During an interview, you need to convey that you have the resilience, team spirit and hard-working attitude required and that you will not quit in the middle of the season when the yacht is somewhere in the middle of Turkey or Russia where it will be very hard for the captain to replace you.
So, if you know that you have what it takes and if you can work long hours with a smile, find an example of a real life situation that you have experienced this – to illustrate that you will not let the captain down.
Don’t worry, you have learnt the skills you need for your first job during the Steward/ess course and you will learn a lot more from the Chief Steward/ess on board. It is therefore your personality, commitment, service-orientated smile which will be your greatest asset to get the job.
No doubt you will hear about some fantastic wages/salaries that some stewardesses are earning. DO NOT be greedy and if the first question you ask the Captain at the interview is: “How much does the job pay?” you will almost immediately put the Captain off. This is not what an employer wants to hear. Arrive at the interview with a list of questions you can ask in relation to the job, (see list of suggested questions elsewhere in the manual), for example – your duties, the yacht itinerary, the crew composition, etc. Prove yourself, work hard and the good wages will follow.
You might get asked: “Why do you want to work on a yacht?” The immediate reaction is to say: “Because I want to travel”. This is not the best answer at a yachting interview, as it focuses on you and your needs and not on the yacht and its needs. Talk about the things you can offer to the yacht, such as: “Even though I have not experienced this high level of service, the little experience that I do have as a resort worker/hotel worker/waitress, has given me the motivation and passion to carry on in the hospitality industry. “ OR “Because I am a perfectionist, I am hoping that I can contribute to your team and learn more about an industry that I am very passionate about.” “I invested a great deal of money, time, effort and energy to prepare myself as much as possible for this position and career, all because of my commitment and willingness to grow and progress through being a part of your team.”
You need to give the Captain a reason to hire you. Hiring Junior Crew is always a gamble and the employer will want to be reassured as much as possible that he is not making a huge mistake by endorsing you.
If you are invited to an interview by a Captain or Chief Stewardess, go there with an open mind. As a junior crew, you are not in a position to make demands. It may seem common sense to you, but many candidates forget the basics, such as thanking the Captain/Chief Stew for their time and for being willing to meet with you. If you feel the job is right for you, SAY this to the Captain and tell him that you will represent the yacht well and you are very excited about this fantastic opportunity to learn and be part of what seems to be a wonderful crew.
A last practical note: MAKE SURE YOUR MOBILE PHONE IS SWITCHED OFF!!!
Remember: Show you are eager to learn and you WILL find someone who is willing to hire you. Being crew on a yacht could be the best experience of your life and hopefully the beginning of a great and successful career.