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Electrician Interview Questions

1. Why did you want to be an electrician?
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1. Why did you want to be an electrician?

Top Answer

I enjoy the challenges an electrician faces everyday. I also understand how important the job is, for residential jobs to commercial jobs.

Second Best

I want to be an electrician because I like to use my knowladge to solve problem and also express my capaboilities.

3.

I have always been interest in electrical work, finding out how things work and the work is so vaired

4.

Its a profesion that i enjoy and make a good living out of it,easier to make a living even if you can not get a formal employment.

5.

i want to be an electrician since im a kid.

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2. What overall experience do you have in construction?

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I have worked in construction since I was eighteen. I began my electrician education when I was twenty years old. After my first two years in construction, I helped an electrician on a few projects and knew I wanted to do this as a career.

Second Best

Ive done a few temp jobs ive worked in the field putting up dry wall and laying down tiles.

3.

I join my iti trenning. After my highschool. After I join a cantruction company. And I am continently in this lune since 8 years.

4.

Go through plans till practically completing the construction.

5.

Exciting life travelling tonew places working with and meeting new people of different cultures.

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3. What is your education?

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Associates degree from New Castle School of Trade.

Second Best

vocational

3.

National vocational Diploma level4 electrical general and Grade 12

4.

A vocational graduate, as a Consumer Electronics & Electro-mechanical Technology.

5.

Trade tested as an electrician an I have N6

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4. 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?

Top Answer

I had to assist in changing the wires in the weather head down to the meter. I found this situation a little difficult, after completing the task, I had the confidence to do this on my own in the future.

Second Best

Change, I realized that change is usually a path for new success.

3.

Bending conduit, I took my work home and practiced.

4.

Theoretically learnt something practically can not be apply. Learn by experience.

5.

Thus understanding the laws.

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5. How well do you pay attention to details?

Top Answer

In these field paying attention is crucial,you can destroy or cause fatality if not paying attention.Listen and follow instruction always.

Second Best

Always, I found dealing with electricity you must be careful so your full attention is needed.

3.

Very well, paying attention to the details is key for doing the job right the first time.

4.

Very well, paying attention to the details is a key for doing the job right the first time.

5.

Very attentive, double checking or even triple checking your work is always a great idea.

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6. Do you have any family members in this field?

Top Answer

My youngest son of 28 years is the closest one I have in the trade. He is an 8 year fire alarm tech and very successful.

Second Best

I do not have any family members certified as an Electrician. However, I do have some family members that have a strong understanding for wiring a house properly.

3.

No

4.

Yes my father and uncles.

5.

I have a one brother that is an operator at a power plant, another that is an electrical engineer with a power company and a third that is an electrical chip designer.

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7. Do you take criticism well?

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Yes, to succeed you must learn from failures. It is the first step for my success.

Second Best

I see criticism as an opportunity to succeed in something I may need help with.

3.

Looking for answers.

4.

Yes we learn from our faults i might be upset but its a lesson learn from critics you improve and become better next time.

5.

Yes, my experience as an electrical apprentice taught me how to handle criticism very well.

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8. Why do you want to work for our team?

Top Answer

I know your electric company has very good business and a strong reputation in the community. I know if I were hired by you guys, work will more than likely be there. I also feel, my work ethic and desire for perfection in the workplace meets your companies goals quite well.

Second Best

Strong teams are hard to find. I believe I would be a good addition to your team.

3.

In our team I should be lead to my team members.

4.

Satisfaction and maximum efficient of work.

5.

I excited about the field work and the experience I would be getting in working in a trade like this.

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9. Where do you see yourself in the next three years?

Top Answer

I see myself being successful at your company at a higher position.

Second Best

As a leader in the industry at the level my abilities permit.

3.

I hope to see myself further my knowledge in the electrical field. I would like to work on bigger electrical projects. In the future from that, I would like to be the project manager.

4.

Being notice at my work place as a reliable person and a master in all that I do.

