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How to Interview for Housecleaning Jobs

Sandy Wallace
July 19, 2017

Questions to ask when interviewing for a housekeeping job.



When you are interviewing for a housecleaning job, you want to put your best foot forward, so it's important to follow all the typical interview advice: be on time, dress nicely, be polite, etc. But the most important parts of the process are the questions.

Potential employers will be more at ease if you appear knowledgeable. You should also be prepared to ask questions to determine the duties involved. Here are suggestions for things to discuss during your housekeeper interview. Use them as starting points to discuss how a great a fit you are for the position and why they should hire you.

The Basics

  • What is the size of the family?
  • Are there indoor or outdoor pets?
  • Do any family members have allergies?
  • What supplies and equipment are provided or will you need to provide them?
  • Do you prefer green cleaning products?
  • Will the family will be home when you clean?
  • What is the pay rate?
  • Have you ever used a cleaning service? What was the experience like?
  • What do you look for in a housekeeper?

Frequency of Cleaning

  • If the job will be a weekly cleaning job, what day of the week works best for your schedules?
  • If the job will be every other week, will the duties be the same each time or will they alternate?
  • When will the job begin?
  • Will there be seasonal or other deep-cleanings required?
  • Will there be any 'as-needed' cleaning duties involved?

Specific Cleaning Duties

  • Will sweeping, mopping and vacuuming floors will be part of the normal cleaning routine?
  • Will you be responsible for doing laundry or ironing?
  • Will cleaning bathrooms will be part of the regular cleaning schedule?
  • Will emptying trash will be part of your duties?
  • Will you be responsible for tidying rooms or sorting through papers?
  • Will you need to move furniture or simply clean around it?

Additional Responsibilities

  • Will there be any outdoor duties involved?
  • Will you need to care for or clean up after pets?
  • Will you be required to prepare meals?
  • Will there be children at home when you clean?
  • If there will be children in the house, will you be responsible for their care?

It's important to come across as a professional when you interview for a housecleaning job. Discussing the details of the job in advance can help avoid any misunderstanding and can help you negotiate a fair pay.

If you're hired, you should always provide a high level of service. A housecleaning job done well can lead to referrals for additional cleaning jobs.

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