Emirates Assessment Day- What to Expect!

Got an upcoming assessment day with Emirates? Feeling nervous? Don’t know what to expect?

Well we are in the know!

This recent interview with Emirates applicant outlines exactly what to expect and gives fantastic advice!



1) You really want to become Cabin Crew- what is it that draws you to this career? 

Travel the world, work with people – all different sorts of people, working in new teams, learning new skills, career progression opportunities.


2) So Emirates is your preferred choice of airline- why do you want to work for them as opposed to anybody else? 

I genuinely think they are the best airline in the world – and I want to work for the best. They hire from all over the world (over 130 countries!) so would love to work with all different nationalities of people – such a multi-cultural airline. They have won over 400 awards, they are at the forefront of all new developments – e.g. A380s. Also so much growth and expansion happening, e.g. recently new partnership with Qantas, new routes being added all the time e.g Milan to New York from the autumn. Finally the career progression they offer – working up from economy to business to first, then on to senior stewardess and purser, then so many opportunities in training, recruitment, cabin crew manager etc.


3) Working for Emirates means living in Dubai-amazing! How would you feel about this?

At first I wasn’t too sure – it was somewhere I had never thought about living. However after doing so much research it really does seem an incredible place to live! So much to do there (beach, watersports, malls, desserts, skiing!!), and it is so multi cultural and cosmopolitan – and would be such an exciting change! 


4) What research have you done into working for Emirates? Are there any specific sites/books etc that you would recommend? 

I have done research on the company – from their website, and the recruitment website. Then social media pages e.g. facebook – which are good for seeing what developments are happening recently. Also I would recommend the cabincrew.com forums, as so many people write their experiences on there of the assessments, and people can ask questions, so its really useful. This ebook that I bought was really useful- it that told me everything I needed to know about flying in the Middle East. 


5) What was the application process like? 

LONG! I decided that rather than go to an open day, I would apply online to be invited directly to an assessment day (AD). It took me 8 weeks to hear back with an invite! The application online is pretty simple – the question “Why do you want to work for Emirates”, then just filling in your education, work history, references etc. And also 2 photos – 1 full length and 1 head and shoulders. While I was waiting I decided to do a cabin crew preparation course, it was pretty good and more than anything it helped me feel much more confident and ready for the big AD!


6) You were offered an assessment day with Emirates- well done! What was the structure of this? 

So the assessment day (AD) was to start at 9.30am sharp. I got there at 9, and made my way to a little lobby outside the conference room where there were 2 other girls. Gradually over the next half hour lots more girls arrived – about 50 of us (and 1 boy!) Everyone was so lovely and we were all getting to know each other before it started. At 9.30am we were called in – we formed a queue into the conference room, and had to walk up to the front where 2 assessors were sitting at a desk, and just tell them our name so we could get a name badge, which also had a number on. We then took seats and they did a presentation about Emirates, Dubai, and being cabin crew. It was really informative, and made us all want it even more! There was then the opportunity to ask any questions which they would answer. After this we had a break outside, and then were called back in. The chairs were now arranged in 2 big circles. We sat in number order. We were put into groups of 3 and given a card with an item on. We had to discuss in our groups of 3 a few uses of the item that were not its traditional use, e.g. an apple – use as a doorstop. We had Torch – and some other items people had were cherries, tree, phone, shell…etc etc. Whilst we were discussing this, the recruiters called us up one at a time. They checked that you hadn’t been to an AD in the last 6 months, then asked a couple of questions. I was asked What are you doing at the moment…and what does that entail? And why do you want to be Cabin Crew? I was then asked if I spoke any other languages – they only consider it if you are fluent. Then asked about tattoos and did a reach test. We were then directed to a poster on the wall to read about makeup/hair/rules etc when you are Cabin Crew – then went back to our groups to keep discussing the items. Once everyone had been, each group of 3 was called up one at a time to stand at the front and tell the room the uses they had come up for for their item. Once all the groups had been, we went outside and waited to see who would get through to the next round. I did not get further than this, as was cut at this stage. About 15 were left. The next stage would have been a group task, and short roleplay. Then an interview the next day.

