Job hopefuls for €110m Titanic centre must show they have the 'T factor'
APPLICANTS for the impressive new €110m Titanic visitor attraction in Belfast are being asked to show the "T factor" in order to land a job.
The operators of the Titanic Belfast complex, which will open later this spring ahead of the 100th anniversary of the doomed liner's sinking, have come up with a novel way of recruiting some of its 250-strong workforce.
Applicants have been invited to audition for the posts by giving a three-minute performance on one part of the Titanic story.
The owners hope the exercise will demonstrate who has the passion and communication skills to become a guide in the new centre.
Candidates, who must pre-register to secure a slot, will be given a script in relation to one of the nine galleries in the visitor attraction, and required to give an interpretative presentation.
Successful participants will be asked back for a formal interview for one of 70 "frontline" jobs in the centre.
Tim Husbands, chief executive of Titanic Belfast, said almost 1,500 people attended a drop-in day at Belfast City Hall last year with more than 850 expressing a definite interest in a job.
"This is a unique project with unique potential to promote Belfast to the world, so we need people with that special Titanic 'T factor', he said.
"The audition day will give prospective employees a chance to let their true personalities shine through."
When it opens in March, Titanic Belfast will be one of the largest employers in the Northern Ireland tourism industry. It is also expected to be one of the largest recruiters in the region during 2012.