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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated March 23rd, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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As an electrician apprentice, how well do you handle criticism?
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The interviewer is looking for a solid example of your ability to handle criticism and implement the feedback appropriately. This question offers an excellent opportunity to showcase your ability to take constructive criticism and use it for professional growth.
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Top 30 Electrician Apprentice Interview Questions with Full Content
1.
As an electrician apprentice, how well do you handle criticism?
The interviewer is looking for a solid example of your ability to handle criticism and implement the feedback appropriately. This question offers an excellent opportunity to showcase your ability to take constructive criticism and use it for professional growth.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When I first began my apprenticeship, I was given feedback on my job site habits. My supervisor asked me to be more aware of where I was leaving my tools. I was newer to the career and would sometimes be so focused on the task at hand that I would become forgetful. The criticism he offered helped me to realize that I was a bit messy on the job site. I made sure to clean up after myself consistently after that."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I handle criticism well and am sure to implement the feedback quickly. By doing this, I can ensure that I do not learn any bad habits, making me a better electrician."
Anonymous Answer
"I personally consider any criticism or opinion given to me; it can be taken and implemented into improving my skills and creating good habits as an electrician. I don't react negatively to criticism of my work; I would rather channel it into improving upon myself."
Rachelle's Answer
Very good! It's really important to a hiring authority that you can take feedback and implement it in a way that makes you better at your job.
"Any criticism or opinion given to me can be taken to improve my skills and create good habits as an electrician. I don't react negatively to criticism of my work. Rather, I channel it into self-improvement!"
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2.
How do you protect yourself from electrical accidents or injuries?
The interviewer would like to know that you are aware of the safety requirements related to being an electrician apprentice. While answering this question, it is best to display that you are mindful of the importance of safety on the job, rather than merely reciting what you have learned in the classroom setting. If you do not have a personal example, you can use an example that you've heard recently from an industry colleague or even a news story.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I believe that using equipment that's certified and well-built is one of the best ways to protect yourself on the job site. Having a supervisor and colleagues who are interested in the safety of others is also very important. I have heard about people on the job who lose their respect for the power of electricity which can be a very harmful attitude. Keeping that sense of respect is crucial."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I protect myself by putting safety first. I use proper safety tools and protective gear as needed, to prevent accident, injury, and damages."
Anonymous Answer
"I think safety is first. I will accomplish that with the proper usage of safety tools and clothes to prevent any accidents and damages."
Rachelle's Answer
Good! I have reworded just slightly for impact.
"I protect myself by putting safety first. I use proper safety tools and protective gear as needed, to prevent accident, injury, and damages."
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Anonymous Answer
"It is important always to put safety first and refer to proper PPE and usage on tools equipment. I have heard many frightening stories from my grandfather, who was also an electrician that has taught me the importance of completing work with the safety of myself and others in mind."
Rachelle's Answer
Good answer! It's nice that you added in a bit about your grandfather, who seems to have taught you a lot about your trade! This addition will help the interviewer get to know you on a more personal level while still keeping the conversation work-related and on track."
"It is important to put safety first and refer to proper PPE and usage on tools and equipment. I have heard many frightening stories from my grandfather, who was also an electrician. He taught me the importance of completing work with the safety of myself and others in mind."
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3.
Why did you choose our company, when applying for electrician apprenticeships?
Show the interviewer that you have done your homework on their company. Comb through the company website, if they have one. Check Google reviews to see what makes the company successful and be sure to know the job description thoroughly. You can craft your answer based on that research.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When I initially saw your job posting, I liked the tone of it. When I researched further, I saw that you have great client feedback and very positive reviews online. After reading the 'About Us' page on your website, I knew this was a company that I wanted to represent. You stand behind your work, take pride in what you do, and your customers are very loyal."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I chose to apply here after surfing your website. Your company focuses on professional trades and customer respect. I look forward to becoming a part of your professional team."
Anonymous Answer
"I found your company by searching the internet and surfing your website. You always focus on professional trends and respect customers. I want to become a part of a pro team."
