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Electrician Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Electrician interview, here are 35 interview questions and answer examples.

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How do you handle conflict in the workplace?

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You spend so many waking hours in the workplace, and conflict between co-workers can happen. The interviewer would like to know more about HOW you handle conflict. This is not an opportunity to start venting about your current workplace culture. The interviewer wants to see that you will take accountability for conflict, whether the occurrence is considered your fault or not. Handling workplace conflict tactfully and with grace should be the only option. Give a clear example of a time when you professionally managed workplace conflict.

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35 Electrician Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1. How do you handle conflict in the workplace?

      How to Answer

      You spend so many waking hours in the workplace, and conflict between co-workers can happen. The interviewer would like to know more about HOW you handle conflict. This is not an opportunity to start venting about your current workplace culture. The interviewer wants to see that you will take accountability for conflict, whether the occurrence is considered your fault or not. Handling workplace conflict tactfully and with grace should be the only option. Give a clear example of a time when you professionally managed workplace conflict.

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      Entry Level

      "Conflict is often a symptom of poor communication, so when conflict arises in the workplace, I am sure to address the situation by starting at the root of the issue - communication breakdown."

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      1st Answer Example

      "My style of conflict management can best be described as direct. In the five years that I have worked for my current company, I have only encountered one instance of conflict. One of my staff members did not show up for their shift, so I was forced to cover their shift. Because of this, I missed my daughter's dance recital. I was upset about it but wanted to do my part as a team player. The next day, the delinquent employee came in and didn't say a word. He didn't apologize to me or thank me for my time. I approached him and told him how his actions impacted my day. He did not respond kindly; however, I let it go after I said my part. You cannot change the actions of others, but you have to take responsibility for how you handle your side."

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      Experienced

      "I start by identifying the possible reasons for the conflict, poor communication, absence of required materials, etc. From there, I talk directly with the person or persons that are conflicting to find solutions and get everyone back on track."

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  • Direct

    2. How did you hear about this position?

      How to Answer

      Companies pay a lot of money to advertise their job openings and interview potential candidates. The interviewer wants to hear what marketing methods are working best. They also want to know if you heard about the position through a recruiter or employee of their company. Some organizations have an employee referral program to pay their employees who refer qualified candidates. Describe how you heard about the position and list the person's name if it was a recruiter or employee of the company.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I heard about the position through Indeed. I searched for jobs in my area, and your job opening was the first to come up in my search."

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  • Direct

    3. Why do you want to work for our organization?

      How to Answer

      Research and understand the company's mission and vision statement, what clientele they serve, what types of projects they work on, and read customer reviews. Think of the company's aspects that stood out to you and made you decide to apply. Avoid talking about wanting the job for the benefits or salary, Mention something remarkable or unique about the organization that makes you want to work for them.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I want to work for your organization because you are the most trusted and respected electrical company in the state. You have been ranked number one in the industry for the past ten years, with a stellar reputation and customer reviews. Unlike other companies of the same size, you offer room for professional growth and advancement. My goal in the next two years is to lead a team of journeymen, and I will be able to accomplish my goal with your company."

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  • Direct

    4. If hired, when could you start?

      How to Answer

      Form your response based on your current working situation. If you are currently employed, you will need to give your employer two weeks' notice. When you explain this to the interviewer, it shows that you are respectful and courteous to your employer. If you are not currently employed, saying that you can start immediately shows your enthusiasm to start working for the company.

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  • Direct

    5. Do you have reliable transportation?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer cannot ask if you have a vehicle, but they can ask if you have reliable transportation if it is part of the job requirement. If you answer that you do not have reliable transportation, you most likely will be looked over. Describe what means of transportation you use, and if you have a car, mention how reliable it is and how you provide regular maintenance.

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  • Direct

    6. What questions do you have for me?

      How to Answer

      It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer, which shows your enthusiasm to learn more about the company. Review the company website, the job announcement, and other online resources to ensure the questions you are asking are not mundane or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of questions you could have found the answers to from merely watching a video on their company website.

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  • Direct

    7. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to get to know you apart from what is written on your resume. You are not obligated to discuss personal matters, such as your kids or relationship status. Stick with a couple of fun facts to show the interviewer that you are a real person. Your answer should be unique so that you are a memorable candidate. Focus on non-work-related skills or hobbies. For example, you might share that you enjoy beat-boxing or making origami swans. Be prepared for the interviewer to stop you and ask you to perform your skill on the spot if possible.

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  • Direct

    8. How many days were you absent from work last year?

      How to Answer

      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 in the past year, and explain any absences.

