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Janitor and Custodian
February 26th, 2014

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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Janitor and Custodian Interview Questions
2 of 26
What has your worst janitorial experience been?
 
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I've never had one . I've been working with landscaping, yard maintenance & snow removal for a year.
 
2.
Never had a worse job experience.
 
3.
Having a supervisor who knew less than me.
 
4.
The time I walked in to the food I was going to clean and the guy was smearin fieses all over the wall and turn to me.
 
5.
Starting my shift and finding that the previous personnel did not complete their tasks.
 
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What would your last employer say about your dependency and trust?
 
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My trust and better word dependency is very complete like I'm a very trustworthy person and dependency that's just part of my trust so I guess I'm going to be there I'm going to be there no questions asked.
 
2.
I was very Dependable and trustworthy. Never had any problems with discrepancy in pick up and delivereries in 16 years there.
 
3.
Always on time and great worker.
 
4.
You have to do your job right.
 
5.
That im a very honest, and always gets the job done .
 
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Do you have the patience to deal with the general public while cleaning?
 
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Yes. I have worked with customers that needs extra time to finish their pick up .
 
2.
I like people and enjoy there company.
 
3.
Yes many years experience in customer service.
 
4.
Yes, I do. I formerly worked in customer service.
 
5.
Yes I deal with the public all the time it makes my day go by fast.
 
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We have a large hall that must be spotless for events, sometimes requiring 4 hours of straight cleaning, are you okay with this?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes I am if it needs to be done ill get it done.
 
2.
It's not a problem it will get done.
 
3.
Yeah I'm fine with that I'm pretty good and working with in one area for a long. Of time it doesn't bother.
 
4.
Yes, as long as I work hard for any event or just a regular day.
 
5.
Yes, I will and capable of doing so I lot of hustle.
 
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If I were to ask your previous employer about how many days you missed over the last year, what would he say?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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The truth that never miss only if very.
 
2.
Twice. Blizzard and car accident.
 
3.
He would probably say I miss you too because he gave us Thanksgiving and Christmas off I'm always there I don't think I've ever missed a day over there.
 
4.
Dont miss the job.
 
5.
My previous employer would say I have never missed a day, that my time and attendance was very important to me.
 
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Are you experienced in using a radio devices to communicate to other janitors?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I am a fast learner. Technology would be cake to learn for me.
 
2.
Yes I have done it in the pass.
 
3.
I have never used a walkie talkie you during work car radio device but I am familiar with them and yeah I mean I'm not you got pick up anything easy and fast.
 
4.
Yes, in my past I had to use radio to communicate any hazards or emergencies.
 
5.
Not too familiar but willing and a quick learner.
 
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How did you hear about this job?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I was searching for classified custodial jobs in edjoin and I came across this one.
 
2.
I heard about this job while browsing cleaning positions on indeed.
 
3.
I am friends with a fellow employee who worked in a different Housing section. We have been friends for a long time and when she heard about the opening she thought I would be a great fit and recommended me.
 
4.
My best friend told me about a job opening.
 
5.
I looked around online for janitor jobs and saw that your store was hiring and I thought it would be fun to work here as a janitor.
 
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9 of 26
You must be working here for 6 months before you get benefits, are you okay with that?
 
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Yes will look forward to it.
 
2.
Yes I am ok with that, I understand that their is a 6 month probationary period.
 
3.
I am fine with not having benefits for that time period.
 
4.
Yes, because I still have them via my old employer.
 
5.
What kind of benefits do you offer.
 
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How was your experience with your past employment?
 
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Never had any kind of problem.
 
2.
They have all been good. Always gained and learned experience.
 
3.
I leaned a lot about teamwork and providing good customer service.
 
4.
Great, it gave me a lot of insight into the business and how it operated.
 
5.
Very good. I enjoyed my work, I liked to clean the store so they gave me all of the cleaning duties.
 
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Do you speak fluent English?
 
