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Electrician Interview Questions
1. Why did you want to be an electrician?
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February 27th, 2014

An electrician is a tradesman specializing in electrical wiring of buildings, stationary machines and related equipment. Electricians may be employed in the installation of new electrical components or the maintenance and repair of existing electrical infrastructure.
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Electrician Interview Questions
2 of 25
How well do you pay attention to details?
 
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Very well if you don't it could be dangerous.
 
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I seek clarification to whatever I don't get quite well and take note of the details.
 
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The job is very dangerous if you make any mistakes, so you must pay attention to details.
 
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I pay well to attention to detail as I would like to describe myself as a perfectionist and like the job to be done correctly.
 
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I've very meticulous on the look and make sure cable are tidy in the builds that I have completed.
 
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3 of 25
Tell me about your education.
 
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OYAP Electrical at Central Tech.
 
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3 years Diploma in Electrical engineering.
 
3.
Diploma in electrical and electronic engineering.
 
4.
I'm looking for a skilled trade that will always be in demand. And I like to make things work.
 
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I have 15 months/ 1500 credit hours in the electrical field.
 
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4 of 25
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
 
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I will be owning the electrical company dealing in selling good electrical materials and to see that I train people.
 
2.
I would like to see my self with a lincense of a 309a electricain working as a journey man for your company gaining more professinal experience.
 
3.
More knowledgeable in electrical.
 
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I see myself in the next three years as a qualified electrician and hopefully for me to work for your company and being a member of your team. Or if the opportunity is not given I would join the army or RAF and to help me to progress myself into learning more about being an electrician.
 
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Looking forward to building my own electrical firm to improve standards of electrical installations.
 
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5 of 25
What overall experience do you have in construction?
 
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9 yrs in repairs company.
 
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Rough in, pulling wire, running conduit.
 
3.
I dont have experience in construction.
 
4.
I work in this field since ten years.
 
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I have went to conestago college for a program and ive also work with AMG electical for a period of 4 month which was a co-op and ive also come to do my own house complete basement and a few other things in the main floor and had it done and expectied.
 
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6 of 25
Why do you want to work for our team?
 
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Because this team fit to my job portofolio.
 
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I feel I would be an asset to the company by bringing a strong will to work, learn and make the company better.
 
3.
My first priority is my work not any belongings or references. I just want to done my job by a proper way. Status dosent matter.
 
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I want to be the best so I should be with the best.
 
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Good communication and good quality of work... Building my knowledge in the various projects letting me learn and enhance my experience.
 
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7 of 25
If I ask you to do something in a way you are not used to, how would you handle this?
 
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I will try to learn from my senior first then proceed to the task.
 
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I will take info about that job . And I will carry on my job.
 
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Will accept the challenge because I will gain more knowledge and best way to do it.
 
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I will try my best to convince you by my good job.
 
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I will enquire and search abt the way to do it and complete it.
 
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8 of 25
What are your weaknesses?
 
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Yes I have. My cousin and my uncle already working there in electrical fields.
 
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No I do not have any family memeber in this field but do have something in trades that sit side by side such as construction renovation plumbing heating an cooling .
 
3.
I do not have any family members in the field.
 
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No I am the first one in the family.
 
5.
Yes my father works for the comapny.
 
Question
9 of 25
How do you handle criticism?
 
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Every person have a criticize and I ready to face it.
 
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Yes. I can adjust myself in any environment.
 
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It gives us chance to introspect and you can make develop yourself.
 
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Yes, I see criticism as getting another point of view.
 
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Criticism of the riht ind are taken well... Cause its the stepping stone to success.
 
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10 of 25
Have you ever rewired a finished house?
 
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Yes, I have accomplished 3 rewired houses over the past 4 years.
 
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Yes I have rewired small house.
 
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Yes, I have done some bit of troblue shooting.
 
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No. Just I worked with faulty outlets like if a socket or bulb or breaker need to change but I completely wired a home.
 
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No I have not ever rewired a finhed house but hve finshed the basement completely.
 
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11 of 25
What did you find difficult to do as an electrician when you were an apprentice? How have you learned to do this without feeling challenged by it?
 
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No there is not difficulties in my career because I follow the rule & regulation of the company and Electrical safety norms, Every where is a challenge in life but you have to face it and learn to ward success.
 
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Rework I will feel to do . But I will do it easly.
 
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Sometimes I am confuised with colour coading of wires when someone using same colour wires for both nutral and phase.
 
4.
Reading a wiring diagram. I learned all the symbols and how it should put together to draw schematic diagram.
 
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Approach each task or job head on knowing exactly what to do.
 
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12 of 25
What steps do you take when troubleshooting?
 
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Inspection and testing of equipment.
 
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Making shore that I keep on top of my mind that never to get to comfortable with electricity always stop think and do the job saftly I try to keep that on my mind at all times.
 
3.
When it comes to find a fault on the power line or on a HT cable.
 
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Striking the balance between working safe and being productive.
 
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It really depends on the method and application. You can use a volt meter, ohm meter. It can be as simple as checking for power, or even a visual inspection.
 
