Skype Interviews for Cruise Ship Jobs
Interviews via Skype are becoming popular with cruise lines and their authorized recruitment agencies. Cruise ship job applicants need to treat a Skype interview with the same importance as an in-person interview.
Along with being prepared to answer questions and being dressed appropriately, Skype interviews pose a few extra issues to be concerned with. Here are some tips to have a successful Skype interview for a cruise ship job.
Choose a professional sounding screen name.
After you've downloaded Skype onto your computer, tablet or mobile phone, you'll need to create a Skype name. A Skype name acts like a phone number. Consider that it looks better to cruise line recruiters to use your real name rather than something too silly or inappropriate.
Avoid technical difficulties.
Even if your computer has a built in web cam, you may want to consider getting a higher grade web cam and use a headset or microphone to improve video and audio quality. A high speed internet connection is also a necessity. It is extremely important to test your headphone, microphone and web-settings. Get comfortable using it and if possible, conduct a practice interview with a friend.
Have a back-up plan.
It may happen that during your Skype interview, you lose your internet connection. Or, you may have other issues with the technology. Prior to the interview, have a plan of what you will do if you have technical problems. If possible, get the phone number of the interviewer prior to the interview just in case.
Dress for success.
Just as you would for an in-person interview, dress professionally. Choose non-distracting clothing and style hair as per appearance standards for a cruise ship job. Additionally, just because the recruiter can't see you below the waist, doesn't mean you should wear pyjamas.
Prepare your background surroundings.
What else will the recruiter see during the interview? Choose a quiet, well-lit, clutter-free environment. Also pay attention to your wall "art" and take down distracting posters and knick knacks. Close the door to keep out pets, roommates and children, noting that flushing toilets and background music are also unwanted distractions.
Know the cruise line and the cruise ship job.
Be ready to answer questions about the challenges of working on a cruise ship, questions related to the job description and details about your resume. Be confident with your answers and use good eye contact (FYI - look at camera and not screen).
You don't get a second chance to make a first impression.
Maintain a comfortable smile throughout the interview and pay attention to your body language, too. Thank the interviewer for their time and make sure to follow up with a thank you e-mail as well.
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