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Here we go again…The journey to Monaco Madness
21 Sep

Here we go again…The journey to Monaco Madness


TUV has had a great month signing up two major crew agencies and two more doing a three month trial. Although the Med season is starting to slow down, recruitment is not, that’s for sure!

It can’t all be sunshine and smiles though. Hurricane Irma brought devastation to places we used to call home and dear friends have lost their houses and boats. It has been inspiring to see companies like our client Edmiston getting involved and helping how ever they can.

Another friend has to leave France in a hurry to be able to save herself and her child so there have been some very difficult times around me. It turns out that life continues even during adversity, school holidays are finally over and my husband has just started 9 week vacation. All this with me in the middle trying to push forward and get ready for MYS 2017!

Monaco Yacht Show will be bigger and more beautiful than ever before and TUV Consulting will be offering our clients and potential clients an invitation to an exclusive event on the first day of the show (27th September), but more about that to follow….

At this years show we will be offering our clients more information about Artificial Intelligence working with Online Video Interviewing and how we know that it is going to change the recruitment of tomorrow.

Ciao for now and see you in Monaco

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The heat is on……..
22 Aug

The heat is on……..


 In the last few weeks we’ve experienced extreme heat here in the South of France. I say, let it shine, this is what the summer should all be about!

While I have been enjoying family and friends, I have of course been informed by FB that most of my clients are on holiday, so I can continue to take a back seat for few more weeks.

However, I had a great surprise yesterday from a crew agency, who after two years of discussion, is finally convinced that online video interviewing will become the standard in future recruitment, and they will be implementing our system to merge with their registration and interviewing process.

I have also read from multiple sources that the actions taken by the French government which effect the yachting industry in terms of taxation and newly introduced social security laws, has had a disturbing effect. Empty harbours and many French crew being dismissed, just to mention a few. This is not great news for fantastic new projects like Port Vauban in Antibes.

Talking of Port Vauban, I recently visited the marina to attend their Captains get-together, which now happens each Thursday afternoon. I met some great people and wow, what a place!! From the top of the Capitanerie on the IYCA we enjoyed an uninterrupted view of the whole bay. I think it could be a great destination for future marketing events for my Captain clients who use the PAYGO online video interview package.

With all of this late summer sunshine it is hard to think that autumn is just around the corner, but the MYS is just weeks away and I have of course been thinking about that. I am planning to do something very exclusive for my hand picked clients at #MYS2017! I will keep you informed so watch this space, and I will send the invitations in good time.

Ciao for now!

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Hiring the selfie generation
1 Aug

Hiring the selfie generation


Founder of TUV Consulting Titta Uoti-Väisänen was recently interviewed by The Crew Report. Here is a copy of the article she was featured in.

Video interviews are perfect for superyacht crew recruitment, so why has the take-up been so slow?

Crew are the nuts and bolts of the superyachting operation, and thus, recruitment is an integral procedure to ameliorate. So, why has the take-up of technology that can add value, streamline this operation and reduce costs, for both recruiters and crew applicants, been so slow?

For three years now, TUV Consulting, which offers crew recruitment consultancy, has been developing a video interviewing platform. The programme allows recruiters to gauge whether candidates have the right personality and experience to join a crew.

“We originally developed the software more for land-based companies because the original bandwidth required to stream the videos was very high,” says Titta Uoti-Väisänen, owner of TUV Consulting.

“We needed to find another solution for yachting,” she continues. “The system we use now only requires a 0.3-megabyte upload speed – normal speed on land is around 0.5 to 0.7-megabytes – and for those based on yachts, the system is cloud-based, so a captain will only need access to the cloud to see videos.”

What the company is offering, essentially, is a tool to simplify the recruitment process for recruitment agencies and management companies. “I’m not trying to steal business, or create a crew database, or anything like that,” she adds.

With the video interviews being recorded, a big perk of the procedure is the opportunity for additional reviews of the applicants. As Uoti-Väisänen says, “the final verdict is not simply based on the captain’s word.

