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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.


How social media can make or break your job hunt

How social media can make or break your job hunt

In this day and age, most people will have experimented with social media, with many having one or more accounts that they update regularly. While posting pictures of a night out with friends may seem perfectly innocent, if prospective employers catch sight of something they don't like, then it could cost you the job. This is why social media can inadvertently make or break your job hunt in the facilities management industry.

Why do employers look up candidates online?

While you may expect an establishment in the facilities management sector to base their decision whether to hire you on your CV, covering letter, a test completed or on how you display yourself at an interview, you might be shocked to find out that many facilities management teams look up their preferred candidates online, to get a glimpse of who they are outside of the professional environment. With many of us hearing about or finding job advertisements through social networks nowadays, who are we to complain if a company takes a look at us, just like we have probably inspected their information and statuses on sites like LinkedIn or Twitter?

Though some would argue that LinkedIn is specifically designed for making business connections and finding out about companies and the staff who work for them, are recruiters crossing a line when they start to venture onto predominantly 'social' sites like Facebook or Instagram?

Keeping your private life private

Regardless of how you feel about this situation, if you have a public Facebook profile, or even have mutual friends at the company you intend to work for, offering visibility into your private life, then you are inviting anyone to take a look at what you have been up to. Remember also that this applies to everything on your account, from old posts that were once funny to photographs that you might now feel ashamed of. The key message here is not to remove your social media presence altogether, but to assess your accounts and censor anything that you personally would not want a prospective employer to see.

If your social media accounts regularly display behaviour that is very different to what the panel of interviewers saw, or that puts you across in a negative light, then that might cause them to worry about your sincerity and your suitability for their post.

It's not all bad though...

On the contrary, not everyone's profiles will be filled with controversial content and not all employers will be easily offended by someone having fun in their personal time, but it is useful to note that professionals might be interested to know about your true character including your interests, hobbies and groups that you are actively involved in. As such, your open profile might even work in your favour when it comes to finding work.

Many people hiring for the facilities management sector will be influenced by seeing a social media account that displays a likeable personality and one that will fit in nicely into their team.