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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Blacklisting of candidates at walk-in interview by SIA

The current cabin crew administration may or may not blacklist its candidates from applying for the cabin crew position. But I do know that some things never change in cabin crew.

During my time with SIA, we did practice the blacklisting of certain candidates. By blacklisting, I mean we did allow the blacklisted candidates to go through the motion of the interview but booted them out in the very first round.

Much earlier, blacklisted candidates were not even allowed to attend the interview. However, this practice was changed because by disallowing them to attend the interview we incurred the wrath of these candidates. It was also bad publicity for the company.

Candidates were blacklisted due to a host of reasons. Some were blacklisted because they had repeated failed the interviews due to poor skin condition eg. visible scars on their faces and hands, did not meet the required minimum height or educational qualification etc.
Wannabes who badmouth SIA after failing their interviews were also blacklisted.

The blacklisting was carried out because we did not want to waste our time as well as the candidates' time.


28 comments:

Anonymous said...

BT, can u pls let me know will they blacklist you if you did not pass the medical check up?

Boh Tong & Toy Poodles said...

During my time they did but I am not sure about it now.

Anonymous said...

To not waste candidates and SIA time, they should tell the candidates they are blacklisted. If not some candidates will foolishly go for the walk in everytime and some even continue to do so for years. And it will also take up a wasted space at the group of 10 round.

Anonymous said...

"During my time they did but I am not sure about it now."

i see, i didnt know about the blacklist. i got rejected after the medical check up last year, and am thinking of going to the next june walk-in. should i attend then?

Boh Tong & Toy Poodles said...

Ya go ahead and attend and good luck!

Anonymous said...

thanks. if i did not get past round 1, does it mean that im blacklisted? how to know that im blacklisted?

Anonymous said...

pay BT $100 and he will tell you

Anonymous said...

Bt i gt rejected after medicals too last year (i declared bone fracture injury) and after that i went for 4 more interviews back by back but didnt pass round 1. I didnt go for the last walk in though. Does it mean that im already blacklisted? If it is, i dun wish to waste my time anymore. :(

Boh Tong said...

I am not sure about you being blacklisted but your "bone fracture injury" could have been the reason.

Anonymous said...

Im not sure too, i declared out of honesty but didnt know it will cost me the job. Worse is the doctor told me 'it should be ok' so im not sure if she or SIA decide to reject me. A candidate who failed medicals before too told me to wait 6 months, she said that was an email reply given to her. Now im stucked frankly speaking, dunno whether to move on or keep trying.

Anonymous said...

what fracture was it? which part

Anonymous said...

Will I be blacklisted if I have been terminated from the civil service?

Anonymous said...

Depending on the reason/reasons for the termination.

Anonymous said...

What if I am unsure about the reasons for the termination? How can I check?

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Anonymous said...

Hi BT, can I know if I ever fracture my left elbow (say about ten years ago?), will it reduce my chances of passing the medical checkup? I was asked to go to mount e to do an elbow xray after declaring that I ever fracture my left elbow. Hence, I would like to know if this circumstance reduce my chance? Thanks.

Boh Tong said...

If ur xray shows ur elbow is ok then it should not be an issue at all. But then the airline still has the final say.

Anonymous said...

Hello Bohtong, I happened to come across your blog while searching about SIA medical checkup. My situation is that I received a rejection letter from SIA. I am quite puzzled of the letter as they requested for a medical report from me during the medical checkup. I have yet to send them my report when I received the letter. I also have a tattoo at my hip area which cannot be seen even if I wear shorts. I did not declare about the tattoo during the interview; however, was found out during the checkup. Could it be that the report took so long to reach them and my tattoo be the cause of rejection? Your insights with regards to this issue is greatly appreciated.

Boh Tong said...

The tattoo is one giving you the problem and the fact you did not declare it made it worse. Most probably u are being rejected due to non declaration of the tattoo

stressedout said...

Hi Boh Tong,

I went for my medical check up yesterday but i forgot to declare for elbow fracture(Hairline fracture) and i called the clinic to declare it immediately. Will it affect my chances of getting into SIA? I am really worried as i realised i shouldn't have declare it since it is not very serious and now it will affect my chance of getting in.

Anonymous said...

Hi BT

I had my medical on 12th March, I declared my fractured right elbow, 3 years ago, recovered and fully functional.

Doctor said "shouldn't be a problem".

What are your thoughts on this ?

Boh Tong said...

If you ever fail your medical then it must be due to your fracture.

Lillie Potter said...

Hello Boh Tong. Came across your blogposts recently and I’ll like to ask a quick question! If SIA blacklists candidates for repeated failures like not passing for bad skin, is it only a temporary black list? Meaning I can try again after 6 months, when my name is gone from their database? I rlly hope it’s not a permanent blacklist and that I get a second chance 😭
Also, is it true that candidates get blacklisted from future interviews (also for 6 months) if they previously reached the management round but didn’t pass? Thanks a lot! Heard this from a bunch of interviewees who previously reached but couldn’t pass the management round, and after that they’ve been getting booted out from the first round every time they tried again.

Boh Tong said...

Hi Lilli...If you have bad skin don't go for the interview until you do something about it.They won't ban you for bad skin anyway.
They don't ban people who previously failed the management round.

Lillie Potter said...

Hello Boh Tong,
Thank you so much for your quick reply!
However, if one is blacklisted for whatever reason, will it be a permanent or temporary blacklist? Bcos I heard that they only keep our names in their database for 6 months? So after 6 months the ban will automatically be lifted and the candidates can try again? (Unless it’s the very severe reason like badmouthing SIA, which will result in permanent blacklist I suppose)

Boh Tong said...

Lillie, Another permanent ban will be those who failed
their medical.

Lillie Potter said...

Thank you Boh Tong. That means there are other bans that last only 6 months rght?
What a relief...

Anonymous said...

Hi BT,
I am in this situation where I already pass all my interview rounds a few months back, but got KIV-ed because of my acne. I didnt know there were limited chances for KIV reviews, so I went back every fortnight for review although my acne was still there, but I did make improvements every review since my acne got lesser and lesser. During my 3rd review I still had a tiny bit of acne left, but then they told me, sorry I have to start again from round one at their next interview. In other words my progress through all the interview rounds have been restarted.
So I tried for their walk-in interviews again a few more times, but then every single time I went I got booted out immediately at the first round. Do you think I could be blacklisted by SIA (maybe cos I failed my skin check reviews consecutively)? If I possibly am, will this be a temporary or permanent blacklist? If it’s permanent, I will be devastated...