Power Plant Operator Interview Questions

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List of 26 Power Plant Operator Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    How important is safety to you?

  2. 2.

    What is your long-term career goal?

  3. 3.

    What is your philosophy towards work?

  4. 4.

    Do you remember your steam tables?

  5. 5.

    Why are you the best Power Plant Operator for us?

  6. 6.

    Describe a difficult project and how you overcame the challenges.

  7. 7.

    Why does steam have to be heated to the temperature it is, before entering a turbine?

  8. 8.

    What is 'lockout- tagout'; or 'lock and tag'?

  9. 9.

    How do you handle stress and pressure?

  10. 10.

    Explain to me why some cooling towers are 300 feet tall, and others look like a 30 by 30 foot cubicle on top of a building?

  11. 11.

    What do you do when your time schedule or project plan is upset by unforeseen circumstances?

  12. 12.

    How can you tell the difference between induced draft and forced draft?

  13. 13.

    Where do you think one third of the electricity we generate at this power plant, goes?

  14. 14.

    What is the temperature steam turns into dry steam?

  15. 15.

    Why is coal crushed to a powder before being fed into a boiler?

  16. 16.

    What has been your greatest accomplishment as a Power Plant Operator?

  17. 17.

    After we make electricity, why do we increase the voltage before sending it to the grid?

  18. 18.

    What is your greatest weakness and what steps are you taking to improve?

  19. 19.

    What made you choose a career as a Power Plant Operator?

  20. 20.

    What is your secret to a successful career as a Power Plant Operator?

  21. 21.

    What do you feel is an acceptable work attendance record?

  22. 22.

    What excites you the most about a career as a Power Plant Operator?

  23. 23.

    Do you enjoy working with your hands?

  24. 24.

    What are the primary differences from a natural gas power plant to a coal power plant?

  25. 25.

    What is your greatest strength and how do you feel it will help you in this role?

  26. 26.

    Why do you want to leave your current employer?