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Facility Manager Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Facility Manager interview, here are 35 interview questions and answer examples.

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Where do you see yourself five years from now?

How to Answer

The interviewer wants to know whether or not you have set any plans and, if so, what they are. Tell the interviewer about your career goals for the next five years. Be sure to include the company you are applying for in your goals to show the interviewer that you can be a long-term asset and that you are looking for stability. Some possible goals include a promotion to a management position within the company, pursuing education in facilities management, transitioning into other related areas, or improving your performance in the role you are interviewing for.

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35 Facility Manager Interview Questions & Answers

  • Career Goals

    1. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know whether or not you have set any plans and, if so, what they are. Tell the interviewer about your career goals for the next five years. Be sure to include the company you are applying for in your goals to show the interviewer that you can be a long-term asset and that you are looking for stability. Some possible goals include a promotion to a management position within the company, pursuing education in facilities management, transitioning into other related areas, or improving your performance in the role you are interviewing for.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Ideally, five years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization, such as a director-level position. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals, so I believe I would be a great long-term fit for this company."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "In five years from now, I would like to have grown within the same company I started with, having acquired skills enabling me to establish myself as an expert in my field."

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  • Communication

    2. How would you rate your communication skills?

      How to Answer

      Both written and verbal communication skills are necessary to perform the duties of a Facilities Manager. The interviewer wants to know how well you communicate, whether that means emails, reports, or in person. Share your skill and confidence level in written and verbal communication. Also, if you have taken any courses in communication or writing, feel free to mention these to the interviewer. Talk to the interviewer about your skills and support your answer with a brief example or story.


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      1st Answer Example

      "I would describe my communication skills as very strong and would rate myself as a 9/10. I have always had a penchant for writing and have taken university courses related to communication, writing, and business administration. I speak to others with respect, professionalism, and kindness."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "My written communication skills are powerful. I often utilize written communications as a follow-up to verbal communications. They provide a great resource for associates to go back to and reference, plus they might answer any questions that come up along the way."

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      Community Answer

      "8/10. I feel I have pretty strong communication skills. Also, I thank higher powers for spell and grammar checking almost every day."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      An 8/10 for communication skills is pretty solid! Because communication skills can be both written and verbal, I suggest specifically naming both and providing an example of how you show strength in each area.

  • Compatibility

    3. We have buildings in multiple locations throughout this district. Are you okay with travelling daily to and from various buildings?

      How to Answer

      This role may require some travel. The interviewer wants to know if you are willing to drive to different locations daily. Provide your response, and don't be afraid to mention any concerns you may have, such as distance, mileage, parking, etc.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I don't mind driving. Would gas and tolls be reimbursed for this travel?"

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I am very familiar with the area so driving will not be an issue for me."

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      Community Answer

      "I travel quite a bit for my current job, they reimburse gas and tolls, which is nice."

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      While it's great to hear that your current job has given you experience and comfort with traveling to multiple sites, I suggest adding a sentence that directly answers the question you've been asked, such as "If offered this role, I would be very comfortable with traveling daily to and from various buildings."

  • Compatibility

    4. What personal traits do you look for in people you are hiring?

      How to Answer

      Everyone has a 'type,' even in the workplace. Talk to the interviewer about the characteristics and personality types of the people that you tend to hire and why you lean that way.

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  • Competency

    5. How do you stay up to date on the latest trends for facility management?

      How to Answer

      Staying on top of the latest trends is important in any role, including that of a facility manager. This can mean being aware of new software, rules and regulations, and even changing hiring trends. The interviewer wants to know how you stay up to date. Discuss how you receive your news. Some examples might include industry-related newsletters, conferences, websites, blogs, social media, or email subscriptions.

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  • Competency

    6. What would you consider to be a facility manager's most important responsibility?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to hear that you know the responsibilities of this role and your opinion about what is a priority. There is no right or wrong answer, so share your thoughts in a way that shows you are knowledgeable and can do the job.

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  • Creative Thinking

    7. When have you negotiated with a contractor?

      How to Answer

      As a Facility Manager, you will work extensively with contractors. The interviewer wants to know if you have experience negotiating with them. This can be for services or products, so share any related experience you may have.

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  • Customer Service

    8. How would you describe your relationship with your customers?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know how you value your client and customer relationships. Share how you nurture them to ensure that they are happy and continue to come back. Talk to the interviewer about your strategy for building strong customer and client relationships.

