Electrician Interview Questions

Common Questions to Be Prepared for During an Electrician Job Interview

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In order to interview for a position as an electrician, you must have completed the necessary professional training and technical education. You will have likely trained to one of three levels - apprentice, journeyman, and master electrician - and your level of training will match the requirements of the job listing.

While your job application and/or resume will reflect your education, training, and experience in the industry, you will need to be prepared to discuss your qualifications and experience in depth during your interview. To prepare, consider reviewing and practicing with this list of common interview questions for electricians.

Electrician Interview Practice Questions

Here are some common interview questions you may be asked after applying for an electrician job:

  • How many years have you been working in the industry? How and where did you receive your training?
  • Describe some recent projects you have worked on.
  • Describe the electrical systems you have worked on and are familiar with.
  • Do you specialize in any specific areas of electrical work?
  • What do you do to protect yourself from electrical accidents or injuries?
  • Describe a time when you had a problem you could not figure out and you had to find a solution on your own.
  • If you were in a room with 3 light switches and the room next door had 3 light bulbs, how would you find out which 3 switches controlled the 3 bulbs if you could only go in the next room once?
  • What does "PPE" stand for? How important is safety on the job?
  • What is CSA approval?
  • What does a fuse or breaker do? What are the differences between the two?
  • What does "14-2" mean?

Can you answer each of these questions with confidence? Are you prepared to use your answers to highlight what sets you apart as a candidate? Remember: How you answer interview questions can be as important as the answers themselves. 

Electrician Interview Dress Code Tips

As a trained electrician, you know that working conditions for electricians vary depending on your specialization. For most electricians, the work is physically demanding. Occasionally you must work in a tight space, having to bend, squat or kneel to make connections in awkward locations. Construction electricians often spend a lot of time in outdoor or semi-outdoor loud and dirty work sites. Industrial electricians may find themselves in the heat, dust, and noise of an industrial plant. Your typical work attire likely suits your everyday work, but it won't suit an interview.

You want to present yourself as a professional, not as though you've just finished a dirty job.

The typical advice for trade job interview attire is to go business casual, so leave the jeans and work boots at home. For men, business casual might mean a nice pair of slacks, a buttoned shirt, and clean, polished shoes. For women, slacks and a professional business top are advisable. This is not a time for a suit and tie, but do present yourself as pulled-together, well-groomed, and tidy. 

General Job Interview Questions

In addition to job-specific interview questions, you will also be asked more general questions about your employment history, education, strengths, weaknesses, achievements, goals, and plans. Here's a list of the most common interview questions and examples of answers.