How to hire lawn care and landscaping employees.
A common tendency of new-ish business owners hiring first employees is to try to make their business appear to be a smooth running organization where nothing ever goes wrong. If you have been in the lawn care / landscaping business any number of years you know that most days are not exactly smooth running. Employees coming aboard your business need to know what they are getting themselves into. Likewise, you need to know a prospective employee is the right fit for your business model.
Before establishing your interview process take stock of your daily business proceedings. Mimicking your daily atmosphere will weed out incompatible prospects.
If you run a low-stress, laid-back, detail-oriented business, conduct your interviews with a similar energy level. A good example of this type business is a landscape design business where careful and detailed measurements are integral to a project’s success. Slow, thought provoking questions that require detailed and contemplative answers will make high energy A-type personalities jump out of their chairs during the calm, methodical interview.
Conversely, if your lawn care business is a hustle and bustle, go-go-go type atmosphere a prospective employee should be able to adapt to an unorthodox interview. Making sure you follow all procedures for the safety of your interviewee, conduct an interview in your workshop while you are changing lawn mower blades. Does your prospect understand your questions despite noise and distraction? Without being prompted by you, does he or she hand you a can of penetrating lubricant or a cheat sleeve when the spindle nut is hard to loosen? If your prospect can handle interview questions in a high pressure atmosphere you may have found your next employee.
If you properly mimic your daily business atmosphere during your interview process you will gain a better understanding of how an employee will react when faced with everyday job pressures.