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Old 12th Jan 2007, 16:38
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Don't worry sumeya, my flat mate had his interview on the 2nd and he still hasn't heard back yet either despite the fact it's been 10 days.
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Old 12th Jan 2007, 17:16
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Head in clouds,

Even more routes than the already announced Chicago, Nairobi & Mauritius?
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Old 12th Jan 2007, 17:22
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Don't forget it's 7-10 working days, I found out after 10 working days and thats because I called them, because of notice period etc.
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Old 12th Jan 2007, 17:45
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I got told that they have lots more but haven't announced them yet. Don't know how true it is though.
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Old 13th Jan 2007, 12:01
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Originally Posted by Bexter View Post
Hey Guys,

At the interview stage do they ever ask you any questions which can be quite awkward? Only that I was only at my previous employers for 3 months as I had moved in my then-boyfriend and it didn't work out. I loved the job and the people and I will recieve a good reference from them however if asked why I was there for such a short period of time I will feel a little embarrassed to say that I broke up with my boyfriend and had to leave the house I was in and area and move back home with my folks!

Does this make me look like I have limited stickability and a complicated personal life? Although not anymore, I'm very happily single and uncomplicated! I'll just worry that they may think I let my personal life affect my professional life? Should I be honest about this? Will they respect my honesty if it comes up?!
Bexter,

As far as I'm aware they don't ask you any personal questions. For instance why you only worked your last job for a short period. At the end of the day there could be a variety of reasons behind it which may be personal to you. So I wouldn't worry about it. If however, you had a string of short jobs, they again most probably wouldn't mention anything but may think you can't offer them any security.

P.S Nothing in the post for me today either! 10 working days will be next Thursday.
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Old 13th Jan 2007, 13:50
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Sam, you poor thing- I really feel for you waiting so long! It took 9 days for my letter too. To make me feel better during the long wait I thought to myself... it's bound to take longer to send out a pack with a contract than a rejection letter.

Bexter, I'm sure they won't ask you at Virgin but I had an interview a while back with another company and they asked why I left ships, I was in the same situation. I explained that I had left for a more challenging role shoreside (didn't mention the evil boyf!) but made a mistake and felt the move just wasn't right for me.

Hope that helps!
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Old 13th Jan 2007, 14:06
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thats what I'm hoping! Surely if it was a rejection letter I would have had it by now. A few peeps from my course that weren't successful got a letter last thursday. However, when I rang them on Wednesday they told me not to worry because nothing had been posted out just yet and that I should hear by Saturday or Monday at the latest! Fingers crossed ey?!
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Old 13th Jan 2007, 14:11
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p.s no back up- will 'only' work for virgin if i do cabin crew. told them that at the interview.

if I am unsuccessful, then I'm just going to continue working at O2- where I work at the minute and reapply in 6 months!

oh and Bexter, seriously babe.... u aint got nothing to worry about. I'm sure you'll get an interview. You sound like u know what u want and this will shine during your interview!
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Old 13th Jan 2007, 14:39
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I'm in exactly the same boat as you! I graduated from university in 2005- got myself a BSc hons in Computing and management science! Worked my t*ts off for it! Even managed to get a fantastic placement and worked for Reuters for a year but like yourself, the thought of earning a wad load of money sounded tempting but sitting in front of a PC from nine till 5 was a horriffic thought! I jus couldn't do it- not even for the money! I'm the sort of person who works to live not live to work therefore job satisfaction is far more important to me!

After leaving uni I joined O2 and this was only meant to be a temporary measure but it wasn't long before I was actually one of the top sellers in my whole area- possibly in the UK. Then.... in November last year after being pronounced one of the top sales girls for Nokia and Samsung mobile phones, O2 rewarded me with two fantastic holidays. One to Barbados and one to Miami. I flew with Virgin and can honestly say that they are by far the best airline I have ever flown with. I came back and thought ''thats it! I'm going to work for Virgin!''

I'd always wanted to be an air stewardess since I was a little girl but it was only just a dream- Virgin brought my dream back to life.

