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Top 35 Landscaping Interview Questions

Question 1 of 35
Do you have the ability to see a finished product, before its done?
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Question 2 of 35
Do you have experience working with little to no supervision?
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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.
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Question 3 of 35
How do you handle unexpected situations that might cause you to be late for work?
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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.

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"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."
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Question 4 of 35
How do you adapt to changes at work?
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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.

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"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."
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Question 5 of 35
How would your previous employer describe you?
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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!

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"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."
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Question 6 of 35
Why do you want to work for our landscaping team?
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Question 7 of 35
Do you have experience with basic lawn care, like weeding and tree trimming?
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Question 8 of 35
Have you worked for any well known landscaping companies in the past?
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Question 9 of 35
Tell me about any training or education you have in landscaping.
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Question 10 of 35
How did you obtain your general knowledge of landscaping? How do you keep up on current trends?
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Question 11 of 35
What was the toughest job you've done in the past?
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Question 12 of 35
How do you incorporate elements of design into your planning?
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Question 13 of 35
What was your most successful design project? Why do you believe it was successful?
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Question 14 of 35
Tell me about your landscaping experience.
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Question 15 of 35
What are your career goals?
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Question 16 of 35
Do you have any experience designing your own projects?
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Question 17 of 35
What are your strengths?
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Question 18 of 35
What do you dislike about landscaping?
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Question 19 of 35
Tell me about a time when you received negative feedback.
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Question 20 of 35
Give me some examples of your past work.
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Question 21 of 35
If I ask you to do something in a way you are not used to, how would you handle this?
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Question 22 of 35
Do you have any mulching experience?
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Question 23 of 35
What was the toughest situation you've had designing a project?
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Question 24 of 35
Are you familiar with a variety of botanical terms?
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Question 25 of 35
Are you a team player?
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Question 26 of 35
Give me an example of your attention to detail.
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Question 27 of 35
What experience do you have in landscape architect?
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Question 28 of 35
Are you willing to work overtime, weekends and holidays, if needed?
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Question 29 of 35
Tell me about a time when you worked with a team to accomplish a project. What were some of the challenges?
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Question 30 of 35
Tell me about a time when you experienced a conflict with a coworker.
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Question 31 of 35
Do you know how to stripe a lawn? Do you consider yourself good at it?
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Question 32 of 35
What goes into your decision when pairing plants together?
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Question 33 of 35
What types of projects could you see yourself enjoy working on a large scale or small scale?
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Question 34 of 35
Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond to exceed client expectations.
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Question 35 of 35
How do you stay motivated?
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About Landscaping

February 16th, 2017

We have broken down our landscaping interview questions into three job categories: landscape laborer, team leader, and designer. Our interview questions start with general interview questions that will test a candidate's reliability and work ethic. Landscaping is a seasonal job and turnover is very high. Companies will want to make sure they hire a candidate that commits for the entire season.

An interview for a team leader position on a landscaping crew will be more challenging. An interviewer will ask leadership style interview questions to learn how you dealt with various teamwork situations in the past. The interviewer will want to know how passionate and motivated you are with landscaping. They will test your lawn care and equipment knowledge by asking skill related questions. For example, "How do you stripe a lawn? Do you have experience using both walk-behind and zero-turn mowers? When have you worked outside in the heat before?"

Prepare for your interview in advance by researching the company. Know which regions and cities they serve before you walk into the interview. You may also want to review landscaping terms and techniques and learn a little bit about the plants that are native to your area. Good luck on your interview! For more landscaping questions, be sure to visit our Landscape Architect interview questions.

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