“Another major benefit we see is catering for time differences. You don’t have to set aside time for a conference call, which benefits the candidate and the captain, who will have a very busy schedule.”

This is not mind-blowing technology, and it needn’t be if it can add value and is practical. Dock walking remains one of the most fruitful job application processes, but it’s old-fashioned. And it's an unprofessional approach to recruitment for an industry trying to professionalise. 

There are many strong candidates who can’t afford to go dock walking in Antibes or Palma for weeks, so this also helps the candidates, and ultimately, the yachts. 

By Felix Sowerbutts

To view the original article please visit:

www.superyachtnews.com/crew/hiring-the-selfie-generation 

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TUV Road Trip
11 Jul

TUV Road Trip


On the road...

For me, with a busy family and business life, June is a month to get everything ready for the summer. It normally means packing up the house and moving over to the summer house, but not this year, we are staying put and I am relieved! There are many moving challenges in my life at the moment, with both work and family. My husband has just started a new exciting era in his working life and at the same time my own work looks to be expanding in many directions.

I have been on the road for most of the month of June, starting with a wonderful trip to Dover to meet Viking recruitment www.vikingrecruitment.com. I spoke to them about how online video interviewing could help their clients to make the right recruitment decisions. Thank you to Dieter Jaenicke and his team who took us to see the interesting sights of Dover.

My next trip was to Italy and was very successful. In Imperia I spoke to the very handsome captain of MY Symphony ;) and visited a few other superyachts in the marina. I'm always happy to meet captains and spread the word of Online Video Interviewing!

Felix Sowerbutts from Superyacht News interviewed me about TUV-consulting consultancy work, and of course about Online Video Interviewing. It’s great to have support from the media about such an important development in the yachting industry, read the article here - http://www.superyachtnews.com/crew/hiring-the-selfie-generation

The consulting side of my business is fast expanding and I am just finalising two exciting consulting deals before the summer holidays take over.

Not bad for one month, what do you think?

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TUV Consulting takes a trip to the midnight sun.
14 Jun

TUV Consulting takes a trip to the midnight sun.


At the beginning of June I travelled to Finland, my home country. I used the opportunity to meet with Recright - the suppliers of our online video interviewing tool. My consultancy has been working with online video interviewing since 2014, and I think I can safely say I have an excellent working knowledge and understanding of the different platforms available on the market at the moment.

I have chosen Recright as the most suitable platform for the yachting industry because of its winning performance in low bandwidth, customer service and reliability as a service provider.

Here are some interesting statistics that I took from our meeting:
There have been over 250,000 completed online video interviews
Results from a 40,000 candidate survey taken in June 2017 indicate

86% (35,325 candidates) are somewhat or very satisfied with video interviewing as a method.

71% of the candidates took less than one hour to video interview.

77% of the candidates record less than five takes per video question to be happy with the result.

Finland is one of the leading countries for research and development in artificial intelligence and its application for different sectors. During my visit I also had the opportunity to look into the exciting tools being developed using artificial intelligence, and Recright explained how it will be used for recruitment. This article gives you some great information on it.

http://blog.barona.fi/en/barona-brings-the-artificial-intelligence-of-recruitment-to-the-market

This trip was a wonderful opportunity to touch base with my family and old friends, and even have a school reunion after 30 years. What a great event and a chance to renew old friendships.

I also had a bit of a quiet time to review my past and plan for the future. This gave me time to think about our 'start up mentoring program' and the large business development consultancy work that I finalised with my team in late spring. It now feels like a great place to be in life, being able to finish a project properly before immersing myself in the next one.

That’s how I really like to work, but most of the time its not possible of course. I think it is our Finnish mind set to keep on top of things and deliver on time…

Finally, the Finnish midnight sun, oh dear! You kept me awake and after 20 years of living abroad the body and mind cannot handle the white nights any more. Until the next time!

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New online video interviewing tool, New Year, New You
9 Jan

New online video interviewing tool, New Year, New You


TUV Consulting are proud to announce that online video interviewing for the superyacht industry has just had an upgrade. Following feedback from Captains, management companies and crew agents, a host of new features will be rolled out this week.

