The Housekeeping Job Guide: The Housekeeper Job Interview

How to interview for a house cleaning job (as an independent contractor)

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Inside The Housekeeping Job Guide...

You've decided to work as a housekeeper, figured out how much to charge, and advertised your services on Care.com or other venues. You have received responses to your ad and now will be going to your first interview.

How should you prepare for the interview?

  • be ready to talk about your work and life experience
  • bring contact information for references who can attest to your character 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 should take
  • be prepared to explain how you will figure out what to charge and what factors will cause you to charge more for your services

What you want to find out in an interview:

  • exactly what the client wants you to do and what products she wants you to use -- for each room in the home. It's best to have a written agreement so that if the client then adds additional tasks, you will be able to charge a higher fee.
  • the condition of the home -- how difficult it will be to clean it
  • the size of the home -- how long it will take to clean it
  • how many people live in the home and how much clutter they create
  • if there are any valuables you need to take extra care with
  • if there are any pets you need to deal with, and how safe those pets are
  • how difficult the client will be to deal with
  • how much the client is willing to pay

Once you have completed the interview, you'll want to spend some time thinking about how comfortable you will be cleaning that particular house. Are you willing and able to do all the tasks the employer has for you? Will you be able to clean to her satisfaction? Do you feel you have agreed on a fair price?

If your answer is yes, and you take the job, then you'll want to have a specific plan for communicating with the employer to make sure you are both satisfied with how the job is going.

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Comments (10)
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Brenda J.
These are valuable tips.
Thank you!
Posted: April 18, 2014 at 7:32 AM
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Louann R.
Thank you so much for this
Posted: April 05, 2014 at 8:24 AM
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Colleen C.
thank you for the information. it helped me establish a list of clientelle
Posted: December 21, 2013 at 1:23 PM
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Cheryl M.
Thank You, very much for letting me read over this article, VERY MUCH HELP to under stand different things. Thanks so much!!!!Cheryl M.
Posted: July 02, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Krishana Sharma
Thank you very much*****
Its very helpful for facing an interview and became a good Housekeeper.
These tips are good for all.
Posted: July 02, 2012 at 8:22 AM
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Elaine C.
Thanks so much is really important to know about this tips for work. Is amazing to have guidance about work.Thanks again .
Posted: May 06, 2012 at 2:15 AM
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Liwayway R.
thanks. its really helpful.i learned a lot.
Posted: April 24, 2012 at 8:35 PM
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Johana E.
thanksssssssssss..
Posted: March 05, 2012 at 9:05 PM
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Nancy A.
Thank you for this advice. It is invaluable to me. Even though I have been professionally cleaning homes for eight years now, I didn't know how to go about fairly figuring out how much to charge. This data is concise, and lays it out very completely.
Thanks again!
Posted: June 19, 2011 at 11:44 PM
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Sherri C.
Thank you! These are very helpful tips. With nearly 35 years of cleaning your own home, cleaning someone elses makes you think of the details you take for granted in doing your own. Your tips are helpful in spelling it out for someone else.
Posted: March 14, 2011 at 1:14 PM
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