Tell the interviewer that you are happy to work a double as long as you can have a bit of time (maybe 45 minutes notice) to re-arrange your personal schedule. This will give you adequate time to find a backup babysitter if necessary and ensure you are able to get ready for work.
Janitor and Custodian Interview Questions
How do you feel about working a double if a coworker calls off?
You must be working here for 6 months before you get benefits, are you okay with that?
Only you know your current situation, and sometimes having a job without benefits for 6 months is okay. Candidly tell the interviewer if you are okay with this understanding that if you say no you will no longer be considered for the job.
Keep in mind that you may be able to purchase a short-term benefit plan online to cover any gaps you may have until benefits with a new company kick in.
What were your past duties as a janitor?
This one is easy! The interviewer simply wants to know what janitorial work you have done. This will give the interviewer a better idea of what type of training you will need if you are hired. Have you emptied trash cans, mopped hallways, vacuumed, set up chairs and tables for events, cleaned up after sickness, dusted, re-stocked paper supplies, or cleaned toilets? Now is the time to share everything you have experience with!
We have a large hall that must be spotless for events, sometimes requiring 4 hours of straight cleaning, are you okay with this?
Yes, you are! Tell the interviewer that you understand this is part of the job, and you will be happy to help out. Interviewers want to hear that you will take on such tasks without complaining about them, and telling them this will only help you land the job!
Have you received any training?
The interviewer simply wants to know more about your background. Think about what training your past employers have provided you. Did they teach you the proper way to mix cleaning supplies? Did they talk to you about safety procedures? Now is the time to share these items!
Give me a rundown of your daily routine at your last job?
Start off by telling the interviewer how you determine what needs to be done each day. Does the workplace have a checklist for you to follow? Or, did you create a checklist for yourself? From here, give the interviewer a high-level overview of an average day. Be sure to include any paperwork that you typically complete, supplies that you order, and meetings that you may attend on a regular basis.
What previous jobs have you held?
The interviewer wants to learn more about your background. Simply tell the interviewer where you worked, how long you worked there, and what your job title was. Feel free to bring a copy of your resume with you to look at when answering this question, or bring a list of your current places of employment. Being prepared with a list makes answering this question much easier!
What motivates you to work hard?
Employers want to know that you are passionate about your role, and being the janitor is extremely important for maintaining a positive environment. After all, everyone prefers working in a clean and sanitary environment when possible! Tell the interviewer that you recognize how much people value being in a place that is clean and tidy, and you understand you are making a difference by creating a positive environment for them.
What has your worst janitorial experience been?
Laugh, and tell the interviewer that there are challenging experiences as a janitor. The interviewer wants to hear that you are a positive person, and this question is a great way to demonstrate just that. As a janitor, you know what your worst experience has been; the key is to tell the story while smiling and laughing about it. Give the interviewer a brief overview of what happened, and tell the interviewer how you handled the situation. Finally, re-iterate that being a janitor is an important job that you enjoy, and you understand that some yucky experiences come with the territory!
What would your last employer say about your dependency and trust?
Interviewers want to hire someone who they can count on each and every day. Explain that you are trustworthy, and they can depend on you. Tell the interviewer about your great attendance record in your past job, and explain that you come to work each day motivated to get through all of the work for that day.
Do you have the patience to deal with the general public while cleaning?
Absolutely! Working with people is part of being a janitor, and you do not easily get worked up. Tell the interviewer that you are a patient person and do not get easily worked up. You realize that helping people is part of being a janitor!
If I were to ask your previous employer about how many days you missed over the last year, what would he say?
Tell the interviewer how many days of work you missed in the past year. Keep in mind that taking a vacation day does not count for this question, so there is no need to share these days when answering the question.
Missed only a couple of days? No problem! We are all human, and sometimes we need to miss work due to our own illness or the illness of our children or family members. Simply tell the interviewer that you missed only a couple of days, and your previous employer would say you are very dependable.
Missed a week or more? You should be honest during the interview, and tell the interviewer how many days you missed. Hopefully, you missed them for good reason such as having surgery, a spouse having a baby, or being with a loved one during their final days. If this is the case, share the information! It provides reputable data for why you missed a significant number of days and will not hinder you from being considered for the role.
Are you experienced in using a radio devices to communicate to other janitors?
Be honest with the interviewer. If you have experience, simply say, "Yes, I do!" Follow this up by telling the interviewer how often you use the radio.
If you do not have experience, do not worry! Tell the interviewer that you do not have any experience, but you are willing to learn. If you regularly use a computer, tell the interviewer, and say that you feel a computer is probably more complex than a radio device which makes you feel like you can easily learn.
"Yes, I do!"
How did you hear about this job?
This one is easy! Openly share how you heard about the job. It may have been online, in the local newspaper, or from a friend. If a current employee told you about the job, be sure to mention their name; it will gain you extra recognition with the interviewer!
How was your experience with your past employment?
The interviewer wants to hear that you talk positively about your past employers. Pick your favorite aspects about your past 1 or 2 jobs, and share these with the interviewer. Maybe you enjoyed working in a school and being around the kids. Maybe you enjoyed the camaraderie with your co-workers. Perhaps you really liked the flexible dress code and hours. Whatever you enjoyed, tell the interviewer that you had positive experiences with your past employment, and share it!
What role do you feel you play as a custodian in the daily operation of a school? How important?
Do you speak fluent English?
Janitor can be a very routine job, how are you okay working a job that stays routine?
What do you find most rewarding about being a janitor?
What do you expect out of this position?
How well do you keep your temper under control?
What do you like least about being a janitor?
Why should we hire you over the next guy? What janitor experiences do you have that set you apart?
If a person throws up, and you really do not feel like cleaning up a mess, how would you handle the situation?
Will you be willing to work off-hours?
Did you have any problems with management or your supervisors during your last job?