Janitor and Custodian
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Have you received any training?
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1. Have you received any training?
Top Answer
Constantly training new concpets regarding sanatizing floor boards, restroom facilities.
Second Best
No formal training, no.
3.
No, not in being a school custodial, but I been taught how to do general cleaning.
4.
Yes I went through training and was certified while at the hospital?
5.
Not professional, it was on the job training.
6.
Yes, as I am currently a custodian at my present place of work.
7.
Yes I went through toolworks janitorial training program.
2. What would your last employer say about your dependency and trust?
Top Answer
That im very independent and trustworthy.
Second Best
They will say that I am punctual, reliable, and committed to the job. Once committed, I ensure the completion of the tasks given.
3.
That i very dependent and honest person.
4.
I can say anything about me, but I tihnk better ask my las employer
5.
Im always was on time and did my job carefully and efficiently and was responsible.
6.
That im very independent and trustworthy.
7.
presnetley i work as a chasier which also intales the genral maintienca - I am trust wothetr and dependablae at all levels.
3. Did you have any problems with management or your supervisors during your last job?
Top Answer
NO, I work well with people and follow directions well.
Second Best
No, I tried to keep it as frienly as posible, If a problem does arise,I try to handle it as professionally as possible to resolve the issue.
3.
Yes, lack of communication.
4.
No.
5.
No. I try to keep it as friendy as possible. If a problem does arise, I try to handle it as professionally as possible to resolve the issue
6.
No I must say I had a great relationship with all management.
7.
It was good, they treated me good. and i worked really hard for him.
4. How well do you keep your temper under control?
Top Answer
Very well, I take big breaths and walk it off.
Second Best
When you are working it has to be under control at all times.
3.
Very well, I have a very calm and warm personality.
4.
I always make it an everyday goal to keep my temper under control at work. I know that I;m a normal humane being, I do get stressed and upset but at work I make it a habit to control my temper and not let the angeer get best of me. Until I get home.
5.
I can control my temper very well because I am an easy going person.
6.
I'm an easy going person so I control my temper very well.
7.
good
5. If I were to ask your previous employer about how many days you missed over the last year, what would he say?
Top Answer
They would say that I never miss a day. I am a very committed and loyal employee. I do not like to miss work unless i'm really sick or going on vacation.
Second Best
One in five years. i have a responsibility to my job to fulfill.
3.
He would say she is hear all the time.
4.
None i never miss work when i was schedule.
5.
I have an excelent attendance record.
6.
I have an excellant attandance record.
7.
I missed a few days for being sick, and scheduled days off and vacation days but, I am mostly there everyday, I am reliable, and dependable, and never late for work.
6. What were your past duties as a janitor?
Top Answer
assign to various parks responsiblies to clean disinfect restroom empty garbage restock supplies
Second Best
Cleaning rooms,cutting grass,lining feilds,buffing floors,minner maintenance.
3.
Cleans bathroom, vacuum carpets, clean windowa.
4.
Ceaning all offices and restroom and 10 class roomsand hall out side.
5.
Trash detail ,restrooms floors ,play grounds maintenance and some plumbing and electic as well small equipment repairs.
6.
I was a Floor Tech for the highschool. I cleaned bathrooms, classrooms, offices, kitchen, cafeterias, and also summer work with include stripping floors, waxing floors and carpet extraction.
7.
Clean trains mop, sweep staff washroom and stock supplies.
7. Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
Top Answer
no
Second Best
no
3.
no
4.
No i have not.
5.
No, never.
6.
No, I have not been convicted of a felony.
7.
No, I have not.
8. If a person throws up, and you really do not feel like cleaning up a mess, how would you handle the situation?
Top Answer
Well, I have three kids at home and am kind of used to it. I don't think that anyone really likes to clean that up. I would clean in right away. Put some gloves on, maybe put a mask on, wipe it up and disinfect the area. You just need to do it and move on.
Second Best
10. First and formals I would make sure the person was ok. Than I would tak on my responsibility to clean up the mess.
3.
There is no job that can be turned away. Dispite that there may be something such as vomit. I would shake my head smile and pick up gloves, a garbage bag, Vomit liter, a broom and a mop bucket with mop soaked in Quat, and wet mop after I cleaned up the mess.
4.
I would use protective wear and clean it up as quickly as possible. Its my job.
5.
I would ask if the person is okay first. then put on gloves and clean and disinfectant the area.
6.
If it's in my assigned section to clean, it is my responsibility, I'd clean it up.
7.
In the first place, it is my duty to clean up any mess and as such i would not feel like not cleaning it up; i would clean it up.
9. Will you be willing to work off-hours?
Top Answer
Yes, as long as there is no major interference with the children's school needs.
Second Best
Absolutely.
3.
Yes, I don't mind working alone in a building or when the customer is there.
4.
Yes I am willing to work overtime as needed to do special projects and to cover others if required.
5.
Of course,I believe in teamwork and helping when necessary.
6.
If that is what I need to do for my job yes.
7.
Yes, job secruity.
10. You must be working here for 6 months before you get benefits, are you okay with that?
Top Answer