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Yes, I also speak some Spanish.
 
2.
Fluent Eglish and Spanish..
 
3.
Yes I do. I also read and write well in english.
 
4.
No I write and speak like 60%
 
5.
Yes! I studied English at school.
 
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What previous jobs have you held?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Waitress, runner, bussing, hosting.
 
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College dorm and church building cleaning, operation manager and president/owner of masonry business with up to 30 employees'.
 
3.
Circulation manager for 10 years.
 
4.
I previously worked for Dollar General, I also currently volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Alliance Community Hospital.
 
5.
I currently have a yard and maintenance buisiness with about 5 clients maintaining their property. I have worked as a glazier for a small family owned business and also a family owned fencing business.
 
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Janitor can be a very routine job, how are you okay working a job that stays routine?
 
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Working in a. School environment has, in my experience never been routine. With each day comes different situations and events'.
 
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Yes to me its perfect because it always keeps me busy. Having a routine just means you always have something to do. Makes the day go faster.
 
3.
Yes. I had other jobs that where routine . I have a good working . Attitude.
 
4.
I like this the job will be done perfect.
 
5.
Every job for me is a routine task. Love doing it and there is always room for me to think of additional task.
 
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What role do you feel you play as a custodian in the daily operation of a school? How important?
 
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I take pride in doing my job, in keeping a clean and safe environment.
 
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I made sure everything was clean for teacher and students learning very important.
 
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Creating a clean, safe and inviting atmosphere for the next school day. With as little distraction as possible, is of the most importance.
 
4.
If I were a custodian at a school I would feel that I was playing a necessary role in helping teachers and children to come to school to a clean and sanitary environment.
 
5.
Very Important to provide clean and health and secured school involvement for all students and staff.
 
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What do you find most rewarding about being a janitor?
 
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Being able to help people by giving them a clean, safe and secure place to do their business.
 
2.
To give everyone the sense of cleanliness.
 
3.
Being able to serve the community and seeing that I can make a difference is what makes it so rewarding.
 
4.
A job well done.
 
5.
I have never had any experience as a janitor previously but I would say that what I find most rewarding is the sense of accomplishment at providing a service to people. Keeping an environment customer friendly and tidy.
 
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What were your past duties as a janitor?
 
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Cleaning outside of building entrances of snow and other loose debris. Cleaning outside windows up to two stories off ground. Cleaning wash room, kitchen areas and nursery areas. Cleaning floors from light sweeping to strippins. and waxings. washings and painting of walls and ceilings, Taking apart and setting up tables and chairs for different functions. Cleaning up after accidents. Securing building at end of day.
 
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Keep the building clean and safe.
 
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Maintain grounds by using a variety of lawn equipment and tools and inside of the building trained and supervised employees change ballast in light fixtures, changed locks in cabinets and doors, installed carpet and tile, striped and wax floors and installed a variety of fixtures to the building.
 
4.
I was assign to volunteer work that had a cleaning situations.
 
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Disenfect the restrooms using sanitizers to wipe counters sweep mopping the floors taking out garbage..
 
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What do you expect out of this position?
 
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The expierence , and the ability to learn something new.
 
2.
A new pleasant home away from home.
 
3.
Well I hope I will become more experienced with this.
 
4.
To gain more experience and make friends.
 
5.
To be more challenging and to learn more skills.
 
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Have you received any training?
 
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Yes. Have gone thru several OSHA safety courses, Red Cross first aid and CPR training. Ace Hardware courses on the use of pesticides and cleaning products.
 
2.
Yes, I have 60 hours of janitorial basic building and grounds maintenance certificate from the Los Angeles unified school district.
 
3.
On the job training.
 
4.
I have not received any type of training, But I am very capable of doing the work.
 
5.
Not professionally, on the job training.
 
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How well do you keep your temper under control?
 
