Job Interview Tips & Advice for Electricians

The Office for National Statistics currently puts unemployment figures at 2.32 million which equates to 7.1% of the working population. Although this is an improvement, with 167,000 more people now in work, the figures are still high and show that the job market is still a struggling following the recession.

As we are all living during a time where the competition for jobs is extremely high, having a distinctive edge during interviews is an advantage. Our top tips for success when applying for electrician jobs will hopefully help you shine during the hiring process.

Job interview tips and advice for electricians

1) Research
Make sure that you do your research on the company before attending the job interview. For example, find out as much as possible about the products and services they offer so you are in the best position to sell yourself, and why you would be a good fit for the company.

2) Preparation
Create a personal portfolio to include your Curriculum Vitae, electrical qualifications, references, pictures of example work and anything you may think will help you stand out from the crowd. It is also important to prepare some questions in advance to ask at the end of the interview to demonstrate your confidence, initiative and interest in the role.

3) Dress to Impress
Make sure that you dress accordingly for the role you are applying for. For example, as an electrician no employer will expect you to arrive in a suit but at least wear a smart, ironed shirt and trousers with suitable shoes. Jeans and a t-shirt or smelly work clothes are definitely a “no no”.

4) Timekeeping
You must not be late for an interview under any circumstances so ensure that you leave with plenty of time to spare. Even if you do arrive early it gives you time to compose yourself and do some additional planning, plus it shows enthusiasm to your potential employer.

5) Enthusiastic
On first meeting the interviewer it is important to make a good first impression as they will make their initial judgement on you within the first minute. A good firm handshake, a warm smile, eye contact and speaking confidently will all work in your favour.

6) Listen Carefully
Everyone who goes for an interview is bound to be nervous but it is extremely important to listen to the questions that are being asked so you are in the best position to answer them correctly. If you are not completely sure of the question seek further clarification and if you do not know the answer be honest and ask to come back to it later. Be sure to stay concise and on topic.

7) Give Examples
When relevant, give specific examples to highlight your past successes or triumphs. It will be demonstrative of your potential to your employer and show them what situations you are capable of handling.

8) Close the interview
The end of the interview is a good time to ask questions about the role or company that you prepared beforehand and reiterate your interest in the job. Thank the interviewer for their time, and contact them soon after the interview to say that you enjoyed meeting them and learning more about the company. This will show genuine enthusiasm on your part and also put you fresh in the interviewers mind.

We do hope that these interview tips for electrician jobs prove helpful in your quest in securing a future position within the electrical industry. Good luck!

So you’ve aced the interview, now take a look at our tips for your first day as an electrician!

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