New features include:

  • Uploading pre-recorded videos as online video interview questions. One of the biggest requests of 2016, this allows companies to have professional videos made and added to the system.
  • Invitation emails sent from within the platform can now have a personalised signature that can replicate company branding.
  • Ability to attach résumés or other documents to the online video interview.
  • Easily marking a candidates status throughout the recruitment process.
  • A built-in e-mail feature so you can send a direct messages to your candidates.
  • Sharing your career page, single job advert, apply link or open video interviews on social media channels straight from the tool.

The final major change is a shift from a one-page interface to a comprehensive recruitment dashboard where you can easily manage your job ads, video interviews and invites. In the candidate list you will be able to see every candidate who has applied for each job, and there’ll be a page for each candidate where all materials and communication is stored: video answers, comments and classifications from your colleagues, CV’s and other attachments you have requested from the candidate.

Founder of TUV Consulting Titta Uoti-Vaisanen commented, “I am very excited for this upgrade to launch. We listened to all our recruiters and candidates over the last twelve months and the new system has improved every aspect of this unique recruitment tool. I believe we have managed to build in solutions that make video interviewing even easier to manage now. The dashboard especially makes it so easy for busy Captains and industry professionals to delegate most of the recruitment admin, whilst still keeping a firm hold on the process and having the ability to choose the final candidate.”

The new upgrade will be rolled out this week so please contact the team to get a demo, either online or in person. Email info@tuv-consulting.com for more details.

www.TUV-Consulting.com

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Video interviews will save you time so you can knock off work early!
8 Dec

Video interviews will save you time so you can knock off work early!


Change can be a scary thing. We all have our own way of doing things and changing the way we do things in our workplace can be a terrifying prospect, especially when we are all so time poor.

TUV would like to make the next improvement you make to your recruitment process, as pain free as possible.

We are so confident that our online video interviewing tool will save you heaps of time and help you make better recruitment choices, that we let everyone try it first with no commitments what so ever.

Then, once you decided you couldn’t live without this handy piece of tech genius, we continue to offer a pay as you go, no commitment package, alongside monthly subscriptions for our larger clients.

So go on, don’t be scared of trying something new. Our online video interviewing tool allows you set your questions, and receive recorded video interviews from each of your potential candidate answering your specific questions.

You can share the video interviews with other decision makers in the recruitment chain, even delegate the whole process and just wait for the interviews to roll onto your computer screen. Great for those of you that can’t give up entire days sitting down to do first round interviews.

We are the only superyacht specific provider of video interviews and our system is highly secure, yet uses minimal bandwidth.

Crew can record their interviews on their mobile phone, tablet or laptop anywhere in the world using a 3G signal or local WiFi, and don’t need to worry about poor signal strength effecting the interview. Plus because the interviews are pre-recorded, time zone challenges are also a thing of the past. You can set the questions when it is convenient, and the crew can record their interview in their own time.

We’ve had overwhelming feedback from the Captains, senior crew, management companies and crew agents that now use TUV. So go on, try it out, save loads of time and knock off work early for once!

For more information email info@tuv-consulting.com.

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Superyacht recruitment using future proof technology
16 Nov

Superyacht recruitment using future proof technology


TUV Consulting offers a practical solution to any superyacht recruitment challenges with their recorded, secure video-interviewing tool. They offer a reliable way for management companies, crew agents and Captains to reduce recruitment administration, position themselves above the masses, and find the best possible crew wherever they are in the world.

TUV’s online interviewing tool allows you or your team to set interview questions and receive recorded and shareable videos from potential crew answering your specific questions. This allows you to assess each person’s skills, presentation and personality before selecting whom to meet in person.

Videos can be shared with anyone you give permission to, so if you are a yacht management company you can share the videos quickly to make effective team decisions. If you are a superyacht crew agent you can use the video-interviewing tool to select several candidates for a recruiting Captain, and then send them a professional, high quality, recorded interview of the candidates answering his or her questions. This positions you above many other crew agents and provides the optimum service for your Captains.

