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  1. Lee_Kane
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    Hello i have recently been given an interview for arthur mckay in edinburgh but i dont have any experiance with this kind of interview. i would like to know what kind of things i should find out about the company and what kind of things they might ask in the interview.

    Thanks Lee
     
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  2. Pete999
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    Lee you are a young bloke so this will be your chance to prove to the Interviewing board what you are made of.
    Dress as smart as you can, SWITCH YOUR MOBILE OFF, shake hands withe board members, if you don't know an answer DON'T WAFFLE, just say you don't know and move on, They will ask you at the end of the interview if you have any questions, have some ready, as an example, what will my duties be, will I be offered any training, where will I be working ? assuming it's a mobile type job, is overtime expected, i, e, wil I be expected to stay late if the job over runs, these questions might sound silly but believe me I have sat on many interviews. Have you been asked to write some sort of resume of your life experiences, you may be asked to anser a type of what if question, how would I approach a particular situation, above all be yourself, and shake hands and say thank you at the end, and good luck.
     
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  3. Lee_Kane
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    Fatastic! thank you for the help im glad you reply'd as quick as the iterview is tomorrow
     
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    Good luck Lee
     
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    Good luck Lee and let us know how you got on.
     
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  6. Specialist
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    Good luck with your interview buddy.
     
  7. Midwest
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    Concur with Pete. Best advise I could give, is be yourself. Might not get you the job, but you'll not dig holes for yourself in an interview, with answers that are not you.

    Good luck.
     
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    I think the ones that catch some people out are things like 'Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?' and 'Why do you want to work for <INSERTCOMPANYNAMEHERE>?'.

    I have to admit being an interviewer previously (unrelated industry), those are the ones I enjoyed the most because they make people squirm and I hate being asked those sorts of things too.

    But have a read about the company, if they have specialist areas that you might like to move into later on, then you can make a statement along the lines of 'As you deal with X, Y and Z, I'd like to get my basic training out the way and then consider specialising in X as it's something I'm interested in' if you're asked the dreaded 'Where do you see yourself' type question. As an employer I always looked for people who had some sort of plan or goal.

    But be sincere, be yourself, dress well (including polishing your shoes), don't slouch, good firm hand shake (nothing worse than going to shake hands and getting a lettuce leaf presented to you) and good luck :)
     
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    Have you researched the company at all. Do you know what they do? Are you a good time keeper? Are you honest and hard working. Make sure they know the above, that you understand the firm you are working for and that you are keen to work for them (I presume you are). Smile and relax. Talk properly, don't mumble look the interview board in the eye. If you get the opportunity and know, tell them what your ambitions are.
    Possible questions?
    Why do you want to work for us?
    Do you know what we do/Who we are?
    Are you up to the task(s) i.e. timekeeping
    What experience do you have. (Unless they know from your application)
    Scenario question like
    You are working with Mr A, he gets electrocuted, what is the first thing you will do?
    You are asked to get some tools on the way you see a main Distribution Board with the cover off - What do you do?
    Asked because they may want to see will you report to a superior (good) or take it upon yourself to fix it. (Bad)
    Just guessing but usually they will ask some things like that.
     
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  10. Lee_Kane
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    Thanks for all the information ! what kind of things should i look up anout the company ? and i'll let you all knw what happens tomorrow.
     
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    Hi Lee, Good luck!
     
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    Make sure you know what 'long stands' and 'Sky hooks' are. Or is that confidential information as far as apprentices are concerned and only to be taught by experience?
     
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  13. Taylortwocities
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    This may be too late, but look at the website
    Mechanical & Electrical Contractors - Facilities Management - Networks - Arthur McKay - http://www.arthur-mckay.com
    read and learn the About Us and news bits

    pick up a couple of things from there, recent press release, contract award, etc

    think up some questions to show you are interested.
    Something like: would i be involved in the new contract in irskine?

    NOT
    how much holiday do i get!
     
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  14. Lee_Kane
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    Hi everyone i had the inteview on tuesday and waiting on them getting back when today at college the man who interview'd me came in and offered me and 3 other people in the class apprenticeships .

    thanks for the help everyone!!
     
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    Well done good for you. Take advantage of the opportunity.
     
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  16. Taylortwocities
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    Excellent. :clapping::clapping:
     
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  17. Lee_Kane
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    Hello everyone by now you must be sick of me writing on here but i have a couple more questions i was wondering if anyone coiuld answer them?
    does anyone know what kind of apprentice wage arthur mckay offer and how often i would be getting paid?

    many thank Lee
     
  18. Midwest
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    The other bit of advice I should of given you, was when the interviewer ask you if you have any questions, ask how much the salary is and do you get paid weekly or monthly :)

    I wouldn't worry about that for now, as it appears you have an apprenticeship.
     
  19. Taylortwocities
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    Call the company's HR department. They will be putting together offer documents.

    Say something like "I was so excitied at the prospect of working for you that I completely forgot to ask about pay and holidays."
     
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    better idea of a tool set would be the CK magma kit.

    CK Electricians Premium Tool Kit & Bag - http://www.screwfix.com/p/ck-electricians-premium-tool-kit-bag/35475

    not cheap when you add the VAT, but decent tools should last for years.

    as pete said, the tools you linked to are no use for electrical work.

    as an apprentice, though, i would think you only need a a few tools and i suggest this as a start:

    VDE driver set
    VDE sidecutters
    junior hacksaw
    vde pliers
    16oz.claw hammer
    4lb. lump hammer.
    bolster chisel
    scutch chisel
    approved voltage tester like a fluke T5-600 (there are cheaper ones).
     
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  24. Taylortwocities
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    I absolutely agree. The (VDE) screwdrivers that you need will have insulation all the way up the blade.

    In my opinion, wait until you see the list, post it on here - you'll get a lot of help.

    PS Did you sort out if you'll get paid?
     
  25. Lee_Kane
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    Yeah I'll be getting 5.09 and hour on site and 4 pound an hour at college I'll be getting paid weekly aswell
     
  26. Lee_Kane
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    Thanks everyone you've all been a great help!
     
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    a tip from an old hand. when at work, keep your ears open and your gob shut (except when you need to ask a question of your mentor) and either leave your mobile phone at home or switched off except at break times.

    oh, and any technical queries you have, feel free to post on here. sure the lads will be happy to help, even the grumpy old farts like me and pete999. :D
     
  28. Lee_Kane
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    I know not to talk unless asking questions, that was one of my main points during my interview with arthur mckay Im not scared to ask questions and I'm interested in the field so I'm not going to mess about when on the job . But thanks
     
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