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Old 01-26-2016, 10:38 PM   #21
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not sure about the disability accommodation, I did want to say I think dreamcrusher has good advice


I was passed up the first time I applied for apprenticeship - I went to work for a signatory contractor as a laborer/parts runner until I was eligible to re-interview and things went much smoother the second time around. If you are completely new to electrical work you can learn plenty as a parts runner, ditch-digger, etc. and can also establish strengths to your employer. Many shop owners or their estimators sit on the JATC boards that give the interview.


if you get some interview questions and answers worked up and want to bounce them off someone post em up or let me know.
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Old 01-27-2016, 09:00 AM   #22
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Let's move beyond your perceived "disability". Are you all "tatted-up"?, wear long sleeves, unless you've got neck tatts, wear a turtle neck. If you've got a "teardrop" get it removed. Do your pants hang half way down your butt?, pull them up and buy a belt. Don't bring a beer to the interview, and don't go in reeking. If you "carry" leave it in the ride. Don't wear a bandanna. Tie your shoes, and if you wear high top "Reebok's" don't tuck your pants into them. If you're a "long hair", get it cut, and shave. If you "chew", don't. Don't use words like "axed", or "fiddy", or, "nomsayin".
Basically, if you're a "gang-banger" give it up. Other than that, relax, be yourself, and explain that you have a minor "disability' up front, don't make them try to figure it out. We've got a guy who walks with a cane, so disabilities don't matter as long as you can perform.
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In much the same way that a man without arms would be excluded from the pool of candidates to be a bricklayer, a man with a social skills disability might well be excluded from the pool of candidates where the job requires a high degree of social skill. The question might really be- is high social functioning really a requirement for a union electrician or is this some form of discrimination based on this man's disability? I'm really not sure. There's a million and one other reasons to be passed over in an interview. No one is going to be foolish enough to confess that a perceived disability was the reason.
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Iv'e applied at 5 different IBEW locals over the past 3 years but I can't seem to get past the interview. I have Asperger's syndrome/high functioning autism which makes me do worse in interviews than most people. Ive passed the aptitude test every time I've taken it which proves I can to the math but the interview seems to be a form of gate-keeping to filter out those who have any form of awkwardness or who aren't already experts and interviewing. Does anyone know if the IBEW has disability accommodation for the interview process? I'm more than intelligent enough for the work and I'm not lazy, I just can't give the magical answers to the generic interview questions. Any advice?
If your main trouble is with the interview, that's a skill you can work to improve on. I don't know much about Asperger's, but interviewing skills can be practiced.
If you have trouble interacting with people, you may well want to consider what would be a good job choice to begin with.
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I'm now a CW1. We did a solar job of about 1200 panels. I liked the work and most of the people I worked with. Not much work for cws in my area. The cws Ive talked to tend to out of work for months at a time. I was actually the only reliable one on out crew. Other people would show up late, we're too much time smoking or vaping, or taking too many piss breaks. I did none of those.

As for on of the previous posts about what I wore in my interviews, I was a suit and tie.

I think I didn't sound confident enough in the interviews. My next interview will be better because I have more relevant experience with ibew contractors and I'm already a due paying member.

I'm also taking welding classes on the weekends so I can get certified. My fallback teade is welding and I'm gonna take a aptitude test for the steam fitters this summer.
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Hello reapedsoul;Welcome to the forum

I just googled Asperger's syndrome/high functioning autism and read some about it..You have a stone wall that is so much higher than the rest of us here that I can understand your frustration with having 5 interviews and being blocked from proving you can do the job. Indeed I think that you can do the job just as good if not better than the rest of us, because you have so much to overcome,,,,,,,,My bet is you can and will do so when you can get into the game.

So what can you do?

Hire a Attorney and he can show that you are being discriminated against.

You have an issue that makes interviews a nightmare, the help of a good Attorney will get you a job so you can prove that you will be the best man on the job...

Don't you dare give up!

Your Attorney WILL make them pay his fees because you are being discriminated against without just cause ...

Good luck.....Never give up on what you want to do----YOU WILL WIN....
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I'm now a CW1. We did a solar job of about 1200 panels. I liked the work and most of the people I worked with. Not much work for cws in my area. The cws Ive talked to tend to out of work for months at a time. I was actually the only reliable one on out crew. Other people would show up late, we're too much time smoking or vaping, or taking too many piss breaks. I did none of those.

As for on of the previous posts about what I wore in my interviews, I was a suit and tie.

I think I didn't sound confident enough in the interviews. My next interview will be better because I have more relevant experience with ibew contractors and I'm already a due paying member.

I'm also taking welding classes on the weekends so I can get certified. My fallback teade is welding and I'm gonna take a aptitude test for the steam fitters this summer.
great job kid!!
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