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Postby mouse » Tue, 02 Dec 2008 12:45 pm

I got the same translation passage as shenoes. Yeah, they are very professional. I was one of the first to get my head chopped off. As what was mentioned, the other candidate who was in the same room as me was distracting for me and my interviewer noticed and she understand I was distracted and I can't concentrate!! HAHA..she even hand signal to them to lower down volume.

Anyway, the interviewer is superb nice. She didn't converse with me in mandarin. But I just can't do the translation, I only did the first sentence and I told her, sorry I can't. But she told me : That's ok, at least you tried :)

Well, she was writing so many things on her side but I just do not know what she wrote. I can't make it cos I believe they want sg based crews with a strong level of Languages. All the best to those who are going!! All yes, Keep smiling all the way...

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Postby mintia » Tue, 02 Dec 2008 12:48 pm

mouse wrote:I got the same translation passage as shenoes. Yeah, they are very professional. I was one of the first to get my head chopped off. As what was mentioned, the other candidate who was in the same room as me was distracting for me and my interviewer noticed and she understand I was distracted and I can't concentrate!! HAHA..she even hand signal to them to lower down volume.

Anyway, the interviewer is superb nice. She didn't converse with me in mandarin. But I just can't do the translation, I only did the first sentence and I told her, sorry I can't. But she told me : That's ok, at least you tried :)

Well, she was writing so many things on her side but I just do not know what she wrote. I can't make it cos I believe they want sg based crews with a strong level of Languages. All the best to those who are going!! All yes, Keep smiling all the way...


Hi Mouse,

Does the passage come with pin yin? I am SO freaking out now =( Well I guess it's a good experience right?

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Postby msgrapey » Tue, 02 Dec 2008 12:53 pm

mintia wrote:OMG. I am SO GOING TO DIE - I can't read Chinese for nuts! :cry:

3pm is looming upon me....

drink some beer, calm urself... this is what im so gona do... u can do it!

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Postby shenoes » Tue, 02 Dec 2008 1:23 pm

Does the passage come with pin yin? I am SO freaking out now =( Well I guess it's a good experience right?[/quote]

dun have han yu pin ying.. haha.. i also wish they have. :D :D
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Postby mintia » Tue, 02 Dec 2008 1:28 pm

shenoes wrote:Does the passage come with pin yin? I am SO freaking out now =( Well I guess it's a good experience right?


dun have han yu pin ying.. haha.. i also wish they have. :D :D[/quote]


Ok - then I might as well just tell the interviewer I can't read. hah *sigh*

Good luck to you msgrapey!

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Postby shenoes » Tue, 02 Dec 2008 1:33 pm

hmm but before i start reading the chin passage, the interviewer did say that if i duno how to pronounce the word, can use another same meaning word to replace it. if reali cant think of it, then skip the word. but seriously, at that pt of nervous time, my mind all went blank.. kua kua kua..
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Postby mintia » Tue, 02 Dec 2008 1:37 pm

shenoes wrote:hmm but before i start reading the chin passage, the interviewer did say that if i duno how to pronounce the word, can use another same meaning word to replace it. if reali cant think of it, then skip the word. but seriously, at that pt of nervous time, my mind all went blank.. kua kua kua..


I swear it's going to be like my O levels - where they say 'dunno, just skip'. I'm going to end up sounding like some broken record. hahah

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Postby Mushroom » Tue, 02 Dec 2008 6:31 pm

I just came back from my interview. The cabin crews are super polite and the interviewer is rather friendly. She will try to break the ice by asking you is this the first time u apply, what other airlines have you apply and what is the difference between the other airlines and BA.

Then she will give me a passage to read. I think the passage reading was okay. It's extracted out from Newspaper i think. Mine it's about Clean & Green Week at Marina Barrage.

The translation portion was tough, i couldn't catch some of the sentence and when translated to chinese, the whole Public Annoucement became so much shorter. I couldn't translate "Locker". Damn.. Anyway both of us were laughing all the way cos i sucks at it.. Haha. Great experience~
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Postby mouse » Tue, 02 Dec 2008 9:33 pm

haha...my interviewer was biting her front lip (I think she was controlling not to laugh) Sigh...But at least I went for the experience! It was definitely one of best cc interview I went compared to sq. Oops. :lol:

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Postby mintia » Wed, 03 Dec 2008 1:24 am

Well, I sure 'bombed' the interview! Was given a passage to read about the new casino & I 'swallowed' so many words it didn't make sense!

