How do you prepare for a job interview? We have reviewed for you some of the most common questions and some answers.


1. Tell me about yourself!

  • Try to answer briefly in no more than 2 minutes, don’t stutter; – Keep the answer within the limits of the professional perspective and the skills used in work.
  • Do not go back to childhood, give some details about what you were in the past and where you want to go;
  • Use the Resume entry as a starting point;
  • Answer in such a way as to make it clear that you are a stable, adaptable and positive person;
  • Say only positive things.

2. What are your weaknesses?

Dress the weaknesses in a positive answer, for example: It takes me a long time to get ready in the morning, so I set my alarm at least an hour before I be on time for work.
3. What are your strengths?

Sell yourself. Say how suitable you are for the job and how valuable you are as an employee of a company.

4. What do you know about our company / shipping company?

  • It shows that you have done your homework, that you know what the company does and its place on the market, you know the products, the approximate income of the company, what is its reputation in the industry it belongs to, but also in general, you know the history of the company , image, goals and psychology;
  • Find out as much information about the organization as possible before the interview. Write down most of the data you have in front of your eyes. You can even come up with questions about the company’s strategy in the coming months;
  • Show interest in new information, let the interviewer provide more details about the company.

5. Why do you want to work for us?

  • Don’t talk about what you want, talk about their needs and what you can do for them;
  • You want to be part of their company / firm;
  • You want to solve the company’s problems and you like challenges;
  • You can make a major contribution to achieving your company’s goals.

6. What would you do for us? What can you do for us and someone else can’t?

  • Presents the previous experiences (if applicable – the positive ones (not how many ships you abandoned, failed, etc.) that show the success reported in solving problems similar to those that the company / firm could have;
  • Be positive.

7. Why do you find our offer attractive? Or unattractive?

  • List 3 or more attractive factors (reputation of the company, the chance to work with exceptional people, etc.) and only one negative aspect, the least minor (aspects that could include, the location of the offices).

8. Why should we hire you?

  • This is your chance to show why it is important to have you in the company and how well you fit. Do not refer to other competitors for comparison, just talk about your experience and skills as the most suitable for that job in that company;
  • Due to the knowledge, experience, skills and qualities you have.
  • Be very confident and confident in the way you respond, not vaguely.

9. What exactly do you want from your new job?

  • The possibility to improve my knowledge, because in the profession of naval officer we have to learn continuously;
  • Vague answers such as: I like to work in multinational crews / teams, I like challenges at work;
  • Link the answer to the position you are competing for;
  • I am interested in pursuing a career in your company.

10. Tell me your opinion about (position for which you are interviewed)

  • Be concise, activities and desired results.

11. Why do you think you can handle this job?

  • Mention skills, experience and interest in the job and field.

12. Do you think you are overqualified for this position?

  • Despite your qualifications, he claims that you are very well prepared for that job. Or you could say, “I don’t think I’m overqualified, but I’m fully qualified.”

13. How do you propose to compensate for the lack of experience?

  • You could point out that you learn fast and are hardworking.

14. Do you consider yourself a successful person?

  • You must always answer yes. Success does not always mean being at the top, simply mentioning how you have achieved your goals.

15. Why have you been out of work for so long?

  • Talk about the activities you did while you were out of work, such as trainings or courses you took.

16. What do colleagues say about you?

  • Remember the good things your colleagues / bosses say about you. For example: My boss, Mr. X, told me that he appreciates me for the way I react in stressful situations and because I am a very organized person.

 17. How long will you stay with us?

  • Don’t give a specific answer. You might say, “I’m planning on staying for a long time.” or “As long as both I and the company think I’m doing my job well.” or “As long as I can contribute, improve, grow, etc.”

18. Did you send your Resume to other job postings?

  • Be honest. If he considers you a valuable candidate for the company, he could offer you a better salary so as not to lose you for another job.

Experience and management:

1. What is your leading style? – (if you haven’t thought about this yet, it’s time to do it) for example:

  • Mention the way you interacted with your subordinates or your own projects such as “I guided the crew members and motivated them to complete their tasks on time”. Or you can simply say, “For me, good communication between members is the best method.”
  • Leadership through development and training when managers see themselves primarily as an employee instructor;
  • Open doors.

2. Do you work well in a team?

  • The answer must always be yes and you must give some examples. You can remember situations in which you were part of a group and the activities you did with others were a real success.

3. What is your work philosophy?

  • Don’t keep a monologue. He says something like, “My philosophy is to give my best all the time.”

4. Are you a good leader? Give an example. Why do you think you have the potential to be a top leader?

  • Responds concisely presenting the achievements and tasks, emphasizes the managerial qualities: planning, organization, control, interpersonal qualities;
  • Describe relevant personal traits.

5. What do you think is the most difficult task for a leader?

  • Planning and carrying out activities on time and within the allocated budget;
  • It does not imply that it is an invincible task.

