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Chiltern Maritime Telephone Interview

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  • Chiltern Maritime Telephone Interview

    Good evening,

    I have just received a phone call from Chiltern Maritime arranging a telephone interview for tomorrow morning.

    What kind of things will they ask me?

    What sort of stuff should I know?

    Thank you in advance for any advice and help.


    Regards,

    Alex Mac

  • #2
    Learn and write down different kinds of ship (bulk carrier, passenger ferry, RORO, cruise etc) and a little description of what they carry, roughly how many crew they have and what kind of routes they do.

    Learn the basics about Chiltern's sponsors, from their website (MSC, Technip etc), specifically what ship types they have and where they operate and what they do.

    Prepare for the question: "how will you cope being away from home for a long time?" with answers like you enjoy reading, or you'll take and practise your guitar, or draw pictures of labradors in your spare time all whilst socialising with your crewmates. Bullsh** to your heart's content without sounding too weird!

    Learn what the course is like: length of terms, length of sea phases, locations of colleges, being good at maths, studying in your own time etc etc

    Prepare for the questions: "why do you want to go to sea?" and "why deck, not engine?". Don't put your eggs in one basket with the "see the world" answer. Say things like the career structure of cadet to captain is appealing, the ability to navigate the world's largest moving objects bla bla

    Read some recent marine news like the sinking of the tanker "Sanchi" off China, the recent news that the number of idle container ships has fallen thanks to slightly more demand for tonnage and anything else you can find.

    You may get asked if you have any medical problem which could hinder your education or life at sea (colour blindness etc).

    Prepare to explain what kind of ships you want to work on when you're training/after you qualify, think of good reasons not just "so I can use the pool on the cruise ship".

    Goodluck and to help others maybe shed some details on your interview (without giving too much of it away) once you're finished!

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    • #3
      I recently had a phone interview with Chiltern. The above is very comprehensive and will serve you well I’m sure. Be sure to know the ins and outs of the role of Deck Officers and what you’ll be doing on sea phases as a deck cadet (I.e. difference between phase 2 and 4). Try and take notes while the interviewer is speaking so you can refer back to things with ease and have a few questions prepared for the end of the interview.

      Best of luck.

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      • #4
        I had a telephone interview with Chiltern around three weeks ago and learnt every single thing agibbs98 said in preparation, however I soon found that a lot of this wasn’t necessary (still helps to learn things to give yourself a head start I guess!)

        The telephone interview didn’t last too long and mainly consisted of going over all of the details I had previously provided on the application form again, a bit of medical history, and what my preferences of vessel type/company/college were.

        As stated above, there were also a lot of questions like “how will you deal with long periods of being away from home” and “why would you like a career at sea”, “what can you bring to the table” etc. Basically questions to weave out which people have given the job some serious consideration and actually know what they are signing up for.

        Also have some questions prepared that you’d like to ask the interviewer as they always ask if you have any questions at the end!

        Most importantly, good luck! I received an invitation to a face-to-face interview within the hour after my telephone interview, and an offer of a cadetship with MEF today. Telephone interviews aren’t as scary as they seem

        Disclaimer- this is only my experience of a recent telephone interview with Chiltern Maritime, obviously things will vary depending on the interviewer etc.

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        • #5
          Thank you both so much. Finding it very difficult to sleep worryjng about this. It's my dream on the line!

          Put my mind somewhat at ease, but still bone-rattlingly nervous!

          Hope it goes well and I shall uodate on how it went regardless of outcome in order to assist others.

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          • #6
            Just out of interest - have you had your face to face interview with Chiltern yet? Got mine coming up in a few weeks time and just wondering what to expect. Glyn who I spoke to at Chiltern gave me a brief idea, and I should be receiving some more info shortly but am just wondering what it's like from a candidates perspective.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ggeorgegg View Post
              Just out of interest - have you had your face to face interview with Chiltern yet? Got mine coming up in a few weeks time and just wondering what to expect. Glyn who I spoke to at Chiltern gave me a brief idea, and I should be receiving some more info shortly but am just wondering what it's like from a candidates perspective.
              I had my face-to-face interview a couple of weeks ago mate. It was really relaxed, for me at least. One bit of advice I can give is to be honest - I got the impression that the interviewer would've picked up on any embellishments. I really think that they are looking for people who earnestly want to give it a go, rather than people looking for a half-baked escape from the 9-5.

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              • #8
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