Interviews can be daunting and hard to prepare for but we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a list of common questions that you might be asked in yours and how you might go about answering them, as well as some questions you could ask your interviewer to help show your interest in the position!
You should talk about your motivations for working as a cleaner. Even if you’re not particularly passionate about the role, it’s best to sound engaged and eager to do the work. Interviewers are going to want people who seem ready and able to do the job the best they can.
As a school cleaner you’re going to be working as a part of a wider team. This will mostly include the rest of your cleaning team but you’ll also be working alongside the wider school staff and will have to be accommodating to their needs. You should emphasise how well you work in a team as well as any particular things you’ve achieved while working as part of a team before but make sure that they know you’re equally competent working independently.
You should make sure before you apply that you’ll be able to work to the schedule of the position. If you’re comfortable with the position’s flexibility you should make it clear that you’re ready to work as required–employers don’t want to hear that your life can’t fit in with their schedule.
Though most school cleaning positions will have you working after hours when most students have headed home, you could still find you’ll be around teachers and students staying late or even working during school hours. You should make sure the interviewer knows it wouldn’t interfere with your job and that you wouldn’t have an impact on the learning environment.
Let your interviewer know about any relevant experience you have. Though talking about a similar role would be ideal, don’t think you’re limited to talking about school cleaning positions. Whether you have previous experience as a cleaner or something else you think would apply here, always bring up your good points. Reassuring prospective employers you have the right skills is always important.
Reading through some of our common questions should help get you in the right headspace for your interview, but don’t stop here–have a think about what kind of questions you could be facing, as well as how you might answer them on your own!
Make sure you have everything else you’ll need to land that dream job by returning to our school cleaner career advice, or find out how to revamp your school cleaner cv or cover letter. Have you got a job in mind but don’t have the right qualifications? If so, check out our courses page and take a look at some of our valuable qualifications.