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Top 15 Able Seaman Interview Questions

What do you enjoy most about being a seaman?
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Question 2 of 17
What type of routine maintenance did you perform on your last ship?
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"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."
Take the hiring manager through your experience, highlighting the maintenance tasks that you are most experienced in.
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Question 3 of 17
If you saw a fellow seaman doing something unsafe what would you do?
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"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."
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."
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Question 4 of 17
How well to you respond to authority even when you may not agree with their decision?
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"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."
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.
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Question 5 of 17
Tell me about your previous employment. How have these previous experiences helped you prepare for a career at sea?
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Question 6 of 17
When did you first want to become a sailor?
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How do you handle working with a fellow seaman?
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Question 8 of 17
Do you have a history of being late or calling in sick?
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Question 9 of 17
How many years of service do you have on deck?
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Question 10 of 17
What experience do you have being an Able Seaman?
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Question 11 of 17
If hired, what steps would you take to understand the operations of our ship, prior to your start date?
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Question 12 of 17
What is the worst weather condition you had to operate under?
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Question 13 of 17
How do you foresee yourself handling long periods of time at sea?
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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?
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Question 15 of 17
Are you fully trained in the use of lifeboats and life rafts?
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Are you trained in First Aid and CPR?
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Question 17 of 17
How strong is your sense of direction?
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Question 1 of 17
What do you enjoy most about being a seaman?
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Everything about the sea and the close friendship with the shipmate.
2.
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.
3.
To travel over the world for free and I love sea ocean.
4.
As a seaman being trusted by the people on board is a great responsibility and it make me happy.
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Because travel around the world.. And beautiful country..
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I enjoy about being a seaman. You can travel in other places freely.
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Everything about the and the close friendship with the ship mate.
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Travelling around the world.
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Being sorrounded by ocean.
10.
Seamans job s totally diffrent than other workd.
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The most I enjoy being a seaman is to travel the world for free because I am adventurous man...
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Good benefits . . good salary to support my family and travel the world for free.
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I enjoy my job so much and at the same time traveling around the world.
14.
I always dreamed to become a seaman, not just a seaman but to be a captain someday sir.
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I have always dreamt of the sea cruises, ships and most of all of marine engineering. All the more I am a hard worker and on the top of that the salary of a seaman is better that of anyone else.
Question 2 of 17
What type of routine maintenance did you perform on your last ship?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I was not able to have a routine maintenance because I was a fresh graduate but I able to know the theory on some machinery.
2.
I was not able to have a routine maintenance because I was a fresh graduate but I able to know the theory on the same machinery.
3.
Bridge duty sir and watchkeeping.
4.
I never able to have a routine maintenance on my previous vessel .
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Mainly bouy work and daily vessel maintaince in paint schemes and applying my seamanship skills.
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Sorry, I have never worked on board.
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I dont have any experience in a ship, but I love and like to.
8.
Chipping, grinding, paintingand working as helmsman.
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Check temperatures and pressures on ME and AE, check all fluids on board of ship.
10.
We sander sa rush and take paint on it.
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Grinding, painting, cleaning, wich maintance, rope slice, crane maintance.
12.
I performed my last routine the lashing team, mess man, and bridge.
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I performed my last routine the lashing team, mess man, and bridge.
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Use chipping, sandiring, also painting. Maintenance of ship.. Thats my a ship is good condition and new..
15.
Alot of maintenance like, chipping and painting. Greasing, repair. Cleaning or washing on deck. We do tank washing/cleaning. Cleaning inside accommodation. Beautification of the ship are carried out.
Question 3 of 17
If you saw a fellow seaman doing something unsafe what would you do?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Stop him right away and notify the right authority.
2.
I will make him stop and I will show him the proper way to do it safe.
3.
Since I dont have any experience in a ship. Firstly I ask him in a nice way. If he dont stop, I will ask some guidance who is in a position next to us. Line of authority.
4.
Call him or her to order....
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I will stop him and show him the right way to do that.
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Notify him to stop and get away from the unsafe place.
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Tell him about the correct procedures that must be taken up to ensure safety.
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Ill gonna remind him\her about what he\she doing is not safe and told what is right to do.
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Kindly correct, instructand never compromise.
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I will correct him, and ido the right and safety action.
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I'll find some other way to help him.
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First stop the work what he doing!after I will tell him use proper ppe and explain him consequnce of the hasard.
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I would remind him about safety rules.
