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Please tell us about your company and role in the staffing process.
Our company takes adventure-minded people to the world's Polar Regions. My main role is to receive and process resumes in order to hire new employees.
Describe a typical 'cruise' if there is such a thing. What would the shipboard experience be like for a typical employee?
The typical cruise is fun, filled with adventure, provides awesome experiences, but with a lot of work as well. Some crew members experience seasickness during the Drake crossing, but usually the trip is one of the best trips ever for the employees.
What are some of the common job titles you advertise for?
We need guides, bartenders, deck crew, engineering crew, and room service employees.
Do you only hire people from the immediate area or do you occasionally hire people from other areas or even other countries?
We hire people from all over the world.
How many seasonal staff do you typically hire, and for which positions?
It always depends on each season, and we generally see how the season is faring when deciding how many employees to hire and what positions we need to fill.
Describe your perfect candidate.
We require employees who are responsible, commitment, proactive, are hard working and honest. We also need to see that you have an interest in learning and always have a good, positive attitude. This is very important.
Are there any benefits or perks that your employees enjoy?
The main benefit is getting to know the destination, as well as sharing a common adventure with your other crew members. This is something people talk about forever and a time in their lives that they always look back on with fond memories.
What is the interview and selection process like for your positions?
You will get to interview face to face with the Manager and the General Manager, after which you will be contacted by phone if you get the job.
What are some common misperceptions people have about working on cruise ships?
Many people think that the job is easy and that they will find it relaxing, not too stressful, and an easy way to make money. This could not be further from the truth. You will be working extremely hard doing physical work most of the time.
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