TUV provides a quick and easy tool to make sure people get the team member they need, from a selection of crew from all over the world. Not just the ones on your doorstep, or dock!

Asking for a video interview from potential candidates also positions you above your competitors. Candidates will trust that you are professional and forward thinking and this generates respect, loyalty and enthusiasm from the start.

Now for the technical bit… The network is highly secure and you can record videos from a mobile phone, tablet or laptop. You only need 0.3mb of upload speed to create a video, so there are no excuses for not being able to produce a high definition video response.

Prices start from as little as €7.50 per candidate and your account can be activated within minutes.

TUV are the only superyacht specific provider of video interviewing. The team have a strong background on board and understand the nuances of yachtlife.

Without name dropping, leading global crew agents, management companies and large superyacht businesses are already using TUV’s video interviewing tool and predict that this service will become a recruitment standard in the not to distance future.

Hopefully this has titillated your taste buds for an easy way to take the pain out of superyacht recruitment and take advantage of the latest technology available. Call or email TUV today and they can give you a full online demonstration.

www.tuv-consulting.com

info@tuv-consulting.com

+33 (0) 621 165 993 | +44 (0) 7789 778 405

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TUV Consulting helps superyacht crew to boss video interviewing
7 Jul

TUV Consulting helps superyacht crew to boss video interviewing


Video interviewing has changed the dynamic of global superyacht recruitment in 2016. Crew are now expected to submit a recorded video pre- interview on many occasions when they apply for superyacht jobs, and it’s amazing how badly this can go.

Captains and crew recruitment agents use secure systems such as those provided by TUV Consulting to view short, recorded videos from potential new crew members to decide whom they should meet face to face.

This means crew now have to up their game and be able to present themselves successfully on screen to secure their next superyacht job. Personal presentation, confidence, personality and body language can be viewed in advance via video interviewing and currently many fantastic crew just are not making the mark.

In a world filled with selfies and iPhone video clips on social media, it shouldn’t be too much of a leap to convert those skills to recording a 2 minute video interview, but it is surprising how wrong some people get it.

This summer TUV Consulting will be sharing tips on how to make sure your video interview is well received, and stands out from the crowd. The following two videos from experienced chefs show the good, the bad and the terrible.

This first chef suffers from a common complex. He thinks he has seen it all and done it all. Whatever fantastic experience you have, never presume you are the best. Give real life examples that showcase your skills. And definitely stay humble…

On the opposite end of the scale this next chef has bossed his video. He has clearly thought about the message he wants to get across, and wouldn’t want to employ a rapping chef!

Now that the Med season is underway, keep an eye on the TUV Consulting Facebook page and website this summer for more tips on how to make sure you make the cut for your next superyacht job.

https://www.facebook.com/TUVconsulting

www.TUV-Consulting.com

info@tuv-consulting.com

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Video interviewing saves superyacht captains hours of time
24 May

Video interviewing saves superyacht captains hours of time


Multiple superyacht captains, crew agencies and management are now using video interviewing to find the most suitable crew quickly and easily, irrelevant of where in the world they are.

As the only superyacht specific supplier of video interviewing, TUV Consulting are uniquely placed to advise and provide captains, crew agents and management companies with low cost, low bandwidth solutions to make recruiting new crew hassle free.

The reason TUV Consulting works for the superyacht industry is:

There are no monthly subscriptions – Just pay as you go
No admin – They can set everything up for you remotely
No time limits – If you don’t use all your videos, you can save them for later

Prices are very reasonable with 15 videos costing just €150. Plus the sharable, recorded interviews mean that team decisions can be made quickly by sharing candidate videos with senior crew, management companies and any other decision makers.

Any new technology can be a little scary at first, and finding the time in a busy schedule to learn how to use it can be almost impossible. TUV Consulting have first hand experience working on board numerous superyachts and understand just how busy life at sea can be, so they provide full support for their customers. They can visit your yacht or office in person and set everything up for you in a matter of minutes, or are just as happy to set everything up remotely.

You can choose the interview questions or they will pick three for you and then before you know it, you will receive videos of candidates answering your specific questions.

