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17 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Updated September 29th, 2020 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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What do you enjoy most about being a seaman?

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1.

What do you enjoy most about being a seaman?

Which aspects of being an Able Seaman are most interesting to you? What keeps you interested in your work from day to day? Talk to the hiring manager about the most enjoyable points of this career.

Rachelle's Answer

"The parts that I enjoy most about being a seaman would be the variety in work and the ability to utilize my mechanical skills. Every day is different and I really value that."

2.

If you saw a fellow seaman doing something unsafe what would you do?

Tell the hiring manager how you would handle a sensitive situation such as this.

"As an Able Seaman, safety is most important. The health of the entire crew depends on safety being treated as a top priority. If I saw a fellow seaman doing something unsafe I would immediately report it, according to our given guidelines."

Rachelle's Answer

"As an Able Seaman, safety is most important. The health of the entire crew depends on safety being treated as a top priority. If I saw a fellow seaman doing something unsafe I would immediately report it, according to our given guidelines."

3.

What type of routine maintenance did you perform on your last ship?

Take the hiring manager through your experience, highlighting the maintenance tasks that you are most experienced in.

Rachelle's Answer

"I have performed all types of tasks as an Able Seaman. The most common routine maintenance tasks that I have performed on my latest ship include maintenance of the ship's metal structures, cleaning, priming, and painting."

4.

How well to you respond to authority even when you may not agree with their decision?

Talk to the hiring manager about your willingness to answer to authority. Give an example of a time when you may not have agreed with a decision, but respected their authority anyways.

Rachelle's Answer

"I will always respect those who have authority over me, no matter if I agree with their decision or not. Last month I was asked to repair a piece of equipment in a way that my superior officer thought would be faster. I disagreed with the method but I did things his way regardless. In the end, the job was completed up to standard and everyone was content."

5.

Tell me about your previous employment. How have these previous experiences helped you prepare for a career at sea?

Briefly describe your work experience outside of your time in the Navy as an Able Seaman.

Rachelle's Answer

"Before joining the Navy I was working in construction. I enjoyed the hands on aspect of the trades but was looking for something that offered more growth and leadership. I decided to join the Navy as an Able Seaman so that I could continue to use my hands on the job."

6.

When did you first want to become a sailor?

At what point in your life did you realize that you wanted to become a sailor? You can tell a personal story if you wish but be sure to keep them brief.

Rachelle's Answer

"Growing up, my father was a sailor and I always knew that I wanted to follow in his footsteps. I enrolled in the Navy as soon as I could and haven't looked back since."

7.

How do you handle working with a fellow seaman?

As an Able Seaman you are often working in closed quarters with others. Tell the hiring manager about your ability to work well with other individuals.

Rachelle's Answer

"I am able to get along well with most personality types. Rarely do I have a disagreement with co-workers and fellow seaman."

8.

Do you have a history of being late or calling in sick?

Tell the hiring manager about your level of reliability on the job.

Rachelle's Answer

"I have a strong history of being reliable. I am responsible, punctual, and can be relied on. If you were to call my references, they would confirm this is an accurate description of my character."

9.

How many years of service do you have on deck?

Take the interviewer through your experience. You can answer this briefly.

Rachelle's Answer

"I have been working in the Navy for 4 years, 18 months of which have been as an Able Seaman. In total, I have just under 2 years' experience on deck."

10.

What experience do you have being an Able Seaman?

Walk the hiring manager through your career as an Able Seaman thus far. Keep it brief and focus on the positive aspects of your time in this role.

Rachelle's Answer

"I began as an Able Seaman with the Navy in a role where I primarily sailed on auxiliary vessels. More recently, I was promoted to vessels that are navigated through the oceans in the US, including the Great Lakes. In total, I have 18 months experience as an Able Seaman."

11.

If hired, what steps would you take to understand the operations of our ship, prior to your start date?

If you are the successful candidate, how will you immerse yourself into the role? Tell the hiring manager what you will do to prepare for success.

Rachelle's Answer

"If I were hired, I would immediately start learning the details of the ships that I would be working on. I have already done some research but, with your guidance, I would be happy to get a head start on reading the correct manuals, etc."

12.

What is the worst weather condition you had to operate under?

Assure the hiring manager that you are able, and willing, to operate under extreme weather conditions.

Rachelle's Answer

"As an Able Seaman, I am aware that I will be expected to work in all weather conditions. I have experienced extreme weather changes at sea and am able to handle the pressure and stress that comes with that."

13.

How do you foresee yourself handling long periods of time at sea?

If you have been at sea for an extended period of time: "The longest I have been at sea was 21 days. It was difficult at times but I kept myself busy and am confident that I could do it again."

If you have not been at sea for an extended period of time: "I have not been at sea for an extended period of time, however; I feel that I could definitely handle it. I am resilient by nature and feel that my Navy training would prepared me well for that type of situation."

Rachelle's Answer

"The longest I have been at sea was 21 days. It was difficult at times but I kept myself busy and am confident that I could do it again."

14.

Have you ever had to keep watch for long periods of time? How do you keep yourself wide awake and keen?

Give an example to the hiring manager that will assure them you are able to keep watch and stay keen for long periods of time.

Rachelle's Answer

"On my current ship, I am tasked with keeping watch for long periods of time with very little breaks. I have extensive training in this role and am confident in my ability to remain keen."

15.

Are you fully trained in the use of lifeboats and life rafts?

Talk to the hiring manager about your training and level of confidence in lifeboats and life rafts.

Rachelle's Answer

"I am fully trained in the use of lifeboats and life rafts. I have studied the proper and safe use of both, extensively."

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Interview Questions

  1. What do you enjoy most about being a seaman?
  2. If you saw a fellow seaman doing something unsafe what would you do?
  3. What type of routine maintenance did you perform on your last ship?
  4. How well to you respond to authority even when you may not agree with their decision?
  5. Tell me about your previous employment. How have these previous experiences helped you prepare for a career at sea?
  6. When did you first want to become a sailor?
  7. How do you handle working with a fellow seaman?
  8. Do you have a history of being late or calling in sick?
  9. How many years of service do you have on deck?
  10. What experience do you have being an Able Seaman?
  11. If hired, what steps would you take to understand the operations of our ship, prior to your start date?
  12. What is the worst weather condition you had to operate under?
  13. How do you foresee yourself handling long periods of time at sea?
  14. Have you ever had to keep watch for long periods of time? How do you keep yourself wide awake and keen?
  15. Are you fully trained in the use of lifeboats and life rafts?
  16. Are you trained in First Aid and CPR?
  17. How strong is your sense of direction?
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