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Lineman Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Lineman interview, here are 32 interview questions and answer examples.

Lineman was written by and updated on September 28th, 2017. Learn more here.

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Are there any duties or responsibilities in our job description that you are not confident with?

How to Answer

The interviewer is asking this because they want to know if you are lacking any specific skills that are outlined in their job description. The way you answer this will also reveal to the interviewer how much research you have actually done on the company before going into your interview.



If you are confident in all of the skills required for this role: "I have read through your job description thoroughly and am excited about the opportunities this position offers. I am very skilled in all required areas."



If you are not confident in all of the skills required for this role: "I have read through your job description thoroughly and am excited about the opportunities this position offers. Even though I do not have the 3 years of supervisory experience that you ask for, I do have one year of experience leading a team. I am still quite well skilled in this area."

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32 Lineman Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Are there any duties or responsibilities in our job description that you are not confident with?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is asking this because they want to know if you are lacking any specific skills that are outlined in their job description. The way you answer this will also reveal to the interviewer how much research you have actually done on the company before going into your interview.



      If you are confident in all of the skills required for this role: "I have read through your job description thoroughly and am excited about the opportunities this position offers. I am very skilled in all required areas."



      If you are not confident in all of the skills required for this role: "I have read through your job description thoroughly and am excited about the opportunities this position offers. Even though I do not have the 3 years of supervisory experience that you ask for, I do have one year of experience leading a team. I am still quite well skilled in this area."

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      "I have read through your job description thoroughly and am excited about the opportunities this position offers. I am very skilled in all required areas."

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  • 2. Tell me about a time when you had to troubleshoot to solve a problem.

      How to Answer

      Troubleshooting is like reverse engineering - it takes skill, effort and patience. You have to understand the problem in order to know how to work backwards from it to find a solution.



      Knowing how to solve problems with technical equipment is always a solid skill, and a great way to demonstrate your example. Show that you are insightful in your approach.



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      "Last week, while operating the ultrasound machine, I was receiving a repeated error. I entered in a few different codes but that didn't solve the issue. I then did a hard reset, removing all power sources. Then, I referred to the online manual for additional suggestions. It took a little time and patience but I was able to resolve the issue without calling a technician."

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  • 3. What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?

      How to Answer

      Being able to face a challenge or difficult situation, and still gain some type of accomplishment in the end, is very satisfying. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you were able to come out on top despite being faced with an obstacle.



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      "In my career,so far, I feel that the most difficult accomplishment for me to achieve were the 3 back-to-back promotions in my current company. Because promotions are granted based on results, I had to put in a lot of overtime hours, and hustle, to get there."

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  • 4. How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?

      How to Answer

      Workplace relationships are important to nurture. Talk to the interviewer about how you plan to earn the trust of your new co-workers, should you be offered the position.



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  • 5. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?

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      If you feel that your performance in the interview is going well: "I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?"



      If you feel that your performance in the interview is not going well: "I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more that I can clarify for you I would be happy to do so."

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  • 6. Why were you fired or let go from your last job?

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      Being terminated does not have to be an embarrassing or shameful thing. Be open and honest with the interviewer regarding your dismissal. Be sure to let the interviewer know that you can provide positive references despite a previous termination.



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  • 7. When a major problem arises, what is your first reaction?

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      The interviewer wants to know if your reactions to problems reflect maturity and professionalism. How you react will greatly determine how you fit with their existing team.



      Perhaps your computer crashes and you realize you may have just lost all of your hard work. Or maybe you are limited on time and have a deadline rapidly approaching. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you take a very methodical approach to problem solving, rather than reacting in an impulsive way when a problem occurs.



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  • 8. Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?

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      Perhaps you have led a club at work, been a coach for a youth sports team, or were on the advisory board for a non-profit organization. You should always be prepared to show the interviewer that you have a natural ability to lead others. Whether you have led a group of 500, or a team of 2, you must display to the interviewer that you are capable of handling the responsibility that comes with being a leader and mentor.