6. What is the biggest weakness of a leader?

  • To be honest and finish on a positive note (to reconcile all the women in the company).

7. What method do you use to reward people?

  • Extra Overtime is the answer to be avoided.

If you leave a job:

1. Why are you leaving your current job?

  • It is no longer a challenge, it is time to move on, I would like to work on board a type ship … … (or the field of the company you want to work for);
  • Never refer to any management issues and do not say bad things about your bosses, colleagues or organization. Talk about leaving for a positive reason – a new opportunity, a chance to do something more;

2. What do you think should give you all the benefits?

  • You feel that the challenges and satisfaction of the new job / new company / ship outweigh the lost benefits.

3. Tell me what the ideal job is for you.

  • Don’t mention a specific job. Speak generically, like: I want a job where I love my work and I like the people I work with.

4. Describe how you think it is an ideal work environment on board a ship

  • Where people are treated as fairly as possible;
  • Do not mention short trips and high salaries.

5. How would you describe the current company you work for?

  • An excellent company that allowed me to capture a rich experience (do not pay attention to the negative aspects !!!!!)

Quantification of experience and achievements:

1. Tell me about a proposal you made that it work.

  • With this answer you have to show that you care about the way the company will develop. Give an example that has been accepted and has been successful, especially if it is related to the job / company you are interviewing for.

2. Did you help increase the profit / profitability of the voyage? How?

  • Suggest a few occasions, then stop at one and detail it;
  • It shows the percentage increase of the profit / profitability with facts and figures.

3. Did you help reduce costs? How?

  • Same as above.

4. How much money can you talk about as a profit?

  • Be specific, relate a specific contract with facts and figures.

5. How many people did you supervise at the old job?

  • Be specific, the more the better.

6. Do you like to work with actions more than words?

  • Be honest but positive;

7. At the current or previous job, what features did you like the most? Less?

  • Summarize the answer to what the new job can offer.

8. At your current or former job, what were / are the 5 most important achievements?

  • You can refer to the main achievements mentioned in the Resume.

9. What was the previous company’s policy regarding alcohol consumption on board the ship? Have you encountered problems with alcohol consumption?

Your work style and habits:

1. If I were to talk to your former boss / master, what would he say are your strengths / weaknesses?

  • Focus on skills: don’t focus on your weaknesses; it is always safer to identify a lack of quality or experience as a defect than a personal characteristic.
  • There may be many qualities you can mention, but make sure you have prepared an example / story to support your answer. If you have already prepared a letter of recommendation, you can simply list the attributes there and demonstrate them by handy references.

2. Tell me about a problem you had with a boss.

  • Never mentioned a conflict with a boss. Try to think and then say that was not the case.

3. Can you work after deadlines, under pressure, etc.?

  • Yes. Quite simply, it is a way of life aboard a maritime officer.
  • You can say that you work even better in certain stressful situations.

4. At your current job, what issues did you identify that were initially overlooked?

  • Be concise and don’t forget to say how you solved the problems.

5. Don’t you think you would feel better on a bigger ship / different field?

  • It depends on the post / ship, explain succinctly;
  • Repeat how your previous experience is suitable for the position you are applying for in the company.

6. How do you solve problems in a team / crew?

  • First, discuss issues privately and tactfully. If the problem is not resolved then action should be taken, which could mean removing / sending a member of the team / crew back to the country.

7. What was the hardest decision you had to make?

  • Try to summarize the answer to the situation of the future job;
  • Do not mention the situation when you had to choose between a redhead and a brunette in the first harbor (you are at a job interview !!!!) or to wear a red or blue tie at the interview.

8. What is the most stressful operation for you and your crew on board?

9. Should the master be liked or feared by the crew?

10. What was the biggest risk you ever took?

Salary questions:

1. Which is more important to you, work or salary?

  • You can say something like: Both are important because everyone needs money to survive, but job satisfaction is an aspect that plays a major role in life.

2. What salary do you want?

  • Answer with a question, e.g. what is the salary of a similar position in your company?
  • If they do not answer, then give a number (about how much you think you are worth).

3. What amount do you expect if we offer you this job?

  • Be careful; the market value of the job could be the key answer, e.g. “I understand that a job like the one you offer is worth about … … …”.

4. What kind of salary do you deserve?

  • If you have something in mind … don’t hesitate. The interviewer insists;
  • Try to turn the answer and the question into a strong point. “I’m the kind of person who likes challenges and gets involved. Some people see this as a delay, but I’m sure it can be seen as a strength because I want to make sure it’s done right.”


1. Do you have any questions you want to ask me?

Be prepared with questions whose answers you did not find on the company’s website. Ask questions that show your interest.

It is good to be prepared to answer health questions, more technical questions related to your qualifications or current job, plus other information that you have included in your Resume.

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