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Make Maritime Recruitment Easier with Martide's English Tests

Make Maritime Recruitment Easier with Martide's English Tests

Eve Jones

As a small to medium sized shipowner who uses Martide’s Software as a Service to help run your maritime recruitment and crew management efforts, were you aware just how useful the English Test function can be? If you’re recruiting seafarers for your vacant jobs at sea, chances are you want them to have a decent level of English. This is where our online English Test can help.

Of course being able to understand and communicate in English is crucial for seafarers which is why we’ve made it easier for shipowners and managers to quickly see which of their candidates have an aptitude in the language and are therefore suitable for moving on to the next stage in the recruitment pipeline.

When you’re sourcing candidates for your seafarer jobs there can be a lot of boxes you need to check: their work experience, sea time and qualifications to name just three. Their seafarer skills, competence in the English language and medical history to name three more.

So what if there was a way you could filter your applicants or the seafarers in Martide’s candidate database so you only have to spend your time checking the seafarer profiles of those who fulfill all of your criteria.  

The good news is - there is!

Martide’s People Search option lets you find seafarers with relevant skills. You can then reach out to those candidates directly, or access your talent pool with one click.

Side note: Your talent pool functions as a talent pipeline. In Martide’s platform it allows you to add candidates based on their seafarer skills to a pool. It’s a way of gathering candidates who have potential so that you can contact them when a position becomes available.

But back to the English Test feature!

Make maritime recruitment easier with Martide's English Test for seafarers

First of all, you’re going to need to know how to set an online English Test for your candidates to take as part of your maritime recruitment pipeline.

And now for the really good news! All you need to do is choose a couple of settings because Martide has done all the hard work for you. You don’t need to sit down and spend hours writing the test as it’s already in our system.

How to set an English Test

To create an online English Test for seafarers log in to your Martide account. On the left hand side you’ll see the navigation menu. Click on Settings and then on English Test:

screenshot of the Martide maritime recruitment website showing Settings and English Test

You will now see this page:

screenshot of the Martide website showing the English Test page

One of the great things about this feature is that you can choose to allow candidates of specified nationalities to skip the English Test in the maritime recruitment pipeline by adding those nationalities to an Exception List.

You can add as many nationalities from the drop down box as you like to this list. When candidates of that nationality apply for one of your vacancies, they won’t see the English Test stage. This saves both you and the seafarer time and means that you don’t have unnecessary stages cluttering up your maritime recruitment pipeline.

Page on Martide showing how to exempt seafarers some countries from having to take an English test

You can also add your test type and the minimum score that a seafarer must achieve to allow him or her to move on through the hiring process. Click save when you’re done.

How to add and check a candidate’s English Test results

We’re sure you know that if you want to view a seafarer’s profile you just need to click on the Candidates Page and then click on a seafarer’s name. Doing so will give you access to all the information you need to know about someone who has applied to one of your vacancies. The Candidates Page looks like this:

screenshot of the Martide website showing the Candidates page

Once you’re in a seafarer’s profile you will be able to see all relevant information about them including their personal and contact details, active and historical job applications, physical specs, education, employment history and documentation.

And you will also be able to see if they have taken an English Test, and if so their results and the relevant certificates or documents. As an employer, you are able to edit this section.

You’ll find the English Test section on the right hand side of a candidate’s profile under their documents, payslip and appraisal and just above their visas. In this image below you can see that our candidate has taken two of our online English Tests for seafarers. You can download a test by clicking on the arrow icon and edit or delete the test by clicking on the pen icon.

screenshot of the Martide website showing where to find the English Test

To add the results of a new test, click on the plus sign (+) next to English Test and the screen will open up into this box:

Page in Martide showing employers where to upload test results for seafarers

Here you can manage your candidate’s English Test results by:

  1. Selecting the type of test
  2. Entering the number of points they scored in their test into the first box
  3. Uploading or dragging and dropping the test document

The system assumes the candidate has failed at least some of the test’s questions. Therefore you have the option of uploading the test result and the failed results, as seen above. If the candidate passed with flying colors and didn’t get any answers wrong, you can toggle the Failed Results button so it shows green and it will remove the option to add failed answers. That screen looks like this:

Page showing how to upload a document in Martide's maritime recruitment website

And that’s it! We hope that you’ve found this post about using the online English Test for seafarers function useful and that you also find that being able to view a candidate’s test results in their seafarer profile helps streamline your maritime recruitment process.

If you’d like more help regarding the English Test feature, the best place to find it is on our support website. Click here for the English Test’s dedicated page.

On the support website you’ll also find 'how to guides' for virtually all aspects of Martide’s maritime recruitment and crew management platform for both shipowners and managers, and manning agents.

(We’ve also got seafarers covered, so if you have any candidates or contractors who need any help or advice relating to using Martide, you can point them in the right direction!)

As always, if you do have any questions about any of our platform or website’s features and functions, you are always more than welcome to contact us.

This blog post was originally published on July 18th 2019 and was updated to reflect new design changes in the English Test function on July 28th 2020.