Don’t give up if you don’t make it!

This is a continuation of my previous I’m a cabin crew wannabe!, you can click on the link to read if you hadn’t! 😀

It’s been been 4months since my last interview with CX and I’ve been to many other interviews with other airlines and repeated some of the interviews again. The long waiting journey was arduous and mentally challenges because each rejection was like another dreams and hopes being dashed.

I’ve went to SQ interview again on July and I couldn’t make it pass the group interview. I remember the group interview question was “What was the recent movie that you watched and what was it about?” I completely blanked out and replied them with my favourite all time movie “View From The Top” which was an old movie but I re-watched it the night before the interview.

Also, I’ve been to MI’s interview at Changi Airport in their crew office. On my first try, I made it to the 1-to-1 interview but did make it to the management interview. It was a great disappointment. Their interview stage that I went through was:

  1. Registration (Certificates and documents check and with 2 passport photos)
  2. Height check and arm reach test (208cm)
  3. Group interview in group of 10 (Question was: Introduce yourself and tell us why you want to join Silkair?”)
  4. Uniform-fitting and skin check (They will check for visible scars and marks and tattoos under normal office lighting)
  5. Short walk (They will ask you to walk to and fro just to see your posture and confidence.)
  6. 1-to-1 interview (They will ask you varying questions and to read a short passage on cabin crew announcement in English with preparation time of 1min)

After that, they told me I could go home and thanked me for my time. It was really heart-breaking after been through so many rounds, I told I might have a chance to make it to management round and probably getting the job. Feeling a little unconvinced, I came back to MI’s interview on the month to re-try and this time, I didn’t make it pass the group interview.

In early September, SQ finally had another interview again, this time I went without any hopes but to try my luck and guess what, I failed again as usual not being able to pass the group interview. (The question this time was, What is the one item that you have to bring when you travel excluding the must-brings?) There were 2 out of 10 of us make it and their answer was his stinky pillow and a book. There was also another guy who also mentioned his stinky pillow but he did not make it pass, so I guess it really depends on your luck.

Just when I was about to lose hope for my cabin crew dream once again, JQ replied me. I was astonished!!! It was JQ and not 3K which means layovers in more international destinations and not just Asia countries with mostly turnovers! OMG! And yes, I will be mostly away in Singapore since it was an Australia-owned company which is what I hoped for. Applying for JQ was easy as I just had to send my resume to their website and wait for their response, it took several months before they finally responded and invited me to their office in Changi Airport for an interview.

The interview was short and brief, I had to fill up an employment form and then do an arm reach test which I missed it by a few cm, but they still passed me. Then it was a 2-to-1 interview with either the HR or senior cabin crew or the cabin crew trainer. The first thing they looked at was your highest certificate qualifications, they were very particular about it. I’ve got a Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism and they were impressed with my O’levels results, so it was a breeze for me during the interview as they only ask me one question, “What is your job scope for your current job”.

After which, it was more like a briefing as they told me the cabin crew salary range which was around 2.2k gross on average and that there will be 2 weeks of training in Australia and only 10 days a month that I will be in Singapore. They also asked me if I could swim without a life-jacket as apparently it’s Australia’s aviation rule that all flying crews need to be able to swim without assistance. So yes, I can’t swim but I told them I could, but barely. (I was thinking of going for a quick swimming lesson…)

I made it and got a called from them that the next round of interview would be the coming Saturday with a swim test. I panicked because that day I had work and it was too rush for me to find a swimming lesson in just 5 days. Eventually, I made a really heart-breaking decision to reject this wondrous offer that had high chances of me earning my wings. It was really devastating for me because after all the countless being kick-out from not making pass the interviews, my vision was blur and that I don’t even know what my future would be like if I don’t earn my wings soon.

I don’t want to be end up working a hotel ever again because being stuck in a building not knowing when is daylight or nighttime, it feels miserable. The pay is low, even lower than what budget airlines are offering and doing something that I don’t like for the rest of my life is just miserable.

ANDDD, on the late September when I thought there was no more hopes for me,

SCOOT FINALLY SEND ME AN INVITATION TO THE INTERVIEW!!!

