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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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List of Landscaping Interview Questions
  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. What are your career goals?
  16. Do you have any experience designing your own projects?
  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. Are you familiar with a variety of botanical terms?
  25. Are you a team player?
  26. Give me an example of your attention to detail.
  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 worked with a team to accomplish a project. What were some of the challenges?
  30. Tell me about a time when you experienced a conflict with a coworker.
  31. Do you know how to stripe a lawn? Do you consider yourself good at it?
  32. What goes into your decision when pairing plants together?
  33. What types of projects could you see yourself enjoy working on a large scale or small scale?
  34. Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond to exceed client expectations.
  35. How do you stay motivated?
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Elisabeth Walter
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Landscaping Information
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.
Landscaping User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 35
Do you have the ability to see a finished product, before its done?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes, I like to plan out each step to see what the end result will be.
2.
I think that would be the most exiting part, to imagine how would it looks.
3.
Yes! due to its initial status.
4.
Yes, the design is enough.
5.
Yes I like to visualize what the product will look like so I can see the progress I am making.
Question 2 of 35
Do you have experience working with little to no supervision?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I can work with little supervision because I can have help if I don't know what to do.
2.
Yes, running my own small business I have to work with no supervision.
3.
Yes, I am self-motivated and when I'm told to do a specific job, I can complete it with little to no help.
4.
I can work very well with a little bit of supervision but I also work even better without no supervision because I am a fast learner.
5.
Yes, I'm very comfortable working alone. Often times my supervisors had other jobs and things to take care of, and they would leave me in charge. After 10 plus years of experience, I became very capable of running the show alone, or even stepping in as a supervisor.
Question 3 of 35
How do you handle unexpected situations that might cause you to be late for work?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
It only happend when unpredicted traffic apierce on road.
2.
No I have never had a job before but I am very dedicated to getting this job and working hard.
3.
I only take time off if I really need to ex. Sick, emergencies.
4.
No, punctuality is one of my pet peeves. I'll always arrive before work starts to give myself more than enough time to prepare and organize everything for the work day. Whenever an employee is late, it sets back everyone else's day. You never wanna be held responsible for stealing peoples time!
5.
Yes when it snowed in our area, otherwise I was always 30 tp 45 min, early.
Question 4 of 35
How do you adapt to changes at work?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am a very social person, it comes easly for me to find myself in team and fulfill my duties. I believe that good communication among team members or it lack is factor determining safety efficiency and success.
2.
Yes, I always try to include my team members and get along with all of them.
3.
Yea, I love to get involved and share and listen to ideas of others.
4.
Yes. I am very easy to work with.
5.
Yes in work very well with others.
Question 5 of 35
How would your previous employer describe you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes my previous employers and I share a good relationship til this day.
2.
I do not have experience of working but I am willing to seek the experience I need for this job.
3.
I have hobby not profesion.
4.
I'm sure he would, however, is he now decesed.
5.
Absolutely, the work I carried out was done to a standard I was happy with, otherwise I'd go back in my own time to rectify it.
Question 6 of 35
Why do you want to work for our landscaping team?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
First of all I can see a big chances to develope and progres with You in this industry. I love fact that your aprroche in work is focused on detail and delivering best result to costumer.
2.
To give me the chance go gain more experience and knowledge to grow and you are a well-respected company in my local area, with a highly experienced gardener that I no of.
3.
I want to gain experience in the landscaping field so that I can accomplish similar tasks in my future.
4.
I would want to learn more about landscaping so I thought if I worked for a landscaping job it will help me learn more about it.
5.
Because I feel I have the skills for the advertised job and can make a improvement to the company.
Question 7 of 35
Do you have experience with basic lawn care, like weeding and tree trimming?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes I have cut my lawn before and I chopped the weeds out of my yard.
2.
Yes, I currently look after the lawns of my neighbours and volunteer my weekend time to a local nursing home, looking after their lawn and hedges.
3.
Yes I do, I worked for cemetery and three apartment complexes in one church.
4.
Yes, i've cut grass many times, cut trees, trimming trees, weed wacking.
5.
I cut my own yard, and several around my neighborhood.
Question 8 of 35
Have you worked for any well known landscaping companies in the past?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Last few years I was working for young and developing landscape business. Making it grow along with our experience and skilles.
2.
Journeys and my local movie theater.
3.
13 eacher estate set in the countryside.
4.
Generally I worked for small single man operations.
5.
Before I was judo trainer.
Question 9 of 35
Tell me about any training or education you have in landscaping.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My study diploma is highly related to this subject.
2.
I have limited education but can easily adapt.
3.
Yes ive learned alot over the years from many people.
4.
Weeding, spraying, cultivation, I also have RHS qualifications in growing from seeds.
5.
Yes I do I want to The blue tech center for landscaping in high school.
Question 10 of 35
How did you obtain your general knowledge of landscaping? How do you keep up on current trends?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I read a lot of gardening posts online. I gained my knowledge while working with Michael.
