Skype Interview with Cruise Line - page 2

by EMSnut45 9,151 Views | 33 Comments

I have just gotten the opportunity to interview via Skype for a cruise ship nurse position. I have never used Skype before, let alone have an interview that was not in person. I plan on doing a few practice trials with my family... Read More


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    Most cruise lines are owned and based in the Bahamas and other countries. I don't know of any owned by American companies. So if their home offices are based out of the country, why not Skype? I'm sure its to make sure you are personable. That is more important to cruise companies than being skinny or cute.
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    That is what I said: attractive and personable. While a good 300 pound clinician may be perfectly acceptable to a hospital, I can understand that to a pure service oriented company that it might not be.
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    NedRN, you certainly don't have to worry about me weighing 300 pounds! I understand what you state about attractiveness, but I wonder how they could get away with such a subjective assessment when they state they are an EOE?
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    It is legal not to hire anyone for any private reason. It is if you state publicly a reason or if there is a provable discriminatory pattern of hiring that you run into trouble with EOC.
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    My career game-plan includes becoming a cruise ship nurse after my son graduates and moves out of the house. I love cruising (going on a cruise with three girlfriends over spring break to celebrate my upcoming graduation, in fact) and have no family besides my son, so no problems with not being "home" for eight months straight, etc.

    Each line's program is a little different, but usually your assignment is longer (6 months) than a typical travel assignment to a land-based hospital. If a land-nurse just doesn't work out after a couple weeks, the hospital can get rid of them and replace by having regular staff work OT, bring in another traveler, use PRN staff, etc. But on a cruise, it's not that easy to replace someone on a moment's notice.

    Cruising is just a different mentality -- you have to be an ER Nurse and a Community Health Nurse and an ICU Nurse and an Occupational Health Nurse and a Doctor's Office Nurse all at the same time. You're also dealing with a culturally-diverse population (both staff and customers hail from around the globe) and a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. You're living in a very small space with very limited options for shopping, entertainment, socialization, etc. Not everyone realizes what it's like to sign up for a stint on a cruise ship.

    I can totally understand why a video-conference-call would be requested for this type of interview, as you need to evaluate the person's ability and willingness to meet all of those varied needs. Body language and facial cues can be important.
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    Great post! Thanks for the insights.
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    The cruise job is a travel/contract job? How did you hear about it?

    I don't think the video interview is to see how attractive or skinny you are. It's to show how personable you are and get a better idea of who they are hiring. Many professions outside of nursing utilize video interviewing for this reason.
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    Exactly right: "outside of nursing" (and I don't think it is "many" - most will insist on a interview in person). Again, tens of thousands of assignments are awarded annually to nurse travelers, often without even a phone interview. Video interviews demonstrate nothing about clinical ability and that is why not a single agency or hospital utilizes them. References and evaluations provide that. I'm not sure how a video interview can show how you interact with a patient, only with an interviewer.
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    Quote from getmethisnownurse
    The cruise job is a travel/contract job? How did you hear about it?
    Go to any cruise line's website and check out their jobs link. Some of them hire directly, some of them have a management company that handles their medical clinics which will be mentioned/linked on the website.

    As for the video interview, being a cruise ship nurse is much more than just being a clinician. You are considered to be an officer of the ship, and you have to be willing/able to function as such even when you're not "on duty" as a nurse in the medical clinic. There are expectations of behavior associated with being a ship's officer that don't apply to land-based jobs. When you clock out at the hospital, the hospital doesn't care if you go to the corner convenience store in your jammies on your day off to pick up milk and toilet paper. However, a ship's officer isn't afforded the same freedom.

    If doing a video interview is objectionable, don't apply for a job that wants one. But I don't see how a Skype interview is any different than going down to the HR department at a hospital. If you wouldn't have a problem showing up for an in-person interview, why would it be a big deal to do a Skype interview?
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    I have read about dialysis nurse cruise jobs, which do things a little differently. All you have to do is prove you are competent, have 3 years experience (current), certification, and register. There are only so many cruises that offer dialysis treatments, so you look at availability. Most are carnival, enchantment of the seas, ya know the popular ones. You are put on stand-by for your cruise. They will either need 1 RN, 2 or 3. If you are stand-by RN II, you may get your cruise job cancelled at the last minute if there aren't enough dialysis patients. They pay for your trip only. You will share a room with same sex nurse. If you want to bring your spouse, they will pay regular price. They said you will work 3 out of 7 days (often 18 hour days on "at-sea" days). On the other 4 days you can do whatever you want including enjoying the pool, bars, islands. You may be on call one of those off days just in case of emergencies. So you don't get paid. But you can enjoy a free cruise and see some awesome sites. If you've ever been on a cruise, it gets expensive!!! Drinks $6-10, excersions extra. So anyways, that's just for The "Dialysis at Sea" company. Even the nephrologists don't get paid! But they get to bring their spouse for free and reimbursements for flights.

    Good luck with your interview! The nurses there do have to be very experienced I bet! My husband had a medical crisis while on the ship on our honeymoon, and when you're at sea, it's pretty scary! I dialed 911 from the room phone bc he couldn't move. Thank god the nurse was able to help. He is okay now .


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