5.

If hired by your Electrically company, definitely working here. This has been a dream opportunity to receive this interview. I will be grateful and always appreciate the job if offered.

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10. 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?

Top Answer

It would depend on the equipment being installed. Code allows the installation of a GFI receptacle or a 2 wire receptacle to be installed as a replacement.

Second Best

I would run a new line to the outlet and suggest to the home owner that they should consider rewiring the house as ungrounded receptical are very dangerous.

3.

Install it into the ground.

4.

Yes I'm okay, I can learn a lot from doing that.

5.

I would defenaty install a ground in a new outlet. Safety is my number one priority.

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11. If I ask you to do something in a way you are not used to, how would you handle this?

Top Answer

I would accept the challenge and complete the task.

Second Best

Will ask questions why,and propose why can't we do it the otherway that I know or use to do it.

3.

I will try to manage go through instructions and get experienced persons Ideas.

4.

I will take my time to do it or ask you of the correct procedure to do it.

5.

I would be curious as to why you wanted me to do it that way, I would mention the way I normally would do the project, and hopefully at the end of the project I would have learned something new that I can apply to future projects.

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12. Have you ever rewired a finished house?

Top Answer

Yes, the challenge was to not damage any exposed surfaces. The results was close to perfect. We discovered that planning the work and executing the plan assisted in this successful install.

Second Best

Never rewired a finished house but have wired a new construction.

3.

Yes I have. It was a tedious process, but not as painful as I thought before I took on the job.

4.

No, I have only wired new construction homes.

5.

Why not I know all type job in electric line. I could better.

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13. What was the largest electrical project you worked on?

Top Answer

Wiring an office.

Second Best

12 floor for electrical system install and wiring..

3.

The wiring of various electrical control valve to the various control panels and interfacing them to PLC

4.

New installation of power plant in Saudi Arabia for ARAMCO

5.

Installation of 100 of 200MW ups.

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14. What was your most difficult job before?

Top Answer

Fire alarm at pch.

Second Best

Not yet met such difficult in field.

3.

Thus was installation of dtanding panel boards.

4.

Installing bell annuncetor.

5.

The most difficult job I was asked to do was to install two new vault doors in our plant. It was difficult because the primary trade was not electrical.

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15. How hard of a worker are you?

Top Answer

I like to be the best I can possibly be. Working hard and smart is something I do well.

Second Best

I am always thinking only in my job finishing or end with project.

3.

Minimum period of time maximum outcome with safety on standerd.

4.

Defend on situation maximum efficient work.

5.

I do not like to be interupted when working.

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16. Have you ever torn apart a computer or device to see how it works?

Top Answer

I believe I am a hardworker dependable a fast learner and I want a challenging career that will eventually lead to me expanding in your company.

Second Best

Yes I have, it was a sound amplifier at home,I found it complecated at first yet it was so fascinating when I managed to see what was taking place inside there.

3.

Yes I have good experience in computer hardware engineering also I have followed complete course for it.

4.

Any computer programmer is there I believe.

5.

So many workers are there then I have no problem.

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17. Are you okay working with other people?

Top Answer

Yes a person need an extra hand and sometime learn from others.

Second Best

Yes you learn from others and a person need an extra hand sometimes.

3.

I have experience work with multi nationalities, Only important for me responsibility other than work group.

4.

I enjoy working in groups much more than working alone, I am a people person.

5.

Absolutely, working with someone else allows your minds to collaborate and work as a team to find the best way to complete a job.

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18. What do you dislike the most about being an electrician?

Top Answer

When you take longer to locate a fault and everybody is loooking or waiting for you.electrical fault can stop or hault production,the pressure is not good.

Second Best

Nothing special. Every difficulties and dislikes brings me good experience.

3.

Still some companies using old technology . Is that is not safe and not good quality.

4.

Oppurtunities for less exerienced is less.

5.

You will always get new challenges and you have to overcome them.