I can't understand that ;Please can you explain this a little clearer.Exactly what benefits come with the job if hired?
Second Best
Yes, I understand that there is a probation period.
3.
Yeah thats fine because i plan on being here for the long haul.
4.
no, i hope to be reconice my job all time, no only six mouth
5.
Yes I will.
6.
Yes! I'm O.K. with that.
7.
Although I do need the benefits the most important thing is that I get the job because I know i will work hard and make your school look great. You in turn in 6 months will reward me with my benefits.
11. How do you feel about working a double if a coworker calls off?
Top Answer
I would have no problem working a double shift.
Second Best
If is what is need it I will do it the best that I can.
3.
Im available when ever you need me.
4.
I am willing to step in and do my part as a team player.
5.
I am a team player.
6.
I understand if a person gets sick and needs a day off, I would be willing to come in for that person.
7.
I am willing to work as long as I know ahead of time.
12. We have a large hall that must be spotless for events, sometimes requiring 4 hours of straight cleaning, are you okay with this?
Top Answer
I'll try my best and give it my all. That's all I can say.
Second Best
I would do my job to the best of my ability and in a timely manner.
3.
yes has long has im busy
4.
Ensuring that the halls are immaculate is imperative. Whether I am cleaning for 4 hours or 6 hours straight, the importance of a well maintained environment ensures the patrons that walk those halls feel safe.
5.
Yes, I have no problem with working such short hours as this as it will expand my career exprience in cleaning .And thats what I want to do !
6.
Yes, I am flexible for all kinds of tasks and duties.
7.
Yes i dont mind.
13. Do you speak fluent English?
Top Answer
Yes i do.
Second Best
No speako englisho.
3.
no, but I can make me understand, and I understand the instruccion
4.
Yes! I studied English at school.
5.
Yes,I do. And not only speak fluent English, But I communicate very well.
6.
Yes, I speak english fluently.
7.
No, but I can give me to understand and I can read and understand instruccions.
14. Are you experienced in using a radio devices to communicate to other janitors?
Top Answer
Yes, I have used them before.
Second Best
Yes, I have used them before.
3.
No but willing to learn.
4.
Yes, I am experienced with motarola walkie- talkies
5.
no
6.
Sometimes.
7.
Yes I am. I've used one in my current position.
15. What previous jobs have you held?
Top Answer
Ive have some good experiences and some bad,but I have learn from them both.
Second Best
I was a janitor,customer service rep,construction worker andLandscaper.
3.
I have held a job as a dish washer and prep cook.
4.
Being enlisted in the navy for two years I have acquired adequate and detailed cleaning skills as well as coordination in organizational skills.
5.
I was a set-up, server, restaurant owner, customer service,roofer, custodian and student.
6.
It was very good.
7.
Circulation manager for 10 years.
16. Give me a rundown of your daily routine at your last job?
Top Answer
well I start at 6:45am.I clean windows,service restrooms,empty trash cans,sweep,mop,dust and recycle.
Second Best
Currently, working as a yard and maintenance attendant of my own services. I mow, trim hedges, haul debris, repair doors, posts, and fences, repair leaks, maintain yards and gardens, install sprinker systems, maintain aparment complexes.
3.
Collect trash, cleaned toilets, then class rooms and offices.
4.
Empty trash bins; clean toilets; sweep/vacum/ mop floors; wipe down counters.
5.
I start at 6:45am.I clean windows,dust,mop,wax and strip floors as needed.service restrooms,empty trash cans,and whatever else the supervisor needs done.
6.
clean restrooms
7.
I start work at 7am, except for Wednesday's at 5:30 am. I start by stocking my cart. Then I start on restrooms. I clean the toilets, urinals, sinks, mirrors, stock paper goods, sweep and mop. I start on the 10th floor cleaning restrooms and stop around 9:30 am. I then go to the offices and take out trash (trash cans and recyclable paper) and then vacuum. I check for any spots to tell the night crew to shampoo. Full day of restrooms etc.
17. Do you have the patience to deal with the general public while cleaning?
Top Answer
Yes i have.
Second Best
I can convey professional converstations with the general public on the job. I can focus well in any environment with noises and constant interruption.
3.
Yes, I do I am a people oriented person and always willing to provide the best customer service when dealing with others.
4.
Yes I have been in retail for most of my life I enjoy children and well I would say you would have to look at these kids like they were the customer? No I'm fine with people I enjoy being around people and try to keep a positive attitude it's something that I work on everyday you get what you put out there it comes back to you. So i try to smile and alway think the best of everyone.
5.
Yes no problem at all.
6.
Yes I have patience, I do my job no matter what comes between me.
7.
Yes, i have more than ten years working with customers and i dont have any problem cleanig while they are doing their shopping.
18. Are you on a medication that might impair you to work during various situations?
Top Answer
No.
Second Best
No i had my last physical a couple of months ago and my health is in good condition
3.
No.
4.
No, I'm not on a medication.
5.
No I don't have any medications that would impaired me to work during various situations.
6.
No I am not on any kind of medication.
7.
I am not on any medication.
19. How was your experience with your past employment?
Top Answer
Pleasent.got along well with coworkers and enjoyed doing my duties.
Second Best
It was good, they treated me good. and i worked really hard for him.
3.
It was good and i learned a lot of things with that experience.
4.
Good, really early hours.
5.