It’s a fact that most of us decide if we like someone or not within two minutes of meeting them. Imagine being able to make that decision by watching a quick video and saving yourself the time it usually takes to sit through a face to face interview with someone who is just not suitable for the job!

Isn’t technology amazing!

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Champagne helps superyachts brave video interviewing
17 May

Champagne helps superyachts brave video interviewing


Sometimes all you need is champagne and a little faith. The video interviewing system provided by TUV Consulting literally revolutionises the way captains and crew agents recruit new crew each season.

The secure, pre-recorded videos can be played back at any time, shared with senior crew and management companies for quick group decisions and by watching short videos from candidates you can quickly tell who is potentially suitable for your yacht and worth a face to face interview, and who you can decline straight away.

A no brainer then you might think. Surely most captains and crew agents would jump at the chance of saving hours of recruitment admin time and the expenses of losing a day to interviewing face to face. Let alone overcoming time zones challenges with potential crew placed all over the world. But like many things new to us, it can be a little scary.

Luckily the team at TUV know what they are doing and champagne has saved the day. Offering a complimentary bottle in exchange for taking a free trial of the system during Palma Yacht Show and Genoa Charter Show was met with bubbling enthusiasm.

Of the eight superyachts that took advantage of the offer and successfully completed the trial, six are now using TUV for all future recruitment and several crew agents have also signed up. Luckily TUV offer a pay as you go service so captains can access the system whenever they have a position to fill without incurring any monthly charges.

In an increasingly digital world, video interviewing is taking over traditional methods and it looks like the superyacht industry is keeping up.

One captain of a 35m motor yacht commented, “Initially I didn’t think I had time to learn a new system and keep up with the amount of positions I needed to fill before the start of the Med season. TUV helped me though the set up during the show, which was actually very easy, and I filled two vacancies almost immediately. Anything video related is a little daunting, but then I suppose the champagne would give me the Dutch courage I needed!”

For a free trial contact TUV consulting via info@TUV-consulting.com or by calling +33 (0) 621 165 993.

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TV casting & recruiting superyacht crew
5 May

TV casting & recruiting superyacht crew


Who would have thought movie and TV casting would follow the same principals as recruiting great superyacht crew.

TUV Consulting have now added a new sector to their portfolio after being headhunted by a leading TV casting agency.

Is this your moment?

Is this your moment?

Reality TV series are a daily phenomenon and getting your 15 minutes of fame has been trending in recent years. Even the superyacht industry has its own version with the controversial ‘Below Deck’.

To be able to select the right person from thousands of candidates is exactly what online interviewing was made for. Production companies save hundreds of man-hours by using video interviewing to pre-select contestants. Just like the superyacht industry, personality and personal presentation are really important factors for this sector and a printed CV just doesn’t let you know who the person really is.

A leading casting agency recently approached TUV Consulting to discuss upgrading their process for finding the next big star. They are now using this service for the next reality TV series under production and couldn’t be happier with the service.

Following this success TUV now offer all their video pre-screening services to the TV and movie casting industries and continue to expand their portfolio.

For more information  call on the number below or email info@TUV-consulting.com

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Video interviewing demo
14 Apr

Video interviewing demo


Here at TUV Consulting we have put together a video interviewing demo to help explain how quick and easy our tool is to use.

Have you been wondering how all this video interviewing technology works?

Perhaps you don’t think you have time to set it all up and are still wading through a huge pile of CV’s trying to work out who the good candidates are!

Please take a minute to watch this demo video and we promise all will be explained.

For more information give us a call on the number below or email info@TUV-consulting.com

Thanks!

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TUV Consulting expands to cover the French Riviera, Palma and Barcelona
7 Apr

TUV Consulting expands to cover the French Riviera, Palma and Barcelona


After a successful pre-season launch in France that saw numerous captains and crew agencies use the video pre-screening solutions provided by TUV Consulting, the company has now expanded. New branches have opened up in Palma, Mallorca and Barcelona, Spain to assist the head quarters based near Antibes, France.

