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25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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If your supervisor asked you to do something in a way you were not used to, how would you react?
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The interviewer wants to know that you can take direction and that you aren't too proud to accept feedback, and additional training, from time to time. Every manager has their style of communication, so it's a great time to ask the interviewer what their leadership style is.
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1.
If your supervisor asked you to do something in a way you were not used to, how would you react?
The interviewer wants to know that you can take direction and that you aren't too proud to accept feedback, and additional training, from time to time. Every manager has their style of communication, so it's a great time to ask the interviewer what their leadership style is.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"First I would make sure I understood what you were asking. If it was another way of doing something, like repairing, I might ask if you can show me what you're talking about. I would rather get something done right the first time than have to waste time and energy doing it a second time just because I misunderstood what you needed."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If my supervisor asked me to do something in a way I was not used to, I would make sure that I was clear on expectations. Clear communication is important to me, and if there's anything that I could be doing better, I want to know about it right away. Could you share with me your leadership style?"
2.
Where do you see your electrical career taking you in the next five years?
It's impossible to know where you will be in 5 years but do assure the interviewer that, given all possible circumstances, you could see yourself as a long-term fit for their position.

Perhaps you aspire to work on larger scale projects in a management role. Use your electrician skills. Planning, strategy, and ability to follow through are vital skills you'll need to be successful. How do you use those skills when setting and attaining a career goal?

Talk about the details. What skills and knowledge will you gain from this job you're applying for that will help you to accomplish your goal? Knowing how this new position will fit into your career goals and articulating that to your interviewer will help you score extra points!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a team lead role within your business. My career interests align very nicely with your business goals of growth which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In 5 years I would like to be seen as an authority in the electrical industry. I would like to be well-connected and trusted when it comes to my work here."
3.
How many days were you absent from work last year?
A part of being a diligent employee is to ensure that you are always on time and present when expected. It's great to even be 10 minutes early rather than just showing up right on the dot. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2, and a note from my Doctor accompanied those. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm, and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I cannot recall the exact number, but I think it was around three days total. All absences were excused and with notice."
4.
What's your ideal company to work for?
The interviewer would like to know what your ideal employer looks like. Share with the interviewer the type of company that you are ideally looking to work for. Support your answer by including the reasons why you want to work for this particular company.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My ideal company is an organization that puts their customers first. Being able to respond to a maintenance call quickly is half of the battle when it comes to effective trades work. I have researched your company and see that there any many great reviews from your customers online. This is great news to me."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Because I am new to my electrical career, I am looking for a place where I can learn from someone much more knowledgeable than I. I desire to become a well-rounded electrical professional, and I believe I can do that here."
5.
Are you interested in any continued education?
Continued education is essential in any trade. As an electrician, you want to stay up to date on new regulations and code. You may also want to have added skills such as plumbing or drywalling, to help round out your offerings on projects. Talk to the interviewer about the value that you would see in earning additional credentials.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Additional education would always be an asset, no matter what your career path. If I were to continue my education, I would be interested in completing my HVAC certifications."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Yes, I certainly do have an interest in continued education. I would appreciate further training in elevator mechanics and operating heavy machinery. Are there any special areas of training you would recommend for me, to be most successful in this role?"
6.
Why did you want to be an electrician?
You may have chosen to be an electrician because you like to work with your hands and it comes naturally to you. Perhaps you like to learn how things work, and you enjoy technical challenges. Share what you enjoy about your job and why. The interviewer wants to understand your motivation and see that you are driven enough to explore and learn on your own to grow in your knowledge.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have always loved doing hands-on projects. I enjoy the technicality. When I get stumped about how something works or how to fix it, I enjoy the trial and error aspect of diagnosing a problem. Troubleshooting is interesting to me."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I started trade school in a more generalist program. After taking a couple of electrical courses, I chose to major in the electrician program. It's a challenging career path that I believe will see a lot of demand over the years."
7.
Electricians have a big responsibility. How well do you pay attention to details and safety?
The only way to prove you have impeccable attention to detail is by painting a picture through giving a well-articulated example. Electricians thrive on the details, and if they miss them, it can cost time, energy and money!

