The trickiest interview questions you must be prepared to answer

A successful interview isn’t all about how confident you are and how much you know about the facilities management field. It’s also about preparing yourself to tackle those tricky questions that are often thrown into the mix to see how you react under pressure.

Employers often don’t mean to come across as intimidating during interviews, but the problem of finding the right candidate means that they have to ask quite intense questions before they invest time and money into your career. Here are five of the trickiest interview questions you’ll ever have to encounter during a facilities management interview.

1. Do you have any complaints about your current company? This question is ultimately designed to find out your reasons for wanting to move on from your existing post, yet it can also be a sneaky way of to find out if you are a loyal or a disgruntled employee.

2. What is the worst job you have ever had? This question allows the panel to find out if you are proactive enough to fix a situation that gets you down. It’s also useful to them to find out what demotivates you, so that they can assess whether you’ll succeed in their own facilities management job.

3. Why are you the best person for this job? Although this question opens you up to talk about yourself with some level of confidence, it is also a good way to discover if you are over-confident. Be sure to articulate why you feel that you are suited to the role, drawing on your past experience and any other assets that make you stand out. Always avoid putting other candidates down, as you could come across as a poor team member.

4. Why were you let go from your previous post? If you have recently been fired, employers are inevitably going to want to know about this. If you were in the wrong, you must be able to explain objectively why you were accountable and take responsibility for your actions. If you start to blame other team members or try to claim that you were set up, you’re likely to be rejected on the basis of being in denial.

5. What is your biggest weakness? Once again, a smug-like answer such as “I don’t have any flaws” will not win you any fans in the interview room. Nobody is perfect, so even if you can’t or don’t want to focus on one of your negative traits, try to think back to a situation in which you perhaps didn’t react in the most efficient way and tell the panel about that. The interviewers will want to see you committed to always improving yourself as a professional.

As you will have gathered, many of the hardest questions to answer at interview are those that seek to get inside your head and gain a better understanding of your behaviour and true character. While companies are concerned with aptitude and years of experience, they are also keen to find individuals who will fit into the company’s culture. So as not to come up with rash answers that may end up getting you disqualified from the process, be sure to invest time planning for your facilities management interview.