Emirates Cabin Crew


7) Did you enjoy the assessment day? What were the best bits? 

I really enjoyed the AD! The best bits were meeting everyone else – everyone was so so nice and it was nice meeting others wanting to do the same thing! Also was great listening to the presentation about Emirates and Dubai, as it made it all feel so real! 


8) Was there anything you found challanging at the assessment day? 

It was tough knowing that there was going to be a cut. And I felt really nervous, which was challenging to keep under control! Also seeing some of the other girls who got cut, we were all so shocked, everyone really was such high standard.


9) What was the process in letting you know the outcome? 

As we filed out the room, they gave us a piece of paper, which either said congratulations, or unfortunately..


10) What advice would you give to anybody else with up coming assessment days for Emirates?

I would say – do lots of research on the company. Look the part – feel comfortable in what you wear that day, it will make you feel more confident. Also really don’t bother going if you have a tattoo on your wrist, ankle, neck – because you will get sent home straight away, no exceptions. Same with the height, the height they want you to reach is in their criteria, if you can’t reach it its no point going. Finally I would say even if you are nervous, try to stay composed and confident, as that is what they are looking for.

50 comments for “Emirates Assessment Day- What to Expect!

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  2. January 16, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    How long does the open enrollment process take for Emirates, if you make it through all the stages? My girlfriend and I are flying to Sao Paulo for the open enrollment, but we are not sure when to book the return flight.

  3. gowtham kumar
    January 17, 2014 at 4:44 am

    my profile selected for maintenance planner and the assesment test on 29 jan 2014.tel me some tips about assesment test of emirates

  4. Elizabeth
    February 11, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Thanx alot for sharing this ….i have an interview on thursday….abit nervous but Will be good….this is very helpful

    • February 16, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      Hi Elizabeth,
      how did your interview go ,
      pls share your experience .

    • angie
      April 15, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      hey elizabeth..i am really interested in joining,but i want to know what are the training fees for emirate.please kindly email me twinkleeventsinfo94@gmail.com

  5. T LaFond
    February 17, 2014 at 6:47 am

    I had an interview yesterday in Johannesburg South Africa.Was dreaming of this day for quite a few months, I was eating and sleeping Emirates but what a big dissapointment, We were supposed to be there at 8:30 am for a 9:00 am start. The two assesors for Emirates only arrived at around 12:00 pm. What a bad example and start to my day.Then through out the entire fist round we were challenged on why we want to be part of the Emirates family, no matter what we only received negative feedback as if the two ladies want to discourage us and want to leave the impression whit us that Emirates is bad and lacking.We were also encouraged to think outside the box, but to no avail, any answer how creative, was deemed incorrect.
    This total experience had a negative effect on myself as a person, making me question myself and my abilities and also my desire to be part of the perceived best airline in the world namely Emirates.
    What can I do better for future references, because this is my dream to be an Flight Attendant?

  6. Sara
    February 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Do they measure how tall you are..if so, how tall do you have to be? And in the case they dont measure it..what was the height of that reachingpoint?

    • Monika
      March 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      Hi Sara, all the info are stated on their website I guess 🙂 But anyway attendants are asked to reach 212 cm (reaching point) . with tips of your fingers (not sure if bare foot or on tiptoes or wearing shoes.

      A to your outfit Q : well it is best to wear skin coloured stockings, knee skirt, white fitted shirt/blouse and colour matching sack coat , not too much make up on . you need to look natural but groomed at the same time, perfect manicure and hair ( up- done ore in bun if possible) …well take your time to look as perfect but natural at the same time as you can 🙂

      Hope I helped a bit 🙂

  7. Sara
    February 28, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    And also..what did you (and the other girls) wear to the assessment day? Is it required to wear a skirt?

  8. Annisya
    March 10, 2014 at 5:28 am

    hello there,
    thanks for the informations
    i have questions to ask for
    is there any weight issue in the Emirates? is it possible for curvy girls to be accepted in this airlines?
    because i think most of asian airlines only need petite girls for their cabin crew.
    can anyone give me info about this

    • Feijoalian
      March 17, 2014 at 4:30 am

      They do favor smaller girls, not necessarily petite, but definitely not big girls. If you are considered overweight for your height (according to BMI) then it’s unlikely you would get through.