Joining TUV Consulting is Luana who will work out of the French office. Luana has worked within the superyacht sector since 2012 attending Cannes and Monaco Yacht Shows to represent several prestigious brands. A lady with many talents, she also owns a restaurant and manages luxury property in the French Riviera, Milan and Brazil.

Luana talking with crew in Cannes

Luana talking with crew in Cannes

Melanie has opened the Palma Branch and comes from the luxury automotive industry where she worked with Mercedes-Benz and Porsche for over 10 years. She moved to start my new life in Mallorca in 2006 and started to work with various yacht supply companies including: Deckers Uniforms, Yacht Help Group, Palma Refit, Dovaston Crew and IYR Yacht/Management Agency. With a wealth of exclusive marketing experience Melanie will cover Mallorca and the Balearics for TUV.

Melanie representing TUV Consulting in Palma de Mallorca

Melanie representing TUV Consulting in Palma de Mallorca

Last but by no means least Mikaela has just joined the team to represent TUV Consulting in Barcelona. 1st mate on sailing yacht Gypsy Moth, Michaela joined the crew as they started their 2nd world circumnavigation.  She continued her sea faring days working with large race sailing yachts in build and on the water. Next she joined the motor yacht world as a chief stew on 55 -110m yachts cruising the world. Since coming ashore Michaela has been working in yacht management and helped to set up a yacht training company in Barcelona.

Mikaela is representing TUV Consulting in Barcelona Spain

Mikaela is representing TUV Consulting in Barcelona Spain

Please join us in welcoming the new team members and celebrating a successful start to the 2016 Med season.

To contact the team email info@TUV-consulting.com or call +33 (0)621 165 993.

Check out our Facebook page to keep up to date on what the team are up to.

Written by Sarrah Macey

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Shipping industry embraces TUV consulting recruitment pre-screening service
14 Mar

Shipping industry embraces TUV consulting recruitment pre-screening service


Not just for superyachts… TUV Consultancy now offers its pre-recorded interview screening services to the wider shipping community.

Most cruise ships have over 1000 staff working on board at any time. Anyone who has worked long term in the shipping industry, be that on board a superyacht, a cargo vessel or cruise ship, will know that close living quarters, tough shifts and being part of a 24 service to the customers can be tough. Having a good team, who work well together, and play well together is really important in this kind of environment. Just one ‘rotten egg’ can affect everyone, including the customers!

The wider maritime industry needs an effective global recruitment process. Finding those 1000 cruise ship team members, who have all manner of skill sets, is a recruitment challenge and a half. Finding a team of people who can work in close confinement to each other, who often need to have several languages under their belt to accommodate customer requirements, is a logistical nightmare.

This is where TUV consultancy comes in. Starting in the superyacht sector, but now available to all shipping industries, their video interview screening service has been welcomed with open arms by professional seafarers.

Currently the 450,000+ officers serving on international trading vessels are usually recruited from North America, Europe and the Far East. Overcoming time zone challenges between these three areas can be difficult.

TUV Consultancy is already receiving praise for their easy to use software and the fact that candidates can pre-record their short video responses with as little as 0.3mb upload speed.

Potential employers can then watch the videos at a time convenient to them, and also assess candidate’s body language, personality and presentation skills. None of which is possible with a printed CV or telephone interview.

Set to revolutionise the way recruitment is conducted, contact TUV Consulting today on info@TUV-consulting.com and check out our Facebook page.

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Crew Recruitment for Superyacht Captains
16 Feb

Crew Recruitment for Superyacht Captains


Consider this: you’re a superyacht captain and you have an urgent need to fill a position. You’re currently busy running a charter in the Caribbean and you need someone to fill the position as soon as possible knowing you want the ‘best fit’ for your team. You need to follow a fair crew recruitment process but within the shortest amount of time possible. And your candidates are more than likely spread across the globe – after all, that’s the nature of the industry. Sound familiar?

In this situation you’ve got not only the logistical challenges of physically being in different parts of the world but you need to communicate across time zones. While Skype calls can be successful, you still need to agree a mutually convenient time to speak and there is a real risk of connections dropping out. And let’s face it, flying crew half away around the world for an interview is not only a timely pursuit but also an incredibly expensive one with flights often costing around €1000.

