Conducting a job interview can be stressful. As the interviewer, you are responsible to lead the interview in a professional way while obtaining the most possible information from the potential employee. How do you know which questions are appropriate, how many questions are suitable, how much time should be allocated to an interview, which questions will yield the most information etc. If these are just a few of the questions running through your mind you have come to the right place. This article will help you establish the appropriate questions to ask during an interview for an office cleaner.

Tip 1: Let us start with the basics.

You want to get a feel for this person and get to know them on a personal level, therefore, you should start with your typical interview questions. These questions might seem overrated but there is a reason most interviews contain these types of questions. Typical interview questions give you insight into a person’s personality, ideas, strengths and weaknesses while giving you the opportunity to decide if you and this person will get along on a professional level. These questions include:

  • Describe yourself in a few words
  • What are you good at and what makes you good at it?
  • What are the things you struggle with and what makes it difficult for you?
  • What makes you different from other applicants?
  • Why do you think we should hire you?

Tip 2: The next topic of discussion should be previous employment.

You can learn a lot about a person’s attitude towards work by asking them questions about their job history. Questions you can ask include:

  • What were your responsibilities at your previous job?
  • What did you like about your last job?
  • What did you dislike about your last job?
  • Why did you leave your previous job?

Tip 3: The last set of questions should determine the applicants’ skill level.

The questions are only necessary if you want to determine the skill level of the applicant. These questions help you to identify whether the person is qualified for the position or if not will you be able to train them. Most of these questions will be presented in scenario form to establish how the applicant will react in certain situations. These questions include:

  • How would you go about cleaning a tile/ carpet/ wood floor?
  • Explain to me the process of cleaning a computer screen?
  • How long would it take you to clean an office space consisting of 10 offices?
  • What do you consider the most important tasks when cleaning the bathroom?

These questions are just a few examples of the kind of questions you can ask. Remember to enter the interview room prepared with your list of questions. It is very important that you and the person being interviewed are as calm and relaxed as possible. In the end, you have to decide if you will be able to work with the applicant on a professional level with regards to their personality, attitude towards work and skill set.

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