Preparing for a superyacht interview involves a combination of industry knowledge, professional demeanor, and an understanding of the unique demands of the job. But even though they can be nerve-wracking, but they are also your chance to shine. Whether you’re gearing up for your first one or one of many, here are some tips to help you prepare for a superyacht interview.
1. What To Wear
Your best bet is going for a tidy and refined look.
The typical attire for yachting is a well-pressed polo shirt or blouse combined with plain, dark-colored shorts, or a skirt. If you’re not wearing any of these for the interview, opt for neat and presentable alternatives.
Make sure that the night before, you get into the right headspace as well – it’s not all about how you appear. Read over your CV.
2. What Research You Should Undertake
Research the yacht beforehand and details about the job you’re going for. That way, you’ll feel more confident going in – and the interviewer will realise that you’ve done your homework.
Also, check who you’re meeting with. Is it the owner, a Head of Department, the Captain? Bear that in mind and try to use their name when you communicate with them. This will help build better rapport between you and make you seem personable.
3. Conduct Yourself Professionally
First of all – get to the interview on time! Punctuality is key.
When you enter the room, greet the interviewer warmly, extend a firm handshake and introduce yourself. After that, focus on the questions. Show respect. Make eye contact.
Be mindful of your body language whether you are interviewing in person or via video call. You can say all the right things at an interview but you also need to have the body language to go with it. Maintain that positive body language.
Demonstrating energy, passion, a willingness to learn, and the ability to work as part of a team will always put you in good stead during a yacht job interview.
4. Go Over Those Classic Interview Questions
Some typical questions asked in an interview sometimes include:
- Why do you want to work on a yacht?
- What are your career goals?
- Why should we hire you?
- Tell me a bit about yourself?
- What do you consider your strengths and weaknesses?
Remember how much you want this job. Convey the fact that you are the solution to the interviewer’s recruitment problem and that you are the ideal candidate, the one they’re looking for.
When you answer questions, try and show how you can add value to the yacht and its crew.
5. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions
Asking questions is a great way to show interest and initiative.
Here’s a few examples to help you start:
- What’s the best thing about working on this yacht?
- Are there any specific aspects of the job that I should be aware of?
- Do you have any reservations about my application?
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