Aptitude test !!!

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by robert payer, Nov 26, 2004.

  1. robert payer

    robert payer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    :help: Our company is considering creating an aptitude test. This test will allow us to understand the amount of industry specific knowledge that the applicant has. :cool2:

    What questions would you put on the test for a full service lawn maintenance company? I have listed a few.
    What would you include???

    Multiple choice
    Roundup is a-
    A) Non-selective herbicide :waving:
    B) selective herbicide
    C) Product used to revitalize a dying plant. :p

    The ideal mulch depth for plant heath is-
    A) 1-3 inches :waving:
    B) 4-6 inches
    C) Just a dusting for color. More than that has little effect for the plant. :p

    True or False
    Roundup should be used when treating lawn weeds in healthy turf?
    True or False :waving:

    Almost anyone can fill a lawn mower operator position. It requires a low level of skill and needs very little constant attention.
    True or False :waving:

    The purpose of this test is for when you have applicants who ask for a lot of money. They say they have so much experience. Later you find out how little they know. You find that you are grossly over paying them. It also helps them to realize how little they may know. :dizzy:
  2. K.Carothers

    K.Carothers LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    How many tons of gravel= 1 yard?

    Whats the mathematical equation for this formula?

    Good thread! I'm sure it will challenge all of us! :realmad:
  3. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Did your mother tie your shoes this morning?
    True or False

    Can you feed yourself?
    Yes or No

    Yes.....new help can be that bad!!

    Seriously, go to the manual for the pesticide test. The manual that our state uses, has multiple answer question at the end of each chapter.
  4. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,619

    True/False questions could be subjective depending on your experience.

    The above question could be true or false depending on your skill level.
  5. kickin sum grass

    kickin sum grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 628

    I have been doing this for years. My test is very generic but it gets to a few questions that will tell you what you need to know. I will attach it and then we all should come up with a nice test that we all can download and use.

    Attached Files:

  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    good ideas everybody. Another thing to consider, which I did in the past, is have a once a month evaulation on the employee. If they fail it they have two weeks to improve themselves, and in those two weeks if they don't improve they are let go. Nothing lites a fire more than a two week warning until termination if they don't improve.
  7. dagr8bilster

    dagr8bilster LawnSite Member
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  8. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,873

    Just make sure you don't put the waving smiley faces by the right answers.:waving:
  9. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,785

    hahahahahaha:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: too funny!!

    will you show up for work?
    yes or no

    do you shower at least 1 time a week?
    yes or no
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    May I suggest tuning your methods to match perhaps your own experience with people in general, that is to say since you've learned how most folks who talk a lot are generally not all that, take things from there.

    While an aptitude test helps a bit, it won't take long before word of mouth has its way with you, it does that to me with pre-screening... Seems like no matter what I come up with, it doesn't take long before someone finds a way to circumvent that, so I find using the ole horse sense time and again becomes invaluable.

    Because once they learn the answers, it's like here we go all over again, so just a test in and of itself is so-so, but me thinks you'll be just fine... Likely you're as well off remembering those key 'red flag' phrases that you should be getting familiar with hearing, and read between their lines is what I'm saying.

    I disagree, I think that regardless of whether or not you've cut 1 or 5,000 lawns, you should always pay the most attention when operating agricultural machinery.

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