The Open Day

Okay, so I didn’t have an Open Day with Etihad Airways, I applied online at Etihad’s Careers Page.  Thereafter I recieved an email to say that I have been shortlisted and was invited to an Assessment Day at a city of my choosing.  Depending on where you live, you could either wait for Etihad’s Recruitment Team to come to your country / city (like I did) OR you can travel to a different country if you are able to.  A friend of mine went all the way to Abu Dhabi for her Assessment and made it all the way to her Final Interview, but then failed her medicals and had to come all the way back.  So if you cannot wait for them to come to your own country, or they do not have AD’s in your country, make sure you READ and UNDERSTAND your Medical Requirements (they attach them in an email after you’ve booked your AD date) before you fly all the way there.

I’ve heard of some cities where Etihad has OD’s, but I’ll share my experience with Emirates and Qatar as I never went to an Etihad OD.

Emirates and Qatar Airline Open Day Experience.

To be invited to attend an Emirates or Qatar Open Day, you need to apply online on the Emirates Careers Page or the Qatar Careers Page.  You will need to take an UPDATED CV, FULL LENGTH PICTURES and HEAD AND SHOULDER PICTURES. See what I handed in below:



You DO NOT NEED TO HAVE YOUR PICTURES TAKEN BY A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER.  Just make sure you look professional. I’ve posted on How To Dress and Groom for your Open Day and Assessment Day.

Try to get to the OD at least an hour before it its meant to start, make sure you know where you need to go if you are not sure and have breakfast (it’ll make you feel better, your breath will smell better and your tummy wont make embarrassing noises while the recruiters are explaining stuff and the room is dead quiet).

You will be amazed at the amount of people that are after the same job as you are.  Don’t let that discourage you, let it remind you that you need to stand out above the crowd.  So sit up straight, walk with your head held high and SMILE for goodness sake.  Try to mingle as much as you can, be diverse.  If possible, try not to ask questions, but if you have to, ask something that’ll be beneficial to the whole group.

The OD will basically just be about dropping your CV.  They might ask you one or two questions, either about your CV or just general questions, like:

  • Why do you want to be Cabin Crew?
  • Will you be able to handle starting from the bottom and working with managers younger than you?
  • Do you have any tattoos? Where?
  • How old are you?

They WILL look you up and down, they will intimidate you and they will watch you without you realising it.

After you have dropped your CV off, you can leave.  There is no reason for you to stay, UNLESS they state otherwise.  They will then decide whether you will be invited to attend an AD.  They will say how and when (either via SMS or Email or Both), make sure you listen carefully.  If you do not receive an SMS or an Email by the cutoff time, then you have not been invited. And that sucks. Believe me, I know.  Don’t try to ask them why, they wont tell you, because it’s a rule.  Chances are they wont even remember who you were on the day anyway.

When you do get that wonderful Email telling you “Dear Emirates / Qatar Applicant, You are invited to attend to attend an Assessment Day on …………………  Screening will be conducted at …………………..”  Then CONGRATULATIONS!  You’ve made it this far.

Now, depending on which airlines AD you are attending, you will need to bring certain documents with you to the day, get them ready.  I have posted some information on The Paperwork.

So, confirm your attendance, book your spot, get your hair treated, your nails done, your suit pressed and your smile picture perfect…. Cause the hard work starts now.


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