Career development is such an important part of The Travel Academy’s curriculum. We know that all of the technical information in the world means little if you don’t have that professional polish. Today, students in the 120-Hour Overview class had their mock open house and interview day. This day is a perfect opportunity for students to practice how they will conduct themselves in real-life interviews. The following is a list of interview “dos and don’ts” that our students are taught:
- Arrive early. Know the exact place and time of the interview.
- Have your application completely filled out (if available) before the interview.
- Greet your interviewer by last name using proper pronunciation. Listen carefully to the name and title of your interviewer and make a mental or written note of it.
- Show enthusiasm by extending a firm handshake.
- Be aware of your posture at all times. Show confidence in your body language. Smile!
- Be a good listener.
- Make comfortable eye contact throughout the interview.
- Be factual and sincere in all of your responses.
- Bring several copies of your resume to the interview.
- Ask intelligent questions about the company and the position.
- Prepare these questions before the interview.
- Send a thank-you note to your interviewer.
- Sit until asked.
- Chew gum or smoke, even while waiting for the interview.
- Respond to questions with “yes,” “no,” or one-word answers.
- Make derogatory comments about previous employers, coworkers or projects.
- Try to make the interviewer your “best friend.”
- Memorize scripted answers to questions.
- Discuss salary, benefits, etc. unless asked to do so by the interviewer.
- Let discouragement show if the interview is not going well.
- Use hand gestures.
- Discuss politics or other controversial subjects.
- Fold your arms.
To learn more about becoming a flight attendant, please stay tuned to future blogs.