      Talk about your desire to be a leader. Share with the interviewer that you strive to be a role model for others. Explain that you jump at the opportunity to lead groups, encourage your counterparts, and be a face of the organization when challenges arise.



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  • 9. An electrical lineman must be a clear communicator, for the sake of safety. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.

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      On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?



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  • 10. How would you describe your work ethic?

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      When the interviewer asks about your work ethic they are looking for specific examples or keywords they can relate to. When you read the company job posting or job description do they refer to particular company ethics? Talk about their values and how those align well with your personal work values.



      Some characteristics you may want to use are:



      - Determined/Driven

      - Accountable

      - Humble

      - Respectful

      - Dependable



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  • 11. Where do you see your electrical lineman career taking you, five years from now?

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      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.



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  • 12. Have you ever worked in a situation where the rules and guidelines were not clear? How did you cope?

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      The point to this interview question is to find out your level of tenacity when company guidelines and processes are not clear. Give the interviewer an example of a time when you had to cope with very few guidelines.



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  • 13. There is a lot to learn in the electrical field. When have you been asked to perform a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?

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      Have you ever had to take on a task or a role that you felt was over your experience level? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have dealt with this type of situation. What was the outcome, and what did you learn?



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  • 14. Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contribute to.

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      Many hiring managers will choose one candidate over another because of their volunteer experience. They feel that it shows strong character and selflessness...all qualities that make a great employee. Talk to the interviewer about your willingness to give back to your community in some form of volunteerism. If you do not have formal volunteer experience you can draw on things you do in your spare time to assist friends, family, or even your current employer.



      If you do have volunteer experience: "For the past 8 months I have volunteered every Wednesday evening at our local animal shelter. I will help with grooming the animals, feeding them, and walking them. It's been a really fun experience and rewarding at the same time."



      If you do not have volunteer experience: "I have not formally volunteered in these most recent years, however; I spend a lot of time helping my sister who is a single mom. I will babysit on weekends, cook dinners for her and drive the kids to appointments when necessary. I feel that it is very important to take care of the needs of family."

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  • 15. What are your salary expectations?

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      The best way to discuss your salary expectations are to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.



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  • 16. Will you make yourself available for overtime hours in emergency situations?

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      The interviewer would like to be assured that you are a team player who will go the extra mile in emergency situations. One of the duties of an electrical lineman is to work during storms to help restore power. Show the interviewer that you are up for the challenge!



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  • 17. As an electrical lineman you will be exposed to heights on a regular basis. Do you have any challenges around heights?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to ensure that you will be able to take on all of the challenges involved with being an electrical lineman, including the heights related challenges. Your answer can be brief but ensure that you are clear on your abilities and understanding of the role.



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  • 18. Our electrical linemen work shift work and are sometimes on call. Are you prepared to work at any moments notice?

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      There is a good chance that you are already aware of the shiftwork / on call components of the role by reading the job posting or job description. Reassure the interviewer that you are able to meet the requirements of the job. If you do have some restrictions in your availability, this is the time to bring those up.



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  • 19. Are you familiar with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers? If so, what has your interaction been with the IBEW?

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      Your answer to this question should be pretty cut and dry. They are not looking for your opinion on whether or not you like IBEW. The interviewer simply wants to know if you have any exposure to the organization.



      If you are familiar with the IBEW: "In my current position, we work closely with the IBEW in our utilities department. We are a smaller company and so we are able to utilize their organization when it comes to safety and regulatory standards, as well as some program development needs."



      If you are not familiar with the IBEW: "I have not personally interacted with the IBEW; however, I am familiar with their purpose. Do you collaborate with the IBEW here?"

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  • 20. If you could choose an area for further professional development, what would you choose?

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      The interviewer would like to know that you have an interest in growth and development within your trade. Think of areas where you could potentially grow in your lineman career. What further education will you need, in order to get there?



