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Old 16th Aug 2011, 07:43
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I just got the email for Virgin Australia (DJ Mel base to avoid confusion) about the online assessment & am wondering if anyone can tell me whether this means assessment days are upcoming, or if this is standard procedure & doesn't signify anything with regards to the stage of your application?
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Old 16th Aug 2011, 09:30
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Virgin Online Assessment

Yes, assessment days are on the horizon. The day after my assessment was due, I received my invitation to the recruitment day. (I received the invite for the test on the 2nd Aug, test due on the 4th and I received my Recruitment Day invite on the 5th.) Very quick!

A few people at my RD didn't do the online assessment, because it was hard to find a computer with the correct programs to run the assessment. They were still invited to the Recruitment Day, they were just asked to do the test at the end of the day if they made it to the final interview.

Hope this helps,
Best of luck

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Old 18th Aug 2011, 15:57
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i had an interview with virgin this year, made it to the last stage, but didn't get through. is the online assessment thing new as i never had to do that.

@dy1ng_to_fly, did you make it through with Tiger airways. if so, i might see you on ground school training.

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Old 19th Aug 2011, 00:40
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Elrehab

How long did it take them to give you a "No" after your final interview?

It has been just over a week for me and I'm going crazy! I hate waiting, but I'm staying positive.
Still very excited!

Sorry you didn't get through! Don't give up.

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Old 19th Aug 2011, 03:44
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My first interview with DJ, it was one day short of a fortnight before the "no"

Just got the email from Virgin - invited to the recruitment day next Wednesday the 24th in Melbourne, yay!!
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Old 19th Aug 2011, 11:42
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Lee , it took about a week , then they sent me the unsuccessful email. but its okay, i'll be training with Tiger Airways soon. good luck to you !

i think virgin seem to be very picky, there would've been about fourty or so for the recruitment day and only about ten of us made it through to the final interview. We all kinda looked the same..like they were going for a certain look... Im assuming they choose a few out of every recruitment day , hence the reason why they seem to have quite a few recruitment days...
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I can assure everyone that it has nothing to do with you looking like a certain type. There are simple levels of behavioral competencies which you must meet in order to progress.

For example they are looking at:
Team Work
Interpersonal Skills
Personal Drive
Problem Solving
Personal Grooming/Appearance
etc

That is all.
If you achieve the required level for each of these, you will get through.

One of the most important ones is Interpersonal Skills. If you are able to build a good rapport with the recruiters then you have made it 50% of the way. If they don't like you it means that you have not been able to build that rapport.

It's pretty much the same at any airline! Good luck to everyone!
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Old 19th Aug 2011, 13:10
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While I certainly think there are many more important things considered, I think anyone who claims that Virgin (or most airlines really) don't factor in looks is kidding themselves. Virgin is a brand and they convey a fairly specific image
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 02:51
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dy1ng_to_fly

Whilst in the early days of 'Virgin Blue' they were quite infamous for hiring a certain look (young, gorgeous, blonde etc), times have changed. After successful lawsuits against Virgin (Blue) Australia they have since become a lot more diverse when recruiting. If you have flown with Virgin Australia lately, you'll find a very diverse crew of all ages, sizes, ethnicity and so on.

Basically, if you have the passion, right attitude, confidence and meet the expected requirements of the job, you need not worry about how you look!
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Going from my assessment day I'd say that looks are only important as far as your presentation is concerned.
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Old 20th Aug 2011, 04:20
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I think you will find that looks, and age for that matter, have once again become a focus for Virgin. Why else would they now be taking photos of people on Assessment Days, they never used to do that??
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 06:57
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I think you'll find if looks were important they would ask for a photo when you apply (as Qantas do!). Having recently been through a ground school I can guarantee there was a very wide age range, and some of us weren't exactly model material As previous posters have said work on your interpersonal skills and how you carry yourself on the day and you'll do well
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 08:43
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well im sure there must be something in regards to the people they choose. quite a few of the ones that made it to the final interview with me for Virgin were teachers like me. in saying that, the people who interviewed us were pregnant so i made it known my love for children..so who knows, im sure they have an agenda on the day...
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Old 21st Aug 2011, 13:31
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Smile assessment day perth

Hello All !

I applied for Virgin based in Perth about 4 weeks ago, got a email. Last Tuesday asking to do online assessment however, my computer wouldn't work but, received another email last friday which invited me to an assessment day which is in 2days! I'm so nervous but excited I have worked for a regional airline beore. I love flying I hope I do ok !
Can anyone tell me how many reserve days you get a month roughly ? And how long is the max time you are away from home ?

Thanks all good luck to all of you
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Old 22nd Aug 2011, 00:14
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VA Sydney, July 2011, referees not contacted

Very glad to read your posts "flyAwayWithVA"

I also received the "we will contact your referees as early as today or at some stage in the next few weeks" - and similarly, my referees have not been contacted, nor have I heard anything else from Virgin.

Presumably Arabic speakers would be on the said Sept course. Were you able to verify that a course is taking place and those attending have already been contacted?

I'm taking a stab in the dark, but I think you and I may have been chatting for much of the morning on the day???
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Old 22nd Aug 2011, 00:25
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Beckwa

Ive got a sister who's Sydney based. Some months she has no reserve days others she has 4. Longest trip she's been away on would be 4 nights, with an average of around 12 overnights a month. Hope this gives you a rough idea
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Hi LAwVA,

You take the total to at least 4 of us waiting on the reference checks, it's nice to know we're not alone.

Didn't ever get clarification about the 5th Sept g/s - it might have been DJ for all I know. I kinda hope so...
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Old 22nd Aug 2011, 02:10
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reference checks

Thanks for confirming flyawaywithva

Knowing there are others in the same boat makes it feel real again. It is a shame that we are all in the dark. I will be sure to keep a watchful eye on this blog now.
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Old 22nd Aug 2011, 06:00
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Smile danfromaus

Thanks so much for my reply! Also, does anyone know if. Groundschool is still based on east coast ? As I heard bout year & a half ago that if your Perth based you go over east for training ... thank-you
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SYD RD 11th Aug (Domestic)

Hi all,

This thursday will be 2 weeks since my recruitment day, and I still have not heard anything. Going a little crazy!

As far as I'm aware, I am the only one on this site that attended that interview! Am I wrong? Please let me know if you were there and if you have heard anything. If you don't want to post it send me an email, would love to hear from you.

Good Luck to everyone going through the process with Virgin, I wish you all the best!

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