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The video interview.

If you are applying to become a flight attendant, there are several steps you take in the process.

The first step is applying online to the airline of your choice, filling out the basic information, and uploading your resume.

The second step, for some airlines, is an assessment. It is either a short or long questionnaire to get an idea of your personality.

IF you pass the assessment, the third step is the video interview. If you get this far that means they want to see a bit of your personality before they decide to invite you to a face-to-face interview.

The video interview can be a little nerve wracking so here are 6 tips for a successful video interview.

Step 1: Go on glassdoor.com and look up potential question for the video interview.

People who have experienced a particular airline’s video interview will anonymously post the questions they received. You will get an idea of what questions you may be asked. Once you find those questions, copy and paste them into a document.

Step 2: Write out and prepare your answers

Do this either by computer or hand, whatever works for you. Write out your answers so you can think through how to answer the questions. This is the best time to match figure out how to highlight your specific skills to the job of a flight attending. Writing it out will help you process your information and get it organized in your brain.

Step 3: Dress professionally

Your video interview is an actual interview. Make sure you are wearing interview clothes and not your PJs. Ladies put on makeup and make sure your hair is put up and frizz-free. Men, be well-groomed. Remember a flight attendant makes an impression by appearance.

Step 4: Practice your answers on camera

If you have never videoed yourself, you need to practice! Record yourself answering questions, then watch it when you’re done. Yes, it’s weird. Yes, you’re going to feel uncomfortable, but if you want to get to the face-to-face interview, you need to look natural on camera. Practice. Practice. Practice!

Step 5: Prepare your camera and location

There are two important things you need to be aware of before you do your interview: your lighting and your background.

Lighting

Make sure you have natural lighting (window light) or a bright light behind your camera. You need to illuminate your face so the interviewers will see it clearly. I use the light on my Riki mirror, but a [amazon_textlink asin=’B01JIBWCX4′ text=’ring light’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’fainflight-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’9bf5cde1-73bd-11e7-b976-3f01d5f58a00′]or a bright white bulb light will work as well. Test it out to see if you’re well lit.

Background

There should be a clean background. Do not film your interview in your bedroom or your bathroom. Those are two personal spaces that we don’t want to bring into the interview. Plus, we tend to not notice messes in those spaces because we use them frequently. Bathrooms also echo which does not bode well on camera.

Camera

If you are using your phone, make sure you have a stand to hold it steady while you interview. If you are using a desktop/laptop camera, have it at eye-level. Recruiters prefer not to see the inside of your nose so do not be above the camera.

Step 6: Breathe!

You have everything set up, you’ve practiced, you look good, the camera and lighting are set up, there is no distraction in the background. Take a deep breath and relax before you hit start.

Good luck!

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