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Question 1 of 33
What sort of related tools, machines, or equipment do you have experience working with?
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List of Nursery and Greenhouse Interview Questions
  1. What sort of related tools, machines, or equipment do you have experience working with?
  2. Why are you the best candidate for our nursery / greenhouse?
  3. Why do you want a career in botany?
  4. Have you ever witnessed a plant die and could not place a reason behind it?
  5. Do you have any education related to the care of plants?
  6. What do you enjoy most about your current nursery job?
  7. Do you have any gardening experience?
  8. Why do you want to work for our nursery / greenhouse?
  9. In your opinion, what three shrubs should every landscaping job include?
  10. What sparked your interest in botany?
  11. Where did you first learn to care for plants?
  12. What are your favorite plants, and why?
  13. Tell me about your experience with plant diseases.
  14. Are you familiar with what we do at this nursery / greenhouse?
  15. What are your salary expectations?
  16. What questions do you have for me?
  17. Do you consider yourself a team player?
  18. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
  19. Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?
  20. If hired here, how long do you believe you would stay at our company?
  21. How do you show your co-workers the importance of communication in the workplace?
  22. Are you committed to expanding your gardening and plant knowledge?
  23. Tell me about your experience with plant propagation.
  24. How do you feel about using pesticides?
  25. What is your communication style with customers when it comes to teaching them about plants, and gardening?
  26. How do you stay organized on the busiest of days?
  27. Would you consider yourself a team player?
  28. Which plants do you believe grow well in the shade?
  29. Tell me a bit more about yourself.
  30. Tell me about your experience with hybrid plants.
  31. What challenges do you most anticipate with this position?
  32. In your own words, how are perennials different from biennials and annuals?
  33. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
Authors:
Contributing Author
Elisabeth Walter
HR Consultant
Contributing Author
Rachelle Enns
Recruiter
 
Nursery and Greenhouse Information
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!
Nursery and Greenhouse User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 33
What sort of related tools, machines, or equipment do you have experience working with?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Weedwhacker, upright weeder, leaf blower, handsaw, weeding knife, potato fork,
2.
Movers (ride and push), rakes, shovels, trowels, pruning sheers, hedge trimmers, weed whacher, rototiller, hoe, fork, leaf blower, rakes, pruning saws, sheers, spade, watering cans, sprinklers.
3.
Shovels, rakes, axes, knives, scissors, clippers, wheelbarrow, picks, hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, channel locks, etc.
4.
I have used the EMS database manager tool, netbeans, r studio.
5.
I have training and experience with, backpack sprayer, manual hand sprayer for pesticides, biological control like parasitic wasps, driving front end loaders, hedge trimmer, gas powered pole pruner with chain saw, chain saw, bypass loppers, secateurs, maddock, chisel, cement and trowel, shovels, spade, lawnmowers (walk behind, and zero radius), string trimmer, edger, and I might be forgetting more.
Question 2 of 33
Why are you the best candidate for our nursery / greenhouse?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am excited about the opportunity and my background in hospitality lends itself to doing this well.
2.
I have extensive knowledge in plant care, maintenance, disease and pest control.
3.
I bring a positive attitude and I am willing and eager to learn.
4.
As I am keen on giving the highest standards of customer service.
5.
I think my experience with working with the public has given me a chance to work with customers on a personal level. Sharing personal experiences and caring.
Question 3 of 33
Why do you want a career in botany?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I want to do something I'm passionate about.
2.
Enjoyment of seeing the plants thrive.
3.
I have a passion for plants and love the environment.
4.
I like being outdoors and interacting with the community.
5.
To help lead me onto a career in landscaping.
Question 4 of 33
Have you ever witnessed a plant die and could not place a reason behind it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Since I do not have a vast knowledge of plants I wouldn't know where to start.
2.
When a plant has died and I havent been completly sure I have still always been able to think of things that could have happend.
3.
Yes. I repotted a spider plant in an organic potting mix and all the leaves turned brown and it died.
4.
Yes. I had some columbine perenials that the plant base was shrinking instead of getting bigger. I knew the soil had been a bit dry, I'd treated the Lupins next to it for Aphids and later discovered that the soil next to the roots had grubs.
