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We surveyed our Chief Stews to ask when hiring a novice Stew, what are the top things he/she should already know, before being considered for the position:

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basic service skills - you are not a SERVANT, you are a professional providing a necessary service and should take pride and pleasure in what you do. Anticipate guestseeds. Serve from left, clear from right.  Leave left, remove right.

14

how to keep her mouth shut with a smile on her face - through long hours - keeping a good attitude

11

open mindedness and willingness learn, listen, and to help where needed - teamwork is essential

10

basic bartending skills

7

attention to detail while cleaning deeply with correct products

7

how to make a bed properly (with hospital corners)

6

people skills / professional etiquette -  how to behave and what to say to owners and guests

6

how to do laundry properly - separate lights from dark, which items to hang dry, effective ironing, handling of fine fabrics, correct stain treatment, machine use and maintenance.

6

how to set a table properly

6

how to follow orders/instructions precisely (take notes)

5

time management - set goals and work towards them

4

common sense

4

how to iron properly

4

how to work hard, fast and diligently

3

flexibility and compatibility

3

friendly disposition/good personality

3

how to clean a head properly

2

there are clear boundaries between guests and crew

2

no "that's not my job"

2

grace under pressure

2

punctuality - how to set her alarm

2

how to ask questions when uncertain

2

how to be neat and organized

2

how to think ahead

2

personal drive/self motivation

2

daily routine while on charter

2

acceptance that the Stewardess position is the bottom of the food chain on board

cook Italian

don't treat the yacht as your own

higher education (shows discipline, determination, drive, perfectionism, and motivation)

honesty

how to make espresso

how to multitask

importance of polishing

just get on with your job - the 'No, but…" answer gets annoying

no drinking owner's alcohol

no sleeping with the crew

no smoking when guests present

proper dress code - no black nail polish

self control - don't party a lot and take your job seriously

silver service

speak English

spot/stain removal