2.
Urban league gave me an application for it because I told them about my passion for landscaping.
3.
I have a family friend that I spent a lot of time with that talked with me about it.
4.
I studied Agriculture for 6 years and continue studying by correspondence from Australia. I always keep myself updated with the latest trends and innovations and always try to be different from others.
5.
I have interest to do this.
Question 11 of 35
What was the toughest job you've done in the past?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Cutting down, chipping and removing large trees in very wet weather.
2.
My team was contracted to carry out a complete overhaul of a garden, with the only issue being a small access path to the garden. The garden was relatively big but we managed to get the job done which required carrying 4000kg of paving through the gate, over 12000kg of aggregate through and countless other materials. The job was done with the use of a narrow excavator and brute strength of 5 guys.
3.
I think its was cleaned out weeds.
4.
Working at the chamois, was hard when it was busy days and really hot days. Having to keeping moving fast to get cars through.
5.
Pulling up and re planting palmetto trees.
Question 12 of 35
How do you incorporate elements of design into your planning?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Carefully dig the plant up, then replant it in the proper area.
2.
Redo it until customer is satisfied.
3.
I will change my setting.
4.
Lift in so the planting will be balanced.
5.
I correct the issue by removing the plant and re-planting it, if the plant cannot be replaced, I will remove it and replace it like for like with a new plant.
Question 13 of 35
What was your most successful design project? Why do you believe it was successful?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Planting hedge and putting down 7 tonnes of decorative gravel.
2.
The queens jubilee in the gardens as it won a gold award in the britain in bloom contest.
3.
It was a driveway for a large new house that was being renovated, there was a long sweeping driveway, sitting down with the client we spoke for hours perfecting the design before he went away for his annual summer break. We delivered and exceeded expectations on the delivery. The client was in awe at the project and has gone on to hire us four other times.
4.
Planting palmetto trees in my yard, and seeing them successfully grow in the years.
5.
Well I didn't design but we did a mansion one day that had nothing but dirt all around so we did a major overhaul we put grass and planted flowers all over and made it come to life with all types of plants and flowers with beautiful color and I believe it was successful because the owner came out and congratulated each one of us in person for the amazing job he even went to the extreme of inviting us to dinner after work.
Question 14 of 35
Tell me about your landscaping experience.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Eight in lawncare and garden maintenance, four in landscaping.
2.
Well I would say about 5 years.
3.
Probably a good 3 months.
4.
22 years.
Question 15 of 35
What are your career goals?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yea its a passion I love it and yes it is a lifetime career.
2.
Yes I live and breath it. I am always learning new things and will do this the rest of my life.
3.
Landscaping is my passion.
4.
I live and breathe landscaping, every home I've bought I've set aside a substantial budget so I can have a nice garden, I view houses on the internet and print pictures of the garden off and do designs to how I would landscape them. I live for landscaping.
5.
I do have a interest in it, I love being outdoors and seeing how its done and the finish product after. It could be a career for me.
Question 16 of 35
Do you have any experience designing your own projects?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes, I designed and built my own garden, with progress photos, plans and original drawings still saved.
2.
Well I have some but nothing major at this point but I know being in this company I could learn way more for my future.
3.
i have 3 years experience
4.
i work 11 years as lanscape supervisior
5.
I have 4 years from planting plant, trees.
Question 17 of 35
What are your strengths?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I can see the finished project and will work day and night to see it through.
2.
Patios, driveways and lawns are my strong points, I also have a good eye for noticing defects in work that needs remedying before signing off the project to the client.
3.
High score in the landscape course at university.
4.
Hardwork, and determination.
5.
Well I have heightened senses pay attention to detail and can work in a interdisciplinary team.
Question 18 of 35
What do you dislike about landscaping?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
During the winter with extremly bad weather it can be tough.
2.
To risk sounding pretentious, I dislike finishing jobs, I LOVE watching something come together then not being able to enjoy that work myself kind of sucks, but it's a great feeling watching the client smile ear to ear with their new oasis.
3.
I dislike having to learn all the plants names latin.
4.
I do not dislike anything I believe every job description has a place and reason for it.
5.
I dislike having to learn all the names of plants in latin.
Question 19 of 35
Tell me about a time when you received negative feedback.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes criticism is learning.
2.
Yes listen to it and turn it into a positive so you can improve for next time.
3.
Absolutely, I insist on feedback both positive and negative from clients and colleagues alike so I can further better myself should my workmanship require some honing.
4.
Yes, I take criticism well.
5.
I do very much so nothing or no one can bring me down because I know my worth as a person.
Question 20 of 35
Give me some examples of your past work.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
All round landscaping experience.
2.
All the basics and a few tricks of the trade.
3.