So imagine if you could receive pre-recorded interview videos from candidates that you could watch when it suits you? Think of it as video pre-screening that still gives you the opportunity to find your perfect crew-member yet works without you needing to be awake at the same time let alone in the same location.

This is where TUV-Consulting comes in to offer a practical solution to your global crew recruitment challenges. You still determine the questions to be asked of candidates and, via the service that TUV-Consulting provides, you then receive short interview videos from potential candidates so you can assess their skills and personality.

You will have secure access to a platform where you can video record or write your own interview questions and present your superyacht to make the position inviting for top crew. Via a link in an email, candidates can watch your video questions before recording their response.

Proven to be 10 times faster than traditional interviewing, online video screening enables you to pre-screen applicants for their vacancies in a way that saves both time and money. Even better is that the process works effortlessly across time zones and, for interviewers and interviewees alike, only a 0.3mb upload speed is required, meaning everyone can record a response, even on a mobile phone or tablet with only 3G signal.

Do you have questions? We would love to answer them and, if you have a spare few minutes, show you exactly how it works.

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Three, two, one … action!
2 Jul

Three, two, one … action!


Founder of TUV Consulting Titta Uoti-Väisänen was interviewed by The Crew Report. Here is a copy of the article they wrote regarding online video interviewing.

The world of video is playing an increasingly important role when it comes to recruitment – and in no industry would it seem more applicable than the superyacht industry, where candidates will be applying from all over the world, to a job on a yacht that is travelling all over the world. We look the role of video recruitment in the superyacht crew industry.

“The yachts are video interviewing more and more, because you’re going to be living with someone months on end and you need to get more than what would from a telephone call. It’s got a great place in this industry,” Liam Dobbin, managing director of wilsonhalligan Large Yacht Recruitment tells The Crew Report.

The face-to-face feeling is invaluable in the interview process. With the capabilities of the internet – even on board yachts where, although with slower speeds, still exist – there really is no excuse to hire someone nowadays without having a face-to-face chat.

But what about video CVs? According to Dobbin, paper CVs are becoming what he calls “carbon copies”. “If you have the same people going to the same training college, they all come out with the same CVs, just different names on them,” he explains.

Titta Uoti-Vaisanen has set up Monjin Yachting, a platform for video CVs and interviews, and tells The Crew Report, “We believe that video CVs are part of the future.” According to Uoti-Vaisanen, research undertaken at Monjin Yachting has revealed that the video CV allows you to discard 20 per cent of candidates applying.

But do file sizes of video CVs cause problems? For Dobbin the answer is simple: yes. “One of the problems we’ve found with sending videos CVs is the file transfers. Some of the yachts’ email systems can only take a 10mb or 20mb file,” he explains. “We then needed to try and find a cloud system or drop box, and then it becomes quite a large infrastructure; rather than me interviewing somebody, sending the CV and getting them to have a Skype call with the employer.”


“One of the problems we’ve found with sending videos CVs is the file transfers. Some of the yachts’ email systems can only take a 10mb or 20mb file."

- Liam Dobbin, managing director, wilsonhalligan Large Yacht Recruitment



Uoti-Vaisanen believes video interviews work well for junior and senior positions, due to the saving of expenses for the client. “Our research has shown that we can save up to 70 per cent of time and a considerable amount of cost for our clients when recruiting, dispensing with travel expenses and so on.”

Dobbin, however, believes junior positions should take up the majority of video interviews and for those higher up the ladder, there really is only one option. “When it comes to the more senior positions, yachts expect people to fly down to them, or the yachts will fly the candidates out. We have two clients who don’t reply on anything but face-to-face interviews,” Dobbin reveals. “One of the captains will travel round, and if somebody’s on rotation they will fly them out to the yard. They would rather spend the money on a flight than get the wrong crewmember, which to us is completely common sense. Nothing can replace face to face. But video and Skype calling is a close second.”

By Lulu Trask

www.superyachtnews.com/crew/three_two_one_action

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