Deck Cadet Questions


1. Tell me about yourself?
2. Why should we hire you?
3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
4. Why do you want to be an officer on board?
5. What can you say about your development?
6. How many years would you like to be a commander or captain?
7. How long will you work in our company?
8. What is a seaman?
9. What is your reason for wanting to be a seafarer?
10. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a sailor?
11. What motivates you to become a seafarer?
12. How will you overcome the challenges and difficulties of being a seafarer?
13. What is leadership?
14. What is your favourite subject? Tell me about your favourite subject.


1. What is safety?
2. What is Marpol?
3. What are the annexes to Marpol?
4. What are the four pillars of IMO?
5. At how many miles can rubbish be thrown overboard?
6. What are the steps to take when there is a fire inside the car compartment?
7. What is the fire triangle and its composition?
8. What are the appropriate fire extinguishers to be used in the event of a fire (interviewer will cite an example or situation)
9. How will you encourage your crew to observe safety precautions and best working practices on board?
10. How will you maintain safe working practices on board?
11. What are ECA and SECA?
12. What is ORB?
13. The minimum amount of oxygen a human needs when entering a confined space?

Technical (Deck)

1. What is navigation?
2. What are the duties and responsibilities of a deck cadet?
3. What is magnetic compass error?
4. What is GMDSS?
5. What is SART?
6. What is EPIRB?
7. What is the difference between x-band radar and s-band radar?
8. What is variation?
9. What is deviation?
10. Describe the magnetic compass.
11. What are the types of magnetic compass?
12. What is the help channel on VHF?
13. What is a motor vessel?
14. What is a fishing vessel?
15. What is a ship not under command?
16. What is a vessel with limited manoeuvrability?
17. What is a draft restricted vessel?
18. What is a seaplane?
19. Quote COLREG rules 1-36
20. Define the turning curve of the ship.
a. Draw the ship’s turning curve.
b. Underline the 6 elements of the turning curve on the drawing.
c. Choose 2 elements of the gyration curve and give their definition.
21. Explain graphically the steering effect of the rudder:
a. The ship goes forward, rudder on starboard.
b. Ship going aft, rudder to starboard.
22. Explain graphically the steering effect of the propeller:
a. Right turn, ship going forward.
b. Right-hand direction of rotation, ship goes astern.
23. Explain graphically the effect of the ship’s tacking at the quay:
a. Ship anchored to starboard, bow rising.

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