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I have the interview coming up. I understand it is a comittee interview - I have never done an interview like that before. Any tips and what kinds of questions should I be prepared for.
 

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Some along the lines of:
What sort of experience you have
Why you want to be an electrician

They are not going to ask you about Ohms law, how to bend pipe, read a print, etc.
 

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Don't worry, be happy !

Any future employer is looking for a new hire who is presentable, alert, has a little appitude, and sends the message that he will be reliable. You do not have to know squat about the job for which you are applying.

IBEW training will set you up for life.

Best Wishes Everyone in 2008
 

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Some along the lines of:
What sort of experience you have
Why you want to be an electrician

They are not going to ask you about Ohms law, how to bend pipe, read a print, etc.

And the question that I did not have to study for when I applied for my apprenticeship.:thumbsup:

Question: Who is Norman _ _ _ _ _?

Wrong answer: I do not know :no:

Right answer: He is my uncle :whistling2:
 

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Turn up early
do not chew gum
be pleasant
wash/shave/teeth clean
do not reek of tobacco
do not ask about holidays/days off etc. Nothing worse than interviewing somebody who is more intested about when they do not have to work than when they do
take any qualifications that you have that may be relevant
speak clearly, head up! don't mutter into your shoes

Well that's what I look for anyway:thumbup:


most important....imagine that the interviewers are all sat on toilets behind the desk. It takes the edge off things:whistling2:

Good luck
 
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What Trimix-leccy said!

Tri,

Kind'a difficult to instill those concepts into pups, isn't it?

Glad to be out of the loop . . .

Best Wishes Everyone in 2008
 

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It appears to be prevalent amongst the younger generation; poor diction.
I am 51 [in my eyes not old] One of the lads [22 years old] that I dive with regularly last year got a 1st Class Honours Degree in Quantum Physics, he is now being fully funded [ie he gets paid for it!!] on a combined Masters /Ph.D........so he is not thick! I cannot understand a word he says! [not the context, but the actual words coming out of his mouth!!]

I have to get himto repeat everything 3 times, and he is constantly chewing.
Not a smoker though!!!!
 

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And the question that I did not have to study for when I applied for my apprenticeship.:thumbsup:

Question: Who is Norman _ _ _ _ _?

Wrong answer: I do not know :no:

Right answer: He is my uncle :whistling2:
Does that still hold any water these days in your local?
 

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"Does that still hold any water these days in your local?"

Lawn,

Since I went rat (27 years) been kind'a out of the loop on the "Who is Norman" quiz. Will you enlighten me?

Best Wishes Everyone in 2008
 

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Like you have been told by others: show up early, clean, and neat. No ass hanging pants, funky board shorts or odd colored hair. Leave the nose rings or other silver masses home. No ebonics or street mumbo jumbo. And don't gasp when they ask........How do you feel about random drug testing?
 

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in the 70's (same local you are taliking about I bet) I was told not asked, you have no family in this local have you considered becoming a plumber SERIOUSLY!
 

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I have the interview coming up. I understand it is a comittee interview - I have never done an interview like that before. Any tips and what kinds of questions should I be prepared for.
Hey Big R.... When they ask you "what do you think an electrician does in a days work" the IMPROPER answer is: install light fixtures, put up conduit, pull wire, install plugs and light switches.

THe PROPER answer is: They use shovels to dig trenches, use saws and conduit benders to install conduit, use scaffolding and ladders to get where they cant reach. They crawl under houses and in hot attics, they usually work in the elements... etc you see what im getting at? I just had a friend get into the IBEW, and he failed the first time because he answered the improper way - the table of like 15 guys interviewing you want to make sure you know what an electrician does before they let you in, they dont want you to think an electrician plays with wires all day and does nothing else, then you find out it is a hard job and drop out.

Good luck man!

~Matt
 

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5150 has it. I interviewed right around 2000 and I made it sound like we defused bombs while carrying crates of fittings inside of trenches full of water that was too muddy to see through. Man, if you think that trimming switches (or tell them you think this) is the height of electrical prowess, you WILL be turned away. I was honest, I told them that yes, the money was a factor, I knew that I would be slingling rigid in a trench, and working on 40 ft. lifts. Be realistic and up front. That is all ANYONE can ask. Good Luck!:thumbsup:
 

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Big R

The best answer to ANY question is: "I am willing to do what ever it takes to get the job done" and look them directly in the eye when you say it.

Good Luck and enjoy the ride that has not yet begun. :thumbsup:
 

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Your old uncle Norman? He was superintendent for ABC lighting for a while, but now he's running work for Huff 'n Puff Electric. You guys go waaaaay back.
 

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Ok I give, Who is Norman?
Norman WAS my uncle. Back then you had to know someone influential or had to have relative in the local in order to get into the IBEW apprenticeship program. In 1972 there was a very high demand to get into the apprenticeship program because of the Vietnam War. If you were in an “approved” apprenticeship program you were deferred from being drafted. I did not make it because my uncle Norman was not as influential as someone else’s Uncle and I got drafted. When I got out I applied again and was accepted because of my uncle Norman (with a little more influence this time) and my military experience.
 

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I am not in the union now, but in 1972 it was the most important question to answer "correctly". Otherwise you failed the selection exam. I am not sure how it is now.
Well since the 80's in my local, and a few others that I know of the desire to "keep it in the family" has diminished, if not the feds have outright taken over the entire apprentice selection process.

Most unions have realized the folly of country-club unionism. MOST that is, I know I'll never be a dockworker. :whistling2:
 

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Like you have been told by others: show up early, clean, and neat. No ass hanging pants, funky board shorts or odd colored hair. Leave the nose rings or other silver masses home. No ebonics or street mumbo jumbo. And don't gasp when they ask........How do you feel about random drug testing?
It helps to not have a tattoo crawling up your neck as well.
 
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