is better not to prepare too much and just make it a nice conversation.

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 eyecontact!!! If you want to do something extra, make sure your CV stands out and this will differentiate you from the rest.

If you have more questions, please comment them because I would like to help