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Old 8th Jul 2010, 16:54
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I don't but I can be a Qatar cabin crew wannabe, can't I?

Everyone moves on when it's the right time for the individual to move on.
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General Question

Hello everyone,

I have a question, and I couldn't find in the forum. I am in the process of completing my medicals for Qatar.

For anyone who has been accepted and sent the medicals did you send the original in your native language along with the English translation or did you just sent the English translation to the recruitment officer.

Thank you!
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Qatar Airways is what you make of it. It is very individidual and you will find people who love working for the company but at the same time those who hate it more than anything else. I worked there for three and a half years. It was one of the best times in my life but it was also at the same time very hard work. Management takes everything seriously. AAB is striving for perfectionism and does anything to achieve it. He does not tolerate any nonsense. One mistake and you will find yourself either demoted or dismissed. Keep a low profile, do not indulge yourself intoa any gossip, present yourself in good manner both in Qatar and downroute, do as you are told and you will be fine. It is a strange enviroment and it takes time getting used to it. You will be working with people from all over the world. Each and everyone has a different goal with their employment. Some are there to earn money, some are there to travel the world. I don't agree with all of their regulations which are only in place because they like control. No matter what, it makes life more difficult than necessary and I actually think Qatar Airways would be a better workplace if they would ease up a little on their regulations. Instead, they have created a workplace where they either demote or dismiss anyone who comes home behind their curfew. The company has been recruiting crew uninterruptedly for over 10 years, even when Emirates and other companies seized their recruitment because of the global crisis. Is it because they are growing or is it because many crew are resigning? If you decide to join Qatar Airways. Go there with an open mind. If you don't like it, go home. Good luck!
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So, how do You like working for Qatar Airways? What do you like and what do you hate about your job? How is your accomodation? Do you get on well with your flatmate? What are the challenges you had to face at the beginning?
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Challenge you will have to face at the beginning:
Get used to the mentality,all the kindergaten rules&regulation, and last but not least get used to Doha!
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Hello Everyone

Just attend the OD in guangzhou china this morning .. lol not even 40 people add up together went to the interview ... no completion at all .. for thoes peoplw want join QR more easier .. Guangzhou is the top choose for they to have interview
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Unhappy HI,

I was hoping if anybody could tell me the lines on which the topicsare based that are normally discussed in the group discussion round. I have never attended a GD in my life so I wanted to be prepared.

Please Help
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to Chiu

Chiu, this might help you. This is from an Asian girl:

Cabin Crew Open Day – Day 1


Posted on 27th November 2009


The whole thing was like a dream for me, I applied for different airlines via their website and I have never heard back from any of them, even some of the websites showed that my application was unsuccessful even without an interview, somehow i was loosing hope till i found out about the Open Day.


A Newsletter


Sunday morning i received an email from Qatar Airways that they are conducting an open day to recruit Cabin Crews in my country and i was invited, I thought they invited me because they are interested in my resume but actually it was just a newsletter. I took a day off work, garbed my suit, fixed my hair, nice perfume, my CV and of course the smile and there we go i am ready to go.


Surprise!


It was easy to find the Hotel and from there i was able to find the Hall, i was there almost half an hour early and as i was going down the stairs to the hall i started to hear some people talking, the noise was getting louder as i step down, there were like a hundred or so standing out of the hall, i thought that the challenge is not going to be easy but guess what ? around a thousand applicant was already inside the hall!!! I was really shocked of how many people was there.


It looked like they got too many applicants more than anyone expect and it was a bit difficult to control that number of applicants. In a short words I had to find my way to get a seat in the interview hall as i was waiting for like 3 hours and it looked like it is getting more and more crowded. Yes I sneaked into the other hall where the recruiters are interviewing and I was lucky to find a seat for myself.


