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Nursery and Greenhouse Interview Questions

33 Nursery and Greenhouse Interview Questions
Question 1 of 33
What do you enjoy most about your current nursery job?
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The interviewer wants to hear that you enjoy your work. Share a few favorite aspects of your current or most recent position that are relevant to the position you're applying for.

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"I get a lot of satisfaction from watching the growing process from start to finish and seeing results after putting so much care into the plants. I also love working with my team at the garden centre and helping customers. It's a very friendly environment."
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Question 2 of 33
What sort of related tools, machines, or equipment do you have experience working with?
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The most important thing to express to the interviewer is that you are teachable. You want them to feel confident in your skills and abilities, but you also want to share how you can quickly learn how to use any sort of tool or machine that will be necessary for the job.

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"I have experience using an axe, pitchfork, and spade as well as rakes and hoes. I can operate a lawnmower and I can learn any other type of equipment that might be necessary for this position."
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Question 3 of 33
Do you have any education related to the care of plants?
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If you have not studied plants in school, you can talk about your professional and personal experience with growing plants. If you have a formal education, share what you accomplished in your program and any valuable experience you gained in the process.

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"I have a bachelor's in botany from the University of Texas and I've been studying and growing plants for over five years. My knowledge primarily comes through my own experience with gardening and landscaping, and I look forward to learning more when working for your nursery."
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Question 4 of 33
Do you have any gardening experience?
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Share some examples that demonstrate your experience in the field. The interviewer wants to hear about your industry related knowledge, and the work you have done as a gardener. This could be in a personal or professional setting!

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"I have built garden beds and grown herbs and flowers from seeds. I have gained knowledge in both organic and conventional styles of gardening through working for local nurseries and practicing in my own backyard. I also learned the value of using natural pesticides on fruits and vegetables, as well as the challenges present when you are treating large quantities of produce."
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Question 5 of 33
Have you ever witnessed a plant die and could not place a reason behind it?
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The interviewer simply wants to hear about your experience with plants that have died unexpectedly. Even if you could not identify the cause, think critically to see if you can come up with a possible explanation to share in your interview. The interviewer really wants to see that you are proactive and have troubleshooting capabilities.

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"Yes, I noticed that our anise and sorrel did not do well when I was working in the greenhouse a couple of years ago. At the time we couldn't figure out what happened. We later learned that they were not getting enough sunlight or water because of where they were positioned in the greenhouse."
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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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First written on: 09/19/2010
Last modified on: 09/15/2018

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About Nursery and Greenhouse

September 15th, 2018

Ready to care for plants? Working at a nursery or a greenhouse is a great place to learn and practice your gardening skills. Most businesses will provide on the job training, but it certainly helps to know a little bit about plants. Working in a greenhouse or nursery setting will require you to work outside and often in hot or rainy conditions. You will be performing manual labor, planting, harvesting and completing an inventory on a regular basis. Depending on the business, you may also have some interactions with customers, assisting them with purchases and educating them about how to care for their plants.

An interview at a plant nursery will focus on your overall knowledge and expertise in a variety of species of plants. They will also want to know about your experience using tools, machinery and how well you work with others on a team. By refreshing yourself on some of the basic terminologies and practicing with these interview questions, you can walk into your interview with more confidence in the qualities and skills you have to offer. Good luck!