Superyacht Job Interview Tips
Monday, October 24, 2016
There is huge competition when it comes to the superyacht industry, from newcomers to experienced yacht crew. It is always helpful to be in touch with a good yacht crew placement consultant to assist and advise you in finding the right yacht job.
With all interviews, first impressions are extremely important, but it’s your interview technique that’ll get you the job.
Superyacht interview tips:
- Present yourself well (immaculate presentation).
- Dress appropriately; suitable attire would be a clean and crisp polo shirt or t-shirt with smart trousers, shorts, or a skirt (generally black, navy, white or cream colours).
- Wear your hair up neat and tidy.
- For women, wear minimal makeup and for men, clean shaven is always preferred.
- Don’t be late.
- Do your research. If you know the superyacht name, look it up. It is important to show you are interested and have taken the time to search for information.
- Body language is important, stand up straight and have good posture.
- Express commitment, confidence, and teamwork.
- Be honest and positive. If you don’t have previous yachting experience, capitalise on other strengths and attributes which carry over into the position you are applying for (e.g. previous work in hospitality, sailing, etc).
- Be attentive, listen and show interest in what the employer is saying.
- Ensure you communicate well and show an eagerness to learn.
- Always make eye contact to demonstrate politeness and interest.
- Ask questions. It is important for the employer to know you are interested in the position (e.g. yacht itinerary, crew dynamic, etc.).
Write down yacht related questions you think will be asked, practice and role play with someone. Either a friend or fellow crew member who has had experience on-board a yacht, or been in a yacht interview situation before, that way they can give you an insight and some feedback.
Common questions I will be asked during a yacht interview?
- Tell me about yourself.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Practice how to turn a negative into a positive. Always revert back to how your skill set can be an asset, and why you would be a good fit for the yacht job.
- What is your greatest achievement?
They are interested in knowing what you have been successful in, what achievements you are proud of, how you have solved problems, learned, and improved from difficult situations.
- Why do you want to work on a yacht? And why are you different from other yacht crew?
Similar to your objective, describe where you see yourself in your yachting career and how this position fits into your goals. In addition, explain why the job is appealing to you and what you can offer to the job.
- What are your hobbies?
- Why should we hire you?
Normally this is asked towards the end of the interview, this is to give you another chance to try and sell yourself, and explain why you would be a great asset to the yacht. Express that your skillset sets you apart from other yacht crew, that you meet the employer’s needs, you are committed, etc. Your recruitment agent may be able to advise you as to what the employer is specifically looking for.
Prepare questions regarding the yacht itinerary, your duties, possible training and development and more, to show your enthusiasm in the position and the yacht.
Also, prepare for an immediate start, generally when a captain or owner interviews you, the job will likely start immediately. Superyacht job positions are as easily filled as it becomes available. Make quick and smart decisions, don’t beat around the bush as you may miss the opportunity.
Every Captain or owner is different, every boat has a different style, and every crew on-board each superyacht are different. Remember the employer has found your CV interesting, now they are looking to find out what type of candidate are you, what you can bring to the job, and if you are a good fit for the current yacht crew and their activities; this is important because the employer needs to ensure this as you will be eating, working, and living with the crew 24/7.
What to avoid during an interview?
1. Don’t leave your phone on.
2. Don’t ask about salary, holidays, and flights right away.
3. Don’t criticize previous employers.
4. Don’t ramble.
The more prepared you are, the more your personality will come out. So make sure you practice, get some feedback and improve before your interview.
Good luck on your hunt for your next superyacht job.
If you have any questions or need further help, feel free to contact the team at SuperYacht Crew Agency and we will do our absolute best to give out any superyacht related advice you need.
You can reach us by phone at +44 2081 234535 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.orgBack