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Maintenance Interview

25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated January 6th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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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.
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What do you know about our facility?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have been aware of your facility for quite some time now and did conduct some research on your website and through a Google search. It appears that your facility is very well respected with a great safety record. One point that really stands out to me is the time your employees spend volunteering and giving back to the community."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have researched your facility and understand that you work primarily on A/C and HVAC repairs off-site. Your company has been around for the past eight years, and it appears that you have strong employee tenure. I look forward to growing my maintenance career here."
What plumbing experience do you have?
Although you are a general maintenance professional, do you have specific abilities as a plumber? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to perform plumbing related tasks.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have some plumbing experience from my previous position; however, it is basic plumbing such as clogged drains and leaking toilets. For severe plumbing issues, I do call a professional and accredited plumber."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I wouldn't say that I have plumbing experience; however, I do have plumbing knowledge. Which types of plumbing tasks do you expect I will encounter in this role?"
Why did you choose a career in maintenance?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"After graduating High School, I attended our local trades college to become an electrician. I decided over time that I most enjoyed the variety of general maintenance and re-focused my career. I haven't looked back a day in my career because the variety keeps me happy."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I chose a career in maintenance because I wanted to follow in my father's footsteps. He has his machine shop, and I would hang out with him every day after school. I loved tinkering around with his tools and figuring out how parts worked together."
What's your ideal company to work for?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My ideal company is an organization that puts their customers first. Being able to respond to a maintenance call quickly is half of the battle when it comes to effective building maintenance. I have researched your company and see that there any many great reviews from your customers online. This is great news to me."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Because I am new to my maintenance career, I am looking for a place where I can learn from someone much more knowledgeable than I. I desire to become a well-rounded maintenance professional, and I believe I can do that here."
Why are you qualified to be our maintenance person?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In your job posting you were asking for a minimum of 8 years' experience in a general maintenance role with a highlight on electrical experience. I am a journeyman electrician with 12 years' experience in general maintenance. In addition to this, I come with excellent references and strong tenure."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In addition to meeting the 'must-have's' for this role, I also bring my knowledge from apprenticing at Company ABC. There, I learned a great deal about commercial electrical infrastructure. This experience will help me succeed in this role, in a significant way."
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