If you are applying for a housekeeping job, below are some housekeeping interview questions for you to review, advice on how to prepare for the interview, and how to follow up with a thank you letter or email message.
What the Hiring Manager Will Be Looking For
Working in a housekeeping position requires hard work, physical capability, and stamina. In addition, a housekeeping employee needs to interact with customers on a one-on-one basis.
Prepare for the Interview
- Be ready to talk about your work and life experience.
- Bring your resume or a list of your employment history, so you can expand on the information you included in your job application.
- Bring contact information, or a list of references, for people who can attest to your character, experience, and housekeeping ability.
- Be clear on what you can do, how you will do it, what cleaning products you like to use, and how long it takes you to clean.
- Be prepared with examples of what you have accomplished to share with the interviewer. If you don’t have prior work experience, you can use informal work, volunteering, or what you do at home.
- Why have you chosen housekeeping?
- What are the key components of housekeeping?
- Are you good at multitasking?
- How would you handle a client who was angry or upset about something?
- What would you do if one of your colleagues was behaving inappropriately on the job?
- What were your responsibilities and tasks in your last position?
- Why did you leave your last position?
- What do you find rewarding about housekeeping?
- What do you dislike about housekeeping?
- What skills do you have that you feel help you to be a good housekeeper?
- What do you think are the most important skills for a housekeeper?
- What knowledge do you feel is required for a successful housekeeper?
- How comfortable are you with chemical safety procedures?
- Can you give me some examples of health and safety procedures you have used?
- What types of procedure tracking systems have you used?
- Do you enjoy working as part of a team?
- How well do you work on your own?
- When can you start working?
- Are you available evenings and weekends?
- What hours and days are you available?
- Is your schedule flexible?
- Do you have reliable transportation?
- What are two words that you would use to describe yourself?
- What are two words that your previous supervisor would use to describe you?
- What has been your greatest accomplishment at work?
- What has been your greatest disappointment at work?
Have Questions of Your Own Ready to Ask
One of the last questions you will be asked is “Do you have any questions for me?” You may want to know more about the job, the company, the shifts you’ll be working, or you may need additional information to determine if the position is a good fit for what you’re looking for. Be prepared to respond with some questions of your own.
Follow Up After the Interview
Take the time to follow up after the interview with a thank you note or email message. In addition to thanking the interviewer for his or her time, reiterate your interest in the job, and mention anything that you would have liked to have said at the interview but didn’t get a chance to share.