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Electrical Technician Interview Questions

25 Electrical Technician Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
What type of PPE are you familiar with?
How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know if the safety gear (PPE: Personal Protective Equipment) you are accustomed to working in is similar to what they are currently using. Briefly give a list to the hiring manager of the safety gear you currently work in, and what you are most familiar with.

Answer Example
"I currently wear a variety of safety gear including steel-toed work boots, a hard hat, protective glasses, and fire resistant coveralls. Are there any other forms of PPE that I should be familiar with?"
Entry Level Example
"I have been taught the importance of wearing personal protective equipment. I will come prepared with my steel-toed work boots, hard hat, fire resistant coveralls, and anything else you may require of me."
Experienced Example
"I am familiar with it all! It's incredibly important to be prepared and safe on the job site and I would never take shortcuts when it comes to the protective gear that I wear. I have my own PPE and will come ready to work, on day one."
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Question 2 of 25
Why are you leaving your current job?
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The interviewer would like to know your motivation for leaving your current position. When discussing your current job be sure to stay in a positive mindset and keep the conversation light. There are many legitimate reasons for leaving a job. Be sure to be clear about your reasoning, and be honest. Stay away from any negative response! That is a complete interview killer.

Answer Example
"I am looking for a new position as the volume in my current role has decreased significantly, and I am facing a potential layoff."
Entry Level Example
"I currently work in a practicum placement, as a requirement to complete my degree. This practicum will be coming to an end this month which is why I am now seeking a full time, permanent opportunity."
Experienced Example
"I am looking for a new opportunity as I have reached my peak in my current role. The company I currently work for is smaller and family owned. I am interested in this role because you are an advanced work environment with more opportunities to take on larger projects."
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Question 3 of 25
Are you confident in your ability to interpret any electrical diagram and repair most equipment in safe manner?
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TAssure the hiring manager that you are confident in your ability to interpret electrical diagrams and repairing equipment safely. Keep your response brief and remain confident in your reply.

Answer Example
"I am very confident in my ability to interpret electrical diagrams. This is one of my stronger suits in my current role and I have a lot of experience doing so. When it comes to repairing equipment, I always think of safety first. I have taken additional safety courses as well."
Entry Level Example
"My educational training well prepared me for interpreting electrical diagrams and safe equipment repair. I am very pleased with my level of training and cannot wait to put my knowledge into action."
Experienced Example
"Absolutely, I am! I have spent many years interpreting electrical diagrams and repairing equipment. I also train and teach new electrical technicians on these tasks."
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Question 4 of 25
Tell me about your electrical related on-the-job training.
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As an electrical technician, you have likely had a great deal of on-the-job experience combined with your education. Tell the hiring manager about the most valuable lessons you learned during your training.

Answer Example
"I received extensive on-the-job training in my first position right out of university. I had a powerful mentor who allowed me to work by his side every day for six months. The most valuable lesson I learned during this on the job training was the blueprint and schematic reading and analysis."
Entry Level Example
"I recently completed a three-month practicum with a local maintenance group. I was able to train under a seasoned technician, which I feel so grateful for. One of the most significant points I learned was how to troubleshoot maintenance issues quickly. Now, I look forward to working with another strong technician but also carving my way as an electrical technician."
Experienced Example
"I had a great deal of on-the-job training when I initially started my career. The electrical technician I worked under was very helpful. I told myself that I would return the favor to other junior technicians when I became more seasoned, myself. Now, I train other technicians on aspects like troubleshooting, schematics and blueprint reading, and proper use of power tools."
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Question 5 of 25
What attracted you to our job posting?
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Were you attracted to the job posting because the company culture was enticing? Did they suggest an irresistible compensation package? Perhaps you know about the company's reputation and it prompted you to apply. Tell the hiring manager how you felt when you initially saw the job posting.

Answer Example
"I was really excited when I first saw your job posting because I have had an eye out for openings in your company for quite some time. Your organization has a very strong reputation and when I read the posting, it described the exact role I have been looking for. I applied immediately and am thrilled to be here interviewing with you today."
Entry Level Example
"One of my professors suggested that I apply here because of my strength in mathematics and schematics. He knew of your hiring history and told me that you take a keen interest in promising new graduates."
Experienced Example
"I have had an eye on your organization for some time now and know of a few individuals who have worked for your company. They all had great things to say about the level of employee engagement opportunities provided for continued education. All of this is very enticing to me."
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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 09/22/2010
Last modified on: 08/17/2018

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