You submitted your CV and the
captain likes it. He's requested to meet you in person. How do you make sure
you get the job at the interview?
Be on time. If you’re late and don’t have a brilliant excuse (i.e. a
tsunami) you’ve ruined your chances of making a good first impression.
Dress smartly. A crew uniform is acceptable attire. If you’re working
and don’t have the opportunity to arrive showered, at the very least wash your
hands, change your shirt and apologize to the interviewer, explaining that
you’ve come from work. This shows that you don’t normally turn up for important
meetings with antifouling in your hair and fiberglass up your nose.
Turn off your mobile. If you forget and it rings, apologize, but don't
Bring a copy of everything: your CV, your references, copies of all your
certificates, all of your visa information, etc. This shows not only
preparedness, but also organization.
Do your homework. A bit of googling never hurt anyone. Find out as much
as you can about the yacht. Dropping bits and pieces of info you learned demonstrates
that you’re taking the interview and possible job seriously. Telling a captain
something great about his current command is akin to telling your girlfriend
she’s looking thinner – guaranteed brownie points.
Don’t answer questions with one word. Elaborate, but try to avoid
waffling. Help your interviewer by providing sufficient information. But be
careful that your responses don’t come across as bragging.
Don’t be too nervous. Of course you’ll have a few butterflies if
you’re sitting down to interview for your dream job, but fidgeting and fiddling
in front of the captain isn’t a great start. Don’t lead him to think: "If
s/he's a nervous wreck in front of me, what will s/he be like in front of the
big, scary owner?"
Think about the questions you’ll be asked. Everyone’s good at pointing
out their strengths and successes, but what if you’re asked about your
weaknesses? Nobody’s perfect, so have a preemptive think about how to answer
difficult questions with a positive spin.
Let the interviewer take the lead. Don’t dominate the interview by not
letting your interviewer get a word in edge-wise.
Don’t have a big night out before your interview. Smelling of booze and
looking like you woke up in a dumpster won’t inspire much confidence in your
desire for the position.
Ask questions. Prepare a few prior to the interview to demonstrate your
interest, something other than how many days off a year you’ll get and the
salary. Save those for later.
Don’t tell any fibs. Yachting is a very small industry and you will get
Be polite, be charming and, most importantly, be yourself. The
interviewer wants to know what you’re like. S/he’s seen that, on paper, you can
do the job. Now, you have the opportunity show you can fit in with the rest of
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