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We like to hire well-rounded candidates at Company ABC. Walk me through your freight management experience.

How to Answer

The interviewer is interested in knowing more about your range of experience in freight management. Try to focus the bulk of your answer on the primary focus of business at Company ABC. Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your resume and highlight any individual industry related training you may be received.

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30 Sea Transportation Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. We like to hire well-rounded candidates at Company ABC. Walk me through your freight management experience.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is interested in knowing more about your range of experience in freight management. Try to focus the bulk of your answer on the primary focus of business at Company ABC. Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your resume and highlight any individual industry related training you may be received.

      1st Answer Example

      "My overall experience includes both domestic and international freight, with a special focus on sea transportation. The last four years of my employment has focused primarily on international freight. I am well versed in Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and have a full understanding of International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) compliance and national transportation regulations."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I am new to the sea transportation industry; however, I have been studying SOLAS and IMDG in my spare time. I am ready to immerse myself in learning more about this industry."

  • 2. If someone asked you the top 3 benefits of sea based transportation and logistics, what would you tell them?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to see that you have a genuine interest in the business they conduct at Company ABC. Briefly discuss with the interviewer what you feel the benefits of sea transportation are.

      1st Answer Example

      "There are some great benefits to sea transportation, but I believe the biggest three benefits of working with an organization like Company ABC are that it's a great solution for transporting heavy and bulky goods. Also, sea transportation offers much more flexibility when it comes to the materials allowed to be transported. Thirdly, sea transport allows the greatest quantity of materials in a load, because of their large storage capacity."

      2nd Answer Example

      "That's a great question! If I had to choose the top benefits of sea transportation, I would say that it's more economical for large shipments, it allows for a wider range of materials to be transported, and it offers fewer restrictions on the type of materials shipped."

  • 3. At Company ABC we connect businesses who need to ship their goods with businesses who require those goods. This means that relationships are everything to us. What is your customer service philosophy?

      How to Answer

      Because Company ABC puts so much effort into their reputation, the interviewer needs to be confident that your philosophy on customer service aligns well with theirs. Be sure to research the Company ABC website and take note of any keywords they use when it comes to their clients and services. Match your language with theirs.

      1st Answer Example

      "I noticed on your website that you value your clients by actively listening to their needs. You also survey them regularly while staying on top of industry trends so that you can provide them with innovative new services. To me, customer service goes beyond friendliness and efficiency. You need to understand your customer's business needs and have the ability to analyze their future needs so that you can respond appropriately to their business landscape changes."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I realize that "The customer is always right" must be a popular answer; however, I feel that first and foremost, the customer needs to trust your product and services. So, for that reason, I would say that my customer service philosophy is all about building trust and transparency."

  • 4. We have many strong competitors at Company ABC. In your opinion, what sets us apart?

      How to Answer

      Before your interview with Company ABC it's a great idea to get to know who their competitors are, and what makes Company ABC stand out from the rest.

      Research online through a Google news search, or on the company website. If Company ABC has a 'News' or 'About Us' section on their website you will likely find some information on recent awards, industry accolades, etc.

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  • 5. Why do you see Company ABC as a long term career fit? How does sea transportation fit into your long term career goals?

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about the type of career growth that you would like to see with Company ABC. Why do you want a career in the sea transport industry, and how do you think this position will satisfy that desire?

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  • 6. At Company ABC our facility runs 24/7. What is your availability? Do you have a preferred shift?

      How to Answer

      If Company ABC runs a morning, afternoon, and evening shift then you should go into the interview being very clear on your preference and availability.

      The last thing you would want to do is take a role that isn't a fit for your lifestyle. Keep your answer to the point. There is no need to over-explain your scheduling needs.

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  • 7. Company ABC puts safety first in all situations. What would you do if you saw a co-worker performing unsafe work?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is wondering how you would react in a potentially unsafe work situation. If Company ABC is putting a lot of effort and resources into employee safety, they need assurance that you will appreciate those efforts and help to uphold their high safety standards. Answer this hypothetical question by using a real-life example, if possible. Otherwise, give a hypothetical answer. Be sure to compliment them on their safety efforts.

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  • 8. Have you ever worked in a unionized environment? How do you feel about unions?

      How to Answer

      You may love unions, or you may have adversity towards them. The best thing to do when you are asked a question like this is to give an answer that is positive, either way.

      Like there is always two sides to a story - there is still a positive to find from either side. Talk about your experience in a union environment; however, if it was not a positive one, it's highly recommended that you avoid complaining. Pick a positive note and focus on that.

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  • 9. This position may require you to lift up to 50 pounds, bend, and stand throughout the day. Are you able to meet the physical requirements for this role at Company ABC?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants assurance that you can safely handle the physical requirements of the job. The best way to answer this is to talk about the physical demands of your current / most recent position. Alternately, you can discuss the ways you ensure you're in peak physical condition.

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  • 10. Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.

      How to Answer

      Display to the interviewer that you can do more than just the bare minimum. Show that you can react appropriately when you see that your employer has a need that goes beyond your usual day-to-day expectations.

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  • 11. I see that you have recently worked for one of our direct competitors. Do you have a non-compete agreement in place?

