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Preparing for the Interview

After you obtain a qualifying score on the aptitude test, you will need to interview with our committee, here is what you need to know.


Step 1


Complete Application online.

Student Paper Writing

Step 2

Take NJATC Aptitude Test Battery.


Step 3

Interview with our committee.

The Basics

  • You will be interviewed by a committee (6 members) composed of representatives of the IBEW and NECA.

  • Most interviews take 10 to 20 minutes. 

  • The Committee will be asking you questions about how you have handled situations in your life that are relevant to success in apprenticeship. They will want to know the situation, what you did, and the result, when you were faced with these situations at work, in school, or at home.

Interview Tips

  • Don't spend too much time on one question.

  • When asked about your previous experiences, describe (a) the situation you encountered, (b) what you did in that situation, and (c) how it turned out.

  • Avoid irrelevant topics. Focus on the questions that the committee asks.

  • Speak clearly and loudly enough for the committee to hear and understand you.

  • Relax! The interview is not an interrogation. It is simply an opportunity to meet and speak with the Apprenticeship Committee.

Interview Preparation

The interview contains questions about how you have handled situations that are relevant to occupational success.


To prepare for the interview, make a list of jobs you have had, special projects that you have worked on at school or at home, and extracurricular activities that you have participated in. Be prepared to discuss your hobbies, your interests, and activities you enjoy.


Before the interview, review your list of activities. Think about situations that stand out in your mind because you did something that you are particularly proud of; you learned an important lesson; or you had to respond to a real challenge. Thinking about situations you have encountered in the past will help you respond to the Committee's questions.


If you are a person with a physical or mental impairment that you believe may affect your ability to complete the interview, and wish to request an accommodation to ensure that the interview accurately measures your skills and abilities, please notify the Chattanooga JATC well in advance of the interview.

Notifications given on the day of the interview cannot be addressed that day.

After the Interview

After the  interview, you will receive an e-mail from the Chattanooga Electrical JATC informing you of the Apprenticeship Committee's decision. Please keep in mind, selections for apprenticeship are usually sent out in April.

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