Deckhand Interview Questions and Answers

Updated on: June 6, 2018

The interview that you are about to appear for is already half-conquered if you have prepared for it.

Interview preparation is underrated, as it is not given its due – people often go in unprepared and feel disappointed when they do not ace the process.

To make sure that you do, go through the following set of interview questions and answers.



Deckhand Interview Questions and Answers

What prompted you to work as a deckhand?
I have always liked working onboard water vessels, and when I got a chance to start off my career as a deckhand, I decided to give it a try. And here I am!

What duties have you performed in the role of a deckhand?
As a deckhand, I have been performing a wide variety of activities such as preparing vessels for operational readiness, tending moor lines, standing security and safety watches, assisting in performing navigational functions, managing and using emergency and deck gear, ensuring that deck and engine room preventative maintenance is effectively and efficiently carried out, and handling the overall cleaning and maintenance work on assigned areas within a vessel.

In your opinion, what are some of the skills that one requires while working as a deckhand?
One has to possess exceptional knowledge of how to handle work onboard a marine vessel. Apart from this, it is essential for deckhands to understand and handle line and barge lookout duties, in addition, to possess exceptional skills in inspecting and securing pipes and mooring lines, and be well-versed in splicing and repairing cables and towing ropes. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also crucial for people working at this position, as they often have to create and maintain relationships with passengers.

How do you feel about the dangers associated with working as a deckhand?
If you mean the danger of being out at sea, that is a given. And I do not think much about it. Accidents can take place in any area, whether it is at sea, on roads, and in the air. So apart from making sure that I take safety precautions seriously, I do not think about the dangers associated with the work.

What part of this work do you find the most difficult?
I wouldn’t say that any part of this work is more difficult than another. All duties associated with this work pose the challenge at one point or another.

What are your career plans for the future?
I have recently started working as a deckhand and would like to learn the ropes thoroughly, before making my way up to the position of a vessel crew member.