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Old 20th Feb 2007, 18:17
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Hi everyone!!! My name's Jill, I had my interview on Friday and got my contract through this morning!!! Can't believe how quick it was - I'm ECSTATIC!!! Start my training on 26th March, like a few of you, so that's cool! Just panickin tryin to find a flat now! See ya all on the 26th!
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Old 20th Feb 2007, 19:21
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Congratulations Virgin Girlie and GTCrew!

See you at "The Base"!
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Old 20th Feb 2007, 19:43
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Smile I need to find her!

Ok so I was at the interview on the 19th of feb at 9.30 and I met this girl called Pamela there and I was with her all day and we even flew home together. She was absolutely amazing and made me feel so confident and comfortable throughout the entire day. She even cleverly got us upgraded to use the business class lounge at gatwick for our return flight the little minx!
I got the job and I dont think I would of calmed down enough during the interview if it wasnt for her haha. Anyway Pamela if your out there post a reply.

Congrats to everyone that got a job, Il see you at the base! Oh yeh and to anyone whos training begins on the 26th of march, I can't wait to meet you! xxxxxxxxx
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Old 20th Feb 2007, 21:12
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hi everyone!
i didnt posted on PPRuNe after a long time.. i applied exactly a year ago to BA (heathrow worldwide) and unfortunately didnt get the job. i was very sad because i really thought i could be a great cabin crew. i have been working as a dispensing optician for 10 years in the same company, and i really want to change!
i havent gone to other airlines interviews because i need 2 travel to london for interview, which means spending ! so im going to try now with virgin and i really hope i get it! im gonna try and finish my application tomorrow so i need ur help!
1 - my qualifications is of the portuguese system, so i dont know too well how to put that on the application. for options, it says the qualification can be from UK, africa or caribbean, and shows no other countries! also, now im taking up school again because i didnt finish my education. i think it is gcse standard (9 ano/year10), and it is the obligatory education in portugal. i also attended the next year of school, but have no written public exams. but because it was from a long time ago, the government gives it an equivalence to 12 ano/year13, which is like doing a-levels... so i dont know what to put... and i also dont know if to put the average of the certificate i got in all subjects, or individually for each subject. but it was so long ago, do u think they will really look at that, because i have a lot more experience (customer service, etc) which is much more relevant for cabin crew? also, will they ask for a copy of the qualifications? and should i also include a certificate i got in an english course i tok, would that help? it would be great to have ur advice.
2 - also, i dont know if i should put work experience before my current job or not... because i've been here for 10 years and i can get a reference from my current job, and the jobs i have before i lost touch with my bosses so it would b difficult to get a reference. i think cos ive been here 10 years it's enough for airside clearance, what do u think? should i include past employment anyway?
3 - if i get virgin (fingers crossed i will!!!), will i be able to commute straight away from lisbon, for example, wiht the travel benefits? or will i have to wait 6 months to get them, which will mean i have to live in london until i get my travel benefits so i can commute at a low cost? im not sure how the benefits work in these situations. because it's long haul, i suppose it will be easier for me to commute, so...

these are all the questions i have for now.. it would be great if u could try to answer them! i would be really thankful!! it would be my dream to get this job and get out of here for a while to experience something new.... i need it!!!!! im already putting money aside that i will need to pay for the tickets and the hotel for if i am called for interview... i hope my dream can come true!!!
thank you everyone!
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Old 20th Feb 2007, 22:22
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Application Forms (in particular virgin)

I know it is standard to ask for details of absence from work in cabin crew application forms. I applied to Virgin about 6 months ago and didn't get it after interview. At that time I hadn't had any days off work in the past 12 months so I didn't need to fill that part of the form out. I am away to re-apply to Virgin. However since my last interview I have been signed off work by the Dr for 2 weeks (all at once) because of a skin infection. I don't require time off work anymore and its no longer an issue. In my whole working career this is the first sick days I have taken. What I was worried about though was that they will hold this against me on an application form and not invite me to interview, does anyone know if that would be likely?

Also do they look at your medical records or do they just give you their own company medical? Someone once said to me that former employers are not allowed to give new employers details on any absences...is that true?

Or if anyone has any advice in general as to how to tackle this question on a form and the implications any absences may or may not have I would really appreciate it (even comments about other airlines policy in regards to this)

I'm maybe panicing, I don't know. I just want to give myself the best chance second time around.

Thank you!!
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Old 20th Feb 2007, 22:59
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Hi, when I applied to Virgin, I'd had three weeks off sick for surgery and recovery after within the last two months and it didn't stop me from getting invited to interview and then getting the job. I made sure i put on my application that the three weeks were all in one block and supported by doctor's notes.

With regards to your previous employer not being allowed to disclose your sick record I'm really not sure. Just be honest about why, and how long you were off. They understand that people get sick.