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  • Direct

    9. Are you interested in any continued education?

      How to Answer

      Continued education is essential in any trade. As an Electrician, you should stay up to date on new regulations and codes. You may also want to add 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.

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  • Direct

    10. Electricians are often needed for overtime work. Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?

      How to Answer

      Before answering scheduling questions, it's essential to be clear about the interviewer's expectations. If you haven't had a chance to clarify their scheduling needs, now would be the perfect time to ask. Consider asking what the scheduling expectations are for this position. If they expect you to work 12 hour days, it would be important to know that before you respond with, 'Absolutely! No problem!' Be sure that you can meet their expectations. If it turns out that their schedule expectations won't work for you, think about what you CAN offer and see if you can meet in the middle. It's much better to discuss this in an interview than to commit to a schedule that won't work for you.

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  • Discovery

    11. What makes you passionate about working as an Electrician?

      How to Answer

      There are many reasons electricians are passionate about their chosen profession. It could be that you are passionate about your work because you help eliminate fire risks when rewiring or wiring homes, you can use critical thinking and problem-solving skills, you enjoy working with customers, or you enjoy highly technical work. The interviewer wants to hear what motivates and drives you as an electrician to gain insight into your personality and values. Avoid talking about the pay, benefits, or how you got paid as an apprentice as your passion behind your work.

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  • Discovery

    12. Why did you want to become an Electrician?

      How to Answer

      You may have chosen to become an Electrician because you like to work with your hands, which comes naturally to you. Perhaps you like to learn how things work, or 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 career.

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  • Discovery

    13. Why are you the best candidate for us?

      How to Answer

      There may be many qualified candidates competing for this job, and you need to make yourself stand out from the other applicants. Review the job announcement and pay attention to what qualities the organization is looking for in their ideal candidate. For example, suppose the announcement says they are looking for Electricians with 8+ years of experience who have a great attitude, strong work ethic, and excellent problem-solving, communication, and customer service skills. Use some of those keywords to describe yourself, which will show you have the qualities they are looking for.

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  • Discovery

    14. What do you like to do in your free time?

      How to Answer

      Interviewers will often ask what you like to do outside of work to see what hobbies and interests you have and to gain a sense of your personality and qualities you might bring to their organization if hired. This question also allows them to see what soft skills you possess that will benefit the company. If you say that you are the captain of a sports team, that shows leadership and teamwork skills. When you describe spending time with your family, that shows you are a caring and compassionate person. Explain what hobbies and interests you enjoy doing in your spare time.

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  • Discovery

    15. What three words would your former supervisor use to describe you?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to see what type of employee you are and what qualities you will bring to their organization if hired. If you have a letter of recommendation or past performance review, find three words that your supervisor used to describe you. If you do not have performance reviews or a letter of recommendation, think of how your former supervisor would describe your traits while giving examples for each. The interviewer might call your former supervisor for a recommendation, so be as accurate as you can.

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  • Discovery

    16. Why do you think you will be successful in this role as an Electrician?

      How to Answer

      Rather than just sharing how you have gone above and beyond, focus on how your qualities will help you meet and exceed expectations. Discuss the reasons you will be great at this job. Talk about your qualifications and skills that will help you to do this job well. If you can, match your strengths to the requirements outlined in the job description.

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  • Discovery

    17. Would you consider yourself to be a "jack-of-all-trades"?

      How to Answer

      A 'jack-of-all-trades' is a person who can do many types of work. Being a jack-of-all-trades can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how the interviewer perceives it. The saying 'jack-of-all-trades, master of none' implies that you have not excelled in your craft. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of skills you possess while emphasizing your expertise as an electrician.

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  • Discovery

    18. What are your strengths as an Electrician?

      How to Answer

      This is the time to sell yourself. Employers want to see that you know yourself and can work within your strengths. Be prepared to discuss 3-5 strengths that you can show off in the workplace. Think of the traits that make you good at your job. Reflect on the top qualities of an Electrician. If you are uncertain, think about the qualities necessary to tackle the tasks laid out in the job description. Problem-solving, attention to detail, and patience are all traits worth mentioning.

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  • Discovery

    19. Where do you see your electrical career taking you in the next five years?

      How to Answer

      It's impossible to know where you will be in five years, but the interviewer wants to see if you envision yourself with their company in the future. It is expensive to hire new employees, and the interviewer wants to know if you would be a short-term or long-term employee. Another reason employers ask this question is to discover if you are motivated to improve yourself by setting goals.

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  • Discovery

    20. What are your weaknesses as an Electrician?

      How to Answer

      You should 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, you may explain that you're a little less knowledgeable in three-phase power. Or, if you are new to the area, you might say you are still learning the local building codes but have a book at home, and you're reading through it currently.