      Emirates also favors young applicants, 21/22 years old. A lot of education is not necessary and is not looked on favorably actually. As long as you have high school. You need to look the part too.

      • mia
        June 25, 2015 at 12:02 am

        Hi thanks for the reply. I want to apply when I’m 21, however I don’t have a year 12 certificate. I have a cert III and cert II, also have cabin crew experience. Can this help?

    • mariama
      March 22, 2014 at 2:06 am

      I have a tattoo on my waist but it’s small image, can go for open day ?

  9. mariama
    March 22, 2014 at 2:11 am

    I will really love attend the open day .But i had if you have a tattoo on your waist they will send you home? Mine is a small image ! Can someone please inform me about tattoos?

    • Hayley
      March 22, 2014 at 7:12 am

      If you can’t see it then they won’t know!

      • mariama
        March 28, 2014 at 6:55 pm

        Hi today was the open day in Alicante anyone have an idea how was it?

    • Fiona1989
      October 9, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Hi Mariama,
      I refer to your email dated the 22.03.2014.
      Have you been able to reach the cabin crew despite that you have a tattoo.
      I have my AD in two days. I have one too on my foot but when i put foundation, it is completely invisible.
      Thanks if you can revert back.

  10. paulina
    March 25, 2014 at 9:32 am

    hi there
    please could any of u post a list of the required documents and photos you need to bring wit you to an open day
    thank you in advance

  11. Danielle
    April 9, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Debating interviewing in Barcelona….do you have to have photos professionally done? And how many do you need? Do girls have to wear a skirt and blouse or would a blazer and a dress pants be okay?

  12. Elmira Izadyar
    April 17, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I know that at some point you would need to provide your employers at Emirates airline with a bunch of test results of your general well being and one of these is concerned with your teeth but what I don’t know is what exactly they expect when it comes to dental health. Are applicants supposed to have perfect teeth and no fillings?
    I would appreciate a kind reply 🙂

  13. Grace
    September 17, 2014 at 8:58 am

    thank alot for sharing this information and may God Blessyou when next you try again

  14. October 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Hi there!,

    I heard after applying, if you haven’t heard back in 6 weeks, then you should reapply. is this true?

    • Hayley
      October 2, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      I hear back a year after applying so don’t rule it out!

  15. Damy
    November 14, 2014 at 11:59 am

    i have a question, i have an interview tomorrow at the assessment day,can anyone that has already particepated give me some tips please, expecially for the height, i’m not very tall, but everyone is saying i should try and go.

    • cindy
      December 6, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      hi damy
      don’t worry as long as your forward to speak they’ll like ..you have to speak alot ..they’ll have a height test ..you should be able to reach 212 cm tip toes arm reach thats all..then you,ll have group exercisers..there you have to speak but should never over do it..the test is they’ll put you in a group and to take a decison about a room problem in a hotel..in this you have to argue about the answeres your giving ..like why..the objective is for the group to come to a decision all togehter…then you’ll have a english test too
      i hope this will help you..good luck
      does anyone know if the GCSE is the equivalent to minimum high school education,

  16. Ria
    December 13, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Hi what if I have mild scoliosis but not severe? Will they accept me?

  17. February 1, 2015 at 5:53 am

    I wanna have my Emirates Assessment Day on Feb 14th in Jakarta, Indonesia… Really feeling Nerveous to face the interview.. But i’ll try my best.. 🙂

  18. Suly
    March 12, 2015 at 9:51 am

    I’m a man and I have an open day for emirates, why should I take with me and what to wear can anybody share some ideas please

  19. Marshal James
    March 31, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Hi, In spite of me residing in India, I applied through online for Emirates. I got reply main asking me to fill up the details of mine.. I did it and reverted them. Then again I got a letter of contract and Letter with salary package and details also with interview questions. I filled it and reverted them. Now its been 05 weeks, no reply from them. Should I have to wait further or is it the normal duration before announcing the outcome?? Please advice

  20. sd
    April 9, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I have a small tattoo on the inside of my arm above my elbow. Is this spot covered by the uniform?

