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10 Interview Questions Every Facilities Manager Should Ask and Answer

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Are you about to interview for the role of facility manager with a new employer?  Hiring someone for a role is equally as challenging as it is to appear in an interview.

A smooth running business needs to operate seamlessly.  Starting from storage areas to office spaces. This responsibility usually falls to a facility manager.

Be it a big or small, when it comes to managing facilities it can be a daunting task.  A facility manager takes care of day-to-day maintenance, budgets, smooth working environment, emergencies situations, and much more.

In order to handle such a responsible position and hire a manager for a responsible position, it's important  to be prepared for a hard interview. Let’s help you in your preparation with a list of questions.

1. Brief about yourself

Almost every interviewer will ask this standard question. Even though the question is simple, the response will build an impression.  While answering, look for what the interviewer wants to know. Do proper research about the details and specifications of a particular job before heading into the interview so you can tailor your experience to the role.

Your reply should only be about your professional career. Relate your qualification and present position with the job description effectively. Set a lasting impression for the interviewer by replying how selecting you would be beneficial. 

 

2. What are you looking for in a job and what are your career goals?

Here you need to connect your goals with the company. By be positive and relating your goals to the features of the job shows your hard research and interest in the role and the potential with the comapny.

 

3. What motivated you to become a facility manager?

In any profession, motivation is vital for success. While answering you can say you are motivated by the challenges of the job to meet deadlines or proper management to achieve goals.

 

4. What did you leave your last job?

Choose your words wisely - the answer to this question should not have any negativity towards your current or previous work. The interviewer wants to know whether you left the job for a good reason and on good terms with your organisation.

 

5. Tell us your knowledge about the company

Conducting thorough research of the company that you are going to interview with is vital. As a facility manager, you are going to be the leader of department. You need to be familiar with all aspects of the company that you are going to be part of.  Thorough research about the organization is an excellent opportunity that displays your skills and passion for your post.

 

6. How did you solve problems in your previous projects?

Show your leadership qualities while answering this question. Take the opportunity to display that you have the ability to solve the issue by properly communicating with the team.

 

7. If you were the interviewer, what would you be looking for in a facility manager?

The question is to trap the candidates who don’t know the role of the facility manager. Your answer should match your capabilities and the role of a successful manager. While doing so, you are making yourself an eligible candidate to be hired for the post.

 

8. Why should you be selected for the job?

Interviewer again wants to check your knowledge about the job requirements. Focus your answer on how you can strengthen the company. It tells how well you understand the role of the facility manager.

 

9. Are you prepared to do manual labour if required ?

Giving an affirmative answer to the question displays you as a fair leader who can well-manage the task and get it done on time.

 

10. What are your strengths?

Be well prepared with the answer to this question. An interviewer would like to see whether your strengths match to the needs of the company or skills required for the job.

All the best for your interview! Hope these questions and answers would be of great help in your upcoming interview for the post of the facility manager.

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Rafael Niesten

Written by Rafael Niesten

In his early 20s, Perth local Rafael Niesten, won a scholarship to study in Canada, with that came the opportunity to volunteer at a local radio station. That spawned his entrepreneurial streak, returning to Perth in 2001 he set up community radio Groove FM. More by luck than design, they became successful, too successful as they took a significant chunk of the Perth Market. This sent up the red flag with his commercial competitors who saw to it that he came before the Australian Broadcasting Authority and on technicalities such as the number of volunteers he was forced to move on. He received the citizen of the year award for Western Australia (youth) and was a finalist in the Australian of the year awards (Youth). Falling on his sword he turned to running small and large scale events, all the while buying, renovating and selling properties. Buying and selling land and renovated houses provided a grounding in the property industry. In 2006 he moved to Sydney lured by the offer of free rent for 10 months in a friend’s apartment. He founded a cloud based medical grade voice recognition company, followed by co founding the first true cloud application for private practice in the health sector. He successfully exited these ventures at the end of 2016 and began building Bricks+Agent.