Final Interview Experience with Emirates Airline

I have read on some articles that reaching the finals with Emirates Airline is like winning a lottery. It is the last stage of the process wherein you will have a 2-on-1 interview (1-on-1 in some cities) with the recruiters. 


  • Date: 2015 October 9th, Friday
  • Time: 0900H (Tokyo / Osaka Local Time)
  • Location: Imperial Hotel (帝国ホテル大阪)
  • Country: Japan

The recruiters told us to be there at least fifteen minutes earlier and let me quote this one:

As a Cabin Crew, when you’re on time, you’re late!

…and that stayed in my head forever!

The final interview for successful Tokyo applicants was held in Osaka. It is two hours away by a high-speed train and an hour by air. My friend and I had ample time but we managed to book our train tickets and hotel reservation on the last minute. We ended up taking the high-speed train since planes were all fully booked that time.

Your key to success!

We arrived in Osaka around midnight and we only had three hours of sleep. We woke up at 6 in the morning and left the hotel by 7:45. We reached the Imperial Hotel at around 8:10 then proceeded to the designated interview room. I was already there by 8:35; I really aimed to arrive early to ease my nervousness.  I was constantly taking deep breaths like crazy and I have never been this nervous all my life!

Before I move on to the final interview, I would want to share these photos that I took while I was in the beautiful Osaka!

It was already 9:00 and the recruiter invited me in. They asked me to hand them down all the paper work for a final check. After that, they welcomed me to the Emirates Final Interview. As far as I could remember, the first question she asked me was “How did you find the psychometric test and if you will rate yourself from one to ten, how honest you are when you were answering the test?” I suddenly realised just how important the test was. I told them that I find it pretty hard because there were some answers that really matched my personality but I just couldn’t pick it since we only have limited points to allocate.

Then she explained to me that all of the questions that will be thrown at me from hereon will be about my previous work experiences. I don’t think I am going to write the things I’ve said during the FI but I will definitely write all of the questions they’ve asked.

  1. Tell me about a time when you were physically and emotionally stressed at work and how did you handle it?
  2. Tell me about a time when you changed a rule at your workplace and what was the outcome?
  3. Give us an example of a time when you went above and beyond for your guest.
  4. Tell me a time when you’ve had a conflict between your co-worker and how did you resolve it?
  5. Tell me a time when you were extremely tired at work and what did you do to make yourself feel better?

After that, I thanked and wished them a safe flight back to Dubai. One of the recruiters began asking me about random stuff. She asked if I do love travelling, the last country I’ve visited, down to the Japanese culture, the correct pronunciation of my name, et cetera. The chit-chat took almost 10 minutes and I really had fun talking to her despite being still nervous. She was very nice and lovely!

The final interview is over, and the waiting game has officially started.

Timeline Notes: If you are currently using a computer to access this page, you can hover on the text to show the meaning of the given abbreviations below.

  • OD: No Open Day
  • AD: 2015 October 5th (Tokyo)
  • FI: 2015 October 9th (Osaka)

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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