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Discussion in 'Employment' started by matt25738, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,132

    I would warn against asking this. This is a question you can not legally ask in this manor. You can instead advise that the job requires him/her to work certain hours and that missing work/leaving early would result in discipline action up to and including termination.

    You cant ask this one and by doing so you are opening yourself up to law suit as well as fines from the state. You can can list the job duties and requirements such as standing all day, constantly lifting /carrying 75lbs, etc.. But you can not ask about specific injuries

    You also can not ask specifically "do you use drugs?", what you can do is ask on the application "can you pass a routine drug test?", and state that you test all applicants for illegal drug use. Even if you don't plan to test them, putting this on the application will weed out potential problems.
  2. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,132

    We do a criminal background, driving record, credit, and drug screen. We also do routine drug screening per our insurance policy. Insurance also requires I drug screen anyone involved in any insurance claim that results in damage to vehicles, property, or injury to employee.
  3. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,394

    Have them just talk about themselves. Let THEM do the talking and you just listen and take notes. They should do 3/4 of the talking....you can learn SOOO much more this way. Make them sell themselves to you.
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,192

    Almost 9 out of 10 don't show up even after you talk to them on the phone and they indicate they are interested. We ask them to show us how to operate a weed eater. That eliminates the rest.
  5. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,717

    I like this idea, make sure they know the equipment they will be operating, if we're hiring a guy to run a mower we make him drive it around to show he can do it. Like McFarland said, let them sell themselves to you, what they know, equipment they can run etc...
  6. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 645

    My boss a few years back was always looking for something with little to no experience in the lawn care industry.

    His theory was that if they are willing to learns its a lot easier to teach them to operate equipment properly then trying to correct issues they have.
  7. matt25738

    matt25738 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    I really appreciate everyones advice. This is a huge help. I definitely like this idea. Couldn't tell you how many part timers we've hired over the years that would've failed this and potentially saved us a lot of time and headache.
  8. TinMan1

    TinMan1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from SC
    Posts: 519

    I did this yesterday and always do, watch them scalp the ground around the tree
  9. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,770

    Shot out of a cannon, Oprah winfrey, barbara walters, your wife. F one, marry one, kill one GO!
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  10. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,394


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