5 Interviewing Tips to Land Your Dream Superyacht Job

job hunting Aug 10, 2021

So you’ve decided to enter the yachting industry, you've done all of your training and now it’s finally time for your first big interview!

This is your chance to land a long-term position on a superyacht and you want to make your best impression.

It’s important to prepare for your interview and be sure to take into account the strategies that will prepare you for a successful yachting interview, and set you apart from your competitors!


These are our 5 top tips for interviewing to land the best yachting jobs.


1. Know Your Boat

Take the time to learn about the boat before your interview.

These are things to research before you start your interview:

  • What type of yacht is it?
  • What is the length?
  • What year was it built?
  • How many crew does it run with?
  • Does it charter?
  • Where does it typically cruise?
  • Does it have any particular reputation within the yachting world?

Having this information will help you ask smarter questions and prepare your answers for the interview.

If you know that the boat is running a fancy new electronics system and you’ve got a background in IT, you’ll be able to highlight that skill!

Take the time to prepare and learn what you can ahead of time.



2. Anticipate the Questions

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 background, relevant skills, why you wanted to work on yachts in the first place, how you handle interpersonal conflict, or what your response would be 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!


3. Give Off A Good Vibe

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!

Hold a practice interview with a close friend. This will help you get a better feel for how you come across and whether you need to make any adjustments or be aware of your body language or speech habits.



4. Share Your Successes

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 abilities, but you’ll also show you’re a thoughtful applicant who's prepared for the interview and for the job!


5. Close With Respect

Whether or not your interview goes well 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 who's hiring 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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