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  • Direct

    9. Why should we hire you?

      How to Answer

      This question is often a challenge for individuals who are unsure or can't articulate how they can benefit the company. If you can't think of ways that you are unique, ask a few coworkers what sets you apart from others. Their observations may help you understand how you are perceived. It is also a good idea to think about the highlights of previous job performance reviews. If a supervisor praised you in a particular area, or you received recognition for making a significant impact on a project, feel free to mention this in your response if it relates to the job you are interviewing for.

      Perhaps you already know what sets you apart! Your answer could include any industry accolades, exceptional achievements, additional industry-related training, a second language, or your involvement in the community. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself a bit. In an interview, you are your most influential advocate.


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  • Direct

    10. What do you know about our organization?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you've taken some time to learn about the company. This not only shows your interest level but can also determine whether or not you are a good fit for the organization. When interviewing for a position, it is important to ensure the organization is a good fit for you.

      Before your interview, read the company's website, social media, customer reviews, and client feedback. Based on what you find, determine if the values, services, and company culture align with what you are seeking. Share what you learned during the interview, and use this time to ask any questions you may have.

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  • Diversity

    11. Do you have experience working with diverse groups of people?

      How to Answer

      Working with a diverse group of individuals is very beneficial to the organizations that employ a diverse workforce. As a Facility Manager, not only will you work in a diverse organization, but you will also work with a diverse customer base. The interviewer wants to know what experience you have working with diverse groups of people. Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that embraces diversity.

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  • Experience

    12. What type of facilities management systems are you familiar with?

      How to Answer

      As a Facility Manager, there are several systems you might use to perform your duties. Discuss with the interviewer the systems you are familiar with or use regularly. You can also ask which systems are used by this company. Some examples include:

      -Enterprise Asset Management (EAM)
      -Computer-Aided Facilities Management (CAFM)
      -Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS)
      -Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)

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  • Experience

    13. What experiences do you have operating a building of this size and capacity?

      How to Answer

      When it comes to operating a facility, size can play a significant role in managing functions, meeting standards, services provided, and more. The interviewer wants to know if you've operated a building the same size and capacity as the one you'd be responsible for if hired. Describe your experience operating buildings of the same size or similar. Ensure the interviewer that you are well equipped.

      If you don't have experience operating a facility of this size, describe any closely related experience that will allow you to perform this role successfully.

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  • Experience

    14. What are your strengths?

      How to Answer

      Demonstrate your self-awareness by sharing a strength you possess that is related to the facility manager role. Provide an example that supports your response.

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  • Experience

    15. Describe your experience with legal and financial documents.

      How to Answer

      Facility managers must know how to read financial statements and legal documents when working with contracts and managing budgets. Discuss your experience with these types of documents with the interviewer. If you don't have significant experience, you can also share any education you've had in this area.

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  • Experience

    16. In your previous roles, what steps have you taken to meet environmental standards and regulations?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you are familiar with the standards and regulations for facilities. Share your knowledge and experience with compliance.

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  • Experience

    17. Describe your experience handling emergencies or crises.

      How to Answer

      In this particular career field, this question could focus on several areas, from financial problems to issues with the building. The interviewer wants to know how you've handled crises in previous roles. Assure them you are well equipped to respond quickly, calmly, and appropriately to whatever the issue might be.

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  • Experience

    18. Tell me about your experience working with HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and other building necessities?

      How to Answer

      As a Facility Manager, a large part of your responsibilities will be focused on the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems of the building. The interviewer wants to know your expertise level performing this type of work. Share your experience and any certifications you have attained pertaining to these specialties.

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  • Leadership

    19. What is the most difficult aspect of leading employees for you?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to learn more about who you are as a leader. Every leader has something that is challenging for them. Candidly discuss the aspect of leadership that is most challenging for you, and share why it is a challenge. It may be something that pushes you emotionally. It may be an area that is not your strength. Feel free to openly share what you struggle with. Odds are, the interviewer will take this feedback to heart and ensure that you receive assistance in this area if you are hired.

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  • Leadership

    20. What leadership qualities do you possess?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to hear about your leadership qualities. Below are examples of qualities that leaders possess. Discuss the qualities you possess and share why you feel you have these qualities.

