1. How did you hear about this job as Carpet Cleaner?

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.

2. Tell me what do you like least about being a janitor?

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 .

3. Tell me what previous jobs have you held?

College dorm and church building cleaning, operation manager and president/owner of masonry business with up to 30 employees'.

4. Why are you leaving last job as Carpet Cleaner?

Although this would seem like a simple question, it can easily become tricky. You shouldn't mention salary being a factor at this point. If you're currently employed, your response can focus on developing and expanding your career and even yourself. If you're current employer is downsizing, remain positive and brief. If your employer fired you, prepare a solid reason. Under no circumstance should you discuss any drama or negativity, always remain positive.

5. Tell me what kind of cleaning equipment are you familiar with?

I am well versed in using vacuum cleaners, dust extractors, floor buffers, utility carts and automatic floor scrubbers.

6. Tell me what do you expect out of this position?

Well I hope I will become more experienced with this.

7. What knowledge do you have regarding this company?

You should do your research prior to the interview. Look into background history of the company, this will help you stick out. Learn about main people, have they been in the news lately? The interviewer doesn't expect you to know dates and certain people, but showing that you have enough interest to research the company is a positive impression.

8. What are your salary expectations as Carpet Cleaner?

This question is like a loaded gun, tricky and dangerous if you're not sure what you are doing. It's not uncommon for people to end up talking salary before really selling their skills, but knowledge is power as this is a negotiation after all. Again, this is an area where doing your research will be helpful as you will have an understanding of average salary.

One approach is asking the interviewer about the salary range, but to avoid the question entirely, you can respond that money isn't a key factor and you're goal is to advance in your career. However, if you have a minimum figure in mind and you believe you're able to get it, you may find it worth trying.

9. Tell me what do you find most rewarding about being a janitor?

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.

10. Tell me how do you react when somebody criticizes you?

I always work with dedication and am willing to improve my work quality, so I usually take instructions and criticism very positively and make adaptations in my service quality accordingly.

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