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Top 30 Nursery and Greenhouse Interview Questions

Question 1 of 33
What sort of related tools, machines, or equipment do you have experience working with?
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Question 2 of 33
Why are you the best candidate for our nursery / greenhouse?
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Now is a time to sell yourself! Give examples and share qualities that make you stand out above the rest. Explain how you meet the basic criteria and how you also exceed the qualifications through your impeccable communication skills or your ability to take initiative. Review the job description and reflect on some specific examples that show you are the most qualified for this role.

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"I am knowledgeable about plant propagation with a variety of species, from trees and shrubs to fruits and vegetables. I have two years of experience in my own personal garden, a bachelor's in biology and a year of experience working in a greenhouse. I enjoy working in an environment where I am constantly learning and being challenged. I'm also a people-person and love talking to customers to help them better care for their plants."
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Question 3 of 33
Why do you want a career in botany?
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Take some time to reflect on why you are interested in this position. You want to be clear about why you want to work at the company and what your specific goals are in relationship to the industry. Prepare yourself for these types of questions by writing out some of your goals for short and long-term. Picture yourself working in a greenhouse or a nursery and identify a goal that this job will help you work towards.

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"I love working outside and with a team of people who are passionate about caring for plants. I have enjoyed practicing with my own garden and I want to learn more by working for your company."
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Question 4 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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Question 5 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 6 of 33
What do you enjoy most about your current nursery job?
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Question 7 of 33
Do you have any gardening experience?
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Question 8 of 33
Why do you want to work for our nursery / greenhouse?
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Question 9 of 33
In your opinion, what three shrubs should every landscaping job include?
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Question 10 of 33
What sparked your interest in botany?
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Question 11 of 33
Where did you first learn to care for plants?
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Question 12 of 33
What are your favorite plants, and why?
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Question 13 of 33
Tell me about your experience with plant diseases.
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Question 14 of 33
Are you familiar with what we do at this nursery / greenhouse?
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Question 15 of 33
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 16 of 33
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 17 of 33
Do you consider yourself a team player?
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Question 18 of 33
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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Question 19 of 33
Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?
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Question 20 of 33
If hired here, how long do you believe you would stay at our company?
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Question 21 of 33
How do you show your co-workers the importance of communication in the workplace?
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Question 22 of 33
Are you committed to expanding your gardening and plant knowledge?
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Question 23 of 33
Tell me about your experience with plant propagation.
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Question 24 of 33
How do you feel about using pesticides?
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Question 25 of 33
What is your communication style with customers when it comes to teaching them about plants, and gardening?
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Question 26 of 33
How do you stay organized on the busiest of days?
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Question 27 of 33
Would you consider yourself a team player?
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Question 28 of 33
Which plants do you believe grow well in the shade?
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Question 29 of 33
Tell me a bit more about yourself.
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Question 30 of 33
Tell me about your experience with hybrid plants.
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Question 31 of 33
What challenges do you most anticipate with this position?
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Question 32 of 33
In your own words, how are perennials different from biennials and annuals?
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Question 33 of 33
How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
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About Nursery and Greenhouse

September 2nd, 2017

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!

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