Screening Interview


A two very good looking ladies sitting in the front and like twenty applicant in front of each of the ladies, I took my place in the queue till it was my turn. The lady was really sweet, she asked for my CV which i had in my hand, she looked at it really quick that she couldn’t see nothing and then she asked “How old are you ?” “27″ i answered then she asked “Do you have any experience as a Cabin Crew?” i said “No” she answered “Not yet” , Then she said we will call you before 8pm today if you are selected to continue with us, It was like a very quick screening interview to eliminate some of the huge number they got, However the interview was like couple of minutes but I ended up sitting the whole day with one eye on the clock and one on the phone.


The Call


7:55pm my phone was ringing, Yes! I am in for the second day!!! I felt so released and really felt so happy that i was selected. I realized that I had a lot of things to prepare that I couldn’t even think about before as I was so stressed waiting for the next day and started to run around like a bee. I have never been to a Cabin Crew interview before and did not know what is it going to be for the next day, what kind of questions they are going to ask, I tried google but couldn’t find too much but found some people talking about assessment process that really helped a bit to know what to expect for the next day.


Cabin Crew Assessment Day – Day 2


Posted on 5th December 2009


After such a long day fighting to get my place in the Assessment Day i was so excited to take the next step.


It seems like out of that big number in the Open Day, only forty lucky applicants made it to the Assessment Day, They all looked good and it was a bit challenging to stand yourself between them.


Short video about Qatar


The same recruiters was there “the two sweet ladies”, they checked if somebody is missing and then they started with a video about Qatar. The video was nice and after the video they highlighted few things that could be a bit difficult for some people to live with, such as very hot weather in Qatar, Culture issues and some of the rules in the country.


English Test


After the short video they gave us an written English test that we need to do in 45 minutes, the English test was simple and the time was sufficient, it was like some multiple choice questions, a short essay about yourself and another essay about a topic they give.


During the test they called one by one to come over and reach a specified height, i think it was around 210cm. For gentlemen you should reach it standing normally on your feet and for ladies they can stand on the fingertips.


Assessment Round One


After the English test they grouped us in two groups, 20 applicants in each group and they gave us a topic to discuss while they watch us, they mentioned that we should not look at them during the discussion as they will be watching, the topic was a question that you have to discuss and come out with an answer all together in 20 minutes. Then we were asked to leave the hall till they call for us. We waited for around 30 minutes then we were again invited to the hall, they announced 20 numbers and then we were again asked to leave the hall but this time only the ones who heard their numbers will come back after saying good bye to the others.


Assessment Round Two


20 applicants were remaining, it was strange how easily someone could be disqualified. Anyway we are again grouped into two groups for another discussion but this time the topic was some problems that we have to find a solution for each of them and the time is also 20 minutes, Another 10 was disqualified and only 10 applicants were qualified for the final interview next day.


Things to do
  • Dress like if it is your wedding day
  • Keep smiling, know that you are watched
  • Try to get along quickly with others
  • Don’t talk too much and don’t stay so quite
  • Listen to the others during the group discussion and never stop someone to talk
  • Be yourself, don’t pretend because they know it when you do
Qatar Airways Final Interview


Posted on 1st January 2010



10 candidates were remaining, about 6 girls and 4 boys, They assigned half an hour for each candidate and another half between each interview and the next one.


Prepration


I googled some of the typical questions for the cabin crew final interviews, it was really useful to have an idea what to expect, I showed up for the interview about 5 minutes before my scheduled time, groomed to the best, smile on the face and all positive thinking. They kept me waiting for about 15 minutes before someone came out of the interview room to invite me in.


The Interview


The lady was really nice and she welcomed me very nicely, asked me to have a seat, interview started by introuducing themselves and a brief about my file they already have since the first day, One lady was taking the lead while the other was observing me and taking notes, it is very lady that you keep eye contact to both interviewrs, However one of the ladies was starring at me in the begining of the interview i don’t know if that was a technique she is using or that she liked me.


Typical questions you will find online such as:
  • Tell us about yourself
  • Do you have a cabin crew experience ?
  • Why do you want to become a cabin crew ?
  • Do you have any experience doing a customer service job ?
  • Tell us about a bad experience with a customer and how did you deal with it.
It took about 20 to 30 minutes till they finally asked me if i have any questions, my advice is that “You have to ask a good question here”, otherwise it could reflect that you are not really intersted in the job.


