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Old 05-17-2017, 01:48 PM   #1
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For the second year running I've made it to the interview stage of the apprenticeship application process. Last year I guess the panel didn't realize how special I am (like my mother always told me) and I'm taking another crack at it. If any of you esteemed professional would be so kind, I have a couple of questions ranging from my interview next Tuesday to an indeterminate point further in the future.

How can I make myself attractive in the interview?
How best might I make contact with someone in the union in order to a; have someone else know my name b; ask specific questions?
Assuming they recognize my excellence, what can I expect from my beginning days/months/year that they won't tell me? (I mean, I know that my primary duties will be piloting a broom, facilitating short-range equipment delivery, and operating complex machinery like a shovel - beyond this stuff)
Do I WANT to sign on with Local 5? Will I spend more time working or on the bench? Is it an organization where hard work pays off? (Posts on this forum from ~7 years ago are not super flattering)
Once I've begun the apprenticeship program, what kind of flexibility will there be if I find it unsuitable? I mean, I know I won't be in a gulag, and there'll be 500 guys trying to get my spot, but am I suddenly on the hook for all my education?

If you can shed light on one or all of these matters, I'd really appreciate it.
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Old 05-18-2017, 09:55 PM   #2
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why do you want to be a inside wireman?
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Old 05-18-2017, 10:12 PM   #3
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Just dress in business casual attire for the interview and try not to come off as a smartass or know it all. Take each question as they come and answer the way you think they want to be answered.

I won't even address the 'gulag' type questions. Union education is the best you can get don't let anyone tell you different.
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What I meant by gulag was, I know I won't be unable to leave. But in the event that I do want to leave, or am asked to, do I owe the union for the (undoubtedly high-quality) education I have received so far, ala ROTC?

MAR, I want to work hard and get paid well, use my hands and my brain, and have knees/a back in 30 years. These point to specialization...I'm **** at finish work, I hate being wet, so plumbing's out, and I like working with the public (sometimes), so I want to go down a path that could allow me to own a business doing residential stuff some day far down the line. These factors all seem to point to inside wireman. Why should I NOT want to be?
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Look at it this way, after you turn out, you can travel. You're not locked into anything. If you can't cut it, you'll be informed. If you're a kick azz spark chaser, you won't be riding a broom, you'll be too busy carrying your J-mans tools (jk) If you're lacking, you'll be informed. There's a lot of prospects out there that would give part of their anatomy to have the opportunity to be a part of the bro-hood. Choose wisely.
Remember we can smell phonies, just be yourself at the interview, no bullsiht, no suckin up, no over-eager, just chill, and don't give one word answers, but don't talk your fool head off either. Direct/concise. You'll be okay. Bring some doughnuts. (can't hurt)
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:19 AM   #6
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I think some kind of moisturizer or a really good lip gloss may be your best bet.
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That's a great trip, what do you use?
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