Initial Screening for Emirates Cabin Crew Tokyo Applicants

It has been four months since I sent my application, I finally received an invitation through e-mail for an Assessment Day that was held in Osaka. I don’t really know what I exactly felt at that very moment. Nervousness. Excitement. Overwhelmed. Name it, I felt it. Being my first time to apply as a Cabin Crew for Emirates, I knew I had the passion but maybe I lacked in some areas for me to be qualified on my very first assessment. I failed. I cried. I mulled over on the things that happened on that day… It really made me sad for a week or two.  I was somehow disheartened because it is my dream job not to mention that it is a premier airline company. But I just cannot give up with just one failure. I simply can’t. So I said to myself that I am going to give it another shot the next time there will be an OD or an AD here in Japan. And so I went on with my daily routine, waiting for the next chance I can re-apply which usually happens every after six months. To my surprise, I received yet another invitation last September 19th in a span of around two months from the time of my last assessment. I did not expect it at all but miracles happen, I got shortlisted again! And the best part is that the assessment was held here in Tokyo. It was totally convenient for me since air and rail travel here in Japan is pretty expensive.

What to bring to an initial screening?

  • Full-length (“10×15; business attire is preferred but not essential. It is also not necessary for this photo to be from a professional photo studio”)
  • Passport size photograph (4.5×5.5; white is preferable but not essential)
  • Updated CV
  • Copy of the Airlige application form (printed on an A4-sized bond paper)
  • Clear-plastic folder (to hold all of the documents)

We initially did the arm reach test in which you have to reach 212 cm comfortably. The minimum height requirement is 160 centimetres. For female applicants, you are required to remove your shoes and reach as high as you can while standing on your toes. This is very important because you have to reach the safety equipments inside of the aircraft in the event of an emergency. We also received our applicant reference number for that day and I was candidate #146. After 30-minutes, the recruiters told us to wait outside while waiting for our numbers to be called out.

Nervously and patiently waiting for my turn..

The initial interview was done by pair. “Candidates 145 and 146 please come in!” the recruiter said. We were seated right in front of the man who conducted the screening and here’s how the interview went:

He started off by handing out a paper containing five to six sets of topic about the UAE. He then asked me to read the first paragraph loud and clear and instructed me to come up with a summary of what I have understood afterwards. I was asked to read the first paragraph about the ‘Dubai Gold Market.’ I knew it was a combination of both reading and comprehension tests but I focused more on my English diction by enunciating each and every single word properly. I knew I totally lost it on the ‘comprehension part’ because I was concentrating more on the ‘reading part.’ Honestly, I ended up finishing the paragraph with a grasp of 20-ish% to nothing. I was trying to come up with a summary. I paused. I went on trying to utter as much information as I can. I paused again, I went on ‘til he told me it’s alright and we’re done with the first part.. Whew! It felt like I really messed that one up and I really got scared while thinking that I gave him a wrong impression of not being able to summarize a simple paragraph. But anyway, moving on, he then now started to ask me these work-related questions:

  • What job are you doing in the present and what does it entail?
  • How can you relate your current job to a cabin crew job?
  • Tell me a time when you were extremely tired at work and how did you cope up?
  • Why would you want to become a cabin crew?

Regarding with the last question, here was my answer:

I would want to become a cabin crew because it has been my lifelong dream and I am ready to do it. My friendly and flexible nature can surely accommodate the needs and demands of the airline industry. I am also the type of person that is very much open with working in a multicultural environment. And with my warm and genuine service, I can ensure the passenger’s safety and comfort while getting them into their destinations.

That’s pretty much it. We were told to wait for three to four days for the results.

ICHIRO | 勝利を目指して高く飛べ!


About Ryu Namiki | 並木竜一郎

A 29-year old flight attendant all the way from Japan and now living in the United Arab Emirates. Flying for two years for one of the world's best airlines and is still enjoying a "chicken or beef" and "prepare all doors and cross-check" kind of life!
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7 Responses to Initial Screening for Emirates Cabin Crew Tokyo Applicants

  1. Rachel says:

    Hello Mr! My name is Rachel from Korea. I am going to take initial screening this Saturday! I am little nervous but also exited! they announced me to be there at 9 O’clock. How long does it take to do the screening? And any tips for the day? 🙂 Actually I had huge information from your blog already! Anyways wish me good luck and congratulation that you had the world best job!


    • Hello there, thank you so much for visiting my blog! In Japan, the initial screening process took two hours, well, it’s because I was the very last person to arrive, and was the last number called, so I pretty much waited for everyone to finish. Whilst the actual interview lasted for around 15 minutes. Tips? I want you to be prepared with the typical Emirates questions like “Tell me a time when you were physically and emotionally tired at work and how did you cope up?,” “Why would you want to become a cabin crew?,” “Why Emirates?,” “What is your present job and what does it entails? What is the common thing between your present job and to a cabin crew job?”

      These kind of questions are usually asked during the initial screening. Also, if you have an overseas experience, they might ask you about it, like what were the cultural differences between your country and that country you’ve lived before. Anyway, I hope this helped! I am wishing you all the best, Rachel!


    • bokyunghong says:

      Hey Mr.! Thanks! I really appreciated! I’ll take initial screening in Tokyo Japan! It is my first time visiting Tokyo! 🙂 So exited! I hope you get day of joining very soon


    • Thank you so much! I will make a blog entry as soon as I receive my golden call! From the bottom of my heart, I am wishing you all the best!! Please keep me posted!


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  3. Huyen Le says:

    Hello. Thank you for your very detailed blog. It helps me a lot in visualizing what the screening will be like. I will have my first screening interview this weekend and I am so nervous. What concerns me the most is the height test since I am exactly 160cm and can reach maximum of 212cm on tip toes; however, I am very worried that the height ruler in the test could be a little bit different and it could be a huge problem to me though 😦


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