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Interview questions

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

  1. matt25738

    matt25738 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    What kind of questions do you ask when interviewing potential employees? Do you conduct multiple interviews or just one? Over the phone or in person? I'm in the process of hiring my first full time employee. I've got about 10 candidates that I'm in the process of narrowing down based on resume.
  2. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
    Messages: 315

    Have it in person...Make them come to you! (First Test!)
    -If they dot show up or they're not on time...Maybe they're not the right candidate.

    Pre interview/Phone interview:
    Make sure they have experience and get the places they have worked at. Ask they why they were dismissed. Criminal record? Means of Transportation? Is he a Family Man? (Gotta pickup his kids at 3:30 everyday, or Babysit on a Regular basis,etc)

    Just a few questions i could think of off the top of my head...
  3. DavidsonLandscaping

    DavidsonLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    sounds bad, but learnd this from my boss. pay attention to work history, how often they change jobs, someone whos always looking over the fence will leave as soon as a better situation arrives. and never take them back because it will happen again. also never hire someone thats over qualified for the job. dont know what i mean? look at where all the collage kids are stuck working today.
    i would also ask about any phyiscal issuses that might be a problem. i.e. back, shoulder, knee problems that might restrict them from preforming daily tasks.
  4. matt25738

    matt25738 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    Does anyone here check criminal record and references?? I know in our industry your going to find a lot of people with priors, so how do you go about doing background checks?? I have too many high end properties that I can't risk something happening.
  5. matt25738

    matt25738 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    Also, if anyone would be willing to share their employee application, I would appreciate it. I'm fixing to write my own and want to make sure I cover everything.
  6. ghunter502

    ghunter502 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 287

    Yes we run full background check, check references, and drug test as well. We do alot of work for high end residential and commercial can't afford to have any shady employee's
  7. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,412

    Lots of questions that some people don't think of are:

    "Do you melt in the rain?"
    "Are you smart enough to bring enough water when it's hot?"
    "Can you handle being reprimanded for trivial things?"
    "Do you have a problem with authority?"
    "Are you willing to better yourself, push yourself, and gain more responsibility by going out of your comfort zone to learn new skills to earn more money and lead employees quietly and professionally?"
  8. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,681

    I would add to the list "are you scared of a shovel?"
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  9. branchoutshrub

    branchoutshrub LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    A great question to ask is "What three words best describe you as a person."
  10. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,445

    Lot's of good questions have been mentioned. Definitely have 3 interviews and all in person if at all possible. See their demeanor - positive attitudes are huge. Ask them how they will help the business be profitable? Why are they the one for the job? Put together a few customer scenarios and pretend you are the customer and get their reaction. The more similar their values are in line with yours, the better it will work.

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