I enjoyed working there . But I looking for a perminant position.
6.
It was very good.
7.
It is my duty as a custodian to perform my task and clean up .
20. What do you find most rewarding about being a janitor?
Top Answer
Knowing that my job will keep the school for children clean and safe
Second Best
I love what I do, I take pride in my work,wehen my job is done and well executed it defines my character.
3.
When teachers and students seek me out and thank me for the job i do and how well i keep the school.
4.
That they are perfectionalism.
5.
The ability to keep the facility presentable allowing others to enjoy the experience of their education and for them to be able to represent the campus with pride.
6.
accomplishing a clean environment and knowing the necessity of my labors
7.
It is a job.
21. What do you think would be the most rewarding aspect of being a janitor?
Top Answer
being able to contribute toward the mission of the organization by providing clean safe facilities
Second Best
Being able to make sure that the building I worked in was clean, safe and secure.
3.
To me the most important aspect of the custodian is making sure i do i quick but efficient job cleaning the area. Make it clean dust free and if all possible shine.In my opion how the school looks reflects the way parents see the overall school.If it looks clean it shows we care abouit the school and the students.
4.
Working very late hours, weekends, holidays, any other duties as assigned; this job would be most rewarding that ALL of the employees would come to work knowing that the building was cleaned, and ready to go!!
5.
Getting that second chance to work again as I resigned from my last job .
6.
Being of service to people and gaining experience.
7.
Gaining experience and seeing a smile on the face of employers nad employees alike.
22. Why should we hire you over the next guy? What janitor experiences do you have that set you apart?
Top Answer
I have been cleaning for twenty years and i am very dependable.
Second Best
Have experience with all different types of people and building operations. Have red cross training in adult and child CPR and first aid. Know OSHA rules for handling chemicals and cleaning up accidents, can operate any type of electric, gas or hydrol[ic machiniary, and have no fear of heights of fear of tight spaces,
3.
I believe my resume speaks for itself. I have 30 years experience. I am certified in my field and have previous supervisory experience.
4.
I have over four years experiance in several areas on campus,cleaning dorms before & after students arrive,cafeterias,labs,meeting rooms ballrooms,food courts stadium style classromms.
5.
Well I have cleaned everything from construction sites to homes to businesses and also was the supervisor like say for instance when I ran retail stores. I was responsible to ensure the entire store was customer ready and I didn't just have other people do it for me. I have helped with stripping floors and cleaning carpets and ran scrubbers and so on...
6.
I take pride in my work, and in every thing i do. I understand that a custodian is an intregal part of the school community. I am a self starter and work well with minimal supervision. I can identify the building's needs, prioritize, organize, and delegate to make sure they get done. I value a hard day's work, and the sense of accomplishment i feel afterwords. I am an excellent communicator, and enjoy working with the staff and supervisors to improve the school setting.
7.
I have 20 years of sanitation experience and cleanliness was my priority.
23. Janitor can be a very routine job, how are you okay working a job that stays routine?
Top Answer
I am fine with it.Because I like order and knowing what I have to do helps me better prepare.
Second Best
I am a routine kind of person. I don't mind it at all. It is predictable so I know what I'm doing everyday.
3.
Yes! I am ok with working in a job that has routine .
4.
i have never found a City jonb to be routine- but to answere you qiuestion yes.
5.
Yes i am detailed orented person.
6.
Im ok with it because i like routine and being part of a routine enviroment.
7.
I like doing a chores, this is a job that would be great to have.
24. What has your worst janitorial experience been?
Top Answer
Never had one.
Second Best
Having to clean the bathroom after someone did the number two and they didnt flush the toilet.
3.
Working with a person that dose not help you.
4.
Cleaning stools.
5.
Cleaning toilets.
6.
Having to clean a bathroom that someone smeered poop all over.
7.
when the children trought the foot opn the floor
25. what role do you feel you play as a custodian in the daily operation of a school? How importment?
Top Answer
Keeping a clean safe and healthy environment. Very important.
Second Best
It's important because it makes the school look good and proud.
3.
Very important to keep the school clean and ready for the the students.
4.
I do my job and anything else that is asked the best I can in a timely manner.
5.
Very important I could prevent someone getting hurt.
6.
Keeping an active roll on building cleanliness and safety. I believe that my roll as a custodian I am keeping up with the schools reputation image of good house cleaning environment showing staff and parents that I take my job seriously.
7.
To keep the school clean,safe,and a healthy environment .very important.
Janitor and Custodian
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A janitor or custodian (called caretaker in British English, see American and British English differences) is a person who takes care of a building, such as a hospital, school, office building, or apartment block. Janitors are responsible primarily for cleaning, and often (though not always) some maintenance and security. Similar but more managerial duties (and usually not including cleaning, for example) are performed by a superintendent, often called building superintendent.


