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Last reviewed on 14 February 2017
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What questions might I ask at an interview for a caretaker? One of our associate education experts suggests a list of questions. We also link to questions from the Caretakers' Website, as well as relaying expert advice on what to look for in candidates' answers.

Interview questions

One of The Key’s associate education experts, Terry Gillard, suggested the following interview questions to use when recruiting a caretaker/site manager:

How would this experience and these skills help you to perform this role? The site manager/caretaker plays a key role in ensuring that there is a safe and healthy working environment in school. Tell us how you would go about identifying any existing or potential hazards How would you organise the overall security of the school? You will be required to perform some financial duties, such as keeping records of materials used and re-ordering as necessary. Tell us about your experience of performing such tasks You will be required to monitor the work of cleaning staff and contractors. Tell us about your experience of managing and monitoring staff How would you deal with a difficult member

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