Break it down. What details did you look for when you identified the problem? Were you successful in solving the problem by taking that approach? If you are detailed oriented, you should be able to offer up detailed examples. Take some time to prepare and think through how you used precision to sort through the issues like a fine-toothed comb.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have worked on some complicated problems in the past including repairs on an old factory. I take a systematic approach to check for specific problems first. I know my tools and when to use them which greatly eliminates chances for error. I will triple check my work on challenging tasks. I feel that it is essential to submit error free work as an electrician."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am so accustomed to working under pressure and tight deadlines as a university student that sometimes small errors have been made on my part. I am careful to double check my work especially when it comes to meeting code on a project."
8.
What overall experience do you have in construction?
When an interviewer asks if you have experience in a specific area, like construction, they want to know that you'll be able to handle the tasks that come along with it. Show that you have an understanding of the full scope of work present in this particular position.

1) Talk about your most recent work and how it applies to this role
2) Talk about difficulties you have had in the past and how you handled them
3) Share the tools and skills that have made you successful

The interviewer will appreciate a concise answer that shows you are prepared and confident in your ability to work in construction.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my current role I work primarily with construction clients such as new home builders. At first, the challenge for me was understanding the order of work they set forth on their projects. I spent some time studying project management and construction further. Once I had a strong idea of it all, I was able to work with the clients on a much clearer level."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am a recent graduate of Miami Dade College, where I took a couple of courses in general construction. I would rate myself as a beginner when it comes to my construction knowledge; however, I am keen to learn and will do what it takes to advance my knowledge quickly."
9.
What are your weaknesses, as an electrician?
It helps to know the company well before your interview. In this example, knowing whether or not the company does industrial or residential jobs would be helpful. If the company is more focused on residential, describe how you're a little less knowledgeable in three-phase power. Or, if you are new to the area, say you are still learning the local building codes but have a book at home and you're reading through it currently.

You will want to avoid saying things such as: 'well my wiring tends to come out twisted and sloppy'. It's obvious at that point you have yet to perfect your craft.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I believe I could improve on some technical skills including Excel and PowerPoint. Currently I am at a beginner to intermediate level; however, I would be more comfortable at an advanced level. I have enrolled myself in an evening/weekend workshop for the next six weeks. We will see how stellar my skills are after that course!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I tend to be a perfectionist with my work. It had gotten me into trouble when I got sucked into a project and couldn't perform the repairs promptly. I've learned to set restrictions for myself, sticking to deadlines and focusing on quality rather than perfection."
10.
How do you handle criticism from other trades professionals?
As an electrician, you will receive feedback about your work from either your boss, your client, or your co-workers. Regardless of how reasonable or accurate the observation may be, think before you speak. Be humble and don't take it personally.

Depending on who the criticism is coming from, you will want to approach it differently. If it's coming from your boss, you will want to respond respectfully, saying something like, "I appreciate the feedback. Now I know how I can improve next time."

If it's coming from a client, you may want to tell them, "I am so glad you noticed! I'll make the changes right away."

You may have a similar response to anyone's critical comments, but the key is to stay calm and never express frustration towards the person. Give an example where you stayed professional when someone gave you negative feedback.
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I appreciate the feedback. Now I know how I can improve next time."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I handle criticism well; however, if it's harshly communicated to me, I do take it somewhat personally. That's something I will become better with, as I gain more confidence in my career as an electrician. Because I am just starting out, I expect to receive more constructive feedback than a tenured electrician would."
11.
As an electrical apprentice, what was your most challenging task?
When you are new at any job, cultivating new skills can seem intimidating. Working with a well-trained, experienced electrician exposes you to new challenges that take time to learn. Overcoming the problem is sometimes as simple as repetition and knowing the safety measures you need to take. Talk about what was challenging about the task and what it took for you to gain confidence handling that type of situation.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Wiring issues on an old house, hands down, was the most challenging task I faced as an apprentice. There were some weathering issues and different types of wiring, like aluminum. I learned how dangerous those issues could be when I almost started a fire! I used to be intimidated about doing repairs with old wires because of the hazards, but after getting more familiar with the precautions, I no longer feel that way."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The most challenging aspect of my apprenticeship was learning all of the different codes and regulations. There is a lot to learn! I took my work home quite often, and studied guides online, to give me a leg up."
12.
How do you maintain positive relationships with building engineers and architects?
Team players can efficiently communicate with their coworkers. They are flexible and take the initiative. Even when you're working with new contractors on a temporary project, until the work is finished, you will be on the same team. There may be difficult personalities; some may fail to meet expectations or even show up on time. Learning the communication styles of others will help you tremendously.

