Here is what one cruise ship job applicant said about her interview recently:
“I had an interview with Harding Brothers in December 2009 and I didn’t get hired.”
She further explained that she then had an interview with Starboard Cruise Services approximately one month later (January). She then writes, “Two and a half hours after the interview (with Starboard) I got a call back from the HR Assistant saying I got hired.”
She now encourages other job seekers to “keep believing.” The interview where you weren’t offered a job is not an failure. “Instead, see it as practice,” she adds.
Although you may think that you are prepared for the interview, there are many factors why you may not land a job with your first attempt.
Firstly, ensure that you are not guilty of a lot of the common errors, starting with not being specific with your line of questions and having inadequate non-verbal communication.
But, even if you are well prepared, there are other factors that may prevent you from being hired. For example, they might have hired a more qualified applicant or maybe you and the interviewer just didn’t click.
There can be so many other reasons.
Another point to consider in preparing yourself for an interview is the international nature of the cruise line business and, with modern technology, you may be required to use some type of digital medium for a long distance interview.
So, let’s say you’ve been waiting ever so patiently for a cruise line to call or email you and schedule an interview with you. And then the day comes and they want to conduct a Skype interview with you in a couple of days. Will you be prepared? Have you ever even used Skype?
Many companies and agencies choose Skype as a new method of choice to conduct a cruise line interview, but not all applicants are familiar with the technology. There are some other things that you should take into consideration besides simply downloading and installing the Skype software.
Know how to use it. Get familiar with it. Practice with your friends or family so you don’t look like you just learned how to use it (even if you did!).
It is not acceptable to conduct the interview in your pajamas because this is, to all intents and purposes, still a face-to-face interview. Wear what you would to a traditional face-to-face interview. And, if you can, bring your computer to a part of your home where the background does not show your dirty laundry or a messy kitchen.
Another important tip is to get a phone number of the person that will be conducting the interview. If you have technical difficulties you will want to be able to contact them to let them know what happened.
So, when the going is tough, don’t give up!! Cruise lines and agencies are constantly hiring. If a door seems to shut for you with one, try another and view your cruise ship job interview experience as being able to learn from your mistakes. Prepare and practice!