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Janitor and Custodian Interview Questions

1. What motivates you to work hard?
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A janitor or custodian (called caretaker in British English, see American and British English differences) is a person who takes care of a building, such as a hospital, school, office building, or apartment block. Janitors are responsible primarily for cleaning, and often (though not always) some maintenance and security. Similar but more managerial duties (and usually not including cleaning, for example) are performed by a superintendent, often called building superintendent.
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Janitor and Custodian Interview Questions

2 of 26

What has your worst janitorial experience been?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
Pluming pipe broke.
 
2.
Cleaning up without know power on.
 
3.
Have not had one yet.
 
4.
I don't really recall one.
 
5.
Flooded bathrooms.
 
6.
When the sprinkler system went off because of a broken sprinkler head.
 
7.
Having the whole crew call in sick and having to clean everything myself.
 
8.
When I had to clean waste of the walls in the men bathroom.
 
9.
When I forgot to complete a duty that was added to my routine. I felt very bad and was disappointed in myself.
 
10.
We had a flood at the school I was working at It came from the roof and ceiling tiles were falling down and major water clean up.
 

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#3 of 26

What would your last employer say about your dependency and trust?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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That im very independent and trustworthy.
 
2.
Im always was on time and did my job carefully and efficiently and was responsible.
 
3.
They will say that I am punctual, reliable, and committed to the job. Once committed, I ensure the completion of the tasks given.
 
4.
That im very independent and trustworthy.
 
5.
presnetley i work as a chasier which also intales the genral maintienca - I am trust wothetr and dependablae at all levels.
 
6.
I am very dependent and honst for the last years.
 
7.
Doing your job without being told what to do next.
 
8.
That i very dependent and honest person.
 
9.
I can say anything about me, but I tihnk better ask my las employer
 
10.
My last employer felt very confident being able to depend on me with out a lot of micro managing and they trusted me to always do a good job. I also have compliments from staff and co-workers regarding work ethic.
 

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#4 of 26

Do you have the patience to deal with the general public while cleaning?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
Yes i have.
 
2.
I can convey professional converstations with the general public on the job. I can focus well in any environment with noises and constant interruption.
 
3.
Yes, I do I am a people oriented person and always willing to provide the best customer service when dealing with others.
 
4.
Yes I have been in retail for most of my life I enjoy children and well I would say you would have to look at these kids like they were the customer? No I'm fine with people I enjoy being around people and try to keep a positive attitude it's something that I work on everyday you get what you put out there it comes back to you. So i try to smile and alway think the best of everyone.
 
5.
Yes no problem at all.
 
6.
Yes I have patience, I do my job no matter what comes between me.
 
7.
Yes, i have more than ten years working with customers and i dont have any problem cleanig while they are doing their shopping.
 
8.
To keep a safe and sanitary environment for the children.
 
9.
Yes I,ve work with the public they are to be respected and and treated coutesously.
 
10.
Yes, because I know they have to make thier bissnesses and my job is to keep clean the location.
 

Education Requirements

High School diploma or equivalent.

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#5 of 26

We have a large hall that must be spotless for events, sometimes requiring 4 hours of straight cleaning, are you okay with this?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
I will work hard to my best of ability to get the job done in a timely manner.
 
2.
Insuring that the halls are maintained at all times. So if it takes me 4 hours to dustmop, wet mop, top scrub, remove debris and buff it then that is what it takes.
 
3.
I'll try my best and give it my all. That's all I can say.
 
4.
Yes this is not a problem for me.
 
5.
I would do my job to the best of my ability and in a timely manner.
 
6.
Ensuring that the halls are immaculate is imperative. Whether I am cleaning for 4 hours or 6 hours straight, the importance of a well maintained environment ensures the patrons that walk those halls feel safe.
 
7.
yes has long has im busy
 
8.
Yes i dont mind.
 
9.
Yes, I would be ok with this task.
 
10.
Yes, I am flexible for all kinds of tasks and duties.
 

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#6 of 26

If I were to ask your previous employer about how many days you missed over the last year, what would he say?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
They would say that I never miss a day. I am a very committed and loyal employee. I do not like to miss work unless i'm really sick or going on vacation.
 
2.
One in five years. i have a responsibility to my job to fulfill.
 
3.
He would say she is hear all the time.
 
4.
None i never miss work when i was schedule.
 
5.
I have an excelent attendance record.
 
6.
I have an excellant attandance record.
 
7.
I missed a few days for being sick, and scheduled days off and vacation days but, I am mostly there everyday, I am reliable, and dependable, and never late for work.
 