14.
I tell him the safe way of what did he do.
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I tell him the bet and safe way for what he do.
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 Answers
1.
Tell me about drilling equipment.
2.
At now, Iam student.
3.
I am first time to took up a job.
4.
Tell me about your previous employment? How has that helped you for this career at sea?
5.
Since I have finish my apprenticeship as a seaman in our country, I have learned many things.
6.
I worked for a company located in spain, good word, boat tipy ferries al smallert but with hard work,
7.
Previously I am worked as computer technician but I like adventurous job on that time I prefer seamen job.
8.
Quite good as I got enough duties in bridge and a very helping officers.
9.
I was anyting in a practice program. I hope, that it will my first job, sir.
10.
Most of my business in the past was going to sea as a supercargo.
11.
I doing good in my work, and I have good friends onboard, I always think safety, but sometimes not but not always. And ive learned many good things in our work and duties.
12.
This is my first employment so I want to put all my efforts to give you my best.
13.
I have no other employment background but my my personal experience will help me a a lot to overcome my career at sea.
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I am first time to took up the job.
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It gave me a lot of experience to do my job better and serve my next company with full extent.
Question 6 of 17
When did you first want to become a sailor?
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I want to earn more money, to support my family, and to send my kids to college.
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I want to become a sailor when I was 16 years old.
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I come to sailor 2006
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When I was a child, when my family have fishing business and I sometimes going at seas I realize I belong to it and it inspiers me when my family thought me that I am born on a boat.
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I have 20th years experience on a boat.
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During my college time.
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Since before I graduate of high school.
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I first want to become a sea man when I was I my final year in the university, when I read about the vikings long ship and how the vikings sailed.So I deseired to be like them.
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Discuss the job responsibilities of a seaman in brief.
10.
Not yet it is my first time sir.
11.
When my uncle said you be a seaman someday and I want to go around in other country.
12.
After my graduation from the university, I desided to sail.
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When I was an high school, and its because most of my family members are seaman.
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Was me dream since my chilhood.
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Was my dream since childhood.
Question 7 of 17
How do you handle working with a fellow seaman?
User-Submitted Answers
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Work with them with my most intelligent behavior and sound mind. None.
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Work with them with my most intelligent behavior and sound mind. None.
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I will just try my best to understand him since I think teamwork is needed in this job.
4.
I`m a well diverse person sir, so I think I can adjust to anyone.
5.
I enjoy being part of a team, I can well with everyone, disliking people is not a good attitude to be at sea with.
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If I have one, I dont want to work with some guilt or strange feelings with my co worker, if we have this I wnt to settle it sooner. This is my job I want to work with happiness.
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I handle my works with faith of for my safety reason.
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I won't bother about him.
9.
How do you handle working with a fellow seama, who you do not like.
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Lazy peoples and slow workers.
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I worked with everyone, and I like everyone.
12.
I work with my heart for every task that my officer gave me.
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Stay calm, make effort to solve the difference.
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I think we can handle fellow seaman to become a good person and be responsible in its job.
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I handle my job very nicely with my crewmate. But I dont like my AB
Question 8 of 17
Do you have a history of being late or calling in sick?
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If im sick I will pursue myself to work.
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I am a student never done any job yet bt yes not fallen sick since 5 years touch wood.
3.
None sir. I always keep my body and mind fit and healthy sir.
4.
I never missed a day during my 4 years of employment, even when I was involved in an accident in work I was injured for 2 weeks and my employer brought in extra help for me to carry on working.
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One, this were the time I adjust myself in a country that has different climate change.
6.
Save god I neve sick at sea.
7.
How many time did you call off sick at your last job.
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I am not a sick man because I care my own self to prevent sickness.
9.
Some times, when I missed my family.
10.
Not yet experience to call sick at my last job.
11.
As far as I know I didnt experience it yet.
12.
Only in every cold and warm weather.
13.
Never, this is the first time I will work.
14.
Twice ? I'm not sure... It is just a seasickness.
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I never asked for a sick leave/off sick.
Question 9 of 17
How many years of service do you have on deck?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I have not experience, because I am a student.
2.
Since joining trinity house as a trainee deck rating I have presently 10 months sea service.
3.
I have experience only apprentice..
4.
Almost 7yrs on deck experience.
5.
Twenty seven years in service on deck.
6.
Twenty seven years from now.
7.
For now I have no experience in service.
8.