(Shingzzzz, I can see gold rays finally shining on me! HAHA)

Ok, so after my previous May interview with Scoot, I deleted my account and recreated one in August and resend my application again and then, they send me a link to do the five quizzes as usual and then the 3 interview online questions recording, I didn’t manage to do well for the recording and was a little lost for words… so I thought it was hopeless already.

The interview this time was at their Scoot office and not the previous William Angliss Institute and this time there was no interns, it was just plainly people around my age or working adults, like all other cabin crew interviews. Ok, I’m going to post a separate detailed post about Scoot’s interview stages and process in another post but anyway, I GOT THE JOB! (Ok maybe not, I’ve yet to pass my medical check and that 2 long months of training. So not officially gotten my wings…but still, YEAHHH! No more cabin crew interviews for me!)

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(This was the photo that I submitted for Scoot’s application for the full-length photo! Previously, I submitted a formal full-length photo, but this time I just wanted to make it fun but sending this informal one! HAHA :P)

Well, I’m happy and thrilled that my cabin crew interviews journey has finally come to an end and I will be embarking on another new chapter of my flying life soon, hopefully. I guess what the movie-View From The Top, Donna said was right, “Never let anything get in the way of your destiny.” If you want to fly, you’ll work hard for it and try even harder, failures are just part of the process, some people get it in one try, some people get it several times later. You will eventually, if you do not give up. I’ve got it on my tenth time and yes, I’ve heard so much about people getting their wings after their 9th or 10th tries which I initially doubted their stories, and finally I realized that yes, it does happens. Perseverance is also another way to reach your dreams and to sum this chapter of my journey up, here’s my cabin crew interview timeline:

May:

1. Tigerair (FAILED-group interview)

2.Singapore Airlines (FAILED-arm reach)

3. Scoot (FAILED-group discussion)

4. Cathay Pacific-Singapore Based (FAILED-arm reach)

June

5. Silkair (FAILED- 1-to-1 interview)

July

6. Singapore Airlines (FAILED-group interview)

7. Silkair (FAILED-group interview)

September

8. Singapore Airline (FAILED-group interview)

9. Jetstar International (FAILED-group interview)

10. Scoot ( 😀 )

 

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September

September’s here. How fast.

In the last month, I attended my very last pole class at Pole Dance Academy Singapore before it’s closure and I was really sad because I love that studio to bits. It was cosy and those spotlights hitting on the brass pole had this dancing on the stage effect, which made it extra glamorous. Not to forget the lovely and bubbly teacher—Salmah, it’s been 8 weeks since my re-visit to pole-dancing again since I chipped my elbow. I’ve healed fast and gain my strength back with Salmah’s conditioning and her encouragements.

So, the next chapter of my pole journey was, should I continue with brass poles? Or perhaps head back to chrome pole which is what I am practicing with at home…

I thought of going to TheBrassBarre, I love their sexy and fun vibes and pole dancing genre but then again, brass poles, I know I would struggle finding good gripe especially when I’ve got sweaty palms. GOSH.

And eventually, I landed myself at Polelab. It’s a cosy studio on the 2nd floor in a shophouse, similar to Pole Dance Academy, although it’s only half the size… but still of the 9 poles, 2 poles were 40mm brass and the rest were the usual chrome. I was pretty much contented since I’m given the choice to choose whichever type of pole I felt like using that day. The classes were probably the cheapest amongst all the other pole studios in Singapore, at 8x 1.5hour classes for $180. But guess what, the deciding factor was actually the teacher!

She’s Leron, and she was my first ever pole teacher even though it was just for a day. Before I started my pole journey, I attended my very first pole trial and was introduced to pole dancing by Leron back then when she was still teaching at Acro Polates, yes the one that is owned by Suzie Ming. She was a good teacher although she always has this serious looking face, I love how she breaks down the steps and counts the steps for me slowly.

I don’t know how long I might stay with Polelab, as I do miss my teachers from Pole Dance Academy and I’m just waiting to see where Salmah might teach in the future so that I could join her class, meanwhile, I shall still with Polelab to keep my pole sparks alive.

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Happy September guys! 😀