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Top 25 Janitor and Custodian Interview Questions
List of Janitor and Custodian Interview Questions
  1. What motivates you to work hard?
  2. What has your worst janitorial experience been?
  3. What would your last employer say about your dependency and trust?
  4. Do you have the patience to deal with the general public while cleaning?
  5. We have a large hall that must be spotless for events, sometimes requiring 4 hours of straight cleaning, are you okay with this?
  6. If I were to ask your previous employer about how many days you missed over the last year, what would he say?
  7. Are you experienced in using a radio devices to communicate to other janitors?
  8. How did you hear about this job?
  9. You must be working here for 6 months before you get benefits, are you okay with that?
  10. How was your experience with your past employment?
  11. What role do you feel you play as a custodian in the daily operation of a school? How important?
  12. Do you speak fluent English?
  13. What previous jobs have you held?
  14. Janitor can be a very routine job, how are you okay working a job that stays routine?
  15. What do you find most rewarding about being a janitor?
  16. What were your past duties as a janitor?
  17. What do you expect out of this position?
  18. Have you received any training?
  19. How well do you keep your temper under control?
  20. What do you like least about being a janitor?
  21. Give me a rundown of your daily routine at your last job?
  22. If a person throws up, and you really do not feel like cleaning up a mess, how would you handle the situation?
  23. Why should we hire you over the next guy? What janitor experiences do you have that set you apart?
  24. Will you be willing to work off-hours?
  25. How do you feel about working a double if a coworker calls off?
  26. Did you have any problems with management or your supervisors during your last job?
Janitor and Custodian Information
August 18th, 2017

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.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Janitor
Janitor and Custodian User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 26
What motivates you to work hard?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My personal drive and commitment to do good quality work and job satisfaction.
2.
I keep a positive mental attitude and never gIve up on trying because that's failing.
3.
Seeing what I have to clean motivates me to work it means I have a job to do and keeping everyone safe.
4.
To provide a clean environment for the people who work here and customers.
5.
My name being attached to something.
Question 2 of 26
What has your worst janitorial experience been?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Having a supervisor who knew less than me.
2.
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.
3.
Accidently dropping a machine.
4.
Some one called me out of my name.
5.
When I was a child I had to clean my home.
Question 3 of 26
What would your last employer say about your dependency and trust?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Honest and highly reliable.
2.
That I am never late always early and very trustworthy.
3.
I believe that they would say I was very dependable and trustworthy.
4.
Hard worker ands works great with others.
5.
He would say I always do a great job. No supervision required.
Question 4 of 26
Do you have the patience to deal with the general public while cleaning?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have worked with the public for last 30 years.
2.
Yes I do, everyday I work I deal with the general public .
3.
Yes. I have held jobs in customer service and can focus on the job at hand without being distracted.
4.
I once worked as a cashier for Toysrus during the holiday season. I learned to handle a heavy plate and keep a leveled head under pressure.
5.
Yes, I enjoy working around people and interacting with them. I smile and greet them, hold a short conversation with them, and direct them to the right person if I am unable to assist them.
Question 5 of 26
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
1.
That's fine. In here to get the job done.
2.
Yes, I love it. Thats my job.
3.
I am okey with that. I always go to worked prepared and good in time planning.
4.
Yes. I have worked 16 hr days, on call, outside.
5.
Yes. I enjoy working hard and ensuring that things are done thoroughly and accurately as required. It is important to maintain the appearance of the hall as it is the main area that these events occur.
Question 6 of 26
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
1.
Twice. Blizzard and car accident.
2.
Rarely called in if I was it's because I was ill.
3.
I had missed one day due to sickness.
4.
I haven't missed a day in 4 months at new.
5.
He would say I missed just two or three days, but mostly because of jury duty.
Question 7 of 26
Are you experienced in using a radio devices to communicate to other janitors?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes I have done it in the pass.
2.
Yes, in my past I had to use radio to communicate any hazards or emergencies.
3.
I am not, but I would learn.
4.
Yes, I use my cell my cell phone to communicate.
5.
No I have never came across it, but I have used my cell phone to communicate when allowed.
Question 8 of 26
How did you hear about this job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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.
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.
5.
I was called to work part time, due to a employee being out due to medical issues.
Question 9 of 26
You must be working here for 6 months before you get benefits, are you okay with that?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes, because I still have them via my old employer.
2.
I am working as a custodianfor many years.
3.
Yes. I am looking for a long term position.
4.
That is fine and completely fair.
5.
Yes I plan on staying for the long haul.
Question 10 of 26
How was your experience with your past employment?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I leaned a lot about teamwork and providing good customer service.
2.