Soppy or what?!!!
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Old 13th Jan 2007, 15:32
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Don't worry guys, my flat mate (who still hasn't heard after 11 days!) is a graduate and is currently training as an airline pilot. I think there's quite a good mix of people at Virgin, some school leavers, some graduates, some more older crew. Should make for a good career and a great working atmosphere. I don't think they look for strereotypes either these days. My flat mate is straight, a graduate and ugly!!! (only joking about the last one!!)
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Old 13th Jan 2007, 16:29
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hah hah yeah! hopefully fingers crossed we'll all get it! And bexter, if u need any help with preparing for your interview i'm here for you baby!

p.s saatchi & saatchi..... oooohhhh!
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Old 14th Jan 2007, 15:42
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Exactly!

See Replying with quotes thread
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Old 14th Jan 2007, 15:45
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GCSE Maths!

Ok guys, a question..

Unfortunatly Maths in not my strong point. Im not terrible at it, but sure aint great. My problem is that i never actually got GCSE Maths (got a D everytime i took it!)

However, i do have a full set of GCSE results (mainly A*'s and A's), a full set of AS & A-Levels and a good BSc (Hons) Degree in Consumer Marketing.

Do you HAVE to have a GCSE in Maths, or will my other qualifications be enough to cover my ass?!

Cheers,

J x
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Old 14th Jan 2007, 17:13
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Thanks Bekster,

yeah i know, general working life is so boring..cant wait to become crew (tocuh wood) and get travelling!.

Although i didnt get GCSE Maths, it has never been a problem with university or work, so i figure Virgin will look over this given i am educated to much higher standards than GCSE overall!. Also, it doesnt say anything about it in their recrutment lit., only that you have to be educated to a "good standard"..

So how far are you now then? got an interview yet?

J x
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Old 14th Jan 2007, 19:01
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Yeah the Maths test is my main worry, however i think i can pass it, i aint that bad,..it was all the shit like pythagereous theorum and equations etc that i was rubbish at and im sure that wont come up lol..

Im in the same position, preparing my application as well. In fact, i bought a great cd rom with loads of info and tips on filling out the application and how to come across on test day etc. Its designed especially for cabin crew wannabe's,. you can order it at http://www.how2become.co.uk/cabincrew.htm its only £9.99 and i found it really useful!

Im so excited about the idea of working for Virgin, i also am applying for Qantas, although i really want 2 get the Virgin job! Have you / are you applying for other airlines?
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Old 14th Jan 2007, 19:10
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Yeah

Yeah cool Bexter.

The maths test is my main worry, but im sure i can pass it. My big prob at school GCSE was all the equations and pythagereous theorum etc that i was shitty at.. and im sure that wont come up lol!

Im exactly the same as you, just preparing my application etc sooo exciting.. have u applied for any other airlines? I am applying for Qantas as well, but really want the Virgin job!

I cant stop thinking about getting away to new york for example with a cool crew and having 3/4 days there etc, it will rock!

Also, check out this website http://www.how2become.co.uk/cabincrew.htm . i got from them a really cool and useful guide about filling out cabin crew applications etc, its only £9.99 and helped me alot!

James x
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Old 14th Jan 2007, 20:27
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As far as I know they just ask simple questions and everyone should know how to subtract, sum up, multiply and divide. Sorry but they donít ask for ppl who have a master in mathematics. Just relax and you'll be fine. Don't hurry and concentrate!


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Old 15th Jan 2007, 09:08
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SUMEYA, have you heard anything yet???
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Old 15th Jan 2007, 10:06
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You'd be suprised how many people took their GCSE maths 10 or so years ago who stuggled back then but who now can't even remember to do simple subtraction and division.
Sorry, but if you can't manage to add/subtract/multiply/divide simple numbers you shouldn't be offered a job with anyone...you should be going straight back to school.
I recruit for a major UK airline and I'm sorry, this level of ignorance is totally unacceptable...the level of maths required in the job is BASIC (addition of meals, the odd manual currency conversion when no bar computer or calculator is available, calculating arrival times etc.) If people can't even manage this BASIC level of maths then I'm afraid they should consider getting some tuition asap.
Sounds harsh, but the truth often is.
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Old 15th Jan 2007, 12:10
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whoa! smell the coffee i agree,

I only said in the first place that Maths was not my strong point and i think Bexter was just trying 2 b sympathetic!

I know that alot of people worry about the Maths test and thats fair enough given the short time there is to do it in!.. more often than not its probably a case of worrying to much about it than it;s really worth, but i can understand peoples nerves in this subject!
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