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37 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 20th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 37
If you were hired for our beginning grounds crew position, where do you see yourself within our organization in five years?
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How to Answer
It's okay to be honest with the interviewer, as long as you don't plan on leaving within a year! Ideally, not within two years. Express your passion for the facility you are interviewing for, also the passion you have for working with your hands and outdoors. Tell the interviewer this is an ideal job for you, and you don't plan on leaving in the foreseeable future.

Here is an answer example: "I am happy to grow with your organization in a natural way. I am really happy in my career and love working in the outdoors. It's all I really need and I am ready to offer longevity to your company."
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1.
If you were hired for our beginning grounds crew position, where do you see yourself within our organization in five years?
It's okay to be honest with the interviewer, as long as you don't plan on leaving within a year! Ideally, not within two years. Express your passion for the facility you are interviewing for, also the passion you have for working with your hands and outdoors. Tell the interviewer this is an ideal job for you, and you don't plan on leaving in the foreseeable future.

Here is an answer example: "I am happy to grow with your organization in a natural way. I am really happy in my career and love working in the outdoors. It's all I really need and I am ready to offer longevity to your company."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am happy to grow with your organization in a natural way. I am really happy in my career and love working in the outdoors. It's all I really need and I am ready to offer longevity to your company."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In 5 years I would like to have worked my way into a managerial or supervisory role. Attending classes in the evenings and weekends to obtain my Red Seal certification in landscaping would be on my radar as well, if the opportunity was presented to me."
2.
What various skills do you have in yard care, landscaping, etc?
You will likely have a complete list of skills on your resume but this is a good time to highlight your strongest, most notable skills. Beware to not go off on a long list of items and lose the interviewer's attention.
Rachelle's Answer
"I have a wide range of skills in yard care and landscaping, however; my strongest skills are sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering and fertilizing. I can also perform sprinkler installation."
3.
Do you have any mechanical skills?
Most landscaping jobs require you to use mechanical tools and to have an understanding of the skills and safety required to properly use these. Your answer should include examples of tools that you have used in the past and, perhaps, an example of a job where you had to draw upon your mechanical skills and knowledge.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have strong mechanical skills. I was required to work on a large private landscaping gig that including the install of a ponds, deck, drainage system and retaining wall. During this job I used a wide variety of mechanical equipment including ABC, and XYZ."
4.
Describe what interests you about yard care, and maintaining the property?
What is it about yard maintenance that interests you so much? This is an opportunity to tell the hiring manager a little bit more about yourself and your education.

Rachelle's Answer
"Every since I was young I had an interest in learning more about plants, the weather, and the science of it all. I find it very fulfilling to take a plain yard or property and turn it into an oasis that the client will love for years to come. It's like creating a live work of art!"
5.
On a fertilizer bag, what does the three numbers stand for? Example: 20-20-20.
Fertilizer knowledge is an important skill to have when it comes to being a grounds maintenance worker. If you do not understand the 3 numbers, do some research. Your answer should be brief and to the point.

Rachelle's Answer
"The 3 numbers on a fertilizer bag refer to the amount of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium present; always in that order. As a general rule, when the numbers are equal to each other, this means the fertilizer is good for general use."
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