This is Part II of our interview with a recruiter for The PPI Group, a concession for the cruise line industry. Part I talks much more about shopping guide jobs with cruise lines. The company offers services ranging from custom publishing to port shopping programs to video production. PPI only hires for one position: Shopping Presenter.
Read this interview to learn ways you can launch your own cruise industry job search.
What advice would you give people to help them prepare for interviews with your company and with cruise lines?
Research the position beforehand and obtain as much information as possible before interview. Always have questions ready.
What is the interview and selection process like for your positions?
Candidates must first apply by sending in a resume and video presentation. After these are evaluated and reviewed, we contact potential candidates for a Skype interview. If they successfully pass the interview, the candidate is invited to attend a three-day training session in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. During the training, candidates must make a presentation based upon what they have learned.
If they pass the training, the candidate is hired and assigned to a ship.
How long does it take from the time someone contacts your organization to getting a job?
It really depends on the positions available, but it could from three to six weeks, sometimes more, if there are no positions available immediately.
Does your company provide any pre-hire training?
Our pre-hire training is a three-day training session in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. While training, candidates are taught everything about our company, what is required for the job as well as how to do it, and everything that will be expected of them. Candidates' skills are further polished by the trainers. They must do several presentations which ultimately will determine whether or not we will hire them. At the end of the training, we choose only those who we believe have what it takes to be a successful shopping presenter on board cruise ships.
What contact do you have with your candidates after they accept work with a cruise line?
Constant contact. They keep in touch with the operations department as well as with their managers.
What are some common misperceptions people have about working on cruise ships?
That it is all about fun and traveling. It's actually very hard work on a seven- day schedule. You do get some time off but for the most part it is all about working. Concentration and determination are key; discipline and good behavior are a must. For six months, there is no getting off the ship and no vacations.