13 tough interview questions you may have to answer if you want to become a flight attendant

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If your dream job involves experiencing the thrill of adventure and taking amazing vacations at little to no cost, get in line.

The competition among flight attendant candidates is so fierce that, for certain airlines, applicants compete with thousands of other applicants.

In fact, veteran Delta flight attendant Danny Elkins previously told Business Insider that it’s harder to get invited to the Delta flight-attendant training center than to get into Harvard University.

After sorting through thousands of applications, airlines use an array of interviewing techniques, including video interviews, Q&A sessions, and in-person meetings to thin the herd. As Elkins said, airlines have to make sure that those they hire can not only serve to keep customers safe and comfortable on board, but also fit well within the organization.

Here are some of the toughest questions a flight-attendant candidate might be asked in the process:


‘Create a PA announcement for a couple celebrating their 50th year anniversary’ — Delta Air Lines

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‘Describe the color yellow to somebody who’s blind’ — Spirit Airlines

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‘You have one seat left on a flight, and you have five passengers waiting on standby: A military man in uniform, a pregnant woman, a woman and her infant child, an elite customer who is a frequent flyer of Northwest Airlines, and a gentleman trying to go and see his ill sister. Who will be the one to get the empty seat on the flight, and why?’ — Northwest Airlines (now Delta Air Lines)

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‘I’m a customer who refuses to close their laptop before takeoff — what do you do?’ Then, ‘You come back and I still haven’t turned it off — what do you do now?’ — United Airlines

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‘Can you recall a time when you had to break an obligation, and for what reason?’ — JetBlue

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‘What is the international distress signal?’ — US Airways

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‘If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would you be?’ — American Airlines

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‘What would you do if a passenger told you it was their loved one’s remains inside the urn they were holding and they didn’t want to place it underneath the seat?’ — Alaska Airlines

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‘Convince us that you can work under pressure.’ — Virgin America

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‘Describe a time you were in an emergency situation and how did you handle it?’ — Southwest Airlines

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‘A fellow employee is texting during take off — what do you do?’ — Alaska Airlines

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‘What is your understanding of reserve status?’ — United Airlines

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‘How many basketballs would fit in this room?’ — Delta Air Lines

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