How to Get a Job as a Maintenance and Repair Worker
“A lot of skilled trades people show up for a handyman interview wearing clothes that you wouldn’t want your plumber to wear. I actually had an applicant show up eating a sandwich,” Tenenbaum says. Instead, dress like you’re seeking employment as a banker. And show a little personality. Tenenbaum says the repair men and women with the most longevity are the ones who are the most pleasant to have around. “They display a sense of humor and a love for their work. We even have a handyman who whistles while he works,” he notes.
Interview Questions Submitted by Real Maintenance and Repair Workers
"How long do you plan on staying with this company?" - Public Works Commission Maintenance Worker Candidate (Fayetteville, NC)
"How do you get along with others?" - Pearland ISD Maintenance Worker Candidate (Pearland, TX)
"Please describe a difficult situation in which you had to discipline a former employee" - Chrysler Maintenance Supervisor (Chicago, IL)
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What is the Job Like?
No two days are alike. On Tuesday, you could stretch your legs outside rebuilding a patio; on Wednesday, you might squeeze underneath a kitchen counter working on a leaky pipe. Places of business also vary, and include private residences, office buildings, movie theatres and college campuses. Some maintenance workers choose to work traditional hours, while others prefer weekend work, holiday hours and being on call for emergency repairs.
What is commonplace, however, is nursing a few end-of-the-shift bumps and bruises. Lifting heavy objects, maneuvering around wires and avoiding electrical sparks are all part of a not-so-ordinary day’s work, and the BLS reports that these professionals experience more work-related injuries and illness than the norm. Despite the chance for minor injuries, Tenenbaum says the variety is part of the appeal. “You get to meet new people every day,” he says, “and frequently you work directly with a customer.”
Last updated by Jada A. Graves.