When interviewing for a custodian or janitor position, you really want to do everything you can to show the interviewer your attention to detail and custodial knowledge. While you should always be prepared for common job interview questions, there are a few custodian-specific questions that you’ll want to make sure you have practiced before hand.
Do you have the patience to deal with the general public while cleaning?
Depending on the type of custodian position, you may have to clean in the midst of daily business operations. The interviewer must ensure you are comfortable working in that environment and will represent the company well around customers.
“Yes, in the beginning of my career path, I worked in customer service for a few years. Therefore, I have no problem interacting with and being around customers or the general public while I work. Additionally, I am always extremely focused on the task at hand and my overall duty as a custodian so I don’t get easily distracted by environments with noise or constant interruptions.”
Do you have any custodial experience?
Custodial work requires a deep understanding of cleaning equipment and strategies. Tell the interviewer about any prior experience you have that is relevant to this position.
“I have been a custodian for over three years. I’ve gained extensive knowledge of cleaning procedures and have experience using various chemical cleaners. I follow safe practices and have no problem working under limited supervision.”
How often do you believe that cleaning implements should be cleaned and maintained?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Explain how often you feel cleaning implements should be cleaned and why.
“I sanitize my cleaning implements daily upon the completion of my work. My goal is to clean as thoroughly as possible. I believe that clean tools translate to clean surfaces. My job cannot be done properly with dirty equipment.”
How will you stay motivated doing repetitive cleaning tasks?
The interviewer wants to know that the quality of your work will remain consistent even through the repetitive nature.
“Although my work will not differ greatly from day to day, I can remain motivated. The repetition is beneficial because it allows me to work quicker since I’m well-versed in the necessary custodial procedures. I often challenge myself to find new ways to cut down my time and work more efficiently.”
What has been your worst custodial experience?
The interviewer knows that obstacles may arise sometimes. Describe an unpleasant experience or a time something didn’t go as planned and how you handled the situation.
“In my previous position, I was assigned a new coworker for the night shift. He was not very helpful because he kept falling asleep on the job. However, there was a job to be done whether or not I had any help. I am very productive when I work so I was able to complete the work of two people individually within a reasonable amount of time.”