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Interviewing techniques which will help you land your dream job! Originally published in Crew Life Magazine(now Yacht Essentials) One of the most important things that you can do to make sure that your interview gets off to the right start is to arrive on time and thank the interviewer for his or her time. Regardless, of whether you are being interviewed by a Crew Agent, a Captain, a Crew member, Manager or Owner, it is imperative that you present yourself professionally. Have a pristine copy of your resume, references, menus and any certificates, licenses, passport and visas you hold arranged in a folder for quick reference or for presentation to your interviewer. Be prepared to answer questions about your experience and prior work experiences. Practice answering questions prior to the interview regarding your suitability for the position, salary expectations, and your team work capabilities. Be honest; don't say you are a "wine expert" if you are not able to document this asset. Drinking copious amounts of fermented grape juice does not qualify you to be a Sommelier. When you are given the opportunity to ask questions about the position and itinerary of the vessel, once again be prepared. Requesting a tour of the vessel and crew quarters is imperative in making a decision to live where you work. It is also prudent to ask about the different nationalities of the Crew on board, and the longevity of their position. This will give you a better idea of how you will fit in and interact with the existing Crew members. Be realistic about your salary expectations; look at the whole package being offered. Often vessel’s offer health and dental insurance, paid time off, a return flight home once a year, free internet access, reasonable family visits plus free rent, free food, free uniforms and sometimes free toiletries. If you are a 'greenhorn' you will be offered a wage commensurate with your experience, so remember the perks! At the end of the interview, again, thank the interviewer for their time and consideration of you as an applicant for the position available. The yachting industry moves fast. It is a 24/7 business; you may be offered the position on the spot. Only accept, if you really feel that it is right for you and you are confident in your abilities to perform the duties assigned to you. As a general rule, you will be told what the next step will be in the hiring process. Be patient if your interviewer says that they will get back to you. 'Spanners in the works' crop up continuously on yachts. Your references will be checked so make sure all of your reference phone numbers are accurate. Some larger yachts do extensive background checks and increasingly ask for a drug test. If your drug test comes back positive, kiss your dream job goodbye. Zero tolerance is practiced in the yachting industry. If you finally get that long awaited call or email, you will generally have to sign a contract of employment, give bank details, fill out medical forms, and give details of next of kin. Read your contract carefully, it will probably include a confidentiality clause. This is to protect the vessel’s Owners, Guests and Crew. The old adage “loose lips sink ships” applies. A broken confidentiality clause can lose you your job. Finally, sadly remember that the job is not really yours until your bags are on the vessel. Many Crew have been hit by the proverbial 'spanner' even minutes before arriving for their perfect job. The Four A's to remember and start you off in good stead are: Awareness Adaptability Always Attitude Remove your blinkers! You are not a cart-horse, though often you will work like one. Be Aware, Adaptable, and Always have a “can do” good Attitude. Christina Bridge


Interviewing Tips for Yacht Crew  

How to prepare, conduct and follow up for a job interview on a yacht

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