Rachelle's Answer
It's great that you showed your research. Nicely done!
"I chose to apply to {company} after surfing your website. Your company focuses on professional trends and respect of customers. I look forward to becoming a part of your professional team."
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4.
Why should I hire you as our next electrician apprentice?
Interviewers want to hear about that one unique skill that sets you apart from the other candidates applying for this job. Think of your answer as your 'elevator pitch' or your qualifying statement. If you can't think of ways that you are unique, ask a few friends or family members what they feel sets you apart from other people. Their observations may help you understand how you are perceived.

Perhaps you already know what sets you apart! This skill could include any industry accolades, exceptional achievements, additional industry related training, a second language, or how involved you are in the community. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself a bit. In an interview, you are your most influential advocate.

Try completing your response with a question for the interviewer, regarding any objections they may have when it comes to hiring you. By asking this question, you can keep the conversation going and overcome any objections the interviewer may have before you leave the interview.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I believe you should hire me because I bring the right blend of experience, I am familiar with the type of industrial projects that you work with, and I have top marks in my electrical courses. After meeting me and discussing my qualifications further, is there any particular reason why you would hesitate to hire me?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"You should hire me because I'm qualified and passionate about this trade. I am excited about the idea of delivering value to your organization while learning more about electrical operational maintenance and repair. I will hustle for the opportunity to go above and beyond as an apprentice."
Anonymous Answer
"I am a reliable man. I am a good team player. Also, I want to be a member of a professional team."
Rachelle's Answer
It's great that you are reliable, and a good team player! If possible, pull from the job description or job posting and discuss the skills that you have, which match this role.
"You should hire me because I'm qualified and passionate about this trade. I am excited about the idea of delivering value to your organization while learning more about electrical operational maintenance and repair. I will hustle for the opportunity to go above and beyond as an apprentice."
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5.
Why did you choose to become an electrician?
It's time to show the interviewer where your passion comes from, for your career as an electrician. You can answer this question from a more personal perspective to allow the interviewer to get to know you a bit better. However, be sure to tie it all in professionally, at the end of your response.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I always knew that I wanted to be in the trades. My uncle, who I looked up to a lot as a kid, was an electrician. I would spend time with him a lot and loved the pride he took in his work. My critical thinking skills have always been strong, and thus, I had a natural attraction to the career path."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Being an electrician is my dream job because it stimulates me mentally while offering the physical component I seek in a trades-related position."
Anonymous Answer
"This is one of my dream jobs. I think I would fit in with this kind of job. I like to use my brain and do physical labor simultaneously."
Rachelle's Answer
I have reworded to help with impact. Please see the example below.
"Being an electrician is my dream job because it stimulates me mentally while offering the physical component I seek in a trades-related position."
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6.
As an electrician, how important is safety on the job?
The interviewer would like to know more than just your safety knowledge. They also want to know what kind of importance you place on job safety. If possible, tell a personal story while answering this question, relating to the consequences of unsafe work.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When I first began as an apprentice, I was witness to an accident on the job. My colleague was in a rush and did not take the required steps to ensure his safety. He was injured quite severely, and it was an eye-opening experience. Since then, I always ensure that I have taken all of the appropriate steps and that my tools are proper insulated tools."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Safety always comes first. I believe we can eliminate 99% of accidents and damages if everyone abided by safety standards. From the minor accidents I have witnessed on the job, the majority of them stem from reckless decisions."
Anonymous Answer
"Safety is first. Safety standards and tools prevent 99 percent of any potential damage and loss."
Rachelle's Answer
I have reworded your answer slightly to help with clarity.
"Safety always comes first. I believe we can eliminate 99% of accidents and damages if everyone abided by safety standards."
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7.
Describe some recent electrical related projects you have worked on.
