So you found a housekeeping job and arranged for an interview. Along with turning up on time, dressing nicely, and being polite, it’s important to be prepared to ask the right questions during. Potential employers will be more at ease if you appear knowledgeable.
Here are suggestions for things to ask during your housekeeper interview. Use them as discussion points to demonstrate how you are a great fit for the position and why they should hire you.
• 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 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 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?
• 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 housekeeping job done well can lead to referrals for additional cleaning jobs.