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19. Have you ever messed up a three way switch, didn't test it, and realized after the drywall was finished?

Best Answer

No I was taught early on to ring out all circuits that will become inaccessible. You must always check your work.

2.

No, but I have ran into difficulty with an old wiring of a three way switch. I still have yet to discover the problem. At some point three way switches were made differently, and I have yet to figure out an answer for how to use the existing wire for a new three way switch.

3.

Yes. I wired my dads house and the first room I started in had two ceiling fans and 2 lights. I crossed the 2 3 wires but changed back when terminating.

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20. What mistake have you made, where in the end you found you learned the most from it?

Top Answer

I made a few mistakes before where I tighten a roman connector too tight and it actually pinched the wires. That is something you need to experience first hand and you will always remember from there on out to never tighten any type of connectors too tight as they may pinch the wires.

Second Best

The terminals on devices, for example load in load out.

3.

I used to not like working with difficult people, now I like the challenge to help pull them out of their frustration. I found that people that are difficult are that way temporarily due to something in their past. I have not seen anyone that did not eventually change their ways.

4.

Every mistakes that I met not met second time. Gained those to experience.

5.

Not reading the circuit correctly.

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

Top Answer

I managed a 12 million dollar mall. We installed the electrical for the site, all shells and a dozen build outs for a ground up mall. At one time we had 95 employees on site and completed the task under budget and within the schedule given. This included approximately 40 change orders generated by the owner and architect of record.

Second Best

Upgrading of the minning plant and rewiring of the motor control centre on a marine mining vessel.

3.

I have experience of stabilize new sub stations for ABB in Qatar.

4.

Substation puting 400kva transformer and installing.

5.

I designed and install a PLC controlled system to automatically adjust the power to a three phase electric arc smelter.

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22. What do you find most challenging about being an Electrician?

Top Answer

Trouble shooting Motivation Hardworking Good team player.

Second Best

The work load can be challenging sometime and mostly technology keep on changing,new equipment coming up now and then a person need to keep learning new stuff.

3.

The different environments and job sites. They always provide new challenges and experiences.

4.

Observation, research and resolve fault very interest.

5.

The troubleshooting, I have found that every problem is a new adventure that tests my skills to see how quickly I can solve it.

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23. Have you ever fished wire?

Best Answer

no

2.

Yes I have several time trashing the control wires.

3.

Many times through many different conduits, walls, wireway and you name it.

4.

Yes. Lots in residential and commercial. In panels, conduit, houses, walls, crawl spaces, attics.

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24. What other careers have you considered outside of being an Electrician?

Top Answer

Pay attention for relative other subjects and gain the knowledge than electrical and apply those knowledge where necessary.

Second Best

I like to be a college lacrosse coach.

3.

Always wanted to be a mill write also.

4.

Refrigeration and airconditioning service, motorcycle mechanic,

5.

Electrical Project Mnager.

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25. Have you ever done something not to code? What was it and why?

Top Answer

If you ever installed something that required a permit but did not submit for a permit you have just broken a code requirement.

Second Best

I have worked my entire career in a heavy industrial plant where violating codes can get somebody killed. Almost all of the projects I have designed or worked on exceeded the code requirements. The code is a minimum design and intentionally violating it probably means you are not a qualified electrician.

3.

Nothing, draw the plan first before ido my work.

4.

Generator installation, by not reading installation manual.

5.

Inspections have to be completed. Proper installation is a must. Sizing wire and branch circuits is critical. Labeling is very helpful for all involved.

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26. Have you worked on commercial buildings before?

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Yes, I worked for a few years with a company that wired commercial spaces before.

2.

Yes I am primarily a commercial industrial electrician.

3.

I have spent my entire career in heavy industry.

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27. How many years experience do you have as an electrician?

Top Answer

7 years.

Second Best

I presently have 28 years and counting. This profession offers change and challenges every day.

3.

8yeara experience india.

4.

9 Years in various enviroments.

5.

I have 5 + years of experience.

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