I have extensive personal experience and a significant amount of commercial experience, I have experience in laying bricks, patios, decking, installing fences and drainage as well as building wooden outbuildings. I have various DIY skills and have the skills and ability to build and manufacture gates bespoke to their requirements. I also have experience using heavy machinery such as diggers up to 15t, dumpers up to 6t and rollers of varying sizes as well as various other machinery and equipment. I have further experience which I may have left off so if you require something specific please ask as I may have that experience.
4.
Working on my own yard, and several in my neighborhood throughout high school, and college.
5.
Well I have expletive in tree trimming, trimming bushes planting flowers and putting soil planting grass I could use a variety of machines like lawn mowers blowers.
Question 21 of 35
If I ask you to do something in a way you are not used to, how would you handle this?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Very well I love learning new ideas and systems.
2.
Id ask for a brief on this then do the task to the best of my abilities.
3.
I would need a little bit of clarification, however I try to keep up with the basics of different ways of completing a job and doing a job so I should find it relatively easy.
4.
I try to ask and search about it on the internet and ask specialist people.
5.
I WOULD MAKE SURE I UNDERSTOON THE INSTRUCTION FIRST
Question 22 of 35
Do you have any mulching experience?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes ive mulched lots of flowerbeds.
2.
Extensive mulching experience, I mulch the properties around me every year along with the nursing home.
3.
Yes I have done some but not a lot but I know it's to prevent the evaporation of moisture, the freezing of roots and the growing a of weeds.
4.
No, however I have studied how to suscecssful mulching.
5.
I have some mulching experience not very much.
Question 23 of 35
What was the toughest situation you've had designing a project?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Short time scale and not many plants to chose from to prepair for a wedding.
2.
When working on a large property, the garden sloped a large amount, when building a retaining wall, the bank collapsed, trapping a worker up to his waist, due to the site, extraction by emergency services was difficult, we extracted him for medical help within 45 minutes.
3.
Laying pine straw and making sure I filled ever gap there was in the lady's yard.
4.
Working around the demands of a 3 year old. But focus, hard work and some very difficult maneuvering I got it done on time.
5.
Hard ground to plant some plant.
Question 24 of 35
Are you familiar with a variety of botanical terms?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I know many plants and there growing habits. When to prune and when they can / cant be moved.
2.
Plant pallets are used for different reasons, I know which to use.
3.
I will study it in the course.
4.
I know about many plants and I know about about which pallets to use but I'm willing to learn more.
5.
I don't know very much at all about different plants.
Question 25 of 35
Are you a team player?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes love the company but can also work happily on my own.
2.
Yes I am I don't have a problem with it I'm a team player.
3.
I am I believe a team is the best way to go in this type of job.
4.
I work pretty good with other people.
Question 26 of 35
Give me an example of your attention to detail.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Extremely. Jobs not worth doing it its not done correctly.
2.
I take photo of every piece of work I carry out and observe them when I get time to notice any small defects for future reference.
3.
Very well because I like to see how everything is done and I'm a perfectionist.
4.
Very well I pay attention so much that I double check my work before leaving the job.
5.
It's a must for me, the most important thing.
Question 27 of 35
What experience do you have in landscape architect?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have designed many family member's gardens and they worked out perfectly for them.
2.
Laying sod trimming planting spreading mulch pine straw weed eating mowing.
3.
I don't have much but I know about being aware of spaces and shape.
Question 28 of 35
Are you willing to work overtime, weekends and holidays, if needed?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes, I'm willing to work everyday but Sunday.
2.
Yes I am if the job is set that way I'm perfectly fine with it.
3.
Well it depends if it's a job we needed to get finished and we didn't finish then yes I would stay after hours to finish the job.
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?
Question 30 of 35
Tell me about a time when you experienced a conflict with a coworker.
Question 31 of 35
Do you know how to stripe a lawn? Do you consider yourself good at it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Stripes are my guilty pleasure, I will actually cut my lawn again if I don't have good stripes. I consider myself great at it.
2.
Yes I do and I would say I'm pretty good.
Question 32 of 35
What goes into your decision when pairing plants together?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
When pairing plants, I want them to compliment each other and also compliment the other plants around them.
2.
What looks best in the right place and which one best fits the spot I'm gonna be putting it.
3.
Looks, and if they can survive togwther.
Question 33 of 35
What types of projects could you see yourself enjoy working on a large scale or small scale?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
In landscaping its design and management and in lawncare its mowing and hedge cutting.
2.
People person very friendly fast quick learner and always willing to learn new things.
Question 34 of 35
Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond to exceed client expectations.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
If I wouldn't live with the quality of work myself I refuse to sign it off. It has to be to the highest standard I could possibly deliver, which according to my social media is high.
2.
Well very high because I'm confident in myself so I expect myself to be the best I can be.
3.
High expectations the customer is my number one priority and if there satisfied then I'm satisfied.
4.
I start low so that I can be proud of my work when I've exceeded my expectations and be confident to raise the bar next time.
5.
Very high. I'm my worst critic.
Question 35 of 35
How do you stay motivated?
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