Wade Korzan and Leo Starico head up AmaWaterways’ European Office in Basel, Switzerland, and are responsible for hiring our exceptionally hard-working Cruise Managers (or as we call them, our AmaWaterways Brand Ambassadors). We sat down with Wade and Leo while they were visiting the U.S. office to hear exactly how these extraordinary individuals are selected.
How many people apply to become Cruise Managers with AmaWaterways?
We receive hundreds of resumes. Approximately between 8-12 are hired each year, depending on our needs for the season.
Are all of AmaWaterways’ Cruise Managers from Europe?
We have a very diverse team from all over the world, encompassing different nationalities, backgrounds and even ages. Some are in their 20s, some are almost in their 70s. We believe it makes our cruises richer for our guests. In fact, our Basel office is also comprised of people of different backgrounds: German, American, Argentinian, Spanish, Swiss, Italian, Polish, Serbian, Romanian and Dutch! It’s all about finding people that connect with each other who can, in turn, connect with our guests.
Describe the interview process.
It’s quite long. First candidates are interviewed by two staff members at our office in Basel. If it’s a “yes” from our colleagues, the candidate then makes a presentation – yes, during their first interview, and they are prepared to do so – to all available staff in the office. It can be about anything they want to talk about and we have had some of the most bizarre topics! All we’re looking for is to see if they can convey a message with sparkle. A candidate could know everything there is to know about our European destinations and have years of experience in this type of role, but if they don’t sparkle, they won’t be hired.
It’s a quality that isn’t tangible. It can’t be defined. You can see it in their eyes and feel an overwhelming positive energy radiating from that person.