5.
Yes. A rhododendron at my parents' house kept developing lesions on its leaves and sick-looking branches, and did not improve when we removed the diseased parts.
Question 5 of 33
Do you have any education related to the care of plants?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have completed my first year of university.
2.
I am mostly self taught. Books, research and hands on.
3.
Horticultural intern at Maymont, biology major at vcu.
4.
Hands on experience from greenhouses (over 3 seasons). I am interested taking the master gardener course at the Devonian Gardens or the Organic one in Stony Plain, however these horticulture classes are expensive and I'd need to have saved over $1,000
5.
I don't have any formal education, just hands on experience.
Question 6 of 33
What do you enjoy most about your current nursery job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I enjoy the nature. Whenever I see the greenhouse I think that I also had this type of greenhouse.
2.
Working with plants and helping people find what they love.
3.
Interacting with new people and being able to help people.
4.
Being surrounded by beautiful living things!
5.
I like working with my hands, being creative and helping make the world a more beautiful place using plants.
Question 7 of 33
Do you have any gardening experience?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Landscape design, terrariums, succulent planting.
2.
I grew up on a farm for several years, and so I have some experience with farm equipment and crops, including wheat and barley, and am comfortable with the seeding and harvesting processes. I have also always been an avid gardener, growing all kinds of fruits and vegetables every year. I also have some experience with plant treatment and identification from my university studies.
3.
Worked on farms, csa's, studied Horticulture in school, built gardens.
4.
I have a small garden three seasons of the year and each year I learn something new. Last year I learned about compost tea and some of my veggies were more abundant than ever. I also have houseplants and I bring some of my outdoor plants inside and baby them through the winter.
5.
My dad started me off growing vegetables and helping him p plant bulbs in elementary school, and through college I've developed an interest in local flora and ethnobotany. Over the last year I vegetatively propagated a rose cutting and interned at Maymont.
Question 8 of 33
Why do you want to work for our nursery / greenhouse?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
It's a luxury and opportunity at this stage of life to choose something that I'm interested in doing.
2.
Without trees we don't live.
3.
You have a varied selection and some very interesting specimens...I got some spreading purple petunias ( that's fun to say) and ornamental millet from you last year and loved the way they looked. I also like how you consider pollinators with your selection and have a bee house!
4.
Because I'd like to work and meet people in my home community, I understand from the website Home Depot is a good employer to work for, it is within easy driving (walking) distance and I want to save money to go on a vacation (get my own vehicle) and I like getting to know people in my home community.
5.
It would be an ideal job for me.
Question 9 of 33
In your opinion, what three shrubs should every landscaping job include?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Rosemary, bamboo and privet.
2.
Juniper bushes (why - low ground coverage and easily shaped), laurel leaf willow (why - bold green, waxy leaf) and blue spruce trees (why - diversity in size with year-round greenery).
3.
Box wood, mountain laurel, crepe myrtle.
4.
That really depends on the size of yard, location, water, sun, favorites of customer.
5.
I think boxwoods are great because they're hardy and they can be used in a variety of different ways: hedges, rounded, in pots. I also really enjoy Japanese Maples, though I know they can often be finicky. For some color, I love azaleas. I had never seen them growing up in California. They make springtime here stupendous.
Question 10 of 33
What sparked your interest in botany?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Since as young as I can remember but really took off after I starting pursuing it as my own hobby after high school.
2.
My first new home in 1996
3.
I first started loving plants when my Nonna fed me cucumbers from her garden, and when I pulled root vegetables from the dirt with my grandfather. This love was rekindled when I helped my girlfriend's dying Nonno with his garden. My love for plants expanded into the ornamental sphere when I enrolled at St. Clair College.
4.
I was an outdoor child from the beginning. I was always outside enjoying what the environment had to offer. I loved how I could ride my horse through orange groves in the winter and beautiful green spring fields in the summer. It was really the landscape that made my experiences so lovely. As I've grown, I've realized that and have been naturally drawn to plants. I can't pinpoint a specific moment; I just know that I've been connected with the natural world from the very beginning.
5.
When I was during my initial school Grades I started loving plants.