      Many supervisors will take additional courses in safety, leadership, or even upgrade some electrical coursework.



      Show the interviewer that you have a keen interest in bettering yourself. If you are currently taking any type of professional development course, this is a great time to refer to that as well.



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  • 21. Do you fully understand, and accept, the dangers associated with being an electrical lineman?

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      The interviewer would like to be assured that you are fully aware of the dangers associated with being a lineman. Tell the interviewer that you are capable of working in varying situations while giving an example of a time when you have done this.



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  • 22. Have you ever been asked to ignore safety concerns? How did you handle the situation?

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      As a lineman, safety should always be your number one priority. The interviewer wants to know that this is a priority of yours, in any situation.



      If you have been asked to perform unsafe work in the past, draw on that experience and talk about it with the interviewer. Be sure to avoid naming any names or speaking poorly of another company or co-worker. What you want to do it show the interviewer that you have values in the workplace that do not waiver.



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  • 23. How familiar are you with underground wiring?

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      Experience with underground wiring may or may not be a requirement of this position so be sure to refer to the job posting or the company website to see if underground wiring is a required skill.



      If you have experience with underground wiring, discuss how many months or years' experience you may have. Also, be sure to mention any formal training or certificates.

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  • 24. How do you prepare your equipment before starting work?

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      The interviewer wants to know that you take the time to determine what equipment is needed before going on the line. Proper planning and having the right work tools will ensure that you optimize time and safety.



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  • 25. What steps would you take if you saw a coworker doing something unsafe on the line?

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      The interviewer would like to know if you are the type of person to report unsafe work or if you would rather fit in by protecting your co-workers, even when it's dangerous.



      There is a fine balance when answering a question like this because you do not want to seem like an annoying whistle blower but you also do not want to come across as passive when it comes to safety in the workplace.



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  • 26. Tell me about your safety related training and certificates.

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      The interviewer would like to assess the amount of safety training you currently have so that they can understand which gaps they will need to fill, should they hire you. Likely, your safety training is listed on your resume already. Elaborate slightly on your training and certificates. If you have a physical certificate or safety ticket that you can bring with you, that's always a great idea!



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  • 27. Why does a power plant increase the voltage and drop the amps, when sending power through the lines?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to see that you are able to easily explain why a power plant increases voltage and drops amps when sending power through. Generally speaking, the easier it is for someone to explain a concept, the better they understand it. Keep your answer concise and easy to understand.



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  • 28. Explain 3 phase electric power.

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      The interviewer would like to see that you are able to easily explain the concept of 3 phase electric power. Generally speaking, the easier it is for someone to explain a concept, the better they understand it. Keep your answer concise and easy to understand.



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  • 29. Electrical linemen work in varying conditions. Are you willing and able to work outdoors, and in unpredictable weather?

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      The interviewer would like to be assured that you are fully aware of the conditions in which you would be working, if hired. Tell the interviewer that you are capable of working in varying weather conditions, while giving an example of a time when you have done this.



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  • 30. Working as an electrical lineman can be a physically taxing career choice. Are you able to handle the physical requirements associated with this job?

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      The interviewer wants to be sure that you are physically capable of the tasks required of you as an electrical lineman. This career path is physically exhausting and you must be prepared to work hard. Assure the interviewer that you have the physical abilities required to be successful in this role. It's great if you can give an example of a position current or past, that has had a physically demanding component.



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  • 31. What led you to a career as an electrical lineman?

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      The interviewer would like to know what led you to a career as an electrical lineman. Have you always wanted to be a lineman? How did you hear about this career path, and what sparked the initial interest? Talk to the hiring manager about how you landed in this career path.



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  • 32. What is your favorite aspect of being an electrical lineman?

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      The interviewer wants to know which aspects of being an electrical lineman are most interesting to you. Perhaps it is the variety in your day, the fact that it is a bit of an adventurous career path, or the potential career growth. Discuss what you love the most about this career path.



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