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  1. Dave the spark
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    Dave the spark learning all the time

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    Evenin' all,

    I've got an interview on Tuesday for a position carrying out inspection and testing within water treatment plants.

    I have very little interview experience due to being with the same company from serving my time until last year, 20 years in all. I've also never worked in an industrial environment, or within water treatment plants, but it is an area I'm really interested in moving in to as I'm sick to death of working in a domestic environment.

    Has anyone ever worked within water treatment plants, or similar installations? Are there any areas I could educate myself in, e.g types of glands to be used for external and corrosive influences? Anything at all that might help me?

    I'll be honest, it took me a long time to try and improve myself as an electrician and my attitude wasn't always right but once I grew up a bit I've strived to better myself, and learn as much as I could to allow me to keep improving my knowledge. Getting this job would be the next step for me and it's a progression I really want to make.

    Any tips for interviews and areas to look at regulation wise would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers.
     
  2. westward10
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Electrician's Arms

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    Have you posted this before because I have recently read something very similar.
     
  3. FatAlan
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    FatAlan Trainee Trainee Access

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    Wouldn't know where to start on the technical side of things but do some homework on the organisation / company that's running the plant so that you can get up to speed on their history / corporate goals / mission statements etc. Interview boards usually have an HR person that likes all that crap along with equal opps and equality in the work place. On the other hand you might get someone that just needs to know that you can do the job and get out of bed in the morning! Good luck.
     
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  4. Dave the spark
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    Dave the spark learning all the time

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    Yeah, never got much response though. Apart from you and your nemesis:D
     
  5. Dave the spark
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    Dave the spark learning all the time

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    It's an engineering firm contracted to Scottish water, I'll study their website and go in armed with a knowledge of them. They seem to promote in house training and look keen to educate and promote which is another reason it appeals to me. Thanks for the advice
     
  6. FatAlan
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    FatAlan Trainee Trainee Access

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    Presumably you've ticked all the boxes re qualifications etc on the job description to get to the interview stage. How many treatment pants do they have?
     
  7. Jay Sparks
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    As above, look up the company, see how long they have been established, how mant employees, have they won any awards etc. Also, what you put in your OP about improving yourself would be a good answer when they ask you why you want the jobs.

    I would imagine being a water treatment plant, it will have its own regulations about what equipment can be installed, so maybe have a search online then try and see how or if they work with BS7671.

    One thing I always remembered from school, was the first contact. Firm hand shake with a none sweaty hand if possible. Big smile and eye contact. Then just be yourself and answer honestly.

    Good luck.

    Jay
     
  8. Dave the spark
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    Dave the spark learning all the time

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    Yeah, the fella at the recruitment agency said that they were keen to interview me, but I get the feeling that sometimes the recruitment agency likes to exaggerate things to an over enthusiastic level!
    Not sure how many plants, it's covering the central belt in Scotland.

    Good point regarding the regulations tying in with BS 7671.
    Better point about the first impressions, nothing worse than a handshake like a wet fish!:fish:
    Thanks
     
  9. westward10
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Electrician's Arms

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    These installations will comply with BS7671 and as I said before it is doubtful although not impossible you will be testing the actual plant. I have tested many of these sites and it was always the ancillary buildings, some of the old Victorian ones can be quite staggering especially the subterranean reservoirs.
     
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  10. Dave the spark
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    Dave the spark learning all the time

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    See, it's stuff like that which has got me so interested. Thanks again for your replies.
     
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  11. KennyKen
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    KennyKen Electrician's Arms

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    Look at CMP glands on YouTube. They will be used in a water treatment plant
     
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  12. Dave the spark
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    Dave the spark learning all the time

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    Perfect, chief. That's the kind of thing I'm looking for. Many thanks
     
  13. DPG
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    DPG Electrician's Arms

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    Know your weaknesses as well as your strengths - they often ask this question and many people aren't ready for it.

    Also, at the end of the interview the interviewer(s) usually ask if there is anything YOU want to ask them - try and have a question ready, to avoide the awkward silence!

    And if anyone wants to see an underground Victorian reservoir I recommend a visit to Papplewick pumping station - great place.

    Daz
     
  14. Hellmooth
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    Hellmooth Electrician's Arms

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    I've just started working on their sites doing the gate and barrier automation and access control, will you be all over?
     
