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TightSlot 9th Jan 2007 08:54

Virgin UK - Wannabees & Recruitment
 
Virgin UK thread for those with questions about the recruitment process

sumeya 9th Jan 2007 14:13

This has got to be the most traumatising feeling ever! One of the blokes on my assessment day just found out he got the job so I rang them up and asked them if they could tell me the outcome of my interview and they said my application is still active- nothings been posted out yet so they couldn't tell me anything! I'm just thinking thats got to be a bad sign coz surely they wouldn't mind giving u good news over the phone but not bad news!

Has anyone else out there had an interview recently and heard anything yet?

Sam.x.

Emmy Lou 9th Jan 2007 16:01

YIPEE!!!!!
 
Hi All - this is an ecstatic Emmy Lou,

:O Have found out today that I have got the job of In-flight Beauty Therapist!!!!!

Am soooo happy and excited!!!!!

Training is due to start on the 26th Feb - anyone else starting training then? :O

captainyonder 9th Jan 2007 16:35

Congratulations guys! I have a friend who was on the selection on the 2nd of Jan, he hasn't heard yet. When did you guys do your selection?

Virgin Boi 9th Jan 2007 20:31

Melbourne,

In response to your question on the Virgin general thread, you asked "Do Virgin only hire ex- VB crew?"

I take it you mean Virgin Blue, and when you consider that V/Atlantic have in the region of 4000 cabin crew, and have been operating for nearly 22 years, perhaps a little research is required about the company you'd like to join!? :ugh:

sumeya 10th Jan 2007 11:17


Originally Posted by captainyonder (Post 3059192)
Congratulations guys! I have a friend who was on the selection on the 2nd of Jan, he hasn't heard yet. When did you guys do your selection?

I had my interview on the 4th of Jan. Still haven't heard anything yet! People who had their interview on the 8th have heard as well..... this wait isn't good for my health! Ive been comfort eating and I'm sure I must have put on about half a stone in the last 4 days!

Ground Bound 10th Jan 2007 11:29

Don't hege your bets,guys. Virgin have a bad reputation for firing peoplre at the ned of their probation if their face doesn't fit

I Just Want To Fly 10th Jan 2007 11:39

Ground Bound what exactly do you mean by this? Please elaborate...

sumeya 10th Jan 2007 13:45


Originally Posted by Ground Bound (Post 3060667)
Don't hege your bets,guys. Virgin have a bad reputation for firing peoplre at the ned of their probation if their face doesn't fit

When u say ''if their face doesn't fit'' what do u mean?

Any reputable company would have the sense to initially hire you on a probationary period to see how you work. If you don't work hard and tend to have a demotivated attitude to work its only natural for them to not want to keep you on. If u ask me, you've got to be a fool to mess up and if u do then the job really isn't for you!

lollypop 10th Jan 2007 17:06

E-Learning Tests
 
Does anyone know if you only get once chance to take and pass the Knowledge tests of each section in E-Learning?
Or are you able to take the tests as many times as you like until you pass? :confused:

skyboy1919 10th Jan 2007 22:28

Hi everyone

I wanted to ask a couple of questions relating to Virgin, I was wondering if someone could let me know if...

Do junior crew train on both airbus and boeing aircraft and operate all routes stright away?

Roughly how much is the take home pay monthly?

How many sectors/nights away a month?

Does Virgin like "old crew", previous flying experience/not far off 30 here!

Do you still fly out of both LHR & LGW?

Can you request routes ?

I have not flown for a couple of years but am thinking of manking a return at the end of the summer, always quite liked the idea of Virgin but know things change in this industry all the time so would be greatful for some information.

Thanks in advance.
Skyboy1919

MzGuilty 11th Jan 2007 09:30

Firstly, as for the precourse e-learning, you can take the modules as many times as you want, the important thing is you have to achieve the pass mark and finish them all.

Yes, crew are trained on both Boeing and Airbus, and yes you fly out of both LHR and LGW. Please note you only get one parking pass now, so have to catch the Virgin bus between airports if you fly from the one you don't have a parking pass for. This adds a lot of time to an already long day.

Can't really comment on takehome pay, as I have pension etc deducted, but the gross pay for the first year is about £10,500. You get allowances on top of this which vary from very low to OK, and are paid in local currency downroute. SFO is one of the higher allowances, MCO one of the lower.

Nights away? You are guaranteed nine days off per month, the rest of the days you work. I usually get about 11 days off per month. Trips vary in length from two days (JFK) to nine days (KHG-SYD)

Yes they are taking on a lot more mature crew nowadays, there's no longer that age limit.

You can bid for trips after a year, but there's no guarantee you'll get them.

If you want more info on the allowances, please PM me. Virgin is like all other airlines nowadays, with cutbacks and getting you to work more. Having said that, I've worked for a few airlines and Virgin is definitely the one I'm happiest at. Good luck :ok:

sumeya 11th Jan 2007 16:26


Originally Posted by Bexter (Post 3062918)
Hi everyone!

