CruiseJobFinder interviewed Marie G., who spent 6 years working as a hairdresser on several cruise ships, including: Carnival‘s Carnivale, Mardi Gras, and Ecstasy; P&O‘s Sea Princess and Canberra. Marie was employed by Steiner, a large concessionaire with salon and spa services on approximately 100 cruise ships. She is a British citizen residing in Australia.
Where did you work before going to sea?
I trained as a hairdresser after finishing secondary school at 16 and have been working in the industry for 24 years.
What made you want to work in the cruise industry?
I wanted to travel and still work at the same time.
What related experience did you have prior to being hired?
I’d been hairdressing for four years beforehand.
Where did you first hear about this job?
I was aware of it when I started my hairdressing training.
Did you apply for this job specifically or for several different opportunities?
For this one only, as Steiner have the concession on most of the cruise ships for hairdressers.
What were the job requirements?
They were looking for qualified hairdressers who were confident in doing hair up.
What was the interview process like for this position?
About 25 people were gathered in a room and everyone had a chance to get up and talk about themselves in front of the group. Then the interviewers picked who they want and we did a trade test that afternoon.
Can you remember any of the questions they asked you?
Not really, they more wanted to see how you spoke in public.
What kinds of answers do you think the interviewers are looking to hear from a successful candidate?