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Old 11-03-2019, 08:22 PM   #1
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Hey guys just got my letter for my oral interview was just wondering how to dress. Should i go all out and wear a tie or keep it casual. Any help would be appreciated. Also what kind of questions should i expect and should i bring a copy of my resume and letters of recommendations?
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Old 11-04-2019, 07:52 AM   #2
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No jeans clean work wear with no stains or tears. Your not interviewing for an office job.
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I think a shirt and tie is appropriate. There is nothing wrong with looking professional and like you actually put a little more into this interview than wearing what you normally would.

We're not talking a 3 piece suit, just a shirt and tie like I had to wear when I stocked shelves in a grocery store when I was a kid.

Bringing your resume, letters of recommendation, and anything else that you may think could be useful will not hurt. Put them into a portfolio and if given the chance to mention them, you can motion towards the portfolio to show that you have them available. Again, anything that shows you being more professional or prepared will help.

As for the questions, that is anyones guess. There is probably a pool of different questions asked at each different local. Just be smart about it. The 2 focuses are productivity and union support.
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A tie? You gotta be kidding me.

Think about what the interviewer is wearing and mimic that. Chances are it’s jeans, sneakers and a golf shirt.
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A tie? You gotta be kidding me.
Yes, a tie. Is that really so extreme for you to understand?

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Think about what the interviewer is wearing and mimic that. Chances are it’s jeans, sneakers and a golf shirt.
They already have the job, they don't have to impress anyone. But since you asked, the business agents all wear ties in my local and during interviews many people on the committee wear ties as normal business attire.
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Yes, a tie. Is that really so extreme for you to understand?

They already have the job, they don't have to impress anyone. But since you asked, the business agents all wear ties in my local and during interviews many people on the committee wear ties as normal business attire.
Obviously different where you come from. I’m in a blue collar town. Only corrupt politicians wear ties.
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Obviously different where you come from. I’m in a blue collar town. Only corrupt politicians wear ties.
I’m of the opinion that getting into a good IBEW local is like winning the lottery. You want to do everything you can to get a step up on your competition. Wearing a shirt and tie can’t hurt you in anyway. A shirt, tie, and pair of slacks can be had for $100. There’s no reason not to.

Even in your so-called blue-collar town, are you saying that an applicant going into an interview that will change his entire life wearing a clean and ironed shirt and tie would be detrimental to his chances?
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What are you going to do or say that's going to make you stand out from everyone else?
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A tie? You gotta be kidding me.

Think about what the interviewer is wearing and mimic that. Chances are it’s jeans, sneakers and a golf shirt.
Half the interviewers are Buisiness owners. I can’t remember if you have to be a NECA member to sit on the apprentice board, or if that’s only for trustees. So they won’t be in jeans an sneakers. The apprenticeship director is a full time office position, so he’s going to be Buisiness casual at the least. The remaining few electricians would probably be dressed to match.

I would dress Buisiness casual at the least. A tie wouldn’t hurt.

As far as the questions, I have no idea.
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I'd say business casual is safe.

In most cases, wearing a tie and being slightly overdressed won't hurt and it might help. It shows you made a bit of an extra effort to look professional. You might get razzed a bit but it's a token of respect and that's not a bad thing.

I could think of a few cases where it might slightly work against you. There's a poster here that's making the transition from CPA to apprenticeship, might make it harder to see him muddy to his armpits in a trench. If I was from New York trying to get into a Houston Texas local, it would probably be better to leave the tie home.


If you just want to make sure they don't forget you, don't stop with the tie, go all in.
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Just look clean and neat....you are interviewing for a job where you are representing someone's company.

do a golf shirt or button down shirt with a collar.....clean and neat pants....belt and clean shoes/sneakers.....

no ripped clothes....
no baggy jeans....
no skin tight jeans....
no underwear hanging out...

if you got metal **** in your face, nose, ear or anywhere else that is seen ....take them out.

If you have offensive tattoo's cover them.

its a tradesman job, not a office job so i don't think a shirt and tie is necessary but it won't hurt either.
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Knee pads.
Naked with knees pads moves one up to front of the line I am told?
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Naked with knees pads moves one up to front of the line I am told?
You don't have to be naked, but a bib is advisable.
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A letter of recom is not necessary. My tip for your resume makes it colored maybe just pick at least 3 colors. What I did before is I don't wear black. I wear something colorful like yellow so the hr would remember me.
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Hey guys just got my letter for my oral interview was just wondering how to dress. Should i go all out and wear a tie or keep it casual. Any help would be appreciated. Also what kind of questions should i expect and should i bring a copy of my resume and letters of recommendations?
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The correct answer is: business casual...Google it if you're unfamiliar.



I was interviewed by 5 guys at a table. They were all wearing dress attire, some ties, some no ties. I wore a nice polo shirt, tucked in, with ironed khakis and nice dress shoes. Dress like you want the job, but don't over-dress- you're not at a wedding. A tie probably isn't necessary, but it certainly wouldn't hurt. It's a fine line, and actually something that I thought about quite a bit myself.... I settled on "business casual". I don't know what everyone else wears, but I got the job.

BTW: Don't ever wear a t shirt and jeans to a job interview. You'll have the rest of your career to do that in the field.
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I’m in a blue collar town. Only corrupt politicians wear ties.
Dude, I LOL at this post. Your a trip man. That was funny.
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Its a tradesman job, not a office job so i don't think a shirt and tie is necessary but it won't hurt either.
So I could wear either a shirt or a tie? But not both? I guess I'll try wearing a tie next time...
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