8.
I have a great attendance of showing up to work everyday.
 
9.
I only have taken off days when I was extemly sick.
 
10.
My last employer would say that I have never missed a day. the only days I would miss would be if I was very ill or on vacation.
 

Work Environment

Most janitors and custodians work in an office setting, school, government building, warehouse, and factory. Most of the work is done indoors.

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#7 of 26

Are you experienced in using a radio devices to communicate to other janitors?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
Yes, I have used them before.
 
2.
Yes, I have used them before.
 
3.
No but willing to learn.
 
4.
Yes, I am experienced with motarola walkie- talkies
 
5.
no
 
6.
Sometimes.
 
7.
Yes I am. I've used one in my current position.
 
8.
I have used radio devices in the past to communicate with coworkers in a retail sales setting.
 
9.
No but willing to learn.
 
10.
NO but willing to learn.
 

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#8 of 26

How did you hear about this job?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
I seen a job posting online at a job workshop I attended.
 
2.
Work force center on the north side of Minneapolis.
 
3.
I have friends and family members currently working for the School Board.
 
4.
My customers, teachers , friends and internet.
 
5.
I heard about it through a job board online.
 
6.
Through my current employer.
 
7.
I looked around online for janitor jobs and saw that your store was hiring and I thought it would be fun to work here as a janitor.
 
8.
On the internet and friends.
 
9.
I am assertive and check craigslist and places of employment that may have a job opening that which I may qualify.
 
10.
It was posted in the newspaper.
 

Janitor and Custodian Pros

1. The pros of a profession as a Janitor and Custodian are a high salery, flexible hours and benifits. May 30th, 2012

2. Clean as a needed basis, whether it is everyday or 2 times per week. July 19th, 2012

3. Explosive diarrhea, it was on the ceiling, walls, and toilet. plus their was that time i had to fish out some XXXL undies out of a clogged toilet. July 19th, 2012

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#9 of 26

You must be working here for 6 months before you get benefits, are you okay with that?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
I can't understand that ;Please can you explain this a little clearer.Exactly what benefits come with the job if hired?
 
2.
Yes I will.
 
3.
Yes no matter what happen.
 
4.
Yes, I am fine with that, what type of benefits are you offering.
 
5.
Yes, I understand that there is a probation period.
 
6.
Yes I am fine with that since I will be here for the long haul.
 
7.
I understand there is a probation period and yes I am OK with that.
 
8.
Yes I am okay with that and understand that there is a probationary period.
 
9.
Yes I am okay with that, I get medical through the State.
 
10.
Yeah thats fine because i plan on being here for the long haul.
 

Questions to Ask

1. If I entered your school building today, what would you want me to see that shows your hard work and dedication to the building?

2. What makes people stay here for many years?

3. What are the most satisfying aspects of this position in your opinion?

4. Will I be working with bio hazzardous waste products?

5. How much training will be given for orientation? What will the work schedule be? Will protective supplies be provided for use?

6. Have you ever been a custodian and if so what was a typical day like? Did you enjoy your job?

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#10 of 26

How was your experience with your past employment?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
I was really good, I enjoyed coming to work and completing the assignment.
 
2.
It was good, everyone was really friendly and I had a great experience.
 
3.
Pleasent.got along well with coworkers and enjoyed doing my duties.
 
4.
It was good, they treated me good. and i worked really hard for him.
 
5.
It was good and i learned a lot of things with that experience.
 
6.
Good, really early hours.
 
7.
I enjoyed working there . But I looking for a perminant position.
 
8.
It was very good.
 
9.
It is my duty as a custodian to perform my task and clean up .
 
10.
It was very good.
 

Top 10 Janitor and Custodian
Interview Questions

Top Janitor/Custodian interview questions, to help you prepare for your upcoming job interview. These questions were designed to challenge you ahead of your interview. Created on February 18th, 2016

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#11 of 26

Do you speak fluent English?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
Yes i do.
 
2.
Of course.
 
3.
Maybe!lol.
 
4.
No speako englisho.
 
5.
Yes I do.
 
6.
Is my second language but i can speak fluent english.
 
7.
Yes, I was born in America.
 
8.
no, but I can make me understand, and I understand the instruccion
 
9.
Yes! I studied English at school.
 
10.
Yes,I do. And not only speak fluent English, But I communicate very well.
 

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#12 of 26

What previous jobs have you held?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
J'ai j'aimais travailler.
 
