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35 Questions and Answers by Elisabeth Walter

Updated August 22nd, 2018
Question 1 of 35
Do you have the ability to see a finished product, before its done?
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To save you time and frustration, it's important to be able to visualize and plan how you want a yard. It's also important to communicate with your team and the customer about what needs to be done. Landscapers are artists and planners. They can visualize what will look good, but they also need the input of their team and the client to make it come together. Share how you are able to conceptualize what needs to happen before taking action.
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  1. Do you have the ability to see a finished product, before its done?
  2. Do you have experience working with little to no supervision?
  3. How do you handle unexpected situations that might cause you to be late for work?
  4. How do you adapt to changes at work?
  5. How would your previous employer describe you?
  6. Why do you want to work for our landscaping team?
  7. Do you have experience with basic lawn care, like weeding and tree trimming?
  8. Have you worked for any well known landscaping companies in the past?
  9. Tell me about any training or education you have in landscaping.
  10. How did you obtain your general knowledge of landscaping? How do you keep up on current trends?
  11. What was the toughest job you've done in the past?
  12. How do you incorporate elements of design into your planning?
  13. What was your most successful design project? Why do you believe it was successful?
  14. Tell me about your landscaping experience.
  15. Do you have any experience designing your own projects?
  16. What are your career goals?
  17. What are your strengths?
  18. What do you dislike about landscaping?
  19. Tell me about a time when you received negative feedback.
  20. Give me some examples of your past work.
  21. If I ask you to do something in a way you are not used to, how would you handle this?
  22. Do you have any mulching experience?
  23. What was the toughest situation you've had designing a project?
  24. Give me an example of your attention to detail.
  25. Are you a team player?
  26. Are you familiar with a variety of botanical terms?
  27. What experience do you have in landscape architect?
  28. Are you willing to work overtime, weekends and holidays, if needed?
  29. Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond to exceed client expectations.
  30. What types of projects could you see yourself enjoy working on a large scale or small scale?
  31. What goes into your decision when pairing plants together?
  32. Do you know how to stripe a lawn? Do you consider yourself good at it?
  33. Tell me about a time when you experienced a conflict with a coworker.
  34. Tell me about a time when you worked with a team to accomplish a project. What were some of the challenges?
  35. How do you stay motivated?
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1.
Do you have the ability to see a finished product, before its done?
To save you time and frustration, it's important to be able to visualize and plan how you want a yard. It's also important to communicate with your team and the customer about what needs to be done. Landscapers are artists and planners. They can visualize what will look good, but they also need the input of their team and the client to make it come together. Share how you are able to conceptualize what needs to happen before taking action.

Elisabeth's Answer
"I am careful to plan and design the layout of a yard before I get started working on it with my team. I also communicate and share visuals with my client so that I can get their feedback on what they like. It is much easier to make changes in the plans than have to dig up and rearrange plants later on."
2.
Do you have experience working with little to no supervision?
In the workplace, there is a delicate balance between being independent and working well in a team. As someone who works well independently, you will need to be able to self-manage. This means you can make good judgments and decisions on your own, without having to ask for help. Of course, there will be times when you need assistance or support from your boss or team. However, you want to show that you can be trusted to get your work done and communicate when you need help. Give an example of a time when you were trusted to handle a project for you to complete on your own. Explain how you were able to meet the deadline and complete the tasks required of you. If you needed help from the team, talk about how you all worked together or how you learned to delegate tasks to others, communicating what you needed from them along the way.
3.
How do you handle unexpected situations that might cause you to be late for work?
The interviewer wants to hear that you are reliable and can be depended on to arrive on time. They understand that life happens, and they want to hear how you will handle it. Show that you are responsible and that you can communicate with your team about any changes that might occur in your daily schedule due to unexpected circumstances.

Elisabeth's Answer
"If I thought I might be late, I would first check to see if I could take a different route to work. I always leave myself extra time to get to work and get settled, and this has helped prevent me from being late in the past. I would definitely call my boss to let him know and also explain that I would be willing to skip my lunch or stay late to make up for the time. It can be frustrating when your car breaks down or if you get into traffic due to bad weather, but I stay calm and communicate with my team so they know when to expect me at work and that I am doing my best to arrive on time."
4.
How do you adapt to changes at work?
When you are working with a team to satisfy customer needs, things can change quickly on the job! Your customer may have asked for one thing, but later change their minds. You will need to be able to relax and learn to expect changes. Your schedule could change to accommodate a customer demanding that a project is finished a week early, requiring you to work longer hours. You could have to dig up plants that your customer specifically requested because they decided they wanted something different instead. Your boss may also ask you to take on more responsibility, requesting you lead the team while he is on vacation. Whatever the case may be, share that you stay positive and calm. You can adjust to any changes or obstacles that get thrown in your path.

Elisabeth's Answer
"Changes happened at my last landscaping company on a daily basis. I just try to stay mentally focused on what the changes will be for that day; may it be weather or a homeowner changing their plans."
5.
How would your previous employer describe you?
Think about positive traits others use to describe you. Focus on the characteristics the interviewer will find most valuable, reviewing the job description if you need ideas. Consider sharing an example of each of these traits in action!

