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Janitor and Custodian Interview Questions

1. What motivates you to work hard?
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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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1. What motivates you to work hard?

Top Answer

I like for thing to shine and look good and the satisfaction that I put on people that walk into the environment face.

Second Best

To have a good work area and to keep it a safe and healthy one.

3.

Taking pride in what I do .and being the best at what I do.

4.

It is a part of my character to work hard. The way that I was brought up.

5.

Keeping busy and knowing that I did a fantastic job.

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2. What has your worst janitorial experience been?

Top Answer

Pluming pipe broke.

Second Best

Cleaning up without know power on.

3.

Have not had one yet.

4.

I don't really recall one.

5.

Flooded bathrooms.

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3. 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.

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4. 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.

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5. 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 will work hard to my best of ability to get the job done in a timely manner.

Second Best

Insuring that the halls are maintained at all times. So if it takes me 4 hours to dustmop, wet mop, top scrub, remove debris and buff it then that is what it takes.

3.

I'll try my best and give it my all. That's all I can say.

4.

Yes this is not a problem for me.

5.

I would do my job to the best of my ability and in a timely manner.

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6. 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.

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7. 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

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8. How was your experience with your past employment?

Top Answer

I was really good, I enjoyed coming to work and completing the assignment.

Second Best

It was good, everyone was really friendly and I had a great experience.

3.

Pleasent.got along well with coworkers and enjoyed doing my duties.

4.

It was good, they treated me good. and i worked really hard for him.

5.

It was good and i learned a lot of things with that experience.

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9. 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 will.

3.

Yes no matter what happen.

4.

Yes, I am fine with that, what type of benefits are you offering.

5.

Yes, I understand that there is a probation period.

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10. 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.

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11. What previous jobs have you held?

Top Answer

J'ai j'aimais travailler.

Second Best

J'ai j'aimais travailler.

3.

I have worked for the City as a Maintneace worker- dispatcheer and a anminal control officer.

4.

Im receptive to learning new tasks at hand as well as other tasks that i am already familiar with. I take great pride in the quality of my work and go beyond the standard expectations of my job. Being enlisted in the navy for two years I have acquired adequate and detailed cleaning skills as well as coordination in organizational skills.

5.

Customer service.

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12. Do you speak fluent English?

Top Answer

Yes i do.

Second Best

Of course.

3.

Maybe!lol.

4.

No speako englisho.

5.

Yes I do.

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13. What role do you feel you play as a custodian in the daily operation of a school? How important?

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.

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14. Janitor can be a very routine job, how are you okay working a job that stays routine?

Top Answer

Yes better prepared.

Second Best

Routine good because I know what needed to be done.

3.

I am more of a routine person so it would work perfectly find with me.

4.

I am fine with it.Because I like order and knowing what I have to do helps me better prepare.

5.

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.

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15. 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.

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16. How did you hear about this job?

Top Answer

I seen a job posting online at a job workshop I attended.

Second Best

Work force center on the north side of Minneapolis.

3.

I have friends and family members currently working for the School Board.

4.

My customers, teachers , friends and internet.

5.

I heard about it through a job board online.

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17. 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.

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18. 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.

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19. If a person throws up, and you really do not feel like cleaning up a mess, how would you handle the situation?

Top Answer

If it's in my assigned section to clean, it is my responsibility, I'd clean it up.

Second Best

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.

3.

10. First and formals I would make sure the person was ok. Than I would tak on my responsibility to clean up the mess.

4.

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.

5.

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.

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20. 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.

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21. Why should we hire you over the next guy? What janitor experiences do you have that set you apart?

Top Answer

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,

Second Best

I believe my resume speaks for itself. I have 30 years experience. I am certified in my field and have previous supervisory experience.

3.

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.

4.

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...

5.

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.

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22. 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.

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23. 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 a team player.

5.

I understand if a person gets sick and needs a day off, I would be willing to come in for that person.

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24. 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.

No, I get along well with others and follow directions well.

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

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25. What do you expect out of this position?

Top Answer

Skills and experience.

Second Best

To learn new skills that I still have not acquired from this field of work and also to be challenged in a way where I can sharpen the skills i already have.

3.

I expect to help teachers and co-workers to accomplish our task in helping students to be ready for the 21th Century.

4.

Meet good people, make money and have fun.

5.

I expect people to know that i will go beyound my duties.

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Job Satisfaction
Interview Difficulty
Healthcare
Vacation
Hours per Week
83%
Hard
Provided
Two Weeks
40 Hrs/Wk

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 Career Pros
Pro #1:
The pros of a profession as a Janitor and Custodian are a high salery, flexible hours and benifits.
May 30, 2012
Pro #2:
Clean as a needed basis, whether it is everyday or 2 times per week.
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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.
Jul 19, 2012
Pro #4:
To get clean all around and think of your area all the times and make it clean every where.
Jul 26, 2012
Pro #5:
Learn different cleaning techniques.
Jul 19, 2012
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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