About Singapore Airlines
Founded in 1947, Singapore Airlines (formerly Malayan Airways) is the flagship carrier for Singapore.
One of the airline's most notable achievements was being chosen as the first to launch the Airbus A380 — the world's largest passenger plane. It is also regularly voted best airline thanks to its service, cleanliness and staff.
Career wise, there's a lot of opportunity at Singapore Airlines. Currently, they employ over 17,000 people in a huge range of roles including cabin crew, pilots and ground professionals. The competitive benefits programme and excellent reputation make it a sought after place to work.
In order to best prepare yourself for the process, we recommend doing your research into Singapore Airlines, practicing the relevant aptitude tests and ensuring you've brushed up on your interview technique.
Singapore Airlines Application Process
Singapore Airlines' application process is rigorous and competitive to ensure they're only hiring the best of the best. As a candidate, that means working your way through a multistage process, keeping focus and working hard throughout.
While the process can vary depending on the role or programme you're applying for, there are typically four key stages:
The process starts with an online application. All the roles and programmes available will be listed on their website and when you find a role you think you'd be suited to, you'll be invited to apply online.
It's important to read through the candidate requirements as if you do not meet them, your application won't be considered.
If you think you have the relevant skills and experience, you'll need to fill out the form and submit your CV.
You'll receive a call from a hiring manager or internal recruiter if they want to interview you.
First Round of Interviews
The preliminary interview is Singapore Airlines' chance to learn more about you, your education, your work experience and any of the relevant strengths and skills you could bring to the role you're applying for.
As with any interview, first impressions are important so whether it's in-person, over the phone or online, it's important to dress smartly, be warm and friendly and conduct yourself in a professional manner.
Make sure you've read up on the airline. It's also worth coming prepared with a few questions of your own should you be asked if you have any. This is a good opportunity to show your interest in the company, progression opportunities and the general culture and working style of the business.
The next step is to assess your various skills through a series of psychometric tests designed to examine your aptitude for numbers, logical thinking, communication and problem solving, as well as your ability to keep calm under pressure.
As well as the tests listed below, you may also be asked to take an essay and precis test.
These additional tests are designed to gather further information on your strengths and weaknesses and will help hiring employers decide which candidates to take forward to the next stage of the process.
Numerical Reasoning Test
You'll be asked to read through a series of charts, graphs and tables before answering accompanying multiple choice questions.
As well as how strong you are at answering numerical problems, you're also being examined as to how you cope with doing things under time pressure, so it's important to try and strike the right balance between speed and accuracy.
Verbal Reasoning Test
Verbal reasoning tests assess your general communication skills, as well as your ability to extract key pieces of information from passages of text.
You don't need to know anything about the subject you're being tested on as all the information is right there in front of you. Just try and read through the information as carefully as possible and remember anything you think may be of importance.
After reading through the text, you'll then be asked to answer multiple choice questions with 'true', 'false' or 'cannot say' based on what you've read.
Logical Reasoning Test
Logical reasoning tests are designed to examine whether you're able to think in a certain type of way, and how easy you find it to solve non-verbal and non-numerical problems.
You'll be asked to look for a rule that connects a series of changing shapes in order to select the correct multiple choice answer and complete the puzzle.
Deductive Reasoning Test
Deductive reasoning tests also look at the strength of your logical reasoning skills.
However, the questions on the test are of a slightly different nature. You'll be given a series of statements to read through before being asked about what you've read. The statements are akin to riddles so often take a bit of getting used to.
The best thing you can do with the deductive reasoning test, and indeed all the other aptitude tests, is to practice as many as you can beforehand until you feel comfortable with what's being asked of you.
Final Round of Interviews
The final round of interviews is a last chance for the Singapore Airlines team to question you on anything additional they may want to know, but it's also a great opportunity for you to ask your own questions.
You may want to know more about the role itself, progression opportunities, what the workplace culture is, or even what your hiring manager's favourite part of their job is.
If you've made it this far it's an incredible achievement and you should be really proud. This really is the final step, so give it everything you've got.