What advice would you give people to help them prepare for interviews with your company and with cruise lines?
First, know what you want. Nothing makes a recruiter cringe more than to hear, "I'll do anything, I just want a job on a ship!" To be competitive, it is critical that you have experience in the position you are seeking. Let the interviewer know you've done your research on the company and the job and explain why they appeal to you. Second, let your personality shine. Be confident. Look your interviewer in the eyes and speak clearly. Share with them what makes you a perfect hire for the job and the company. Finally, be positive, honest and smile!
What is the interview and selection process like for your positions?
Our offices actively recruit year round for all our clients. We typically advertise in the newspapers and on line for any immediate job openings. Qualified candidates are encouraged to stop by one of our offices and bring copies of their CV/resume and additional supporting documents (certificates, passport, etc. ) and apply in person. Our staff will then pre-screen the candidates to determine if they should the meet the qualifications as per the cruise line directives. If a strong candidate, our team will then explain the job duties, contract length, pay, benefits, and any other specific requirements as well as administer any necessary paperwork. The next stage is to present the candidate to the cruise client for final consideration via an in person interview or via Skype. For most positions, the cruise line interviewer will make the final hiring decision.
How long does it take from the time someone contacts your organization to getting a job?
It varies, depending on the position and our client's needs. A candidate must complete of all the pre-employment documents (passport, medicals, Visas) and then once ready, we have to work with the cruise line to onboard the crewmember into their scheduling cycle. On average, the whole process can take anywhere from 2-6 months.
What contact do you have with your candidates after they accept work with a cruise line?
Our staff works very closely with each candidate that is placed with our cruise clients. Even after they join their ship, we continue to communicate with them and their family. When the crew are home off contract, the often visit our offices to share their experiences with us. They truly become like family to us.
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