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Top 30 Maintenance Interview Questions
Question 1 of 33
What do you know about our facility?
"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."
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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List of Maintenance Interview Questions
  1. What do you know about our facility?
  2. What types of general maintenance or repairs are you most familiar with?
  3. What plumbing experience do you have?
  4. Why did you choose a career in maintenance?
  5. How do you handle stressful situations?
  6. What types of general maintenance or repairs would you like to be more familiar with?
  7. Why are you qualified to be our maintenance person?
  8. Tell me about your work ethic. Do you have a working motto?
  9. What's your ideal company to work for?
  10. What do you like most about being in maintenance?
  11. Would you consider yourself to be a "Jack-of-all-trades"?
  12. How important is strong customer service to you?
  13. Are you comfortable working with hand tools?
  14. Where did you get your knowledge in maintenance?
  15. If you see a problem, but are unsure of a solution, what do you do? When has this happened to you?
  16. Tell me about a goal that you set and did not reach.
  17. Tell me about a time when you worked on a team and a member was not doing their share of the work.
  18. Tell us about the last time that you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
  19. Describe your three greatest accomplishments to date.
  20. Think about a difficult boss, professor or other person. What made him or her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?
  21. What is the riskiest decision you have made? What was the situation? What happened?
  22. Tell us about a time when you were particularly effective on prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.
  23. Describe for me a time when you failed at something and how you responded.
  24. Describe a situation when you have motivated yourself to complete an assignment or task that you did not want to do?
  25. Have you ever been in a leadership role?
  26. Are you interested in any continued education?
  27. Have you ever been in a customer-facing role?
  28. What would your previous boss say about you, if I were to call him or her right now?
  29. What type of maintenance work do you dislike doing?
  30. What type of electrical work have you performed in the past?
  31. What type of electrical training do you have?
  32. List the different types of piping materials you have experience with. (Example, PVC, Copper, PEX, etc.)
  33. Describe a major change that occurred in a job that you held. How did you adapt to this change?
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Rachelle Enns
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Maintenance Information
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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Question 1 of 33
What do you know about our facility?
"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."
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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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
How many requride buiilding wire per meter.
2.
I know that customer service as well as care are the most important aspects of your organization.
3.
Nature conservation as well as customer services are the most important aspects.
4.
Residential locations for individuals with developmental disabilitites.
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Its part of a larger group with a good reputation.
Question 2 of 33
What types of general maintenance or repairs are you most familiar with?
"I have a broad range of experience in my career; however, I am most comfortable with tasks such as HVAC maintenance, flooring repairs, small machinery repairs and fixing circuit breakers."
Your experiences will likely be listed on your resume but take some time to highlight your primary skills to the interviewer.
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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am unfamiliar with winterization and mechanical repairs.
2.
Painting carpentry sheetrock hvac plumbing.
Question 3 of 33
What plumbing experience do you have?
"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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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am a indentured time served plumber 40 yrs experience.
2.
Basic plumbing and 2 years civil expierence as foreman.
3.
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 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.
Question 4 of 33
Why did you choose a career in maintenance?
"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."
How did you arrive in this career path? Talk to the interviewer about why you chose this career and briefly discuss what keeps you engaged.
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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Because I have knowledge of this field and I am intrest in this field.
2.
I like working with my hands and seeing the final project.
3.
I enjoy working at various projects of which I am comfortable with.
4.
Because I have always been interested in electrics.
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It something I enjoy doing and like to know that when I have finished it has improved the property.
Question 5 of 33
How do you handle stressful situations?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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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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Take a deep breath keep moving forward.
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I wil breck the problems and solve to breck down.
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Walk away and take time out for as long as it takes to calm yourself.
5.
Stay calm for max safety and productifity.
Question 6 of 33
What types of general maintenance or repairs would you like to be more familiar with?
Question 7 of 33
Why are you qualified to be our maintenance person?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have electrical, building and cabling.
2.
How should a non- emergancy service request be prioritized.
3.
Good all round knowledge . Being in the trade 35 yrs . I am a qualified plumber.
4.
Diploma in mechanial engg.
5.
I have worked here for the past 2 summers doing some maintenence and working in the keyshop.