Its only seven days its my on job training.
9.
I have one year experience as a deck cadet.
Question 10 of 17
What experience do you have being an Able Seaman?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I, no fisherman but I work at tug boat.
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I have not experience, because I am a student.
3.
I ve not done fishing before.
4.
I never been a fisherman.
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I have no experience about being a fisherman.
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Cadet: I was proceeding In practice program, interships to I year student In Maritime university Szczecin. 2 weeks to School and research ship NAVIGATOR XXI. Earlier, activaied sailed, likewise at sea.
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I cannot answer that question coz I dont have experience like fisherman.
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I have not experience, because I am a student.
9.
I don`t have an experience being a fisherman but I know how to fish sir.
10.
I have small experince in the fishing industry, I complete my training through the fishing industry and I was able to achieve my goals and abition to hold a skippers licence.
11.
Sorry, I am not a fisherman, so I have no experience about it.
12.
I dint have any, but if I have a chance I want to try.
13.
I experience that its enjoy doing that thing.
14.
No experience in fishing.
15.
When I was a child I have a lot of experience in fisherman. The most thing I have been experience in fisherman when we grab the net we have to fast the the swing of the net.
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 Answers
1.
I will try to give my extra time apart from general work to learn new operation of ship.
2.
I will give my full time to understand the operation of our ship.
3.
Give me one hour. To understand the operations of the ship.
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I will try to give my extra time apart from general from general work to learn new operation of ship.
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Depends on the schedule of my duty/
6.
As long as it takes for me to learn sir.
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I would try to get extra time apart my general work to learn the new operation of the ship ...
8.
I would be prepared to take time outside of work to gain a good understanding of the ship and its operations and the how the company works.
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I dont have any experience in a ship, but if needed I want to focus on my job,
10.
Most of the time I observe the job what our superiors doing.
11.
I am willing to work anytime for my vessel..
12.
Stop him right away and notify the right authority.
13.
Chipping at thwe side of vessel with seaman stage, and safety gear. Painting, both side of vessel and a mast. Cleaning or wash painting,
14.
Has per company regulations.
15.
That depends on ship condition.
Question 12 of 17
What is the worst weather condition you had to operate under?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
During the heavy seas and I am one of the authorize personnel to work.
2.
During the heavy seas and I am one of the authorize personnel to work.
3.
I think if a storm is coming.
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Its was violent storm with near 100 km/h wind speed on the coast of Somalian waters ...
5.
The worst weather I have had to operate in was doing look out duties responding to a coast guard search area during the winter season to look for any sign of a fishing vessel reported missing.
6.
Cold weather,I experienced it already in my last job. My body adjust, and I know now how to handle it.
7.
Rough weather especially rolling.
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15 degreese pitching and 2-3 degreese roling.
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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.
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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.
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Rough weather condition, huge tides and rolling.
12.
The worts weather condition I have operate is when officer say to steer in the romblon bay.
13.
If sea is bad weather condition, very diffecult for me..
14.
We are transitting in pacific ocean, then coming bad weather almost 1week. We do manual steering at all times.
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Transitting in pacific ocean the bad weather almost a week. We did manual steering all the time of every watch.
Question 13 of 17
How do you foresee yourself handling long periods of time at sea?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Yes, I've family. I'm able for this because this is not new for me. I done my study many places.
2.
I will miss my family, but it is my working.
3.
Yes I have a family. My wife and I agreed on my profession.
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I must say, its not going to be easy but I have a wife who is capable of handling family matters.
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Yes I have a family their are my parents and my brothers, I really miss them all so much. It is ok because my parents know that have to leave them, to hard work and give a good life someday.
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Yes I have family, its hard but, Iwill sacrifice all the sadness to help my family from poverty.
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Yes.. Just think of our future.
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Yes, its okay, ive experienced many times far away from them and now theres new technologies that I can easily contact them..
9.
Yes I will go to any prostitutes and full fill my ambition.
10.
I have, that's big problem that I will be trying overcome if I want to be a good seafearer as my big dream.
11.
Yes I have a family... But sailing is my passion.
12.
Yes I have, I alrady experienced of being far from them...I didnt feel homesick.
13.
Ay. Napamangkot mu na ni sakn. Minango lang?
14.
I'm young, and I haven't babies and husband, but I study, and i'm interrested to summertime job.
15.
I will miss my family but it is my working.
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?

About Able Seaman

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.

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