The interviewer is trying to gain an understanding of the work with which you are most familiar. Answer this query by describing your most recent tasks. You can begin with a brief list. If the interviewer would like more detail on a specific project, they will ask.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My most recent projects include commercial work which has included the installation of water heaters and wiring of a few commercial buildings' electronic key systems. Would you like some specifics of the buildings I have worked on?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Recently, I replaced a circuit board by myself and learned a lot in that process. I have also worked on residential wiring and troubleshooting electrical problems in a few residential homes."
Anonymous Answer
"Recently, I replaced a water heater by myself. First, I turned off the breaker. Then, I drained the tank connecting the hose for the drain valve and opened the pressure valve. Next, I prepared a new one, installing hoses and pressure valves properly. Then, I unplugged all connections of the old one and removed it from the space. Then, I replaced the water heater, connecting all the pipes and electrical wiring. Finally, I filled the tank, checked the pressure on the pipes, and turned on the breaker."
Rachelle's Answer
Rather than give a step-by-step on how you did it, try listing a few significant projects you have worked on.
"Recently, I replaced a water heater by myself and learned a lot in that process. I have also worked on residential wiring and troubleshooting electrical problems in a few homes."
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8.
How well do you take instructions?
Try to answer with an example of a time when you were given explicit or more complicated instructions and were able to implement the steps correctly. The interviewer will be looking for an example of your ability to take instructions and apply them correctly.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I can take instructions very well. Being an apprentice, I swap between classroom training and on the job training. I can take instructions well in both settings. Recently, I was given instructions on a more complicated job site. Even though some of the instructions were very simple, I was happy that my supervisor walked me through it so thoroughly to ensure that I understood before leaving me to it on my own."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I take instructions very well and am a good listener. I believe in obeying the rules and following instructions, doing my best at all times. Also, once I have gained instruction on a task, I never forget it."
Anonymous Answer
"I am a good listener. I prefer obeying rules and instructions. I try to do everything correctly. Once I learn it, I'll never forget."
Rachelle's Answer
I have reworded your answer slightly to help with clarity.
"I take instructions very well and am a good listener. I believe in obeying the rules and following instructions, doing my best at all times. Also, once I am instructed on a task, I never forget it."
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9.
How are you qualified for this electrician apprentice job?
The interviewer is trying to determine how well the job requirements align with your experience and natural skills. This answer can be a simple one based on the company's job description. If you lack work experience, try to lean on the characteristics that will make you a reliable electrician's apprentice.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In your job posting you said you were looking for an apprentice with some experience and the right attitude. Not only do I bring the classroom training required, but I also bring a refreshing go-getter attitude. I think, based on your preferences, that I would be a solid addition to your team."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"For the past three months, I have helped a journeyman electrician who has familiarized me with many aspects of electrical work. I am eager to learn more in this apprentice position."
Anonymous Answer
"I 've done some minor electric work as my daily job. I 've been working as a helper for an electrician journeyman about three months. So I am familiar with electric jobs."
Rachelle's Answer
I have reworded your answer slightly to help with clarity.
"For the past three months, I have helped a journeyman electrician who has familiarized me with many aspects of electrical work. I am eager to learn more in this apprentice position. Based on the preferences you state in your job description, I believe my skills and personal characteristics are a good match for your role."
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10.
What does a fuse or circuit breaker do? What are the differences between the two?
The interviewer wants to know that you can confidently relay the differences between common electrical equipment and solutions. Your response should be factual and to the point. You can create your favorite way of explaining the difference between a fuse and a circuit breaker. Be sure to memorize your answer so that you are clear, and do not stumble through it.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The fuse works on the electrical and thermal properties of the conducting material, while a circuit breaker works on the electromechanical principles."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Both fuses and breakers are protective devices. Fuses are quicker to interrupt power flow but are one-time use and need replacement. Circuit breakers simply need a reset."
Anonymous Answer
"Both are protective devices. A fuse is used one time, whereas a breaker is used multiple times."
Rachelle's Answer
Good! I have reworded your answer slightly to help with clarity.
"Both fuses and breakers are protective devices. Fuses are quicker to interrupt power flow but are one-time use and need replacement. Breakers simply need a reset."
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