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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | 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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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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1.
What is your favorite aspect of being an electrical lineman?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"The best part of being an electrical lineman is the fact that no day is the same. I find there are new challenges on a regular basis which has kept my attention growing. I am also excited about the opportunities for future leadership and training."
Anonymous Answer
"My favorite aspect of being a lineman is the work is always changing and the feeling of getting a neighborhood's power back on."
Rachelle's Answer
Good answer! That must feel great!
"My favorite aspect of being a lineman is that the work is always changing. Also, I like the feeling of getting the power back on for a neighborhood."
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What led you to a career as an electrical lineman?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"I chose a career as an electrical lineman because I decided to follow into my father's footsteps. He took so much pride in his work and I grew up admiring that. It was a simple choice for me, and I have never looked back!"
Anonymous Answer
"I started in this career only for the money, but after attending line school, I became extremely interested and got straight A’s in school. After working in Texas as an apprentice lineman and helping get people's power back on in the middle of the night, I was hooked. I know this is the career I want."
Rachelle's Answer
Your answer is honest and compelling. Nice work!
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Working as an electrical lineman can be a physically taxing career choice. Are you able to handle the physical requirements associated with this job?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am accustomed to positions that have a demanding physical component. I currently have physical demands in my role as a line checker and have also worked for a few years on the oil rigs. I am not a stranger to hard work and I really like the physical component of being a lineman. I have no physical restrictions."
Anonymous Answer
"I have experience working at physically taxing jobs. I’m currently at a physically demanding job as a tree climber, and I like the feeling after I get done trimming a 70-foot palm tree and I'm on my way down ready for another tree. I have no physical restrictions."
Rachelle's Answer
It sounds like you are well equipped to handle the physical requirements. Good response! I have rearranged slightly, for impact.
"I have no restrictions and am used to working physically taxing jobs. Currently, I work as a tree climber, trimming palms up to 70 feet tall all day long. It's a very physical job."
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Electrical linemen work in varying conditions. Are you willing and able to work outdoors, and in unpredictable weather?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am fully aware that weather conditions can dramatically change in our region and I am prepared to work in all types of weather. Before working as a lineman, I had an outdoor job as a mail carrier. I have many years' experience working outdoors and understand the hardships that can come with it."
Anonymous Answer
"I’ve worked all over, in the freezing cold in Alaska, the hot dust storms overseas while deployed, and the pouring rain in Florida. I just make safety my priority and do my job."
Rachelle's Answer
Perfect response. Well done :)
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5.
Explain 3 phase electric power.
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"If I had to explain 3 phase electric power, I would want to make sure that my explanation was understood even by the lay person. Three phase electric power has three waves of electricity that overlap each other. This allows for a safer, more reliable, and less expensive power solution for large businesses and manufacturers."
Anonymous Answer
"If I had to explain 3 phase power I would want to make sure it was understood even by a layperson. Three phase electrical power has three waves of electricity that overlap each other. This allows for safer, more efficient power delivery for large businesses and manufacturers."
Rachelle's Answer
Very clear, and easy to understand. This is exactly what the interviewer will be looking for.
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6.
Tell me about your safety related training and certificates.
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!

Rachelle's Answer
"I have a variety of safety related trainings from my lineman internship, including Fall Arrest, First Aid, and CPR. I have brought you my tickets if you'd like to take a copy of them. A full list of my training, certificates, and expiry dates are listed on my resume also."
7.
If you could choose an area for further professional development, what would you choose?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"I believe that professional development is important for everyone. If I could choose one particular area for professional development I would take additional coursework in underground wiring. Currently, I am upgrading my First Aid and CPR courses."
8.
Why does a power plant increase the voltage and drop the amps, when sending power through the lines?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"If I had to explain this concept, I would want to make sure that my explanation was understood even by the lay person. Increasing the voltage and dropping the amps, when sending power through the lines, will ensure that the power travels faster without interruption."
9.
What steps would you take if you saw a coworker doing something unsafe on the line?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"If I saw a coworker doing something unsafe on the line, I would speak to them about it in private, immediately. Safety is a major concern in this line of work and I don't take it lightly. If the coworker continued the behaviour, I would then notify my supervisor."
10.
How do you prepare your equipment before starting work?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"Organization is incredibly important to ensure that I am always working safely and efficiently. Before I start a new job, the foreman and I will review the job at hand, lay out all of the required equipment and test that equipment for readiness."
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