2.
J'ai j'aimais travailler.
 
3.
I have worked for the City as a Maintneace worker- dispatcheer and a anminal control officer.
 
4.
Im receptive to learning new tasks at hand as well as other tasks that i am already familiar with. I take great pride in the quality of my work and go beyond the standard expectations of my job. Being enlisted in the navy for two years I have acquired adequate and detailed cleaning skills as well as coordination in organizational skills.
 
5.
Customer service.
 
6.
I have work as a janitor for the past 25 years.
 
7.
I have held a job as a dish washer and prep cook.
 
8.
I was a janitor,customer service rep,construction worker andLandscaper.
 
9.
I was a set-up, server, restaurant owner, customer service,roofer, custodian and student.
 
10.
Ive have some good experiences and some bad,but I have learn from them both.
 

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#13 of 26

Janitor can be a very routine job, how are you okay working a job that stays routine?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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Yes better prepared.
 
2.
Routine good because I know what needed to be done.
 
3.
I am more of a routine person so it would work perfectly find with me.
 
4.
I am fine with it.Because I like order and knowing what I have to do helps me better prepare.
 
5.
I am a routine kind of person. I don't mind it at all. It is predictable so I know what I'm doing everyday.
 
6.
Yes! I am ok with working in a job that has routine .
 
7.
i have never found a City jonb to be routine- but to answere you qiuestion yes.
 
8.
Yes i am detailed orented person.
 
9.
Im ok with it because i like routine and being part of a routine enviroment.
 
10.
I like doing a chores, this is a job that would be great to have.
 

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#14 of 26

What role do you feel you play as a custodian in the daily operation of a school? How important?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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Keeping a clean safe and healthy environment. Very important.
 
2.
It's important because it makes the school look good and proud.
 
3.
Very important to keep the school clean and ready for the the students.
 
4.
I do my job and anything else that is asked the best I can in a timely manner.
 
5.
Very important I could prevent someone getting hurt.
 
6.
Keeping an active roll on building cleanliness and safety. I believe that my roll as a custodian I am keeping up with the schools reputation image of good house cleaning environment showing staff and parents that I take my job seriously.
 
7.
To keep the school clean,safe,and a healthy environment .very important.
 
8.
Very important, I would like to see that my duties keep the place clean and safe for others.
 
9.
Very important knowing that the environment is clean and safe for the children/staff.
 
10.
I feel my role is important to help with providing a safe and clean place for students to be able to learn.
 

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#15 of 26

What do you find most rewarding about being a janitor?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
Knowing that my job will keep the school for children clean and safe
 
2.
I love what I do, I take pride in my work,wehen my job is done and well executed it defines my character.
 
3.
When teachers and students seek me out and thank me for the job i do and how well i keep the school.
 
4.
That they are perfectionalism.
 
5.
The ability to keep the facility presentable allowing others to enjoy the experience of their education and for them to be able to represent the campus with pride.
 
6.
accomplishing a clean environment and knowing the necessity of my labors
 
7.
It is a job.
 
8.
The appreciation from the residents.
 
9.
They opporunity to clean and keep the enviornment safe.
 
10.
the people reconice my job how janitor
 

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#16 of 26

What were your past duties as a janitor?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
assign to various parks responsiblies to clean disinfect restroom empty garbage restock supplies
 
2.
Cleaning rooms,cutting grass,lining feilds,buffing floors,minner maintenance.
 
3.
Cleans bathroom, vacuum carpets, clean windowa.
 
4.
Ceaning all offices and restroom and 10 class roomsand hall out side.
 
5.
Trash detail ,restrooms floors ,play grounds maintenance and some plumbing and electic as well small equipment repairs.
 
6.
I was a Floor Tech for the highschool. I cleaned bathrooms, classrooms, offices, kitchen, cafeterias, and also summer work with include stripping floors, waxing floors and carpet extraction.
 
7.
Clean trains mop, sweep staff washroom and stock supplies.
 
8.
Disinfect, clean bathrooms, hallways, offices, and recreational ares.
 
9.
Never had a paid cleaning job as a cleaner but my last job envoled cleaning using sanitiser, briloo washing up liquid. I wiped down the surfaces and swept the floor.
 
10.
Housekeeping.
 

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#17 of 26

What do you expect out of this position?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
Skills and experience.
 
2.
To learn new skills that I still have not acquired from this field of work and also to be challenged in a way where I can sharpen the skills i already have.
 