Good luck with your application
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Old 20th Feb 2007, 23:11
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Hi, from what I remember about employer references on the application form, you need only detail the last five years as that this what BAA require to organise your airside pass. If you've been in the same job ten years, don't worry about previous employment.

You need excellent spoken and written english skills so if you speak as well as you write you've nothing to worry about there. You won't need to provide any evidence to support your application as that will speak for itseld I think.

You won't be entitled to any staff travel benefits until you have passed your probationary period which is six months. If your probation was extended for any reason (like excesive sickness, pax complaints etc, it does take a lot for them to extend it so I wouldn't worry) then you wouldn't be entitled to your travel benefits. It would be a lot lot lot easier to live in or around London for your first six months as it's a mental job to try and get used too and I know from my experience I really wouldn't have wanted to commute then! Now I do a two hour drive to and from LHR but I really don't know if I could have done that at the beginning. From your point of view paying full fare tickets to get to work will probably end up costing you more than you earn.

I hope this helps, if you've a any more questions please do ask. Good luck
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Old 21st Feb 2007, 10:15
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It's Me !!!

Hiya ChrissyB,

IT'S ME !!! CONGRATULATIONS on getting the job, I knew you would!!! Please check your Private Messages!

EKBird XXX
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Old 21st Feb 2007, 11:15
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CONGRATULATIONS to everyone - it's brilliant!! Can't wait to meet you all!

Do you guys know where you're staying? I need to come down from Glasgow, so trying to find somewhere soon, it's so difficult cos even if I find something temporary, I'll still need to find a flat soon after!! Just wondered how everyone else is going about it? Thanks for any help!!
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Old 21st Feb 2007, 11:30
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GT

Hey GT!!

I also start on 19th March, congratulations!

Looking forward to meeting you then! Have u arranged your uniform fitting yet?

Jodi x
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Old 21st Feb 2007, 11:59
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Talking Got an Interview

Hello Everyone,

I've got an interview on the 5th March....... i'm so excited has anyone else got an interview for this date. It would be great to know.

thanks

Chrissy xx
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Old 21st Feb 2007, 12:30
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Rubyrocks...

Check your PM's Ruby!
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Old 21st Feb 2007, 14:45
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Hi Guys,

My interview is next Tuesday and have been reading up on all things VS of course!

Do you think by wearing a red suit,black shoes,skin tights (short jacket & short skirt to knee) is a bit ott to wear for a virgin interview?

Please help me!

Either that or i wear a black skirt suit with red shirt, black shoes?

p.s and i will be flying from Glasgow
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Old 21st Feb 2007, 17:11
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Had my interview today so its all pretty much out of my hands now! Thought id be relived once i had done it but im not as i want the job even more now (if thats possible!) And i think i messed up on the two to one - it seemed so quick! Guess we will have to wait and see! x
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Old 21st Feb 2007, 18:11
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Thumbs up What to wear to your interview!

Hey FLYING GER,

I'd definitely go for the black suit and red shirt as, although I'm sure your red suit is gorgeous, I think it will be a bit ott for a Virgin interview.
Good luck for your interview on tuesday, will be crossing fingers and toes for you.

EKBird (soon to be VSBird )

P.s. Princessjalee, I thought mine went extremely quickly too (about 20mins) but loads of people on here have said the same. Don't let that worry you .
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Old 21st Feb 2007, 18:20
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Yeah I agree with EKBird, my 2:1 was only about 20min s too! And I got my contract 2 days later so good luck!

Anyone here training on the 26th March?
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Old 21st Feb 2007, 18:32
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Hey Jodi... nope... haven't arranged my uniform fitting yet, you? What do we need to do?
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Old 21st Feb 2007, 18:43
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GT- Uniform fitting

Yeah, mine is on tuesday 6th march. you need to call uniforms on 01293 448206.
I think it has to be done around 10 days before start date
you found a place to stay for training?
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Old 21st Feb 2007, 18:52
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Jodi

Thanks for the tip Jodi... I'm gonna give them a call 'cause I'm flying to london on the 12th of march and if it needs to be done 10 days before starting then I'll have to change my flight...Also... HAVEN'T FOUND A PLACE to stay... how about you? Any ideas?
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Old 21st Feb 2007, 19:06
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Hey Flying Ger - I'll be keepin my fingers crossed for a fellow Glaswegian hehe! I agree with EKBird - black suit and red shirt sounds great, a bit more subtle but still with the red! Good luck!!!

Princessjalee, I thought mine went so fast too, and really thought I'd messed it up aswell, so don't worry! It's impossible to judge it. Really hope you get good news!

bcf&gloves, I'm training 26th March! Ahhhh...can't wait!! Need to find somewhere to stay eek!

Jill
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