26 June 2023
If you are reading this, congratulations, as there is a great chance that you have taken the necessary steps to finish the required training and other essential courses and now are looking for a job offshore. But, just like all other industries, you will need to convey your experience and knowledge to your potential employer as well – and that’s where interviews come into play! To make things easier, we compiled some key interview tips to ensure your Offshore industry job interviews can go as smoothly as possible.
Before we go any further, it’s important to note that working offshore, as a Professional, you will need to be able to prove you not only have the ability and knowledge to undertake the required task but also the personal skills required. Successful, competent offshore employees are team players, able to resolve conflicts that arise with colleagues in a calm and sensible manner and are organised about their lives and work. Candidates need to be able to take responsibility for their work and communicate clearly with others at all levels – and it is crucial to successfully convey you indeed do possess these skills.So, it boils down to being the right candidate for the job, and having the key paperwork, experience to back your claims up!
With that said, here are our key tips and tricks to ensure you can secure the opportunity you want to seize and how to introduce yourself as presentable as you can during your interview!
Tip 1: Analyse the Job Posting
Before your interview, take the time to thoroughly analyse the job posting. Pay attention to the skills, qualifications, and requirements outlined by the Client and focus on select keywords they have amplified. By assessing what they're looking for, you can tailor your responses to highlight how your experience aligns with their needs. This preparation will also demonstrate your attentiveness and dedication, setting you apart from other candidates as these are highly sought after qualities within the Energy, Marine & Renewables industries!
Tip 2: Prepare Questions
Remember that an interview is not just an opportunity for employers to assess your fit for the role; it's also your chance to evaluate whether the job and company align with your goals and values.
To ensure you can be sure your commitment to the position aligns with your expectations, prepare a list of thoughtful questions that showcase your genuine interest in the position. Asking about the workplace culture, future opportunities, or specific challenges related to the Offshore industry or the position you are applying to will demonstrate your enthusiasm and proactive mindset.
Tip 3: Practice Answering Questions
Practice makes perfect, and this certainly holds true when it comes to interviews!
Take the time to rehearse your responses to common interview questions, especially those specific to the offshore industry, as well as some more generic ones. Be prepared to showcase your technical expertise, problem-solving abilities, and your capacity to work effectively in challenging offshore environments as most questions will try and measure your resolve, discipline and finesse. Practicing will also boost your confidence, allowing you to articulate your skills and experiences with ease during the actual interview.
Tip 4: Get Ready for Your Interview – Online or In-Person!
In today's digital age, interviews can take place either online or in-person. Regardless of the format, it's essential to be fully prepared. If your interview is online, ensure that you have a reliable internet connection, a quiet and well-lit environment, and test your audio and video equipment beforehand.
However, more and more Clients have been opting for in-person interviews now with things going back to normal, and if the interview is in-person, plan your logistics in advance, including the route to the interview location and appropriate attire. Being well-prepared for the logistics will help you feel more at ease, allowing your focus to remain on showcasing your qualifications.
Tip 5: Show That You Want the Job, As Much as They Want You!
During the interview, make it clear to the interviewer that you are genuinely enthusiastic about the opportunity and eager to contribute to their organization. Demonstrate your passion for the offshore industry and highlight why you believe this specific role is an excellent fit for you. Employers appreciate candidates who exhibit genuine interest and motivation, so let your enthusiasm shine through.
Last but not least - be excited! Show them you’re glad to be there and would love to work there. A simple smile can go a long way when it comes to showing the other party you’re comfortable and just making it a much nicer conversation overall. Don’t forget that you’ve only got one time to make a first impression. So, make sure to make a good one!
We hope you’re inspired to apply for a job in the Offshore Energy, Marine & Renewables industries and are ready to take on an interview. If you want to explore more opportunities than the one you are interviewing for, you can check out our vacancies on our website for more opportunities or save ones that interest you for future roles.