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Top 15 Able Seaman Interview Questions
Question 1 of 17
What do you enjoy most about being a seaman?
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List of Able Seaman Interview Questions
  1. What do you enjoy most about being a seaman?
  2. What type of routine maintenance did you perform on your last ship?
  3. If you saw a fellow seaman doing something unsafe what would you do?
  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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Able Seaman Information
August 17th, 2017

An able seaman is a sailor who generally serves as a ship's helmsman. Able seamen perform multiple tasks on deck. They stand watch to look for obstructions in the ship's path, turn the wheel on bridge, measure water depth, and use emergency equipment under instructions from the mate. They are also responsible for painting and chipping rust from the ship's structure.
Government-issued certification is a must to be employed as an able seaman. This is a strenuous job. Able seamen must have the physical strength and stamina to handle the rigors of the job.
Prospective employers will be looking for applicants who can handle being away at sea for several weeks if not months at a time. Not everybody can handle long sea voyages. If you have not done any sea voyage, either as an apprentice or employee, employers will be reluctant to hire you. At the interview, you must emphasize your 'can do' attitude as that is crucial when you are working as part of a ship's crew. You must also stress that you work well as part of a team. Be prepared to answer all kinds of questions about working aboard a ship and also about being out at sea. You can get an idea of what kinds of questions to expect when you go to mock questions.
Able Seaman User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 17
What do you enjoy most about being a seaman?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Being a seafarers I injoy traveling the worl, I meet some people defferent w/ us, Ido my responsible regarding my knowledge..
2.
I dont have any experience in seaman, but I want to.
3.
1st the sallary 2nd you can go to other country 3rd can gain knowledge 4th have a new friend.
4.
I love the sea, working on it, having a different view out of my office window everyday and no day is ever the same. There is always something to do on a ship and always something to learn.
5.
Because travel around the world.. And beautiful country..
Question 2 of 17
What type of routine maintenance did you perform on your last ship?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Grinding, painting, cleaning, wich maintance, rope slice, crane maintance.
2.
Deck watch keeping, its a kind of work that you should always open your eyes and ears enable for you to maintain the safety look out.
3.
Wash painting, cleaning chain locker, securing mooring lines.
4.
My routine mentainance I perform on my last ship is meaintenance like greasing , house keeping and painting jobs.
5.
I dont have any experience in a ship, but I love and like to.
Question 3 of 17
If you saw a fellow seaman doing something unsafe what would you do?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I'll stop him and ask him why he was doing it in that way.
2.
Firstly I will guide him about the working with safety. And will give him a some examples of crew who worked without safety and what happened to them.
3.
I am an oiler. If I saw seamen doing something unsafe. I report to officer watchkeeping.
4.
I tell him the bet and safe way for what he do.
5.
I will tell him the proper safeworking procedure.
Question 4 of 17
How well to you respond to authority even when you may not agree with their decision?
Question 5 of 17
Tell me about your previous employment. How have these previous experiences helped you prepare for a career at sea?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Most of my business in the past was going to sea as a supercargo.
2.
Gain more experince, pratically and theriotically and safety awareness.
3.
I have a ability, skills to do the task onboard safely.
4.
It really helped me for the financial need.
5.
My previous employment is student.
Question 6 of 17
When did you first want to become a sailor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
When my uncle said you be a seaman someday and i want to go around in other country.
2.
In my father friend one of the officer deck .
3.
I have 20th years experience on a boat.
4.
I want to become a sailor when I was of 15
5.
When I was a child sir it always been my dream.
Question 7 of 17
How do you handle working with a fellow seaman?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
How do you handle working with a fellow seama, who you do not like.
2.
Working with them with most intelligent behaviour and source mind.
3.
Stay calm, make effort to solve the difference.
4.
Understand him and think of my family.
5.
I almost handling my job excellently ever since when I was in my college lives, I handle it with care, tenderness and an excellent manner which excels outstanding discipline and the most thing that I dont really like the most is that I am not capable on working with a person who pass their obligation from one to another its a kinda selfish!
Question 8 of 17
Do you have a history of being late or calling in sick?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
How many time did you call off sick at your last job.
2.
As far as I know I didnt experience it yet.
3.
I never asked for a sick leave/off sick.
4.
One, this were the time I adjust myself in a country that has different climate change.
5.
Only in every cold and warm weather.
Question 9 of 17
How many years of service do you have on deck?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Twenty seven years from now.
2.
Its only seven days its my on job training.
3.
Almost 7yrs on deck experience.
4.
I have one year experience as a deck cadet.
5.
Twenty seven years in service on deck.
Question 10 of 17
What experience do you have being an Able Seaman?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I don`t have an experience being a fisherman but I know how to fish sir.
2.
I cannot answer that question coz I dont have experience like fisherman.
3.
My experience is hard but I enjoyed.
4.
No experience in fishing.
5.
I dont have any experience being a fisherman.
Question 11 of 17
If hired, what steps would you take to understand the operations of our ship, prior to your start date?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I will give my full time to understand the operation of our ship.
2.
As long as it takes for me to learn sir.
3.
I am willing to work anytime for my vessel..
4.
44 hour a week. Not a included overtime.
5.
Has per company regulations.
Question 12 of 17
What is the worst weather condition you had to operate under?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
When the time of my duty and the sea is very rough.. I always say to my self that I cant do it without vomitting.
2.
When the time of my duty and the sea is very rough.. I always say to my self that I cant do it without vomitting.
3.
When time ship to ship operation. Traspering oil cargo to other ship in bad weather condition.
4.
Rough weather condition , huge tides and rolling.
5.
Winter is the worst weather ive encountered.
Question 13 of 17
How do you foresee yourself handling long periods of time at sea?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have a family. As part of a job to be away from family.
2.
Its ok for me because I did it for them for their future.
3.
Just skyping and chating.
4.
Yes I have . It is ok I work for my family.
5.
Am used to that most of the time we chat via skype, viber, after work.
Question 14 of 17
Have you ever had to keep watch for long periods of time? How do you keep yourself wide awake and keen?
Question 15 of 17
Are you fully trained in the use of lifeboats and life rafts?
Question 16 of 17
Are you trained in First Aid and CPR?
Question 17 of 17
How strong is your sense of direction?
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