3.
I expect to help teachers and co-workers to accomplish our task in helping students to be ready for the 21th Century.
 
4.
Meet good people, make money and have fun.
 
5.
I expect people to know that i will go beyound my duties.
 
6.
I expect a regular work schedule and to be challenge in new areas of this job field. To learn new skils and to sharpen skills i already have obtained.
 
7.
I am realy stay home my family.
 
8.
Gain more skills and experiences.
 
9.
The opportunity of.
 
10.
Cleaning and maintaining the cleanlinest, inside and outside of the building.
 

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#18 of 26

Have you received any training?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
Constantly training new concpets regarding sanatizing floor boards, restroom facilities.
 
2.
No formal training, no.
 
3.
No, not in being a school custodial, but I been taught how to do general cleaning.
 
4.
Yes I went through training and was certified while at the hospital?
 
5.
Not professional, it was on the job training.
 
6.
Yes, as I am currently a custodian at my present place of work.
 
7.
Yes I went through toolworks janitorial training program.
 
8.
I have over a year of custodial experience.
 
9.
Yes,I have done this kind of work sinse i was six years old.
 
10.
Yes i have.
 

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#19 of 26

How well do you keep your temper under control?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
Very well, I take big breaths and walk it off.
 
2.
When you are working it has to be under control at all times.
 
3.
Very well, I have a very calm and warm personality.
 
4.
I always make it an everyday goal to keep my temper under control at work. I know that I;m a normal humane being, I do get stressed and upset but at work I make it a habit to control my temper and not let the angeer get best of me. Until I get home.
 
5.
I can control my temper very well because I am an easy going person.
 
6.
I'm an easy going person so I control my temper very well.
 
7.
good
 
8.
I control my temper quiet well.
 
9.
Its easy for me to stay calm. I don't let much get to me.
 
10.
My temper is only under control when I have a gun on hand, usually concealed, at work...
 

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#20 of 26

What do you like least about being a janitor?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
Every body tries to be a boss over custodians.
 
2.
If it's in my assigned section to clean, it is my responsibility, I'd clean it up.
 
3.
I would probably have to say cleaning up after someone who has has an accident in the bathroom.
 
4.
Keeping the area free of germs for the public.
 
5.
I do not know.
 
6.
I would probably say it would have to be cleaning up after any sort of bodily fluids, but I don't mind and I know it comes with the job :)
 
7.
The hours.
 
8.
The lack of respect that people show for the janitor job duties and for the disrespect that people show the individual that performs the tasks.
 
9.
I don't have one, I enjoy my work.
 
10.
repitition
 

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#21 of 26

Give me a rundown of your daily routine at your last job?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
well I start at 6:45am.I clean windows,service restrooms,empty trash cans,sweep,mop,dust and recycle.
 
2.
Currently, working as a yard and maintenance attendant of my own services. I mow, trim hedges, haul debris, repair doors, posts, and fences, repair leaks, maintain yards and gardens, install sprinker systems, maintain aparment complexes.
 
3.
Collect trash, cleaned toilets, then class rooms and offices.
 
4.
Empty trash bins; clean toilets; sweep/vacum/ mop floors; wipe down counters.
 
5.
I start at 6:45am.I clean windows,dust,mop,wax and strip floors as needed.service restrooms,empty trash cans,and whatever else the supervisor needs done.
 
6.
clean restrooms
 
7.
I start work at 7am, except for Wednesday's at 5:30 am. I start by stocking my cart. Then I start on restrooms. I clean the toilets, urinals, sinks, mirrors, stock paper goods, sweep and mop. I start on the 10th floor cleaning restrooms and stop around 9:30 am. I then go to the offices and take out trash (trash cans and recyclable paper) and then vacuum. I check for any spots to tell the night crew to shampoo. Full day of restrooms etc.
 
8.
Cleaning an apartment.
 
9.
clock in for work ,went to the work area, get my assignment and start to do what I was assign to do
 
10.
On time,supervising the kids, making sure dorm is cleaned up,taking them to breakfast, rescess, then lunch, cleaning up the dorm again.
 

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#22 of 26

If a person throws up, and you really do not feel like cleaning up a mess, how would you handle the situation?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
If it's in my assigned section to clean, it is my responsibility, I'd clean it up.
 
2.
Well, I have three kids at home and am kind of used to it. I don't think that anyone really likes to clean that up. I would clean in right away. Put some gloves on, maybe put a mask on, wipe it up and disinfect the area. You just need to do it and move on.
 
3.
10. First and formals I would make sure the person was ok. Than I would tak on my responsibility to clean up the mess.
 
4.
In the first place, it is my duty to clean up any mess and as such i would not feel like not cleaning it up; i would clean it up.
 
