There are currently 1,650 Cabin Crew, representing over 100 nationalities working for flydubai. The latest recruitment round ended in June and it was even harder than in 2016. The recruitment team has introduced a multi-layered process with plenty of assessments and tests to get through.
If you don’t know much about flydubai, here’s a quick rundown: flydubai is marketed as a low-cost airline and has a different route network compared to its big sister, Emirates. In fact, flydubai has opened up 62 destinations that didn’t already have direct links with Dubai. The airline has a particularly strong presence in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Russia.
flydubai currently serves over 90 destinations in 44 countries and uses a fleet of 58 Boeing 737 aircraft. It operates from both Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central Airport and is entirely owned by the government of Dubai. Oh, and one day it might even merge with Emirates – at least, that’s the idea being considered by senior executives in the UAE.
Check out the following step-by-step guide to find out more about the updated flydubai Cabin Crew recruitment process.
Step 1. Submit Online Application
You can only submit an application on the official flydubai careers website (applications closed in June 2017 – we are awaiting further information for when flydubai will reopen recruitment). The airline uses a company called Taleo to organise their recruitment process. This is a type of Applicant Tracking System (ATS) that scans your resume/CV without any human involvement.
To stand the best chance of being shortlisted by the computer, you need to create a customised resume that closely matches the skills and requirements of the flydubai Cabin Crew position. You can write as much as you want on your resume but during the application process, you’ll also need to fill out separate boxes listing your work experience.
You can only input 256 characters (including spaces) in each box. Use a word processor (such as Microsoft Word) to carefully prepare what you are going to enter before you start the process.
What You Need
You’ll need the following items for your online application:
- A copy of your updated resume in Microsoft Word or PDF document format.
- Two full-length photographs
- You might also choose to attach a cover letter and a passport style photo.
- You should be wearing professional business attire (including a jacket and tie for men).
- Stand facing straight on towards the camera, hands down by your side (not held together).
- You should be smiling with a large but natural smile (ideally showing teeth).
- To be taken against a white backdrop.
The full-length photograph should be sized: 6×4 inches (15×10 cm). If you attach a passport sized photograph, this should be sized: 45×35 mm (1.77×1.37 inches).
Creating an excellent resume is the best way to improve your chances at this vital stage. I would highly recommend following this step-by-step guide to writing a Cabin Crew resume. You’ll find loads of information to create your perfect resume, as well as free templates designed to pass the computer screening element.
If you’d like to submit a Cover Letter with your application, check this article out: Do You Need a Cover Letter for Your Cabin Crew Application?
Step 2 – Online Assessments
Resume Used to Shortlist Applicants
Recruiters will review your online application and shortlist applicants that match their requirements.
If shortlisted, you’ll receive an email asking you to complete an online assessment. You should expect to hear from flydubai within 3-5 days of submitting your application.
The assessment must be completed within five days. Choose a time that is convenient for you, when you are well rested. The assessment shouldn’t take any longer than 1 hour but allow a little longer to complete the whole process. Make sure you have a quiet place to work without any distractions or other commitments.
You’ll receive full instructions about how the exercise works and get an opportunity to complete practice questions. It’s a good idea to have a pen, paper and calculator to hand at this stage.
The last recruitment round had a series of indepth assessments that included English tests, personality questionnaires, work related behaviour tests, logical reasoning and reading/understanding tests.
Step 3 – Video Interview
If you pass the online assessment, you will then be invited to take part in a video interview. The interview is pre-recorded and accessed through a special web page. Again, computer analytics will review your performance before a recruiter shortlists you.
We have a two-part article that tells you everything you need to know about the on-demand video interview:
- The Complete Guide to the Cabin Crew Video Interview: Part One – What is an On-Demand Video Interview?
- The Complete Guide to the Cabin Crew Video Interview: Part Two – How to Ace the Interview. Tips and Advice
During the last recruitment process in 2016, there was a long delay between submitting your video interview and then hearing back from flydubai. However, it looks like the recruitment team have improved this part of the process and are contacting candidates much sooner in 2017.
Step 4 – Assessment Day
Choose a Date and Location
If you successfully pass the Video Interview you’ll be invited to participate in an Assessment Day.
flydubai will likely hold Assessment Day’s in cities around the world. However, at this time the Assessment Day schedule of locations and dates have not yet been announced for 2017.
You’ll be able to choose a date and location that is most suitable for you. However, if you need to travel to a different country or city, flydubai will not be able to reimburse travel costs.
Assessment Day’s are a popular recruitment method that are used to screen a large number of candidates. The day will be made up of a number of elements used to test your suitability for the role of Cabin Crew. There may be points where candidates are further shortlisted before moving to the next element in the day.
To find out more about Assessment Days I would invite you to read this in-depth article. We’ve included lots of details about what to expect, the different elements involved and what the recruiters are looking for: How to Ace the Cabin Crew Assessment Day 2017 – Tips and Advice.
Step 5 – Final Interview
Unfortunately, the majority of candidates who attend an Assessment Day won’t be invited to Final Interview. We estimate that only 15%-20% of candidates are typically shortlisted. The competition is extremely tough so making it to this stage is a really big achievement.
The interview will normally last between 25-40 minutes and takes place on the same date as the Assessment Day.
Competency Based Interview
The interview will be made up of competency and behavioural based questions. You’ll need to have examples from your previous work experience that prove you possess the skills, qualities and competencies that the flydubai recruiters are looking for.
It can take some time to gather the evidence and become comfortable with your answers. You should, therefore, prepare for the Final Interview at the earliest opportunity. Our best interview technique is the SOAR method – We’ve included lots of details here to help you best prepare: SOAR to Success at Your Cabin Crew Final Interview
Step 6 – Central HR Approval
Because flydubai will be holding Assessment Day’s outside of Dubai your file will have to be sent to Head Office for final approval. This should be a relatively quick process after your Final Interview.
What Deciding Factors Are Used?
The methods that the recruitment team use at this stage are a closely guarded secret. However, we know that they assess your performance throughout the recruitment journey to make their decision.
This includes the original resume you submitted, your performance at the Assessment Day and how you performed in the Final Interview. Recruiters will also assess the photographs you submitted.
You should expect to receive an email notifying you of the result within several weeks.
Stage 7 – Medicals and Final Approval
Submit Medical Report
You’ll need to submit a medical report from your doctor based on a questionnaire supplied by flydubai.
The medical standards for Cabin Crew are controlled by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in the UAE.
Start Onboarding Process
If your medical results are satisfactory you’ll receive final confirmation from the flydubai recruitment team and start the onboarding process. The recruiters will send you a contract and organise the visa process and travel arrangements for your journey to Dubai.