Electrician Interview Questions and Answers

Question 1: Describe a time when you had a problem you could not figure out and you had to find a solution on your own.

[SITUATION] This happened when I worked at _______ and was working on a _______ site. [TASK] My role on site was to ________. I had no supervision and was working alongside other tradesmen, though none electricians. I was unsure how to deal with a particular case. [ACTION] My manager was unable to assist due to not being in work. I had an idea how to address the issue but, given the safety implications of getting this wrong, I contacted the office and got hold of _______ number. I then spoke to them and they affirmed my thoughts. [RESULT] I conducted the work safely and without issues.

Question 2: What does “PPE” stand for? How important is safety on the job?

[SITUATION] PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment and refers to protective clothing and equipment to be used when undertaking tasks. [TASK] Safety is paramount and it is key that every operative understands the safe working practices for a site, the full risk assessments and the PPE they should wear. [ACTION] I always fully familiarise myself with these and ensure I follow them fully. When working on site the implications of unsafe practices can mean harm or death to yourself or others. [RESULT] I’m proud to say I have never had an accident at work.

Question 3: Describe the electrical systems you have worked on and are familiar with.

[SITUATION] I have worked as an electrician at _______ and _______ companies and I am fully _______ qualifies. [TASK] At these companies I worked on _________, _________ and _________ electrical systems. [ACTION] To work on these systems I had training on and off the job. [RESULT] I worked competently on all systems and without issues.

Answering Electrician Interview Questions and Answers – Standouty’s STAR Methodology

All of our Electrician Interview Questions and Answers are based on the STAR method. This is recognised across the industry as the BEST method for answering interview questions. If used well the panel will be unaware of its use but consider your answer to be well constructed, methodical and just plain AMAZING.

The STAR Technique involves constructing your answer in the following way:


Set the context of your answer. Tell the panel, where, when and why this situation came to be. For example, “Whilst working in my current role, we were holding an event in which 100 plus people were due to attend any minute. That’s when I was notified the caterers weren’t able to make it.”


What did you have to do. For example, “I had to organise alternative caterers and without the guests knowing. The failure of the event would have been a disaster for the company.”


What did you actually do. For example, “I spoke to the venue owner and we identified other caterers who may be able to help at short notice. I contacted all of them and identified one who could cater the event albeit one hour later than planned.”


How did the situation play out. For example, “Catering was provided in line with guest expectations. The evening, after this initial hiccup, went seamlessly. I was congratulated by the senior managers for sorting out what could have been a catastrophe.”

Constructing your answers in this way will ensure you fully address the question / scenario given and the criteria the panel are measuring you against.

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