Elisabeth's Answer
"My old boss would say I'm easy to work with because I try to have a good attitude, even when I have a heavy workload. My last job was working in construction, and my boss always complimented me on the consistency in my work and my attention to detail. I was also good at anticipating problems before they became an issue, taking a proactive approach to my work at all times."
6.
Why do you want to work for our landscaping team?
Take some time to learn about the company to show you are interested in working for them. You can talk to friends and neighbors who have used them to find out about their reputation, as well as searching reviews on Yelp.com. By researching the website you can find out about their mission and any particular well known projects they've participated in around your town. You can also do further research by going out for a look at some of their projects first hand!
7.
Do you have experience with basic lawn care, like weeding and tree trimming?
When you talk about your landscaping experience, discuss projects and examples of your work. Basic lawn care is manual labor that you learn quickly if you have no experience. Share what you do know! Any relevant experience, including the use of tools, will also be very helpful during your interview. Your enthusiasm is equally important! Explain that you are eager to learn, and give some examples of skills you have quickly learned in the past. Any outdoor work experience would be helpful to share too!
8.
Have you worked for any well known landscaping companies in the past?
If you have experience with a local company, talk about your work by sharing some examples of your projects. You can talk about the positive relationships you built with clients and how you worked well with your team. Shy away from any negative words about your boss or your experience working for one of those companies. You want to show that you are an excellent employee capable of learning new skills and techniques. Share any positive feedback you received from your boss to demonstrate your great reputation!
9.
Tell me about any training or education you have in landscaping.
Study of botany, permaculture, horticulture or environmental science are all relevant to the landscaping profession. If you have experience in any of these areas or if you took a course that helped prepare you for this field, talk about what you learned. Share a highlight from your training that will help you in this job. If you know there will be some focus on building garden beds or patios, now would be a great time to talk about your carpentry experience! There are so many avenues you can go with landscaping. Someone with a broad set of skills is a perfect fit for this type of job. Review the job description to find out what the company most desires from a candidate and focus your discussion of your training on those relevant areas.
10.
How did you obtain your general knowledge of landscaping? How do you keep up on current trends?
There are a number of ways to learn about landscaping. Most people learn by either starting their own lawn care business or getting a job doing manual labor for a landscaping company. Courses are also helpful to continue your education and also to teach some of the essentials. You can learn most of the basics through going out there and getting your hands dirty! Share your knowledge and experience!

Elisabeth's Answer
"I studied botany when I was in college, and afterward I did a lot of independent study on permaculture. I am really interested in how to use the natural ecology of a landscape to create beautiful structures. So far, working in the field and taking courses at a community college have been the most helpful ways for me to stay current in the industry. I learn as much as I can from my coworkers and my boss. I also attend monthly meetings with other outdoor enthusiasts for us to learn from each other."
11.
What was the toughest job you've done in the past?
Give an example that shows off your work ethic. You are determined and don't let challenges get you down, even when it is blazing hot and you are pulling weeds for hours!

Elisabeth's Answer
"I worked as a landscaper in the summer in Texas for a client who had an acre of land that was undeveloped. Due to the intense heat and the amount of labor we put into clearing brush, mowing and pruning so many trees and hedges, the work was pretty exhausting. We pushed through and were able to get the work done earlier than expected. I think the job went so smoothly because we had such a great team and we all played our part to get the job done."
12.
How do you incorporate elements of design into your planning?
Every landscaper has a different style. You may be early in your career, so you simply take direction from your boss or the client. You may have studied design in college and you're just now putting it into practice. Many landscapers pay attention to the land and the natural elements that are prominent in that area. Their goal is to create designs that are aesthetically pleasing and complement colors and patterns within the existing structures like stone walls and the bricks of a house. Give an example that demonstrates your knowledge and experience.

Elisabeth's Answer
"I visit Houzz on a regular basis and am always looking for inspiration. Also, love just looking at Google images for any idea that I have. I try to perfect my idea by seeing what other people have done. My latest example would be when I put in a pebble walkway with large bluestone stepping stones. I browsed many pictures online of pebble pathways before finalizing my own design."
13.
What was your most successful design project? Why do you believe it was successful?
This is a simple question the interviewer may ask. We have this on MockQuestions so you began now to think about your successful projects and even your less-successful projects. Being able to talk about your past work history is what a job interview is about. Be ready for many examples like this one where you can easily discuss your past work.

Elisabeth's Answer
"My client had a very large yard. I used the space by dividing the yard into outdoor 'rooms,' giving each section a theme based on what my client wanted. I created three large garden beds and an area for lawn furniture. My coworkers and I worked together seamlessly, communicating what we needed from one another and keeping communication open with our manager and the client. The project was successful for all of these reasons, but most importantly, because my client loved it!"
14.
Tell me about your landscaping experience.
Maybe you spent your summers in college mowing lawns and trimming hedges. You may have a background in horticulture. The interviewer wants to hear about your past work that is relative to this job. Landscaping is a hands on career that is perfect for those who like to be outside and get their hands dirty. Any experience with planting, gardening, fertilizing or maintaining yards would be good to share in your interview. Customer service experience is also a plus, as you will be working with a variety of clientele. Regardless of how advanced your skillset, the interviewer wants to hear some examples of your work and how you became interested in landscaping.
15.
Do you have any experience designing your own projects?
Keep it simple. Maybe you designed a project in school, cultivating a compost bed in your backyard. You can also talk about construction projects or designs using stones and crystals. You can also talk about floral arrangements. The interviewer wants to hear about your eye for design. Show off your creativity and consider bringing some photos to display your past work.
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