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The Interview
Job Interviews - Marine Jobs - Deckhands - Tankermen - Able Seaman - Maritime Jobs - Deck Engine - Employment in the Maritime
Industry - Work on Ships - Yachts - Common Interview Mistakes - Cruise Ships
The Alvin has explored
many famous shipwrecks.
Woods Hole is seeking an
engineering tech for her.
See
Jobs In Other
Places
(at left)
Trivia: Cruise lines only hire
medical personnel licensed
in the country where their
cruise ships are registered?

True or False?
Deck Question
Which of the Great Lakes
generally has the shortest
navigation season?
a.
Lake Erie      
b.
Lake Huron     
c.
Lake Michigan      
d.
Lake Superior
We don't see many legal opportunities in
the maritime law sector for maritime
attorneys, paralegals or legal
assistants. However, this did catch our
attention... an supervisory attorney
advisor with Customs & Border
Protection under the Dept. of Homeland
Security. Go to
Maritime Law.
The Interview  You've done your homework. You've found the positions in the maritime
industry that seem like reasonable matches for your skills… and a salary you’d be
comfortable working for. If they’ve called you in for an interview, that means the company
is interested in you. Remember that you’ll be closely observed in what you say, how you
say it, how you make eye contact, how you carry yourself, and how you dress. This is a
test in many ways. So handle it the way you would any test.
Interview Tips If you have to take a math final, you don’t want to burst into the room after
the rest of the class has started to write their answers, do you? Of course not. Same
thing here. Get to the office, or vessel early. If your interview is in the morning, get up
early enough to shower, shave and whatever else you need to do to be in top form,
looking your best. Just as with the math final, you don’t run into a busy manager’s office
looking like you made a mad leap to jump aboard a commuter train pulling out of a
station. Give yourself enough time for a traffic jam, or a small crisis, like discovering the
shirt you ironed the night before has an ink stain from a pen in the pocket.
At Your Interview, be confident and polite in the way you conduct yourself with your
prospective employer. You may interview with more than one person. The first person
who meets you might be a personnel manager. Well, not in a small mom and pop
towing company on an inland river. But in a large organization, the first people you meet
may be from human resources. When he or she greets you, make eye contact and
shake hands. Smile and say “good morning…or hello, it’s a pleasure to meet you.” Don’
t turn the eye contact into a staring contest…a brief contact that shows you have the
confidence to look your interviewer in the eye when you meet. And don’t try to impress
the interviewer with how strong you are. A firm and polite handshake means that, not a
vice-grip hold.

Before the interview, do your homework. Know what the position entails. And come with
questions for the things you didn’t find answers to on the company’s website. If the
company operates ferries, you would do well to learn about the types of vessel, the size
of the fleet, the powerplants, the controls, the navigation equipment…  and if you can’t
learn those beforehand, you’ll at least know the things you want to inquire about. If you
are going for the job of ferry pilot, be prepared to say what you know about the particular
body of water in which you’ll operate. If you’re going for a job as a welder in a shipyard,
be prepared to speak with authority about the latest welding technologies.

In answering questions, be to the point, be honest, and be confident. Give
straightforward answers. Interviewers don’t like evasive answers. An interviewer can
ask you questions to which he or she already knows the answer…just to see if you’re
honest. Don’t say negative things, or don’t disparage your previous supervisor. Be sure
to speak about your skills, experience, and willingness to work hard and learn new
things. At the end of the interview, make sure to thank the interviewer for his or her time,
and don’t be shy about letting them know you want the job. It can’t hurt to say something
like, “Thank you for your time in calling me in Mr. Smith. It was a pleasure to meet you
and I’m very interested in this job.”

Good luck
A productive interview
won’t just be questions
and answers. Oh, you’ll
be asked where you went
to school, what kind of
discharge you received
from the service, how
much sea time you
amassed since you took
the second engineer’s
license, etc. But you may
be hit with more difficult
questions in which your
answer shouldn’t be a
one word “yes” or “no”, but
rather a mini-capsule that
says something about
you. Interviewers seem to
like asking… “Tell me
about yourself”, “Who is
your hero in life…your role
model.”, “What are some
of your faults?”, “What are
your strengths?” “Tell me
about your last job.”
Marine Engineering
Question
In a sinuous
header water tube boiler,
what is superheated
steam?