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Top 25 Maintenance Interview Questions

What do you know about our facility?
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Question 2 of 25
What plumbing experience do you have?
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"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."
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.
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"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?"
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"I have performed a great deal of residential and commercial plumbing ranging from appliance repair to installing and repairing water supply lines. Could you share with me the types of plumbing work that would come up in this role?"
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Question 3 of 25
Why did you choose a career in maintenance?
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"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."
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.
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"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."
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"I have always had a keen eye for mechanics and how machinery works. After working in a machine shop after high school, I chose to attend trades school to become a general trades professional."
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Question 4 of 25
How do you handle stressful situations?
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"I am well trained when it comes to effectively managing stressful situations. Before losing my cool, I am sure to review the situation, break the issue down to the simplest factor, and work my way through the problem from there. When you look at most problems for what they are you can see that the majority of situations are simple to solve."
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.
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"Stress is part of any demanding job, and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."
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"I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."
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Question 5 of 25
Why are you qualified to be our maintenance person?
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Question 6 of 25
How would you describe your work ethic?
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Question 7 of 25
What do you like most about being in maintenance?
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Question 8 of 25
What's your ideal company to work for?
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Question 9 of 25
Would you consider yourself to be a "Jack-of-all-trades"?
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Question 10 of 25
Are you comfortable working with hand tools?
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Question 11 of 25
How important is strong customer service to you?
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Question 12 of 25
Where did you get your knowledge in maintenance?
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Question 13 of 25
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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Question 14 of 25
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 15 of 25
How do you handle conflict in the workplace?
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Question 16 of 25
Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
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Question 17 of 25
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
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Question 18 of 25
When do you best demonstrate yourself as a leader?
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Question 19 of 25
Are you interested in any continued education?
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Question 20 of 25
Have you ever been in a customer-facing role?
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Question 21 of 25
List the different types of piping materials you have experience with. (Example, PVC, Copper, PEX, etc.)
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Question 22 of 25
What type of electrical training do you have?
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Question 23 of 25
How do you get along with others at work?
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Question 24 of 25
What type of maintenance work do you dislike doing?
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Question 25 of 25
Do you have any questions for me?
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Question 1 of 25
What do you know about our facility?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I know that customer service as well as care are the most important aspects of your organization.
2.
How many requride buiilding wire per meter.
3.
Residential locations for individuals with developmental disabilitites.
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Nature conservation as well as customer services are the most important aspects.
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Its part of a larger group with a good reputation.
Question 2 of 25
What plumbing experience do you have?
User-Submitted Answers
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I have been laying drains, showers, hand wash basins, geyzers, toilets and zinks and many repairs. I am very much with different kinds pipes and fittings.
2.
I have completed a plumbing course and have completed quite a few jobs from fitting a tap to completely fitting out a bathroom and kitchens.
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I am a indentured time served plumber 40 yrs experience.
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Basic plumbing and 2 years civil expierence as foreman.
Question 3 of 25
Why did you choose a career in maintenance?
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To be semi skilled worker in maintenance industry.
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I feel it is a critical part of all organizations and will always be.
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I like working with my hands and seeing the final project.
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I have realised that every infrastructure has to be maintained, l love keeping them always in good condition.
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It something I enjoy doing and like to know that when I have finished it has improved the property.
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Fair and honest, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy.
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I enjoy working at various projects of which I am comfortable with.
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I like to fix things and working with my hands gives me create pleasure in live.
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Because I have always been interested in electrics.
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Because I have knowledge of this field and I am intrest in this field.
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The passion of diagnosing and fixing equipment.
Question 4 of 25
How do you handle stressful situations?
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I will break the problem down into smaller more manageable ones, then put them in order of importance.
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I wil breck the problems and solve to breck down.
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Take a deep breath keep moving forward.
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I take an other look at the situation and try to improve the situation.
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Walk away and take time out for as long as it takes to calm yourself.
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Stay calm for max safety and productifity.
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I work better under preseure and I enjoy working in a challenging environment.
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To be calm composed and step back a minute and understand task at hand.
Question 5 of 25
Why are you qualified to be our maintenance person?
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With my extensive knowledge in building maintenance and repair I feel I will be an asset to you organization.
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Diploma in mechanial engg.
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I have electrical, building and cabling.
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With the extensive knowledge, skills and experience, l think can do better. I do have a certificate in plumbing and drain laying.
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I have a very good knowledge of all building trades.
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Can you expline bulding anual reaparing?
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Safety conscious, work individually or as a team, motivated, structured.
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Good all round knowledge . Being in the trade 35 yrs . I am a qualified plumber.
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How should a non- emergancy service request be prioritized.
