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A career at sea, what happens next?

So you’ve sent your application through to Clyde Marine Training, what happens now?
Once the application form arrives, the information is put into our database. This registers that an application has been made and allows a unique reference number to be allocated to each application. At this point a letter acknowledging receipt of the application form is sent out to you.
One of our Training Officers then assesses the information submitted - please be aware that you MUST always be honest on your application form as anything misleading will result in your application being rejected.
Once this process has been completed, the details of the applicants who are suitable for interview are passed to our administration department who compile the interview location lists. We select areas on a regular basis and invite candidates from that location to interview. We normally work several weeks in advance, which allows you enough time to arrange time off from work, college or school. With so many locations we can’t be everywhere at once, so we do ask for your patience while we organise a venue near you.
Once the interview location is selected, we’ll then send out a letter advising you of the interview date, location and time. We’ll also let you know what other items you’ll be required to bring along with you. Also included in the letter is important information which will help to prepare you for the interview. You should however realise that much of the research is up to you - we expect you to have done a large amount of independent research to enure that you know about your chosen career.
Please note that we unfortunately cannot interview everyone who applies. If we are unable to offer you an interview we will confirm this to you in writing.


Before the Training Officer leaves to conduct the interviews, they will have read the application form and prepared their paperwork. The Training Officers have years of interviewing experience and will put you at your ease, especially as this may well be your first interview.
Use the following as practical guidelines for a successful interview:
The short time spent at an interview can directly affect your future career. It is therefore essential that you present yourself to greatest effect. Your qualifications, experience and track record, as described in your application form, have secured you an interview and now it is up to you to impress us and convince us that you are worth investing in. Both you and the Training Officer are there to decide if you are suitable to train to be an Officer in the Merchant Navy.
Honesty and candour are essential.  If successful, you need to know that you got the position for all the right reasons. The following suggestions will assist you to make the most of this opportunity.  Obvious as they may seem, these points all contribute to a successful interview.


Preparation is essential to a successful interview. We are often surprised and disappointed by the number of unprepared candidates we see, so always ensure

  1. Arrive on time or early, but never late. 
  2. Ensure you know the location and time of interview. If you can, practice getting to the venue to see how long it will take. Public transport may not be always be the most suitable form of transport.
  3. Don't know where your interview is? Check the way on the A-Z - Google Maps
  4. Make sure you know about the Merchant Navy, after all this is what you have chosen as a career path. We have huge numbers of people applying to us and we want to see that you have done your own research. Information is available on our website, on the internet in general, in books or magazines or from individuals you may seek out yourself.
  5. Also make sure you are up to date with information concerning Clyde Marine Training. For example, who we are and who the shipping companies are that we work on behalf of.
  6. Prepare a list of questions you intend to ask. You could practice asking them with someone which will make them easier to remember when you attend the interview. You can also write them down and bring them along to your interview which indicates that you have thought about the position. Also try to anticipate the general questions you may be asked and consider your response. Don’t leave an interview wishing you had asked something. 
  7. Dress appropriately for the interview. 

The interview itself

We’re interviewing you because we want to recruit someone to begin training in a fantastic industry. It is not about trying to embarrass you. Throughout the interview we will be evaluating your strong and weak points, qualifications, skills and ability to perform in the position of an Officer Trainee.

  1. Greet the Training Officer with a smile and a firm handshake.
  2. Do not slouch.
  3. Look the Training Officer in the eye at all times. 
  4. Avoid answering questions with a "yes" or "no" answer. Always relate your experience to the question being asked. 
  5. Remember to sell yourself, your abilities and your experience in the best possible manner.
  6. Don't lie, always answer truthfully and frankly.
  7. We use a variety of questions during the interview process, it might be a good idea to be able to answer questions such as the following:
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What do you know about our company?
  • What do you want to achieve in life?
  • Why do you wish to be an Engineer/Deck Officer/ETO?
  • What are your achievements so far?
  • Why do you want to train with Clyde Marine Training?
  • Where do you want to be in 5 / 10 years time?
  • What are your major weaknesses?
  • How do you spend your free time?
  • What does teamwork mean to you?

After the interview the Training Officer comes back to the office and goes through their evaluation of each candidate. From there we will determine who will be made a conditional offer, who will be asked back for a second interview and who, unfortunately, hasn’t made it this time.


And finally, don't give up!

The fact is that you will not be offered every job, however perfect you think you may be for it. It must have been because the Training Officer was completely blind to the talent that stood before them!
However, just on the off chance that it was not, feedback from unsuccessful interviews can be useful for improving future results. If unsuccessful don't give up, after all, there is a job out there for you somewhere.
Remember, the Training Officer will learn more about you in the first 5 minutes than the following 50. Make that time count.


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