A Guide to Answering the Top Interview Questions

While the marine industry requires particular skills and knowledge, there are still some common questions asked by all companies. You might be comfortable answering questions about your specific experience or background, but some of the more general questions can feel tricky.

Here is our short guide to answering the top interview questions.

Tell Me About Yourself

This one can feel like a trap, but we assure you it’s not. The question is not an invitation to tell your life story. Instead, prepare ahead of time for a short introduction of yourself that focuses on the job-related information.


How Did You Hear About This Position?

It’s standard for companies to track where applicants find out about their open jobs. They also want to know if someone referred you or heard about it through their online postings. An honest answer is the best option.


How Do You Handle Stressful Situations?

Stress and work go hand in hand. It’s not that the employer doesn’t expect you to feel pressure on the job, but they want to know how you conduct yourself. For example, making mistakes is human, but knowing how to react and readjust will be critical.


Are You Applying for Other Jobs?

Employers know that job seekers aren’t putting their eggs in one basket. You don’t have to disclose all of the potential companies in this answer, but it will help them know how quickly they need to make a decision.


What is Your Salary Requirement?

For a long time, there was a perception that the first person to name a dollar amount lost the negotiations. But this was never the case. Expectations should be made clear as early as possible. If you’re not comfortable saying an exact number, let them know the salary range initially provided matches your expectations.


Are you prepared for your next marine industry job interview? Call Hutco today.