Emirates: Assessment Day, Open Day and Recruitment Process

Monday, January 1, 2018

Emirates: Assessment Day, Open Day and Recruitment Process

Have you always dreamed of becoming a cabin crew for Emirates airlines? Are you curious to learn more about this company's recruitment process? Well, you came to the right place! 

Today I detail the different steps that Emirates airways use to recruit new candidates and what to expect at each step of the way.

But let's start from the beginning. First, take note of the requirements to apply:

  • Be 21 years old on the day of your departure to Dubai. You can apply before your 21st birthday, but you must be at least 20 years old.
  • Have a minimum of a bachelor's degree If you have more degrees, this is a bonus 😉
  • Speak English fluently. No need to be bilingual, but know that recruitment, training, your work, everything is done in English. Your colleagues will come from all over the world, and you may only have English in common to understand each other. But of course, mastering additional languages is an asset. 
  • Measure at least 160 cm in height and reach 212 with one hand, on tiptoes. The company is strict on this rule since some equipment in the plane are high, they want to make sure that you're able to reach all necessary equipment. So you do not have to rely on the heels of your shoes.
  • Not having failed a proof of the recruitment process, less than 6 months ago. If your CV was not retained on an open day, you can re-apply without waiting 6 months.
Emirates Open Day

Emirates Cabin Crew Recruitment Process

To join the company, you must be at the open day or an assessment day. The company organizes events regularly in different countries. The difference is simple:

  • To participate in an assessment day (abbreviated as AD), you must complete an online application form (in the "Cabin Crew Opportunities" tab of the Emirates website). If you are shortlisted, you will receive an invitation to a recruitment day reserved for those who received their invitation.
  • To participate in an open day (abbreviated OD), no need to fill out an online file beforehand. All you have to do is present on the day scheduled for the company, a CV in English and a photo as well.
The OD has only one test in addition to the AD, but first, they both begin by collecting CVs from candidates. It is therefore essential that you optimize your cabin crew CV to the maximum possible.

Know that in some OD, it can be more than 150 candidates, recruiters do not always have the time to read your CV in detail. Make it readable, show your paragraph, highlight your strengths for positions, work layout... See how you can optimize your cv.

If the assessors keep your resume, you can move to following tests that are the same as the AD.

You will take two group discussion tests, as well as an English test. A selection is made between each event, if you fail a test you will unfortunately not pass as a result.

Following the group discussion, you have a 101 final interview with the recruiters, always in English. Stay tuned for a whole new article on this subject here! [coming soon]

And that will be the end of the tests you will have to take. If successful, you'll have to provide documents such as a photocopy of your passport, photos "casual" and "formal", a photocopy of your bachelor's degree. The rest of the recruitment is done in Dubai, where all the files are analyzed. After your interview, you'll hear a positive answer or not in 4 to 6 weeks, sometimes less but that it is rare.

If you're selected, you'll receive a call, the famous "Golden Call". Congratulations! But do not resign right away if you are employed elsewhere, the company must first check your eligibility for the Emirati visa. It will also be necessary to fill out a medical record and pass few testings.

Once all is validated, you will receive your final approval. Congratulations, you are now hired as a flight attendant for Emirates Airlines!

By the way, the process can be long and some may wait a year or more while going back and forth. Despite that, you shouldn't give up on your dream and you fill out an application as soon as they're positions available.

Apply to Emirates Airlines - Open Days

For Emirates, the careers portal website is not yet open for new applications; however, the page has been redesigned, and the videos of their cabin crew, as well as the advice they offer to potential candidates, are priceless. I encourage you to check them out even if Emirates is not the airline you wish to apply for. Visit their career site here!

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  1. how many days does emirates keep recruiting?

    1. No one can tell the future, but based on their new career separate website and doing online video interviews. It seems like they're hiring for months to come.


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