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Facilities Management Journal July 2014

FIRST PERSON JOBS IN PROPERTY FIVE THINGS FM JOB APPLICANTS SHOULD NEVER DO Are you making one of these deadly mistakes? Find out if you’re comprehensively shooting yourself in the foot when it comes to getting hired in FM When it comes to work interviews, no one sets out to intentionally annoy his future boss, but some mistakes are simply too glaring to ignore. The trouble is, many applicants don’t even know they’re making them. A recent survey shows that 79% of recruiters and HR managers admitted to rejecting a candidate for one of the following reasons. Could you have unknowingly been one of them? 1 Always come prepared with a hard copy of your CV – and then avoid looking at it. Looking at your credentials during the interview 54 JULY 2014 indicates your unfamiliarity with the contents, a sure sign to your & _&; your value on paper. 2 Don’t ask “What’s in it for me?” FM isn’t about the self-serving. While a potential salary and package is important, particularly if you’re heading up the career ladder, you’re also selling yourself in the interview. Once the interviewer indicates you’re a serious contender for the role, either %‡ scheduling – a follow up, then it’s time to discuss the details. 3 Avoid approaching questions with too-long or too-short answers. Too _#%' ability and drive. Too long, and you’ll seem self-absorbed. The tricky balance but sticking to 1-2 minutes per answer keeps your interviewer interested while avoiding the pitfall of going on about yourself. 4 Never avoid discussing your weaknesses. “What are your weak points?” may seem like a trick question, and it’s rare to attend an interview where you won’t face this query. The point of the question isn’t really about your weak points, it’s about your ability to grow, learn and be coached. Take this question and use it to illustrate your selfawareness and honesty – your interview isn’t about being a superhero with no ;_ adjust and adapt. 5 Finally, don’t forget the key principle – in FM, it’s all about the client. Remembering the human element at the core of the corporate identity should be at the forefront of any prospective employee’s mind at every stage of the interview process. Keep this in mind throughout and you’ll be prepared to tackle any interview challenge with the right mindset. Why choose us? United Grand Lodge of England Building Services Technician (Mechanical Bias) Up to £35,000 + package & overtime Holborn Freemasons’ Hall is the welcoming landmark headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England. It is one of the finest Art Deco buildings in England, and is now internally and externally Grade II listed. The stunning exterior and interior are used as sets for Hollywood blockbusters, landmark TV shows, premiere parties and private events. The building is fully open to the public, drawing over 100,000 yearly visitors to the Library and Museum, free hourly tours and wide variety of special events. What we’re looking for: As part of the Building Services Maintenance Team, you will provide proactive and reactive maintenance tasks in line with the M&E and Planned Preventative Maintenance schedule requirements. In particular, you will be the first line response to maintenance issues utilizing M&E equipment including Air Handling Units, Fan Coil Units, Chillers, Building Management Systems and Pumps. You will review the equipment’s safe operation, supervise any project work carried out by external contractors, provide technical support and be available for call out in an emergency. About you: We are seeking an individual with qualifications in Plumbing, H&V, Mechanical Fitting or similar and relevant experience of heating and ventilation plus hot- and cold-water services in a commercial building environment. The successful candidate must have hands-on work experience, ideally within a Grade II listed building, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. In return, UGLE offers generous leave, an attractive pension and a commitment to your continuing personal development. How to apply: Closing date: Friday 25th July 2014 To apply, please contact us on 0203 1764790 or email ugle@buildrec.com. If you have any further questions about the role, please contact Coleen Cloherty on 0203 1764790, or by email at coleen.cloherty@buildrec.com. UGLE aims to be an equal opportunities employer, embracing diversity in all areas of activity.


Facilities Management Journal July 2014
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