How to get through the interview of airline to be a flight attendant?

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▲ Queen of Interveiw / CEO Jiyeon Choi

Sky is the limit. It is a fly without borders. The pay is good. And the uniform looks great. These are some of the reasons that many fair maidens want to be a flight attendant as their dream job. Not surprisingly, flight attendant has been the most wanted job of female college graduates for the last 10 years in South Korea.

Having met many requirements to be a flight attendant, they still need to pass this final cut: the interview. Jiyeon Choi, CEO of Queen of Interview, worked for Korean Air as a flight attendant for 13 years. 

In 2012, she started to share her knowledge and experience on SNS for those who were struggling to get into the job and the words spread fast. So she decided to give systematic guide in an answer to the increasing demand from these dreamers and the result was Queen of Interview.

She throws a question no matter who knocks her office for the first time: “Why do you want to be a flight attendant?” This is very important, she says, because without giving a serious thought about it, she is likely to fail especially at the interview. 

Designed by Choi, the curriculum of Queen of Interview covers all necessary fields from writing a resume and a letter of self-introduction to profile photo shoot, make up, dress code and even color matches. And she proved this curriculum by cultivating numerous got-throughs. As the interview is the core of the curriculum, she prepares every single interviewee to give what to tell and how to appeal to the interviewers. 

The interview skill, she says, not only applies to flight attendants but also to those wishing to get into major companies. It is very important to understand about the company they are applying as much as understanding who she is, adds Choi. 

The reason knowing oneself very important is because she is likely to fail at the interview or during the course of her career even if she got through because the job is not fit for her though she is willing. In other words, she needs to find her aptitude and talent first as well as pros and cons and, decisively, how to overcome her cons. 

When this is done, Choi asks students to write a company analysis mainly Korean Air and Asiana, the two major airlines in South Korea. And the analysis must include the name of CEO, the models of the planes it has, the number of planes, the menus of in-flight meals and the trend of the industry in relation to the company. 

This preparation makes the interviewee confident to receive whatever the questions from the interviewers. Choi says it is important not to memorize possible questions and answers but understand about the company as much as she understands about herself.

In 2017, Choi published a book <The Essence of Airline Analysis>. You can also read or watch her knowhow on her Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels.


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