27 electrician's interview questions (with example answers)

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Published 9 July 2022

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Interviewing for a job provides you with an opportunity to further highlight your skills and qualities to the hiring manager. As an electrician, the interview step of the employment process remains particularly important since it allows you to clarify your technical ideas and display your interpersonal skills. Learning about the different kinds of questions your interviewer may ask is a good way to prepare for an electrician job interview. In this article, we go over some of the most commonly asked electrician's interview questions and offer some sample answers to help you prepare your own.

General electrician's interview questions

Some of the most commonly asked electrician's interview questions include:

  • What made you decide to pursue a career as an electrician?

  • What are the most important safety rules for electricians to follow?

  • Why should we consider you for a position as an electrician with our firm?

  • What is the largest project you've ever worked on?

  • What do you imagine a typical work day to be like?

  • Tell me about the last three installations you performed.

  • Where do you see yourself in five years' time?

  • If we hire you, what would be the first thing you'd do in your new job?

  • What would your current supervisor say about your work ethic?

  • What tasks do you manage in your current role?

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Questions about experience and background

Some commonly asked questions about an electrician's experience and background include:

  • Have you done more residential, industrial or commercial work?

  • What are your areas of expertise when it comes to electrical work?

  • When did you go to school and where did you get your qualifications?

  • Have you worked on any additional home or business projects recently?

  • What kinds of systems have you previously worked with?

  • How long did you work as a trainee or apprentice?

  • Have you received any awards for your work?

  • What experience do you have related to the work you'll be doing with us?

  • How long have you been working with apprentices?

  • What would you do if a colleague experienced a severe electrical shock?

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In-depth questions

Interviewers are likely going to ask some more in-depth questions to learn more about your experience. These questions may include:

  • What would you do if you saw a colleague engaging in risky behaviour?

  • Identify a moment you worked as part of a team to tackle a difficult electrical problem.

  • What would you do if you received an assignment with missing details?

  • Walk me through your process of troubleshooting a circuit break.

  • Tell me about the most challenging task you had to perform as an apprentice or trainee.

  • Have you ever made a mistake on the job? If so, how did you correct it and what did you learn?

  • Can you recall a moment when you solved a difficult electrical problem on your own?

Related: How long does it take to become an electrician?

Electrician's interview questions with sample answers

Interview questions with sample answers include:

1. What made you pursue a career as an electrician?

'I used to see my father and grandfather work as electricians at the local timber mill every day when I was a child. I appreciated hearing about the challenges they resolved at work and their friendship with their colleagues when they returned home. Later on, I discovered I also enjoyed solving complicated problems and assisting people. I believe electrical work is perfect for me because of my positive experience with electrical work throughout my life and my curiosity in the physics of electricity.'

2. What would your current supervisor say about your work ethic?

'My current employer would describe me as a dedicated team player who doesn't give up until the job is over. They'd most likely tell you about the time I was working on an outside wiring installation when the weather turned cold. My boss offered to bring us in the next day and continue working, but I knew myself and the rest of the team were happy to finish the job. I asked my crew to finish the project in cold-weather PPE, and we all felt extremely satisfied as we departed the job site.'

3. What are your areas of expertise when it comes to electrical work?

'I've worked mostly in an industrial setting. I'm fascinated by the intricacy of systems seen in plants, mills and factories and prefer working with the larger teams that such operations necessitate. My skillset is varied and I also have expertise with domestic wiring.'

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4. What tasks do you manage in your current role?

'I'm responsible for a new build wiring project for a big hospital. I supervise a team of six apprentices, delegating assignments and working alongside them to provide support and guidance. I follow designs, consult with the site engineer for troubleshooting, order materials as needed and plan each day's activities. I'm also committed to maintaining the greatest degree of safety on the job site. We haven't had a single reportable incident yet.'

5. What would you do if you received an assignment with missing details?

'I would first consider if I had previously completed a similar task. Then I'd explain the assignment to the supervisor who gave it, providing my own suggestions for filling in the gaps. I believe it's critical to learn how to complete work independently, but I also value the efficiency of completing a task correctly the first time around.'

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7. Identify a moment you worked as part of a team to tackle a difficult electrical problem.

'I experienced a series of wiring difficulties in a huge subdivision project in my current role as a home electrician. As the job supervisor, I led a quick meeting to discuss the problems and listened to my crew's solutions. I gave specific assignments to individual team members to execute the work safely and effectively after we found a solution.'

8. Can you recall a moment when you solved a difficult electrical problem on your own?

'I used to work independently in a water treatment facility. When I began wiring the plant, I found a number of pre-existing safety issues that made the job of wiring the plant more difficult. Furthermore, I was working in the dark due to an electrical issue. I used a head torch to solve the safety concerns before addressing the electrical difficulties until the plant's power was restored and I could resume my work.'

9. What job experience do you have related to the work you'll be doing with us

'I'm using the same systems I'll be using with your organisation. My previous work experience at a major timber mill was also quite similar to what you're looking for. I've also supported a few apprentices, so I'm qualified to help with your expanding apprentice mentoring programme.'

10. What is the largest project you've ever worked on?

'Wiring a new offshore oil rig was the largest task I've ever worked on. This is both in terms of economic value and physical size. The scope of that job, plus the challenges of operating away from firm ground, gave me a unique perspective on what an electrical crew can do.'

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11. How long have you been guiding apprentices?

'I'm a leader in the apprentice mentoring programme with my current employer. I mentor two apprentices and manage the other mentor electricians by coordinating their actions with government apprenticeship standards. This allows me to develop my soft skills, such as leadership, communication and mentorship.'

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12. What would you do if you saw a colleague engaging in risky behaviour?

'Everyone on a job site is responsible for the crew's safety. If I were to witness a colleague doing anything risky or unsafe, I would quickly bring it up with them and provide a safer solution. If I see this trend of unsafe conduct and behaviour continuing, I would inform our safety director so my colleague could get the appropriate training.'

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