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13 of 25
How do you maintain positive relationships with building engineers and architects when working on a project?
 
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I am a hard & smart worker to achieve my objects.
 
2.
Ya, I will do any type of my job.
 
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I worked in all environments like cold, hot stress environment, Iworked from morning till late night.
 
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I manage everything and work on odd hours.
 
5.
Very hard worker. I would work as much as the company requires.
 
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14 of 25
Tell me about your customer service skills.
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Work on vessel due to hight.
 
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Chasing the Target as a production incharge in an electrical lights manufacturing company.
 
3.
Rectification and changes made and finishing timeline... However we were able to finish it.
 
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Working in a very cold environment.
 
5.
Programming generator to SMA sunny lsland inverter.
 
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15 of 25
If you were rewiring one outlet in an older home, where all the other outlets had no ground, would you find a way to install a ground into the new outlet or just let it go?
 
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Yes I will find a way to install a ground.
 
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Ya, I will find, else I will install new ground.
 
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No I'll sure find a way to put a ground it's very important failure to do this can have severe damage and one can lose his life.
 
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Yes I'm okay, I can learn a lot from doing that.
 
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I'll find a way to install a ground because all the electrical outlets must be earthed according to the regulation.
 
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What are your strengths?
 
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Nothing to dislike because this is a my profession.
 
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One thing always threats me regarding safety.
 
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Oppurtunities for less exerienced is less.
 
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I don't dislike anything about being an electrician this is what I like to do.
 
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Because of advancing technology l come across of very complicated machine which makes feel dislike being electrician.
 
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17 of 25
Have you trained others on your team before?
 
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Yes. It dosent matter for me.
 
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Yes I am a great team player. Working with others means more knowledge.
 
3.
I like to work with others.
 
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Absolutely. Great team work means light work for all.
 
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I have taught apprentices different kinds of tasks many times.
 
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18 of 25
Have you ever torn apart a computer or device to see how it works?
 
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Yes Iam a diploma holder in computer science.
 
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Yes. I tried to did that its interesting for me but I never found someone to teach me how to do it.
 
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I can worke hard as much as possible.
 
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When I was a kid yes but not sence then just loved to see how things worked when I was a kid and still do now thats what started my passion for electrical work.
 
5.
Yes but it was an a/v amplifier.
 
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19 of 25
Have you ever messed up a three way switch, didn't test it, and realized after the drywall was finished?
 
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Yes. I did it many times. But at last I learned from my mistakes.
 
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No never before I test and do final fix.
 
3.
No - always test before you finish up the job.
 
4.
I haven't had too much experience with a three way switch.
 
5.
I never work in three phase because I m fresh candidate I do work in single phase in 6 month.
 
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20 of 25
What is the largest electrical project you have completed?
 
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Ras Laffan Gas project I have all ready mentioned.
 
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630kva uss and installation of 320 kva dg set.
 
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Installation of 110KVA solar plant.
 
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I didn't complete any largest projects but I done in college.
 
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It was a a thermoforming simulator, the thermoforming is a procces which the plastics are heated then when it can blen you give then form, so I usa PLC the machine.
 
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21 of 25
Tell me about a time when you made a mistake.
 
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When I was in learning position that time I make a wrong connection in a light and light was burn.
 
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Poor earthing in one of step up tranformer.
 
3.
Rushing is the number one mintage. The key is take your time and do you job properly the first time.
 
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Neutral missing, and grounding problem.
 
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Not showing up for work because I miss read my schedule. To always write down my schedule.
 
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22 of 25
Have you ever fished wire?
 
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This is a very common task in our field.
 
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Yes I have several time trashing the control wires.
 
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I have fished wire a couple times when I was going to College.
 
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I have fished wire only once and that was at Erie institute of technology.
 
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Yes I have it can be hard at times.
 
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23 of 25
What type of work environment do you find most challenging?
 
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Yes resterants malls strip clubs some wallmarts stores.
 
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When the supervisors aren't clear on what is going on. Redoing work because of changes.
 
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I have not worked on commercial buildings before, but I would like to add such experience to my resume someday.
 
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I have learned somethings about commercial in school but no I have never worked in a commercial building before.
 
5.
Yes, including running the conduit.
 
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24 of 25
Tell me about your experience as an electrician.
 
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15 years in industrial machines.
 
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I have 5 + years of experience.
 
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Over 10 years with a mexican company but with job corps and collage and side jobs id say 5 years.
 
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Overall I think it is a rewarding career. I feel like I make a difference. You are able to see the end product of your hard work. And the opportunity to teach is great.
 
5.
Unfortunately, I only have one year of experience because of my schooling.
 
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25 of 25
Have you ever completed a project that did not meet state or building regulations?
 
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Generator installation, by not reading installation manual.
 
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No I have not I dont belive in not following the code the national electrical code is updated every three years for my safty and others and in not following it.
 
3.
Star pointing an earth with a neutral inside a d. B board it is not allowed to done by it must be done by Eskom or municipality only at their side.
 
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No. Must always follow code in Electrical practice, otherwise you will be doing a unsafe job.
 
5.
I have always tried to stay within code.
 
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