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Last Updated: February 26, 2014, 11:15 pm
Education Requirements

High School diploma or equivalent.

Work Environment

Most janitors and custodians work in an office setting, school, government building, warehouse, and factory. Most of the work is done indoors.

Janitor and Custodian Reviews

Jun 24, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I am an organized person that like things clean, safe and stored in their proper places. I enjoy very much what I do and take pride and satisfaction at what I do.
What do you enjoy about being a Janitor and Custodian?
The satisfaction of keeping a place safe and clean environment for companies to run smooth.
What areas do you dislike about being a Janitor and Custodian?
No, I enjoy everything I do and if there is something new I must do I will make the best of it.
Jun 26, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I like the feeling of knowing that I am helping out the teachers and students.
What do you enjoy about being a Janitor and Custodian?
Knowing that I can contribute to the cleanliness of the company.
Jul 7, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I feel custodian work is important for the safety and cleanliness and health of the children and staff.
Sep 1, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
It kind of choose me I applied for sectrary position and they had opening in custodian so I took it and loved it so I continued for 24 years.
What do you enjoy about being a Janitor and Custodian?
I love everything about it. I love to clean and see the finished product or strip a dull floor and see it shine. I get satisfaction in just knowing that my building is clean and ready for all.
Sep 21, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I enjoy the results of a clean and safe environment.
What do you enjoy about being a Janitor and Custodian?
That I can contribute to a safe and clean environment for the children.

Janitor and Custodian Pros

Pro #1:
The pros of a profession as a Janitor and Custodian are a high salery, flexible hours and benifits.
Jan 1, 1970
Pro #2:
Clean as a needed basis, whether it is everyday or 2 times per week.
Jan 1, 1970
Pro #3:
Explosive diarrhea, it was on the ceiling, walls, and toilet. plus their was that time i had to fish out some XXXL undies out of a clogged toilet.
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Pro #4:
To get clean all around and think of your area all the times and make it clean every where.
Jan 1, 1970
Pro #5:
Learn different cleaning techniques.
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Pro #6:
knows when and how would you clean a building.
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Pro #7:
Insuring that the safely and cleanliness of the business is maintained.
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