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  1. How do you handle stressful situations?

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      Stressful situations will often arise in the workplace, and it is up to you how you handle them. Assure the interviewer that you can control stressful situations.

  2. What's your ideal company to work for?

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      The interviewer would like to know what your ideal employer looks like. Share with the interviewer the type of company that you are ideally looking to work for. Support your answer by including the reasons why you want to work for this particular company.

  3. Would you consider yourself to be a "Jack-of-all-trades"?

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      As a general maintenance professional it is very helpful to have a long list of skills. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of skills that you possess.

  4. Where did you get your knowledge in maintenance?

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      ThDo you have formal education in maintenance or have you primarily learned on the job? Discuss with the interviewer where the majority of your knowledge has come from.

  5. Why did you choose a career in maintenance?

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      The interviewer would like to know what led you to a career in maintenance. How did you arrive on this career path? Talk to the interviewer about why you chose this career and briefly discuss what keeps you engaged.

  6. What type of electrical training do you have?

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      Although you are a general maintenance professional, do you have specific training and abilities as an electrician? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to perform electrical related tasks.

  7. How would you describe your work ethic?

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      Do you feel that work only is a necessary evil? Do you enjoy keeping your hands and mind busy during the day? When the interviewer asks about your work ethic, they are looking for specific examples or keywords they can relate to. When you read the company job posting or job description do they refer to particular company ethics? Talk about their values and how those align well with your work values.

  8. How important is strong customer service to you?

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      The interviewer would like to know how much emphasis you put on customer service. Strong customer service skills are crucial to success in nearly every career path. Assure the interviewer that you see the importance of reliable customer service.

  9. Why are you qualified to be our maintenance person?

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      The interviewer would like to know that you are a fit for the position. This is where familiarizing yourself with the job description and requirements, before your interview, will come in handy. Are you sure that you are a fit for this particular role? Tell the interviewer why you think so.

  10. Are you interested in any continued education?

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      While some post-secondary education will be very helpful in a general maintenance role, it is not always a requirement of the position. Talk to the interviewer about the value that you would see in earning additional credentials.

  11. How do you handle conflict in the workplace?

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      You spend so many waking hours in the workplace and conflict between co-workers can happen. HOW you handle conflict is what the interviewer would like to know more about. This is not an opportunity to start venting about your current workplace culture. An interviewer wants to see that you will take accountability for conflict whether the occurrence is considered your fault, or not. Handling workplace conflict tactfully, and with grace, should be the only option. Give a clear example of a time when you professionally managed workplace conflict.

  12. When do you best demonstrate yourself as a leader?

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      The interviewer wants to know that you are confident about your leadership abilities and that you understand when your leadership abilities have been most useful. Perhaps you best demonstrate yourself as a leader when your manager is away. Maybe you often jump into a leadership mindset when a co-worker is struggling. Think about a recent time when an employee on your team was successful at something because of your leadership skills. Discuss the scenario and how your leadership skills made the difference.

  13. What do you know about our facility?

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      A good hiring manager will always want to know that you are keen on the role and that you have taken time to research the organization, or facility, prior to your interview. Display to the interviewer that you have committed to researching their facility prior to your interview.

  14. List the different types of piping materials you have experience with. (Example, PVC, Copper, PEX, etc.)

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      The interviewer would like to know if you have experience with a variety of piping materials. As a general maintenance professional, the more knowledge you have in a variety of areas - the better. Talk to the interviewer about your level of expertise in PVC, Copper, and PEX piping.

  15. If you see a problem, but are unsure of a solution, what do you do? When has this happened to you?

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      The interviewer would like to know how you tackle problems on the job. The steps that you take to problem solve will tell the interviewer a lot about you. Assure the interviewer that you can efficiently manage workplace issues, even when you may not have an immediate answer.

  16. Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?

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      Before answering scheduling questions, it's important to be clear on the interviewer's expectations. If you haven't had a chance to clarify their scheduling needs, now would be the perfect time to ask! Consider asking, 'What are the scheduling expectations for this position?' If they expect you to work 12 hour days, it would be important for you to know that before you respond with, 'Absolutely! No problem!' You want to be sure that you can meet their expectations. If it turns out their schedule expectations won't work for you, think about what you CAN offer and see if you can meet in the middle. It's much better to discuss these things in an interview than for you to commit to a schedule that won't work for you. Keep in mind that, in most states, an employer cannot demand that an employee work more than 44 hours per week.

  17. Janitor and Custodian

  18. Did you have any problems with management or your supervisors during your last job?

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      The interviewer wants to hear that you are a team-player and get along with everyone. Simply tell the interviewer that you did not have any problems with leadership in your last role, and you enjoy being a part of a team.

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  19. Grounds Maintenance Worker

  20. What part of this job description do you see a potential problem with?

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      Most job descriptions will describe a very lengthy list of skills the hiring manager hopes to attract. It is okay to not be a match 100% as some of these are not always a "must have." Be honest when you are answering this question.

  21. Describe a time you were faced with stresses which tested your skills.

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      Are you able to take a stressful situation and turn it around? The hiring manager would like an example of a time when you remained positive and were able to troubleshoot yourself out of the situation. Your answer should include a recent example but remain brief. If the interviewer wants you to expand on that, then do so when asked.

  22. What do you see yourself doing within the first days of this job?

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      This is the time to take a humble approach. As much as you would like to take on the world, be realistic when answering this question.

  23. As you walked into our facility today, what did you notice about our property?

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      This question is a test to your attention to detail. You will want to go into the interview knowing some of the plant varieties and unique features of the property and be prepared to talk about them.

  24. Do you have any mechanical skills?

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      Most landscaping jobs require you to use mechanical tools and to have an understanding of the skills and safety required to properly use these. Your answer should include examples of tools that you have used in the past and, perhaps, an example of a job where you had to draw upon your mechanical skills and knowledge.

  25. What type of botany training do you have?

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      If you do not have formal botany training then you should reply with a focus on you personal interest and research.

  26. When was the ability to prioritize tasks, important in your last position? Give me an example.

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      This question will help the interviewer determine whether you are accustomed to making you own decisions in regards to prioritizing your day, or if you will need a supervisor to tell you what to do in a day. You should answer with an example of times that you have been given the ability to create your own schedule.

  27. Do you work well unsupervised?

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      This is a great time to give an example of a time when you worked unsupervised and were commended with positive feedback.

  28. When have you misunderstood instructions at your last job? What was the consequences and how did you overcome that?

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      Think of a recent example of a time when you made a mistake at work. Did you own up to it? How did you fix it? What was your overall behaviour around the error? IE: "Last summer I was working for a private client and they requested some new trees be planted. I added too much mulch around them and ended up suffocating a few of the new trees. My client called me with their dissatisfaction and I immediately apologized for the error. I was able to resuscitate all but two, which I replaced using my own funds. It's a mistake I will never make again."

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