5 Tips on Preparing for an Interview for your next Seafaring Appointment

When it comes to the interviewing for a role, thanks to technology, companies sometimes no longer require you to attend their office for an interview, and will conduct it from the comfort of your home via a video call service such as Skype.

This can be a blessing or a curse depending on your views of technology. However, regardless of the interview type you are still required to prepare for an interview in the same way.

We know that preparing for an interview can be stressful therefore we have included five hints and techniques below:

1. Research the Company

No matter how the interview is being conducted, we recommend that you research the company that you’re being interviewing by. Look at their core values and think of situations where your experience, behaviour, or actions exemplify their own value or would add value to their fleet. Ensure you know about their ships and where you would best fit.

2. Understand the job

Make sure you understand the job description of the position you are going for, including Company specific training requirements or specific experience requirements. If you have any questions about the job, write these down beforehand so you remember to ask them during the interview.

3. Know your CV

You should also be able to describe your experience to date on the various ships you have sailed on and be ready for specific questions about the ships or situations you may have described in your CV.

Also, be ready to confirm any experience requirements, time in a rank or vessel type, dynamic positioning hours etc.

4. Don’t second guess your interviewer

Be honest and sincere, avoiding trying to give the answer you think the interviewer wants to hear. If you do not like a particular task or specific elements of a duty be honest; but where you are good at things do not be afraid to tell them.

At the end of the day, it is much easier to just say you do not enjoy correcting charts or updating light lists.

5. Do some revision

Some interviews for roles at sea have competency and technical questions, so it is worth your while brushing up on some of your oral examination standard questions so you are not thrown off during the interview.

Finally, no matter where the interview is taking place presentation is key, below is a breakdown of potential interview scenarios:

Office Interview:

Before the interview ensure you are dressed smartly and appropriately for the role.

Arrive at least 10-15mins before your scheduled interview time. This ensures that if you have difficulty finding the office you should still be on time for your interview. By arriving early, you are also setting a good example.

Skype Interview:

Although you won’t be meeting your interviewer face to face, interviewees are expected to be presentable in appearance and their surroundings. it is still worth dressing smartly as they will be able to see at least half of you.

Ensure you have your computer or tablet set up in advance of your interview and have the correct log in details for your Skype call. Any issues with accessing your video call can potentially be resolved before your interview.

Phone Interview:

Surroundings are key to a telephone interview ;  ensuring you have a quiet environment where you can talk without being interrupted for the duration of the interview.

It is essential to know who you are being interviewed by, therefore if this hasn’t been passed on by your Recruiter, do not hesitate to ask.

Lastly remember – no matter how your interview is conducted speak clearly and be professional at all times.

We wish you all the best for your next interview.

Want to get your CV straightened out? Head to our blog: 4 Tips for Writing a CV for Jobs at Sea

By | 2018-08-22T10:49:17+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|