Virgin Atlantic Airways
Virgin Atlantic Airways Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Cabin Crew Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Virgin Atlantic Airways in January 2011.
Interview Details First stage is an application form, second is an assessment day. The assessment day is a half day. You will be taken in with a group of people and measured (so its no use lying about your height). Ou are then taken I to a room and told about the company and are asked to fill out forms. The questions on the forms include things like do you have any visible tattoos? You are then split into 2 or more groups and taken i to a room. You are then given a group task and are asked to do a presentation. You will then be asked to read from a card, as if making an announcement. You are then taken into a room for an individual interview. You will then wait between1day and a week for a reply.
Interview Question – I had to answer questions on myself and customer service. View Answer
EMEA Sales Executive Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Virgin Atlantic Airways in January 2010.
Interview Details Couple of phone interviews, then asked to prepare a ppt presentation on how I would hunt new sales leads if I landed the job. I used the VAA template which made a good impression. Was asked to come to their base next to Gatwick airport, but at my own expense (flew from Madrid). Offices are gorgeous and stylish, staff is typically british and nice.
Interview Question – The usuals... What would you change in your past, what is your best achievement and how did you get it... Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Salary was too low, esp. for the cost of living in London, as most of their offers (but some very senior positions) are from the job offers I receive via email.
CSA Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Interview Details On-line questionnaire, followed by a telephone interview, followed by a formal interview carried out by 4 management personnel. Interveiw was with other candidates and there was role playing, a written test along with a maths test. It ended with a personal interview with two managers.
Interview Question – What have you done in the past to get out of a tricky situation Answer Question
Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
Facilities Clerk Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Virgin Atlantic Airways in August 2010.
Interview Details Online Application, Email follow up, Phone Call, Interview and a week later Final Decision.
Interview was very simple. Basic questions were asked.
Interview Question – Why are you a good fit for this position, and what can you bring to Virgin? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
Interna Audit Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Virgin Atlantic Airways in July 2010.
Interview Details It was a very informal and easy-goining interview, where they asked me about my past work experience in internal audit, and a few competency based questions.
Sales/Marketing Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Virgin Atlantic Airways in July 2007.
Interview Details I had a pre-screening interview with HR to verify that it was worth conducting a full interview. The full interview was done in two phases - first they ran through the job function in a casual call. Then we got back on the phone a few days later and did a formal interview where I was asked to frame myself in the context of the job.
A lot of things were promised from their end that I would be wary of when considering an offer. Flex time, work life balance promise, etc are all put on the table, but inside, you'll find that none of these things happen. When you travel internationally, for example, even if you lose part of your weekend for work travel, you are expected back in the office at 9am the day after you arrive back, even if you landed at midnight.
Interview Question – From looking at your resume, you don't seem to have any of the experience we are looking for. Why should we bother continuing the interview process with you. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The offer made was lower than what I expected and they refused to negotiate even a dollar of the offer. They refused to pay relocation fees as my job wasn't considered sufficiently senior. I know others have had some negotation success, so I would recommend staying firm. The HR team here works to bring employees in at a rock bottom salary, rather than bringing them in at a compromised level where the employee remains satisfied by compensation. Once inside, there is almost no room for salary improvement.