5.
There is no job that can be turned away. Dispite that there may be something such as vomit. I would shake my head smile and pick up gloves, a garbage bag, Vomit liter, a broom and a mop bucket with mop soaked in Quat, and wet mop after I cleaned up the mess.
 
6.
I would clean up the mess,whether I felt like it or not.
 
7.
I would use protective wear and clean it up as quickly as possible. Its my job.
 
8.
First and formals I would make sure the person was ok. Than I would tak on my responsibility to clean up the mess.
 
9.
I just want to put on the gloves and throw the sand on that vomit and clear it up.
 
10.
I would ask if the person is okay first. then put on gloves and clean and disinfectant the area.
 

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#23 of 26

Why should we hire you over the next guy? What janitor experiences do you have that set you apart?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
Have experience with all different types of people and building operations. Have red cross training in adult and child CPR and first aid. Know OSHA rules for handling chemicals and cleaning up accidents, can operate any type of electric, gas or hydrol[ic machiniary, and have no fear of heights of fear of tight spaces,
 
2.
I believe my resume speaks for itself. I have 30 years experience. I am certified in my field and have previous supervisory experience.
 
3.
I have over four years experiance in several areas on campus,cleaning dorms before & after students arrive,cafeterias,labs,meeting rooms ballrooms,food courts stadium style classromms.
 
4.
Well I have cleaned everything from construction sites to homes to businesses and also was the supervisor like say for instance when I ran retail stores. I was responsible to ensure the entire store was customer ready and I didn't just have other people do it for me. I have helped with stripping floors and cleaning carpets and ran scrubbers and so on...
 
5.
I take pride in my work, and in every thing i do. I understand that a custodian is an intregal part of the school community. I am a self starter and work well with minimal supervision. I can identify the building's needs, prioritize, organize, and delegate to make sure they get done. I value a hard day's work, and the sense of accomplishment i feel afterwords. I am an excellent communicator, and enjoy working with the staff and supervisors to improve the school setting.
 
6.
I have 20 years of sanitation experience and cleanliness was my priority.
 
7.
Because im a detail and organize person.Im a detail cleaner not just a cleaner.
 
8.
I have experiences on housekeeping and i am very persistent and responsible.
 
9.
I have been cleaning for twenty years and i am very dependable.
 
10.
I work very hard and you will find me out to be available valuable its more then just knowledge.
 

Question
#24 of 26

Will you be willing to work off-hours?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
Yes, as long as there is no major interference with the children's school needs.
 
2.
Absolutely.
 
3.
Yes, I don't mind working alone in a building or when the customer is there.
 
4.
Yes I am willing to work overtime as needed to do special projects and to cover others if required.
 
5.
Of course,I believe in teamwork and helping when necessary.
 
6.
If that is what I need to do for my job yes.
 
7.
Yes, job secruity.
 
8.
Yes, I am available to work a flexible schedule and can work overtime if needed.
 
9.
Yes. I am familar with the expectations of the job. I know that on snow days i will need to put in additional hours so that the school is safe for students and staff. I also have a flexiable schedule and will be available on weekends to surpervise events occuring in the building.
 
10.
It depend on my availability , the work condition and how long it could take.
 

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#25 of 26

How do you feel about working a double if a coworker calls off?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
I would have no problem working a double shift.
 
2.
If is what is need it I will do it the best that I can.
 
3.
Im available when ever you need me.
 
4.
I am a team player.
 
5.
I understand if a person gets sick and needs a day off, I would be willing to come in for that person.
 
6.
I am willing to work as long as I know ahead of time.
 
7.
I would help out since emergencies are a part of life.
 
8.
Iam willing to go extra mile to perform my duty .
 
9.
It wouldnt be a problem.
 
10.
It would not be a problem.
 

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#26 of 26

Did you have any problems with management or your supervisors during your last job?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
NO, I work well with people and follow directions well.
 
2.
No, I tried to keep it as frienly as posible, If a problem does arise,I try to handle it as professionally as possible to resolve the issue.
 
3.
No, I get along well with others and follow directions well.
 
4.
No.
 
5.
No. I try to keep it as friendy as possible. If a problem does arise, I try to handle it as professionally as possible to resolve the issue
 
6.
Yes, lack of communication.
 
7.
No I must say I had a great relationship with all management.
 
8.
It was good, they treated me good. and i worked really hard for him.
 
9.
No,i got along very well with my last supervisor.
 
10.
We all worked well together as a team. Strong communication skills on both sides.
 
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