I have been successfully running a janitorial service since 2014; as a result, I have had to face numerous interviews during the early years of my cleaning business to get the cash flow running.
Scroll down to find out some commonly asked questions during janitorial job interviews.
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10 commonly asked janitorial job interview questions:
Question 1: What motivates you enough to undertake a janitorial job?
Be honest even if it’s money acting as the sole motivating factor in your case, we all have our bad times. Furthermore, talk about how hygiene is extremely important for an efficient workplace, and prospects are more likely to hire you over the remaining candidates.
Question 2: How would your past employers’ rate your dependency and reliance factors?
Start away by informing the interviewer about your past as well as your present and related projects.
Practices you’ve adopted for grooming the perfect team ready to work full time with diligence ensuring your client satisfaction.
Names of companies that are hiring your services routinely, also mentioning the time period you have served.
Question 3: What are the strongest selling points of your business?
This may sound quite easy to answer; however, the question can baffle candidates during heated moments.
List down the key unique selling points of your cleaning business so that you could promptly deliver your pitch with perfection
Keep in mind that your preparation before interviews says a lot about your diligence and willingness to work.
Question 4: Are you willing to work longer hours following special events?
Companies host several events in a year; hence, it is likely that janitors will need to work longer hours following an event.
Saying “no” will surely strip your name off their potential list of janitors right away.
Make sure you say “Yes” and find out how much would the company be willing to pay for extra hours.
Question 5: Do you think you’ve been a successful cleaning company to date?
The most obvious reason for asking this is to find out if you’ve been a reliable and a consistent service provider or not.
Having recurring clients is a healthy sign of progress, but don’t worry even if you have just started.
Give the best quality service to your clients and you’ll soon experience remarkable growth rate in less than a year.
Question 6: Do you have past experience to handle chemicals?
Being a professional cleaning service I have had worked with various companies that specialize in manufacturing chemicals capable of melting snow as well as metal.
I need to be equally conscious about the appropriate composition for each chemical generally used by cleaning companies.
Question 7: Are you adequately patient to withstand public while cleaning?
Janitors are often required to mop floors during moments of intense pedestrian movement, especially during the lunch break.
It is every janitor’s responsibility to maintain calm at all costs even if the ground gets trampled over while cleaning.
Your response should state that you’d be comfortable during such moments as you’ll have the opportunity to interact with people while concentrating on the work in hand.
Question 8: Tell us about a situation when you have carried out more than your responsibility.
A question like this meant to judge your character as a human being and not as a professional cleaner. Sometimes people leave their belongings either cellphone or wallet mistakenly in the washroom.
Therefore, it’s also the responsibility of a reliable janitor to hand over any lost items to the authority in charge after collecting them.
Question 9: How would you react with individuals that may spoil a spot right after cleaning?
During such moments it’s likely to lose temper; however, for janitors it’s the last thing they can do.
Tell them that you’d use wet floor board signs for preventing pedestrians from spoiling floors that have been recently taken care of.
If situations still become unmanageable, tell them that you wouldn’t mind cleaning the same spot multiple times if needed.
Question 10: What’s your expectation from this project?
This is the last question interviewers will ask before closing a meeting. The answer is a tricky one; therefore, leave the choice to the interviewer and make them decide your wage rate.
Sometimes job descriptions will clearly state the range of salary, in such a case, stick to the average sum of the stated figure.