A Shipowner's Guide to Interview Kits

A Shipowner's Guide to Interview Kits

Eve Jones

A huge part of what we do here at Martide is to make the sourcing and recruitment of seafarers looking for jobs at sea easier for shipowners and managers.

But as a maritime recruitment agency we know as well as anyone that there is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to conducting interviews in the shipping sector.

That’s why we created our Interview Kits feature as a way for shipping companies to custom build their maritime recruitment processes - all from within our streamlined and easy to use platform.

This is one feature that we’re really proud of at Martide so we thought we’d take this opportunity to tell you a little more about our Interview Kits. Not to show off, you understand - just to make life a little (actually, a lot!) easier for you!

A shipowner's guide to Martide’s Interview Kits

Every interview you conduct is customized according to the seafarer’s rank. As an employer you can build the structure of your interviews with our handy Interview Kits. Depending on the position, you will probably want to include more or less criteria.

For example your Master’s Interview Kit will probably look very different to your Cook’s. This is how you do that.

Handy hints:

  • You can create as many Interview Kits as you need.
  • If a candidate has previously applied and worked on a ship in the same role, you can set it so they can skip the interview process.

To get started log in to martide.com. Click on your profile picture in the top right hand corner. You will see a drop down menu: click Settings and then Interview Kits.

Page on Martide's maritime recruitment website showing where to find the Interview Kits feature

You will then see this page:

Page on Martide's website showing how to create an Interview Kit

This is your main Interview Kits page and it’s where you can search for a current Interview Kit, edit or delete a current Interview Kit, and of course, create a new Interview Kit.

To create a new Interview Kit click the blue Add button on the top left. You will be taken to this page:

Martide's maritime recruitment website showing the new Interview Kit page

You’ll want to give your Interview Kit a name so that you can easily identify it and also match it up with other parts of your maritime recruitment pipeline. It’s entirely up to you what you name the kit but calling it after the rank is often most convenient. For example Chief Engineer.

Next, select the rank from the drop down menu. Note that this won’t affect anything - it’s just for you to use as a ‘reminder’. You’ll see a blue plus icon next to the words Add Section Click the button and it will open up into this:

Page on Martide's website demonstrating building an Interview Kit

This is where you’re going to start building your interview process. The Name box refers to the title you'll give that Section of the interview. Sections refer to the different parts of the interview. e.g. Experience, Personality, or Technical Knowledge.

You can then set whether you want that part of the interview to be conducted remotely or in person. In our example below you can see we’re going to first cover the candidate’s experience and we’re going to conduct the interview in person.

Page on Martide's website showing how to set an interview to be done remotely or in person

Now comes the all important part: the questions you want to ask your potential Chief Engineer. To add a question within the section, click the blue plus symbol and type your question into the box. See our example below:

Page on Martide's website showing how to add questions for candidates

Once you’ve added all the questions you want to ask about the candidate’s experience you can add another Section by clicking the plus symbol and repeating the process.

Once you’re done adding sections and questions click Save and your Interview Kit will become visible in the corresponding Recruitment Pipeline.

It’s also easy to go back and edit (or delete) an existing Interview Kit simply by finding it on the main Interview Kit page either by scrolling down the page or using the search bar.

If you’d like to see a more in depth guide to creating, editing and deleting Interview Kits you can find that in our helpful user guide here.

In fact there you’ll find a whole library of guides which have been designed to walk you through virtually every stage of Martide’s crew management and maritime recruitment platform.  

We hope you’ve found this guide to building Interview Kits useful but if you do need any other help, please contact us at [email protected]