Question 11 of 33
Where did you first learn to care for plants?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Reading books, online information and from watching my mother.
2.
My family (including a mother who grew up on the farm), yardwork for myself and others, seasonal jobs, asking questions at greenhouses, using new products and trying new things,
3.
Various family members, neighbors, nurseries, reading on the Internet.
4.
Trial and error, my mother, books and the internet.
5.
Growing up my mother loved gardening and I ndid that with her.
Question 12 of 33
What are your favorite plants, and why?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Cup of Gold, Clematis, Ornamental Grasses.
2.
Wave Petunias (why - for their selection in patterns, bold colors and new varieties... Black with green edges), sweet peas (seedlings that climb fence to add aroma to the the garden) lilacs (to cut and add to spring in-home flower arrangements), lilys (low maintenance with vivid orange flowers) geraniums (big bulbous flower) and lilacs (
3.
Honeysuckle, roses, succulents, plumeria, bird of paradise, mandevilla, geranium.
4.
My favourite plants are ones that are edible. First, I love Cichorium intybus. It is edible, delicious, medicinal, and has and amazing blue flower. I tell people about it all of the time so that they can see it as more than just a lawn weed, or a weed growing on the grass strip of EC Row. I love Cornus kousa. This dogwood has amazing white flowers in the spring. These flowers turn into ornamental fruit that is also edible. One of my favourite trees is Gymnocladus dioicus (Kentucky Coffee Tree). I love its bipinnate foliage. I love how it is an evolutionary anachronism. I love how the seeds can be used as a coffee substitute. Endless Summer Hydrangeas! Creeping Phlox, rhododendrons, azaleas, mountain laurel. White Pine (Ontario's provincial tree), I love the long needles and appears of Pinus leucodermis (Bosian Pine). I love geraniums! They remind me of my Nonna's house. Marigolds are a favourite. Golden Glows were grown by my grandmother in Northern Ontario. I like how you can pinch them to reduce their height in the urban garden. In the a natural landscape, they add a nice flower when combined with perennial grasses.
5.
I would say roses or sunflowers. I think both flowers bring a type of light and happiness to a room. Roses I love for their romantic feel and sunflowers I love for their warmth.
Question 13 of 33
Tell me about your experience with plant diseases.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes I have got poison oak and poison ivy, hives from straw.
2.
Yes, blights on trees, tried cutting off the diseased part.
3.
Yes, will try soapy water, Sevin dust or spray, or call a nursery.
4.
Yes. I have experienced cankers on roses. I have seen rhizoctonia on poinsettias. I have seen fusarium root rot on many plants. I noticed this on my Campanula crop that students were overwatering. I have seen basal rot on Lilium longiflorum. I have seen clorosis on rhododendrons, azaleas, and mugo pines from poor soil pH.
5.
No diseases that I've seen, but we have definitely had to deal with bugs. They loved our pepper and tomato plants a few years ago and completely ravaged our red kale.
Question 14 of 33
Are you familiar with what we do at this nursery / greenhouse?
Question 15 of 33
What are your salary expectations?
Question 16 of 33
What questions do you have for me?
Question 17 of 33
Do you consider yourself a team player?
Question 18 of 33
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
Question 19 of 33
Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?
Question 20 of 33
If hired here, how long do you believe you would stay at our company?
Question 21 of 33
How do you show your co-workers the importance of communication in the workplace?
Question 22 of 33
Are you committed to expanding your gardening and plant knowledge?
Question 23 of 33
Tell me about your experience with plant propagation.
Question 24 of 33
How do you feel about using pesticides?
Question 25 of 33
What is your communication style with customers when it comes to teaching them about plants, and gardening?
Question 26 of 33
How do you stay organized on the busiest of days?
Question 27 of 33
Would you consider yourself a team player?
Question 28 of 33
Which plants do you believe grow well in the shade?
Question 29 of 33
Tell me a bit more about yourself.
Question 30 of 33
Tell me about your experience with hybrid plants.
Question 31 of 33
What challenges do you most anticipate with this position?
Question 32 of 33
In your own words, how are perennials different from biennials and annuals?
Question 33 of 33
How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
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