How to Become a Flight Attendant for British Airways

British Airways is considered to be the largest international carrier in the world. The competition is highly competitive for those who want to become a flight attendant for British Airways.

Steps

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    Meet the age requirement for employment. The average age for a flight attendant is between 21 and 55.
    • Complete the employment application form. The process can be completed in two formats.
    • The applicant can complete the application form on line via the airline website.
    • Airlines also offer "open house interviews." These interviews are similar to a casting call for actors.
    • Open house ads are published in local newspapers indicating time and place. Appointments are not required for this type of interview.
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    Wait for an interview call or letter. The first selection of candidates that will be interviewed are from the top applicants that exceed the general requirements.
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    Prepare for the assessment. The assessment is a face-to-face interview with an airline representative. The interviewer will listen and visually evaluate the applicant's strengths and weaknesses. Some of the general assessment factors are:
    • Weight – Due to the limit in aisle space, size is important and must be in proportion to height.
    • Height – Most airlines have specific height requirements. The average height for a flight attendant is between 5 feet, 2 inches (1.5748 meters), and 5 feet, 9 inches (1.8034 meters).
    • College credits - British Airways focuses on portraying its staff as professional, efficient and intelligent.
    • Communication skills – Flight attendants will interact with diverse ethnicities, cultures, age groups and races.
    • Good physical condition – The position will require constant lifting, pushing and long periods of standing.
    • Free from chronic conditions - The recycled air can be harmful to a weak immune system.
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    Aim for the follow-up interview. The follow-up consists of:
    • Personality test.
    • Written and video tests.
    • Skills, experience and training questions.
    • Role play or scenario test.
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    Pass the background check required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Homeland Security.
    • The check will be required for employees that will have direct contact with children or adults who are deemed vulnerable.
    • The background check will include a criminal history of the applicant.
    • Employment and references will be confirmed.
    • Accept or reject the salary offer. The average flight attendant salary starts at $39,000 annually.
    • The pay is based on actual flight time.
    • Flight time starts when the airplane leaves the gate.
    • Personality test.

Tips

  • Research the company before applying for the position. Researching will give you insight of who they consider an ideal candidate.
  • A passport or visa will be required for international travel.

Warnings

  • Employment offers will be withdrawn if applicants fail the background check.
  • Background checks may cover up to 10 years of criminal and employment history.

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