  21. sandra narh
    June 14, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Hi my name is Sandra from Ghana . I have received an assessment day invitation coming in Ghana next month but the date in the letter is different from the date on emirates website. What do I do

    • anna
      June 23, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Hello, Sandra!

      Can you tell me, please, how long did it take to get invitation, after you sent ur application for Emirates? I’m going to send mine just today and I’m afraid if there’s left too little time until AD-s of next month.

      Wish u success!

      • izzety
        September 1, 2015 at 4:12 am

        it takes 2 days for them to rply my application .

    • Yom
      July 2, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Sandra, Where’s the venue?

  22. Jewels
    June 16, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Hi my name is Julia, I received an invitation to attend assessment day next week, hope it all works out well…to the rest of you, give it your best shot.

  23. Mia
    June 25, 2015 at 12:24 am

    I want to apply with Emirates when I turn 21, however I don’t hold a year 12 certificate as for finishing in year 10, I do have a certificate III and a certificate II in Aviation as well as currently cabin crew. I just don’t want to be rejected by not having my year 12 certificate. Can anyone help ?

  24. Shanté
    July 7, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Hey all. I have a dilemma!! I applied online 3weeks ago and a week and a bit ago it had changed to under review, which I hope and pray is a very good sign yet the open day is in 4 days time which only leaves weds and third for them to contact me. What is the best thing to do?? An Emirates worker at the hello East festival in UK told me they called her prior, but not as sure to how much prior.

    I am trying not to overthink here

    • Krisie B.
      July 14, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      I have the same dilemma as Shante. I applied on the 27th of June and the location for AD said to be advised and invitation only. When i checked the status, it said under review, and AD is exactly four weeks away from today. I am still waiting for the invitation email, im so worried. I provided a resume, two photo all the info ect ect.. that they want.
      I am 5’3 (160cm ) and i have a bachelor in Molecular cellular biochem, and I am size 0 to 00. I am just so worried because i havent heard anything from them yet

  25. Shanté
    July 7, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Also has anyone ever wore a work dress opposed to a skirt suit?

  26. zahid
    August 17, 2015 at 2:31 am

    You need to bring One Full Lenght white background pics with coat and skirt, 6 white background passport size pic , fresh updates resume only for open day assessment.

  27. Kathy
    September 11, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    You said that they don’t accept older applicants. What is the maximum age do they accept?

  28. reni
    September 21, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Hi, I have a small star tattoo behind my ear and when I cover it up with make up its invisible. Can still be an Emirates cabin crew? Also I went to an assessment day a month ago but didn’t make first round. I believe my suit was too big and didn’t compliment my figure/ show how skinny I am (basically made me look big and i am actually very tiny) .If i don’t make it past first round can I still go to another assessment day next month?

  29. November 30, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Hey! This was a great post!! I just made one similar to it on my blog as well: http://absoulutelyanna.com/my-experience-and-tips-for-emirates-cabin-crew-open-day/

    Your post was so in depth! I loved it

  30. December 8, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Is the interview day always the day after the Opening Day?

  31. seher
    December 25, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    hey hello friends who are parcipating on emirates open day in istanbul :-)?

  32. Julie ann brewster
    January 24, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Hi am presently at the travel academy doing a flight attendant course it’s for 10 weeks my dream is to apply for Emirates am a national of trinidad the Caribbeans do you ahead to get a us passport first of do the airline provide this for you and thanks again the Info is very interesting

  33. Sandor
    February 19, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Hey .. I have a question also .. I really don’t know what to learn exactly about Emirates .. And I have so short time till the open day .. It’s just 5 days ..:( .. I will travel from Cyprus to Greece just for the open day ..:) can somebody tell me exactly what I should study about Emirates exactly ??:) pls .. Thank you very much for your time ..:)

  34. NoNa
    March 17, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I have been shortlisted for a cabin crew coordinator, it’s an administrative role, and have an AD any overview about the day?

  35. Raphael
    May 16, 2016 at 5:27 am

    i was suppose to have my interview today but i got my information late and ive been ask to re schedule my interview
    ,pls can somebody give me a clue on how to go about it?

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