Field thins as FAT flight attendant search reaches 2nd round
By Joy Lee ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Far Eastern Air Transport's (FAT) second round of interviews took place yesterday, with only 40 high-flying hopefuls out of 159 moving on to the third and final round of the highly competitive job search.
October 4, 2013, 12:17 am TWN
After eliminating over 1,000 interviewees in the first round of flight attendant interviews, FAT decided to test the 159 remaining interviewees' improvisational skills by asking them to introduce Taiwanese dishes and airline meals based on their creativity while at the same time promoting the airline's positive image.
Since none of the hopefuls knew about the test in advance, some were overcome by nerves, unable to showcase their abilities.
Others, however, demonstrated excellent impromptu responses during the challenge by infusing a traditional Taiwanese ballad into their brief introductions of a Taiwanese dish.
FAT's chief interviewer Chan Hsiu-fang said that as long as the candidates performed the task kindly and naturally and treated passengers like family members without letting nerves get the best of them they would do great in the interview.
The airline says it is looking for people with service or hosting experience who are also fluent in Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean or local Chinese dialects. The 25 candidates selected after the final round will report to the airline for training in November.
According to FAT, the airline will select 10 to 15 brand ambassadors for the company from the 25 newly hired flight attendants for the first time. Those who are selected will receive 15-percent more than the normal salary of flight attendants.
FAT was established in 1957 and provided domestic services from Taipei and Kaohsiung to five regional cities and international services in Southeast Asia, South Korea and Palau. The airline went bankrupt and stopped all flights on May 13, 2008, but the company restarted its services on April 18, 2011 and is currently flying to 29 domestic and international cities.