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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated September 16th, 2020 | 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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Question 1 of 32
Are there any duties or responsibilities in our job description that you are not confident with?
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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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1.
Are there any duties or responsibilities in our job description that you are not confident with?
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."
Rachelle's Answer
"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."
2.
Have you ever worked in a situation where the rules and guidelines were not clear? How did you cope?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"One of my earlier positions was for a family run furniture company with very few guidelines or rules of engagement when it came to sales, service, and everyday protocol. It was pure chaos but I did my best by following what I intuitively felt was the best decision. I ended up being the lead of the delivery team within 3 months because they trusted that I had the company's best interest in mind."
3.
How would you describe your work ethic?
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

Rachelle's Answer
"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your company as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile when it comes to safety. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my employer every day."
4.
When a major problem arises, what is your first reaction?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"When a major problem arises, my first instinct is to take a step back and absorb what just happened. I then go into "
5.
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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6.
Tell me about a time when you had to troubleshoot to solve a problem.
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"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."
7.
Do you fully understand, and accept, the dangers associated with being an electrical lineman?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am fully aware of the dangers associated with this position. Before working as a lineman, I worked offshore oil rigs so I understand the hardships that can come with risky work."
8.
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."
9.
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."
10.
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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11.
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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12.
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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13.
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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14.
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."
15.
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."
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32 Lineman Interview Questions
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Interview Questions
  1. Are there any duties or responsibilities in our job description that you are not confident with?
  2. Have you ever worked in a situation where the rules and guidelines were not clear? How did you cope?
  3. How would you describe your work ethic?
  4. When a major problem arises, what is your first reaction?
  5. What is your favorite aspect of being an electrical lineman?
  6. Tell me about a time when you had to troubleshoot to solve a problem.
  7. Do you fully understand, and accept, the dangers associated with being an electrical lineman?
  8. What steps would you take if you saw a coworker doing something unsafe on the line?
  9. Tell me about your safety related training and certificates.
  10. Electrical linemen work in varying conditions. Are you willing and able to work outdoors, and in unpredictable weather?
  11. What led you to a career as an electrical lineman?
  12. Working as an electrical lineman can be a physically taxing career choice. Are you able to handle the physical requirements associated with this job?
  13. Explain 3 phase electric power.
  14. If you could choose an area for further professional development, what would you choose?
  15. Why does a power plant increase the voltage and drop the amps, when sending power through the lines?
  16. How do you prepare your equipment before starting work?
  17. Have you ever been asked to ignore safety concerns? How did you handle the situation?
  18. As an electrical lineman you will be exposed to heights on a regular basis. Do you have any challenges around heights?
  19. How familiar are you with underground wiring?
  20. What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?
  21. How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?
  22. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
  23. Why were you fired or let go from your last job?
  24. Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
  25. An electrical lineman must be a clear communicator, for the sake of safety. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.
  26. Where do you see your electrical lineman career taking you, five years from now?
  27. 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?
  28. Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contribute to.
  29. What are your salary expectations?
  30. Will you make yourself available for overtime hours in emergency situations?
  31. Our electrical linemen work shift work and are sometimes on call. Are you prepared to work at any moments notice?
  32. Are you familiar with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers? If so, what has your interaction been with the IBEW?
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