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Able Seaman Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Able Seaman interview, here are 17 interview questions and answer examples.

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Question 1 of 17

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

How to Answer

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.



Written by Rachelle Enns

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List of 17 Able Seaman Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

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

      How to Answer

      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.



      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

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  • 2.

    How strong is your sense of direction?

      How to Answer

      Display to the hiring manager that you have a strong sense of direction. You can do this by discussing any feedback you have received from a previous leader in your career.



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      1st Answer Example

      "My superior officer often comments on my uncanny ability to know which direction we are headed, even when at sea. I have been interested in this skill since I was young and have spent a lot of time perfecting my sense of direction."

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  • 3.

    Are you trained in First Aid and CPR?

      How to Answer

      Briefly discuss your experience in First Aid and CPR. You can talk about your level of comfortability in life saving techniques and if you have ever had to utilize these skills.



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      1st Answer Example

      "I am trained in First Aid and CPR and have my current certifications which I just renewed last month. My skills are strong and I am confident that should I come across an emergency situation, I would be able to utilize my knowledge under pressure."

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  • 4.

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

      How to Answer

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



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

      How to Answer

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

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 7.

    How do you handle working with a fellow seaman?

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 8.

    What do you enjoy most about being a seaman?

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 9.

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

      How to Answer

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



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  • 10.

    When did you first want to become a sailor?

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 11.

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

      How to Answer

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



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  • 12.

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

      How to Answer

      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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  • 13.

    How many years of service do you have on deck?

      How to Answer

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



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  • 14.

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

      How to Answer

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



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  • 15.

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

      How to Answer

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



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  • 16.

    What experience do you have being an Able Seaman?

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 17.

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

      How to Answer

      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."

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