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

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  1. 1.

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

      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!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Absolutely I will make myself available in emergency situations. I fully understand that my skills will be needed during certain situations and am happy to do so."

  2. 2.

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Ideally, 5 years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long term fit here."

  3. 3.

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

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

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I rate my communication skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as clear as I would like to be. My supervisor and co-workers will attest to my clear and concise communication skills. Because I am an open leader, my team will let me know if I need to clarify anything."

  4. 4.

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I was terminated from my last position due to my inability to relocate to the new plant that my company was opening. It was unfortunate but I am confident that I will find the right fit again shortly. Despite my termination, I am able to provide you with strong work references."

  5. 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. 6.

    How familiar are you with underground wiring?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Just last year I started working with underground wiring. My employer put me through the Underground Electrical Distribution System training at our local vocational school."

  7. 7.

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I worked for a company earlier in my career that had little regard for the small details such as double checking equipment for readiness. I would spend the extra few minutes before a job to make sure that my equipment was properly prepared. I was teased for being too "

  8. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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."

  16. 16.

    How do you prepare your equipment before starting work?

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  17. 17.

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

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  18. 18.

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

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  19. 19.

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

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  20. 20.

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

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  21. 21.

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

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  22. 22.

    How will you earn the trust of your coworkers?

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  23. 23.

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

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  24. 24.

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

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  25. 25.

    Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?

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  26. 26.

    How would you describe your work ethic?

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  27. 27.

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

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  28. 28.

    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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  29. 29.

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

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  30. 30.

    What are your salary expectations?

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  31. 31.

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

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  32. 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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