Finally! I received an assessment day invitation three days after the initial screening. I just couldn’t believe that I am finally going to the Emirates Assessment Day. I am very happy thinking that my dreams are unraveling right in front of me one day at a time!
The AD was held yesterday at 10:00 a.m. in Hilton Hotel Narita (15-minute shuttle bus ride from Narita International Airport). We arrived at the hotel at around 9:30 a.m. and there were several aspirants waiting outside the designated hall. My friends and I were all extremely nervous but we kept in mind that someone might be watching us so we glued smiles on our faces as soon as we stepped into the hotel lobby.
On a quick side note: To my fellow male candidates attending an OD or AD, I strongly suggest to follow this one!
✈︎ FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND VIDEO PRESENTATION
After waiting for half an hour, the doors finally opened and we were arranged alphabetically. We were then asked to get our applicant numbers on the recruiter. As I approached them, I flashed a warm genuine smile and said “Hi! Good morning!” I was candidate number 50.
We were all 77 in this huge hall filled with plenty of chairs. There were only 8 males including myself and the rest were females. I have seen some foreign applicants mainly from South Korea, the United States, the United Kingdom and India. The AD started with video presentations about the life of being a cabin crew, living in Dubai, the glamorous and the not-so-glamorous side of the job. After that, our recruiters, two lovely ladies from Lebanon and China introduced themselves before opening up the floor for possible questions that we may have in our minds.
✈︎ GROUP DISCUSSIONS
After the Q&A part, the recruiters then grouped us into four. We carried on to the first group activity and the nerve-wrecking AD officially started. They gave us an hour break and when we returned, the chairs were arranged into two big circles where we sat down in numerical order. The first group activity was called “Emirates destinations.” (Note: The first group activity may vary from cities to cities). The recruiter will ask you to pick one paper from her hands; she will then ask you to read what is written and summarise what you have understood. In addition to that, there is a photo of a city wherein you will describe what you are seeing in a sort of creative way, in my opinion.
The cities mentioned were Montreal, New York, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, Bangkok and Sydney. I was actually wishing for Bangkok since it is the only city on the list that I’ve been to. But no, I had Barcelona. I had to read it loud and clear because I think they are testing your English capabilities here. After that, the recruiter gave us our very first group task. We must choose only one city (as a group) and explain why we opted to discuss it over the other great cities that were assigned to us. This is a group activity; they must have been looking for how well we work individually in a “team” environment. Since everybody wears a name tag, try to use it when you are addressing somebody because this will show that you are courteous and have good manners, but also that you pay attention to details. Also, please be careful and try to avoid talking too much or staying too quiet. Give everyone the chance to talk and one more helpful piece of advice.. SMILE!
I bravely raised my hand to initiate the group discussion and quickly proposed that we should pick Istanbul. Why? I haven’t been there but to the best of my knowledge, it is one of the few cities in the world that is both located in Europe and Asia. So I felt like it would really be wonderful to visit that Turkish city and experience both European and Asian cultures! I saw the recruiter scribbling down whilst I was talking and felt like I did well and made a good point. After that, I stayed quiet and listened to what the rest has to say. Later on, we all left the room and the atmosphere really turned so heavy outside the waiting area. That is when the first elimination happened!
I made it! (50) I almost cried when I saw my number written on the sheet of paper. My friends also made it on the list except for one. Although it made me sad to see her go, I still wish her the best!
ICHIRO | 勝利を目指して高く飛べ！ ✈︎