Once you’ve successfully passed the video interview you’ll be invited to participate in an assessment day.
You’ll just need to access your online account via the Virgin Atlantic careers site and choose a date that is most convenient for you. Be warned, slots can fill up quickly, so try to be quick.
Even the phrase ‘assessment day’ strikes fear in the hearts of so many prospective cabin crew members, but seriously, this is really nothing to worry about – well, in my experience.
For my airline, all assessment days are held at ‘The Base’, which is the airline’s training facility in Crawley, West Sussex.
If you get through to an assessment day, please note that Virgin Atlantic can’t reimburse travel costs.
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As you’ll all know, assessment days are a popular recruitment method that is used to screen a large number of candidates at once (even if the airline has managed to whittle down the total number of candidates).
Virgin Atlantic occasionally change the format of their assessment days but the general principles remain the same.
In general – and from my own experience, the Virgin Atlantic assessment day will look something like this:
1) Introduction’s and presentation on the company and the role
2) Physical checks (e.g. ‘reach test’ and ability to fit in crew harness)
3) Group exercise
4) Reading and memory test
5) Final interview
The group exercises will usually be comprised of a problem-solving exercise – on my assessment day we were tasked with trying to work out which items we would take with us onto a desert island (from a long list).
We were split up into groups of five-six, and we were given about ten minutes to discuss how and why we should choose the items from the list.
The assessors will be observing how you speak to your counterparts, how you react to their ideas, and how you get your own opinions and ideas across.
It’s important to find the balance between ensuring you’re heard and ensuring you are listening to your peers – the occasional “that’s a great idea” will do wonders during this segment.
Once you’ve finished presenting, you will then move on to the reading and memory test. This is a very simple part of the day. Just ensure that you read clearly and carefully.
Virgin Atlantic will give every candidate shortlisted to the assessment day the opportunity to take part in the final interview. There won’t be the awkward ‘culling’ of candidate’s half-way through the day.
The interview will normally last between 25-40 minutes and takes place on the same date as the assessment day.
The interview will be made up of competency and behavioural based questions. You’ll need to have examples from your previous work experience that prove you possess the skills, qualities and competencies that the Virgin Atlantic recruiters are looking for.
It can take some time to gather the evidence and become comfortable with your answers.
S – what was the situation that you found yourself in?
T – what was the task that needed to be completed to successfully bring the situation to a close?
A – what were the actions that you undertook?
R – what were the results of the task and the actions to bring about the end of the situation?
Once the final interview is finished, you’ll be shown your way back to reception and out of the door….
It’s time to relax and unwind…and wait….