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Frequently Asked Questions in Airline Interviews – Part II

6. What are your favorite subjects?
It is a leading question giving direction to the panel members for possible areas where they can probe in further for your knowledge base and in-depth understanding. It is advisable to select the topics that you are competent in.

7. Why should we hire you?
Keep your answer short and precise. You should highlight areas from your background that relates to the need of the organization. Recap the organization’s description of the job, meeting it point by point with your skills.

8. What are your hobbies?
This question is generally asked to assess whether you are “desktop” kind of a person or an “interaction orientated person”. It also indicates your preference for team-oriented activities or projects with solo contributions. It enables the organization to place you accordingly after selection. Be candid in answering the questions.

9. What is the worst feedback you have ever got?
To answer this question you must admit and share your areas of improvement. Also sharing an action plan for improving oneself will indicate your ability to take criticism well. Your answer should reflect your open-mindedness.

10. What is the most difficult situation you have faced?
Here you should be ready with your real life story. The question looks for information on two fronts: How do you define difficulty and how did you handle the situation? You should be able to clearly lay down the road map for solving the problem, your ability to perform task management and maintain good interaction with your team members and other peers. It is advisable to close by highlighting the lesson learnt out of the incident.

Interview Questions & Common Errors


When interviewing, what are the proper responses to these questions by an air hostess job aspirant?

Tell me why I should select you.

Why do you want to be a flight attendant?

Why do you want to work for this airline?


When you are given a question such as “Tell me why I should select you”, it is your job to persuade the recruiter to hire you based on your qualifications. Don’t be afraid to blow your own horn – this is a chance to market yourself to the company. Give them a reason to hire you – impress upon them how reliable, punctual, flexible you are, how you are able to anticipate the needs of others without having to be asked, etc. Communicate how your positive contributions and performance at your present job will relate to that of the flight attendant position.

When asked “Why do you want to be a flight attendant?”, be creative. Do NOT say that you want to travel and you like to meet people – that’s the most common answer, and they hear that hundreds of times a day! Give an answer that implies that you enjoy giving good customer service, or that it’s like going to work every day and feeling like you’re on vacation; emphasize your passion for airplanes and flying, and be creative with your answer! Really ponder what it is that appeals to you about the job, and think about what it is that attracts you to the position.

For the question “Why do you want to work for this airline?” you first need to establish the fact that you already know something about the company. Go to their website and learn several facts about them, such as any new routes they may be acquiring, if they are buying any new airplanes, how many flight attendants they plan to hire this year, or changes in upper management such as the name of their new CEO. Then you want to convince them what you could bring to their company, giving specific examples of the ways the company already has impacted your life or how it will in the future. Keep in mind that this is your big chance to persuade them to hire you, so learn all you can about how your background will help you fit into their company’s culture, and don’t be afraid to brag on your accomplishments and assets!

Common Errors

During an interview, there are a number of factors that can potentially disqualify you from consideration. Here are some of the most common errors:

Poor personal appearance.

Overbearing, overaggressive, egotistical behavior.

Lack of goals, lack of purpose.

Inability to relate personal qualities to flight attendant duties.

Unable to relate real-world examples when asked behavioral-type questions.

Lack of enthusiasm – passive or indifferent.


Inability to listen to the interviewer; too focused on how you are going to respond.

Making derogatory remarks about a previous employer.

Overemphasis on compensation.

Bad body language.

Concerns over relocation.

Lack of tact, maturity, courtesy.

Evasive, making excuses for unfavorable factors in work history.

Inability to maintain a conversation, poor communication skills.

Lack of commitment.

Failure to ask questions about the flight attendant position.

Unable to make a commitment on a training start date.

Very little knowledge about the duties and responsibilities of an air hostess.

Persistent “What can you do for me?” attitude.

Lack of preparation – no knowledge of the airline, resulting in an inability to ask intelligent questions.

Frequently Asked Questions in Airline Interviews

Most interviewers will ask some similar basic questions. Prior to the interview you should already be thinking about the questions you might be asked and how you will respond to them. Listed below are some examples of some typical interview questions. If you can try and familiarise yourself with these and how you might respond, you’ll be ready to answer them in a calm and positive manner. Some typical questions and answers are given below:

Listed below are the 10 most commonly asked interview questions. A well thought out answer to each of these questions, prepared and rehearsed in advance with the logical sequencing of the events will help you sail through.

1. Tell us about yourself
This is an open canvas for you, giving you an opportunity to direct and lead your interview in the direction you want. A. good idea would be to structure your answer in the following three broad heads:
Family Background

Educational Background (starting from schooling to professional qualifications)


In all the above subheads speak only that information which will give strength to your candidature. Avoid verbose description of yourself.

2. Why do you want to join us?
To answer this question, you need to research the company well. Here you can quote some of your personal beliefs, which are in conjunction with the values of the company or talk about specific products and services which could be of interest to you too.

In the event where your skill set is mapping with the requirement of the company, do not miss the chance to highlight the same. Specify the initiatives taken or work done to attain that skill set.

3. What would you like to do in five years’ time ?
This question is asked to assess candidate’s career plan and ambition for growth and to see if the company will be able to provide that opportunity over period of time. Also to assess if your personal goals are not totally off tangent with what company’s objectives are. It is also to check your stability with the organization. It is good idea to be very realistic in your answer. If required guidance should be taken from your seniors who are already in the corporate environment.

4. Do you prefer working with others or alone?
This question is usually asked to determine whether you are a team player. Before answering, however, be sure about the requirement of job profile, that whether it requires team work or you to work alone. Then answer accordingly.

5. What are your biggest accomplishments?
You could begin your reply with: “Although I feel my biggest achievements are still ahead of me, I am proud of my sense of involvement. I would like to make my contribution as part of that team and learn a lot in the process”.

It will be a good idea to close your answer with also specifying what attributes and circumstances made you succeed.