Finally they told me to expect an email within the next three weeks either i am accepted or not. they also mentioned that in case i did not get any answer from them i should contact them, luckily i got my Congratulations email after 1 week.


Things to do:
  • take contacts from others in the second day to stay in touch.
  • prepare yourself for the interview by googling the most common questions.
  • keep an eye contact to both interviewers.
  • when they ask you “do you have any questions?”, you should ask a good one
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Old 11th Jul 2010, 15:16
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Hey,

I finally get my clearance. And I have a question about the passport sized photographs in buziness attire. Do we have to make this picture with a "Colgate smile" or not ??
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Old 13th Jul 2010, 04:33
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...so I went to the open day. to be honest I didn't expect to get chosen, I'd have been in shock if I did, but I thought I'd at least get to the second round - but there were a lot of people there, so much more than I expected. I guess I thought as its doha's not as popular place to live particularly for westerners, that I might have had a chance and there weren't that many guys there.

Not sure why I might have failed really, I am quite short for a guy but I do meet their 212cm reach requirment, I was suprisingly more gutted than I thought I would be, as it was merely fleeting aspiration as the opportunity arose in my regional city and I took it - but I guess it was for wanting of escaping, as it would have meant total change in my life, leaving uni early, moving abroad on my own with my first real full time job.

QA's reps were very hospitable and warm though, and I wanted it more when I was there than before I got there. oh well.... trying to believe the sentiment "everything happens for a good reason" even if I don't believe it right now....

@zabairh: yeah I attended the Leeds open day too.... but no call, hopefully I didn't mess up, cos I had just moved into a new house and realised it had poor reception in the house, but still no voicemail - which would have been the logical thing to recieve if they hadn't got through...
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Old 13th Jul 2010, 05:54
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czac, Flying_Adobo

FYI
I'm one of the airlines Captains, i'm not a cabin crew so all the said rules and problems do not apply to me. Hope that answers yours and others question on why I have been here this long.
I have many good friends that are sandwich mechanics (Cabin Crew) and I know first hand how unhappy they are.
Remember you are bonded for the first few years so just up and leaving when ever you do not like it anymore is a costly option and not as easy as you might think.
Take my advise or not, I do know what I'm talking about and it's not BS.
open your eyes before you come.

Over 85% of our cabin crew as asian, and the rest eastern european with about 2% western / Auzzie / European.
ask yourself why this is, why does Emirates have so many western/ European crew and we do not.
Most asian crew find that the meager salary here goes a long way back home as it does in eastern europe. Most asian crew are also supporting families back in their home. western and european come and go like a rotating door, ask yourself why would this be.. because its a land of freedom, fun and fantasy ?? keep dreaming until you wake up in this middle east reality and say to yourself.. what have I done..

Thats the way it is. dont listen to dreamers and immature people who do not know any better because they have never seen any better.

Emma Gemma, does have a clue and has a decent back ground of this place. worth considering the advice given.



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Why to make such a big deal of it? It is simple: if you dont have problems with rules, good. If you do, then sorry, this is not the right job for you. They are a 5 star airline in a muslim country, they have their own rules, they dont care if you agree or not, you're not here to think or judge or whatever, you're here to WORK. If you are good, you are promoted. Not everybody can handle it, but you can travel a lot and have good times too and also make money. If you're not happy easy, go home. There is work everywhere.

Cya.
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Medical clearance

Hi, Rahyan Crew,
I am new on this forum and I would like to ask you a question, please.
Actually, I need your help.
I read that you just got your medical clearance. Congratulations!
I live in France too, in Paris and I am still waiting for mine.
But I have now some difficulties with the CBC as the report is in french. I translated it for QA but know they said that it is still not ok as the reference values are not the same there.
Please could help me? Where did you undergo your exams? To the american hospital? How did you do to have it in english with the appropriate reference values?
I feel a little bit desperate as I am really looking forward to joining QA. I get my congratulation email one month ago and still doing and re-doing exams since this day...
Your answer and advices would be very useful to me.
Thank you for your help.
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Old 14th Jul 2010, 15:26
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Hi Mesaoud,

For all my medical document I translated them all in tunisia, because it was really cheaper to do it there as in Paris it's really expensive!
You can use the american hospital or you can find lot of official translator throught internet, but it's like 75e per page. So the best solution if you can do it is send all the document that you need to translate to one friend living in maghreb (if you have friends there) that will be the best thing for you because the translation is around 10e per page there and Qatar airways accept all the documents if they see on the paper the STAMP and SIGNATURE of the official translator.

