1. Tell us 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.

2. Why did you leave your last job as Facilities Manager?

This is one of the most commonly asked interview questions, so you'll need to be able to talk about why you left your last job. When asking this question the interviewer is most likely looking for if you left for a good reason if you left voluntarily, and if you left on good terms.

3. Explain me what skills set do you offer in the role of a facilities manager?

I am a well-organized individual, who knows exactly how to develop, implement and manage quality programs that support the sustainability and continuous improvement in the management and operations of assigned buildings. In addition to this, I am well-versed in managing established company benchmarks, such as customer satisfaction and utility consumption.

4. Can you explain me what do you know about our company?

This goes back to researching the company before you have the interview. This also ties directly into the position itself because as Facilities Manager, you are expected to be a leader in the organization. To do your job properly, you must be familiar with every part of the facility you work for and the healthcare industry at large. When researching the hospital, go beyond the mission statement and look for information that you can relate to your passions and experience.

5. Tell me 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.

6. Tell me what is the biggest challenge that you have had to face in your career?

I was once assigned a building which was literally in tatters, but the owner still wanted it to be operational for his workers. After much convincing through reports and physical inspections, I was able to persuade him that the building was uninhabitable until a thorough renovation could be performed on it. I believe that this was the biggest challenge that I have come across, because if I hadn't been able to convince him, it meant harming the people who would eventually work there.

7. Why do you want this job as Facilities Manager?

Companies want to hire people who are passionate about the job they are applying for. With that, you should have a good answer as to why you want the job. Hospitals rely on Facilities Managers to keep the workplace safe and functioning, and to solve any problems that inevitably come up to maintain safety for staff and patients. When answering this question you should identify a couple of key factors that makes the position a great fit for you and share what you love about the hospital.

9. What do you see yourself doing in five years as Facilities Manager?

This one is all about job commitment.

Some people make job hopping a career in of itself, and your answer here can be telling. Here, your interviewer is determining if you are:

☛ someone who sets goals
☛ someone who has a vision
☛ someone who is reliable
☛ someone who demonstrates commitment
☛ someone who is loyal

10. Explain me what would you want to accomplish in your first three months if hired?

This is a question where you can showcase your expertise on what is relevant in the industry and the research you've done on the facility. Demonstrate your grasp of the latest environmental codes and standards safety, water, emergency and energy management, and JCAHO requirements. Share your viewpoints on the effectiveness or ROI on different medical devices or energy saving plans, though be sure to be tactful in case it is something the hospital currently uses. Not only does this question give you the opportunity to discuss your ideas, it demonstrates your industry expertise, ongoing education and your ability to plan for realistic goals.

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