Question 8 of 33
Tell me about your work ethic. Do you have a working motto?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I would say that I am very dependable with a strong " get the job done" attitude.
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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.
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A very positive outlook and hard working to a excellent standard.
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I am a hard worker and take pride in all l do.
Question 9 of 33
What's your ideal company to work for?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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First problams solve and after compny progerss in my work out put.
2.
A company with good organisation skills.
3.
My ideal company to work for is one that is close to home and is keen on improving.
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One that is always improving its standards.
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Somewhere I can grow and utilize my skill set.
Question 10 of 33
What do you like most about being in maintenance?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
To keep up with roads and shoulder.
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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.
3.
Being able to get my hands dirty fixing rater than buying taking things apart and understanding how they work.
4.
So prevantive daily bt so solve in breck down.
5.
Hands on dealing with break downs and being part of the team that have ideas to a solution.
Question 11 of 33
Would you consider yourself to be a "Jack-of-all-trades"?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes as in work I do mechanical and electrical work.
2.
My ability to understand and fix a problem that exists.
3.
Yes, I am experienced in all facets of construction.
4.
No,I would consider myself to be much more than handy.
5.
Yes l love my job, l like fixing things, but more over preventative maintenance is my first subject.
Question 12 of 33
How important is strong customer service to you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Very it is the backbone of the industry.
Question 13 of 33
Are you comfortable working with hand tools?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes I have 10 plus years working with hand tools.
Question 14 of 33
Where did you get your knowledge in maintenance?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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.
3.
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.
Question 15 of 33
If you see a problem, but are unsure of a solution, what do you do? When has this happened to you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Steel strong valves sanad. My job roal maintenance engg. 3yers and 6 month exp.
2.
Ask a specific professional for advice . You can't know everything .
3.
Asking my superior, happens in everydays practises.
4.
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.
5.
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.
Question 16 of 33
Tell me about a goal that you set and did not reach.
Question 17 of 33
Tell me about a time when you worked on a team and a member was not doing their share of the work.
Question 18 of 33
Tell us about the last time that you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
Question 19 of 33
Describe your three greatest accomplishments to date.
Question 20 of 33
Think about a difficult boss, professor or other person. What made him or her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?
Question 21 of 33
What is the riskiest decision you have made? What was the situation? What happened?
Question 22 of 33
Tell us about a time when you were particularly effective on prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.
Question 23 of 33
Describe for me a time when you failed at something and how you responded.
Question 24 of 33
Describe a situation when you have motivated yourself to complete an assignment or task that you did not want to do?
Question 25 of 33
Have you ever been in a leadership role?
Question 26 of 33
Are you interested in any continued education?
Question 27 of 33
Have you ever been in a customer-facing role?
Question 28 of 33
What would your previous boss say about you, if I were to call him or her right now?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Hard working dedicated strong leadership skills.
2.
I would hire him back in a heartbeat, if I had two more of him I would replace the four I have now.
3.
I am dependable, quiet and reliable.
4.
Highly motivated, energetic and compassionate engineer.
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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.
Question 29 of 33
What type of maintenance work do you dislike doing?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Solid waste/sewer, tile work, concrete work.
2.
There is nothing I wont do,
3.
Housekeeping after project is completed.
4.
I would say that I do not like unblocking toilets, but have not got a problem doing them.
Question 30 of 33
What type of electrical work have you performed in the past?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Former employers and at home of which was low voltage AC and DC
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Singal phase and 3 phase.
3.
I have done electrical work on many occasions during new construction or a remodel.
4.
On my own property changing for like for like switches and sockets.
Question 31 of 33
What type of electrical training do you have?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Formal training through the USAF both simple theory of AC and DC electrical operation.
2.
I have experience in light electrical such as, changing breakers switches, outlets, and fixtures.
Question 32 of 33
List the different types of piping materials you have experience with. (Example, PVC, Copper, PEX, etc.)
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Nothing formal but both a professional and at home experiences.
2.
I have experience with copper piping of all sizes, as well as PVC and ABS.
3.
All types . Copper , mild steel, cast iron , abs . Upvc,
Question 33 of 33
Describe a major change that occurred in a job that you held. How did you adapt to this change?
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