3 Superyacht Invterview Questions Yacht Crew Should Ask
Saturday, July 14, 2018
There is huge competition when it comes to the Superyacht industry, from newcomers to experienced yacht crew. Job interviews are probably one of the most challenging yet rewarding things you’ll experience as yachties.
Have you ever sat there confused at the end of the interview when your potential superyacht employer asks if you have any questions? Whether it’s your first or your 20th interview, first impressions are extremely important and it’s your interview technique that’ll get you the yacht job.
An interview is a two-way street, while your potential future Captain is asking you questions to better understand you and your skills for their superyacht, in return you also need to prepare questions to ensure if this yacht job is the right fit for you. Asking a few questions shows your interest in the position and that you’ve done your homework to come well prepared.
Here are 3 great questions to ask during an interview:
What’s the culture of the yacht like?
As you are also looking for a yacht you’d like to fit in with, it is important to know what the culture is like onboard. All superyachts are run differently, whether you have a strict Captain whose sole focus is the safety of the entire yacht and keeping everyone in line or a captain who you can confront, is a friend and at the same time a boss when needed. All of which, of course, has both pros and cons but your personality needs to fit in with or at least are able to adjust to alternative leadership.
How long have the crew been on the yacht?
Yacht crew turnover is becoming more and more often throughout the industry and unfortunately, if crew turnover is high, it goes beyond affecting just the crew but also the operations onboard. Joining a superyacht with a crew that has been onboard for an extended period of time shows that generally the operations are smooth and everyone is happy working well together. Crew longevity is also important if you’re looking to excel and learn from your fellow yachties and/or department managers.
What program or itinerary does the boat have?
This is a great question to ask, especially if you have worked on previous yachts before and have a preference of a heavily chartered yacht, a private yacht, a new build, an expedition yacht, spending most of the yachts time in the shipyard or if the yacht cruises to remote locations around the world etc.
For example, if you are looking to build up sea time for your NOE? Then being alongside for the season probably doesn't suit your requirements. Like with all questions, avoid coming off too pushy on the details however, this question generally would open the person to describe a bit more of what to expect should you get the job.
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