If you have some other questions ask in private if you need.
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Old 14th Jul 2010, 20:00
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ok. i`m not under any influence of those who hated working for QA, but little worried... personally, my goal is to travel around the world. i have no problem with rules, i`m open minded, etc.
also, i`m not planning to be there for 3 years. so, i`m wondering - and please, only those who know the answer - what is the amount of money that i would have to return in case i quite after 1 year?

i`m leaving for doha soon and i`m now in a big dilemma...
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Nothing to return, they deduct money each month from your salary. That's the point of the bond: if you leave before completing your contract, you won't get that money back.

If you join soon, you must have a contract. Read it.
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yes, but they are deducting for 21 month starting from the 3rd month - so, for 2 years - and if you leave after one year, you still have to pay that whole second year... am i right?

and what about welcome bonus? if you are unable to complete 1 year of service, you have to pay back half of the bonus (QR 1000).

so, acccording to this,
4200 (350 QR*12months) + 1000 (half of the welcome bonus) = 5200 QR
is the amount you have to return if you quit after 1 year... ?

believe me, i have read my contract for hundred times. i just want to be sure. thats way this forum is about, to help others.
thank you in advance.

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Thanks for sharing this info! Nobody has ever written it down so clearly!

Some guy wrote it before that "you need to pay off the outstanding balance" when you leave. You seem to be good with reading and calculating, clearly you shouldn't rely on forums and other people's opinion when you have your written contract and your brain.

My little niece - I wrote about her before - just got terminated, didn't make the one year. Don't leave your hotel room outstations 12 hours before departure time and you will be fine! Make sure you are in horizontal and having a "proper rest". (I just can't believe they really were checking them...)
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they are so strict, i have heard these kind of stories so many times!
it`s good to be aware of that before you go... not everyone is for these kind of rules. still don`t know if i am but thats way i`m wondering about these things, i really don`t want to be in situation that its terrible for me there and want go to home - but have to pay back a lot of money!

so, maybe i am a little bit insecure, but i would really be very very happy if someone could clear this up for me (and for others also, its good to know)!!
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SALARY DEDUCTIONS - Qatar cabin crew

This is loud and clear:

At the time of joining, you will be entitled to a one-time ,,Welcome Bonus,, payment of Qatari Riyals Two Thousand ( Qrs. 2,000). In the event, you are unable to complete one (1) year of service in the company, you will be required to pay back Qatar Riyals One Thousand ( Qrs. 1,000) of the said bonus.

You will be required to sign a service agreement of QR 7,350 undertaking to work with the company for a minimum period of two (2) years. A sum of QR 350 will be deducted from your salary each month, starting from the fourth month onwards for a period of twenty-one months. The total amount deducted will be refunded to you upon completion of twenty-four months of service.
Should service end prior complete of twenty-four months, the money will not be refunded. The outstanding amount will be settled by you.


An accommodation deposit of QR 1500 will be required from each person in company assigned accommodation. This will be deducted from the salary in instalments of QR 100/- per month, starting from the second month onwards for 15 months; and returned at the time of leaving the Company, provided there is no loss or damage.

A two-piece set of ,Delsey, luggage is also supplied at a concessionary rate of approximately QR 465, which is deducted from the Crew member's salary in instalments of QR 100/- each month, starting from the second month's salary.

FOR AUSTRALIANS AND KIWI: The bond will be deducted in a period of 3 months starting from the 4th month. (Yes, it's 2450 riyal salary deduction.)
Vapiano,

I never heard stories about checking the crew outstations. I thought it was something new...

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