      You should avoid saying things such as: 'well, my wiring tends to come out twisted and sloppy.' It's evident at that point you have yet to perfect your craft. When you describe your weaknesses, be sure to explain what you are doing to turn those weaknesses into a strength.

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  • Discovery

    21. What is your ideal company to work for?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know what your ideal employer looks like. Share with the interviewer the type of company that you would like to work for. Support your answer by including the reasons you want to work for this particular company.

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  • Education

    22. Tell me about your education and training to become an Electrician.

      How to Answer

      If you have made it to the interview, you must have the qualifications the employer is looking for. The interviewer can see on your resume where you went to school to become an Electrician, but they want to hear where you received your training and apprenticeship to ensure you are a good fit for their company.

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  • Experience

    23. What is the largest electrical project you have completed?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to understand the level of difficulty that you can handle in your work. Show the interviewer that you have substantial insight into what it takes to complete a massive project. When you respond, include the factors that should come together to make a project successful. You need to comply with the National Electric Code, follow state and building regulations, troubleshoot, and direct other workers, among other responsibilities. Touch on a few of these areas in your example to show off your skills and strengths.

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  • Experience

    24. What overall experience do you have in construction?

      How to Answer

      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 go along with it. Show that you have an understanding of the full scope of work for 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.

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  • Experience

    25. As an Electrical Apprentice, what was your most challenging task?

      How to Answer

      When you are new at any job, cultivating new skills can be intimidating. Working with a well-trained, experienced Electrician exposes you to new skills that take time to learn. Overcoming a problem is sometimes as simple as knowing the safety measures and practicing the task. Think about a task you found challenging as an apprentice. Talk about what was challenging about the task and how you overcame the challenge.

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  • Leadership

    26. Have you ever trained other Electricians?

      How to Answer

      If you want to manage a team of your own one day, 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.

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  • Operational

    27. How do you maintain positive relationships with building engineers and architects?

      How to Answer

      Team players can efficiently communicate with their coworkers. They are flexible and take initiative. Even when you're working with new contractors on a temporary project, you will be on the same team until the work is finished. 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.

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  • Operational

    28. Electricians have a big responsibility. How well do you pay attention to details and safety?

      How to Answer

      To prove you have impeccable attention to detail, give a well-articulated example. Electricians thrive on the details, and if they look over them, it can cost time, energy, and money. If you are detail-oriented, you should be able to offer many examples. Take some time to prepare and think through how you've used precision to handle issues in the past.

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  • Operational

    29. Electricians often need to be in client-facing situations. Tell me about your customer service skills.

      How to Answer

      Even though you are surrounded by wires and have 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 what experience you have with clients. Depending on the job, the interviewer may expect you to have this experience. Make sure you have read the job description and know if communication with clients is essential for this role. Do not lie in this situation. Tell the interviewer if you don't have much experience dealing with clients directly. Explain that you are more than happy to engage with them, walk them through any job you are working on, and answer any questions they may have.

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  • Situational

    30. Do you ever use your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you can diffuse a tense situation if needed. They also want to see a bit more of your personality. Stress and fast-paced work environments can cause people to feel overwhelmed and sometimes even angry or upset. Think of a time when you used a lighthearted approach to diffuse a tense situation while remaining professional.

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  • Situational

    31. If your supervisor asked you to do something in a way you were not used to, how would you react?

      How to Answer

      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 a communication style, so it's a great time to ask the interviewer what their leadership style is.

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  • Situational

    32. How do you handle criticism from other trades professionals?

      How to Answer

      As an Electrician, you will receive feedback about your work from your boss, client, or 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 should 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 work on that 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 of a time you stayed professional when someone gave you negative feedback.

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  • Situational

    33. Have you ever completed a project that did not meet regulations?

      How to Answer

      Give an example of how you follow state and building regulations based on the national electrical code. You may have made a mistake in the past, which you can discuss, but focus your answer on how you mended the situation.

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  • Situational

    34. How do you handle an angry customer?

      How to Answer

      There will be times in your career when you will have to deal with angry customers. They may be mad about something unrelated to you or your work, but they take out their anger on you. Or, they may be angry with you or your crew because of their perception of the work you have done. The interviewer wants to hear how you handle conflict while providing excellent customer service. The key is to stay calm, listen to the customer, and resolve the situation using excellent communication skills. Give an example of how you have dealt with an angry customer in the past.

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  • Teamwork

    35. When have you worked with a diverse group of people?

      How to Answer

      You will often work with a diverse group of people as an electrician. The interviewer wants to ensure that you have the personality and attitude to work well with others. Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity.

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