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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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Question 2 of 17
What type of routine maintenance did you perform on your last ship?
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Take the hiring manager through your experience, highlighting the maintenance tasks that you are most experienced in.

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

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"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."
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Question 6 of 17
When did you first want to become a sailor?
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Question 7 of 17
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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Question 16 of 17
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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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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