Translation wise was slightly better but oh well - what ever I scribbled on the notepad sure was a mess (interviewer said they won't grade it...)

Well yes since all the registry and document checks are done by their own CC, they are much warmer and smiley. SQ always has hired agency staff - so they're not really bothered about being nice.

Hope someone gets the call to go 2nd round! By the 20th December right?
I am actually hoping I don't get called - as I am SO going to fail the Chinese writing & maths test :oops:

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Postby felixtwp » Wed, 03 Dec 2008 10:03 am

hahah tell me abt it people... my chinese was so bad that i asked my interviewer if i could skip the last paragraph!! after that she was like asking me if im a culturally mixed ornot thou im pure singaporean hahah...the translation was equally bad!! i said things like da jia hou, wo shi cpt tom..ni de saftely shi wo de no.1 1 concern blah blah...she was laughing at me all the way hahahthink even caucasians sound better than me !! haha
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Postby shenoes » Wed, 03 Dec 2008 10:54 am

muahahaha!! bua ta han ley all of us!! I think this is the funniest airline interview i've ever been to and ever heard from all the ppl here who went for it. :D :D :D

Well, at least if i din pass, I fully understand the reason why and definitely they are looking for wat they have stated in the newspaper. Language is very important for them. even if i failed, this is a great experience for me and I am not sad or dissapointed or have any regrets cos BA is reali up to standard :)
and of cos, knowing why I fail makes things better for me. not like SQ, keep wondering why cant i pass this and that stage and keep figuring out wat they reali want.

btw, anyone who received the call for the 2nd interview, share share k? i heard that 2nd interview'd chin translation will be more difficult.
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Postby msgrapey » Wed, 03 Dec 2008 11:37 am

mintia wrote:Well, I sure 'bombed' the interview! Was given a passage to read about the new casino & I 'swallowed' so many words it didn't make sense!

Translation wise was slightly better but oh well - what ever I scribbled on the notepad sure was a mess (interviewer said they won't grade it...)

Well yes since all the registry and document checks are done by their own CC, they are much warmer and smiley. SQ always has hired agency staff - so they're not really bothered about being nice.

Hope someone gets the call to go 2nd round! By the 20th December right?
I am actually hoping I don't get called - as I am SO going to fail the Chinese writing & maths test :oops:


Hi Mintia

I too got the casino passage - it talks about the Genting resort right

i keep finding myself tongue tied, when in fact i knew how 2 read those words!! oh man, wasted.. coz i was abit nervous.. even for the english passage, i couldnt pronounce "descendency".. haiz hope all will turn out right in the end.. as for translation, i got the menu announcement.. which sounded forever with 1) food, 2) drinks, 3) coffee/tea 4) duty free goods 5) no smoking reminder 6) if unsure, check with us... my own version? only 3 out of the 6 points that was read...hahaha

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Postby lindyhoppe » Wed, 03 Dec 2008 11:39 am

Hi hi! :)

Just to share my experience :) The registration process was smooth and no-nonsense like certain crowded walk-in's where you queue from am to pm *opps*

My English passage was about some Queen Victoria's event and my Chinese passage, on economy stuff like what shenoes said. Haha now i can't even remember what i read anymore. My translation was the same as shenoes, a short one, no complicated technical terms.

My interviewer was very sincere and i could feel that generally the smiles from around me were genuine (well at least i felt that way, would be great to feel like this as a pax too). Professionalism - full marks, event management - full marks. Given the non-competitive atmosphere and sincere conversations, one probably won't fall prey to being a bag of nerves and tongue-tiedness as easily as in other interviews where you feel like you're surrounded by people who can't wait to outdo & outshine you. *double opps*

To other readers: I'd love to read about your experience - please share your thoughts if you had went too! :)
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Postby purplelily » Wed, 03 Dec 2008 11:44 am

hi all

yup. i went there at 12pm ystd. english passage was victoria monarchy or sth. chinese one i forgot already.

was asked to translate PA like captain activated the seat belt system, arriving in amsterdam soon, ensure ur belongings all put into overhead compartment, armrest down, sit upright, note the nearest exits. (these are the points i can rembr so far)

interviewer told me that the 2nd rd will be at 8,9 and 10 Jan. hav to wait for call before 20 dec for those who can get in.


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