I'm new to the forum! My application form to Virgin is in the post and I am tres excited about the prospect of sending it off and hopefully securing an interview! I'm in the midst of a career re-direction and wondered if anyone could tell me if Virgin look sympathetically on those who have been working in other fields (in my case PR). I am a graduate with some limited customer service expereince and was a member of the RAF at uni which I loved. My father is a pilot and I am well travelled having lived across 4 countries including the Middle East which makes me very understanding of other people's cultures. For some reason i'm just very worried that I won't even be invited for interview as it seems so competitive. I really want to do this but worry that because I haven't been working directly with face-to-face customer service roles in the past 5 years that they won't be interested. Don't client servicing count? :O

Bexter,

As long as you can turn it around and draw on any customer service examples you should be fine. I know a few people who have been successful even though they haven't been in face to face customer service roles. Like you say you're well travelled and have a broad insight of different cultures etc.

You'll be fine mate! best of luck!

by the way guys...... its been 8 days now and still not heard anything! :ugh:

captainyonder 11th Jan 2007 17:06

Don't worry sumeya, talking to my friend who did his interview on the 2nd he still hasn't heard back although most of the people he did the selection with have been turned away. I'm sitting here with him now and he's a heap of nerves!! I keep on having to tell him no news is usually good news. Keep us informed.

crewbus 12th Jan 2007 07:27

Sumeya, have you heard anything yet?

sumeya 12th Jan 2007 08:56

nothing yet guys! absolutely nothing! thats pants! Mind you the post hasn't arrived yet for today so i got my fingers crossed there will be a big A4 size envelope in it for me! :hmm:

Bexter, don't send a photo coz they don't ask for one. They don't judge you by looks- unless of course you weigh 18 stone and theres no way u'll fit down the aisle! so I really don't think u got anything to worry about. In regards to helpful hints and tips.... they will ask you two main questions in the application form in regards to your customer service experience. They asked for an example of when I gave excellent customer service to someone and how I went that extra mile and secondly, how I dealt with an irate customer. So just think long and hard befpre you put pen to paper because this will be your only chance to sell yourself for an interview with them!

Head_in_clouds 12th Jan 2007 12:19

VS recruit all year round and they have plans for more routes this year

yachtno1 12th Jan 2007 15:02

Bexter. they look for the "Virgin Flair" ...:)

sumeya 12th Jan 2007 15:33

they certainly do look for the virgin flair coz that was one of the questions in my interview. Also, if you try your best and give your application form the thought its worth then your application will stand out like a sore thumb amongst the rest!

p.s. 9 days now and still nothing! I'm thinking now they may have meant 7-10 working days. How am I gonna get through the weekend guys?! Sob Sob :(

sumeya 12th Jan 2007 16:33


Originally Posted by Bexter (Post 3064843)
Well good luck to you! It must be awful waiting to hear for so long. Often no news is good news though...

I've heard about this infamous 'Virgin Flair'?! Some have suggested that it is a trick question because Virgin are trying to get away from their previous elitist image of skinny, good looking blondes etc.

Also some have suggested its a genuine question about innovation and fun?!

Which one is it? I think if I was a recruiter its the kind of question you ask to see how prepared someone is to kiss serious a*se! Its not really a genuine question is it? Or am I reading too much into it?:bored:

hah hah! u don't wanna know what i said! well they kind of rephrased it to me... they asked ''how would virgin customers remember you?'' to which I replied after a small pause ''my beautiful smile!'' followed by a giggle. how cheesy! so yeah i did kiss arse but i did add i have a bubbly and friendly personality, i'm the sort of girl who will make conversation with a granny at a bus stop. also i have exceptional customer service skills and looking for a new challenge! (deep breath)

** I feel like I'm reliving my traumatising interview again!

captainyonder 12th Jan 2007 16:38

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.

BY_boy 12th Jan 2007 17:16

Head in clouds,

Even more routes than the already announced Chicago, Nairobi & Mauritius?

Smokehood 12th Jan 2007 17:22

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.

Head_in_clouds 12th Jan 2007 17:45

I got told that they have lots more but haven't announced them yet. Don't know how true it is though.

sumeya 13th Jan 2007 12:01


Originally Posted by Bexter (Post 3065121)
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?! :oh:

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.

Tulip2007 13th Jan 2007 13:50

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!

sumeya 13th Jan 2007 14:06

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?!

sumeya 13th Jan 2007 14:11

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!

sumeya 13th Jan 2007 14:39

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?!!!

captainyonder 13th Jan 2007 15:32

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!!)

sumeya 13th Jan 2007 16:29

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!

james2k7 14th Jan 2007 15:42

Exactly!
 
See Replying with quotes thread

james2k7 14th Jan 2007 15:45

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

james2k7 14th Jan 2007 17:13

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 :)

james2k7 14th Jan 2007 19:01

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?

james2k7 14th Jan 2007 19:10

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

Florida 14th Jan 2007 20:27

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!



sevenforeseven 15th Jan 2007 09:08

SUMEYA, have you heard anything yet??? :ugh:

Smell the Coffee 15th Jan 2007 10:06


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.

james2k7 15th Jan 2007 12:10

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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