What you should (and shouldn't) say during a cruise ship interview
Working on a cruise ship is unlike any other job in the world. You’re in charge of giving guests some of the best days or weeks of their lives—which is a both challenging and rewarding task.
Not to mention, you’ll technically be living and sleeping “at the office,” and your coworkers will never be more than a couple thousand feet away.
Such a unique job requires unique interview responses. Learn what (and what not) to say during your next meeting with a hiring manager.
1. “Why do you want to work here?
Wrong answer: “I love taking cruises; it would be an amazing opportunity to take them as an employee.”
You may be interested in working on a cruise ship because you love the fun, social, and exotic aspect of the journey—but an employer will hear, “I want to be paid to go on vacation.”
And make no mistake, working on a cruise ship is definitely not a vacation! While you’ll have the chance to spend some time having fun, most of your hours will be spent working.
A better answer: “I’ve always had a passion for creating welcoming, entertaining environments for people. I’d love to direct this passion toward ensuring every single one of our guests has an experience to remember.”
This response shows the interviewer that you understand the demands of the job—and are even excited by them.
2. “Do you know your availability?”
Wrong answer: “I’m not exactly sure when I’ll be free to work. Let me get back to you!”
The cruise ship may need you to start the next month, in six months, or anywhere in between. If you can’t share your upcoming schedule, the hiring manager won’t know which trips you’re eligible for. Plus, not knowing makes you look unreliable.
A better answer: “I’ll be working on another ship from February 10th to March 25th, but apart from that, I don’t have any other obligations.”
Pretty self-explanatory—give the interviewer as much detail as you can.
3. “Would you describe yourself as a people person?”
Wrong answer: “Well, I definitely like working with others, but I need my alone time.”
It’s totally okay to be introverted or prefer to do things solo, but it’s not okay if you want to work on a cruise ship. Not only will your position involve constant contact with guests and other cruise ship employees, but you’ll be sharing a room with at least one other crew-member. While you’re on the cruise, you’re going to have very little time by yourself.
A better answer: “Yes, I really like collaborative work! In fact, in my last position…”
Assuming that you’re okay with the lack of personal time, then use this answer to prove you thrive in groups. We recommend sharing a situation from a prior job that required team-work.
4. “Which job or jobs are you interested in?”
Wrong answer: “My first choice is the youth counselor position, but I’m also open to working in the gift shop or in one of the restaurants. Also, I’ve got bartending experience, so that’s an option as well.”
Rather than increasing your odds, selecting multiple jobs makes you look desperate. You should apply for the position that’s best-suited for your skills and experience.
A better answer: “I’m interested in being a youth counselor. I’ve spent the last two years working at various sleep-away and day camps, which has helped me develop my child-care knowledge and…”
After providing a choice, don’t forget to explain why you’re a good fit for the role.