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Have no temper problems with people. I know how to say
 
2.
I can control my temper quite well.
 
3.
I very rarely let thing get me upset and when they do I will listen and then step back from the situation and come back to it later.
 
4.
I have never lost my temper in a work environment with a customer, co-worker or supervisor.
 
5.
Make sure the building I work in is clean safe and secured.
 
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What do you like least about being a janitor?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Cafeteria food fights..
 
2.
Sometimes people think being a janitor is a menial job but creating a safe clean and sanitized environment makes me feel good.
 
3.
Cleaning up after couldn't make it to the bathroom.
 
4.
I really dont mind cleaning. I think its therapeutic, a great form of exercise. But if I had to pick something it would be minor like a bad accident in the bathroom .
 
5.
I wish that the profession was more respected, I work hard to ensure a safe and clean place.
 
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21 of 26
Give me a rundown of your daily routine at your last job?
 
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Clean up outside entrance of building, snow or dirt cleanup removal, clean restrooms and kitchen area, clean floors, set up for special meetings and lock and unlock rooms as requested.
 
2.
Greet customers offer a espresso, became friend, explain them about the vehicles about all the models and make show the vehicles, take on a test drive, come to a agreement, take customers information, selling the a car, follow up to see if everything was fine. In mean time keep clean the Espresso machine, and the Studio.
 
3.
I would wave a sign and attract customers to come inside and buy stuff.
 
4.
As lead I would come in check with my supervisor and see what repairs where needed if any and any special events that where happening for the day. Then inform the custodial staff of what would be taking place and prepare for it.
 
5.
Wash tables, put up chairs, empty garbage cans, vacumn, clean up coffee service, sweep
 
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If a person throws up, and you really do not feel like cleaning up a mess, how would you handle the situation?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Take care of it none the less. It's my job.
 
2.
I would find another janitor or stomach it and clean it up.
 
3.
What I feel has no relevance to the situation-the mess must be cleaned up.
 
4.
You do it anyway, it is a part of what you were hired to do.
 
5.
I raise five kids, I would put the gloves on and clean the "Vomit" Doesn't bother me.
 
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Why should we hire you over the next guy? What janitor experiences do you have that set you apart?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I was selected for extra assignments at other dry cleaning plants because of my reliability and thoroughness.
 
2.
I really do not know what sets me apart from someone else, but I do know that I will never be late, and I will get the job done no matter what it may be.
 
3.
You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for the issue and found most individuals will go along with with your website.
 
4.
Beside working for United Air Lines as Janitor in a very Highly Security place at night. I run my own business, were I was require to keep the place clean " Kitchen, Dining room, and bathrooms, because the Health Department rules. But I did because I like to be a too clean person. I know how to keep a place environment clean.
 
5.
I am often to blogging and I really appreciate your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your site and keep checking for new information.
 
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Will you be willing to work off-hours?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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If I am notified ahead of time.
 
2.
It depends on how caught up on my homework I am, because it is very important to me to get good grades.
 
3.
Yes, because it would be just as easy to finish my tasks if given at a later time.
 
4.
Yes I am willing to work overtime as needed to do special projects and to cover others if required.
 
5.
Absolutely.
 
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How do you feel about working a double if a coworker calls off?
 
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I am comfortable working double.
 
2.
I would like the overtime.
 
3.
Providing I have no prior commitment, okay.
 
4.
I do not want to work doubles due to the fact I am on Social Security, and I am only allowed so many hours before they cut me off.
 
5.
I will be glad to work a double shift, I will make more money and it will be the persons loss.
 
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Did you have any problems with management or your supervisors during your last job?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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No I never had any problems actually, I tried to make them as happy as possible by doing my job right.
 
2.
I found them cold and aloof- but I bear in mind, that they have heavy responsibilities, plus personalities and upbringing may factor in.
 
3.
No, I love them, was very pleasant working there.
 
4.
No,I have always followed directions and done my job.
 
5.
No, but did share my opinions with suggesstions which were considered.
 
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