      - Being someone who people naturally want to follow
      - Exceptional interpersonal skills
      - Strong relationship building skills
      - Taking ownership for the team's errors and mistakes
      - Excels at motivating others
      - Providing kudos to your team
      - Knowing how to select and hire the right people to join the team
      - Having a vision for the future

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  • Leadership

    21. Do you consider yourself a leader?

      How to Answer

      By definition, a leader can lead others, have authority, and encourage others to work together towards a common goal. The interviewer wants to know if you consider yourself a leader and if you have what it takes to lead people inside and outside of their organization. Whether or not you have officially held leadership roles, you may possess leadership qualities. Be honest in your response, and discuss whether or not you possess the following common qualities of a leader:

      -Good communicator
      -Has a vision for the future
      -Empathetic
      -Accountable
      -Expresses gratitude


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  • Management

    22. Do you have experience hiring and firing employees?

      How to Answer

      As a Facility Manager, you will be responsible for hiring new employees and firing those that do not meet performance requirements or act against the company's policy. Share your experience performing these functions with the interviewer.

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  • Management

    23. How do you evaluate success among your team members?

      How to Answer

      When you are leading a team, it is very important to be aware of the level of success that each team member is experiencing. One underperforming team player can drag down the entire group. Talk to the interviewer about how you stay aware of each team member's success.

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  • Management

    24. Describe your management style.

      How to Answer

      The purpose of this question is to determine if you have a management style that fits the team you'll be leading. Research has shown that employees are happier and more productive when they have a manager whose style matches their needs. Share the style that you think would be most effective in this role.

      If you are uncertain, think about management styles used by your previous supervisors and how the employees responded to those methods. You can also consider the following management styles:

      -Transformational
      -Visionary
      -Democratic
      -Training
      -Laissez-fare


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  • Management

    25. How do you successfully motivate your team?

      How to Answer

      Motivated employees are productive employees. Talk to the interviewer about how you ensure that your team is motivated and as productive as possible.

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  • Performance Based

    26. What are your weaknesses?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know what your biggest challenge is in facilities management. You should be candid in your answer. Recognize that you aren't great at something and acknowledge your need to improve. However, pick weaknesses that are not core skills for this position. Be sure to have an action plan in place to improve this weakness.

      Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest and greatest book on the subject, or taking skills workshops at a nearby community center. Identify your weakness and the action you've taken to improve.


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  • Performance Based

    27. How would you handle a contractor that was underperforming?

      How to Answer

      Contractors and employees are required to meet certain performance standards. The interviewer wants to know how you would handle someone that isn't meeting those standards.

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  • Performance Based

    28. What immediate changes do you hope to make if hired for this position?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know how you plan to make an initial impact on the organization. Share some ideas that you may have. However, your response shouldn't sound like you plan to do a complete overhaul. It also shouldn't sound like you won't make an impact at all.

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  • Problem Solving

    29. What was your biggest issue or challenge at your last position? How did you overcome that challenge?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to gauge your ability to face challenges in the workplace. Share an experience you've had and describe how you overcame the challenge.

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  • Scenario Based

    30. Tell me about a time when you were effective at handling multiple projects at once.

      How to Answer

      As a manager, you will be required to take care of multiple projects and deadlines. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of doing so.

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  • Scenario Based

    31. Tell me when you have delegated tasks effectively.

      How to Answer

      Interviewers want to hear that you trust your team and are not afraid to delegate. This shows the interviewer that you can effectively manage your time to ensure you are available to take on only the most important leadership tasks. Share an example of when you delegated effectively on the job. Perhaps there was a time your workload picked up and you chose to have others on your team assist you.

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  • Scenario Based

    32. If you caught one of your maintenance workers stealing or sleeping on the job, what would you do? What would you do even if they were your best maintenance worker?

      How to Answer

      Sleeping and stealing on the job is a violation of the company policy. The interviewer wants to know how you would handle an employee who was breaking the rules. Assure the interviewer that you understand the severity of the incident and that you would handle it according to the company policy, even if it was your best worker.

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  • Stress

    33. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure and handle stressful situations

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know if you are someone who can handle stress on the job. Explain how you manage stressful times and discuss your ability to control pressure in the workplace.

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  • Teamwork

    34. What type of goals do you like to set for yourself and your team?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know the types of goals you set for your employees. Talk to the interviewer about the types of goals that you find most important.

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  • Trust

    35. Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know how others perceive you and whether or not you would be a good fit for the team. Employees that have integrity have long-standing careers and are more likely to be good representations of the company. Ask your coworkers or previous supervisor if they deem you trustworthy, or recall a previous performance review in which this subject was discussed. Share the feedback with the interviewer.

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