Let the interviewer know that you have learned to be open and flexible when working with engineers and architects.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I maintain positive work relationships by acknowledging their efforts. Everything that I have achieved in my current role is not only due to my hard work but is also due to the great collaboration of my uber-talented team."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Some qualities that make you a strong team player:

- Having the ability to empathize
- Humility
- Willingness to highlight the wins of others
- Strong listening skills
- The ability to encourage others
- Willingness to go beyond your job description
- Participating in extra-curricular activities
- Showing respect to everyone in the workplace
- Being proactive on projects
- Offering creative solutions
- Contributing when it is not expected of you
- Displaying self-awareness
- Accepting feedback on your performance"
13.
Electricians often need to be in client-facing situations. Tell me about your customer service skills.
Even though you are surrounded by wires and with tools in hand, you may be expected to know how to work with clients in person, or on the phone. Interviewers will want to know your experience dealing with clients. Depending on the job, this could be a make or break deal for the interviewer. Make sure you are well aware of the job description, whether or not communication with clients is important for the interviewing company. Do not lie in this situation. Be honest if you have little experience facing clients. If that is the case, tell the interviewer you have little experience with clients but you are more than happy to engage with clients and walk them through any job you are completing and are willing to answer any questions they may have.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am good at communicating with my clients and my team. I know when it's okay to use technical terms and when I need to explain things in other terms that are easier to understand. Patience and good listening skills have helped me on every project."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Before becoming an electrician, I worked as a server in a restaurant chain. It was a family-friendly facility and we had a lounge so I had the opportunity to meet customers from all walks of life. My conversational skills are strong, and I am able to read body language very well. Rest assured, you could put me in any client facing situation and I would perform well."
14.
What are your strengths, as an electrician?
This is the time to sell yourself. Employers want to see that you know yourself and work within your strengths. Be prepared to discuss 3-5 different strengths that you can show off in the workplace. Think of the traits that make you good at your job. Reflect back on the top qualities of an electrician.

If you're not sure, think about the qualities it will take to tackle the tasks laid out in the job description. Being a problem-solver, being detailed and patient are all traits worth mentioning!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My main strength is my experience. I have been wiring homes since I was a teenager working with my Dad's remodeling company. Second, my organizational skills are my second strongest asset as an Electrician. I keep my wiring clean and my job site organized."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Some great strengths to mention are:

- Communicative
- Loyal
- Collaborative
- Tech Savvy
- Flexible in Schedule/Availability
- Persistent and Determined
- Eager for Knowledge/New Skills"
15.
Have you ever trained other electricians?
If you want to manage a team of your own one day, then you will need to know how to lead. Give an example of how you trained someone else at work, whether in a formal or informal position.

If you have no training experience, give an example of how you took on leadership tasks in a non-work environment. You may have initiated an improvement at work or started a community group. Maybe you're leading a book club. If you trained someone on a sports team, that counts! Think about the areas of your life where you have stepped up and guided others towards a goal.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have trained new electricians on tasks such as wiring, testing, and repairing electrical systems. Although my training experience is not extensive, it's been valuable, and I look forward to furthering opportunities like this."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am newer to my career as an electrician, so I have not had a great amount of opportunity when it comes to training other electricians. With that said, I have been a junior hockey coach, and currently, give skating lessons on the weekend to the kids in my community. I understand how to guide and coach others properly."
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Interview Questions
  1. If your supervisor asked you to do something in a way you were not used to, how would you react?
  2. Where do you see your electrical career taking you in the next five years?
  3. How many days were you absent from work last year?
  4. What's your ideal company to work for?
  5. Are you interested in any continued education?
  6. Why did you want to be an electrician?
  7. Electricians have a big responsibility. How well do you pay attention to details and safety?
  8. What overall experience do you have in construction?
  9. What are your weaknesses, as an electrician?
  10. How do you handle criticism from other trades professionals?
  11. As an electrical apprentice, what was your most challenging task?
  12. How do you maintain positive relationships with building engineers and architects?
  13. Electricians often need to be in client-facing situations. Tell me about your customer service skills.
  14. What are your strengths, as an electrician?
  15. Have you ever trained other electricians?
  16. What is the largest electrical project you have completed?
  17. Have you ever completed a project that did not meet regulation?
  18. Electricians are often needed for overtime work. Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
  19. Would you consider yourself to be a "Jack-of-all-trades"?
  20. When have you worked with a diverse group of people?
  21. How do you handle conflict in the workplace?
  22. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
  23. What questions do you have for me?
  24. Do you ever use your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?
  25. Why do you think you will be successful in this electricians role?
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