Advice For An Interview

Ensure you’re well prepared and follow our advice for an interview. Tips and advice can make all the difference to your confidence, so read on and get ready to make a good impression.

Careers in the shipping, logistics, maritime and global mobility sectors can be highly competitive. We’ve advised and successfully placed thousands of candidates over the years – and we even offer an interview coaching service. The interview tips and advice we’ve put together on this page cover the key areas that can give you the edge over other candidates.

Interview Advice and Tips From Alchemy 

  • First impressions – have a neat, professional image. Shake hands firmly and look the interviewer in the eye when you speak.
  • Dress code – make sure you are well groomed and take a smart briefcase or folder for your CV. Men should aim for a dark suit, white or blue shirt and a sober tie. Women should ideally wear a skirt or trouser suit with an appropriate blouse. Jewellery should be kept to a minimum and makeup should be subtle.
  • Ask questions – make sure that the position is right for you. Remember to be a good listener as well as a good talker.
  • Be clear – avoid waffle. Research shows that senior management rank soft skills like communication higher than qualifications.
  • Avoid discussing salary, holiday and benefits – especially at the first interview. But if the topic comes up, don’t be caught off guard. Be ready to talk about your requirements.
  • Practice – how do you come across on first impressions? Practice and ask for the feedback of family and friends.
  • Prepare – research the company, their markets and services. Make sure you know the time and place of the interview and the interviewer’s name and position. Make sure you fully understand the position you are applying for.
  • Sell yourself – accentuate your good points in a factual, sincere manner. Make the interviewer aware of the benefits you could bring. Relate your background and skills to the job and have a positive attitude.
  • Be on time – arrive slightly early and be prepared to be kept waiting. Lateness is inexcusable, unless you have a genuine problem and have informed your agency and interviewer.
  • Be honest – answer questions fully, truthfully and succinctly.

Frequently Asked Questions

In our experience, some questions get asked more than others. Be prepared to answer questions like:

  • What made you join the shipping/ logistics/ maritime/ global mobility industry?
  • Why would you like to work for our company?
  • Why do you want to leave your present employer?
  • Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
  • What are your achievements?
  • What interests you about our specific services to the industry?
  • What have you learnt from your previous employment?
  • What aspects did you enjoy the most and why?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?

If you are a candidate who is registered with Alchemy and you would like more advice for your interview, please contact us.