  15. Lou
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    Lou Admin Staff Member Top Contributor

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    Good luck! Please let us all know how you get on!
     
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  16. Dave the spark
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    Dave the spark learning all the time

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    I've got plenty of weaknesses, I'm just not sure I want to verbalise some of them!
    I do have a few questions though.
    Thanks.
    Central belt mate, think they try to assign teams to areas, so central belt, the east, north etc...
    Thank you kindly, I will do
     
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  17. Hellmooth
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    Hellmooth Electrician's Arms

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    I've been working on their central belt sites, Kirkcaldy, Greenock and Wishaw so far.
     
  18. Dave the spark
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    Dave the spark learning all the time

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    Who are you in with?
     
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    Hellmooth Electrician's Arms

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    I do work through a company that do their roller shutter doors, I'll pm you.
     
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  20. Dave the spark
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    Dave the spark learning all the time

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    Cheers
     
  21. Dave the spark
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    Dave the spark learning all the time

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    Well, had my interview and felt it went really well. It was quite informal and more just a chat about me, what I'd done in my career and the job in general. That was Tuesday. Thought I'd have heard one way or t'other by close of play today but alas no. A weekend with my mind racing awaits!

    The job sounds great, fingers crossed I get the news I'm looking for as I'm excited to start.
     
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  22. Diddy
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    Good luck bud. Hope you get the job.
     
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  23. DPG
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    DPG Electrician's Arms

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    Yep good luck. Let us know.
    Daz
     
  24. Richard Burns
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    Good luck with the chance of the job.
    I hope that you have impressed them enough.
    A delay in response may mean that they have had to do interviews over a period of time and then make a decision. So the last interview may have been yesterday.
    Generally if they feel that you are unsuitable they can respond quickly.
    It is also possible that you are the second choice and they are awaiting a response from the first choice to see if they want the job and if not to offer it to you.
    Not wishing to provide negativity.
    Turn your mind away from the job for a while an concentrate on other things.
     
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  25. Leader
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    Leader Electrician's Arms

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    Did you ask how many more they were interviewing and when you would be likely to hear? If it's a big company with HR involvement that can delay things. We also had to get sign off for the candidate we wanted to offer to as well as the salary offer which can also add an extra day or two. As already mentioned, if you were the first you'll have a longer wait.
     
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  26. Dave the spark
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    Dave the spark learning all the time

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    Yeah, it's a recruitment drive through an agency. The fella from the recruitment agency said that the company's HR were pretty snowed under as they were growing the electrical department of the company so I'm not worried just impatient to have confirmation! The boy who interviewed me pretty much said I had everything they were looking for but it had to be processed through HR and then passed back to the recruitment agency.

    I'll not stop thinking about it until I get the nod though:D
     
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  27. Dave the spark
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    Dave the spark learning all the time

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    Got the job!

    Chuffed to bits. Thanks for all the advice on the thread, much appreciated.
     
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  28. 7029 dave
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    Well done.
     
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  29. DPG
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    DPG Electrician's Arms

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    Nice one!
     
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  30. PEG
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    PEG Trusted Advisor

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    Yep,well done. Update ,as to result,appreciated.

    Get settled,and let us know what type of kit they have,jobs on the go,etc...some of us,don't have an X-box :)
     
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  31. Diddy
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    Diddy Regular EF Member

    hope it turns out to be all that you were hoping for. Remember sometimes it takes a wee while to get into the stride. Come back in a month or two and give us a feel good update.....if you don't mind.
    Good luck mate.
     
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  32. Hellmooth
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    Hellmooth Electrician's Arms

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    Well done mate!
     
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  33. Dave the spark
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    Dave the spark learning all the time

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    Start in April, I'll be sure to post an update.

    If I see anyone working on the barriers I'll shout @Hellmooth@Hellmooth and see if anyone replies:D
     
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  34. Hellmooth
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    Hellmooth Electrician's Arms

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    Yeah do that mate lol
     
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  35. Richard Burns
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    Well done on getting the job.:grinning:
    I hope the job goes well and that you can learn and enjoy work.
     
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  36. SparkyChick
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    Congrats :D
     
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  37. KennyKen
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    KennyKen Electrician's Arms

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    Congrats mate...
     
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