It’s important to prepare for your interview and be sure to take into account the unique tips and strategies that will prepare you for a successful superyacht interview, and set you apart from your competitors!
Take the time to learn about the boat before your interview. What are its specifications and features?
How many crew are onboard? What is the typical guest profile? Does it have any particular reputation within the yachting world?
Having this information will help you ask smarter questions and prepare your best answers for the interview.
If you know that the boat is running a fancy new electronics system and you’ve got a background in sound and video, you’ll be able to highlight that skill!
Take the time to prepare and learn what you can ahead of time.
Think like the interviewer - what would they want to hear?
Why should they hire you to ensure that the boat runs smoothly, is efficiently kept tidy, and provides the best platform for a fantastic guest experience?
If you’re entry-level, it’s expected that you’ll have the necessary training and certifications.
But, the interviewer may ask questions about your additional training (if any), your background and any relevant skills, why you wanted to work on yachts in the first place, how you handle interpersonal conflict, or what your response is in a crisis situation.
Think about potential onboard scenarios, and how you’d respond. That way, if the interviewer asks you tricky questions, you’re not stuck coming up with an answer on the fly!
Interviewing is an art and a science, but you don’t want to come across like you’re playing a game.
Ultimately, you want your interviewer to walk away with the impression that you’re trustworthy, capable, and likable.
After all, most people won’t hire someone they wouldn’t want to work with, no matter how qualified that person might be!
It might be helpful to hold a practice interview with a close friend, so you can get a better feel for how you come across and whether you need to make any adjustments or be aware of certain body language or speech habits.
As you make your way through the interview, be sure you’re able to frame some of the conversation about the skills and qualities you have that don’t appear on your CV.
Have a story ready to share about a time you overcame a challenge or succeeded in a difficult task.
By sharing some of these key points in your personal and professional journey, you’ll not only illustrate your capacity, you’ll show that you’re a thoughtful applicant who has prepared for the interview, and for the job!
Whether or not your interview goes well, or you get the job, be sure to close the conversation and follow-on contact with respect.
You never know what might happen in the future; perhaps you weren’t the best fit for this job, but the next time a position comes open, you’ll be top of mind for the interviewer.
Or, they may refer your name to a friend or colleague hiring new crew.
Respect the industry and look at your interviewer as an important new member of your professional network.
What other questions do you have about interviewing for superyacht jobs?
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