      How to Answer

      In competitive markets such as the transport industry, you may sometimes be asked to sign a non-compete or non-disclosure agreement. Be honest and open with the interviewer about any existing restrictions you may have when it comes to working for a competing organization.

      If you have a non-compete agreement: "I did sign a non-compete with my current company; however, it just asks that I do not purposefully poach any of my clients from the past three years. I am not restricted when it comes to accepting offers of employment from competing transport companies."

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  • 12. Every day is different when you work at Company ABC. When have you had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes?

      How to Answer

      Have you been asked to change your priorities on a dime? How do you react to this kind of shift in priorities? Assure the interviewer that you can respond professionally when it comes to sudden changes.

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  • 13. At Company ABC we like to hire those who can think on their feet. When have you had to make a split second decision? How do you react under unexpected pressure?

      How to Answer

      Being able to make quick decisions and think fast on your feet sets top-notch professionals out from the crowd. We all make a lot of choices every day, so start off by telling the interviewer that you currently make a lot of quick decisions each day. Next, be prepared with a more significant example that will be sure to impress.

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  • 14. If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?

      How to Answer

      A hiring manager will be able to tell a lot about your personality by learning about your other career interests. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?

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  • 15. What are your strengths?

      How to Answer

      Which personal advantages make you excellent at your job? Strengths can be skills or qualities that help you overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks.

      In a work context, your strengths will help you to complete your to-do list, understand client needs, and help you to apply what you have learned in your training. Talk to the interviewer about a couple of your strengths and why those will help you to be successful in this role.

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  • 16. What are your weaknesses?

      How to Answer

      This question is a pervasive one, but it continues to throw people off. This is not the best time to talk about your communication challenges with your partner or how you need to work on your golf game. Instead, focus on your professional life.

      What is a quality that you are proactively working to improve? Whatever example you give, be sure that it is not a critical skill that will raise red flags to the employer. It's best to focus on a non-core skill when discussing your weaknesses.

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  • 17. When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?

      How to Answer

      Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity.

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  • 18. What makes you the best candidate for this position?

      How to Answer

      Bragging about yourself in an interview can be tough to do, but this is your time to shine! Which characteristics and career accomplishments have made you a stand-out candidate? Perhaps you have received some academic awards or have been given special accolades in your most recent position. There is nobody like you, and now you need to express that to the interviewer.

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  • 19. Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that you are capable of setting goals and reaching them. The person who aims to achieve more and more every day is the exact person that every manager wants to hire!

      Discuss an example of when you overcame obstacles to reach a career related goal that seemed impossible. Or, share a time when you received an award, and talk about the most challenging parts of achieving that award. Highlight your determination and focus.

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  • 20. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

      How to Answer

      Encouragement to others is a great skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to encourage creative ideas in your team members.



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  • 21. Would your former or current boss describe you as a worker who gladly goes the extra mile to complete their tasks?

      How to Answer

      You can say that you will go the extra mile, but it's best to give a real-life example to the interviewer about a time when you did just that. Offer up your references as well and discuss with the interviewer what you feel your most recent employer would say about you.

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  • 22. Judging by your resume, you appear to be overqualified for this position. What would keep you here, if you were offered the position?

      How to Answer

      Sometimes, hiring an overqualified individual can mean that they will leave when a better opportunity arises. Talk to the interviewer about why this position would be satisfying for you, long-term.

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  • 23. How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?

      How to Answer

      Workplace relationships are essential to nurture. Talk to the interviewer about how you plan to earn the trust of your new co-workers, should you be offered the position.

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  • 24. At Company ABC we believe in motivating our employees. How can we motivate you on the job?

      How to Answer

      Every employer should know how each staff member is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.

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  • 25. Have you ever helped to implement a significant company change, in one of your past roles?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that you have the type of personality where you can take initiative. Show that you are happy being an engaged part of your company, and team.

      Perhaps a new company policy was coming into place, and you helped to execute some changes. Maybe a new employee benefit program was introduced, or a new software implemented. In your example, be specific about what you did, and the impact your actions had - whether short or long term.

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  • 26. What do you think might be the greatest challenges faced in this job? How will you overcome these challenges?

      How to Answer

      Even though it may seem like a dream job, the interviewer wants to know that you have realistic expectations of the role and that you will not be blindsided if problems or challenges present themselves. Keep your answer simple. It is okay to ask for clarification on the position if you do not fully understand what challenges are in store for you.

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  • 27. Would you rather be considered a personable leader or a dynamic leader?

      How to Answer

      This question can be a tough one because everyone wants to be liked and considered personable. However, being a dynamic leader can make you a proponent for change in the organization. A hiring manager is going to want to know that they are hiring a change agent for their organization vs. a friend for their employees.

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  • 28. What are your salary expectations?

      How to Answer

      The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

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  • 29. What would you do if you were made aware of a co-worker being dishonest or stealing from the company?

      How to Answer

      Companies want to know they are hiring loyal employees. Make sure that you illustrate in your answer that you would do the right thing and represent the company for which you are working.

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  • 30. What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?

      How to Answer

      Everyone will have their particular triggers that cause them to feel dissatisfaction on the job. Talk to the interviewer about any factors that may deflate or discourage you in the workplace.

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