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With my ability and expierence I will be a good asset for your company.
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I have completed my btec level 3 and now level 2 I have gained experience while working here and I still have more to learn.
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I have worked here for the past 2 summers doing some maintenence and working in the keyshop.
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I go above and beyond of what's expected of me, I'm a fast learner, love working independently but also have no issues communicating and working in tandem with other employees.
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I don't have all of the qualities of a professional maintenance person but I do have enthusiasm for learning, and pick things up quickly.
Question 6 of 25
How would you describe your work ethic?
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I am a very hard worker and take pride in all I do.
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Very reliable and dependable. I take pride in my work.
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I am a hard worker and take pride in all l do.
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A very positive outlook and hard working to a excellent standard.
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I would say that I am very dependable with a strong " get the job done" attitude.
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Fair and honest, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy.
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Carry it out after careful planning and controlled manner.
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Hardworking and passionate in the trade I like.
Question 7 of 25
What do you like most about being in maintenance?
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So prevantive daily bt so solve in breck down.
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To keep up with roads and shoulder.
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Hands on dealing with break downs and being part of the team that have ideas to a solution.
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Understanding the principles and workings of various components and theories of operation.
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I like the group of people I work with, I like learning new skills and and I am a good team player.
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Being able to get my hands dirty fixing rater than buying taking things apart and understanding how they work.
Question 8 of 25
What's your ideal company to work for?
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My ideal company is one that gives me the opportunity to grow, and has long term security because I am a very loyal employee.
2.
First problams solve and after compny progerss in my work out put.
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The company that offers me the opportunity to grow and has long security. And its non other than sanparks.
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One that is always improving its standards.
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A company with good organisation skills.
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My ideal company to work for is one that is close to home and is keen on improving.
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Somewhere I can grow and utilize my skill set.
Question 9 of 25
Would you consider yourself to be a "Jack-of-all-trades"?
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Yes, I am experienced in all facets of construction.
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Yes l love my job, l like fixing things, but more over preventative maintenance is my first subject.
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No,I would consider myself to be much more than handy.
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Yes, sort of a jack of all and master of none.
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Yes as in work I do mechanical and electrical work.
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My ability to understand and fix a problem that exists.
Question 10 of 25
Are you comfortable working with hand tools?
User-Submitted Answers
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Yes I have 10 plus years working with hand tools.
Question 11 of 25
How important is strong customer service to you?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Very it is the backbone of the industry.
Question 12 of 25
Where did you get your knowledge in maintenance?
User-Submitted Answers
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I have worked in all stages of building construction and repair from framing to finish.
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Through family business and previous employers.
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I have had on the job training and completed courses.
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Looking and learning from other tradesmen.
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Differend companys and persons over the years in maintenance.
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I learnt everything I know in interface and in the tech.
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I have leaned a lot by being hands on and taking technical classes bing in the field.
Question 13 of 25
If you see a problem, but are unsure of a solution, what do you do? When has this happened to you?
User-Submitted Answers
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Steel strong valves sanad. My job roal maintenance engg. 3yers and 6 month exp.
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Contact supervisor, then take direction. Report what I did.
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Ask for advice or look up information when a large pipe had blocked and needed to pump out a drain pit to get to the problem.
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Ask supervisor for direction or research issue. Dealing with an irate customer.
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Ask a specific professional for advice . You can't know everything .
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Asking my superior, happens in everydays practises.
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I would go and see my team leader and ask what is the best way to deal with it or I would ask a member of the team.
Question 14 of 25
What are your salary expectations?
Question 15 of 25
How do you handle conflict in the workplace?
Question 16 of 25
Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
Question 17 of 25
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
Question 18 of 25
When do you best demonstrate yourself as a leader?
Question 19 of 25
Are you interested in any continued education?
Question 20 of 25
Have you ever been in a customer-facing role?
Question 21 of 25
List the different types of piping materials you have experience with. (Example, PVC, Copper, PEX, etc.)
User-Submitted Answers
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I have experience with copper piping of all sizes, as well as PVC and ABS.
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Nothing formal but both a professional and at home experiences.
3.
All types . Copper, mild steel, cast iron, abs . Upvc,
Question 22 of 25
What type of electrical training do you have?
User-Submitted Answers
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I have experience in light electrical such as, changing breakers switches, outlets, and fixtures.
2.
Formal training through the USAF both simple theory of AC and DC electrical operation.
Question 23 of 25
How do you get along with others at work?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Highly motivated, energetic and compassionate engineer.
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I am dependable, quiet and reliable.
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He would say that they would be sorry to see me go but would be a great asset for you to have.
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I would hire him back in a heartbeat, if I had two more of him I would replace the four I have now.
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Hard working dedicated strong leadership skills.
Question 24 of 25
What type of maintenance work do you dislike doing?
User-Submitted Answers
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There is nothing I wont do,
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Housekeeping after project is completed.
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I would say that I do not like unblocking toilets, but have not got a problem doing them.
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Solid waste/sewer, tile work, concrete work.
Question 25 of 25
Do you have any questions for me?

About Maintenance

January 21st, 2017

General maintenance professionals have a wide range of tasks that include the repair of building and maintenance equipment, electrical, HVAC and plumbing systems. A formal post-secondary education is not always required; however, attending trade school can certainly increase your hire-ability and potential earnings.

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