Working in a housekeeping position requires hard work, physical capability and plenty of energy. In addition, a housekeeper works closely with their clients to ensure they have a clean and orderly home. If you are a housekeeper preparing for an interview, some of these tips may be useful to help you land your next job.
How you present yourself in the interview—your appearance, attitude and body language—is vitally important. Some good suggestions:
Dress the way you expect the interviewer to dress. Be clean, neat and well groomed.
Smile, introduce yourself and shake hands firmly with the interviewer.
Sit up straight. Leaning back can make you seem uninterested, while sitting on the edge of your chair can make you seem tense.
Keep your hands still in your lap or on the arms of your chair, and don’t cross your arms.
Make eye contact and smile when it's appropriate.
The interview is also your chance to show your positive attitude and your communication skills.
Turn off your cell phone when you arrive at the interview and leave it off until you leave.
Follow the interviewer's lead. Even unusual or irrelevant questions get asked for a reason.
Ask insightful questions that show you are interested in their specific needs.
Being ready for the interview will boost your confidence and increase your effectiveness. There’s no need to memorize answers for these questions, rather give them some thought and consider certain points you would like to cover.
Common Questions You May Be Asked
- Why did you choose to work in a housekeeping position?
- How do you manage to complete multiple housekeeping tasks in a single day?
- What are your personal strengths that help you as a housekeeper?
- How do you handle a client who is angry or upset and dissatisfied by your work?
Succeeding in job interviews takes practice and persistence. The more effort you put into your interview preparation, the more success you’ll see in obtaining job offers – especially if you remember and follow our tips.