Very good. I enjoyed my work, I liked to clean the store so they gave me all of the cleaning duties.
3.
It was good. I had a good rapport with the staff.
4.
They say I am a hard worker and get the job done.
5.
I had good experience in the field of jantorial from training.
Question 11 of 26
What role do you feel you play as a custodian in the daily operation of a school? How important?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I know that a school janitor would require someone who is going to be involved in a lot of cleanups and spills which I am ready for.
2.
I feel that I have a very important role, it is important to make sure that every thing is wiped down for germs and that the floor and bathrooms are clean daily.
3.
Keep the school clean helps children to learn about cleaniness and help children to study in clean safe and secure environment.
4.
A good role model, children get to experience what good work ethic looks like.
5.
I will keep things clean and in perfect order.
Question 12 of 26
Do you speak fluent English?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes, I also speak some Spanish.
2.
Fluent Eglish and Spanish..
3.
No I write and speak like 60%
4.
No, but I can give me to understand and I can read and understand instruccions.
5.
Yes. It is my first language.
Question 13 of 26
What previous jobs have you held?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Waitress, runner, bussing, hosting.
2.
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.
Question 14 of 26
Janitor can be a very routine job, how are you okay working a job that stays routine?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes, I feel like that is a way to figure out a strategy to do the job quicker or better than the past.
2.
While some people may get bored with a routine job I find that sometimes repetitive tasks can be therapeutic.
3.
Yes, I like routine and structure. I like to complete jobs on time and to do it well.
4.
I would be OK with it.
5.
I strive for routine as I am autistic. Everything for me is routine based on a daily basis. This makes it easier to complete tasks and know what is expected of me.
Question 15 of 26
What do you find most rewarding about being a janitor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Job satisfaction and being recognized for my quality of my work.
2.
Being responsible about making something look better than before.
3.
I like to see the finish result.
4.
I like to see the finish result.
5.
By completing the job done and other school staff tells you that you did extra mile to your work.
Question 16 of 26
What were your past duties as a janitor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Sweep, Mopping, cleaning, vaccuming, dusting, floor care with buffer and scrubber. Pulling trash!
2.
Supervisor.
3.
Most recently I was responsible for the cleaning, restocking and sanitizing of the Administration, Kitchen, Gym, Boys and Girls restrooms and locker rooms.
4.
Cleaning restrooms and vacuuming meeting rooms, throw out trash and replenish supply.
5.
Dust, sweep and mop the dry, chill and haba storage areas of the warehouse, I chip away Ice, dust and sweep the freezer area of the warehouse, I sanitize the restrooms. I clean the offices and break rooms, empty ALL of the trash.
Question 17 of 26
What do you expect out of this position?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
A steady, decent paying job with a sense of accomplishment.
2.
I expect a regular work schedule and to be challenge in new areas of this job field. To learn new skils and to sharpen skills i already have obtained.
3.
I expect to keep the facility clean and efficient, a clean environment for everyone.
4.
A full time job, were I can come every day, and do my best to keep the place as clean as possible, and make a honest living.
5.
Hard work.
Question 18 of 26
Have you received any training?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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.
Not professionally, on the job training.
5.
As a school custodian no I have not but I am willing to learn.
Question 19 of 26
How well do you keep your temper under control?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Good I'm always even temper.
2.
I do great. My last job was the ONLY job I have ever quit in 15 years of my work history.
3.
I am a happy guy and laugh alot.
4.
Very well.
5.
I some times get very hot.
Question 20 of 26
What do you like least about being a janitor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I like being in a routine and cleaning making things shine.
2.
I sometimes dislike that janitors are looked down at by some people. I understand some people think this way and I love to clean and make people happy.
3.
I didn't have any problems there (Opubco), but sometimes you clash with certain personalities on a job.
4.
Nothing I love being a janitor the best job I've ever had.
5.
Braking up fight when they happen and vandelism.
Question 21 of 26
Give me a rundown of your daily routine at your last job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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
Question 22 of 26
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
1.
I would find another janitor or stomach it and clean it up.
2.
I raise five kids, I would put the gloves on and clean the "Vomit" Doesn't bother me.
3.
I would first ask if the person that threw up was okay, and prepare to clean the mess by putting on rubber gloves, and maybe a face mask, and begin disinfecting the area.
4.
That would be considered an emergency and I would clean it immediately.
5.
I would go ahead and clean it up...
Question 23 of 26
Why should we hire you over the next guy? What janitor experiences do you have that set you apart?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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.
Question 24 of 26
Will you be willing to work off-hours?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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.
Question 25 of 26
How do you feel about working a double if a coworker calls off?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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.
Question 26 of 26
Did you have any problems with management or your supervisors during your last job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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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