It is one of the worst things in the world to feel inadequate when appearing for an interview.
Since you have control over this, you must take things in your own hand.
Dress for success. Keep a positive and confident attitude. Arrive early on the day of the interview. And make sure that you have enough job knowledge so that you do not mess up when answering job-related questions.
You may refer to the following set of interview questions and answers:
Working as a janitor is hardly easy work. Why did you choose to pick this as your profession?
I have a close affinity with cleanliness and since I wanted to do something that involved me using my physical strength, working as a janitor made sense. Yes, it is not easy work but then working without challenge was never what I was looking for!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
I would eventually want to see myself supervising a team of janitors. I want to learn all there is to about cleaning procedures and equipment and then train janitorial teams to work as well as I do now!
What are your trash disposal techniques? How do you make sure that you dispose of trash in a manner that it doesn’t pose harm to anyone?
I have great trash disposal systems in place. I make sure that all recyclable items are isolated and sent off to the recycling plant as soon as possible. All hazardous waste material is promptly collected and secured, and then sent to appropriate disposal companies to do the needful. I am very careful when it comes to disposing of trash, as any oversight can have the potential to harm people and animals.
What have been your core janitorial duties in the past?
Apart from sweeping and mopping floors in hallways, apartments, offices and waiting areas, I have been involved in washing and disinfecting bathrooms and restrooms and emptying out trash receptacles. Additionally, I have been responsible for dusting furniture and fixtures and washing walls and windows.
What do you find the most difficult thing to do in this role?
Things were difficult when I didn’t have systems in place. Now that I know exactly which cleaning and sanitizing protocols to follow, nothing seems difficult. However, the most challenging part is when I have to create sanitizing solutions, as the consistency has to be absolutely correct. But that too is something that I am quite competent in doing.
What skills do you feel a janitor should have if he or she wants to succeed in this work?
I believe that the foremost skill is physical dexterity. You have to bend and stoop and work on your feet for long hours, so it is imperative to be physically strong. Additionally, one needs to possess deep knowledge of cleaning practices and safe use of chemicals.